Been hard at work cleaning up and organizing the crafty room in the basement
YES! I finally have a basement!
I have my desk set up for cutting material, I have my sewing table set up with my heavy duty machine and the serger is cleaned and oiled and working, my mannequin is at the side of the table ready to model my wares, and the steamer is anxiously waiting some work.
This is great! It’s been over 6 months since I’ve done any sewing, and just in the last week I’ve sat down to work on some bead work. Next up: doing something with all the metal I have and making some simple earrings.
Thinking about all these beautiful things today and how lucky I am to have them in my life.
All is well here, keeping very busy, and some personal life changes happening. It’s all good stuff though.
I hope you are well.
These are some of my favorites – copper found wire, sterling ear wires and eye pins, and earth tone beads. About 4in/10cm long, and 3in/7.6cm wide. Hammered copper for style and texture.
Like them? You can find them here.
Show has started! A big venue, a big turnout, so far it’s all awesome.
Hope you can make it!
Weekly chores are done – lawn mowing, vacuuming, mopping, some laundry – now working on items for the Big Bang Bazaar. You’ll find these earrings, and others like it, at my booth. I hope you can make it. If you’re one of the first 100 you’ll get some cool swag bag stuff, some by me, some by other vendors, so get there early to claim your stash.
Anna is guarding the house from the back of the couch, Duke is sleeping in the middle of the living room, and Lola is on her pillow. I might take a nap soon too.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
I’m working on a display for my earrings. My husband was telling me that we have chicken wire I can use, as opposed to just a singular hanging wire. I might do that instead, it gives me more options for hanging my jewelry.
I think I may try distressing the frame color also. Give it some flair.
Who doesn’t like flair?
Working on taking some other good photos of the swag bag items. I thought I’d include a partial shot of my tools, since I’m a tool fiend, and the broken handled mug I store them in. I reuse every possible thing I can around here.
My father was big on reuse, but it was more out of frugality – there were 4 kids – than anything else. He was also very practical and used what was available, whether aestheticically pleasing or not. I’m trying for reuse-frugal-practical AND aestheticically pleasing. Hence the colorful cracked mug.
Do you do a lot of reusing? In what way?
I just put these together for swag bag items, very lightweight and stylish. I don’t have all the same kind of bead, nor the same color, but I have lots of copper wire, so I’ll have lots of the same style. I’m working on the keyrings too.
This has been good therapy for me, since last Friday I’ve been a little stressed. Everything has worked out well, so far, with this just being an inconvenience, albeit a really pissy one. I hope you never have to go through the same inconvenience.
Monday motivation indeed.
not to brag or anything…
But I have never been good at making small things. Tiny, dainty, pretty, small things. Whatever I make has always had to be big and bold and garish and obnoxious.
Well, maybe not necessarily those last two, but you get the point.
As a kid I made the biggest mud pies, I had the biggest stick for defending myself against my brothers, and I always made the biggest cookies with the most icing.
In jewelry I make big stuff too. Big round earrings with large beads, big ear wires, and big loops for eye pins and big jump rings to hold it all together. Kinda like this stuff here:
silver and copper
copper and washers
large hammered copper
moses on the bed may 2011
and a picture of Moses, because he’s such a cute kitten.
How about you? Do you go big or small?