Archive | February, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Hot Air Balloon Centerpieces!

28 Feb

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty  ;)

This crafty tutorial comes from: RuffledBlog

Floating Hot Air Balloons

I now have this sudden urge of throwing a party that requires hot air balloons. Just so I can make these. Karen, the crafty bride from this gorgeous wedding shot by Paul Von Rieter, made these whimsical hot air balloons using large bouncy balls. They are often found at dollar stores, so they can be made affordably. Thank you for sharing, these are incredible! More DIY details in the gallery and on her blog.

DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces
DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces

What you’ll need:

- large bouncy balls
– potted herbs
– square tin pots (or cans)
– acrylic paint
– brush
– twine for tying tins to the “balloons”

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DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces
DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces
DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces

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Instructions:

To make each pattern, I started off by drawing a base guide. I taped a long piece of string to the ball, and then I tied a Sharpie to the end of that string where I wanted to start drawing a guide. Then I rotated the Sharpie along that string “axis” to draw a perfect circle around the ball. I did this several times along different lengths, with the same taped point. Just imagine a bunch of “latitude” lines drawn on the ball with Sharpie. I use those new circles to guide me with drawing a symmetrical pattern for each of the balls. If you want to be really precise, I would measure the circumference of the “equator”, and divide that evenly by a number for an exact repeating pattern.

Once your balloons are dry, attach your herb “baskets” to them using twine. Punch holes on your herb tins with the help of a hammer and nails. Attach them to the ceiling and add your table numbers to the bottom of each.

 

If you haven’t already stopped by RuffledBlog – click the link!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

 

 

Motivational Monday: Never Settle

27 Feb

Spotlight Sunday: Top Picks

26 Feb

This weeks TOP PICKS! These are the ones I can’t resist!

Eye Shadow  Shimmering Season of Green 5 grams         Hand Painted Compote Dessert or small Juice Glasses

$5.00 USD                                       $45.00 USD

Apples Polka Dots Pincushion Pinnie Large 5" Size        Handpainted Beatles inspired "Let it Be" Necklace, SALE on 20" silver chain, with natural gemstone charms, teal, red, yellow

detailsbydes                                     JesseAnneDesigns
$15.00 USD                                     $28.00 USD

Quilted Clutch with Vintage Button Red Yellow & Black Floral        Ella Mary Janes

Quilted Clutch with Vintage B       Ella Mary Janes

LilyStitches                                      ShwimmyKids
$15.00 USD                                     $33.00 USD

SALE - Airplane Baby Name Sign (5 Letters) - Custom Hand Painted Wood Letters with Planes Theme        Starburst Recycled Candy Wrapper Bracelet - Great Stocking Stuffer

SALE – Airplane Baby Name         Starburst Recycled Candy

SarasHandmades                             justByou
$65.00 USD                                      $8.00 USD

Girl Dress - Gray Polka Dot Pink Dress - Harlow - Matches our other items         Baby Owl Hat - Made to Order

Girl Dress – Gray Polka Do             Baby Owl Hat – Made to Order

Appleandivy                                      justHOOKing
$38.00 USD                                      $20.00 USD

LOIS Pregnancy Necklace- Sterling Silver - Rose Quartz, Amethyst and hot pink Chalcedony         Black and White Damask  business card holder 14% off Coupon Code: HEART

LOIS Pregnancy Neckl                   Black and White Damask busi

artsychicas                                        ItsyBitsyBriggsy
$42.00 USD                                      $7.99 USD

Extra Large Sweet and Simple Green Polka Dot Pinwheel Hairbow Perfect for St. Patrick's Day         15 Feet Pink Waxed Cotton Cord for Jewelry Making Macrame and Hemp Style Jewelry.  Shipped from the USA.

Extra Large Sweet and Simpl         15 Feet Pink Waxed Cotton 

SaraOlsenDesigns                             yourday
$3.49 USD                                         $1.29 USD

4 Small Flower Gift Boxes         Dog Treats No Wheat/Gluten Mini's--Sweet Potato Carrot Apple-Perfect For Poodle, Shih Tzu, Terrier--3 dozen

4 Small Flower Gift Boxes              Dog Treats No Wheat/Gluten

caitcait88                                          TrueTreatsPetBakery
$7.00 USD                                        $6.50 USD

Which one is your favorite?

