Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Holiday Craft Extravaganza

Only about a week and a half until the show. Yikes!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Etsy Purchase and Customer Creation

I just bought these two adorable little zip pouches as Christmas gifts from oblinaknit on Etsy.

They are just the cutest little things and so well made. I'm still trying to decide if I will keep the blue one for myself and find a different gift.

I always ask everyone I sell supplies to on Etsy to send pictures of the finished items if they feel like doing so. Strawberry Anarchy just did. She bought a bunch of felted beads from me a while back and used them to make this very colorful and creative necklace.

She has lots more beads so I await more fun creations in the future. It's so exciting to see what people have made out of the things I made.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Etsy FAST Trunk Show Today

The Etsy FAST Trunk Show is today at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn. And also online in the the Treehouse at the Etsy Virtual Labs from 6-8PM EST. I'll be at the online event--although I don't know exactly what will be going on. I do know that there will be a live webcam feed from the Trunk Show at the Labs and a bunch of Etsy FAST members will be there to chat and answer questions.

In conjunction with the Trunk Show, Etsy has picked a front page of Etsy FAST members and my paisley felted clutch is on it!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Clutches

Here are some of my new clutches. I've been meaning to start needle felting designs on them for quite a while now and I have finally gotten around to it.

(The top one is already for sale in my Etsy shop and the others will be for sale shortly.)

I like how they are turning out and I think I will be making more of them--kinda combines several things that I love to do.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Skull Cuff and Craft Show Info

I finished the skull cuff I was making for Chris's cousin.

I think it came out pretty well--especially for my first time knitting with beads. I hope Lauren likes it.

I am doing another craft show on December 8th in Royal Oak. It's another Etsy one--held by the Michigan Street Team, MICE (Michigan Independent Crafters of Etsy). I have only half of an eight foot table, so I'm a bit worried about fitting all of my stuff. Hopefully we will work out something amazing for a display by the time I need it.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Christmas Gifts in Progress

I've finished the red and white felted slippers I was working on and unfortunately the red felt has contaminated the white--it didn't bleed, but red fuzzies have embedded themselves into the white all along the lines where the colors meet. Argh.

I've never attempted to felt white before since most white yarns will not felt because of the bleaching process--so I didn't know that this would happen. They also came out too small for pretty much any adult I know. If I had bothered to make a gauge swatch, I might have not had that problem. Oh well, I'm chalking it up to experience and making a new pair. No white this time. And I'm planning to use a different yarn altoghether.

I'm also currently working on a pair of the same slippers for Chris's dad. I'm using the yarn I usually use to make my clutches and purses (Patons Classic Merino), so I feel a bit more hopeful about these. And if these come out too small, I'll be more likely to find someone they fit--like me perhaps.

I dyed the lighter brown since I couldn't find a color I liked for it--it came out exactly like I wanted so yay for that anyway.

I'm also working on another knitted project--a beaded skull wristwarmer for Chris's cousin, Lauren. It's from the book Stitch and Bitch Nation--the pattern is called The Bead Goes On.

It's my first time knitting with beads (or needles this small), but I think it's going very well. I'm doing it with white beads because I had them on hand and I wanted to get started.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Shameless Advertising

As I mentioned before, my Etsy street team, Etsy FAST (Fiber Arts Street Team) is having a trunk show at the Etsy Labs on November 16th. From now until then, many of the Etsy FAST shops are having sales--including mine. Currently everything in my Etsy shop is 15% off the price listed.

Check out the other shops participating in the sale by going to the Etsy FAST website.