turns out i may NOT be going to the craft show. it's supposed to ice something nasty tonight and tomorrow, and i wonder if it would be wise to drive on the interstate. i'll let you know by this evening for sure...
hey all nebraskans out there in blogland.
i'll be at the christmas gift and craft show at the westside community center in omaha on saturday. stop by and say hello!
so i fell in love when i saw this stylish calendar by debi van zyl.
she also makes adorably cool crochet creatures. the lady's got great creative range!
"I'm making German Christmas Stars. These beautiful ornaments have their origins in the magical centuries-old Christmas markets of Germany. . . Each star is carefully folded from paper and special foils and cut by hand into intricate designs."
wow. color me impressed! i have a hard enough time making a symmetrical snowflake, and, although all snowflakes are supposed to be different, mine always end up looking lumpily similar.
clandestinearts muct have excelled in the scissor department in kindergarten. check out her work!
she uses vintage sheet music and paper from vintage books to create them. they would be great for the holiday season, but could totally be left up year-round. check it out!
i check it a lot. if you asked mr. m, he might say i'm a wee bit obsessed.
i'm excited when i get more than 10 hits a day. seventeen is a really good day.
but holy crapola! i checked it today, and this is what i saw:
whoo hoo, 100 unique visitors! granted, most of those people only view the site for a matter of seconds, but for a relatively new blogger, this is so exciting!
i looked at where all these lovely people were coming from, and discovered that one of my favorite sites, whipup, had posted one of my projects on their site yesterday.
thank you so much, whipup! you made my day (week, month, year...).
**update** i had a grand total of 129 unique viewers yesterday. thanks so much for looking!
ok, i'll tell you.
i'm really happy with the way they turned out. here's where i got them.
"each piece is cut from a simple plank of exotic wood, before being carefully hand sanded and varnished. Absolutely no color is added - only clear varnish to bring out the natural color and grain of each special wood. The result is an original creation, beautiful in both its inherent simplicity and fine craftsmanship. "
lovely! she also includes cool detail about the types of wood the earrings aremade from. great cocktail party conversation fodder!
i hope you enjoyed my thanksgiving-themed post. my favorite was the sexy turkey hat. so awesome!
another of my recent etsy favorites is moop. their bags are super cute, with great lines and colors. (i love grey!) their prices also seem pretty reasonable for handmade bags that large. check it out!
are you ready for the holidays? i don't think i am. i have not made any gifts yet, and as i pledged to give handmade gifts this year, if i don't get on the ball, i may be buying handmade as well as making handmade...
no time for that now! i'm off to fill two more laptop cozy orders, as well as a special project for a special shop. but more on that later. oh, how i keep you in suspense!
like vintage songbird's adorable quilted items. she has a quilted coaster, quilted pot holder and a quilted ice cream cozy (you need one of those, ep!) so cute!
i'll just have to console myself by looking at, and lusting after, other people's gorgeous work. like that of ceruleanblue. lovely! as far as pottery goes, i prefer mine to come in muted, pale tones. just like this!
ahh!! a pattern!! i'm gonna say it: patterns suck. i totally lack the patience and discipline for such a thing, but i decided to give it a try. and, for the most part, it worked! i had a few issues with the sleeves, but i more or less figured it out. maybe it was because, after i cut the fabric from the pattern, i didn't bother to look at the pattern again, nor to imprint on the fabric the fold and seam lines. oh well.
i fear these might become an addiction...
while annoying, the reminder of the encroaching holidays is good impetus for us crafters, who balk at the idea of dueling with mall shoppers, and prefer instead to give gifts of the homemade variety. (i think my family is getting a wee bit tired of homemade gifts, but too bad.) these take a little time to prepare, you know.
so i'm sending a big thank you to the folks over at sew, momma, sew! who have, on their blog, decided to turn november into handmade holidays month. each day, they bring you a new project, complete with tutorials! how cool. (in case anyone out there doesn't sew, but you like some of the things on the list, email me about comissioning work!)
after i figured out the measurements, it was surprisingly easy. the pattern may look familiar, if you've seen my iPod cozies...
it's a laptop cozy! made from felt, (my favorite!) this cozy is double layered for extra protection. the outer layer is a nice soft grey, and the inner a fuzzy moss green. the flower is machine appliqued, with a button closure. i may pop this guy (or future cozies) up on etsy, if anyone is interested... would make a great christmas gifts (mom- for the sisters who have new laptops and who we know don't read this blog!).