I just listed some new items in my etsy shop over Memorial Day. I added a bunch of phone clutches and earbud cases. I have more things to work on still so expect to see more things to appear in the shop. I am building some custom shelving in my apartment for my vintage sheet storage, so I have a ton of sheets that will be for sale either on etsy, my blog, or Instagram coming up soon.
So I took to my trusty food processor (because my trusty blender isn't so trusty anymore now that it went ka-put). I used my combination of strawberries and lemons again.
I chopped up a handful of strawberries, added some freshly squeezed lemon juice (one lemon is enough), and added a little water and honey all to my food processor. I blended it all until it was pureed smoothly. I then poured this mixture into my freeze pop mold, placed in the sticks, and froze them for hours.
These things are soooooo good! All natural and super easy to make. I think I will try adding fruit juice the next time I make fruit pops. I'm definitely going to see how many different types of pops I can come up with before the end of summer!
This kiddie likes and so does her mama!!! She couldn't wait to get out of school to have one. I finally let her enjoy one, and she was so excited.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I have been on a bit of a natural food/beverage kick lately. I've made everything from smoothies to detox water to homemade limeades. I have made plain lemonade, but I wanted to have a drink with a little bit of a twist to it. So I made Strawberry Mango Lemonade. Here's how I did it.
I used scraps of vintage sheets, alternating in pink and blue scheme, and some vintage twill tape. The twill tape I found at an antique mall on a spool with hundreds and hundreds of yards on it. I ended up making the bunting with my embroidery machine because I was pressed for time. I layered felt and vintage fabric, embroidered the shape, monogrammed my lettering, cut them out, and strung them together with the tape. Such a cute little thing to make. It was very personal and intimate to have it hanging at my table. I'm building some new storage in my apartment for vintage sheets, and I'm thinking about hanging it from the shelving to make it feel more welcome. Or maybe right about my sewing machine. I'm still not quite sure yet.
I wish that I had chosen a better choice of thread to use for the letters. By the way the banner spells "create." for the blog (of course!) I thought since the fabrics had the mutual color of kiwi green in them that the green I chose would have been perfect. The green ended up being to washed out and hardly noticeable. It kind of bummed me out a little. Next time I will have to make better contrasting decisions.
Either way it goes, I'm fairly happy with the result. I thought about offering mini vintage sheet buntings in the shop with different sayings. Hmm, still toying with that idea....
I totally forgot that I had attended a printmaking class at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art last Thursday.
It was part of their Spring Semester of free classes and happened to be the last class of the semester.
It was such a fun event to go to. I love art museums, well museums in general. The instructor of the course is actually an art professor at Auburn University. He also had two of his pupils in there assisting the class.
First, he schooled us on the history of printmaking. Secondly, he explained to us the materials that went into the process. Then, he roughly demonstrated the process. After all was said and done, he released us to create our own bits of art.
It was so interesting to watch such an antiquated art form that has barely changed over the centuries be performed virtually the same way that it always has been. I'm also glad that we didn't have to do any of the inking with the oil-based ink (whew!).
This is my own personal work. We used thin pieces of aluminum or tin to etch our drawings into. I have an affinity for drawing eyes and faces. If I can't think of anything else to draw, I will start sketching faces. I love the detail and expression you can have with portraits. I'm not super crazy about much of anything else. I couldn't think of anything to etch, so I just went for what I knew.
When I was waiting to get my block inked, a few ladies asked if I was an artist. I don't really consider myself an artist. I just like to draw and design. I've had enough formal training for it, so I guess I could be considered as one. The thing is most of my friends are extremely good at drawing and painting, and we don't really formally call each other artists. So needless to say, I replied that I dabble in drawing, nothing serious.
The next semester they offer these classes I am definitely going to keep my eyes peeled so that I may sign up. I somehow always tend to miss the line up when it comes out.
A friend of mine usually tells me about these little pop-up markets that we have downtown at one of the strips of boutiques. Last Friday night they decided to sort of randomly host one. It's held in front of a tattoo parlor, bead/jewelry shop, upscale restaurant, used bookstore/coffee shop, and recording studio. It's the one part of town that is geared towards the more artsy community.
It was a perfect day for having the market. It didn't rain despite the rain chances we had. Nor was it deathly hot. The pop-up shop ran from 3 until 7. Great timing! There was just enough time to finish making more items, pick up Kelsey from school, and go home to finish preparing. We had gotten there about a half hour after it started.
I whipped up a bunch of phone clutches and coin purses. I brought some wallets, card wallets, and card holders. I don't care how long you prepare for a craft show you will always feel like you aren't ready.
|My wee helper|
They also had some nice entertainment. There was this gentleman who was a one-man band that did some nice covers for some oldies. He played the guitar and harmonica extremely well. That is one thing I do like about Auburn; when they have events, they commission local musicians. The musicians tend to be very folksy or soulful, just the music I like!!
I'm just dropping in to give you a glimpse of what I have planned today. Not really a whole lot, but I am starting to tackle my horde of vintage sheets. I'm finally going through the ones that I have at my home. I still need to get the tons more that I left at my parents' house. Bleh! I hate trying to decide which ones I want to keep versus what I don't. I have to keep reminding myself that I don't want my child(ren) to talk about me, though, if they have to have an estate sale after I'm dead. It's better to purge now than then I suppose.
Enjoy your Sunday!
I designed the shirt to be a bit A-line and a little of a tent blouse. I added a keyhole button and loop closure in the back. I embellished the front with multiple contrasting ruffles. I also added a bit of elastic to the sides to cinch in the bodice to keep it from being so balloony.
Before I forget: When I uploaded photos of this shirt to instagram, Elsie Marley was the first person to like my photo. Talk about your excitement!!!! I was super SUPER SUPER excited to see that. No kidding!!!! At any rate, what did you create for kcwc spring 2013? I hope you were more productive than I was!
I've been working on phone clutches lately, and I'm really into them actually. I've had requests for monogrammed clutches. To tell you the truth, I didn't even think about it until a client of mine asked for it. So those options will be in the shop shortly. Here are some for example.