Cozy Construction and Care

Protect your Kindles, Ipads, Scrap-booking (Cricut, Silhouette, Xyron), Binding and Laminating machines from those nasty little dust bunnies with a lovely cozy that is guaranteed to fit like a glove! Each cozy features pretty, coordinating fabrics (100% cotton) that have been machine-quilted over a layer of batting and muslin lining. All seams have been finished and the binding has been hand-basted. A button, bow, or applique embellishment adds a delightful finishing touch to each cozy. Your Cozy will certainly be a pretty addition to any work space, and will keep your Cricut Expressions/Cakes, Creates/Personal Cutters, Cuttlebugs, Gypsies, Imagines, Kindles, and Ipads free from dust, scratches, and normal wear-and-tear and damage for years to come! All cozies may be machine or hand-washed in cold water. Line dry or use low heat when drying in a clothes dryer. A cool iron may be used, if necessary. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING INQUIRIES WELCOME. Orders will be shipped via USPS within 10-14 days of payment, and in most cases sooner. Click on pics to enlarge.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Two Chics and a Birthday Hop

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Happy Birthday, girls! Thanks for sharing your creativity, craftiness and style for the past year. We've been inspired so much by you both and we look forward to everything the new year has in store for all of us!! :)


If you just hopped here from http://scrappymel.blogspot.com/, then you're at the right place. Make sure you visit all of today's links because honestly, you don't want to miss any one of these creative stops. These ladies are just oozing creativity!! Plus, there's a lot--and I mean a LOT--of awesome blog candy up for grabs. Good luck!!

I just love Valentine's Day! Think about it--a holiday devoted to love, flowers, roses, romance and chocolate! For one whole day we get hugs and kisses on demand, we get to eat chocolate covered strawberries with no guilt, and we find ourselves rekindling a little bit of passion with our "special someone" for no other reason than it's Valentine's Day. What more could a girl ask for? Plus, my own special Valentine (Hi, Honey!) was born on Valentine's Day. Yep--in just a few days he will celebrate the big 4-6. Happy Birthday, Honey!!! You're so cute and I will love you forever!

Sorry...I got a bit distracted there. Back to the task at hand. I get a lot of questions about ordering Custom Cozies. So today my post is going to walk you through the steps to creating your very own Custom Cozy. Be sure not to skip through any of the steps...and don't forget...there's some awesome BLOG CANDY at the end!!!
STEP 1: CHOOSE THE MAIN FABRIC

When someone approaches me about making a Custom Cozy, we always start by selecting a fabric. If a new customer can tell me what she likes, then I can either direct her to my photobucket site (http://s1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa422/bckpiano/) or send some snapshots her way. Sometimes, if I don't have anything on hand, I will go to my local fabric store and snap some pictures with my cell phone. (The girls at Joann's must have a special "signal" when they see me coming. I can just imagine..."Everyone to your stations! Here comes that crazy lady with her camera! Dust the displays! Adjust the lighting and straighten the cutting table! Every employee on the floor!")

So...since our theme today is Valentine's Day...let's say that you wanted to order a Custom Cozy that just screams, "I love LOVE!" Here are some fabrics you might choose from:


STEP 2: PICK THE COORDINATING FABRIC

It's always fun to find a coordinating fabric that brings a nice contrast to the main fabric. In this case, I thought that some possible coordinating colors would be brown (as in chocolate!), white or pink. These are the pictures you would find in your inbox.


STEP 3: CHOOSING AN EMBELLISHMENT
After you have picked the fabrics, my work begins. I have to cut the fabric and stitch it together. Then I take the muslin backing, the batting and the main fabric and baste them together. Quilting is next. I usually use a "stippling" pattern as I machine quilt my Cozies. This is a random pattern of back-and-forth stitches that looks pretty, but also holds all of the layers together. Since my Cozies are quilted, they bring a great deal of padded protection to your machines. After the quilting is finished, the pieces all have to be cut to the correct size. They are stitched together, the seams are finished, and then the binding is hand-stitched into place.
This is what the final project looks like...except it's a little "naked," don't you think? (Face it, girls, what's a great outfit without the proper accessories???) A pretty embellishment will finish off the look.
At this point, I will look through all of my buttons, bows, flowers, chains and charms to find some nice items that might dress up your Cozy. I will send some pictures to you and let you choose the one that is your favorite.

A hand-crocheted flower looks so nice on this one.

Ta-da...the finished Cozy!!


BLOG CANDY!!!

