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...

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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.


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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Assorted Sewn Creations

Here's a collection of smaller items I've made in the last few days.

Blue-Green ipod Case

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This blue-green ipod case is suitably sized for the nano series of ipods. It could also hold an ipod shuffle, though not quite as securely. It includes a keychain for attaching your keys or to attach the case to your bag. Available on my craft shop for $10.00, plus shipping.

Based off of this tutorial: Easy iPhone Sleeve Tutorial

Crayon Roll-Up

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A fashionable alternative means to stuffing your child's crayons in a ziplock bag in your purse, this crayon holder is lined with batting to keep crayons safe from breaking. The individual slots make it easy to see what colors are available without taking them all out. Crayons not included. 
Available on my craft shop for $5.00, plus shipping.

Based off of this tutorial: On a roll

Pacifier/Binky Holder

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Pink floral printed pacifier/binky holder. Mitten clip assures that the pacifier will stay attached to the child and stays clean off the floor. Nine inches long (not including clip or attachment loop) to assure child's safety.
Available on my craft shop for $5.00, plus shipping.

Based on this tutorial: Pacifier Clip Tutorial

Pocket Tissue Holders

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These tissue holders are designed to hold a small packet of tissues in a fun container. More designs/prints to be available soon, contact me if you're looking for something in particular. 
Available on my craft shop for $5.00 each, plus shipping.

Based on this tutorial: Tissue Holder

Sewing Machine is Up and Running!

And I'm back with some all new creations using my sewing machine. I went on a little roadtrip Sunday to my parents house, where my sewing machine and supplies were all sent after my college graduation, due to living in a tiny apartment with no room for it. But since I have the basement studio, I have plenty of space for a sewing nook! And boy, have I been busy.

First up is a brown plaid purse made with vintage fabric that was passed down by my great-grandmother. It's a small bag that can fit on your shoulder or be carried in your hand. It features a vintage brown button from my button collection, which gives the appearance of a button closure, but is actually a Velcro closure. It's lined with a soft white cotton.

It is available for sale in my shop for $25, plus shipping.

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brown, plaid, purse, bag

This bag is based off of this tutorial: monkey see, monkey do!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Open for business

Since I've been slacking at posting lately, I'll share the good news that my craft shop is officially open for business and you can see everything I've been up to lately on there.