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November 21, 2014

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #46

I took a little vacation from technology last weekend, so it was a treat to check out all of the great items from last week's link-up when I finally fired up my computer on Tuesday.

I am so excited that the party keeps growing. Not only do we have frequent linkers from Etsy, but we've also had sellers from Storenvy and Zibbet join the fun.

Finally, my favorites. I find that when I am choosing my weekly favorites they usually have something in common like color or style, but this week, they are both wonderfully unique.



Gingerbread House Rock
from Hand-Painted Rocks by Cindy Thomas
Purple Beaded Bracelet by KNOTSANDSPARKLEZ


As always, you can get a sneak peek at my weekly favorites on Tuesdays on Twitter and Wanelo.

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November 19, 2014

Tutorial: Binder Clip Photo Holders

DIY Project: Binder Clip Photo Holders are an inexpensive way to display your favorite picturesI always think it's fun to find new uses for supplies I already have sitting around the house, especially the leftover bits and pieces from other crafty projects.

For this one, I combined binder clips, with leftover scrapbooking paper from my stash.
to create photo holders. They're perfect for for displaying your favorite pictures at home or at work.

This is also an inexpensive project that can be personalized and made in bulk for use as teacher/parent appreciation gifts or even party or shower favors.

Many thanks to Tombow USA for providing the adhesives I used in this project.

Materials



Directions


Let's start by covering the clip. Use a paper trimmer to cut a 2-inch by 3 1/4-inch piece of decorative paper.
Apply three swipes of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, widthwise, to the back of the paper.
Place the paper slightly under the top curl of the clip and press it in place.
Fold the paper around the bottom of the clip and press it in place.
Fold the paper up the side of the clip and press it in place.
Next, you'll add some buttons. This serves two purposes. One, it looks pretty. Two, it helps make sure your picture doesn't slip around when it's on display.

Pull a 12-inch piece of yarn, string or hemp down through one button.

Tip: I used hemp, so I didn't need a needle to thread it through the  button holes.
Pull the string up through a second button. Place the buttons on either side of the clip.
Secure the string with a knot.
Trim the string with scissors.

Finally, we'll make the stamped embellishment.
Cut two 1-inch squares of white cardstock and stamp your design on them.

Cut two 1 1/4-inch squares of colored cardstock and two 1 1/2-inch squares of a contrasting color.
Apply a couple swipes of Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to the back of the white squares.
Mount them to the 1 1/4-inch squares.
Apply a couple of swipes of the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to the back and mount them to the 1 1/2-inch squares.
Apply two 1/4-inch foam tabs to the bottom corners of each decorative square.

Tip: I only used one foam tab for my prototype, but found that using two foam tabs looked neater and held the squares more securely.
Attach one square on each side of the clip.
As I said before, this is a great project to make in bulk for small gifts or party favors. I was able to get a package of 12 clips at the office supply store for less than $7, so you could easily make a dozen photo holders for less than $1 a piece and customize them with an initial or image for just about any occasion.

Binder Clip Photo Holders make great personalized party/shower favors or teacher/parent appreciation gifts and cost less than $1 a piece to make


November 17, 2014

Featured Artist: Carolyn Jenkins

I'm excited to introduce you to Carolyn Jenkins from For Paws and Home. Carolyn is the first shop to advertise on here on The Chilly Dog and I am very happy to share her creative story.

Carolyn was born in Washington DC and spent most of her childhood in Winchester, Virginia. Her philosophy is simple, "Never give up and follow your dreams."
What is your favorite craft or hobby and how did you learn it?

I love all crafts, but my "go to" is crochet. My Grandmother taught me the basics and I've taught myself more along the way.

When did you realize your creative passion?

The old pot holder loom when I was little. I couldn't get enough of it!

What or who inspires you in your crafting and/or your life?

My Grandmother and my pets.


Why do you create?

I get a sense of accomplishment and happiness.

What do you create?

For the last couple years I have been concentrating on pet products.

What are your favorite tools and materials to work with?

A hook and yarn. You can take it anywhere and if you don’t like it just pull it out and start over.

What other interests do you have?

I love gardening, reading and playing with my pets.



How did you choose your brand or shop name?

Although my shop right now has mostly pet items, I have in the past had items for the home and plan to in the future. So "for paws" refers to the pet items and "for home", the home items.

Is crafting a hobby, business, or something in between?

I would love crafting to be my full time business. Right now it’s something between.

What is a typical day for you?

My dogs hate for me to sleep so they are kind enough to wake me up between 1-3 a.m. So there it begins!

Dogs out, coffee on, check emails and Etsy shop, do a little computer work and then I start working on my projects. Around 5 a.m. wake up rest of house, fix breakfast and get ready for work. I leave around 7 a.m. for my hour drive to work then get to spend the day dreaming of ways to get to my crafting in until 5 when I leave to come home. Fix dinner, clean up, do a little crocheting then off to bed. Then we get to start all over again in a couple hours.

What is an ideal day for you?

To be crafting all day with a nice walk in the woods or beach for a break.

Where do you do most of your crafting?

In a back room in my house or crocheting in my recliner while catching up on some TV.

What projects are you the most proud of?

Sadly, an angel and a couple table sitters that many years ago I had copy written, but over the years I have lost the patterns.

How do you deal with crafting failures?

Sometimes failures turn into something better or if I can somehow turn it into something I can give to the animal shelters I will do that. Try, try again in the end.

What is the strangest thing you have ever created?

My funny cat I think is cute and strange.

What keeps you busy when you are not creating?

The usual cooking,cleaning, shopping, taking care of everything. There just is never ever enough time.

Have you ever experienced a dry spell when you put your crafting aside? If so, what brought you back to crafting?

Yes, I have gone through spells where I just took a break, but in the back of my mind it was still nagging at me like a wicked spell calling me back in.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself, your craft, or business tips to help others with small crafting businesses?

Keep up your spirits when sales decline, which was September for me. I was getting very down but I kept telling myself it will pass. Do a lot of reading. You learn so much with forums and teams on Etsy.

Now I am a bad one for socializing, I know I should be doing much more, but right now I have a hard time squeezing it in. As long as you enjoy what you are doing don’t give up.

Stay Connected with Carolyn:

Shop For Paws and Home on Etsy
For Paws and Home Blog
Facebook

November 14, 2014

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #45

Week after week, I am amazed by the carefully crafted items that people share here. So far, over 2000 items have been linked. If you are ready to do a little holiday shopping and support talented independent artists, browse my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board and my Crafty Saturday List on Etsy.

With so many treasures to choose from, it's always tricky to pick favorites. Since I like shiny things and flowers, these beauties both caught my eye.



Lace Cuff Bracelet by artzest
Glass Flower beads by lilczechtreasures
As always, you can get a sneak peek at my weekly favorites on Tuesdays on Twitter and Wanelo.

Now let's start linking!




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