Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2016 shaker calendars

Hello!  Wow, can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving!  I have to get some pies tomorrow and then cook on Thursday.  My youngest one always looks forward to Thanksgiving, mostly because he likes to eat everything!

After a little bit of procrastination today, I completed my chores.  Then I had an hour or so to finish up my shaker calendars. 

I love the new Mama Elephant release!  I went a little overboard and bought the dies too.  Usually I don't because they are so pricey but boy, they sure make cutting out everything easy.  I made 10 of these in total.  Eight of them are listed in my Etsy store.  Took me a little bit of trial and error to get them the way I wanted.

I filled up little clear bags with sequins, glitter and microbeads.  I think the clear bags allow the glitter to move around more freely.  I still used clear cardstock over the clear bags cause it is stronger and sturdier.  I didn't use any foam to pop up the top layer.

I think I got a little carried away filling up some bags than others.  You really don't need much to fill these up.

The back has the Tim Holtz's easel die.

Hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Grouchy Christmas cards

Hello!  I had a lot of fun at the last craft fair talking with one of the vendors next to us selling fabric.  She is so nice and friendly!  And wow, she sews very well!  I think we did fairly well at the fair.  Sold a lot of cards and sequins and a little of this and that.  Slowly dwindling down on my used stash of stamps and dies.  But I still have some!  Totally wish I could sell them all before Christmas but looks like they'll be taking up some floor space still.  I am thinking that was my last fair for the year.  I'll be trying to keep my Etsy store better updated and supplied.

A while ago I hurt my right hand.  More specifically my thumb.  Every now and then the pain comes back and now it's back.  I guess I have been crafting more but everyday activities aggravate it.  Stuff like turning on the car ignition, pouring water, typing, using my phone, cutting vegetables, etc.  Even now!  I really want to rest it but here I am taking photos, editing photos and blogging.  But I really want to share these funny and grouchy winter/Christmas cards.

You may have to click on the photos to see the sentiments.  But they just crack me up.  I made simple cards with these images and sentiments from Taylored Expressions.

These are the last two.  They really remind me of something Grumpy Cat would say.  She cracks me up too.

Anyway, I must go prep some meals now and use my thumb some more.  Hopefully I'll have some time to let it rest later.  Grateful it doesn't hurt too much to color!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 13, 2015

winter birthdays & my next craft fair

Hello!  The weather here has turned to rainy and breezy.  I like that more than hot & humid. 

I discovered at the last craft fair that people still search for birthday cards during winter.  Well, of course they do cause birthdays happen every day all year round.  So I added more birthday cards just in time for the next Rubberstamp Expo happening this Sunday, November 15 at NBC Hawaii Suite.

People were searching for boy birthday cards specifically and even cards for grown up guys.  I don't know, I don't think I make much guy stuff.  And also handmade items for boys.  I don't think I have too much stuff guys would buy.  I guess that is something to think about.  Anyway, I took out my favorite Sister Stamps birthday kids and made a couple of boy birthday cards.  Simple and sweet cards that didn't take me too long.

Of course I had to make some girl cards too. 

I made three of these because she's just about my favorite image and she has a cupcake! 

I know I should be making more cards or something but I was tired yesterday and just could not get myself to making anything.  We had a busy couple of days with the kids and their activities that wiped me out.  My hubby is still tired but he has to go into work so I'm lucky I can just veg out a bit.  I don't know how our kids do it!  I know they must be tired too.  But I read a quote the other day, A busy life is a blessed life.  So true, right?  

Hope to see some of you at the fair!  Please come up and say hello.  It's nice to see familiar faces as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

a bit of this and that

Hello!  I have a little bit of this and that to share today.  Thought I'd jam everything into one post in case I don't get a chance to share them later. 

Here are some of the Mama Elephant reindeer shaker tags I made.  I sold some at the last fair but I should've take a photo of all 24 together before selling them!  I think these are about the cutest reindeer ever.  If only I can get my hands on the dies soon, I can make more projects with these.

Here is another set of tags.  I added red stars in some shakers and then green stars in others.  I think the green stars were more popular and sold better.  Did you see that Mama Elephant is releasing a new stamp set with the Chinese zodiac animals?  The set is so cute and I can't wait to get those.

I made some graduation cards too using Sister Stamps Graduate stamp. 

Green is the school color of the university here.

And lastly, I made this necklace the other day with the symbol/kanji for beautiful.  This one is already spoken for.  I've been selling some sterling silver jewelry mostly at fairs but I am wanting to add jewelry back into my Etsy store. 

I also stamped some initials.  These would look cute on the chain as well.  I stamped these for my daughter's friends but they will be hanging on some bracelets instead.  Cute and simple Christmas presents.  I'm also waiting on some metal bookmark and keychain supplies and hopefully I'll have those at the next fair as well.  Seems like my crafty to do list is getting longer.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween treats!

Hello!  Today, I did a little bit of crafting for fun.  I have a couple of projects in the works for my kids that I'll share when they are done.  I also did my usual chores and meal prep.  But realized I couldn't cook dinner early today because we have absolutely no room in the fridge to put a large pot of chili in when I'm done cooking it.  So I guess that'll have to wait for later this afternoon after I pick up my 2 out of 3 kids from school.  Wednesdays are interesting because I have to make multiple trips out of the house for pick ups at different times.  Just thinking about it makes me wanna take a nap!  But instead I ate some pie.  In case you are wondering, my 3rd child will get picked up by my hubby.  Don't worry, I only forgot to pick up one of my children once the whole time I was a parent.  That's not too bad, is it?  Oh, and once I overslept while napping which is why I don't nap much during the day anymore.  I was relying on my son who was just a few months old to wake up crying from his nap to wake me up but of course that would be the day he decided to play quietly in his crib.  I kind of shot up out of bed, grabbed him and rushed out the door!