I'm offering two great prizes in celebration of Meighen's and Nicole's birthdays. One lucky winner will win a set of 22 hand-crocheted flowers, compliments of my sister, Linda. (Check out her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/charmingcrochet) These flowers would look great on a scrapbook page or hand-made card!


The second prize is a Custom Cozy of your very own. That's right...you can design your own Cozy for one of the following machines (your choice):

Cricut Expression
Cricut Create
Cuttlebug
Gypsy

To get some ideas, check out my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KathysCozies

Here's how you can win. Leave a comment on this post, telling me what colors/fabrics you would use to design your own Custom Cozy. For an extra chance to win, "like" my facebook page--Kathy's Cozies. If you already "like" my page, just let me know in your comment and you, too, will get the extra chance. The first name selected (by random.org) will win the flowers and the second name selected will win the Custom Cozy.

Good luck, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by today. Your next stop is over to Ellen's blog: http://lifeatwalnuthill.blogspot.com/

This is a complete list of todays stops...Happy Hopping!


86 comments:

Pammejo said...

What a fabulous idea. I would love a cozy for my expression.
http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/
pammejo1@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

That is stunning you are so talented! Love that fabric too! Thank you for sponsoring:)

Dee said...

I love your little cozy cover for your cricut. TFS

EllenM said...

You are so talented my friend. Lets see...I'd pick the peace sign/hearts with pink fabric and I just love your sisters flowers (talent sure runs in your family)

Thanks for the chance to win.

EllenM
EllenM361@gamil.com

http://lifeatwalnuthill.blogspot.com/

scrappin_3rdeeschik said...

Wow girlie you have a way with words. I am so blessed that you decided to be in this hop with us. Love the Love fabrics and who wouldn't love to eat choc.covered strawberries all day? I have a huge sweet tooth. Oh and Happy bday to your Hubby. *<]:O)
Hugs and Blessing,
Meighen

Stephanie said...

Wow, these are sooooo cute, I just love them! I would probably choose anything pink and black...love the one you showcase on your cricut with the hearts and crocheted flower...so cute! TFS
steph4575@msn.com

Stephanie said...

I liked you on FB

McVic said...

I would love a black and white one!
Kacee
Mcvicwif@yahoo.com

BunnyFreak said...

I would want a bird print preferably with blue as an accent.
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Carley said...

OK so I keep seeing your fabulous Cozies all over the place online in your shop and on other friends blogs and I am just going to have to buy one! I love the pink heart design you have with the pink fabric I am a little obsessed with PINK! I love it! Thank you for the chance to win! I hope you have a fabulous day filled with lots of glitter!
~Hugs~ Carley
CarleyCarter@gmail.com

Donna said...

I love the Cricut Cozy idea! I would love one in Black, White & Yellow to match my scrapbook room!
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The ScrapBox said...

New follower from The Scrapbox! You can find me at www.scrapbox00.com / www.scrapbox00.blogspot.com / scrapbox00.com
or you can find me on facebook!
Pink and Green....I love that combo! Fan on FB also!

Jenn said...

I have been wanting one of these! They are so cute, and you do great work!

I liked your facebook page!

The colors I would like would be pink, lime green and possibly a little bit of zebra! but mainly bright pink!!1
http://scrap-a-tude.blogspot.com/

Debbie Kissel said...

I am a pink girl-- add some lace and some texture and I am happy happy happy!

I also adore the crochet flowers-- sure wish I could make them and have them around all the time!

Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Kissel
kissall@bellsouth.net

Cathie w said...

these are so great my expression feels so naked now seeing these...I would love it in anything reds they seem to be my current color of choice...those rick jewel tones red and rust...yummy colors TFS!!!!!

oh FB fan as well

cathie
scraphappycat@gmail.com

Shelley said...

What a fantastic talent you have. I love the cozies and those crocheted flowers are beautiful. Thank you for participating in this hop. You have a new follower!
Shelley
shelldian@hotmail.com

Amanda said...

What a great idea! I would love a cozy for my Expression!I love the flower power pattern! TFS!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Amanda said...

I just liked you on FB! :)

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Melissa said...

It is beautiful Kathy!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I am a fan of your FB page! :)

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

creative patti said...

I just liked your FB page. Thanks.
pattig161 at yahoo dot com

creative patti said...

I love these cozies! I would love one for my Expression, in a Damask pattern with black and whit and lots of Pink! Thanks for sharing and for the chances to win.
pattig161 at yahoo dot com

Debc06 said...

