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Shop Update

I recently added a few things to my etsy store Second Glory.  Below are a few peeks at what I listed.

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Stop on by if you get a chance!

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Desk Redo

I finally found a desk for my sewing machine that I liked enough to buy.  The only problem was it had some scuffs, marks, paint, and glitter glue left over from the previous owners.  Not to fear though, I got my gas mask and rubber gloves out and got to stripping.  The wood stain that is.

0825130957aI was so excited to get started that I stripped the top of the desk before I remembered to take any pictures.  Naturally it had the most paint splatters since it is the working surface.  I was careful though with the top because it has a veneer and I was worried to much stripper might cause it to warp.

0825130958a0825130958dThe whole process took a few coats of stripper and many breaks for fresh air.  Even though I worked in an open garage, I still had a few headaches.  Next time I plan to use Ready Strip, its environmentally friendly and doesn’t contain harmful vapors.

But the headaches were worth it, sort of.  I love how it turned out.  I used two different stains, applying one to two or three coats where needed.  I applied the stain, let it sit for a few minutes then took a cloth and wiped the excess off.  In areas where I wanted it darker I added more coats.  Than I applied two coats of a clear varnish to the entire piece.  The existing knobs and pulls are still in good shape so I reattached them.

09041317060904131711a0904131712For only $60 and little elbow grease this desk is now a beaut.  If I do say so myself.

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Open For Business!

I am very excited to announce that my store on Etsy is finally open.  It is over a month past my intended opening date, but better late than never right?

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There were a few hiccups and some things took longer than I had originally thought.  I’m new to this biz and I am learning as I go.  I decided to start out small and simple, add things as I go and see where that takes me.  Hopefully far.

As of right now, I am not doing any custom orders due to the fact that I am using repurposed items.  I would hate for a customer to want to buy a bag and I not have the material they wanted.  In the future I think I might like to try custom orders.  I also think it would be great to incorporate vegan leather, hemp fabric, and other sustainable materials into my designs.  We shall see.

Down the road I want to get a decent DSLR camera.  From all the things I read, good quality pictures go a long way to help sell your product.  Right now I am using either my phone or my ipod, because both take better pictures than my digital camera.  And although both the phone and ipod get the job done, the images still aren’t as crisp and clear as I want after editing.

I have also been thinking about giveaways and press releases as ways to advertise and possibly garner more sales.

So even though I have the store up and running, I still have a long way to go.

If you have a moment stop on by Second Glory and tell me what you think.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Below are some images of the bags you can find on my shop page.

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Beautiful Inspiration

05011319390430131217a05011312140501131939aWhen Spring rolls around it is so easy to find yourself surrounded by beauty.  Some of these images were taken during walks on my lunch break and others are from my backyard and by backyard I mean the parking lot outside of my apartment.  Regardless there is beauty all around if we take the time to notice.  In turn we can find inspiration and gratitude in the little things.  Even though it’s raining at this exact moment, I’m still calling it a beautiful day because that’s just the mood I’m in.

Stay posi my friends!

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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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Rags to Riches-Project 4 of 52

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That’s what this rug should be called.  Because it started out as rags (more like t-shirts, sheets, pants, and fabric turned into rags) and then crafted into this wonderful crocheted rug.  I completed this a few weeks back, during that weekend of productivity.  I will admit I rolled around on it a bit.  You know, testing it out and what not.  It passed.

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When I first started this project there wasn’t many D.I.Y’s on Rag Rugs.  But now they are all over.  If you haven’t, you should check out some of the rugs on Pinterest.  Wow.  If there is a next time, maybe I too will be a little more organized and create a more cohesive look.  But I think this rug is fantastic in its own way.  I like the different colors mixed throughout the white.  I am half tempted to not let anyone walk on it, because it took some time to complete.  That would defeat the purpose though, so I shall grant little piggies permission to walk across this masterpiece.

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Catch you later!

Sweet Trip to the Candy Shop

IMG_0097 - Version 2For project 2 of the 52 projects, I am continuing with the jar theme.  You could use this as a vase, pencil or paintbrush holder, decorative piece, votive or as I thought I would use it, a candy dish.  I also wanted to stick with something small because R and I are moving at the end of the month.  Big exciting projects to come.  I hope….

Anyways I love me some sauerkraut.  Although this may seem off topic, it really isn’t.  Cause you see I used this cute jar that once contained my sauerkraut.  I like how it looks like a little glass barrel.

You can use any jar you like, or an old vase or even a mug.  The possibilities are endless!  On a side note, I have to say this project is nifty, thrifty, and eco-friendly.

Once you pick your vessel, you will need paint, and a paintbrush.  It’s super easy.  I simply painted around the already existing design.  If your jar is plain, create your own, with stripes, geometric shapes, or patterns.  It may take a few coats.

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To be honest, I initially started out in a different direction, hoping to create a stained glass look.  Fail.  So I moved on and painted the center strip a dark blue/purplish color.  I don’t know I have feel about it.  R said he likes it.  He even went as far as to say he would pay $9.99 for it. I think he likes it as a lantern/votive.  With the tea light in it, it reminds me of these Moroccan Lanterns somewhat.  Perhaps I will make a set.IMG_0099

Twine Wrapped Jars

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Yeah Yeah Yeah.  These have already been blogged to death.  But I still kind of like them.  Plus Rob and I are moving into a new place soon and I’m not sure what decorating decoration we plan to go.  So I figured these are subtle yet rustic, plus I added a little glam.

Originally I had planned a quickie quilt for my first project.  Ayh yh yh. ( Is that how you would spell it?)  Well it was not quick.  I am still working on it and plan to post it later.

So I had to come up with something else.  These were easy peasy.  I already had the old jars, and the twine from another project so I went to town.

I began by gluing the twine at the bottom of the jar and continued wrapping upwards.  I used a hot glue gun.  1. because I like it, and 2. because I wanted it to dry fast.  Sometimes I have very little patience.  I’m sure you can use any type of glue.  But with the glue gun be sure to watch out for your phalanges because dat glue is hot!

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The jars would be lovely on their own, but I wanted them to pop.  I added some white paint and perhaps I am a bit deluded but I think it has a Swedish vibe.  I did say I may be deluded.

Pick any pattern/design you want.  Paint with a brush or use stamps.  Whatever you fancy.

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I just had a thought, before you glue the twine to the jar, perhaps wrapping the twine with embroidery floss first would add texture and color.  I just may do this in the future.

Until we meet again….

New Year, New Projects, New Quests

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Happy New Year!  And Welcome Back to me, and to you!

This year I have a plan with 52 goals and I hope to see it through.  I’m sure you’ve heard of it before.  The whole complete 52 projects in a year thing.  It could either be insanely difficult or fantastically easy depending upon what projects you tackle.  I have some ideas, so I thought I would give it a go.

I will start out saying that I don’t have 52 projects already lined up.  I have about 27.  But the year just started, and I still have many more opportunites for inspiration to strike.  Right?  I will say this, the projects I came up with are pretty sweet.  Some will be more challenging, while others may be more practical, and still others more aesthetically pleasing.

I have decided this, in an effort to be more sustainable, and let’s face it frugal, I intend to use recycled/repurposed items in my projects.  That is not to say that all my projects will be made of entirely recycled materials.  If that were the case, it could take years to complete some of the ideas I have rattlin around the ol’ noggin.  But I will strive to use as many recycled/repurposed items as possible.

So here is to the New Year, New Projects, and New Quests!  Cheers!