Quite a while ago I posted a video tutorial on how to make a crochet i-cord, and recently someone asked me what I did with the icords I made. Purse handles? pillow edging? Nope.
I'm pretty proud.
OK - full disclosure. I'm not actually FINISHED, finished. I only need about 3 more yards.
So if I want to make another rug like this I'll have to remember that I need 203 yards of cording - that's awkward.
I might be hooked on XL crochet for a while, but not exclusively. I mean I don't see this being a very viable commuting project. I've gotten pretty good and knitting and crocheting while standing on BART but I think a rug might be doing a little bit too much - even for me.
The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming!!
When you hand make many of your gifts that's about how it feels - a date that suddenly looms dangerously close.
But I have a plan this year - I'm starting with the gifts that need to be sent the farthest - so to my NY folks be excited - be very excited ;)
I'm this close to finishing the first of my secret projects. Everything should be complete, and beautiful, and photographed (with my real camera - not just my phone) this week.
In the meantime...
Don't let the grandma-doilyness of the photo fool you. The cropped areas are hiding a big surprise.
In other news, as the little Mr and Ms get older I'm being drawn more and more to the idea of house rules. Here are some of my favorites:
from: Cool Wall Art
The final line in this one is "If it doesn't concern you, don't mess with it"
from: The Print Boutique
What do you think about house rule as a poster? Do you have written rules in your house?
Over the last few weeks I've been making more cup sleeves (always fun), and I realized that I actually always have 2 or 3 in constant rotation.
One of the reasons I usually have at least 2 in my purse at all times is because they're actually really useful for my Little Mr. also. We like Jamba juice - especially now that they have those fruit and veggie smoothies. Inevitably the cup will be too cold for his hands. I pop one of these puppies on his cup and I've instantly avoided several minutes of brain numbing whining about hands that may or may not be FREEZING, and a napkin that's "not working" or "keeps falling off."
It's the little things in life right?
So the new listing is for 3 coffee cup sleeves (although, clearly there's no need to relegate them solely to the coffee realm), and combinations of solid or multi-colored sleeves.
Sorry for all the exclimations - wait, not I'm not. I'm way too excited because I'm hosting the next craft night at Modern Mouse, Thursday August 11th.
I'll be showing how to turn thrift store bangels into adorable bracelets like these
So, if you're in, or near Alameda, make sure you swing by craft night from 5-7
So much has been happening I barely had time to write any of it down
I sold two items in my first month over at Modern Mouse in Alameda (yay!).
The ladies that run that store are great and I need to figure out a way to hang out there more; Oh yea-I'm trying to be a Modern Mouse groupie. Plus, on top of having amazing merchandise, they have a monthly craft night. I think it's perfect for anyone looking for a craft night that's not in San Francisco.
I've been working on a few new things for the shop. More of the beaded necklaces in awesome color combos like this one
also, lots of tiny crochet
one done...more in progress
Then there's Little Mr and Ms Lady
Oh, and I have to update you on the Craft Hope bracelet project.
So come back soon (maybe even later today), and often, for updates on all of that plus a new tutorial I've been working on that's magical.
Do you see what I see??
That's right, those are my neclaces in an almost professional looking display tag.
Because simple truths is in a store!!!!! wooooo hoooooo!!! do the running man, do the running man...uhh uhh yea!
OK - I just had to get that out. Here are the specifics - for those of you who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, if you haven't checked out Modern Mouse in Alameda, you should. Everything they sell is handmade by (mostly) local artists - now including ME!
The first batch of merchandise includes: spiral (regular and mini) and hoop crocheted earrings
and my beaded necklaces.
I'm hoping to also add my recycled T accessories and the coffee cup cozies later this year.
The packaging part was somewhat difficult. I knew that I wanted the necklaces to hang, but finding hang tags for necklaces is not easy. So much so that I ended up making my own. For the earrings I used my tiny hole hole-puncher and turned my moo cards into earring cards.
The best thing about the earring display is that when someone buys my earrings they automatically have my business card and a photo of another type product I make.
