Monthly Archives: April 2008

Is The End In Sight?

I want to start this post by stating that I have been good to my body this week. I started this week thinking I would not have time to go to Jazzercise and would only have time to come home and work on stuff for the fair this weekend. However, I’ve gone to Jazzercise both Monday night and tonight. Guess what – I didn’t have time to do that and get ready for the fair.

Ugh.

Here is it, 11PM on Tuesday night (way past my bedtime) and I’m blogging about not having time to do what needs to get done. Yes, it’s so bad that I’m blogging about it. I have manage to price my earrings and bracelets. While doing so, I found two bracelets that need new clasps as I wasn’t happy with the ones on them. I put those aside to work on tomorrow night. I didn’t even come close to pricing my necklaces OR finishing the ones I started the night before last.

I have one night left until set up day for the fair. I do believe tomorrow night will be a take out pizza night and if the Sweet Boy even thinks about tempting me with some Sopranos on DVD, I will show my ugly side.

End of story.

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Up To Something

Judging by the pictures of my purchases today, I’ll be up to my ears in jewelry making tonight. I knew I would be since I took a break from my craft show prep to go to a plant sale at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Farmers Market, and Springfest today. I then went out for some groceries which takes a me a bit longer with my reusable bags (not sure what the meltdown is with some baggers when you hand them the environmentally friendly bags).

It’s just one more week until the show… actually, less than a week. It starts on Friday and will go through Sunday. If you are in the NWArkansas area come see Punkinhead and myself at our booth at the Spanker Creek Fair May 2-4.

Wipes Me Out

I had set a goal for my self this past weekend to photograph all of my earrings that had less than stellar photographs. This should have been easy. I was planning on sitting down next to my window and photographing them, one by one, until all were up to par. Little did I know what a lofty goal that was.

I managed to get a sizable amount done. At least enough to update my store between now and the show next weekend. However, I did not even come close to getting them all photographed. Hopefully all the ones I didn’t take pictures of will sell at the show and I won’t have to worry with them. All was not lost, I really like the new pictures and have posted a few of my favorites here. You can find all of these in my shop.

The Sweet Boy bombarded me with quite the question when I got home tonight (no – not that question). His best friend has been in town for the past week. He lives about 5 hours away and has another summer left before being finished with college. While he was here, he mentioned briefly considering moving back to NWArkansas. I suppose that idea stuck.

I was asked if I would consider looking at a larger house that perhaps he could live in too. This is quite the question. As irritated as I get with our house here (the leak coming from nowhere, the ants this time of year, the drafts, no central heat or air, a bathroom with no vent or no form of heat, etc etc etc) I do love this place (It’s old, has character, has the best dirt for my herb garden EVER, has an arch way between the living and dining rooms, hardwood floors, etc etc etc). Sigh – I’m going to have to think on this one. As long as I have my crafting area, a good kitchen, and a garden spot, I suppose I’m good with the idea. I’ll be doing a lot of thinking over the next month.

Boosting the Etsy Economy

I recently stumbled upon a new online payment program called Revolution Money Exchange, or RME for short. It is similar to PayPal except a lot of the fees are non-existent. It is currently in its Beta stage and they are offering a $25 sign up bonus. This is $25 that can be used to shop on Etsy without coming out of your pocket. I’ve used some already and it is legit.

They are also offering $10 for each referral you send their way that signs up. This is where I get excited. I’d love to refer everyone I know, but don’t want to offer up their emails to the site without permission. If you would like to have $25 to spend and potentially a new way to accept money without as many as the fees of other applications, leave me a note on here or email me at knittinghands@yahoo.com and I’ll send a referral your way.

You’ll be my bestest buddy if you do!

Goodies Waiting for Me

You know, there really is not anything better than opening up a mailbox and finding a package. I had a couple of packages of goodies in my box yesterday (but I can’t reveal their contents just yet) and a package of goodies today.

