Today begins my exhibition on Paper-n- Stitch. All the items are from my Etsy shop and I'm so excited to be there as it's very competitive! Please visit and heart my shop, there are prizes for the shop with the most!
Happy St. Patty's Day! I'm getting ready for Easter, April 12th this year. This billfold is made from Easter cookie packaging and would be perfect in an Easter basket with cash, a check, or a gift card tucked inside!
Today begins my showcase in the PoppyTalk Handmade Green Pop Showcase, an eco, spring, and easter themed marketplace featuring recycled, upcycled, spring stuff and things that hop! It will run through April 10th and features really wonderful artists!
I'm working on an idea I've had that will be fun for spring and also potentially a great class to teach to kids. I got some great alphabet letter sand molds in upper and lower case and I'm filling them with paper pulp to create a paper letter. In this first test run I used brown kraft paper packing material but I want to try it with newspaper also. Newspaper is less toxic than glossy junk mail which was my original thought but I also want to embed flower seeds or bird seed into the paper pulp and I need something that won't hurt the ground or the birdies. Most newspaper is printed with soy or vegetable ink and uses less chemicals than in the past. So my first test went nicely, the letters popped right out of the molds, with the exception of capital G but I can simply reconstitute the pulp and try again. Kids can spell their names out and put them in a pot of soil or in a garden and the seeds will grow. The birdseed letters can be left out for birds to eat. It's been fun to take out my old paper pulp blender and make something fun for springtime.
I'm trying to focus on sock monkeys this week. I want to build up my inventory for upcoming shows and so I have a nice selection in the shop. I finished this one yesterday and today I'll work on a special order. I'm trying to make one every day until I run out of socks which should be some time next week if I keep up the pace. I really like the way this one turned out, his face is friendly. He's available here.
I finally finished my 50 Bags Bag, so named because it took about 50 A&P grocery bags cut into "plarn", or plastic yarn, and crocheted. It's 13" tall, 10" wide at the base and 8" wide at the top. It would be a great lunch bag!
Normally when I create I work quickly, in batches, producing a large quantity of whatever item I'm obsessed with at the moment. Lately I had been thinking about making snow globes with used jars and vintage knick knacks. This project deviates from my normal ritual since it would involve very long term planning, experimenting, and seeking out very specific materials. I began with what I had on hand, a honey jar, a small Japanes knick knack from my childhood, and a concept. I posted a picture of the beginning of my experiment on Flickr. Then I tweeted about it hoping to get some feedback and suggestions. A few people offered ideas and words of encouragement. That night there was a Virtual Lab Show and Tell on Etsy and I brought the picture there for more feedback. But the next day I was unknowingly included in an Etsy Success email about using social networking, like Twitter, for getting feedback about work-in-progress. That picture on Flickr has gotten over 200 views since that newsletter went out! It was really encouraging and today I worked on that snow globe more, adding crushed egg shells for the snow and mineral oil instead of water. The picture below is how it turned out. I still need to seal the lid but this is the beginning of a new way of working for me. I would love to see a huge variety of these, different size jars, filled with all kinds of vintage goodies floating around happily. And something about that is very satisfying.
These new zipper pouches come from materials given to me by my family. The denim jeans were given to me by my niece and the tea towel was given to me by my parents, who received it at a wedding they attended. I like the results and I'm happy I could give these items new purpose as zipper pouches. They have a felt lining which makes them very sturdy. Available in the Etsy shop or at my brick and mortar shop in Upper Montclair.