Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Challenge You!

I came across this article 10 Easy DIY Crafts for Moms on Babble (I looovvveeee Babble. If you are a parent, want to be a parent, have parents, you have to check it out). The article appeared to be speaking my language. Easy, DIY, crafts, moms...sounds perfect for me. After some further investigation, I am not entirely convinced of this. Seems like a lot of messy supplies needed for some, but maybe I am wrong. I am not that mom that let's them glitter, glue, cut up, paint and make a huge mess (they do that well enough with out paint and glue and sticky stuff). Ugh that sentence made me feel like a terrible mother. They color with crayons and markers and that sort of thing though! I do try and encourage art and reading and all all that!

Back to the point. I am looking for 9 people to try out one of these projects and guest blog about it here. I am tempted to be brave and try the Family Wall Art since I just guilt tripped myself for not letting the kiddos paint. If you are dying to do that one I am willing to give it up, just please don't leave me with one of the two projects that require sewing!

So if you are interested please leave a comment with which project you would like to take on and let's see if they are really "Simple ideas with incredible results".

Monday, July 18, 2011

I Make Wreaths


For all you not named Missy and your birthday is not July 29th please read on and enjoy the blog.

As you could probably gather I have a friend named Missy and her birthday is coming up. Now we do not normally do presents for adults these days but I was on Stumble Upon and I stumbled upon this KoJo Designs Tutorial for a tea wreath. It mentioned it was great for a tea drinking friend. Missy is definitely a tea drinking friend. Perfect! Plus it meets all my requirements. I don't have to sew anything, I had everything I needed on hand, it hardly takes any time at all! Whoo Hoo! Now I must confess I am terrible at following directions when it comes to creativity. If you would like the exact science of how to do this I would follow the link to KoJo Designs. This is my general idea, personal attempt at a smaller version of the wreath.

For the base I used a piece of cardboard that came with a shirt my daughter was sent for her birthday. I knew I kept it for something! I used a small plate to trace the outer circle and this container for the inside.

Cutting out the inside circle was harder than I thought.

I picked this pretty but neutral paper for Missy.
I used spray adhesive to attach the base to the paper, then made little cuts all around it to fold over.

Hmm my inner circle is not very round. I don't mind it though.

Glued scraped of the same paper to clothespins (Contrasting would be cute too)

My biggest problem was spacing the clothespins. I should have marked where they went better.

Glued a ribbon for hanging

Clipped on the tea bags and hung.
It could also be a cute memo holder or something. I hope she likes it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Make a Yo-Yo

I feel this entire blog is going to be misleading. The title might make you think I am creating the timeless children's toy and my using fabric, a needle and thread for this project may make you think I am sewing. Neither is true.
In one of the bags of "stuff" sent home with me after Crafty Grandma's passing I found a bag of fabric circles. Some of the circles had been stitched (this is how I get away with it not being sewing) closed. I remember one time seeing the bag and Grandma telling me they were yo-yos.  She would sit and stitch them together while watching all her favorite public television shows (we loved Are You Being Served?)
In the spirit of wanting use the things coming from Grandma I pulled them out and started stitching together the remaining circles. Now many people probably already know how this is done, but for those of you like me, still trying to figure it all out, this is how I did it (that is not to say it is the right way or anything)

6" circle

Weave needle and thread in and out

Pull tight as you go until get all the way around. I stitched over the beginning and then knotted the thread.

I added a bead to this one.
 I have done a few different things with the yoyos. I made a few into brooches. I adore them as hair accessories most of all.

I am trying to get over my very real picture phobia (I sometimes cry when people take my pic. I am not kidding I can not help it) So this is ME!
By the way this is me the day of the failed craft show and having stayed up all night preparing, slapping on some eyeliner and calling it good. I loved my yoyo bobby pins so much I was willing to post a pic in them.
We also stuck one on a headband
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and yesterday I started making some for Christmas
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That is my beautiful daughter modeling them for me. This girl is not afraid of the camera at all! She loves posing for pictures.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I Make Business a Craft

I had every intention of showing everyone how I was going to take my boring little desk and turn it into a beautiful space. I got as far as taking the "before" picture:

Since then I have been trying to network like a mad woman. I conducted an interview on The House of Random Blog with another Etsy shop, read here. I was asked to write a guest blog for another blog called Dough, Dirt & Dye, read here. I received a custom request and made some clay pinwheels for Etsy shop mydogandi. I hope I get to see what they do with them.
We sold another one of The House of Random Queenie's awesome Key Fobs  (this one is still for sale)
I set up a Twitter but I have no idea how to use it yet (click the word twitter and help me PLEASE). Again I fully intend to make my little kitchen office all cute and organized next week. However I can make no promises.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Make More Blogs

Remember about two months ago when I said "So I am starting a blog?!? What on earth am I thinking."?  Well, I just started a second blog. I am still going to be blogging here about myself and all my crazy ideas and experiences. The new blog is about our (Minnie, Queenie, and myself) Etsy shop The House of Random and all that goes on with that in a very organized specific way (we'll see how long that lasts). The plan is to feature other Etsy shops and interview their owner(s) and hopefully some of them will feature us and interview us. It is way harder than I thought it was going to be to get attention for our shop. I am still pushing on and learning as much as I can as fast as I can. I would love if you all would go over to our new blog cleverly titled The House of Random (not to be confused with The House of Random the shop, no wait, yes it is) and follow us.