What beautiful quilting. I just have a baby cricut. but I would love a Light orange and greenblue color Scheme. Have a wonderful day I already like your facebook page and am a follower.
Debbie
Http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

FitterTwit said...

The cozy ROCKS!!! Brilliant advertising BTW! LOVE IT!

Brenna said...

you're cozies are beautiful! thanks for sharing the process! if i were to choose the colours i would love something that is yellow (my fave colour) and blue...great colour match!! ha ha ha...also thanks for donating some cozies! hope I win!!!
brenna
rbanderson@live.ca

Brenna said...

I "like" your facebook page and I love the cozy that you ahve as your profile pic! thakns so much!
brenna
rbanderson@live.ca

DogE.Dazzle said...

I'm a fan!! Just visited your Etsy shop and fell in love....I "need" one of everything. LOL

Pam AKA: picnic said...

of course i liked your FBpage am a sewer..woot.... redoing my scrappy space, lime green and red, walls would be red but hubs xxed that...LOL love your kozies.. so cool thanks for the hop

Pam AKA: picnic said...

ok you may get this twice, love the cozies, i love to sew, should do this myself to lazy..lol, my new scrappy place is fixin to be lite lime green and red... and yes i like you on FB

Dandylicious Creates said...

awesome blog candy! If I win you already know my color combo! ;) she is so pretty!
Dandylicioushair at gmail dot com

Sherri said...

New follower here :) Those cozies are soooooo cute, what a great idea!!! If I was lucky enough to win one, I would love one in pinks and browns....especially with hearts!!

sherric103@aol.com
http://crafty1mommy.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

Your cozies are fabulous! Love your work.
Thanks for Sharing!
mlcain0202(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michelle said...

I also "liked" you on facebook.
Thanks for Sharing!
mlcain0202(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tanya said...

Very pretty! Love how you add charms and other stuff to make them look really nice!

Already like you on facebook!!

I would choose purple with a chocolate or mocha color or even black.

Tanya P.
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

EstherT said...

Very nice!!!! Your work is lovely! I just liked you on FB, too. My favourite colours are blues and white, and I like floral patterned cottons.

~Thanks, Esther
esthert119 at yahoo dot ca

Trisha said...

Right now, I am kind of loving pink and brown. Your cozies are really nice. Thanks for sharing them with us and I love your sister's flowers. I am a new follower and I will also be following you on facebook. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

cma21317 said...

Your work is so fabulous. I would just love a yellow cozie for my expressions. My craftroom walls are yellow with a sky blue ceiling. It is always cheerful in that room. Thanks for the chance cma21317atsbcglobaldotnet

Kerry--Momma K said...

You are so talented. I love the purple leopard print. I am a follower on your blog and FB.
Kerry

mommakcrafts.blogspot.com

sleeplesswonder said...

Love the cozyies, and the flowers. Such a great idea. Thanks for the chance to win one.
I am a new follower.
Hugs,
Melissa D
mkds312@hotmail.com
www.sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

CricutLvr!! said...

Love the cozy cover!! You are so talented!! I would def pick diff shades of purple for mine! Have you thought about making them for the imagine too?
I'm your newest follower!
Having a giveaway on my blog! Come check it out!
cricutlvr.blogspot.com

CricutLvr!! said...

I just signed up on your fb page!

Gina Kinde said...

just wanted you to know that this is a second comment to let you know I am a follower and I left a message on your facebook wall regarding te cozie you made on the birthday blog. Loved it and would love to win one. thanks for sharing. gina kinde ginak1117@att.net (989)799-6602

Gina Kinde said...

I love the little tutorial you showed us on how you made and selected the valentine cozie. I love pink and green and that would be my choice of colors and I have an expression that needs covering. I just got and imagine and I am so excited to use it. I am a follower of yours and left a message on your facebook wall. I see your cozies in everybodies craft rooms and have been wanting a set for a while. would love to win one. thanks for the chance. gina kinde ginak1117@att.net (989)799-6602

lovescrapreflect said...

you have the best cozie lets tell you they look so cute calebwmartin@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

That is such an awesome idea. I love the covers!!

Ashley
ScrappinAsh at gmail dot com

scrapperbecka said...

WOW those cozies are awesome. I totally want one. TFS

scrapperbecka at yahoo dot com

jengd said...

