Monthly Archives: April 2013

Psychodelic Horn

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I have had it in my head for quite some time now, that I wanted an antler to hang on the wall.  Not real antlers mind you, just a fake one.  I do not condone hurting animals.

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I do condone fun ways to hang items, like hats or scarves.  That is something I can dig.  So I made an antler out of Crayola Air Dry Clay (pretty fun stuff if you get the chance to play with it).  I then painted it.  I still wanted a little zing.  I mounted my faux antler to a piece of wood from Michael’s and painted it.  This is where the zing came into play.  I decided upon three different shades of blue and used the rings of the wood as my guide.  The end result is pretty trippy, but I like it.  It adds color, character and dare I say pizzazz to an otherwise boring wall.

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The only downside is that it’s not as mighty as I originally envisioned.  It’s a few tines short of being impressive.  Perhaps in the future I shall mold another, making it a pair.

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Motivation

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I think a bug bit me or this little gnome lit a fire under my haunches, because I have been feeling super motivated and inspired lately.  Not that I am a lazy slob otherwise.  I work hard, but I’m the type of person when I start to feel too overwhelmed with work and things I have to get done, I just shut down.  Which then leads to me mentally berating myself for not working harder, because it seems everyone else works, works, works!  But I know my limits after a hard lesson learned.  Plus I don’t want to live to work. Where is the fun in that?  Unless you love your work, than cheers to you.  I, however, do not at the moment.

What I am loving is this new vim and vigor I have got going.  I’ve got a plan and it is time to execute it.  I’m not sure if it is the refreshing weather(It’s the first year in a while that we have actual spring temperatures during spring and not summer temps.  It’s PA for Pete’s sake!) or the information I have read on selling handmade goods and starting my own business, but I am ready to go.  I just hope this lasts and keeps me going, because I know how I can get.

This is what I plan and I am posting it here because some have said that when you tell others about your plans it makes you more accountable.  I can already attest to this because R is on my case.  In a very good and supportive way.

Here it goes:

-Have my Etsy store up and running by the end of May.  This means I really need to step up production.

-Look into and sign up for craft shows.

-Continue to learn and grow my business.

-Post more on this blog, about my progess, my products, side projects(A girls gotsta stay sane), any handmade news, and other diddies I wish to share.

So there you have it.  Let’s do it!  Well, I’ll do it rather.

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Another Diddie

A couple weeks ago I posted a necklace I made for my oldest friend.  In this post I mentioned also making her another diddy.  Well, I finally finished it and sent off the package.  I decided I would make her a small cross-body satchel.

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I want to open an Etsy store(I have been saying this for a while, but once I figure out what I want to call my brand, it’s totally happening) with the different bags/purses I have been making.  I wanted to get her opinion and I figured what better way than to give her a bag I made.  I insisted that she be honest, I am all for constructive criticism.  She was and it was all good.

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I dyed an old pair of R’s jeans, hand painted the gold stripes(although I came up with a more time saving technique if I decide to do something like that in the future)  and used part of a second hand leather jack for added detail.  Even though I bought the lining at Joann Fabrics, it was from the remnant pile so I feel like it still sort of remains true to my idea of recycling the materials.  The chain and zipper’s are new.

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I thought it turned well. Maybe not every ones taste, but structurally I feel it is pretty sound.

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Tell me what you think.

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Sweater Refashion: Project 11 of 52

Yikes!  I developed a nasty case of bronchitis around St. Patrick’s Day and I am just beginning to feel back to normal.  Although some disgusting symptoms insist on lingering.  I lost two weeks of my repurposed projects; which means I will have to do three in a week.  Totally doable.

Now that I am back in commission, here is a recent refashion.

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R had several Lacoste sweaters that no longer fit him and so he gave them to me.  Two of them I can wear as oversized sweaters.  The other not so much.  I think it was most likely shrunk in the wash because they arms were short.  I do have long monkey arms, but these sleaves seemed a bit extreme.  Another issue was that although it was loose in the body of the sweater, the waist was too high to wear as oversized.  One finally problem was the big ol’ bleach stain on the one cuff.  I hate bleach.

I didn’t want this comfy sweater going to waste, so I got to work.  I took in the sides by about an inch on each side  as well as the arms.  To mask that pesky bleach stain, I folded the cuffs up into the sleaves and hand stitched into place, creating 3/4 length sleaves.

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I didn’t want the sweater to be too tight fitting, as I wanted to be able to wear shirts underneath.  Now I think it is the perfect size, big enough to wear a collared shirt underneath, but tight enough that it won’t look too baggy if I don’t.

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Peace out!

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