Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I'm Free!!

ceramic coaster, red paisley
Well, mostly free, from my wrist brace. I'll wear it at night tonight just to make sure it's 100% for work on Thursday. If all else fails, I did get a new one to wear to work. But even with the brace, I got lots of work done!

perler, hama, red bird, angry bird, bead magnet, rovio
I've got nice new packaging for the ceramic coasters and packaged all the old and new ones. They're sealed in shrink wrap and tied with little scraps of lace, fabric, or trim! I did lower the cost on a couple of the sets in my shop as well as posting new pictures of both the old and new coaster sets.

orange, floral, ceramic, coasterperler, hama, bass, fish, bead magnetI have quite a few new beaded items that just need their various backings placed on them. These include Tiana, a new glow-in-the-dark tic tac toe set, two houses, a bass fish, Lightning McQueen, Darth Vader's lightsaber, some Minecraft items, Red Bird, and more!

I just need to photograph the bead items and upload them to the shop still, as well as putting those backs on them.

Check everything out at my craft shop!

Monday, June 10, 2013

My apologies...

My beautiful spools of Lombard S.A. Rayon!! $6 at the flea market!

But I have become hopelessly addicted to Instagram! It has the added convenience of posting directly to my Twitter and Facebook, which takes all the work of updating away! Unfortunately, it doesn't post to the blog, so I'm stuck updating this on my own. I've been up to a lot the last week, though. I've branched out my bead items, and I'll post more on them later. My carpal tunnel syndrome is flaring up, and my wrist brace makes it super hard to type. 
If you'd like to keep up with my updates on a regular basis, follow me on your favorite social network. To the right are links to my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
Knotted Bracelets $2 each
The flea market was a bust today, but I did pick up some gorgeous rayon thread from a former crafter. I meant to use it for a project, but since I couldn't remember what project that was, I decided to pass the time at the flea market making knotted bracelets. I only bought two spools to start with, and once I made my first bracelet and realized how beautiful the rayon was as a bracelet, I went back and bought all the rest and only spent $6! I also bought twelve little skeins of embroidery floss from another lady for only $2. 
Bracelet in progress

I got eight bracelets done at the flea market, and those are posted to my shop. For only @2 each, with FREE shipping, you get a randomly chosen bracelet from the batch in the photos. If you'd like a particular bracelet, just message me to ask about availability. No two of them are alike, but I have a limit of colors, so the one you receive may be similar to another, but still one of a kind! 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Getting ready for Sunday's No Nonsense Neutering event

perler, pink, cat, bead, fused, beads, magnet, hama, pssyla

So, on Sunday I'm going to a craft, vendor, and flea market in Shartlesville, PA to benefit No Nonsense Neutering. Unlike most of the places I sell at, this event takes all the table fees and requests a small donation to be raffled off, and ALL of the proceeds are going to benefit this great cause! They provide low-cost, but high quality spay and neuter services for feral cats and request only a $15 donation per cat! This is a great way to keep feral cats out of shelters and humane societies, where they are usually put down immediately. As long as they aren't breeding and aren't a danger to other animals or humans, there is no reason a feral cat can't be caught, fixed, and released.

phillies, kee-shirts, kee shirts, key cover, keychain, philadelphia
Phillies Kee-Shirts in Progress

Since I'll be selling my crafts at this event, I plan to get my stocks back up, plus add a new variant of my Kee-Shirts. I finally got the right size and type of Phillies fabric I've been looking for, and I have the shirts cut out and partially ironed. They're not complete yet, because I want to get a whole batch ready to be sewn at once, since it's quicker that way. I also want to get a few bead magnets and keychains made up too. Oh, and the lady from my rant post? Never showed up Wednesday to pay for her items. I don't know why I expected anything different, but I already have a few people express interest in them. If you want to purchase anything before it disappears Sunday, visit my craft shop! As I've said before, most of my items are one of a kind, and once they're gone, they're gone. And if you want a Phillies Kee-Shirt, please leave a comment. I only have a limited quantity of them because the fabric is out of print and nearly impossible to find.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Some Annoyances from Sundays Flea Market

Sunday was not a good flea market day for me. The wind was crazy, it was kind of chilly, and sales were terrible. These were the two worst points for me. 

