Friday, July 30, 2010

So pretty!

Have you guys heard of these? RAINBOW ROSES. They're so beautiful, I want one so bad!!


It's interesting how they make them. The stem of the rose is split and each part is inserted into different colored water. The rose naturally absorbs the water into it's petals resulting in the beautiful rainbow.


Don't you just want a dozen?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Weekend review

Saturday was the show. How did it go? Well.....

It was hot. I mean HOT. This past Saturday the temperature reached 101 degrees, and the building we were in did not have air conditioning.


Because of the heat as you can imagine not as many people came to the show as were expected. But I still managed to make some good money, but it was a miserable day. We did leave early though, and I heard that almost half of the scheduled vendors didn't even bother coming.

Here's what my table looked like, sorry it's such a bad photo


I've always heard of horror stories from people who work craft shows, people who are rude and insulting to their work, want things for less than they're worth and such. But I've been very fortunate that the two shows that I've done, the people who came to them have been wonderful. Everyone has been polite and nice. So, if you're reading this post, and you've seen me at one of the shows I've done, thank you for being so friendly.

I've been debating for a while whether or not I want to do more shows. I have several more applications, and they're not very expensive. The trouble is, the two shows I've been in so far have been poor examples. The first one was not advertised at all and hardly anyone showed up, this second one because of the heat, hardly anyone showed up. But in both shows I made significantly more than what I paid for the table. That makes me want to keep doing them.

On Sunday, we had tickets to our favorite theater, the Bucks County Playhouse. If you're in the area, or near the area you must check out this little theater. I don't know exactly why I love them so much. The building is old and small, the seats are falling apart, taped up and not the most comfortable. But I just love this theater so much. We go there a few times a year.

We had tickets to see 42nd Street. I'd been dying to see it, would you believe I've never seen it before? The first act was fantastic. Great dancing, fun music, and even a very funny incorporation of an announcement for a Jeep in the parking lot with it's top down and it beginning to rain.

Unfortunately the rain was turning into quite a storm, and during intermission the power went out. We sat and waited for about 20 minutes and then they told us to leave. So we never got to see the second act. The good thing is that we'll get free tickets to another show, which we will definitely be using.

Hope you guys all had a great weekend!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's so cute

I recently found this tutorial for a super cute little butterfly pendant. (take a look at the rest of the site too, it's great!)

How friggen cute is it!! And so tiny! I did make it just alittle differently than the tutorial said. I wrapped the wings to the body with a criss cross weave. And you know what, the wings flap too!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Getting ready

It's one week from tomorrow. I'm getting nervous. This should be a much bigger show than the last one I did.

To display my earrings I use several of these wire grids.

They work very well. I can arrange them into any shape I want, they're sturdy and they look neat. But they are just a bit on the bland side. One of the things I've done to try to brighten them up is connect them with bright yarn instead of the standard connectors.

Another thing I've been working on to make the earring displays nicer is my own earring cards. I've been working on them for about a month, trying different designs, different proportions and such. I finally came up with a design that I absolutely love

I just love the swirls! I shamelessly used the printer at work to print about 200 of these little cards and it looks like this weekend will be spent cutting them all out. My idea is to cut them following the curves of the swirls.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Oops!

I just realized that I forgot to weigh in yesterday! How could I have forgotten weigh in Wednesday??? I suppose it was for the best though, since hubbs and I went away for the weekend and well we had fast food more than a few times durring the weekend. I probably gained back a few pounds. But I just KNOW that next Wednesday will be back on track and I'll have a great loss to share.

Coming soon I'll have some pictures of everything I'm working on to get ready for the craft show on July 24th. I've been busy busy busy.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Weigh in Wednesday

The last few days have been brutal. So hot. Too hot to spend any length of time in the kitchen, especially over a hot stove. So I've been looking for some super easy, quick, and "no-cook" recipes for dinner.



SHRIMP SALAD STUFFED TOMATOES


Ingredients:
1 pound peeled cooked shrimp, tails removed, chopped
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
10 Kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
1 medium shallot, minced
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
4 large ripe tomatoes, cored



Directions:
Combine shrimp, celery, basil, olives, shallot, mayonnaise, vinegar and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Carefully hollow out the inside of each tomato using a melon baller or small spoon. To serve, fill each tomato with a generous 1/2 cup of the shrimp salad.








Long weekends are so bad for my diet. No loss to report today. Gained a few pounds over the weekend, and then lost them. I'm back to where I was last week.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Busy Hands

Every night as we sit and watch tv I have to do something with my hands to keep them busy. That's actually how the jewelry making started. If my hands aren't busy, then I'm falling asleep or looking for something to eat.


Lately a lot of what I've been doing is crochet. But nothing with any purpose, just practicing various stitches, trying out new ideas and such. Last night I made something that well I don't really know what to do with it but I absolutely love it.


I made a doily!


(ignore the cat hair in the picture)
It's not very big, maybe 6 inches across, and it took FOREVER. I kept unraveling it and starting over, recounting stitches, trying different number of chains and such. When it was done I didn't know what to do with it.....except to make another




I guess I could make a bunch of them in different colors and call them coasters for my upcoming show.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I still haven't heard anything from The Witches Ball about being a vendor, but I see that they cashed my check. So hopefully I will get some kind of communication from them soon about it. So it looks like I'm doing THREE shows in the upcomming months....oh boy. If all goes well I'd love to make doing shows a regular thing and earn some extra money.


Oh and one of my crochet bracelets was in this lovely treasury....THANK YOU Ponder!