I have fallen in love with antiqued brass. It really couldn’t look bad on any skin tone. It’s not silver, it’s not copper, it’s not gold, but it’s a good mix of all three. The new infatuation has led to a few impulse buys. Antiqued brass opens up an entirely new realm of possibilities with my jewelry making. I can’t do bracelets from it, yet, as I cannot find spools of the wire. However, earrings are quite possible and what lovely earrings I have come up with. I don’t want to show them off until after the craft fair the first weekend of May, but they are lovely indeed.

The items pictured above were purchased from ProdigalProgeny on Etsy. I just ordered them the other day and here they are, in my hot little hand (literally). I can’t wait to make them into earrings, beautiful, dangly, attention grabbing earrings. If they don’t sell out at the craft show (which I really hope they do), I’ll have some to list in my Etsy shop starting May 4 along with my new necklaces.

All I have to say is that it is going to be really hard not to spend my “economic stimulus” of $600 on antiqued brass findings.

My Brother is Cooler Than Ice Cream

check this out –

Why my brother is so cool

Those banners are his illustrations all over Philadelphia. Yeah, he’s cool.

You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

*insert Wizard of Oz tornado scene music here*

My cute little Monopoly house beads have come in – compliments of Origami Central. I officially heart Etsy Alchemy because of these. I posted what I needed and instantly had someone bid on it. No need to wait and wait on another bid when the first one was just what I needed.

I attempted to make the other components of the bracelet this evening and failed miserably. Instead I made a few necklaces and pendants. At least I got some productive work done. Other than that, I’m not really feeling to crafty at the moment. I’m a bit under the weather and think a bubble bath and hot tea is in order.

Until next time…

The Great Unveiling

This weekend I sat down in my little creative corner of my loft and ended up with a new line of jewelry soon to be for sale in my Etsy shop. I’m finding it hard not to photograph and get up there immediately. I really want to unveil these guys at the Spanker Creek Farm Craft Fair May 2 – 4 but I’m finding it hard to be patient.

I feel very good about these items and have visions of the flying out of my shop but I know patience and restraint can sometimes be good and after all, good things come to those who wait. Right?

I’ve always been a fan of necklaces but had not ventured into that area before. I’m not quite sure why, they are a blast to make. You can really showcase some amazing stones and beads with necklaces that you can’t do with earrings or bracelets due to their weight. Also, earrings get lost under your hair, bracelets under your sleeve, but necklace stay front and center all day long. They get the most exposure so why not use the best beads? I’m having a lot of fun using my nicer beads and searching out new ones to use.

I can’t wait to show you all of them come May 5 when I plan to get some of them listed. In the mean time, you’ll have to be satisfied with the one I show you above.

Spring Cleaning

After many months of contemplation, I have finally added a “destash/sale” section to my shop. I’ve got way too many beads and will begin to list them in my Etsy shop in hopes that someone out there will give them a good home. Many of these beads are so close to “vintage” it hurts. However, I will follow the rules and not list them as such (but I might let everyone know that they just reached their 14th birthday).

As days and weeks go on, I might start listing other fun crafty supplies, but for today, beads.

Happy Sunday.

Garage Sales and Yarn

I woke up earlier than usual this morning in hopes of hitting up some garage sales in search of display items for the craft show and/or jewelry supplies. Well, my sweet decided he wanted to get up with me to have breakfast. We haven’t had breakfast on a Saturday morning together in ages – I wasn’t expecting this! Even though I did not get the earlier start on the sales, breakfast with my sweetness was worth it. Chocolate Malt-O-Meal – yummm.

Even with the later start, I did find some awesome things. An iron stand of sorts for my new necklaces, a smaller stand for bracelets, and earring display racks! I found a sale run by a lady who use to do craft shows and had things to get rid of. Aside from the display pieces, I got some clear plastic fishbowl like things (I’m sure I’ll use them for something) and a heavy wooden sign that will eventually turn into my craft fair sign. I saw many other cool items out today, but I was sticking to what I needed.

I then went to sign up as an owner at Ozark Natural Foods, bought two pepper plants, went grocery shopping and came home. It’s only 5:00 PM and I’m exhausted.

I think I’ll spend the rest of the evening making jewelry and spinning more yarn. I’ve post a couple of pictures of my first two attempts at plying some yarn. The next batch with be bright orange and eggplant.

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