Dec 23, 2014

Christmas Trimmings

Hello all my crafty people! I hope you're having a fun (and hopefully stress free) Holiday, I know that's virtually impossible but hey one can hope. I got all my shopping out of the way early since i'll be spending christmas with just my mom this year. I took my big family holidays for granted cause i am seriously missing my crazy ass family this Christmas. So remember even if you're family drives you up the wall you would miss them if they weren't around :)

My mother pretty much let me take over Christmas so I handmade a lot of our decorations. 
  • I got inspired after seeing a picture on pinterest to make a fireplace out of cardboard. I made it out of the box we got our TV in, it was a time intensive project, i wanna say it took me about a week but i love the way it turned out so it was completely worth the time :)
  •  I decided on a fake tree 1. because i didn't feel like watering the tree or picking up pine needles 2. we have animals and i didn't feel like picking up pine needle vomit. 
  • My aunt got me a 75 piece Martha Stewart ornament set at an after Christmas sale last year, it has glitter covered ornaments, beaded acorns and gold owls, so of course I used it.
  • I found a kick-ass cardboard stag head on sale for 70% off at Michaels and while i was there i bought scrapbook paper for my garland. 
  • I used the Martha Stewart scoring board to make the tree topper and the ornament template tool to make my ceiling decorations.

I went pinterest crazy when wrapping my gifts this year! I pretty much turned them all into little craft projects :) I put links to all my holiday decor inspirations at the bottom.

Oct 20, 2014

Spooky Wreath DIY

Hello tricksters, I'm excited for Halloween and in preparation I made a spooky wreath to welcome trick or treaters! I was inspired by the haunted mansion when I found the dapper skeleton plaque and decided to make it seem like it's been sitting in someone attic getting taken over by webs and random pests. This project cost less then $20 to make.
 I was a little tight for money when I went supply shopping so I tried to be economical. My supplies were bought at Michaels (sale items), Walmart, Big Lots, and the Dollar Tree.
  • "Creepy cloth" (Dollar Tree) $1
  • Spider web (Dollar Tree) $1
  • Purple spiders (Dollar Tree) $1
  • Orange decorative mesh (Walmart) $6
  • Wire wreath (Walmart) $3
  • Skeleton plaque (big lots) $4
  • Mini skulls (Michaels) $1
  • Green glitter spider (Michaels) $1
  • Sparkly raven (Michaels) $1.50
  • I already had the dmc thread, hot glue gun and glue sticks 
  • I ended up not using the Tacky glue, pipe cleaners of burlap leaves and pumpkins

I started off by a sewing the mesh around part of the wreath to anchor it and then wrapping it all the way around , overlapping it each time so you wouldn't see the wire underneath, and sewing it in place at the end.
I centered skeleton plaque and hot glued it in place and sewed it into the mesh to reinforce it. 
I wrapped the "creepy cloth" around the wreath and behind the plaque, I pulled my fingers through the cloth a couple times beforehand to give it that ragged effect which Fuzzy took as an invitation to play and tried to steal the cloth from me
I took a small piece of the spider web, there was a ton, and stretched it around the wreath without covering the skeletons face.
I hot glued on the little spider and one of the big spiders, two little skulls and hid them a little cause i thought it would be creepier (well, as creepy as you can get with sparkly spiders). I attached the raven on top (which took way more glue then I thought) and wrapped some spider web around the bottom to look like a nest (and to hide the glob of hot glue holding the bird :)
Ta-Da! A spooky wreath to beckon trick or treaters'.

Oct 10, 2014


{My new apartment complex in Connecticut)
Hello there! As you may or may not have read on my Facebook page I announced my imminent move to New England (YAY) and I had hinted about changes in my life more than a year ago in a blog post. while several opportunities did fall through I ended up having the opportunity to move back to Connecticut, a different town though, because my mother got a job here and I decided to come along, I've only been here a couple days and i already love it :)
 {start of the road trip Miami, FL}
It so cold, I love it! I can't wait for snow, sorry, I'm that southern dork who's super excited for a real winter. The leaves are already starting to turn orange and taking my dog for a walk is my favorite part of the day now cause it's not sweltering 90 degree humidity that slaps you in the face as you walk out the door but a 60 degree breeze (frigid breeze) I'll take that over heat any day.
The only downside is that until my stuff arrives in CT, cause we shipped everything with a moving company, my Etsy shop will be down. All my talk about not procrastinating and getting all my stuff for the holidays in the shop by September went out the window when i found out i was moving. I had a ton of stuff made but I didn't have enough time to take photos. I had hoped to spend the time between moving and waiting for my stuff to arrive to edit photos but since that's out of the question I'm just trying to find ways to fill the time until I get my stuff. I'm making over a dresser and night table I got from my moms coworker, decorating for Halloween, and working on the 50 taco ornaments I had the good sense to bring with me to finish, since they are my biggest seller during the holidays.
{my cats helping me make my Halloween wreath}
It looks like my shop will be back up in late October/early November. I wish it could happen sooner but it's out of my control.

May 21, 2014

What up. . .

I had been on kind of a crafter hiatus, for some reason even I can't explain, but now I am on a crafting high! I have like 50 plushies and ornaments in the works all piled up on my craft table, I recently did a large shop update with all my new kitties and fairies, and I have been contacted by to sell 3 or 4 of my plushies on there site! I missed spending every single day making stuff and am now in a better living situation, with my own space, to accomplish just that.
I've already started planning for the holiday season and for a craft fair I usually do in the fall, which i have applied to and will hopefully get accepted. I had to start planning for Halloween and Christmas now. I always procrastinate and by the time I have everything planned it's the beginning of October and I can never make half the Halloween stuff I want and I'm in a mad dash to make my Christmas stuff so I am giving my procrastinating ass a big head start this year. I already have a bunch of Christmas ornaments started that I will hopefully list in September.
My shop did pretty well last holiday season and the beginning of this year, at least by my standards, so I was seriously considering expanding to another site like maybe storenvy or artfire, I'm still on the fence about it though, I can't decide whether to expand or concentrate all my efforts to my Etsy store.