First off, it's obvious to any normal person that my bead magnets are potentially fragile. At the very least, they shouldn't be bent. They're made of melted plastic and plastic breaks. I had a woman stop by, and at first seemed alright. She wanted to order keychains and told me what kind and how many she'd like. Then, things started to get weird as she kept picking up and putting down my magnets, until I realized she was actually bending them each to see how far they'd bend before snapping! Fortunately, she only broke one before choosing which designs she wanted to order. She kept messing with them a few more minutes before finally leaving. I don't know if she's actually going to show Wednesday to pick them up, but if she doesn't, someone will buy the designs. This was a grown adult, too. All the kids that pick up my magnets know better than to be rough with them, so it was insane that an adult would do what would obviously break them. The other fortunate thing is that the beads easily remelt together, so the broken one is fixable and can be returned to stock. 

The other thing that made me really mad was discovering someone that may have contributed to my poor sales. At one point I went to the bathroom, and the woman behind me was carrying a large crocheted afghan. Someone behind her asked about it, and it turned out, she'd bought it early in the morning from a woman for five dollars. This wouldn't have been so bad for me, except the seller was telling people she was crocheting them herself and they took five months each to make! There is absolutely no way she was making them over that time period and selling them so cheaply. That five dollars wouldn't cover the cost of yarn, let alone her time. She is clearly one of those resellers who get their goods cheap from another country and resell them as handmade. However, this does nothing but hurt those of us who actually make our own products and have to charge accordingly to pay for our supplies and time! I have no problem with her selling afghans that cheap, but she really needs to stop lying and hurting the handmade industry. I thought about finding her and giving her a piece of my mind, but I decided to be the bigger person, have a small rant here, and let it go.

That's all for now. More bead magnets and keychains to come tonight. I need to get my stock up before my craft show in Shartlesville, PA at Haag's Hotel on Sunday. It's for a great cause, so if you're in Berks County, stop on by!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

An Update

Vintage Tan Kee-Shirt ©

I did a little house-cleaning on the blog today, reorganizing the links on the side page and adding in my all-new Instagram account and former personal Twitter turned business Twitter account, as well as Tumblr. Feel free to follow me on any of those! Also, looks like there was a problem with my Paypal connection on the shop and purchases weren't working. That is now functional, so feel free to go shopping!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Added a new batch of Kee-Shirts to my shop!

Vintage Paisley Kee-Shirt ©

Vintage Sunflowers Kee-Shirt ©
Vintage Chair Kee-Shirt ©
I just added a huge new batch of Kee-Shirts to my craft shop! Fifteen new ones, including three duplicates. Nearly all of this batch is made of vintage fabric. The only shirts I make duplicates of I have a lot of fabric in that print, which means it's a fabric purchased within the last seven years. All of my other fabrics are hand-me-downs from my great-grandmother, grandmother, and a friend of the family.

Vintage Tan Kee-Shirt ©
Autumn Leaves Kee-Shirt ©
Many of these fabrics are one of a kind, as they are quilt square leftovers and I only have enough to make one shirt from each one. That means when you purchase a Kee-Shirt with me, you are getting a one of a kind item that will never be duplicated! For example, I just added a Vintage Sunflowers Kee-Shirt and a Vintage Chair Kee-Shirt. Both of these were squeezed out of just two four inch quilt squares each. When I need to fussy-cut a shirt front/back out of one of the squares, it makes it that much harder to be able to get sleeves out of the rest. However, the effort is worth the end result!

I also added a few patriotic themed Kee-Shirts just in time for Memorial Day! Check them out here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Twelve New Kee-Shirts © Complete and Available for Sale!

bowling, balls, kee shirt, kee-shirt, key cover, key shirt
Bowling Balls Kee-Shirt ©

Pink Plaid Goose Kee-Shirt ©
Blue/Pink Flowers Kee-Shirt ©
Today, I uploaded TWELVE new Kee-Shirts to my craft shop! I actually beat my record and got eight of them done just last night. The previous record was just four! I also have a basket nearly full of pieces that need to be ironed. It's so easy to sit in front of the tv and cut out the pieces that I just keep going and going. I still have a small pile of fabric right next to me designated for cutting. 

