and... time is running out, only 3 more days to enter!
as for the launch, it all came together well, and even though i had food for about 30 people and about 7 showed up (due to the invitations going out about a week later than planned)... it was still fun and nice to know i can put a decent little event together. it's also nice to see all of my handmade items all out in one place (my dining room table) and see that i really do have the makings of a nice little shop! it almost felt like a good trial run for a craft show to get it all spread out and arranged how i wanted it. because of preparations for the launch party i just missed the deadline for the next crafter's flea market that i've previously participated in, but it was nice to know that i would have had everything together and looking nice. there will always be more craft shows! here are the great pictures my husband was thoughtful enough to take while i was rushing around with last-minute details. if not for him, i likely would have completely forgotten to take any at all!
- make cards to go in my card organizer
- test out more sewing on paper
- try making some little matchbook-style notepads
- get some soldering iron tip cleaner so i can do more soldering
- decorate a small magnetic box i got for keeping business cards intact in my purse
there's definitely something going around that's getting everybody sick, but i think the (crazy bipolar) um, i mean, changing nc weather could have something to do with it. last week we had highs in the upper 60's and today we're back to highs around 45 degrees... much more february-like. of course, i'm probably the only person in the world who got in the mood to crochet wool scarves in the one week of 60 degree weather in february. i made one or two out of some scraps that i wanted to use up, and then decided it was high time to start building up a bit of a pretty stash that i'll actually be excited to use:
i've been doing a little reorganizing to le petit shop and am still making plans (and completing projects) to launch my line of things for baby, which i am shooting to have ready in march. march/springtime just seems right for new things to come to be. hopefully i'll get it all done and posted to the shop soon!
did i mention there's free goodies to be had just by saying hello? there's still time... it's the perfect chance to come out of hiding!
step three...assemble all the little pieces in your form. a little touch of glue or clay will anchor them. i tapped a bit of the embossing powder into a triangle bead tray for easier pouring.
step five...pop the whole thing into the oven at about 275 degrees. i used a piece of tinfoil to transfer it from the counter to my baking sheet. careful not to bump it!
step six...keep a close eye on it as it melts (sidenote: make sure it stays in the oven until completely melted... this one was taken out for a bettter picture and it caused the finished effect to be cloudy instead of clear). all of the white powder will turn clear from the outside in, the middle will melt last. take it out of the oven as soon as all of the powder turns to liquid, if you leave it in too long your components inside may start to melt. again, careful not to bump it, the liquid can spill before it hardens.
when the resin is all cooled and hardened, you're done! now you can make them into pendant necklaces, magnets, earrings, bracelet links, or whatever else you like. the black and pink flower one at the top right was the one actually made in these pictures. most of these were experimental, and i like the one in the rectangular setting the best. the bottle caps have a great old-school camp project feel (like a popsicle stick craft), i think i'll definitely be making a set of magnets with them. the embossing powder i used was judikins amazing glaze which can most easily be found at scrapbooking and stamping places.