Well, it's almost Halloween and my youngest still likes to pass out treats.  The past couple of Halloweens, we've been giving out glow sticks to his class.  This year we're giving glow sticks again but just dressed up differently.

I had seen some ideas like this floating around blogland.  I think some people used this idea for Valentine's Day as well and used lollipops or other stick candy.  I just found this Yoda image online.  I think it was a sticker or something.  I broke a couple of glow sticks while doing this too and had to print out the paper a bit long to cover the rest of the glow stick.  I used a bit of washi tape on the back to keep the stick from shifting around too much.  But of course, Star Wars purists (hubby & children) will criticize my treats and say Yoda doesn't have an orange, yellow or white light saber.  Blah, blah, blah.  Don't really care.  The point is to pass out something fun to the kiddies.

Hey, I forgot to share my new banner I use at craft fairs!  I guess regular paper in a sheet protector and taped to my tablecloth was kind of lame cause it kept falling down!  I got this banner at Vistaprint and it was pretty affordable too.

Okay, I think I will finish up some more crafts today.  Oh, and next time I'll share the reindeer tags I made.  I did end up making all 24!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Craft Fair #4 Review, cards & ramblings

Hello!  Yesterday, we attended the fair at Hawaii Kai Retirement Center.  It was a pretty short fair, only about 4 hours but the time did crawl at some points!  It was kind of a different fair for me and a different crowd.  Less crafty people for customers, I think.  I'm so used to speaking with people who like to make cards and stamp, and I think I kind of missed that yesterday.  But all in all, a good experience.

But someone did ask me how I have the time to make so many crafts.  And then she asked if I work.  I still have to get used to answering questions like that.  Do you work?  Do you have a job?  What do you do?  I'm so used to saying no, I don't work.  But really I think I have a 24 hour job.  I don't have a regular 9-5 job.  I work all the time even in my sleep!  As a parent, do you sleep so soundly that you don't wake up when you hear a noise?  Ever since having children, I haven't slept well.  I'm less sleep deprived now that my children are older but I wake up pretty immediately when one of my kids walks into our room for some reason or another.  I can't nap during the day because I think I'm gonna oversleep and forget to pick up one my kids.  Plus there is so much to do during the day between drop offs, pick ups, volunteering, running errands, doing household chores & prepping 3 meals a day everyday for five of us.  Who really has time for a nap???

Now that I've added my Etsy shop and doing some craft fairs, I have more things to do & not enough time.  I just wondered too at that person who asked me that question, What does she think I'm doing at this craft fair?  Hello, I'm spending my Sunday at a craft fair selling my crafts.  Does that not look like work?  Does selling crafts not count as a job?  It might seem like a fun job and in a way it is but I do differentiate between crafting for fun and crafting for work.  It is different.  So I have to practice answering that question, I work and I have many different jobs!  On a side note, I have my kids practice answering that question too.  They are instructed to say, My mom has an online store, please shop there! 

I'm not sure if I shared some of these cards.  They'll be added into my Etsy store within the next couple days.  I worked as a photographer today and took a million photos and edited them too so I could list them in the store.  All stamps by Sister Stamps.

I also added some of these pretty butterfly sequins.  These are a bit thinner than the other sequins like the snowflakes.

Pink ones

White ones

Green clovers.  These are thicker sliced, more like traditional sequins.  I've had all of these for a little while and only got motivated to list because of a customer's interest.  So I'm grateful for that little push to get these into the store.

And as always, I am thankful for your comments and support!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Craft Fair #3 Review & Craft Fair #4!

Hello!  Our third craft fair was at the Rubberstamp Expo again and I think I like this venue better than the 99 Ranch fair.  Mostly I guess because there is light!  It's kind of important that people can actually see what they are buying!  I will be signing up for the November 15th Rubberstamp Expo as well.  Not sure if that will be my last fair for this year or if I should go into December.  I think my hubby is getting burnt out!  He misses his Sunday naps. 

It is nice talking with everyone and seeing familiar faces.  It's nice to talk about stamping and crafting with others who share that same interest.  People ask me about my coloring and all I can say is "practice!"  If you look at my early cards, they didn't look how they do now.  I think my style has changed and evolved.  Less papers and more about the image than the background. 

These are a couple of cards I was trying to complete for last week's fair but ran out of time.  Isn't that the story of life?  Never enough time to do everything.  I am trying to finish up 4 more cards and also make 24 tags.  Haha, that makes me laugh as I type this.  Wow, 24 tags?  Geez.  And they are shaker tags too!  What am I thinking?  But I think I can do it!  Positive thinking!

I will be at our 4th craft fair this Sunday, October 25th at the Hawaii Kai Retirement Center from 11 am to 3 pm.  I have never been to this fair so I'm not sure what to expect.  I'm not even sure exactly where this is.  I'll have to check it out before that day so I know where we're going.

I hope if you live around Hawaii Kai, you'll come out and visit me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!