Friday, October 31, 2008
And then I started buying the craft pumpkins at JoAnn's or Michael's. I'd carve two or three each year and be able to keep them from year to year, increasing my collection over time. I bought another pumpkin about a week ago, since the sale prices had already started. I haven't carved that one yet, but I thought I would share these photos of my jack-o-lanterns from previous years. I'll have to look for some of my photos from past years and scan them to post one of these days.
Most of these patterns are from the Pumpkin Masters books. The Kansas City Chiefs logo pattern was in the Kansas City Star several years ago. (I have a folder of jack-o-lantern photos, articles and patterns, in addition to the Pumpkin Masters books.) And I have also found patterns online.
Last year, I started buying the little battery powered tea lights. Because of the way the tea lights flicker, it was hard to make them bright enough for a good photo. Most of these pumpkins have three battery powered tea lights in them. I think the last photo I took had four lights in the pumpkin.
So here is my collection of jack-o-lanterns. I love looking at jack-o-lantern pictures. Please let me know if you have some pictures to share, too!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
My husband and I went to Home Depot or Lowe’s (I’ve forgotten which, we’ve made so many trips to both!) to buy the brackets and shelves that we installed over the counter. I saw pictures of craft rooms with shelves for open storage and to hold decorative items and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.
And those are the main features of my room. Coming soon will be how I furnished my room. I’ve decided my craft room posts will have a much better chance of being finished if I write in multiple small pieces.
If you’re thinking of building a craft room or converting an existing room into one, I highly recommend the book Organizing Your Craft Space by Jo Packham. It’s got lots of wonderful pictures showing many features of many craft rooms (including those of people I’ve seen on the Carol Duvall show). I spent hours looking through this book and reading and rereading every word while planning my room. Reading this book and planning my room were almost as much fun as working in it is now. (I said ALMOST.)
Come back soon to learn more about my room and to see my Halloween jack-o-lanterns! I’ve got a couple other projects in progress that MUST be done before Thanksgiving. I’ll be showing them soon, also.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
If you have a baseball/softball, basketball, volleyball or soccer player, if they're into their sport, at a certain age they love this kind of thing, boy or girl. And I have eight team colors to choose from. It's not too early to start shopping for holiday gifts. And this would make a great birthday gift, too. I have bracelets, too.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
But my real love is beads and jewelry. I don't remember exactly how I got started on beading, but now that I have, I love it. In addition to stringing, I've done loomwork, knitting with beads, peyote stitch (I love tubular peyote!), bead crochet (very hard to figure it out the first time, but addictive once I got going), counted cross stitch with beads, work with a wire jig, wire wrapping and beaded netting on Christmas ornaments. Next I want to make ear wires, but I haven't done that yet.
About three years ago, I decided I wanted to sell my jewelry. I set up my company, Prized Possessions; got my tax id and opened a business checking account. I made quite a bit of jewelry but had trouble finding a way to sell it. I showed it to some small local shops, most of whom liked it but said they had plenty jewelry just then. I sold a little bit to people at work and at a church event for people who had their own businesses. But I didn't really make the time to figure out how to market my jewelry.
Then this year, two things happened. When we remodeled our basement, I got my very own craft room. I practically live in it. I decided that I was going to really focus on finding a way to sell my jewelry. The second thing that happened was when a lady at work told me about etsy. I had never heard of etsy and couldn't believe I'd never heard of it with all the bead and craft magazines I read and web sites that I visit. But better late than never! I spent hours every night after work learning about etsy, researching the site, reading the forums, learning about PayPal, etc., and in a few days, my shop was open. www.PrizedPossessions.etsy.com. I'm having the time of my life making jewelry and dealing with all the things concerning my shop and my jewelry. I just love it!
I started noticing that other etsy artists have blogs and I've been reading a lot of them. I found many of them very interesting. I've really enjoyed learning more about these people I will probably never meet in person, seeing how they do their work, how they get their materials, etc. It seems to add a little more life and reality to the products they sell. And I thought about some of the topics I researched online and wished I had found more info on, like when I was laying out my craft room, ideas for craft storage, etc. My husband and son live in the new home theater we bult while I live in my craft room. There is a wide doorway into the theater and I wanted to make a curtain for it. I looked online and only found one theater curtain I really liked. The curtain I made was the first project I did in my new craft room, so I thought that would be something else I could share. And now I have a whole list of topics for my new blog!
Being new to blogging, my blog is pretty basic right now. I want to pretty it up, add additional features, and learn what all blogger has to offer. And tackle that list of blog topics. Come back soon to see pictures of my craft room and storage ideas, my theater curtains and the other projects I have already done in my new craft room. Carol Duvall, watch out!