Sunday, November 27, 2011
5 messed up ornaments later, this one isn't so bad:
Here's a picture of the original as a comparison:
My wings are a different shape and I used glitter paint instead of glitter. I also forgot to buy gold paint to cover the glue spots. All easily mended as I want to try one with glitter.
I also used a Sharpie paint pen to draw on the design. The worked well for me because I'm no artist so I can't paint freehand. I think, however, the next one I make I'll paint over my paint pen markings as I like how the gold paint is darker than the ball, which gives more definition -- like the actual Golden Snitch.
This craft definitely takes time. There are lots of steps & they all need dry time in between. It's a great project to work on while you're doing other things. However, when it's time to glue on the wings, stop what you're doing & give yourself lots of time. You need to hold the wing in place for a while (I held mine at least 10 minutes) before the glue really starts to dry & you can leave it to cure.
Don't let any of this stop you from trying this craft. It's really a lot of fun and the end result is terrific. In a day or so you can have your own Golden Snitch on your Christmas Tree! It would also be a fab gift for the Harry Potter fan in your family. Just be sure to package it very carefully, as it is very fragile.
Let the Christmas crafting begin!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
So, when I came upon a pattern to make a houndstooth purse, I jumped on it. It's the ultimate in traditional style.
|Pattern by rakjpatterns.etsy.com|
When I get some time, I'm going to make this in other colors. Brown & cream is a definite. I'm also thinking about resurrecting some of those preppy color combos from my youth.
Color suggestions anyone?
After making two red purses and getting such great feedback, I decided to make one in another color. I thought an off-white color would give it an old-world Santa feel. Take a look!
|Santa wears white! After Labor Day! <gasp>|
Now that its done, I'm thinking more like Santa out on the town. Tuxedo-stylin' Santa! This is what Santa would wear, if he was Bing Crosby.
I love it! I don't think I'm selling it. Instead, I think I'll carry it every day....beginning December 1st.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The wristlette measures 6.5" wide x 4" tall. With a comfortable 4" wrist loop. It is fully lined, in cotton fabric, with a zipper. It fits very comfortably on the wrist and is secure way to carry your cash, cards and ID when holiday shopping. It also makes a lovely gift!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
That worked really well for a long time -- over 2 years. Of course, my projects were small then and I needed to finish them in order to see any mistakes and fix them with the next project. Then I started crafting for gifts and (keeping fingers crossed) profit. All good intentions went right out the window.
Now I have WIPs all over the house. Here's the purse I was working on for myself:
Doesn't look much like a purse, does it? It's the body and two side gussets. I still need to make 6 pockets and 4 pocket flaps & straps. Then I need to put it together, felt it, line it and put in a zipper. I was supposed to have this finished by September 1. After all, it's a pumpkin colored purse. I wanted to carry it in the fall. I will be VERY happy if it's ready for next fall. In fact, I vow right now on this little blog, that I will finish this purse. After Christmas. Right now I need to go finish two commissioned purses and a slew of Christmas gifts.....
Let me rephrase. I'll be very happy if I EVER finish this purse.
So, how big is your WIP pile?
Monday, November 14, 2011
Speaking of, here's a pic of my table at the SGG Fair:
|Thanks a million to my sister for taking the picture!|
I made a few sales. Handed out a lot of business cards and got some names & emails to start a mailing list. In all not bad. I have everything listed on Etsy, if anyone is interested. A felted purse makes a wonderful, personal, gift. Unique & one-of-a-kind!
I also have a bunch of Apple Jackets listed as well. These would make great teacher or co-worker gifts and excellent stocking stuffers! Remember fruit in the stocking? I do! Why not wrap it in a cozy?!? :-)
Now, to make some turkeys. I kid, I kid....
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I'm probably way over-thinking this, but it's been prep-week all. week. long. I have a list a mile long, but have finally crossed some things off. For instance I know
1. what I'm going to use to display my stuff
2. what I will use as a sign (I actually have a banner!)
3. that I have enough business cards
4. that my bags will look pretty (b/c they have a sticker on them with my logo)
What I don't know
1. do I have enough stock?
2. will anyone buy anything?
3. has this been a major mistake?
Three unknowns vs. four certainties. I think I'll be okay.
If you're in the area, the show is at St. Greg the Great School in Hamilton from 9-3pm on Saturday, November 12th. Hope to see you there!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
It's busy, busy, busy around here. I'm getting ready for my first craft fair -- coming up next week. They always have great vendors. I've shopped that fair for years and have gotten lots of lovely things. If you're in the area, I hope to see you at St. Greg's in Hamilton on November 12th.