Over the last few months, I've practically buried myself in new jewelry without posting any of it, but now I'm finally starting to dig myself out. Here is the first batch of new items to go up in the shop! If you happen to see something that you like, just click the picture to go directly to the listing for that item! How convenient, right?
This blog is now exclusively devoted to crafting in general, and the shop in particular! Pretty much all of my personal content has been moved to a new blog, one that is intended primarily to help keep our family and friends in the loop. (If you are interested in following the new blog, you will find it here.) This blog will continue to feature shop news, new listings, sales, giveaways, and all of my share-worthy crafting exploits.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Now that she's married, Robin has been doing a bit more cooking. And, now that she's doing more cooking, it occurred to her that an apron or two might come in handy. This is where I come in. She asked me to make two aprons (one to wear and one to wash) in greens and purples. I already had the Emmeline Apron pattern in my stash and she liked it, so that's what we went with.
All of the fabrics for this one came from JoAnn's, except for the green trim on side one, which came from my stash. (I still have a ton of that green, and I really love that combination...I may need to do something else with it in the future...)
This time, everything is from JoAnn's except for the main fabric on the green side. As you can see, the belt can be tied in the back, or wrapped around to the front. The top straps can be tied around the neck as a halter, or crisscrossed over the back and tied to the belt. I added a pocket to both sides of both aprons, as requested.
Unfortunately, almost immediately after finishing these and moving on to my next project, I started having issues with the tension on my machine. The bottom thread is so tight, and the top is so loose, that I can just slide the bottom thread right out. I have no idea how it got that way, or how to fix it. I tried adjusting the tension both on the top and the bottom, with no discernible change. Someone at work recommended that I try oiling the machine; I'll give that a try tomorrow, and hopefully I'll be back in business!!
Monday, April 1, 2013
While I was in Florida, I went with my Mom and sister to the Celtic Music and Heritage Festival in St. Augustine. The night before, I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with Corinnea and Jess of Created Blissfully--yay!! This was the first time I'd seen Corinnea since she left Germany (a few months before we did), and only the second time that I'd seen Jess in person. It was just so nice to be able to catch up!
That was on Friday. We stayed that night in a hotel within walking distance of the festival, then got up and headed over to the fair grounds in time for the official kick-off parade. Some of the stuff at the festival was hand-made, but most of it was not. There was, however, an area set aside for the artisans. One of these artisans not only offered fused glass plates and baubles, but had a station set up where people could make their own fused glass pendants!
I didn't take any other pictures of all of the lovely hand made treasures. I think I had gotten tired of the camera for a little while. Now I wish that I had. There were lovely hand-carved wooden boxes and hand-thrown and painted urns and vases and blown glass and I don't even remember what else. In my defense, though, I did take about a billion other pictures that day. If you're interested in seeing my full post from that day, you can find it on my family blog.