Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Crafts

Is it weird that I'm really amused at their various facial expressions?

I’m very amused at their variety of facial expressions.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about my not-so-awesome experience selling crafts and what I’d learned, and now I get to show you some of the fruits of that labor.

Up first are the bookmarks. Cute and fun and…

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Apparently hungry. O-Kay, looks like the hearts and monsters need to be separated. Or I’ll just give the monsters some books to munch on.

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There we go.

I made some earring cards out of cardboard and some stamps. It’s amazing what a difference a little branding makes!

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And finally, I’m just finishing up these cute little stud earrings. Someone specifically requested them (in a rather disappointing exchange where I kept thinking, “yes! I’ll finally get my first sale of the night!” right up until she abruptly walked away).

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So what do you think – am I going to be desperately trying to sell all of this off on Etsy at summer’s end?

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Living in an Internet Wasteland (but making it look pretty!)

My friends, I write from the trenches. I’m an eye witness reporter from an isolated wilderness. It’s….

A place with no internet.

Dun dun DUNNNNN.
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Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts

Last week, we talked about why it’s worth trying to make Christmas easier and less stressful, and I loved hearing examples in the comments of how you’ve gotten your holiday to run smoother.

This week, let’s talk about some of the nitty gritty: presents. Like I said last week, this isn’t about going cold turkey and not giving anything or celebrating, but about finding a balance that works within time and budget restrictions, so you can have the best holiday (however you define “best”).

Here are a few of my favorite inexpensive things to give, and I’d love to hear more ideas from you in the comments!
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DiY Canvas Jewelry Hanger

I’ve never been a big jewelry person. I like a little here and there, but usually I end up forgetting about it. Especially since I’m now in a field that isn’t conducive to wearing anything dangly or that can be grabbed, I really never wear jewelry. I’ve been doing some spring cleaning to keep myself busy during my work transition, and I noticed that I still had a small jewelry stand that was very nice, but almost completely empty.

I’m one of those people that loves Ikea for their ingenuity in using small spaces rather than for the cheap furniture, and as such I person I was inclined to find a way to store my jewelry without using up all that excess space. I decided to try out a project I’d seen a few times on the net that allows jewelry to be displayed on the wall rather than in a box. Continue reading