Wednesday, September 22, 2010

~Crafty Wednesday~

Hello Everyone.

Today's Crafty Wednesday comes to us from the TV show Creative Juice. Fine you spare jewelry and broken parts, gather them all up together and lets decorate.

Jeweled Home Frames

Materials and Tools:

broken jewelry
orphaned earrings
old buttons
picture frames
wire cutters
E6000 glue

Steps:

1. Collect an assortment of broken jewelry, orphaned earrings and old buttons, remove any earring, pin backs or button shanks with wire cutters.

2. Attach embellishments to frame with E6000 glue.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Crafty Wednesday!

Today's Crafty Wednesday is an experience I had recently with a project.

Couples weeks ago I had talked about a knitting book called Stitch n Bitch. I was (hense was) working on the Lucky Clover Lace Wrap sweater. Wonderful lacy stitch pattern that is just oh so cute. Well I was having a hard time figuring out the directions. The pattern is 12 row long. It would say increase and decrease ever so many rows but it didn't specify if I was increasing or decreasing on the 9th row of the stitch pattern or ever 9 rows. So I looked around on the internet and came up with no answers. The one answer I found the most was "don't do this project." So i have abandoned the lace wrap and am going to move on to something else. I'm a little bummed that I didn't make it but I still have the yarn and hopefully one day I will try it again.

So let this be a lessen...If you are having problems with a project it's OK not to finish it. Set it aside...give yourself some space and maybe in the fuuture try it again. When I do a project I have a need to finsih. This time I had to tell myself it is ok to back away. I hope this helps and other crafters who run into a snag ever now and then.

Happy crafty and see you next week.

Monday, September 13, 2010

National Capital Cat Show

This weekend I went to the National Capital Cat Show. Both my mom and I are cat owners and lovers so we enjoy going to see such perfect feline specimens. Plus it always makes me feel better because these people are really obsessed with their cats. This year persians and burmese stole the show. I like the persians puffy fur and the squishy face although I have come to find not everyone likes those faces. There was a small black persian kitty that let me pet it and I oh so wanted to take it home. It also had some very high prized ribbons on it's cage so it was probably well loved by someone although you wouldn't know it cause no one was sitting with it. Part of the fun is walking up and down the aisles of the cats and their owners set ups. They go all out! Bg colorful and exotic print fabrics with matching beds but a lot of cat were sleeping in the litter box instead of the cushy bed. Some cat curled up with each other for a nap. One cat was digging under it's bed and mat an was knocking its water every where. Just shows you, know matter how much you train them they still have a mind of it's own. It makes me want to get another cat. With a full-time job, craft business and school my Fiona might need a friend. I could have easily walked away from several cats. If you love cats I recommend going to a cat show. The Judges are great, they are funny and know a lot (ok well i guess duh! they are the judges) and you see a whole bunch of great cats and crazy owners.

P.S. there is an obstacle course. There is no real point to it. Cats are uninterested in running it but they like to hide and jump out at the toy the owner is holding out to entice them to run the course.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday! Time to Get Crafty

Channel your inner rock star with these fun-to-make fashion accessories. Bring on the glam with this rock-inspired belt buckle, customized with glitter and rhinestones. This projects comes to us from the show Creative Juice. One of my favorite craft shows.

Materials and Tools:

belt buckle blank with a ridge
rock 'n roll images
scrapbooking or wrapping paper
glue stick
rhinestones
jewel glue
toothpick
d├ęcoupage medium
ultra-fine glitter
small paintbrush
leather paints
paintbrushes
leather belt

Steps:

1. Trim the paper and the image(s) to fit inside the belt buckle blank well. Glue paper to the inside of the buckle blank.

2. Decide on the placement and glue image(s) in place.

3. Using jewel glue and a toothpick, attach rhinestones in a decorative pattern.

4. Add glitter to a small amount of d├ęcoupage medium and brush over both the image(s) and rhinestones. Work carefully to keep the medium in the well of the belt buckle. Let dry overnight, or longer if needed.

5. Decorate the belt with leather paints and attach buckle to belt.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Google Analytics Experiment: Log 2

It has been 3 whole weeks and the winners so far are: tied for first is Tuesday and Friday and Sunday is in close second. I would have never thought tuesday or sunday would be good days. Since the school year has started I haven't had much time to make the quantity I usually do but I do have 3 boxes being posted soon. (keep an eye out for Geisha Girl Photo Box) All the days have different number of views. Some days I have 10 views and others I have 1. I really see a spike when I comment on Etsy Treasuries and Storque Blogs such as the Featured Sellers and How-Tuesdays. Since my business is still super small I am excited with each new discovery. I am taking online classes and one thing you do at the beginning of each new class is introduce yourself and let the teacher and classmates know a bit about who you area. Each time I always have new traffic to my business which is always good to see.

The goal is to get up between 10 to 15 boxes and then see about making photo albums. The google experiment will continue and I'll keep you posted on the results and if anything changes.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Today is Crafty Wesnesday!!!

Hello

I love to knit and crochet. It's something I can do infront of the TV and still be creating. So today I wanted to share mt favorites yarn books....Stitch n Bitch. These books teach you how to knit and crochet easily and have wonderful projects. From a knit Joan Jett doll, crocheted doormat and a knit bikini with matching bag. I believe the binikii is more for hanging out in the sun but it's really cute. I have known how to knit since I was 7. My mom taught me how. My sister was the crocheter in the family. In college she made a beautiful afghan blanket. Currently I am working on a pattern from the Stich n Bitch nation book. It's a Lace Wrap Sweater in a muted purple. I struggled in the beginning but now it's smooth sailing. Recently they have released Son of Stitch n Bitch which I have yet to see. So i recommened to any yarn lover to check out Stitch n Bitch, Stitch n Bitch Nation and Happy Hooker for fun and modern projects.

Happy Crafting:)
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