So the next blog for here will probably be about me redecorating the desk in the corner of the kitchen my office. Or not.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Have a Mouse

I am not afraid of mice. My little brother had mice and rats as pets. I would hold them, feed them, all that sort of thing. There is just something about a mouse scurrying across the kitchen floor that sends me screaming like a little girl down the hall way. After the black flash of a mouse disappeared under the stove the other day I got my heart rate in check and my mind churning. Mice, mouse holes, The Borrowers, under floor, behind wall worlds...then this is what happened next:

Rolled out some brown polymer clay

Set the pasta maker on the thinnest setting and rolled out some black

Put it together and trimmed the edges added some eyes (not in pic)

Viola a mouse hole...and baseboard cleaning day.

The holes don't just have to be for mice.

Watching the front door. Why yes the porch is sinking.

Eyes on the coffee pot. My kind of girl.
Now that I have shown you how I make them if you like them but don't want to make it yourself check out my Etsy shop and "request custom item" I can make them any size or shape. Just eyes will start at $5.00 and go up depending on size. The people will cost a little more but how cute would it be to have a mini doppelganger family living in your walls?

Friday, June 10, 2011

I Glue Fabric to Cards

My super crafty grandma passed away a little over a year ago. I still miss her everyday. Grandma could just about do anything, sewing, doll making, knitting, crochet, quilting, needle work...etc etc etc. Grandma also had a little bit of an online shopping habit and soon had a craft room full of patterns, fabric, and just stuff. My mother and Aunts went through and choose some special things they wanted or would use. After that my grandpa started sending home bags of fabric and odds and ends with me every time I come over. Now have a closet full of fabric. The problem is I DON'T SEW. (get it) My lovely cohorts Minnie and The Queen of the Universe will occasionally come by and snag a few yards here and there and ask me four or five times 'are you sure it is OK?' I am sure ladies there is a whole lot more waiting for me at Grandpa's house. I love seeing being used too. Every once in awhile I will open that closet and the smell of it will put me into tears. It isn't a particularly good smell. Grandma lived in the country (well country for California) and the house always had a musty, earthy, cat, dog, old people kind of smell (sorry Grandpa). I wanted to find a way to use some of this fabric myself. I like little projects I can start and finish in a day. Sadly I do not have a craft room and everything I am working on needs to be put away in the little closet every night. So the requirements were: little project, use fabric, no using the sewing machine. This is what resulted.

Ever since I added Picasa Photo Viewer I can't rotate my pictures! Does anyone know how to fix this?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I Make My Own Display

As I was preparing for the failed craft show (see previous blog) I was looking for ways to display some bracelets I had made. Just laying them out on the table didn't look nice, besides they kept getting tangled together. I looked online for cheap jewelry displays (even though I knew Mr. Clean said the craft budget was empty). All of a sudden Minnie's voice popped up in the back of my head 'you could make that'. Uh-Oh. Well, a paper towel roll, duct tape, rice, black fabric, hot glue, and a faux (I prefer the word faux over fake it makes me feel less cheap) flower later....
Testing out the length I wanted.

Duct tape the entire way around. I taped the very bottom twice and added rice.

After duct taping the entire top so it won't lose it's shape I covered each piece separately using hot glue. Then glued them together.

The glue mark was ugly so I took one of the flowers with the giant safety pin on back (see other blog) and pinned it to the center. Viola!

Unfortunately it has not gotten any use. It was way to windy for anything to stay put that day. I have to say not one grain of rice came out though and it is still ready to stand and hold bracelets when it's time comes. Soon little jewelry stand...soon.

Friday, May 20, 2011

I Don't Want to Talk About it

...but maybe I should. It will be a week tomorrow since our first "Craft Fair" took place. Deep breath. I am going to attempt to explain this day as positively as possible. Um. I learned a lot? Like pop up tents fly really far on windy days and can rip the leg clean off. I think borrowed from a friend pop up tents crash harder than any others. The same wind can clear off a table of jewelry. buttons, vases, and bibs no matter how weighed down very quickly. People don't go to outdoor craft fairs when it is cold all. No I am not kidding. No one was there. Minnie's cousin and Queenie's parents stopped in for a pity buy (I'll take it). Then I sold a little bag of beads to the vendor two booths down. It was a disaster. Two out of three of us actually cried.
So now our tears have been shed and we are putting our big girl pants back on. I set up an Etsy shop and made a facebook page and we are going to get some of our money back and keep pushing forward. Yesterday night we got our first sale! I know it takes time and effort to get a business going and I am not going to quit. I want this. I am not giving up on it. So a I ask for your help. Spread the word around. More crafting to come!

Friday, May 13, 2011

I'm Ambitious?

I always joke with my sister-in-law about being ambitious. She will elaborately explain how we could make something we are thinking about buying and I will say "Too ambitious!" ....ok  it is not like ahe suggest I build a boat but she might as well. You have to know my sister-in-law to really understand this. She is stunningly beautiful and kind and everything girls like to hate in other girls. When I first met her I decided I was not going to like her. Why? Because I am awful. We met at the Lake and she was all sweet as pie in her bikini talking in her Minnie Mouse voice. I was grungy and tired and not expecting to meet anyone from my new boyfriends family. Thank God Minnie (hahaha) is who she is. She tells people she made me be friends with her but really once I got to know her I couldn't help it. Being friends with her stopped me from predetermining how someone was going to react to me. Had she not come into my life I would have missed out on some wonderful friendships with people because I would have done to them what I tried to do to my sis-in-law and they wouldn't have decided to love me anyway like she did. So anyway enough about that! The point is I saw an ad about a craft fair in town and asked Minnie and my friend The Queen of the Universe (that is a whole other story) if they would do it with me. Queenie and Minnie are both great at sewing and putting together fabrics to make awesome skirts and dresses and aprons etc etc etc. Well I was a little surprised they agreed! So I got all gung-ho about it and now the fair is tomorrow. I have been working my butt off (golly I wish that were a literal statement) and I want to show you what I have done!  It is pretty ambitious especially for me.