Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Hoops

I recently found a great tutorial on how to make wonderful hoop earrings. I love these hoops! They're simple and sturdy and have a great clasp on them.

I played with some designs of what I could do with these hoops. I love these earrings, how simple they are but how they also look kind of fancy. I'm going to make several more pairs with all different gemstone beads

The tutorial for the hoops is here. http://etsywag.blogspot.com/2010/09/free-tutorial-basic-hoops.html

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Day

New Jersey was under a state of emergency today, so that meant no work. We got about 2 feet of snow. So how did I spend the day? I started creating my minion army!!!


I love this guy!! I want to make him a friend, shorter and with one eye. And now of course I really want to see this movie again haha

Here's the pattern I used. It's surprisingly simple, you only really need to know single crochet.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Menu

Luckily I have Friday off so I can pull this off.

On the menu for Christmas eve we have planned...
  • The 23 pound turkey that I got from work for free (WOO FREE STUFF)
  • Parmesan mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Spinach puffs
  • Garlic rolls
  • Mixed Berry Pie
  • Key Lime Cheesecake
  • Sangria with fruit
Must go grocery shopping!

Friday, December 17, 2010

More handmade gifts

Everyone except for my father in law is getting handmde gifts this year. This is what I made for my brother in law



He just recently took up golf so I found this lovely pattern for golf club covers here https://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/register.fcgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lionbrand.com%2Fpatterns%2FL0142AD.html  (You just have to register real quick to get the pattern)

The pattern itself isn't that complicated. This would be a great project for a beginner.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

ButterBeer

A little while ago, hubbs and I decided to watch all the Harry Potter movies. After watching them I was really curious about the delicious looking butterbeer that they were drinking. After a quick online search I came across this article which has a recipe on the bottom

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/07/02/harry-potters-butterbeer-recipe-uncovered/

Here's our attempt at butterbeer


When we made it, we did cheat quite a bit. To me it seems that the first half of the recipe describes making butterscotch syrup. So I decided to try just buying some premade syrup. And we added a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. YUM!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Peanut Ball

We threw a blanket over our couch the other day because the leather tends to get very cold, and the blanket makes it feel so warm and cozy. Well Peanut definately approves of the idea.

I just love when she rolls up into a little ball. It's so cute!!!

And of course not long after Kara had to come over and join her. She just loves to bug Peanut.



Aren't they so cute together

Monday, December 6, 2010

Finally

I finally took the plunge and bought some bulk shipping supplies. I've been putting off doing this for a very long time. I was terrified that the minute I bought some shipping items in bulk that I would be jinxing myself, that I would never have another sale again.

But I finally did it, I bought some and so far the sales are still slowly trickling in, so maybe I didn't jinx myself afterall *crosses fingers*

My favorite thing that I bought is the sticky labels to print my paypal shipping labels on to. I know it's not the most exciting thing in the worls, but I'm excited about it, look how nice and professional my packages look now.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pretty!

We put our Christmas tree and lights up on Black Friday. It took me a while to get some pictures, and they came out kind of  bad. But here's our tree


And of course the kitties use the tree skirt as a cat bed



Kara learned a new trick with the tree. She quickly learned that if she jumped up and tried to knock off an ornament that she would get yelled at and have things thrown at her. So now when she wants to knock off an ornament she climbs inside the tree and reaches her little paw through to bat at the ornaments. On the one hand I'm mad that she's trying to mess with the tree, but on the other hand I have to give her credit for figuring out a way to keep doing it but in a way that I can't throw things at her

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Scrub a dub dub

For the first time, most of the gifts I'm giving are all handmade, and mostly all crocheted.

For one of the gifts I've been looking for a good pattern for a while. I found a few different ones but when I made them, there was something just not right about them. But I finally found the perfect pattern for what I was looking for, a bath puff!

I did change one thing from it though. I didn't do the 4th and final row. Ok well I DID make the 4th row, and it came out so big and heavy that the only thing I think this puff would be good for would be to wash a car. So I undid the last row and I liked it much better with just the three rows.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Great News!

Etsy has finaly established coupon codes! We've been waiting for this for a long time!!!!

