I saw this locket by Verabel today on A Cup of Jo and immediately fell in love with it! I emailed it to James as a Christmas hint and a few hours later, he told me that Santa thought that was a good idea. He is the worst at surprises, but I can't wait to wear it!
The Poppytalk Handmade Holiday Market started today and I'm thrilled to be included in it! There are so many talented artists in it as well with tons of great holiday gift items. As an added bonus, my shop and many of the other Poppytalk Market artists are offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales! Visit the Poppytalk blog for the complete list and then get to shopping!
Verla Ivans is offering 20% discount and free shipping (Nov. 26th through November 29th). Enter code: "Poppytalk" at checkout.
I love the color on this fine art print by Debstgo. It's so perfect too, from the threaded needle right down to the tiny guide teeth detailing. It's a 5 x 7 print, but don't you think it would also be amazing as an oversize print...I'd love to hang a poster size presser foot on my wall!
I am feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment. I have a table at the upcoming Beehive Bazaar show on Dec 2-4th, which I am really excited about. I've been trying to finish, start and perfect several new projects for that and keep having ups and downs as they alternately work and don't work out. I also got accepted to the next Poppytalk Handmade Market, which I was super surprised about! I actually had it on my long term to do list as keep applying to Poppytalk. I didn't expect to get in on my first attempt, but am super thrilled about it. However, everything has to be posted by Saturday night (the market opens on Monday the 22nd) and though I have enough items already in the etsy shop for it, I really wanted to include some of the new projects, so the timeframe for the firsts of those got pushed up by a week. To top it all off, I had Friday off at the daily grind but my coworker needs me to cover for her and she's in New Mexico, so I couldn't really say no. Then the big making me crazy thing is that I have to get an xray of my back tomorrow and wait for the results to hear hopefully any words but MRI and surgery. Deep breath. Now stop computering and go make things. So that you can go to bed at a decent hour tonight this morning.
Oh, and for those of you that were following and supporting (thanks!) my friend Sara on her trip to Ethiopia to document survivors of obsteric fistula, her Kickstarter project was funded (yeah!) and she flys out tomorrow morning. You can follow her while she's in Ethiopia through her Tumblr.
I've been working on the beginnings of some mini arrows (only 16 inches - the tall ones are 30 inches.) I'm excited about these, they will fit into bud vases perfectly and give more options for display possiblities, plus they use up the scraps of wood left over from making the first tall arrows. I also realized tonight that using the dremel for the initial cut saves so much time compared to the hand saw and is much easier on the back - yeah for aha moments! Check my shop early next week for the first batch!
Chronicle books is currently having a giveaway of $500 worth of their books, which is quite a haul indeed! All you have to do is browse though my hand picked list below and leave your own comment after the post and if we are the lucky winners, we both get the whole list! Good luck to us!
1. Paper + Craft by Minhee and Truman Cho (because paper and craft can't go wrong)
2. Oh Joy! Noteblock by Joy Deangdeelert Cho (Joy's patterns and designs are lovely!)
3. 642 Things to Draw (need some inspired practice!)
4. Pictorial Webster's by John M. Carrera (I love collecting vintage dictionary's just for the pictures, so this is perfect!)
5. This is for You by Rob Ryan (His papercuts are beautiful)
6. Window Display by Tony Morgan (for future reference)
7. Fabric for Fashion by Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnson (need to learn what fabrics do what best)
8. From Here to There by Kris Harzinski (maps are always on my agenda)
9. Fashion Jewelry by Maia Adams (couture jewelry from the runway!)
10. The Printmaking Bible by Ann d'Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris (yes, please)
11. World Unfurled by Matteo Pericoli (a fold out drawn world all connected, I adore)
12. Visual Merchandising by Tony Morgan (again, future referencing)
13. Creative Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho (Craft Inc. was helpful)
14. Reprodepot Pattern Book by Djerba Goldfinger (their site has great fabric all the time)
15. French General: Home Sewn by Kaari Meng (adding a French touch to my living quarters can't hurt!)
16. Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine (still haven't picked this up, though it's been out forever)