Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monkey Trouble

This week I have been having lots of fun making sock monkeys! I have finished two that I can take photos of. They are just so fun to make! My three young darlings participate in a gift exchange with cousins. Two of the names drawn were for very little ones -- under 2 years old. Thus, the sock monkeys! After making the first two I decided I ought to make some for my girls' stockings on Christmas morning. I found some fuzzy-wuzzy socks to use for my babies. Tonight I got all the pieces sewn but I ran out of stuffing before I could finish. All three bodies are stuffed and sewn shut, but I need to buy a new bag of stuffing to do all of the arms, tails, ears, and noses. New shopping list for tomorrow!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Interchangeable Bottle cap Necklace

My 6 year old has a birthday party to go to this afternoon. Without having to go to the store I decided to try my hand at a bottlecap necklace. I am so happy with how it turned out! I was even smart this time and made an extra for my 'Daisy' to keep. She was really happy to hear that :) I used a plastic tubing to make the necklace part so it is a little stretchy. I used a lobster clasp on the necklace and put split rings on the bottlecaps so you can just clip on your choice of pendant. It even comes with two necklaces: black and brown. They'll be the most fashionable girls on the playground ;). The way these necklaces are put together if you pull hard on them it will pull apart. There is a small hard plastic bit that holds it together. I considered using something different, then decided that I was more comfortable with this method. If the necklace gets caught on something, the necklace will give way before serious damage can be done. It adds a little peace of mind for those overly anxious mommies (like me!).

Modeled by my little "Sunshine"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Items for WInter!

Here they are! I have finished designing my 2008 winter line ;) I will add pictures of them, though I haven't done the "pro" pictures yet. These pictures are of the clips still clipped to my working notebook. I should be ready to deliver my order to the Lindon Kid to Kid hopefully tomorrow afternoon. I just need to finish a few last figures and get some more display cards printed up. I can't believe how fast I go through those! (I also did poinsettia clips, but I didnt' photograph them yet.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Winter Designs

I have been given an order for "a bunch" of hair clips, including Christmas and winter styles. I have decided on my plans, but the design process can be time consuming! Never mind the fact that then I have something really particular in mind for materials and the local shops don't carry it! I have been looking for red and white twisted cord to use for the "wrapped candy" but all I can find is red and gold. It looks like the peppermint candies this year will be red and gold. Next year I will have to plan ahead further to order my cording online.
I am currently designing / making:
snowflake (with bling!)
wrapped candy

And speaking of next year... I suppose I should start thinking of Spring designs now, so I can order and design before it's time to stock the shops! Wow. Any ideas?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Perfection Never Got Anything Done... in my house at least

So I set up this blog several weeks ago. I had to have the PERFECT background. Then I wanted the PERFECT way to display pictures. Then I needed a PERFECT first post.... and here we are now!
Moral of the story: I'm a defunked perfectionist. I want things perfect but I also expect myself to come up with something new and different at the same time. I think I'm going to try giving myself room for practice. I'm starting my blog without a cute background. I don't have any pictures posted as of this moment. This is hardly a whiz-bang of a beginning post. But... I started.
Okay, now my first post is done and I can go on to share my methods of creation for Tilly's Bowtique.