Friday, February 25, 2011

Where have you been?

I have had no new comments to read, no funny emails from my friends... oh..... wait.....
I haven't made a new blog post in WEEKS. Doh! 
 I do have a reason for this.
I have been working like a 7 yr. old child in a sweatshop in some undeveloped country.
I can see why this craft show stuff is not for the faint of heart.

This is what I have been doing while I wasn't playing on the internet:
Got this mounted and now need to hand stitch a patchwork strip around it.
This was for my sister to give as a gift. 
Sent this to Brady's class where it was received quite well if I do say so myself.
 Apparently there was a bit of trouble because some kids were "jumping a lot" (B's words) when they were supposed to be standing in line under it. Can you blame them? I want to touch it, too, and I made it!

This is a decoupaged picture frame which will probably be made into a chalkboard/magnet board.
 (If I can part with it. I kinda LOVE it.)

This is another thing I've been working on: decoupaged clothespins.
Made over 400 so far. I will be using them in my booth to hang things as well as selling them in packs.
 I've been trying to come up with funny/clever tags for my stuff. I thought I would boost sales if people stood around in my booth laughing at the packaging. 
(Plus I just like to make people laugh.)

Here are a few of the tags for the clothespins:

I figured they would make really awesome teacher gifts so I tried to have a few reflecting that.

I have a handful of these appliqued embroidery rings made up and want to do some superhero and cartoon character ones from my vintage sheets. I don't know if non-sewers will like them, but they are fairly quick to make and will make my booth look pretty if nothing else.

 And then CRAYONS:

 ...and more crayons.
 I have made many many many crayons... and must make more. These things had better sell. I'm just sayin'.
I want to make a few pennants and just see if they move. I will do some with kid themed fabric, maybe sports, and a few Eastery ones. They are pretty labor intensive so I don't know how many I will make, but enough to get an idea on if they will sell or not.
Also working on some marble magnets- if you've never seen these, google them. They are so cool!
These were just some I made for us. I wanted to practice because we will be doing this as a craft with the Kid's Group at church. Totally fun and rewarding. I will make some up to sell, too. Maybe I can get the kids to make them for me...? (Speaking of sweat shops!)

Eat your veggies! (We got a seed catalog.)

So that is what I've been doing. In between being a mom. I did get about 2 dozen of the regular crayon totes made up, but would like to bring about 60 with me to the show. So I have lots more to make! I have orders for about 10 and so those will have to be made first. 

I am surprised by how much time things like packaging and collecting materials takes.
I am a bit skeered- hoping I at least get some of my money back for this stuff.... what if no one likes it and doesn't buy ANYTHING??? EEK! Well, I guess then I wouldn't have to buy Christmas presents for a couple years....