I love the French Quarter fabric you used on a Cricut Cake. If not, I'd probably go with a blue/white or blue/black pattern. Great product!

pigs cricut said...

love the idea. i would us it for my expression. the desing would more & likely be michigan or those colors.
pigs20052002@yahoo.com

pigs cricut said...

love the idea. i would use the cozy for my expression. i would do michigan or the colors.
pigs20052002@yahoo.com

SpantastiKreations said...

Your Cozies ROCK. I LOVE looking at all the different materials you use. If I were to pick one it would be the one in the last pic on this post. So pretty.

Tfs,
Erin
spantastikreations@yahoo.com
PS: I'm a new blog follower but I'm an old FB fan.

Theresa said...

What a generous giveaway..awesome.
How does a person ever pick a fabric. TFS!
firelass51@aol.com

Carina said...

I love the Cozy
i am now a Follower
Carina
http://paperjunkiemama.blogspot.com/

Anna said...

Love these. I have the aqua Cricut Expression so I would have to go with Aqua and Black quilted. But I love the pink and black you have pictured. I also am friends on Face Book.
I'm a follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
annadowdy at gmail dot com

The Crafty Aunt! said...

Love your cozies!!!

I love orange/blue (denver broncos)

I am heading to FB now!!
Sally
opolski07@gmail.com

Nicolle Kramer said...

wow what wonderful fabric and a cute lil cozy..:)

nicolleatnicollelovesscrapbookingdotcom

Kimmarie Baker said...

That was so nice of you to offer how to make the cozies. Unfortunately, I don't have a cricut but use my cousin's whenever we visit each other. Your sister is so sweet ot offer those very nice flowers. If I were to make a cozie for my cousin's cricut expression, the colors would be browns and oranges (her fav) Happy almost birthday to your hubby. My bday is the 13th and my dad's is the 14th! kimmariebaker@gmail.com

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Do you make cozies for the Imagine? Your work is awesome. I am a FB fan I love the pink heart with the black.

Kathy
Katsews at gmail dotcom

Becky Dunham said...

Kathy - so sweet of you to give us instructions on making our own cozies. I have already won one of your cozies so I don't need to win another but I love those crocheted flowers so wanted to comment for a chance for those - or I would take another cozy :) I am a new fan on facebook. If I were to design a cozy I would probably use pink and black.

Kristin said...

These are so pretty! I have a pattern to sew a cover for my expression myself but I am not the best seamstress! Your work on the other hand is amazing!

Kristin
ksully4597 at gmail dot com

Cindylu2u said...

I love your cozies!! My bug is very cold and needs a cover he prefers pink and green but would glady accept anything you want to send his way!! Thanks
Cindy
miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

QC Kelsey said...

I don't have any of those machines so please don't enter me into your giveaway. I do like the end product and think you are very good at what you do.

Hip Hop and Awaaaaayyy!

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Jennifer said...

Kathy,

That was fun, but now I TOTALLY want a cozy!!!!!!!!!!! :) I think your Cozies are the cutest ones out there! And what a selection of fabrics and embellishments you have! I would love to have mine match my new craft room! And I've always loved hearts (my room in high school was all hearts and rainbows!), so I would probably choose one of the cute fabrics you showed (pink, white & either black or brown)!!!

Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance to win (some yummy blog candy!),

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Jennifer said...

Kathy,

I also "liked" you on Facebook!!! :)

Thanks for the extra chance,

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Miria said...

Those are amazing. What girl would not want one for her cricut. Your sister does an awesome jobs crocheting flowers. I would choose a fabric that had pink cupcakes with brown accents.

shersl84bed said...

These are beautiful cozies. I would love the chance to win one for my expression. If I could design my own it would be hot pink to match my scrapbook room. I love the one you made for this post, with the pink and black. So pretty. For an embellishment, I would probably add a heart, or a dog charm, or a crafty type charm.

ShersL84bed@aol.com

Heather said...

Your cozies are fabulous! I would want a Hello Kitty fabric!! I am already a facebook fan!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

The Crazy Cardmaker said...

OMGoodness..... I LOVE it soooo much. I have been trying to learn how to sew, but i just cant get it right with the machine i have... (Read: Horrible, cheap, not good) And i am gonna sew my own wedding dress =) So i need to get a better machine asap...hehehe. Love your work =) I am now one of your newest followers =)

Hugs from Lilli =)
l.a.nikolaisen at gmail dot com
www.crazycardmaker.blogspot.com

mbchoj said...

Love your cozy"s!
mbchoj at aol dot com

jcinokc said...

