Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Visit my Etsy store

Please visit my etsy store for lots of awesome items!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

My get my ass in gear list

So since I have left my job I haven't really gotten myself organized. It's been really frustrating to say the least! I want to do my art/crafts full time and make some money at it, but I have been sitting on my ass watching tv or reading more than crafting. A good friend told me to make a list to help myself get organized and pumped about it. I thought it would be a great idea to post it here to kind of give me the incentive to follow through.

1. Finish organizing craft area (even if I only do one hour a day, I will get there eventually)

2. Craft at least two hours a day (now this is the complete minimum! I have too many craft shows coming up and I need to start listing on etsy too.)

3. Take picture of item once it is finished

4. Build decent light box

5. Visit forums I like daily, i.e. craftster.org, cutoutandkeep, etc.

6. Start listing on etsy. Even if it is only two items a day. (I haven't listed on etsy in way over a year)

7. Get pic portfolio together, some better business cards and start hitting those local stores about caring your stuff

8. Blog at least every other day, come up with some fun stuff not related to crafting, but that will interest readers

9. Come up with some tutorials, these always draw readers in

10. Visit the etsy forums at least twice a week to post and get your name out there

11. Don't lose focus! You wanted to stay home and do this full time, you can do it and your art is good enough to do this!

12. Come up with an idea book, look over it often to keep the ideas flowing

13. Get your bulletin board downstairs together so you can start posting ideas around you to inspire you

14. Be positive!

15. Do at least 2 hrs of house work a day and come up with a daily cleaning schedule for you and the kids, so you won't run into the "I should be cleaning the house not crafting guilt." You can break these into 15 min or increments if needed.
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16. Spend at least an hour hanging with the kids daily so you don't loose the perspective of why you are doing this.

I think that is good for now. I might have to redo it now and then, but it works for now!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Metro East Pride Fest

Please come visit me and other members of the St. Louis Craft Mafia this Sat., June 20th from 2pm to 10pm, in Belleville, Illinois at the Metro East Pride Fest.

I am very excited about vending this and created a few Day of the Dead pieces inspired by this event. I will have two Day of the Dead Groom & Groom figurine sets, one Bride & Bride figurine set and one Day of the Dead cowboy with black chaps, black vest and black cowboy hat inspired by the Gay Rodeo Assoc. that will have a booth there.

I hope to see you there!

I will offer a free bottlecap magnet with purchase if you mention you saw it on my blog!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Jewelry

Some more lovelies for you! I planned to post these and the other pieces of jewelry in my etsy shop this week and have not yet had the time to do it.

I however will be vending at Tower Grove Farmer's Market this Sat., June 13th and will be at Metro East Pride Fest on Sat. June 20th, from 2pm to 10pm. If you would like to purchase one of these lovelies before then, please shoot me an email.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Jewelry and Hair goodies

Some lovely and devilishly stylish jewelry and hair goodies. I will be listing these in my Etsy store next week and will be vending at Tower Grove Farmers Market on June 13th.

My new/used 50's pink metal cabinets in my craft room

Here are three pics of my cabinets in my craft area partially filled. The will eventually be filled to capacity. I will post pics now and then of my craft area as it is a work in progress. Notice the ugly mint green paint on the basement walls. It was there when we bought the house and we just haven't had the time or money to redo them. So I have to work around them. I am going to install pegboard and cork board under the cabinets to the counter top that will eventually be there. Again it is a work in progress.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

This is now my full time gig

Today is the first day of my kids summer vacation and I am already frustrated. They are fighting already. Ugh! I have got to find lots of ways to distract them, preferably cheap. (Idea gladly accepted!)

This summer will be different than most. I quit my part time job. Between kids getting sick, my health (I get terrible debilitating migraines), trying to find child care of the summer, etc. It just made sense for me to quit. I have quite a few venues I am vending at this year so this opened up my time to concentrate fully on my art.
I am excited about this venture and also a little scared too. This is my third week of being home and it is great. My house is much cleaner, though it took me all this time to get it there. I have dinner ready at a decent time and it is not stressful like it was on the days I worked.

I am currently working on my craft room/area. We had some shelves there that we had to rip out and move. Installed are some 50's pink aluminum cabinets that we got for free. I am working on figuring out some counter space running the length of the cabinets and all along my craft area wall. I am also slowly getting organized. I horde things and people also give me supplies I use like my Dawn dish soap bottles for my Catrina's or styrofoam, etc. I need these supplies eventually, but they do take up a lot of space. Once I get organized I am going to work on a huge wall size cork bulletin board to hang my inspiration photos and other fun stuff I find. I plan to paint the two dressers I have down stairs along with the one table I have a the kitchen island cabinet too. The walls are mint green, which I am not fond of, but can't afford to paint over. So I am going to try and find a way to incorporate lots of colors that I love. I also want some shelves to hold my toy collectibles. I have some great Elvis dolls (big fan) and a bunch of Star Wars toys too. Plus other little fun stuff I find. So lots of work to do. I will take pics later and post them tonight or tomorrow of my work in progress.

I started some great pieces yesterday while at a friends house crafting. I have a lady skeleton in a blue dress (which will be glittered). She has red horns and a red tail. Her name will be Devil in a Blue Dress after the song. Next is another Day of the Dead Mermaid. I love doing these and people really like them too. I have one Day of the Dead wedding couple and a Day of the Dead (skeleton man) in a brown business suit. I also started another bride and a sacred heart. I plan to work on these over the weekend and then I will also be doing some bottle cap jewelry and some bottle cap magnets, plus more Sugar Skull magnets and some more maracas.

I will be at Tower Grove Farmers Market again on June 13th and I will be in Belleville for the Metro East Pride Fest.