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Mini Shop Update and a change of pace

Wow. Where have I been the last four days? I don’t even know where to start, it’s been a jubilant whirlwind. Despite the weather being not so nice these past few days with rain everyday and cold temperatures – it even snowed a little last night, this weekend has been filled with joy, creativity, and so busy busy busy. I am working on starting a new job, which I am really excited about. Friday was a conference call morning, which is an interesting new experience for me, but I’ll tell you more about that later. James and I got our new little camera the Cannon G12. Oh my, it’s heavenly and such a life changer, having a camera around to explore with. I’ve also been busy with the shop! Over the weekend I got a chance to do  a little shop update. Here are just the first two newbies!

I love this bracelet so much! I recently won a giveaway on Eva’s blog Runaway Thrift were I won those awesome studs on the bracelet. I was really excited as I used to use studs on my pieces way back in 2009  when I sold them at Roller Derby Bouts in Atlanta. It’s been a lot of fun to play with them again. I am slowly adding more jewelry to the shop and will be adding more fascinators as well as the weather gets better. Suppose to be more rain tomorrow, but Wednesday should be my day.

It is such a relief to finally be able to update the shop. It truly is like a burden has been lifted. I even got a little creative kick just being self reliant. It’s really nice not to have to rely on others and boy is it a lot less stressful taking your own photos than coming up with the funds, 20 perfect pieces, find models,  have a non windy, warmish day, and pray that they will look fantastic as tiny thumbnails. I am also excited to be learning photography again. This is an interest that has been put on hold for quite some time.

Impromptu photo shoot jewelry organizer. A little behind the scenes action for you there. The purple bike is mine, isn’t she a beaut?

Crafting is my passion. I am really happy there is a space like Etsy for folks like me who just love to make things and get them out there. Someday I hope crafting can be an even bigger part of my life. It is where I feel the most joy and the most comfort with just being me.

A few months back when I was just starting this blog a wrote a little post on the 5 Ways Crafting has helped me become a Stronger Woman. It only seems fitting to reiterate those feelings and embrace that passion continuously through out this journey.

There are some exciting changes about to happen in this space. You may  see a little less, or a little more, or simply just see me in different ways as this space evolves. I have enjoyed the journey and the exploration so far and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Favorite crafty tutorials – January Tutorial Round Up

I want to share some of the amazingly crafty tutorials I have found over the month of January. I hope you find this inspiring and useful! Here’s my top ten:

Click on the image to be directed to the tutorial. Right click to open in a new window.

I am a little addicted to the Free people blog, though too broke to ever buy any of their merchandise. I  do love their tutorials and this 3D wallpaper effect with silk or dried flowers is gorgeous.

This is a great travel pencil pouch from Smallfriendly.com. Easy to make from a lovely piece of felt and it’s a no sew project! Wouldn’t it be great to be prepared to sketch whenever the mood hits you?

More design Please is an amazing blog. I love their tutorials so much. I think it’s fantastic how they combine the process in a single image file. It makes it incredibly easy to share. This fork ring is absolutely too tantalizing to pass up.

I love to sew and clothing reconstruction is one of my favorite ways to liven up my wardrobe. This tutorial is from Long eared Love on blog spot. She shows how to make a copy of the sweatshirt jacket below from an oversized sweat shirt. Cozy!

Skip to my Lou has a ton of tutorials on their site. This tutorial is for an extra-large cosmetic bag. Who doesn’t need one of these? And that fabric is crazy beautiful.

Don’t you just love polymer clay? And aren’t these bracelets stunning? This little tutorial comes from the Delighted Momma Blog. I need to be my sculpy out of storage so I can make some of these one dreary winter afternoon.

Design Sponge, incredible blog. It’s my go to site for inspiration and how tos. I love Moroccan style, it’s so colorful, and comfy. This little DIY is on how to turn mason jars in lovely Moroccan inspired candle holders. I want to make a million of these for my apartment.

This is a fab tutorial is on how to make adorable shoe fringe for your favorite lace ups. It’s found over on The Dainty Squid blog. I love this blog and I stop by to read on a daily basis. Cute style posts, great thrifting finds, yummy recipes, and fun tutorials.

We are always in need of more market bags around here. This tutorial is from Delia Creates Blog. I love how she repurposes t-shirts to make these awesome totes.

 

The hubs and I are wanting to build a couch. We are thinking pallets. This super simple design is from Cuarto De Recha, (this site is in Spanish.) Simply stack the pallets, grab some foam, cover it, and there you have it. The author did say naps on this couch are 5 star! Great storage underneath too.

Happy crafting!