I finally finished the crocheted bead bracelets I made when we were camping this Summer. It is funny, but I was more intimidated about finishing them than I was about making them. They turned out pretty cool and I like the stripe effect (see pic #4). The one I just started will be iridescent purple beads and I have no idea whether this amount of beads will make 1 or 2. The first inch took me about 5 restarts but I seem to be crocheting smoothly now.
I am home from the Holiday Craft Bazaar, it went from 9-2 today. I got up and drove out to Bonney lake, about 40 minutes, and I had a profitable day. There wasn’t a lot of traffic and Kim and I were on the second floor and the elevator overheated and had to be closed around noon. Since it was to benefit the senior center and a lot of the customers were also pretty senior, many did not come up the stairs to see us. I talked to most of the upstairs merchants and I know a lot of them didn’t make a sale all day. The one booth that almost sold out was the milk jug butterfly guy. Their wings are angled because they are cut from the corner of the plastic jug, see the picture in the slideshow.
The first wave who arrived right at nine were obviously crafters looking for ideas because they took pictures of my stuff and asked me all about the decoupaged suitcase I display my necklaces in. Finally around lunchtime more people showed up and a few turned out to be people who even knew me through Scott having worked out at MOE for so long.
Having my SquareUp card reader was great because only two of us were able to take credit cards. I also had 5s and 1s to make change. I need to add food to the checklist, I thought there would be some there or some nearby so I just brought a Lara bar and some chocolate, bad idea. I am still trying to recover from the migraine.
The suitcase really did work perfectly, The decoupage looks really busy in the pictures but is a nice background in person. I need to get clip on lights that can be powered by batteries because the room was pretty dark overall. Here is the best part, I hung up all the necklaces and then with the suitcase still standing upright, I pushed a pillow in and closed it around it. Then carried it by the handle on its side and when I got there I opened the suitcase and the pillow fell out and all the necklaces were still in position! Ya, that is how I planned it to work but I am still amazed that it worked. Because of that, I needed only 5 minutes to set up my whole table. I love it when stuff works!
If there are any items you’ve been putting off buying, it is time to order them on ETSY or email me to reserve them for you. I am signed up for 4 holiday bazaars or craft shows the next couple of months and will not be replacing the inventory in the ETSY shop. Here is some of what I am taking to the Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show at the Bonney Lake Justice Hall …
The verdict? They are comfortable to wear, fun to make and I love them. I realized during my photography session that I either need a mannequin arm or a friend with daintier wrists than mine. 🙂 You can see from the pictures that some can be worn as both necklaces and bracelets. I am having fun rummaging through my bead bin and scrounging cool buttons for closures.
Creating is fun, photography is hard, but now that I have them all photographed I will get them measured and listed in my Etsy store tomorrow. So far I am making them to fit a 6.5 inch wrist (mine), but I’d be happy to make them in custom colors or lengths, call or email me with your ideas! Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite…
I apologize for the phone camera shot but I wanted to to give you a hint of what I have been making! They are crocheted bracelets and necklaces. I am using glass, shell, some driftwood pieces I picked up in Oregon last Summer and all kinds of old charms and buttons! I will take some real pictures tomorrow and list them in my ETSY store.
I have been busy! This is last week’s batch of baking.
Now that the roof, drain, sewer and porch projects are finished I can get back to making messes in my studio! I have avoided most of the serious mess-making arts like painting, pottery and stained glass but I do love clay, polymer clay to be exact. I love how organic the polymer clay looks with my stones and how sturdy it is. The clay settings impart a completely different feel than my wire settings and provide a more massive ancient look. Most of these are available in my Etsy shop and I’ll have the rest listed soon. Hover over the picture for the titles. Click to enlarge.
On August 22nd, the Sun enters the portion of the sky belonging to the Zodiacal sign Virgo (Aug 22 to Sep 22). Virgo is a feminine, Earth sign. She is cautious, discerning and honest and rules all activities related to health and analysis. Virgo is ruled by Mercury and, according to tradition, lapis lazuli, sodalite, jade and emerald are all stones that are in tune with its energy. Wear any of these during Virgo’s time or to support any of Virgo’s activities which include:
volunteering or serving others
gardening (for produce, ornamentals are ruled by Libra)
working with pets
If you’d like to know what sign the Moon is in, you can check out my new widget on the right or click here for The Farmers Almanac. The pictures below are examples of Virgo stones. The jade and copper pendant and earrings are still available in my Etsy Store. I do have some nice jade and lapis cabachons and beads that I can wrap for you or make into earrings, a necklace or bracelet. Just ask!
This is quite late, sorry. I just decided to revive my Stone of the Sign entries from my newsletter archives.
According to tradition, the Zodiacal sign Cancer (June 21 to July 22) belongs to the water element and rules imagination, sensitivity and the all activities related to motherhood and nurture. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and moonstone, pearl, shell and milky stones are all in tune with her. Wearing any of these during her time or to support any of her activities will help you to align with her energy. The following are examples of Cancer stones. The blue nautilus is still available in my Etsy Store and I have a pretty moonstone that I could wrap for you if you would like.