Monday, November 28, 2011

Sale Update

Yeseterday I was busy selling my creations at an art sale. It was very busy, and I was happy with how it went.

I sold out of my tea bag luminaires, and was happy when I had, as then people began to look at other things on my table.

THese cards sold very well also, and I only have a package or two left.

The earrings were also a big seller, and I have only a couple of pairs left. The most popular ones were the long thin style.

My river rock necklaces also sold well.

I sold over half or the resin filled pendants that I made. (I made a few more than are shown here, but in my busyness, I forgot to take a picture of them)

I also sold a number of different styles of handmade books

including this style of pocket book

and a few of these "messy" books.

I sold this plaster piece,

as well as this one. Lots of people commented on the plaster paintings, but they were not a big seller. But I understand why, and am not disapointed.

I had two items that sold poorly, and that was these necklaces (I didn't sell any of them)

and my wooden blocks with images and quotes. I always find it hard to know what will sell, and find different things do at different sales. I am always fine to have some things left, as I enjoy giving handmade gifts throughout the year.

Female Grosbeak

This morning, when I had many things to do, I procrastinated, and spent some time trying to take some pictures of birds. It is always so tricky, as they always seem to fly right as I am trying to get them into focus. None of the bird pictures are in great focus, but I enjoyed taking them anyway.

Male Grosbeak

And after I took some pictures I played with this one on my computer.

I do enjoy a good day of procrastination and play!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Images on Blocks

I decided to take some of my images and add some words to them,

and then mount them to pieces of wood that I had painted black.

I used photographs that I had taken

as well as copies of my paintings.

I had printed off more images than I needed for the blocks, so finished up by making some cards with them as well.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On The Wall

There is something so very satisfying about finishing a piece and being able to have a look at it hanging on your wall.

Below are some paintings on plaster, that I finally painted the backs, added something to hang them up with, and tried them out on my wall.

and now they are ready to go on my table for sale at this weekend's sale.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Another Small Item

I made these little pouches

and inside them are a little booklet.

They are the other small item I made for kids to be able to afford at the craft sale in my local little town that was held a few nights ago.

The pouch is very sturdy as it has a layer of cover weight paper sewn on the inside. The piece of fabric that wraps around it is also sewn to the flap.

The kids that discovered these on my table were quite excited with their find.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Oh So Busy....

Yes I have been OH SO BUSY, getting ready for a couple of craft sales I do every November. The first one was held last night. I really like this sale for a number of reasons. - It is held in the little town I live in (so no driving needed). - I know just about everyone I sell things too. - It is a social event for the community, and it always seems like nearly everyone comes out to it. -It is only 2 hours long. Which means 2 very busy hours for me, but enjoyable at the same time. -And the best part of the sale this year was that my sister and my niece came and sold there creations as well.
Here you can see some of my creations laid out. Unfortunately I didn't have time to get too creative with my table set up this year. But that is okay.

Because the table price is inexpensive, (and funds raised for table sales go to support our local small library) I used 2 tables and was able to spread my creations out a bit more.

Because most of the people in town come out, there are many kids at the sale, and I try to ensure I make some inexpensive items that kids can more easily afford. This year I made a number of mini books.

Even though the population of the town I live in is small, I always seem to sell a lot of creations at this sale. This year was no exception, I sold lots, but I am also happy to say that I still have lots of items left for the next sale I am doing in a larger community. The next sale is in 9 days. Just enough time to do a few finishing bits and pieces, but I don't need to do so much that I will not enjoy it....YEAH!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tea Bag and Botanical Cards

I have been busy finishing up Tea Bag and Botanical cards that I started making a long time ago.

It is hard to see in this picture, but there is a window cut in each card, so the light can shine through the tea bag and botanical piece.

And when they were all finished

I packaged them up - 2 cards to a package.

They are all ready for the two art sales I am attending this month.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

An Update and a Gift For Me

I managed to successfully fill my handmade bezels with resin.... although it was not as straight forward as that (is it ever?)

When I filled them with resin, I put them under a light to aid in the bubbles rising to the surface, where they either could pop, or I could pop them. But because the lamp was a little too warm, the bubbles rose to the surface, but did not pop, and when I came back to check on them, the surface was already too set, and there were bubbles all over the top of many of them. I calmly experimented by cutting off the hardened part containing the bubbles, mixed up another batch of resin, and carefully added it too the top. It worked, and I smiled!

I also smiled a couple of days ago, when I received these wonderful things.... and they weren't delivered by the mail, but by hand from the husband of a blogging friend. I was fortunate to be gifted this from Kim, and even more fortunate to meet her wonderful husband. As you can see there is a beautiful card made by Stacy Kathryn Holst, as well as a lovely decoration and a beautiful box decorated by Kim. And inside the box.....

were 3 of Kim's beautiful handmade paper clips! I love them! And all just in time to celebrate my 50th birthday (which is today!) Thank you Kim!