Thursday, January 29, 2009

Keeping on top of things.......

Wow I guess blogging is kinda like exercising to me. I like to do it but it really slips my mind and then I feel real guilty that it's a commitment that I am failing to keep. I will try better in the future.
OK so I have been home for the past week from work and you would think that I would have a million crafty things done right? NOPE!!! I have been sick the entire time. Sore throat, stuffy runny nose, ear ache fever and now chest congestion and coughing. One entire week folks. Yes this sounds unfortunate but I am MOM things keep on trucking and well us MOMS just don't stop for a flu bug right? Oh no you see both my boys have the same bug. Tissues, blankets and cough syrup have been our lives. Cuddle this one, hug that one, kiss both foreheads, make lots of soup. Still not stopping. O.k we are starting to feel better, flu is more of a nuisance than being sick, yep you guessed it, Hubby came home yesterday at noon from work. Daddy has the flu.

Anyway enough whining right. How boring.

What I did accomplish was one crocheted doily, a crocheted bookmark, and two explosion photo boxes.

OK let's get one thing straight, I finished the boxes (pretty much, I never seem to leave well enough alone) and I finished the doily. The only thing I started from scratch was the bookmark. I wanted to get a bunch of things needle tatted and I wanted to make a slew of boxes. I also wanted to upload a ton of my ( already done ) jewelry to my mamablingthing etsy account but only managed a few new items.

I still have coffee cup coats to add and I still need to add all the taggie blankets I made. I also have a ton of korker bows to list and those cute little ribbon clippies.
I tote all these items from one craft show to the next and never seem to list any to the etsy store. Where is the time and the motivation. You know actually all those little etsy hearts can be a motivation and even the convo's that lead nowhere can motivate. I know so many etsyians poo poo the hearts but hey someone saw you and they marked you. Some one else might find you through them, so don't poo poo the love.
O.k. enough of the ramble and off to the craft room to work on all my U.F.O's. That way I can start on my mom's quilt magic butterfly for mothers day and I can start quilling all those valentine and Easter cards I have floating around in my head. ( O.K. so they are crammed in there along with every other project I have no time to do. LOL.)

Here are a few quick pics of the fore mentioned projects. Let me know what you think. Seriously.

love hugs and happy crafting

Friday, January 9, 2009

my craft evolution part 2

Ok so we left off with my first son. Well we moved and bought a house with 2 bedrooms and a 3rd upstairs that was that entire floor. ( bungalow ) Well the baby has to stay on the same floor as us so well.... ok if my arm gets twisted...... I'll take the entire second floor for my "studio".

Well this worked out nicely for a couple years and boy did I fill it up. YIKES. Then when my son was around 6 he asked if he could move upstairs so he could have a big playroom. This is where I found E-bay. I needed to down size. This is when Mommy-n-me-wee-craft was born. Yep i opened an E-bay store. This worked for a few years. I resold his clothes, I bought foam crafts in bulk and sold them, I even started to sell some of the things I would make. Well then as evolution would have, the prices rose and rose and rose and others started selling the same kits I was buying and the whole world was reselling their kids clothes and well I started to not see my profit margin any more. Next step. Ok craft shows. I need inventory!!!!!! ok got that, watched a million craft shows on TV and videos and read books and so on. Yep a good craft show costs a ton of money to do right. Well now I am doing a hodge podge of items that I really don't have a lot of any one thing. hmmm........... I have now completely overwhelmed myself and ya know what, I got momentarily burned out on crafts. ( I know , blasphemy, sorry ).

Well my craft room sat idol and I was in a funk. UNTIL i found QVC's craft day marathons. UHOH. Now I have learned about PAPER. Oh my goodness. I can make cards, invitations, origami, and wait SCRAPBOOK?????!!!!!!!!! I NEED IT ALL!!!! Yep here we go again. I have it all including a million punches and rubber stamps, brads, eyelets, chip board, and stickers don't get me started on those. And have you ever tried teabag folding or iris folding? FUN FUN FUN!

If you follow me you will!

I am going to jump ahead, way ahead. Past the gallery glass, the one stroke, the polymer clay and oh yeah kniffty knitting. I told you I was addicted. Any way............. my present 3 loves are jewelry beading ( I found firemountain beads and spent, well ALOT ), Needle tatting which I love, and paper filigree also known as quilling.

But.......... I still have all the tools and supplies from everything else I have tried. I could open a Michael's all on my own.

In the next few days I will be posting pics of what I have been doing. Maybe even instructions on how I did them.

If I get a few followers maybe we can do a few craft alongs. That would be fun. What else I would like to start is a craft supply swap. How cool would it be to try a new craft and give some else a chance to try a craft and never spend any extra money. ( well beside postage ).

Let me know what you think

Happy Crafting and many blessings

ok I'll leave you with one ufo ( unfinished object)

This is a christmas tree I have started. I still need to add a "trunk" to it. I believe I got this pattern from be-stitched. I'll have to look that up though.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Resolutions? I don't think so!

I am refusing to make any resolutions this year. I was going to make doing this blog and keeping up on my craft networking but um, have you noticed the date? Let's see, I am already 8 days behind schedule. Nice right? Well I am not going to beat my self up over resolutions. I just won't have any and I will just live my life to the fullest and try to be happy each and every day. So there.
O.k, so here is my plan for this blog. I will ramble about being a SAHM (stay at home mom), selling on Etsy and some on E-bay. I will show you each craft project I am working on or have finished. If (when haha) people start to folow I will start adding patterns, and instructions to the things I have made.
I do so many different crafts it's actually a little insane. I have such an "If you can do it, I can do it" complex it resides on the edge of crazy. You see once I find out I would like to try a craft I have to have everything for that particular craft. Let's see let me walk you through my crafting evolution. I started crocheting and knitting at 8, by 11 I was needle pointing and cross stitching. I had already found a love for shrink plastic and those plastic melty suncatchers. As a teenager I found painting and drawing and took many classes. Then came ceramics. Bored yet? Just wait....
I got married and we rented an apartment with a spare room. Ok craft-aholoics we all know the spare room is.........? Right, the craft room.
With craft room came space for a sewing table and fabric and wait I could store more yarn and patterns and books and OMG.......
And then..... "Honey I'm late. No not late because I got to wrapped up in the quilting, late like "we have to move because the baby needs his own room (he's not getting mine) hee hee.
And on that note... I'll let you know of the evolution on another day. I have to go tat a snow flake or a christmas tree. ( Christmas 2009 is around the corner ya know.) hee hee