Long time, no post!

I feel like I’ve completely abandoned my blog. Where, o where have I been? The answer to that is…house hunting! We started looking in January for a place suitable for me & Michael, our studios, my mother and a guest room. That’s a lot of space needed. We found a house at the end of January that was a wonderful fit but the offer/counter offer process fell apart. We held off on continuing to look until we returned home from our trip. Sadly, we had to cut some of our housing budget which made the hunt a little more challenging. It has taken up most of my time and energy but yesterday we hit pay dirt! We put an offer on another house and today the sellers accepted our counter. It’s a huge weight lifted from us and we’re excitedly starting to plan our garden and other awesome domestic things. We won’t close until June so that the seller’s children can finish out their school year at home. They’re moving to Ohio. The house hadn’t been on the market very long and they made a large price cut that allowed it to show up on our radar. Yay!

Anyway, during this time I filled a custom order for a necklace. I found myself to be a tad nervous making this one, as I wanted everything to be perfect because it is for Ariel, who does Offbeat Bride. In her ongoing support of independent artists, she will do trades for ad space. I decided to bite the bullet and submit my photos to see if anything tickled her interests. I was very excited when she replied back saying she’d love a version of the very first piece I made, but with hot pink detailing. I finished it last week and it’s on it’s way to her. Ariel, I really hope you like it!

Ariel

Ariel Ariel Ariel Ariel

I have finally added the first pair of shoe clips to my Etsy page and have two more ready to photo. I’ll post those soon, if it will stop raining!

More rain…

No moarz rain plz.

Back!

We’re home safe & sound. I’ll make some very specific posts covering the amazing places we visited, but in the mean time here are a few teasers!

Virgin Gorda, BVI

Teaser of The Baths Teaser of Spring Bay Teaser of Spring Bay

R & R

I just wanted to let you know that I will be offline from 2.11 through 2.25.

I hope to get in one more post before we leave.

Packaging

A while back, my delightful friend Lindsey linked me to a site where I could buy kraft paper boxes. I really liked them and felt I could make the largest one work for my packaging. I placed my order but during the ordering process I got kicked out of the system. So, I sat and waited. I had purchased my previous boxes at Michael’s. They’re not cheap – $2.99 a pop – but I’ve managed to almost keep within my shipping cost parameters and still be able to insure the packages.

Ok…I finally listed those last two necklaces on Thursday along with another I haven’t posted here. The pink & black one sold within a few hours! I journeyed up to Michael’s yesterday in an attempt to buy several boxes while I got off my butt and try to order from Uline. Much to my dismay, they were out of the square boxes. So I kept searching around the shelves until I found this one and fell in love:

Packaging

I went to the website listed on the bottom of the box http://www.darice.com. Awesome, BUT I have to have a store front in order to purchase from them, as well as a ‘minimum’ yearly purchase amount. http://www.darice.com/ecom/ViewContent.aspx?sectionId=2&cmid=2003. I hit the intarwebs late last night and found them for $2.29 at Create4Less. With shipping, it’s still probably cheaper than Michael’s when you add taxes for the store purchase.

So, I am trying to decide whether to buy some of these and suck up the costs, or go back to Uline and work with their great deals for the smaller rectangular ones.

Daydream Designs.

Unique Hand Engraved Glass & Woodcarving

I stumbled upon these not long ago.

Click on the photos above to go to each listing.

New Etsy Listings

Here are the three latest bib necklaces listed.

I’m working on a different ‘type’ of fabric flower for some shoe clips that will also be expanded to the necklaces. I’m very finicky about finishing details, so I’m tinkering with those now. They’re quite sassy, btw!

Unhappy Hipsters

It’s lonely in the modern world…


‘And one day, a ladder appeared. Julien climbed with guarded optimism; could this be the way out for which he’d been searching all these weeks?’

Unhappy Hipsters

Snowflakes!

Haley Luna posted these the other day and I wanted to share them with you!

More from her ice & snow set.

Shoe Clips

I finished these last night! I’m very happy with them except for the hardware. They’re a bit difficult to open and close, but we’re trying to remedy that. Good thing is that they won’t come off your shoe! I bought a smaller version of them and I’m testing them next.

Silver Shoe Clip

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I’ll most likely sell these as ‘samples’.

Clicky on the photos to see larger versions.

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