Love your cozy creations. I would use the colors brown and pink for mine if I were to design one. Thanks for the hop and giveaway!

jenlovcarr at aol dot com

LesleyfromWI said...

Oh my gosh I love it! I would pick the exact one that you have shown. Gorgeous and perfect for my scraproom! I am new to your blog.
lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

Samantha said...

I love your Cozies! If I was to win one I would select something flowery that is fall-ish! I love reds, oranges, yellows that come out in the fall time. I love them so much, I made sure to get married in the fall so I could use the colors in my wedding!

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samanthascricutcreations@live.com

Samantha said...

I am also a new facebook fan!

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samanthascricutcreations@live.com

Scrappy Jackie said...

I am pretty sure I bought a cozy from you years ago on ebay... maybe it was not you... but it was a lady named Kathy. Anyway it is a purple fleece/felt material that is embossed with little cut outs... I have loved it all of these years but if I won a new one I would love something bright pink or aqua. So hard to choose because they are always so pretty... I also stalk you on facebook...kind of fun. Thank you so much for the chance to win. pjritsema at gmail dot com

Anniebee said...

OMG! I'm so excited to see that you're participating on this hop! I have been drooling over your Cricut and Cuttlebug cozies for the longest time but couldn't afford one because I have been unemployed since August of last year. Now I have a chance to win one of my own design! How awesome is THAT?!? Your sister's stuff is gorgeous too but I really want one of your cozies. The fabrics I would choose would be Pink & Green 2 and Pink Batik from your photobucket. I inherited my sister's pink Expression when she passed away last May from stage 4 breast cancer and I would love to be able to leave it out without worry of dust getting into it. Thanks for this awesome chance! Even if I don't win, I'll be happy for whoever does!

Anne
lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

A Scrap Above said...

WOW!! This is too pretty, I know my babbii would love to have one of these to keep warm..LOL
I love the pink with black and white hearts, and would pick the metal charms.
I am a new follower of your blog and just liked your fb.
TFS
Bonnie
http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com
ascrapabove(at)aol(dot)com

Anniebee said...

I'm already liking your Facebook page! I didn't realize that until I followed the link from your blog. Thanks again and good luck to everybody!

Anne
lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

Celeste B. said...

You are amazing!!!! I would be in heaven with a camo cover for my Expression. My hubby and I (along with our little ones) are big into hunting. How fun! I'm also a fan on FB! :) TFS!

Celeste B.
ccscards.blogspot.com
mctdbillman at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

I LOVE your Cozies! They look SO BEAUTIFUL! If I had my own, I would probably pick something with cupcakes or doughnuts on it! :)
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Lisa said...

I "Liked" your facebook page!
top29gun at gmail dot com

Darlene said...

Wow! I've been a follower for a while and always enjoy looking at your new creations. I always have my eye open for the one that is going to match my scrap room. Thanks for explaing the process.
Let's see my scraproom... I'm from the South, so I love fleur de lis. I have cherry wood furniture and pictures with neutral colors in them. My favorite color is blue, but it just doesn't match in my scraproom. The name of my blog is Simple Southern Blessings. So what do ya think?

Darlene
desaucier at bellsouth dot net

ScrappinAnn said...

I have heard so much about your cozies and so glad to find you on this blog hop! You are very creative and talented. I am a new follower of your blog and will visit and "like" you on facebook as well!
Please visit my blog to see why I love February!
ScrappinAnn@gmail.com
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ScrappinAnn said...

ooops. I forgot to tell you the colors I would love to have for a cozy! My scrap room is decorated in Lime Green, hot pink, orange, teal, royal blue and purple. So some sort of combo of that would be great!
Thanks!

karensk said...

I would use the colors of my craft room pink purple and blue. I became a follower.

Thanks for sharing,
karen k 3 at ameritech dot net

karensk said...

I found you and liked on facebook.

Thanks for sharing,
karen k 3 at ameritech dot net

TinkLover said...

Wow, these are amazing.I love the pink and brown hearts w flower in the center. But if i had a chance to create my very own i would choose the colors purple and lime green and black together. Defenitly STARS. I love stars and sparkles. I also liked u on Face Book.

Janet H. said...

For my cozy I would choose a design with bright colors. I have an Expression, V1, Yourstory, and a Cuttlebug. I would definitely have them all match! My craft room is usually a disaster area as I am a very messy crafter and I would love to get more organized. This would give me a lot of incentive to clean things up and get oganized. Thanks for a great giveaway.