Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

It's that time of the year again, the presents are under the tree (some already opened), carols floating through the air, pretty lights everywhere, lots of grub to eat. Cold in a lot of places, maybe some snow somewhere (not here, still too warm :( )

Stay safe this holiday season as you are going to and coming from wherever you have to go.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, November 25, 2011

OOh, Check this out! Spray Paint Art!

Seriously, this dude is like Bob Ross, but with spray paint!! I never thought you could do such a thing with spray paint, especially that fast!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Playing with a new stitch

So I've been watching vids on youtube again, and one of my fave video makers is Neauveau Fiber Arts, so I check out her channel to see what she's been up to.

I see this video, she's showing off a special stitch she uses in knitting her art yarns.

Here's the video:

Notice how her stitches look straight? I give it a try, but with a lace weight mohair/acrylic blend and size 13 knitting needles.

This is what I came up with:

It's kind of like a drop stitch, but i think it's prettier.
So, what do you think?
Something worth repeating over and over??

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cute baby video!!

OK, so I made Anna a knitted bunny.

This is what happened when I presented it to her!

This is a possible prototype for something in my shop :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Praying to the Google Overlords :)

"Master Google guide us.
Master Google teach us.
Master Google protect us.
In your light we thrive.
In your mercy we are #1.
In your wisdom we are humbled.
We create only to serve you.
Our pages are yours."

Hey, I figure it's worth a try, being as Google is taking over the world and are going to be the ones to start the zombie apocalypse.

OK, so I read a whole bunch of Terry Goodkind novels :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The great Yarn dye- With Kool Aid!

Ok, so I attempted to dye some yarn and rovings, so I watched a bazillion videos on youtube, joined the It's A Kool Way To Dye group on Ravelry, and then took the plunge!!
Here's what the color was originally:

I dyed a 100g bit of red roving with fruit punch and black cherry:
The actual finished color turned out just a hair lighter. This is right when the dying was finished.
 After I was finished with the roving, I plied the yarn I showed in the first pic of this post, and decided to dye it in citrus colors. Orange, yellow, and green.

The yarn is to the right side, the rest of the pot is taken up with a roving.
After re-skeining that yarn, it looked like this!

Started out with 101 yards of singles, ended with 44 yards of this gorgeousness!
As for the roving in the pot with that yarn? I'm working on it now.

It's making long variegated strands of color, No clue exactly how it's going to look after plying for sure, but it looks like it might have a bit of variegated quality to it!

I'll post my dying tutorial soon.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Converting from mass produced

For many years, when I go buy any amount of stuff from a big box store, I have expected to have to return at least one thing. And I have not been disappointed. 

A person gets sick of having to make 2 trips every time they have to go to the sore, and it's not Eco-friendly either (says the woman who bought a set of solar panels just for gaming :). 

When I discovered Etsy and the other handmade sites, it was a revelation. Not only could I sell my artistry there, but I could get nice things that are unique or rare! since then, I have gotten countless handmade goodies, and you know what? I have not had to return a single one of them! And I'm addicted to handmade soap.

I still have to go to stores for some things, but not for any gift type stuff, not for soap, fudge, even honey. I can get those all from micro businesses on the internet! 

 I am now a supporter of the handmade movement. And I'm happier for it!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Handspinning yarn...

So a few months ago, when I had some money (I miss that, unemployed sucks, even worse when you can't get unemployment, but that's another discussion), I decided I was going to learn to spin yarn.

 I bought this drop spindle:

And this roving:

I used the spindle to do my handplied yarns, but the roving sat unused until a couple days ago.

 I'm not going to post a tutorial on how to do it, because there are a bazillion other tutorials out there and I watched many of them. But here is the finished product!

Before plying with thread
The finished yarn, 36 yards of wooly goodness!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Joint ventures...

A fellow crochet friend and I have joined together to start a new blog chronicling our sucesses and failures starting an online crafting business. Check it out!

Monday, June 27, 2011

What I learned from my first craft show...

I knew a lot about selling in person from my upbringing in the carnival and doing fleamarkets.

Here's a good link for a lot of those tips

But I learned a few other goodies as well.

A good tent is a must!

Don't bring paper stuff when it might rain.

