Okay so today I am going to feature some of my favorite items that I have either bought or traded for on Etsy... all of them have been re-listed, so if you like any of them you can purchase them as well! Enjoy!!! :D
New treasury for you!! All items have been chosen from my "favorites" list on Etsy! Please go to the treasury here and leave a comment and click on all of the photos! This will increase its chance of getting to Etsy's front page. Thanks!!!
Having trouble finding just the right gift? I thought I would put together some little gift guides of some of my favorite things for you all to see! All items can be found on Etsy; just click on the title below each image and you will be brought right to that item's page. Every couple of days I will be posting more. Happy shopping!
I just wanted to put together a blog entry showing all of the needle felted goodies I made this year to celebrate fall! I love needle felting and I love sharing my love of it with others, especially with those who have an interest in learning how to do it. If you have any questions about needle felting please feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to help you! Also, all of the items shown below are available for sale in my Etsy shop; they are made-to-order (just for you!) so please allow up to a week for delivery. If you need them faster please message me first (through my shop) and I'll let you know if I can accommodate you. Blog readers get a 10% discount if the coupon code "artistry&craftery" is entered at check-out (discount sent via Paypal refund). Thanks for looking!
I just had my first craft fair this past Sunday, October 25th, 2009. I was a nervous wreck the week leading up to it, missing a couple nights of sleep and agonizing over countless details. I thought my nervousness would dissipate once I was there for a while, but in fact it did not... lol. It was a great experience, however, and I look forward to doing it again! I walked away with a nice profit as well as the contact info of some very nice local crafters that I met. The items of mine that did best were my needle felted items (sold some appliques, my ladybug, and my spooky cat mini-play-set) and my earrings. I also sold my first bracelet, a ring, some fabric-covered buttons, and some hair clips.
Some of the wonderful people I met included my "neighbor" Cathy Nichols of cathynichols.etsy.com. She does beautiful paintings including painting with wax! My other "neighbor" was Lisa Dalton of lmdalton.etsy.com. She makes adorable sewed kitty cats called "Travel Kitties" -- you can take photos of your Travel Kitty and write up stories and send them in to her to be published on her site! Fun! I also met a woman who knits with size FIFTY knitting needles -- she uses up to 10 strands of yarn at a time! Her husband makes the wooden needles and they sell them at a shop in Huntington, NY called "Knitting on the Lamb".
The craft show occurred alongside a screening of the movie "Handmade Nation", followed up by a Q&A session with producer and director Faythe Levine. The movie explores how young people have taken up crafting and the various reasons they do it, from helping the environment to fighting the take-over of the corporate world. As a vendor I got to see it for free!
All in all it was a very successful day, and I am so glad that I was invited to be a part of it. A great big thank you goes out to the show's organizer, Gabi Moisan of Sought.etsy.com!
Me at my table
Table shot #1
Table shot #2
Faythe Levine and Cathy Nichols
Lisa Dalton and one of her Travel Kitties Size 50 knitting needles!!!
Fall is in the air, and so I figured I would give up on my fruitless pursuit of reigning summer back in and instead welcome the fall.
I started off celebrating it by making this treasury -- a celebration of all things pumpkin (and yes, I know I spelled pumpkin wrong in the title -- my "k" key sticks at times)!!! Please leave a comment at the treasury if you'd like!
Oh it feels so good to finish things!!! I just finished yet another clutch, this one made out of a lovely new (to me) yarn that a customer told me about: Lion Brand's Sasha yarn. It is 96% wool and 4% nylon and is incredibly soft and not itchy at all. It has a remarkable property to it: once you knit it up, the purl side resembles fleece! I thought this was so cool!
So the first one I made is in the first two photos below, and that one I'm going to keep -- it has a beautiful sparkly vintage button with black rhinestones on it:
And the photo below shows the version I am offering in my shop -- it has a beautiful Swarovski bead adorning it instead of the vintage button (I only had two of those and I'm keeping the other one for something else):
If you're interested in buying it you can find it here. I also can make it in off-white!
Just wanted to post a few pics of my newest project: a granny square blanket! I'm using Caron's Simply Soft yarn and I LOVE it (despite the fact that it has a tendency to split at times) -- it's sooo soft and has such a beautiful sheen! Let me know what you think of it!
So I just finished adding the final touches onto a clutch purse that I knit and then felted using some yarn that I didn't like. I was planning all along on selling the thing because I hated the colors of the yarn. Well after being very pleased with the felted result of a purse knit entirely in a simple garter stitch, I have to say my heart was warming up towards the little piece of fabric. I just now added some snaps and also a gorgeous sparkly vintage crystal button to the front of it. Once it all came together, I realized something: I love it. And I cannot bear to part with it. Here it is in all its glory: