Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas cards custom order

Finally we're streamlining a few things around the house in hopes of making computer access easier for me during the day. We bought a new laptop several months ago, but I kept using the old one (which worked out well when the new one had to be sent away for repairs). Anyway, it quickly became ridiculous for me to wait for an opportunity to upload photos to one computer but edit them on another all while Naomi ransacked the house ... you get the picture.

Speaking of pictures, here are some photos of my newest Christmas cards. My lovely sister-in-law ordered some cards of varying fanciness. Here are some for her to choose from. I'm also feeling impulsive, so they just might show up in my shop (if Naomi keeps napping at the moment!).

Fancy Wreath

Merry Little Girl

Christmas Cardinal and Wreath

Simple Wreath
(I've got a thing for wreaths this year)

(I can stamp "Holiday Wishes" on this card instead of "Make Merry")


New variations on the simple wreath

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Back on the blog

There is a tremendous backlog of photos that just yesterday made it from my camera onto the computer. Who knows when I'll be able to sort through photos from the past two-plus months, but I just might have some spare time in the next few weeks.

By way of a short update, all my creative energy for the past three months has been poured into coordinating a wedding for a very dear friend. Oct. 9 was the big day, and I'm happy to say it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience -- from the behind-the-scenes coordination and crafts to the moment when the bride walked down the aisle to her groom, and even the tear-down and cleanup went smoothly (in an exhausting way).

Many, many loving helping hands from my church helped bring the plans to fruition, and we all came away from the experience feeling that this is the way it should be. It was truly a community effort, and I was blessed by so many friends' talents and their willingness to make the wedding celebration happen...

I hope to share more along the way through photos of the decorations and craft projects I snuck in during the coordination process. Sometimes I felt like I had to literally sneak into my craft room because it was about three months ago that Naomi started walking. And climbing. Everything. And if she wasn't climbing onto one of the craft tables, she was emptying drawers I wasn't prepared for her to reach. Or knocking something onto herself.

So we've spent a lot of time outside and at parks. This little climber is amazing to watch, especially because she has such sweet expressions on her face as she's determinedly taking every Post-it off the tablet or upending a jar of pencils...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Etsy front page for the first time

One of my mobiles was featured on the front page of Etsy earlier today!

I wasn't able to get to the computer in time to see it on the front page for myself but I found out about it because my Facebook page is linked to my Etsy shop, and there was an automatic post on my FB page. I don't think I would have found out otherwise, so I'm glad for Facebook...

This is the last mobile currently in my shop, and I think I'll have to continue listing the silver and ivory combination. The funny thing is that this color combination came out of a failed custom order. Someone contacted me through Etsy about a silver and ivory mobile. I made five different combinations, but she never bought one! I listed them anyway, and those are the mobiles that caught the eye of the gallery owner in Massachusetts. There are three of my mobiles still hanging/for sale in her custom-framing shop/art gallery...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Whitewashed paper

A recent discovery at the craft store led to a whole new level of fun for me in creating mobiles and other paper crafts. This paper from Core'dinations is coated with a white, chalky layer that can be sanded off to reveal the core color beneath. I've embossed it using my Cuttlebug, and then I gently sanded off the top layer.

The darker the core color, the more striking the results, naturally. But all the colors I've tried so far are lovely. I'm thinking this could lend a shabby chic and/or beachy element to the mobiles. In fact, I stumbled upon this paper when looking for something to coordinate with a sea-foam color. I hope this does the trick!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy birthday to my littlest crafter

Happy first birthday, Naomi!

(I was inspired to make her crown after seeing several fun felt crowns on Etsy. She did not wear it for very long after I took this photo :) )

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fun with photos

Thank you, goshery, for reminding me that taking photos for my Etsy shop can be fun! I revisited one of my favorite spots for good light in the house at this time of the year (the shelf in my dining room) and had some fun with props...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Custom mobile in blues

Here are some color choices for one of my latest custom mobile orders (click on the image for a larger view):

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Custom mobile combinations

These are some possible color combinations for my latest custom mobile order (you can zoom in quite a bit after clicking on the image below).

Combo i has a different moon, just to show another yellow patterned paper, which can be substituted for the other yellow paper.

Here are more photos for a closer look at some of the patterns. It was surprisingly difficult to find bright blue gingham paper, but I got pretty close with a scrap I've had for a while, and some other sources...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Making the most of a gloomy summer

I know better than to complain about a foggy and mild summer, so I decided to take advantage of the overcast morning for its good outdoor lighting ... and viola! some decent photos for my shop:

I've made two of these, and I plan to put these in my shop soon...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Finally ... new items in my shop

With Naomi sleeping in my arms, I single-handedly (literally) uploaded some new cards to my Etsy shop. They've been ready since early May ... and here they are.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Delicious typewriters

I've been wanting to make a treasury on Etsy ever since I found out it was possible to showcase other sellers' lovely items. Apparently the Etsy crew recently revamped the treasury-making process, and it's now easy for everyone to make a list whenever they want... I took the opportunity to combine and share two of my favorite things -- typewriters and rainbow colors...



From I love having a chance to show off the work of my friend, goshery. She's a fellow Etsy papercrafter who's got an eye for fun and fanciful scrapbooking embellishments, cards, and mini albums.

You can view the whole treasury here, for a limited time only:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Itty bitty banners

We've had lots of reasons to celebrate lately -- friends' birthdays, graduations, tea parties. Few things are more festive than banners, and I've been inspired by some fellow Etsy folks to try my hand at some banners.

I started small, with a felt banner for Natalie's dollhouse, and a denim and rick-rack banner for her best friend's dollhouse. I also made a few banner cards for birthdays and graduations.

I don't have photos yet, but I'm in the process of making a banner for my craft room. I'll keep you posted...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fruit and veggies

In honor of my sister-in-law's graduation -- she earned a master's degree in nutrition -- my brother commissioned a fruits-and-vegetables mobile as a special gift for his dietitian wife. I love a good challenge and was eager to incorporate some of her favorites as well as represent all the colors of the rainbow.

Three-year-old Natalie recognized all the individual fruits and veggies and even wanted to eat the grapes...

I hung the individual grapes on thin filament in a cluster under a grape leaf. The result is a shimmery bunch of abstract-yet-recognizable purple orbs...

The backs of the apple and orange are solid so that when the fruit turn, it gives the illusion of a half of each fruit. I delighted in making this one-of-a-kind mobile, and I hope it inspires my sister-in-law to have delicious daydreams.