Friday, February 26, 2010

Small update ... photos coming soon

For the past two weeks, I've been concentrating all my energy on finishing a custom dragon mobile for one of my dearest friends. He commissioned it last year for a 30th birthday gift, and it's taken me 13 months to get it going. I'm now in the final stages of battling physics as the third and largest dragon won't balance properly. I'm eager to share photos and notes on the project, but it will probably take me at least another week or so before I have anything to post.

In the meantime, Natalie's been creating more scrapbook pages all by herself, and I recently purchased an easel for her (my best thrift-store find to date!)...

I'm also gearing up for Easter and experimenting with creating felt-flower hair clips for all the girlies in my life (and maybe even some for me, too)...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Orange and gray papers for custom mobile

Here are a few more oranges, grays, and silvers and what they'd look like as moons and stars. (click on the images for a larger view)

Here are some suggested combinations of papers for the moon and stars mobile:

Here are some of the printed orange and gray papers that I have, which could work for the custom moon-and-stars mobile. (click on the image for a larger view)

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I just shipped three mobiles to the Massachusetts gallery! We'll see what happens...

In other news, my Etsy shop is now accessible from my Facebook profile page. I thought it could be a nifty connection...

Friday, February 5, 2010

My little helping hands

I've been keeping myself busy with the girls and occasional crafts... I recently reconfigured the packaging for my mobiles with the goal of making it easy for someone to re-package them after having them on display. Specifically, the owner of a gallery in Bridgewater, Mass., contacted me about consigning some of my mobiles. I was flattered and agreed to send her some silver and ivory stars and moon mobiles, after I did some research on the Etsy forums about consignment sales. I also contacted fellow Etsy artisans who have items on consignment with this gallery. I received a good report and am excited to send three mobiles to the gallery.

I formerly sewed the mobiles to cardstock when packaging them for my Etsy sales. The gallery owner wants to hang the mobiles, so I needed reusable packaging. I punched half-circle tabs for holding the bars in place. I then threaded silver elastic thread across the moon and some of the stars so they remain in place but can be slipped out and back in.

I let Natalie help with some of the hole punching.

The truth is that it's nearly impossible to keep her from 'helping' in some capacity these days. She prefers to usurp my craft table. To keep the peace, I content myself with a small corner of my table. At this rate, I bet Natalie will have her own Etsy shop in a couple of years!

Natalie even made four pages in her very own Hello Kitty scrapbook (with a little help from me) -- she's now done more scrapbooking than I have recently! The Hello Kitty scrapbook kit was a birthday gift from our friend Sarah T. Thank you!

Naomi helps me by sleeping in the carrier...

Natalie also set up her own home office in the living room and kept herself busy typing, answering the phone, and jotting notes in her 'calendar.'

Even Natalie's dollhouse has a home office, and her dolly mommy was working at the computer the other day. (Notice the little girl on the potty in the background -- just like in real life!)

Monday, February 1, 2010

In between projects ... another EtsyMom giveaway

I've shipped two custom mobiles and have the other three ready to hang, photograph, and list in my Etsy shop. In the meantime, I've hosted a Stampin Up workshop and am eager for more new stamps and papers than I know what to do with.

And in some precious few spare moments, I've been enjoying the EtsyMom blog giveaways. I'm excited to learn about some fellow crafting moms and their lovely shops. The most recent giveaway is from Hot Lava Clothing, maker of adorable children's clothes. I'll drool a little longer over the cute tops and skirts before heading to bed...