Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Something for the new baby

Every fall and winter, I change craft gears and crochet a few projects. This year, however, I opted to focus on paper crafts, largely because I wanted to keep my Etsy store well stocked (and keep up with demand!).

Crocheting inspiration struck with the new year after my friend, Sarah, mentioned that a flour sack kitchen towel would make a great receiving/swaddling blanket in an especially good weight for summer newborns. Since I'll be having a summer newborn of my own, I decided to try my hand and gussying up an organic flour sack towel with a crocheted edge. I'll next stamp the towel itself using fabric ink...

I'm happy with the blanket thus far, so I thought I'd share my progress...






Saturday, January 24, 2009

Valentine preview

I've never been so inspired to make Valentine's Day cards -- I guess the papers available this year are that much cuter than in previous years. Whatever the reason, I whipped up a bunch of cards today and photographed them for my Etsy shop.

I tried a new approach to photography, namely I used a seamless background and two light sources (window and full-spectrum light). For not knowing what I'm doing, I'm pretty happy with the photos!




Sunday, January 18, 2009

Creative space

My husband and I, with the help of some friends, recently transformed our guest bedroom into a creative hub. My craft headquarters now shares a room with his music-recording equipment and instruments, plus our computer and several bookcases.

Since our daughter recently turned 2, we thought it'd be good for her to have her own room, so we gave away our guest bed, making room for my drafting table, folding table, and assorted wheeled carts, which were previously housed in Natalie's play room. The new area also has room for my wall-mounted embellishment organizer, a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law Ryan.

The new configuration will take some getting used to, but I'm happy to have a completely empty work table for friends to use and/or for me to lay out my scrapbook (if and when I ever get around to scrapbooking again). And I'm happy to have a craft table for Natalie, though she still prefers being on my lap doing whatever I'm doing.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My first blog award



Thank you, Daja, for honoring my blog with the "My Blog is Pop-tastic" award!

As part of the fun, I get to pass the award along to six creative bloggers (in no particular order):

*Goshery: a fellow Etsy friend and paper crafter

*rgr designs: the talented artist and crafter who first told me about Etsy -- her blog is inspirational on the artistic snd spiritual levels

*Halfpenny Orchestra: a relatively new creative outlet for some creative minds near and dear to me (including my husband)

*Stampin Mom: a fun, inspiring, and heartfelt blog about bein' a mom and following your creative drive

*Lisa Maksoudian Photography: absolutely gorgeous photos and a beautiful blog

*Bunny Creates: adorable, whimsical creations

Visit the home of the award to pick yours up and learn how to particiate.