Feature Friday: Monetware!

24 Feb

Feature Friday Presents:

Monetware!

“I enjoy a number of craft-related hobbies, but as you can see my two favorite are papercrafts and jewelry making. After much urging from family and friends, I finally decided to make my items available on-line….and now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it sooner. :-)”

 

Lavender Button Bib Necklace and Earrings - Beads and Buttons Collection - Lavender Love        Tissue Cozy - Dark Blue Floral

Lavender Button Bib Neckla…      Tissue Cozy – Dark Blue Fl…

monetware                                       monetware

$25.00 USD                                     $3.50 USD

Red and Pink Friends Spiral Notebook with Pink Paper Flowers and Red Buttons - Buttons and Blossoms Journal        Post-It Notes Pad - Purple Argyle

Red and Pink Friends Spira…        Post-It Notes Pad – Purple…

monetware                                       monetware

$5.25 USD                                        $2.75 USD

Hand Knit Cup Cozy - Amethyst         Blue Glass Pearl and Shell Necklace and Earrings - Feeling a Little Blue

Hand Knit Cup Cozy – Ameth…     Blue Glass Pearl and Shell…

monetware                                        monetware

$6.00 USD                                        $20.00 USD

Greeting Card - Congrats - Sparkle Celeberation Dots - Cinnamon Stick, Brown, and Yellow        Lavender Knit Handwarmers

Greeting Card – Congrats -…         Lavender Knit Handwarmers

monetware                                       monetware

$3.25 USD                                        $9.00 USD

What got you interested in crafting?

When I was younger, my mother taught me how to sew. My grandmother introduced me to knitting by giving me a book on it even though she didn’t knit herself. Around the time I got married, I begin to experiment with some paper and floral crafts. (I was outraged by some of the prices for wedding favors, flowers, etc. and decided to see what I could do myself.) 

 

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

    

One of my favorite projects to make is the sticky notes pad. These make great, inexpensive gifts. Also, I am still very much a fan of writing notes (reminders for myself, a note for my husband, etc) and these make it convenient to always have something handy for leaving a quick note. 

 

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

My husband calls me “Monet”. Also, “ware” is defined as “articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods.” Therefore, “monetware”. (About 7 years ago, I said to myself that if I ever had to sell my goods, I would use that name for my line of merchandise. Etsy presented the perfect opportunity to really play up the name for my shop.)

 

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

I would call it “Monetware”…(of course!) I would sell my merchandise, plus I would have a little section of the shop to serve tea and desserts. I would also offer customized services that would include event planning, etc.

 

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

That would probably have to be one of the necklaces from my “Beads & Buttons” Collection. It involves wire bending and layering of the buttons. Challenging, but some of my favorite pieces to date.

 

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

I would love to do more marketing in order to get more exposure, which would hopefully lead to more sales. I would also like to expand the products that I offer. I have a few new things I want to try…you’ll have to stay tuned to see.

 

What inspires you to be crafty?

One of the most enjoyable and satisfying feelings is to see others happy because they have received something they need, want, or didn’t know they needed or wanted. To be able to provide that “thing”, even if it is just a covered post-it notes pad….inspires me to continue to create and be crafty. It’s also very relaxing to sit for hours and make cards, jewelry, etc. 
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

Being able to combine colors and patterns in a way that complements the particular item. (It’s funny, sometimes when it comes to matching up my clothes, I am at a loss…but there is usually no hesitation when it comes to my crafts!)

 

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

More exposure for my products. Also, I am still working on taking better pictures so that the merchandise can be seen in the best possible way.

 

If you haven’t already stopped by Monetware – click the link now!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Thoughtful Thursday: Stepping up My Game!

23 Feb

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday! If you read my last thursday post you know that I am trying to do things in order to make my environment, and life more organized so that I can focus on things like my business!

Here are a brief reminder of the tips I talked about:

1. Create an easy work environment

2. Get all the daily chores done in the first few hours of the day

3. Use time wisely

4. Keep motivation up

5. Put yourself first

6. Keep track of your progress more than your to-do list

7. Take care of you

Now here’s the part where I talk about what I’ve done this week to improve on these steps!