In order to celebrate I've created a code just for my blog readers. Enter this code at checkout and you'll get 15% off! First person to use the code and let me know if it works or not also gets a free gift

here's the code: BLOGDISCOUNT

Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm still here

I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that I haven't abandonend the blog, I've just been really sick. I promise soon though back to regular posts

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tiny Trees

I know I've said it before, but I just love making these little trees! These are a bit different than my usual ones though since they're not in a round frame. I didn't have enough of the chip beads so I used all round beads and I do like the results


They're smaller than they look, only about an inch tall

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More crocheting

I haven't been working on too much jewelry lately. I've been more about crochet lately. I'm still working on the new granny square blanket, I think I have 3/4 of the squares I need made already.

Another thing I've been working on are these Iphone cases.



Aren't they cute! I'll be adding them to my shop soon. Yeah, I decided instead of trying to balance multiple shops I'll just put everything into one, crochet stuff, supplies, destash, jewelry, etc.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Update

Just a quick update on my experiment.

So far I think that there's been some success. I've definitely noticed more views on my items. Sales are still sporadic though.

I've also started posting every new item listed on my facebook fan page. We'll see if that makes a difference too.

Friday, October 15, 2010

An Etsy Experiment

This week I started an experiment with my shop. Since I have a TON of new items to list I wanted to try to figure out the best way to do it. I know that I wanted to list items little by little every day, to keep myself at the top of the searches, instead of just listing a ton of things all at once. So, I went into my google analytics, and found out what time of day my shop was getting the most views. Turns out I get the most views between 1pm and 3pm, with the peak being 3pm. So I'll be listing three items a day, one at 1:00, one at 2:00, and one at 3:00. Lets see if this makes a difference

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Jewelry Storage Solution

In an earlier post I talked about a way to store my earrings to make it easier to travel to craft shows. Well since I'm not doing anymore shows (except for next year's Witches Ball) I wanted something nicer, a way to store them to make it easier to pack them for shipping. So here's what I did.

First I had a great discount for vistaprint.com, so I ordered some new business cards with my own design


Then, I cut them in half (and trim off that extra strip of black on the left side)



Then I poke some holes in the cards and put earrings, or other jewelry on them. 

And then they go into individual plastic baggies and into one of several plastic shoeboxes for storage.

Most of my craft show inventory is not listed on my Etsy shop, but I'm slowly getting them all listed  now. It's slow going since I'm only listing 3 or 4 items a day. I already have over 100 items! So keep an eye on my shop for lots and lots of new items over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Decorating

After we recovered from The Witches Ball, on Sunday we sepent some time decorating outside for Halloween.
How cute are those pumpkins? I love the colors. It's hard to tell because it was still light out when I took the picture but there's a ton of lights strung all over the railing and beams. Pretty purple and orange lights.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Witches Ball

I've been talking about it for a while, and The Witches Ball finaly came and went. I have to say it was the most fun I've ever had at a show.

Overall the show was a blast. We took turns sitting at our table and walking around. There was a ton of foot traffic, and some really great costumes.

I made a good amount of money and we decided that overall we're done with shows but we're definately going to do THIS show again next year!






Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weekend Cuteness!

I was taking pictures and happened to have my camera nearby to capture lots of cuteness this weekend.

Look how funny she is when she's sleeping!

This is both cats watching a squirel on the balcony. We have a lot of them here and the girls love watching them

Aren't they cute together!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Blanket

A while ago, I made a granny square blanket. I loved it! The colors of it, the style of it, and I had so much fun making it. Unfortunately what I didn't know at the time was that I had been finishing off the squares wrong. I figured that out when I was cuddling under the blanket one day and noticed that many of the squares were unraveling. So what did I do with that blanket?

Yep, it's now a kitty bed.

Since I had so much fun making the first one, I've started on a second one. And I'm making sure to secure the threads very well. These are the colors I'm using that hubbs helped pick out.



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Pendant

I've been workin on this new pendant for a while, and guess what.....it's not made of clay haha.

This has actually been one of the trickiest things I've ever made with wire. I spent a lot of time first drawing out the design, figuring out a way to fit in the swirls and what to do in the center of it. Then forming the wire to match the drawing. Making the frame was quite frustrating. Keeping everything symetrical is not one of my strong points.


I wanted to do something different with gemstones. I was originally thinking of putting lots of tiny beads in all different collors all over the pendant, but as it came together there was so much going on in it already that I think just the one bead in the center was perfect. And don't you just love that shade of blue?

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Show

Well it looks like The Witches Ball will be my last show.