Thanks for hanging in through a few weeks of spotty posts while I got everything prepped.
In other news - why is it still raining? We doing usually get rainy, hot chocolate weather in the middle of May, but that's exactly what I'm about to make; a mug of spicy hot chocolate mmmmm
Two of my favorite rings sold a little bit ago and that left my ring selection lacking so I put together 6 more. Here a some picures of a few.
This is one of my new petite blooms
In completely unrelated news, this is my last week of maternity leave.
I am not even responsible for this awesomeness. Mr Man lets me sleep in with Little Ms while he hangs out with our early riser (I used to be a morning person, honest!). Well, one morning I finally make my way out of the room and I'm greeted with this beautiful table. I immediately picture baked goods that can be prepared, pizza dough that can be topped....but the real wonderfulness is just being able to sit down with a plate of food without having to excavate a space.
granny charms galore
I'm still loving these little granny squares. I've got one on my key chain and a couple on my favorite purse. They make me smile.
A quick word about the CC sweaters; I've been making these for a while now - It actually started out as something I wanted for myself. Then I made one for my sister and mom. Since then, almost every month or so I have a new request from a friend or someone my mom or sister works with.
BUT, I've only sold one in the shop...just one, in the past year. Maybe virtual interest is just lagging behind real life.
More colors are on the way - moss green, cobolt blue, bold red.....and wait until you see the bracelets. These are one of my favorite summer accessories because they're so light. Who wants metal or plastic against their skin when it's hot outside?
With only one more week left in February, spring is upon us (although truth be told, it seems like winter JUST arrived here in the Bay Area). I've been busy thinking, planning and working on the spring/summer 2011 items for the shop.
It's gonna be fun.
more recycled t shirt accessories - necklaces, cowls, bracelets...
granny square fun - necklaces, key chain charms, bracelets...
beaded strands that can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet...
As always, I'll make sure I have a few cowls and scarves in the shop for folks who are coming up to their cool weather season.
So I've been addicted to granny sqaures lately - especially little ones; about the size of a half-dollar. After a couple of late nights I ended up with a small stack of them.
Well, I'm part of the California Crafters Club of Etsy and this year I'm participating in this great cross-promotional effort that I'm hoping will at least increase the traffic to my shop.
I've also been brainstoring for new items for the shop. This covered both categories.
I was just going to make them as key chains but then I found some ball chain laying around the house and realized that my mini grannies made great little charms.
I have a few of these in the shop right now and more are on there way. Playing with the color combinations is the most fun - any suggestions?
There's more granny square love still to come.
Last year, for earth day, I whipped up these cotton rounds for a custom order I recieved.
Then a few months later I made another batch for a friend. Then, just a few weeks ago we ran out of cotton balls. Instead of buying yet another plastic bag (boo) full of cotton balls or rounds that would be tossed after one use (double boo), I decided to spend an evening making some reusable cotton rounds for myself.
I made 8, in two different sizes and I really like them. They don't absorb liquid and quickly and easily as an airy cotton ball, so for some things I get them wet first. But aside from getting used to that, they're pretty great. I only toss them in the washing machine every few weeks because I typically just rinse out the one I just used - maybe even use a little hand soap - and let it dry over night.
plus they look great in my bathroom
This is what's been going on over here...
we celebrated a first Christmas
checking out the outside world
being amazed - or maybe bored...
And after they all go to sleep I've been finishing these
I'll be back with regular posts soon. Something new I'm going to be doing this year are occasional how-to posts.
Good times :)
button scarves and cowls
hand drawn cards by morgan
my mom helped :)
I haven't done enough of these to truly measure my success but I made some money, passed out some cards, met some great people (the coffee cart guys were my favorite), and didn't go into labor. All-in-all, I'd call that a success.
It was the first time I'd presented and sold things "live" so seeing the reactions and answering questions was really great. I definitley got the most appreciation from other crafters and artists, and surprisingly, from the pre-teen set. Who would have thought that 12-year olds would have such wonderful taste in accessories :)
There was plenty that didn't sell so I'll be adding all sorts of fun to the etsy shop over the next several days.