Starting with number one: Create an easy work environment -I wanted to create a better work environment for my business. Since I work part-time as a child care provider, take care of my daughter all day, and sell handmade gifts as my job – sometimes its hard to put all those things in one room without freaking out! So I cleaned out my storage area and created a good temporary working space. I can open the doors during nap time, everything is easily accessible and ready for work. The things that aren’t great to be left out around children (ironing board, packing materials, paperwork in piles) I leave in my new area so all I have to do is close the doors and I am now child friendly again! This took pretty much most of my week to get organized and I haven’t had much time to use it yet but trust me – I will!!

Number two: Get all the daily chores done in the first few hours of the day – It seemed like by the time I got my chores all done it was lunch time, then nap time/work time, then dinner time. Where was the down time for me? Now that I’ve gotten in a better routine of getting things done I am finished my chores by 9 am! That gives me almost 2 hours to relax, reorganize my day, and spend quality time with my little girl.

Number three: Use time Wisely – Thanks to number three – I have more time!! Which makes it easier to use it wisely because I have that extra time to relax.

Number four: Keep motivation up – this is an awesome trick I’ve figured out. I get up, get ready, get Emma ready, eat breakfast then immediately turn on Pandora on my cell phone and put it in my pocket. My ear buds are free so I can still talk to Emma, the music travels with me so I don’t have to turn it up just to hear it on the other side of the house, it’s lightweight and fits in my back pocket so I don’t even feel it. Good mood follows me wherever I go!

Number five: Put yourself first – something I am HORRIBLE at! I’ve been trying to say no and concentrate on things I need to get done before others but this will be a learning in progress. I’m getting a little better at it but I still am easily distracted with helping everyone else!

Number six: Keep track of your progress rather than your to-do list! This is something I’ve been really great about. After I finish for the day I list of all the things I accomplished to my husband. Then when we are lying in bed I tell him everything I want to do for the next day. I make sure not to put more than three things on my list since I only have about 2 hours to get things done – no need to overwhelm myself!

Number seven: Take care of you – another thing I fail at miserably. Although I have been going to bed earlier, which makes me wake up earlier, which makes me get all my chores done earlier – leaving me with more time during the day. It’s amazing what a little shut-eye will do ;)

Have you been using any of these methods throughout your week? How are they helping you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Work In Progress Wednesday: Cork Business Card Holders

22 Feb

One thing I’ve been excited to try out is cork business card holders! They looked super easy to make and I was hoping they would be super cheap as well. I went around to the local wine shops and asked them to save me their corks as well as buying them off a friend of mine :D

What you’ll want for this project is a serrated knife, an exacto knife, a cutting board, a cork and maybe a pen to mark where you want to cut!

You are going to want to cut one edge of the cork to make a flat side that’s going to lay down flat on the table. I used the serrated knife for this job!

Then I used my exacto knife to mark where I was going to cut on the opposite side. I cut with the serrated knife, then used the exacto knife to pull out the little pieces of cork that were still stuck.

And TADA you have a cork business card holder! I say this is a Work In Progress because I’m not 100% satisfied with how it came out. Two things I want to fix are the opening for the cards (there has to be an easier cleaner way to do this) and then the fact that the cork is so light that you can’t put more than two cards in it without it falling over. I’m going to try to add a weight to the bottom to see if that solves the problem! So more to come on this post :P

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Tuesday Tutorial: Fun Birthday Wreath

21 Feb

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty ;)

This crafty tutorial comes from: TheSillyPearl

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birthdaywreath

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Motivational Monday: Live

20 Feb

Spotlight Sunday: A Pop of Color

19 Feb

SPOTLIGHT SUNDAY!

New Listings :)

Hair Flower Fascinator - Royal Blue & Yellow 3.75"        Shabby Chic Floral Cuff Bracelet, Indie Vintage Inspired, Red Yellow Flowers Pink Roses Floral Lace, Shabby Chic, Delicate Gift Idea, Resin

