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Am I The Only One?

September 26, 2011 06:48 by ehouston

Am I the only one who starts thinking about Christmas as soon as the weather begins to change?  I mean, I don’t even know what the Little Guy is going to be for Halloween yet and I am already worried about getting gifts together in time.  This year I plan to make most of what I give.  I love to give homemade gifts as much as possible, not only to give something from the heart, but because it keeps big dents out of our little budget. 

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I have a few things started already, along with a few purchases for those folks on the list in which handmade will just not do.  Now maybe the goal should be getting everything that can be completed done before the end of the month.  HA!  We will see.

So, have any of you started your holiday "to-do" lists yet?

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Crafting Cheats? Yes or No?

April 16, 2010 02:55 by ehouston

One of my first posts was about how crafting has changed so drastically over the years.  I sometimes miss the days when you had to actually craft the pieces to get to the final item you were trying to create.  Nowadays you go into your local craft store and if they don’t already have all the pieces cut, colored and pre-pasted they have a machine that does it for you.  While I sometimes eye these new fangled gadgets in the same way that Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” drools over the Red Rider BB gun, I usually walk away after I realize the price outweighs the amount of use it will get in my hands.  I had to stop, though, yesterday as I was surfing through the endless channels of nothing to watch when I came across a crafting segment on the Home Shopping Network.  Disclaimer: I for one, have never purchased anything from HSN, QVC or ShopAtHome.  However, I have received gifts from relatives and friends that swear by the deals they can get from these retailers.  So, when I say I stopped to look I should back up and say I was lured by the “call of craft”.  Let’s face it, HGTV and Style, as well as, DIY no longer televise any crafting shows so it’s rare indeed.  What the HSN segment ended up being about was this:

  

The Cricut Cake.  You may have heard of the other Cricut machines before,

which cut patterns in or emboss paper.

  The Cricut Cake does the same thing, but with fondant instead of paper. 

So, anyone can whip up a cake that rivals those on the Food Network’s Ultimate Cake Off. 

  (All images from the Cricut.com website)

I don’t know what it is about pink cakes, but they always make me hungry!

I have to ask, is this fair game in the world of crafting or is it cheating?  And, what about all those poor bakers out there?  Now even they have to deal with their craft becoming automated.  Sheesh!

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Scrap Crafts : Barkcloth Bookmarks

March 15, 2010 01:57 by ehouston

I don’t know about you guys, but I not only have a ton of textiles I also have a ton of scraps.  You may think, well why don’t you just toss them away?  For some reason when it comes to vintage fabrics (especially) I just cannot get rid of even the little bitty bits.  I have been known to save scraps so small they cannot hardly be considered for sewing.  However, a while back I gathered some of those little pieces together and created these…

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…little bookmarks.  There is something about vintage barkcloth.  I just love the texture and the fun patterns.

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Don’t you think the selvedge makes for a neat border?  (Maybe that’s just the textile junky in me)  As you can see I also had some fun with my sewing machine’s different stitches.

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This last version is my favorite because I am total fan of the really mod, atomic type patterns of barkcloth from the 1950’s. 

This craft project was almost a total “Green” project.  I say ‘almost’ because the backing fabric used was newer cotton canvas, however it was just the scraps left over from another project.  I used cardstock I had gathered from the recycling bin at work to create an inner piece to add some stiffness and stability.  The ribbons and rickrack were all vintage bits purchased from estate sales and thrift shops.  Basically all the pieces were to be discarded, but I was able to bring them together into something useful…and pretty cute, I might add!

So, do you have any projects created from what you swept up off your craft room floor after another project?  Do you have TONS of bits and bobs laying around and waiting for a way to be used?  Are you really just a Hoarder?   Come on, you can tell us…  Do we need to call TLC for an intervention?  ;o)

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PS- I have sold all but one of these bookmarks.  Here is the lone survivor in case you are interested.  I hope to create some new ones soon!


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Artfire - I'm Giving It a Shot

January 17, 2009 11:22 by ehouston

I decided to try opening up a storefront on Artfire a couple of weeks ago.  It's the latest edition to the online handmade stores out there and it appears to have a pretty good fee system.  I figured that after about 7 months of selling on Etsy with very low overall sales, it was worth checking out a new venue.  My hope is that my items will be more visible due to the smaller number of current shops on Artfire.  Now, I just have to work on getting the word out.

Come check out my shop and all the others on Artfire!  It's kind of nice because when you run a search you do not end up with a completely overwhelming list of things to go through.  Plus, sellers can list up to 10 photos, which is great!
Happy Handmade Shopping!
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My Space

August 6, 2008 06:22 by ehouston

Today I thought I would share my workspace with everyone.  I live in a rather small, well normally proportioned (in other words, it's not a McMansion), home that was built in the 1960's.  My office and crafting space is set up in one of our three bedrooms and last year I switched the space up with what had been our bedroom.  The old office was an "L" shape, but the new space is just one big square with two nice windows.  One window is an outlet to the tree-filled back yard and the other looks out the end of our home and down the yards of the other houses on our quiet little street.  This room has brought me great pleasure, being able to think, design, craft and just plain old surf the web in peace and quiet.  This room is also filled with my collection of girlie items...things in styles not really seen in the other parts of my home.  I spare my husband from the frilliness of it all, but because there is this little spot in my heart for all things pink, flowered, soft and weathered with time, I had to make my mark in at least one part of our home.  The color scheme, though very popular now, was actually inspired by a lamp I bought while thrifting way back, long ago while I was in high school.  Said lamp is ceramic with a deep chocolate colored base and a cross-hatch overlay in pale turquoise blue.  The shade is a long drum style that came ripped and stained.  After years of using it "as-is" and thinking that I would one day find a better replacement for that shade, I realized I loved the shape and I finally just repaired it instead.  After fixing the rip I spent about a week and a half of evenings gluing hemp cording around the shade to give it a nice color and texture- good as new!  So, this lamp was a great find years ago and I decided then and there that one day I would have a room decorated in these colors.  Well, fast forward about 17 years and here I am sitting in my office with the pale blue walls and dark chocolate brown accents.  It may appear that I just took my idea straight from any magazine on the shelf, but the heart loves what the heart loves and life is really just to short to worry.  I have included a link to my FLICKR photostream to show my messy, but somehow calming space.  It even has a lounging area with vintage fabric, vintage pillowcases and vintage T-shirt pillows that I made.  I have hung vintage barkcloth drapes with a great vine pattern and installed shelves with mod wire brackets.  There is even an atomic clock to help me know when to stop blogging and get back to my nine to five.  ;0)

So, what does your space look like?

I hope you enjoy taking a look at mine!

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The lamp that inspired it all....


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