If it does rain before noon, all hope is not lost, but if it keeps raining until lunch,  then you may have a problem on your hands (this is from my neighbor, who makes his entire living off of craft shows).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Going to my first craft show

 My first craft show, the blueberry festival in Edmonton, KY starts in a few hours.

I'm excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time!

I'll post pics when it's over, if I can remember to bring my camera!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


when I get to 60 sales, I am going to do my first giveaway, one of my world famous soap sacks will be given away to one lucky person. At 55 sales now!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Value Yourself

If you are not being treated with love & respect, check your "personal price tag". 
Perhaps you have marked yourself down. 
It's you who tell people what you're worth by what you accept. 
Get off of the "clearance rack," & get behind the glass where they keep all the "valuables!" 
The bottom line is, VALUE yourself more!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stephanie's Guide to Setting Up an Etsy Shop

So maybe you've been thinking about opening an Etsy shop, there is a lot to do when you decide to do this.

Having set up 4 shops, I wish i had a list like this for the first 2

Here's the list broken down into steps.

#1 have product. I'm assuming you already have this

#2 take awesome pictures of said product, search the Etsy forums, there's tons of awesome advice. there

#3 Use one of these pics as your avatar and write yourself a profile, shop policies, announcement. again, there's tons of advice about that in the fora as well.

#4 look up shipping. if you are in the US, go to, and find the pricing for 1 oz, 2 oz, etc (use whatever weights you will be using) to the US, Canada, mexico, and austrailia to start, you can add more later.

#5 make shipping profiles with the shipping information you just gleaned For more on shipping, there is a really good thread started in business topics about the subject, (written by GoTo) here's the shipping thread

#6 read up on SEO, basically, you want the beginning of your announcement, your "shop title" (or the words under your shop name) your titles, tags, and beginnings of your descriptions to be descriptive of what you sell, again. This is SEO at it's most basic.

#7 Start listing! make sure your tags are accurate, your descriptions are descriptive, etc.

The reason I say listing last is because you want everything else in place first, I made the mistake of not having it in place.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Interesting Story About Perceived Value

Perceived value is a real thing-seriously!

In the area where I live, the vast majority of people are hunters, gun shops are big business, and 2 out of 3 Walmarts have rifles.

But half of the hunters will not buy a NEW rifle at walmart for $200-$300.

They will go to the gun shop and buy a used rifle (same rifle, same manufacturer) for $300-$400 or a new one for $500 and up!

There are several gun shop owners I am friendly with. And I learned that sometimes they need a rifle fast. the customer wants a specific rifle that can be found at walmart, but will not buy "that cheap crap"

So what does the gun shop owner do?

He goes to walmart, buys the rifle, and sells it to the customer at the price they are expecting.

And the customer is happy!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Why Dear Hubby Doesn't Help

Steve decided to help me with my tags for StephanieREMakesAll.

I have trouble being able to use enough force to use the hole punch, so we decided to assembly line the pieces.

 I was to punch out the shape, and he would put the hole in it for the string.

 After punching for a little while, he decided to punch 2 at a time.

Since this was successful, he tried 3, and bent my punch. It's not exactly a weak punch, and that cardboard's thick!

He bent it back, but I'm having a hard time punching cardstock now.

I need a new punch now. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The importance of backing up everything

My computer crashed the other day. had to completely wipe the drive and start all over again. if it wasn't for keeping a backup of all of anna's pictures (I just kept them on the camera), I would have lost every single one of my baby girl's photos!

Everything from my shop could be retaken again, but anna's birth pics, the pics from the day we brought her home, etc., they would have never been replaced!

So back up the irreplaceable stuff people! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

paper mache and plaster

I have been wanting to do several projects that would include paper mach or plaster. have no money for supplies, so I figured I'd find a way to do these without spending any more money.

Seems everyone has water and flour, so here are a couple DIY recipes!

Plaster of Paris:

3 cups flour
2 cups warm water
a pinch of salt

Put the four in a large mixing bowl, with a little bit of salt.

add water, starting with 1 cup, mix until the plaster is a thick consistency, and is smooth. Use this quickly!

Paper mache glue
1 cup flour
2 cups water
a pinch of salt

put the flour and salt in the mixing bowl, add the water, mix until the consistency is like runny glue.  If you cover this, it can sit for a day.

 NOTE: salt is optional on both recipes, it is only for mold retardation.

Easy squeezy, right?