Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sharing a Timely Poem

This was shared with me today and I hope you will click over to read it. Alexander McCall Smith is an author whose works I am not familiar with, but now that I've read his beautiful poem about these times we find ourselves in, I will definitely be reading his books!

Enjoy, be well.

https://www.alexandermccallsmith.com/news/poem



Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Prepping for Spring Craft Fair

Happy March, Lovelies! I hope your month is off to a great start. I'm back with my report on how I did on my February goals. The biggest goal was to submit my application for the Spring Craft Show to be held in May. I did complete my cute little red riding hood and made a few Valentines gifties, but the bulk of my attention was spent crafting inventory and prepping my displays.

These are the photos I submitted with our application plus a few more that my sister-in-law took on Super Bowl Sunday. I'm crossing my fingers that we'll be accepted! They review the applications on March 6th. Please wish me luck!

Enjoy the photos and I'll give you the goal report at the end:

The full view


Zooming on jars, cans and bottles- most of them painted with chalk paint and decoupaged with napkins. Deb makes the beautiful prayer flags- I know they're going to sell!

This little pillow is our whole philosophy- redeeming the discarded and making it beautiful.

These cans are pencil holders and the ones with moss are candle holders. I followed a tutorial on YouTube from Mark Montano to make them and I used digital downloads from Ephemera's Vintage Garden for the imagery- I think they're gorgeous!

I also did quite a bit of paper crafting inspired by Amber (Lyric Lover Crafts) on YouTube. 

I love this collection with the black and white florals and plan to make lots more! I also want to make more of these spool fairies- they are just so sweet.

Simple chalk painted lotion dispenser pumps.

I love these little paper bird house plant stakes and I've made four so far. I learned this craft from my paper crafting friend in Denmark, Pernille.

I think the pink roses are my favorite! Do you see how each flag in Deb's banner has a different virtue? So sweet!

I have been having so much fun revamping these wood hangers. From pedestrian to magical! I say that they are hangers your clothes would be proud to be seen with. Wouldn't they be wonderful for photo shoots or for hanging your outfit for work- what motivation to get dressed in the morning!

And a couple of sweet flower pots. We want the booth to feel like an enchanted garden and I plan to make more moss balls and tussie mussies. I am also making over sized pink coffee filter roses that we'll frame out our booth with. 

So my goals for February were:
  1. Submit application for craft fair- DONE!
  2. Finish craft booth displays- Almost done- few more coffee filter flowers!
  3. Four blog posts- I made three.
  4. Join a Facebook group for California crafters - I did, but it didn't really help me the way I thought it would. I wanted leads for good craft fairs in my area and help in navigating the process of obtaining my sellers permit.
  5. Lose four pounds- I lost one. :-(
  6. Make a $500 credit card payment- Made a $1,000 payment!
So, good month, all in all. I'll let you know what I hear from the organizers of the fair! Happy making, Friends!



Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Edith Flack Ackley Tiny Red Riding Hood Doll

Okay, just a few words...
This is what happens when you can't just sit and watch TV- I must always be working on something! Meet Little Red Riding Hood:




Saturday, February 01, 2020

January Makes

What a nice productive month January turned out to be creatively. I think I'll make this a regular practice- to document the makes from each month here on the blog. 
First, there is the January Junk Journal challenge on Instagram. I didn't keep up with it as a daily practice, but I have done a lot of the pages and I think I'll see it through. I've never done a daily prompt journal like this, but it's been such a pleasure to watch this little, unused purse calendar turn into a vibrant, scrappy journal!  















Second, I've been on a hanger kick! That sounds strange, but I recently came into possession of a stack of wooden hangers and this presented a new surface for embellishment. I've been doing different things with them. I painted them with chalk paint and some received napkin decoupage with little floral embellishments:



And then I bought some silicone molds on Amazon and made paper clay goodies that I then glued to the hangers. I think these are really lovely too! 





The hangers are in my shop and I will be taking them to the May craft show as well. Aren't they lovely?


And lastly, we have the lovely Miss Charlotte. If you haven't seen her before, there are more pictures of her creation in this post. I have become such an Ann Wood fan- I love all of her beautiful creations and want to make ALL. THE. THINGS! I've even joined a group on Ravelry dedicated to her Tiny Rag Doll called Tiny Rag Doll Nation (of course!). Speaking of Ann Wood, she has declared today the official start of the 2020 International Scrap Festival and who doesn't love that?






Friday, January 31, 2020

January Goals Recap and A Look at the February Goals

We are at the end of January and I am claiming success over my January goals!

To recap, those goals were:
  1. Lose four pounds. DONE! As of the 30th, I have lost 6!
  2. Earn $100 in my creative business. DONE! I have earned $167 with little side hustles!
  3. Pay off $500 in credit card debt. DONE! We paid $1,138 towards our credit card debt!

Now, to February. What are the February goals? First, let’s look at the bigger 2020 goals:
  1. Lose 52 pounds
  2. Earn $1,200 through Tender Arts Studio
  3. Pay off $10K of credit card debt
  4. Refinance house

So, I will say that trying to break up earning $1,200 into 12 months doesn’t really translate as well as I’d like. The money I made in January was more from selling excess household goods and to say it was through Tender Arts is a bit of a fudge. 

However… I do have some good income potential through this craft fair coming up in May. To make that happen, there are a number of steps to go through. First off, this Sunday, Deb and I are going to try to set up our craft booth in her spare room or maybe out on the patio and take photos so we can submit them with our application. I do not feel ready for that!

Then, there is the application itself and the fair requires a sellers permit and that seems complex, but the income potential is there and I’ve always said that I want to see how people react to my little cans and jars in real life to gauge if they’re actually sell-able. So, I think I need to focus on getting ready for that rather than trying to earn another $100 in February. 

Therefore, my February goals are:
  1. Get the temporary sellers permit
  2. Join a FB group for California crafters
  3. Finish the application process for Orangevale craft show
  4. Lose four pounds
  5. Pay off $500 in credit card debt
  6. Publish four blog posts

It's a little daunting, but very exciting!
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Meet Miss Charlotte








I am smitten with Miss Charlotte! She is from Ann Wood- you can find the pattern here. She is very tiny and very sweet. She is keeping Humble the mouse company, as you can see. Humble is also from Ann, but he's one of her very generous free patterns! I call him my little Ann Wood gateway drug!
Here's the link to her lovely free tutorials and patterns:

I'm having a lovely time planning accessories and things for the two of them. Lots of wonderful adventures await these two, I'm sure!