Sunday, August 15, 2010

Busy Bee!

Ahh, I have been such a busy little lady for the past few weeks.  I moved to a new branch location, so I've been getting adjusted there.  Vegas is less than a month away, so I have been prepping for that.  And of course I've been working on my shop, desha.  I've even had some custom orders!  Here are a few peeks of some items I've made and sold locally:

I was reading an article on Scoutie Girl today about what does and does not qualify as "handmade."  I'll admit I often grapple with the idea myself.  I agree that simply purchasing manufactured products and stringing them together doesn't really qualify as completely "handmade," unless the finished product serves a purpose or fulfills a niche that is completely unique.

However, there are many goals that entrepreneurs/crafters have when creating their products.  They are looking to be unique and creative because that is what drives them.  People who have a creative spirit are always dreaming of making pieces that blow others away because of their sheer originality.  But on the flip side: if it sells, it sells.  Sometimes people like the same ol' same ol'.  I have discovered that with my pieces.  I do get many compliments on the more unique items.  But the "safer," more typical products are what tends to sell.  People like safety and comfort.  We're all trying to start a revolution of course, turning our dreams into reality and sharing them with the world.  But hey- a girl's gotta make a living.  Sometimes safety sells.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Vegas 2010: The Countdown Begins.

In 34 days, the girls and I will head to Vegas for Nicole's bachelorette party.  And, as you might guess, bachelorette party = perfect excuse for crafting!  (I've got to come up with a better term than "crafting."  It sounds so... ancient.)  Anyway, I just wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of the brooches I'm making (which will go on the necklaces) for all 10 girls.  Whew!  Lots of hard work.  They're almost all done, and that's a good thing because I'll now need to spend the rest of my time meeting Nicole's wardrobe requirements.  Since I've already purchased the first two nights' outfits (and been reminded by my friend's boyfriend that I need to "do something" about my tan lines), the current quest is for something animal print .  Maybe I could just surprise everyone and show up dressed as a jungle animal.  I'll let you know how it goes.

In any case, enjoy these photos.  I have learned the lovely art of turning satin clippings into flowers, which I am pleased with.  Some tutorials, like this one, recommend to hold the fabric over an open flame, like a candle.  However, I learned the hard way that I get burnt by doing that.  For those of you as clumsy as myself, I recommend using a lighter.  It gives you a little more control.  And we all love that.

Here are a few other tutorials if you'd like to try it yourself:
Little Birdie Secrets Organza Flowers
Burda Style Flowers

By the way, I am still working on adding a whole bunch of goodies to the Etsy site, but I've been a little distracted by the Vegas-planning.  I will come back to you soon, I promise.