Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Craft Gifts

First up - for my niece and nephew. My sis-in-law told me that they have their own table top trees this year. It was her idea for tree I thought was just perfect. Funny thing is, I had just made a treasury post of some lovely full size versions I found on Etsy.

These were what I came up with...the red one for her & blue for him.

Second...through 18th....
I was browsing around online & found these cute little fabric stacking trees on The Small Object. And the tree skirt fabric bits were just perfect for this project. I gave out a tree to each family at the Xmas Eve get togethers.

As much as I love them, I will have to make a small change if I make them again...sturdier fabric. The solid color fabrics I used were too flimsy to hold up well. I suppose I could just use a fabric stiffener along the bottom edge if I had to. And I am sure to make them again - they were too cute & simple not to!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

Ho Ho Ho..."MY" tree...the Whedonverse tree...
thanks to all the great participants of the Buffyfest Ornament Swap these past 3 years :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bye Bye Buffy

It was a little hard to package this one up. Every time I check my shop and see this red bag still there, I wonder if I should keep it for myself. I just love it. And I put so much into it. But it has gone off to a new home. I hope it is a happy place. Full of fun & whimsy :)

I also had to say goodbye to these pretties...

I wondered if she had been to the sale in Ypsilanti at the Riverside Arts Center since she lives about one town over. I suppose I could ask, but it'd be weird to bring it up now that I have already acknowledged the order & thanked her.

I must admit - I needed that. It is easy to get discouraged...especially when I haven't been producing as much as I would like. This little boost and the spark I am feeling lighting up inside...I have a good feeling for next year. Here's to creating!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Sale a Success

These are some of the things that sold during the past 2 weekends at Riverside's Holiday Sale in Ypsilanti. I consider the sale a success because, well, I sold stuff. Which is the whole point. Would I have liked to have sold more? Of course. Am I happy with what sold? Of course.

Now...what to do with the rest? Aside form relist in my shops...of course.

I have been enjoying the pillows and such I have been making. And the embroidered ornaments. So I know I will continue with these and add the quilts & such I planned on. But as for the bags...I need to decide which I will make more of and when. Maybe one batch of home goods, then a batch of embroidery pieces, then bags and repeat.

Someone had pointed out to me that I should be sure to point out just how few of each bag design I made as this only helps to support the one-of-a-kind aspect...and thus lends itself to higher price points without further explanation. She may be right. Where I see a mish mash, she saw a sea of unique items screaming "buy me - no one else will ever have the same one". I like that :)

I need to actually sew more to achieve this. It'll help. Need to wait for a non-snow day though :P

Monday, December 6, 2010

Scribble Tree

I got the first one down, many more to go. This is what I made from those sketches last week. I think I will be spending my evenings embroidering. What am I going to do with them? Not entirely sure. It is a bit too late for listing them in the shop. I suppose I could keep them around for a fun Christmas in July sale. But I am sure some will find their way to my tree & some family trees also.

Now to decide how to finish them off...glue the excess fabric to the inside of the hoop? Most likely. And I will probably keep the hoop bare & natural rather than trim it with a ribbon. But after inserting a thick paper backing with a date so I remember when I made them :P