Green/Pink Flowers Kee-Shirt ©
Pink Forest Kee-Shirt ©
I went to Joann's yesterday on the advice of my manager at work, looking for some of the local sports favorites in cotton fabric (Phillies, Eagles, Penn State) and unfortunately struck out. I didn't take my pattern pieces with me, so I couldn't tell if the fabric would work for me, not to mention they don't even sell Phillies cotton fabric anywhere! They have a nice print with rectangles that would work nicely, but it's a fleece, so I need to do some testing before I decide if I want to add fuzzy shirts (possibly hoodies?) to my shop. 

Pink Diamonds Kee-Shirt ©
Pink Branches Kee-Shirt ©
Vintage Santa Kee-Shirt ©
I did, however, go a little nuts on fabric. I really should learn to wait until there's a sale on it, but I found some great prints and couldn't resist. So now, I have Simpsons, Family Guy, Cupcakes, Coffee Mugs, Food-Related Prints (I'm saving the Seafood one for my work uniform), and a Military Print. Also, cut out and waiting in my basket for ironing, I've got Care Bears, many more flowers, Nemo Fish, Purple Glitter, Red Flames, Cats, and Plaid. To be cut, I've got Frogs, more Cats, Plaid, Halloween, and more Fish. If anyone has ideas about other prints that might be popular in a Kee-Shirt, please let me know in the comments! I'm always open to new ideas! 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

More Kee-Shirts © Added to My Shop

kee-shirt, key shirt, key cover, kee shirt, butterflies, black
Black Butterflies Kee-Shirt ©
school, earth, kee shirt, kee-shirt, key cover
School Days Kee-Shirt ©

I just uploaded a new batch of Kee-Shirts © to my craft shop. There's butterflies, Spongebob, flames, apples, school print, and more!

Spongebob Kee-Shirt ©
I also have about forty more pattern pieces ironed and ready to get buttonholes and be sewn together and I'm cutting more pieces out tonight! Unfortunately, I won't be able to take them to the markets this week like I'd planned. The weather refuses to cooperate this week and the forecast is calling for rain both Sunday and Wednesday! So I'll be taking the week off and hopefully get out next week with them. In the meantime, all the shirts that are complete are available for purchase!

Kee-Shirts © Craft Shop Section

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Introducing Kee-Shirts © !

orange, key cover, kee-shirt, kee shirt
Orange Print Kee-Shirt ©

tan, branches, forest, kee-shirt, kee shirt, key cover
Tan Branches Kee-Shirt ©
I'd like to introduce you all to my latest creation, Kee-Shirts ©! I was inspired to create them when I saw a post on Modge-Podging images to your keys to tell them apart. However, that's not exactly something I could market and sell, so I let the idea go. A few hours later, it came to me... little shirts for your keys! I looked around, and all I could find was a company selling Key Shirts made from plastic. Mine, however, are handmade from fabric and since I'm using my fabric scraps and assorted leftover quilt squares, nearly all of them are one of a kind. Some of them are even from my stash of vintage fabric!

green, plaid, kee-shirt, key shirt, key cover, kee shirt
Green Plaid Kee-Shirt ©
christmas, xmas, balls, tree, kee-shirt, kee shirt, key cover
Christmas Balls Kee-Shirt ©
It took me a few days to figure out the exact process, and I'm still tweaking it a bit, but the ones I have up for sale are nearly the finished design. As I get better, I plan on adding more shirt styles than the traditional tee-shirt (t-shirt), but for now, I'm sticking with this design. Sewing so tiny was harder than I originally thought it would be! The edit I'll be making tonight involves using fusible webbing instead of top-stitching the collars. I feel it will look much neater without the stitching, since I can't get it exact to the edge without a lot more practice.

All the ones pictured are currently available in my shop for $5.00 each, plus $2.00 shipping, $.50 for each additional shirt.

