I placed a huge order for fabric from Hawthorne Threads the other day. Huge. Biggest order I have ever placed by a long shot. Order that gave me heart palpitations as I hit “Place Order”. And two big boxes of lovelies arrived this morning!
This isn’t even all of it. I hope you guys see something you like, because it will all be in the shop in one form or another soon! In the meantime, it is taking over my work table….
A while back my niece graduated from Grade 8 (?? Isn’t she still about 4??) and I wanted to get her something kinda funky. Etsy to the rescue!
One of the things I have found with having my own etsy shop, is that etsy is now the first place I turn when I need a gift. Or fabric. Or pretty much anything. I got this neato necklace from Untamed Menagerie.
Through the Looking Glass
In fact I thought it was so neato, I bought one for myself too. And I favourited a bunch more of her stuff. It would be cheaper if I didn’t love jewelry so much.
Do you have any favourite etsy sellers? Or other places you naturally turn to for gifts?
You all know I mean the greeting type of card, but I do love a good game of Hearts with friends, or even Euchre, even though I need to be reminded how to play it every time. And there was even a rowdy game of Hand and Foot (?) at Jenn’s grandma’s once. Great game, but for the life of me I can’t remember how to play it.
However, onto the paper cards. An update, yes?
I have been quite enamoured with this set of stamps ever since I received them as a gift. It just seems to be the perfect set for so many occasions. One of these days I will buy the dies that go with it so that I can cut out more interesting shapes.
This one was a custom card I did for a wedding a friend was attending. The inside had a dog stamp as requested by my customer. I liked the colours in this background paper.
This one was for a co-worker of TJ’s (I knit her a little hat too, I need to show that to you someday).
Another birthday card, I think this one was for my Mom. I need to write these things down!
I had fun with the pin and the button on this one. Crafty?
And finally this little one was for a customer that bought one of my rolls as a gift for someone, and asked if I could throw in a little note to say who it was from.
Here you can see the roll all packaged up and ready to be mailed (this is how I package all of my items, not just the gift ones).
So gentle readers, what is your strategy for cards? Do you buy/make a bunch at once? Do you get them done one at a time? Are you crazy organized and have them in a labeled file folder? (I admire those that can do that – the best I can do is get a month’s worth done at a time).
Well, at least into the world of local yarn shops. KSC Designs are now available in person at two of our local yarn shops – Wyrd Sisters Yarns, Roanoke’s newest yarn shop, and The Crooked Stitch, my alma matter so to speak. So if you have ever wanted to check my products out in person, you have two different opportunities to do so now.
And I also did a big shop update this morning. I used a lot of new, funky, fresh fabrics this go around. I hope you like them! I personally love the guitars, and also the Michael Miller Whimsy (the blue and green). I might order more of the guitar fabric and finally make a set for myself. Something about the shoemakers kids……?
I have a new addiction, along with a lot of other people. Pinterest. If you are not a member yet, basically it is an online bulletin board where you can pin pictures of anything you want. And if you go back to the picture and click on it from one of your boards, it will link you back to the site where you pinned the picture. You can follow other people, and then can follow you, so that you can see what other people are pinning.
This is useful (and dangerous) to me for a few reasons. I love being able to keep track of things that I want to craft or DIY. It is wonderful if you are doing a renovation or want to pin ideas for your house. KSC Designs even has it’s own board that people can follow, which is a bit like keeping favourites on etsy. Where it begins to border on dangerous for me is the fashion side of things. I keep seeing all these amazing outfits that I want to wear. I am trying to use them for inspiration to find combos from my own wardrobe, rather than a reason to shop.
Where it flies fully into dangerous territory for me is the food. Oh my, the food. I just. can’t. stop. pinning. There are some many wonderful recipes and beautiful food. Just the pretty cookies alone could fill up my time! I did however put my pins to good use this weekend when I made these cookies from The Crafty Penguin.
They are a vanilla sugar cookie, and let me tell you they are soooo tasty. And super easy. I mean really easy. 4 year old easy. (ok, maybe not the decorating, but the cookie part for sure). Just like the original tutorial, I decorated mine with sugar pearls and little do-dads of glace icing.
I made these for my weaving guild’s picnic this past weekend, and I decided to leave some un-iced in case someone wanted a little less sweetness. The funny thing was, most of what was left were the stars. I’ll know for next time just to decorate them all.
With all the drooling over things on Pinterest, tonight I am really craving this: