Have you ever made something so cute you can hardly stand it? Or, something you just like so much you are torn about giving it away or selling it? Well, my latest projects fall into that category. I found some vintage holiday fabric cut-outs at a thrift store a while back and although I normally would not have bought something like that, I threw them in the basket anyway. I am so glad I did because I think what I decided to do with them turned out pretty nice. I was thinking about all those pictures that my parents took over the years of the Christmas tree decorations and then the tree with all the gifts underneath. And, of course, the tree, gifts and sleepy kids in PJ's picture we have from every Christmas. I thought it would be funny to have an album of just those pictures and maybe even a couple of notes about the holiday that year. It seemed like a cool thing to look back at each holiday to get your nostalgia on. So, I used the vintage cut-outs and created these albums:
They have a sweet vintage red polka-dot fabric on the inside and the edges have vintage rik-rak inlaid in the seam. My favorite part is how someone decorated the trees with sequins and beads.
I have also been working on some boxes that I thrifted a while back. I finally decided to use some other vintage fabric and embroidered linen scraps to cover them and make keepsake or jewelry boxes to sell. Here are just a couple:
I have been working away lately to get ready for a couple of local craft fairs that are coming up in the next two weeks. No matter what I decide to create I keep feeling like I just won't have enough stuff to fill up a booth. Then I am afraid I will kill myself only to have a surplus when I don't sell anything. It's so hard to judge what will happen at a craft fair. Then the pricing nightmare. I know what I need to price my items at, but I also know that people are cheap and rarely want to pay for the work involved. Whatever items are left over will be added to my Etsy shop after November 1st. Wish me luck!