The Christmas season is fast approaching! Eek! So much to do, not just for Maked and getting ready for our winter craft fairs, but also the personal crafting that I aspire to each year to try and inject as much handmade love into the season as possible.
I was looking through some pictures of my older beadwork projects and came across some of my beaded ornaments.
I have mixed feelings about these - sometimes I love them, sometimes I'm not a huge fan (too fussy for my taste sometimes), but I do love making them. I always make it up as I go, so the end result is a surprise to me.
I did about a dozen of these as wedding favours for my sisters wedding a few years ago. They were a big hit but I really burned out while making them and haven't done any since. It's been a few years though, so maybe this year I'll do another....
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
In non-Maked crafting related news (i.e. personal crafting) - my boyfriend and I did our first batch of cold-process soap making over the weekend! I lured him into the world of crafting by explaining the dangers of working with sodium hydroxide (lye). ;) I also sold him on the idea with this little factoid: "Commercial soap manufacturing takes out the glycerin (moisturizer) from the soap and sells it to cosmetics manufacturers for more profit." That's pretty uncool.
Really, it's already been a success because the boyfriend wants to do another batch, something fancier this time with scents and additives. =)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Yesterday we had a super productive crafting day, and I hope to have another once I get some breakfast into me.
Here's a small slideshow (View slideshow) I sent to Lisa after a day of supply shopping. The sweaters were felted yesterday and I'm hoping to get around to cutting them today. We'll see though - crocheting and more blocking is going to take priority.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
A while back I entered a contest on Tamara's blog. She asked for some topics people would like to see articles on, related to natural beauty and cleaning products. I made a suggestion and not only did I get to read a helpful article on my topic, but she sent me a box of product samples for suggesting it! Yay! I've tried a few out and so far, I'm liking them!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
A lot of the stuff I find on Etsy that I love is jewelry (oh, such amazing jewelry!) - but there's plenty of other products to be crazy about - including art. Original paintings, collages, and lots of fantastic photographic prints are available directly from the artists themselves. I've hardly even scratched the surface and here are a few of the works that have caught my eye:
Friday, September 12, 2008
September is a big time for us. It's when we finalize what we plan on making for the winter season and decide which fairs we are going to do in Vancouver.
One of the biggest new things is happening is 3 hours. Lisa is meeting with yummy yarns to pick yarn for a new product we're making. The prototype is lovely, and was made from this fall-appropriate colourway.
We also might have a great idea to accessorize this new item, but more experimenting is necessary.
I also spent Wednesday morning trolling thrift shops for new books to make our notebooks out of (will be 45 pages now, instead of 35!) and sweaters for felting.
And final teaser for new Christmas things: buttons! buttons! buttons!
Sunday, September 07, 2008
After a bit of grey sky and rain - summer came back! Whoo! We've all be out enjoying the great weather, getting in lots of trips to the parks/beaches/out of town, making the most of it. It's good times but part of me is looking forward to using the bad weather as an excuse to stay home and craft for entire weekends at a time.