Hair Flower Fascinator – Roy        Shabby Chic Floral Cuff Brac

HeckmanCrafts                                JesseAnneDesigns
$8.50 USD                                        $28.00 USD
Music Soothes the Soul Cell Phone Charm or Zipper Pull        Handspun, Art Yarn, 98 yards "Baby Boy Blue", Super Soft Merino Wool, Plyed with, White Angora
Music Soothes the Soul Cell P       Handspun, Art Yarn, 98 yard

justByou                                           theSheepandI
$4.00 USD                                       $48.00 USD
Hawaiian Orchid Hair Clips, Hula, Wedding, Bridal, Luau, Hot Pink       Simply Sweet Mittens in Gray
Hawaiian Orchid Hair Clips,         Simply Sweet Mittens in Gray

natashaaloha                                  anniebeeknitting
$6.00 USD                                      $16.00 USD
Pink Orange Stripes Mary Janes - Baby Shoes       Dalmation Bars-Dog Treats-Peanut Butter Swirl & "Chocolate" Carob Chips--10ct
Pink Orange Stripes Mary Ja       Dalmation Bars-Dog Treats-

ShwimmyKids                                 TrueTreatsPetBakery
$32.00 USD                                     $7.00 USD
Antiquedbrass i love you more handstamped necklace with amethyst swarovski crystal and sterling silver disc       Girl bodysuit with pants size 3 to 6 months
Antiquedbrass i love you mor      Girl bodysuit with pants size 3 to 6 months

Lolasjewels                                      lilcleo
$25.00 USD                                    $28.50 USD
Brooklyn Bridge ACEO - "Balloons over the Bridge" - limited edition fine art print - vintage - Hot Air Balloons - whimsical       Cormo Wool, organic roving buy 1 Ounce of cloud like softness Our Farm Speciality
$6.00 USD                                       $3.75 USD
Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate - Reverse TIGER BUTTER - 4 Individual 2 oz bags       Wedding Dress Card - Tiffany Blue, Will you be my Bridesmaid, Blank inside, Thank You Card, Invitation
Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate      Wedding Dress Card – Tiffan

justByou                                          HeckmanCrafts
$8.00 USD                                      $2.50 USD
Handknitted Unisex Neckwarmer       Knit Swaddling blanket dark brown
$24.37 USD                                    $10.95 USD
Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,
J

What A Wonderful Day!

18 Feb

I pulled this from my new team blog that I just posted on http://www.northernvacraftaholics.wordpress.com – so if you are ever interested in what my group is doing locally you can find information there!

Today was our Destash Bash and get together and I cannot even start to explain how much fun it was! We had a great number of people show up with lots of interesting things to give away! Of course I scooped up a few things of my own :D It’s hard as a crafter to not think of a million amazing things you can make with other’s stuff. For those of you who missed it don’t worry I’m going to dive in to all the things we chatted about! But for now – let’s check out some pictures!

We had tables full of supplies from fabric, yarn, beads, paper products, and more!

It was a great way to get to know everyone and the materials that they use and don’t use anymore.

What better way to get to know someone than see what they are the most passionate about?

Of course I couldn’t resist showing off what I picked up ;)

Coming from someone who has had a hard time finding my group of friends after moving and settling down – it really meant the world to me to be in a room full of people who share the same interests and common goals. Etsy has been more than just a way to show the world what I can make but a stepping grounds for who I am and thanks to Etsy Teams, it’s given me the opportunity to reach out to others and find who are just as excited about this road ahead of us as I am!

Once we all got settled we started talking about who we were, where we were from, what we make in our shops and our other interests. We talked about upcoming events that I’ll be posting in team threads and here on the blog that you might catch us at. One thing that was brought up for a future get together was critiques. I can’t think of a better way to get input on your shop then from people who are on etsy on a daily basis seeing what’s out there and what works – so keep your ears open for that one! Another thing I’m looking forward to is to find a “home” for or monthly gatherings. We’ll be looking into libraries and other places that we can book to meet up and craft or just hang out.

We talked about craft shows – the good, the bad, and the ugly! How do you know if the craft show will be a success? What can you prepare yourself for? Tips and tricks to make it benefit your store.

There was a great discussion about Treasuries, BNRs, and Marketing. All great things in order to boost sales, views, and feedbacks. This is something I’d love to talk more about with anyone if they have any questions.

One thing that I don’t want to forget to mention is providing and promoting for our shops! I’m really excited about expanding as a team and being able to support each other during this process.

I have to say this meet and greet was a complete success. Not only did I walk out of it feeling like I had just met an amazing group of people – but I am so excited about meeting up again and creating this group of people with such a wide variety of skills into a group of friends I’ll never forget!

Love Always,

J

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