Kee-Shirts © Storenvy Collection

These are my original design. Please do not copy or reproduce them without my permission.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Today starts a new adventure

I had some inspirations the last few days. I saw someone making little pockets from jean pockets and was inspired to buy some jeans from my favorite store, Goodwill, and I'm going to use up every piece of fabric from each of them. I'm figuring on making aprons from the butts, pocket bags from the side pockets, change purses from the zipper areas, and bags and stuffed toys from the legs! So much from one pair of jeans! And I have tons of buttons, ribbon, and scraps to doll them up with! 

My other venture, I won't say much on, because its a BRAND NEW idea I've never seen before, and didn't see any of when I googled, but I'll be adding them to my shop very very soon. I just want to protect my own idea, that's why I'm not posting specific details. But rest assured, it will be available for sale soon! 

Just for fun, here's a picture of my studio and its current state of chaos. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Lots of Tote Bags

So I've been working frantically to get products made for Saturday's craft show. I've got four totes done in the last two days, two in progress and hopefully two more by the end of tonight. I have to work at the restaurant tonight, so I'm hoping to make decent money as well as have enough time to get those last four done tonight. Here's a peek at the four I have done. More pics to come later, I promise!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

New Items Added to My Craft Shop!

mario, feather, piranha plant, goomba, perler

Today, I added all the new items to my craft shop! There's a lot of different fused bead magnets. I have Pokemon, Mario, Zelda, animals, patriotic, dinosaurs, food, treats, picture frames, a Hogwarts crest, glow in the dark stars, and way, way more. I also added a grocery bag holder and a gift card holder.

I just made more candles today, so those will be added soon too. I have some in teacups, traditional glasses, and bottlecaps and in various colors and scents.

Check them out in my shop!

pikachu, rattata, jigglypuff, squirtle, perler

red potion, blue potion, blue rupee, perler

Friday, May 3, 2013

Lesson Learned

So, I learned Wednesday that crafters don't belong in the field at Leesport... The field is full of people selling nothing but junk and "antiques". I went down to the office to ask some questions about the craft fair and learned that I could get a space in the lower area, where people sell quality merchandise. All I need to do is show up next week and ask. I'll hopefully do much better in sales next to people who aren't selling their junk.

Also, since I know know how my booth area will look at the fair, I have my booth design complete. All I need now is to paint my foam core sign and make a stand to hold it up and make my mini signs. I saw some 8 x 10 canvases on sale and got a pack to turn into little chalkboards as my signs. They'll work nicely with the vintage basket look I have as my design.

I'll need to get a lot more goods made before the 11th! I'm currently working on some more bead magnets, since those should sell well at Jakes on Sunday and I want to have plenty in stock. When I have my days off this week, I'll be working on some more tote bags.

perler, hogwarts crest, zelda, potion, chikorita

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Craft Shop Link Has Changed

Just a real quick post to let everyone know that the URL for my craft shop has changed, as I am testing out a different service that I'm already liking better. Who wants to be the first to purchase from the new shop? The first person will receive a free gift with their purchase!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Once again, making more fuse bead magnets

So, I'm making more fuse bead magnets. Turns out, they were wildly popular at the flea market on Sunday! I sold nearly all of my video game and cartoon magnets, and quite a few others. I need to replenish my supply of magnets before Wednesday, when I head out to the Leesport Farmers Market. I'll be sharing a space with the awesome people I met on Sunday, so I won't be stuck all the way out in the field. :)

Also, I got a call from a person with the Leesport Spring Craft Fair, where I registered to sell the Saturday before Mother's Day. Turns out, they wanted to know if I wanted to upgrade to a covered space, which I happily agreed to! They're even going to provide the tables for me! It's a middle space, so I'll get traffic from customers on both sides, which is perfect!

Here's a picture of my fuse bead magnet restock in progress...

facebook, like, glow, star, moon

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tie Dye Crayons

I've been collecting crayons destined for the trash can even though they were barely used and since one of my Goodwill finds was a muffin pan, I decided today was the day to melt them.

They are available in my craft shop for $4.00, with free shipping, for a pair of crayons.

tie dye, crayon, crayons

tie dye, crayon, crayons

tie dye, crayon, crayons

Goodwill Foraging

So, as I mentioned before, I planned a trip to the Goodwill Outlet today, and boy, did it pay off. If you don't know, the outlet version of Goodwill is basically the stuff no one else wanted, piled into bins that you have to rummage through. It's priced by the pound, and cheaper the more pounds you buy.

