Crafting Aint For Sissies

Crafting ain’t for sissies. You have to have patience, perseverance and persistence. You will also need to keep an open mind and have a willingness to learn new things. Yes, most crafts are steeped in tradition. As in, a traditional way of creating some things. These are great but sometimes there may be other techniques that can be used to create something new and exciting. As with any artistic endeavors most of the crafts we create reflect our inner visions. That is when you can truly be called an artist. Once, you learn a technique there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to use these and expand on them.

So, if you started out being a traditional crafter and learned how to do things from one of your older family members but then tweaked those techniques to create new and different items we hope you will share them with us. My mom is always willing to learn new things and likes to figure out how to create items that us kids and grandchildren like and hope she will create. Once she sees a picture of something she has me look for a pattern and/or video on how to make it. Then she puts her own twist on it once she figures out how to create them by using her own style in colors and adding tweaks to the pattern. Below are some pictures that my youngest son sent over for his grandma to try out. We haven’t started on these yet as we are still getting ready for the big Florida Fall Festival at the end of May in White Springs, Florida.

He was also the one who sent us the picture of the dragon scale gloves that we now offer for sale. We made them before Christmas and sold out. Of course, my son got his pair first and we gave away some for Christmas presents last year. The pattern we purchased and the video we watched had the scales going all the way around the fingers. We had a custom request to make the inside palm side smooth to make it easier to grab hold of steering wheels and typing. So mom worked at it and after a couple of tries figured out how to do that. They turned out really well and this coming Christmas season we will only be making the ones with the smooth inside palms.

Keep on crafting and get in touch if you want to share your own versions of traditional patterns with our readers.



Stabilizing Crocheted Totes

Stabilizing crocheted tote bags of any size can be a challenge. After researching online we found a couple of solutions including creating and sewing in a liner into the bag, crocheting actual crochet thread with the yarn when creating the strap and crocheting around a double length of cotton clothes line. Granted, creating a square pocket out of cotton fabric and sewing it into the inside of the bag will stabilize the inside of the bag and keep things from falling out but the crocheted handle will still stretch as you use it. Our inventory has over 100 different sized totes already so we had to come up with a way to improve the bags that we had without having to take them apart again.
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Watch For Scam Artists

mailbox-2This week we received an email from someone claiming they wanted to order some of our products and asked if we accept “Mastercard/Visa” payments and would be willing to ship to the Netherlands. This turned out to be a scam email and we have since marked each request as spam. We answered the initial email as it came through our CONTACT US form and stated that we would be shipping through the U.S. Postal Service and payments were processed through Paypal. We received a reply asking for an estimate of charges for multiples of items not only listed in our Custom Order pages available on this website but multiples of orders we have listed on Etsy. As a handcraft artist I was very excited to be asked for such a large order and started looking for the materials needed to complete the orders and the costs to make so many of the items requested.
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All About Pumpkin

HoodedScarves060416 (19)All about pumpkin to me means the month of October is filled with the color of orange and the weather is finally cooling off here in Florida. My favorite holiday, Halloween, is coming at the end of the month and the leaves are turning. Yes, even in Florida our leaves turn. Well at least those trees that are not evergreens anyway. October also brings more festivals, farmers markets, craft shows, and more visitors with the “snow birds” coming down.
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Beaded Dragonflies

DragonFlyPins (8)Several weeks ago I bought some vintage Japanese pearls that were purportedly from the 1970s. Someone was cleaning out their mother’s beading supplies after she had passed and had a bulk quantity of various types and styles of beads. Now, I love working with pearls and crystals so I decided to buy some and use them on a couple of projects. One in particular was introduced to me by my granddaughter who was staying the summer with us. She watched a You-Tube video on my computer that I had downloaded last year but never got around to viewing yet. After several viewings she made a very nice dragonfly that she wanted to attached to a pin back and give to her mom. So, we got to work experimenting with colors, shapes and sizes of beads and produced about 15 different ones. Some we made into broaches and others she made into key chain charms. When I posted the pictures online a cousin wanted one immediately so we mailed it off. Then I posted a couple online to sell and my granddaughter gave the rest away to her friends at a birthday party.
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