Overall it wasn't a horrible experience, but I don't think that I bring in enough money to justify the trouble. I made enough to cover the table, materials, dinner, and still have a good amount left over, but I didn't reach my goal.

The day was beautiful. The temperature was warm and there was a beautiful breeze all day. We were under a big tree so we had shade too. One thing I'm very happy about is that I have never had a rude customer. I've heard horror stories from other sellers about rude people and I'm very thankful that they've never come to my table.

After the show was over and we were home and relaxing and watching tv, we both remembered something very important. It was our wedding anniversary! Saturday was the 4th anniversary of our Las Vegas wedding, and we both forgot!

I will leave you with some earrings I just listed

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tomorrow

The show is tomorrow and I'm getting nervous. I've been packing for the past couple days, and making sure I have enough items. This is going to be the biggest show I've done so far and the most space I've had to fill up. This is also my first outdoor event so I've had to modify some of my displays. Many of my displays would blow over in the wind, they would just act as sails, so I've put together a bunch that are lower.

This show is going to be the test. The last two shows I did had factors against them, one was a brand new show that didn't advertise and had a very low turnout, and the other show ended up being on the hottest day of the year and had a low turnout. But in both shows I managed to make more than my table cost plus what I spent setting up. Tomorrow's show is well established, well advertised, and the weather is supposed to be very nice. So if I make a good amount of money then I will continue to pursue doing shows, if not then I will go to the Witches Ball which I already paid for and that will be the end of the shows.

And just so this isn't a completely boring post, here's a picture of one of my latest clay creations.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's here!


My favorite time of the year! FALL IS HERE! Well almost. I really love this time of year, the cooler temperatures, the leaves changing colors, cider, pumpkins, and of course Halloween!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Even more clay

I'm still playing around with clay. I bought a few more colors to play with too. The only problem I'm still having is baking. It seems that either when I take them out they're still a bit soft, or they're overcooked and the color is off. But I'm having a lot of fun with the different colors and combining them. I made a few more Halloween themed items which I think are really cute. These aren't finished yet, they still need to be sealed but I couldn't wait to take some pictures of them.
Vampire bite hearts
I made these in a bunch of different colors.














This heart was really tricky. It involved making several identicle hearts in different colors, cutting them apart, sticking different colored pieces together and adding the teeny tiny little bits of black clay to form the stitches. It reminds me a lot of Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Sally's Heart

And these were just plain fun. It took some practice to form the petals all the same, but I think they're so cute!

Treasuries!

I've recently gotten convos informing me of THREE treasuries my items have been in recently. I'm so excited, I usually don't get into treasuries! And all of these are so beautiful!


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c8c2c1ba5dd8eef0b841b8d/for-all-eternity?index=0
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c917515b4a86d918ccd42d9/recycled-talent-fasonable-and-elegant?index=0
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c9174acb4a86d9107ad42d9/a-goddess-needs-her-accessories

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Earring Box

I solved a small problem today. What to do with all those earrings until their bought, or in betwen craft shows. I'd been thinking about this for a while. I wanted to store them in a way that I could just throw in the car and take to shows, and then store them neatly at home so they were out of the way. This is what I came up with.

It turned out to be pretty simple. I bought a bunch of these plastic shoe boxes at Walmart a while ago, for like $.5o I think. Well I took one, drilled a few small holes through the sides, fed some thick wire through and hung the earrings. The wires are low enough that I can still easily put the lid on. And I can just take the box, put it on a shelf in the closet, or put it in the car and go. I love it! Here's what it looked like before all the earrings were in it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stats!

Did you guys see this? The Stats link in your blog dashboard. Check it out

Destashing!

So, I'm using my second shop (http://www.handmadefindings.etsy.com/) to destash some beads, as well. While looking for something, I came up on a box full of old beads that I had completely forgotten about. Lovely beads, and lots of them. So destash it is!

Here are some of the ones I've photographed so far

These incredibly beautiful amethyst beads. It kind of hurst to list them, I mean look how incredibly purple they are. But I never use these in my jewelry. At 6mm, they're really just too big for my taste.




I also came across a ton of these, in all different colors. They look like Swarovski bicones, but they're not. They're actually lucite, but I don't think you can tell the difference just by looking at them






I just know I have more things I can list. Now it's like a scavenger hunt through all my storage bins to see what I can list!