I've been trying to figure out a good way to display the fuse bead magnets so that customers can easily see what I have without potentially damaging them by digging through them. So far I found a metal popcorn tin in my house, but that's not enough. Well, I found a plastic tray with slanted dividers at the Goodwill, and while I have no idea what it's supposed to be for, it's PERFECT for my magnets!

I also got a large basket, a small basket, a ton of bias tape and ribbons, a few fabric scraps, and other random items. All in all, it was a great day to go to the Goodwill Outlet!

perler, bead, magnet

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More Fuse Beads

So I ended up spending way too much time in AC Moore and JoAnn's today. I needed more black fuse beads and had a coupon, so I went to AC Moore and ended up with more quilting and sewing supplies and a bucket of 6000 more beads even though I already have around two gallons of beads already. And I had the awesome savings pass I earned at JoAnn's last week that was 25% off my total purchase of regular AND sales price items! So I bought way more stuff than I should have but it was all stuff I can definitely use.

However, I didn't get a chance to use any of it yet, since I still need to set my sewing table back up. I've been fusing beads all night instead!

I have to work tomorrow, so I may or may not get any work done, but Thursday I'm planning a Goodwill scavenging trip and I want to do some experimenting with melting crayons together and melting pony beads. Both things are best done outside, so hopefully the weather will cooperate.

perler, bead, magnet

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fuse beads/Perler beads/Hama beads

Whichever name you know them by, they're tons of fun and very versatile. They make excellent magnets and I've seen them used as key chains, picture frames, earrings, and more. I've even made 3-D shapes with them! Today's work includes at least twenty of them. I have the beads melted, and tomorrow I'll put the magnet backs and embellishments on them, and will probably make a bunch more.

I've got a popcorn tin that's perfect for displaying them at the flea market. It's large enough to hold plenty of them, and since its magnetic, I can display them on the outside too!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Craft Shop Now Open

My craft shop has reopened and is ready for business. The weather didn't want to cooperate and sales unfortunately suffered, so there's plenty for you to choose from!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Don't Miss Out!!

My craft shop is mobile this weekend, so the online store will be closed starting at 11 pm tonight until either the afternoon or evening. The opening time depends on how much time I have between getting home from the flea market and leaving for my restaurant job. I will post to let everyone know that the shop is back up.

The important part to take from this post is that if there's something you like in the shop, you should snap it up now, because it may be gone by tomorrow night and I wouldn't want anyone to miss out!

And if you're in the Berks County area, you can save on shipping by visiting Jake's Flea Market tomorrow from 7 am til 1 pm. It's located on Route 100 in Barto, PA.

To Ashley's craft shop!

Brown, plaid, purse

Friday, April 19, 2013

Squares and Hearts Tote Bag

This is a smaller sized tote bag I put together with no pattern. It is sized 10.5 inches high, 8 inches wide, and the strap is 25 inches long. The pattern is hearts and squares in pink, green, purple, and blue.

It is available for sale in my craft shop for $20.00, plus shipping.

squares, hearts, tote, purple, baghearts, squares, tote, purple, bag

Sunshine Mini Bag

I decided to try a quilted bag that I saw a tutorial for online, and since I wanted to see how it would look without having to cut up 22 5 inch squares, I used some mini squares that I already had that were about three inches square and were already in a little bundle of matching prints. When I make this again, I'll definitely use the right size squares or just use more of the little ones since I have a few more piles of nicely coordinated mini squares. What was originally designed as a nice large shoulder bag became a mini bag that would be perfect as a gift for a little girl. It has two different yellow floral prints and a tie-dye-esque yellow print, with solid yellow handles and two yellow buttons (one on each side) for embellishment.

It is available for sale on my craft shop for $10.00, plus shipping.

It is based on this tutorial: Charm Square Jewel Bag

sunshine, mini, yellow, quilted, bag, childsunshine, mini, quilted, yellow, bag, child

sunshine, mini, quilted, yellow, bag, child