Monday, July 29, 2013

2013 Indian River Art and Seafood Festival

Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Art & Seafood Festival this past Saturday. We've been to quite a few events, and I have to admit that this was one of my favorites. I love the Marina, I love being by the water, and I love seeing the work of other crafters and artists. There's something special about an event that features only handmade items.

And of course, the food was spectacular!

As you can see, we were set up right along the water.

No ducks were harmed in the making of these duck decoy planters.

Our homemade crab traps.
I know, I know, the sign says crab "pots," but we realized our labeling error.

Let's take a moment to appreciate the cuteness of the fish-shaped fishing lure board.

Earrings, magnets, and rings.

Hair clips, necklaces, and bracelets.

Pretty and unique!

Ramona makes a guest appearance!

My toad friend!

What a beautiful day.

Not pictured: the epic tan and/or burn lines we all earned.

We sold quite a few items that were previously listed in our Etsy shop, so expect more new online listings soon. I also have plans to list the yarn-wrapped wreaths online, so keep an eye out. Keep it crafty :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Handmade Blue Petal Wreath

The answer to your question is "forever."

It took forever to make this wreath. For starters, Michael's was out of 12-inch wreaths, so I figured I'd pick up a few 14-inch wreaths to add some variety to my collection. My second life error came when I purchased a different brand of yarn, not realizing that it is thinner than the yarn I typically use for wrapping wreaths. Between the thinner yarn and the larger wreath, it took me at least 1 - 2 extra hours just to get the wreath wrapped. The petals were pretty easy to make, but it took a while to get them all glued since I wanted to cover half of the wreath.

Last summer, I made a simple tutorial for making yarn-wrapped wreaths. You can find it here. After my recent wreath-wrapping adventures, I have a few additional tips to add.

Crafting Tip #1: It doesn't have to be perfect.

If you zoom in on any of my photos (please don't,) you can see some hot-glue marks on some of the petals. For whatever reason, felt + hot glue = hot mess. I spent forever on the first few petals I assembled because I was trying to avoid any evidence of glue. I finally realized two things. First of all, my "mistakes" are things that other people would never notice unless I pointed them out (like I am now.) Second, minor inconsistencies are part of what make handmade items special. There's something charming about the fact that my felt petals weren't factory-made, pre-cut, perfect pieces.

Crafting Tip #2: Make a template.

After wrapping the wreath, I immediately made a paper template that I could trace to make my petals the same sizes. It was really easy - I folded a piece of paper in half, drew half a petal along the crease, and cut. This ensures that both sides of the petal are the same shape. I started with a template for the smallest petal and then drew increasingly larger petals using the smaller one as a guide.

Crafting Tip #3: Be prepared to make a mess.

Self-explanatory. My living room is covered in felt scraps and my hands still have ink-stains on them from tracing the petal templates with pen.

I'm incredibly excited to showcase this wreath at our next event, and I'll put it on Etsy afterwards. Check out the link on the right side of the page to see the fantabulous items that are for sale in our Etsy shop, most of which start at only $6.00!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Nautical Beaded Bracelets

It's been fun creating nautical, beachy items to bring to the Art & Seafood Festival at the end of the month. Recently, Daera made these pretty beaded bracelets to showcase at our table.

Sea Foam Green & Silver Fish Charm

Sea Turtle with White, Blue, & Beige Beads

Seahorse with Red & Blue Swirled Beads

Pink Awesome Beads with Green Accent Beads

Friday, July 12, 2013

July Etsy Update: Animal Earrings and more Beach Earrings

We've been listing a lot of items on Etsy lately. Here are two "collections" that are currently up for sale!

Beach-y Earrings: Perfect for summer, or times when you wish it was summer.

Rubber Animal Charm Earrings: Great for kids, people who work with kids, or people who are kids at heart :)

Okay, okay, the dinosaurs sold already...
but I couldn't help putting them up here because they're awesome.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nautical Wreaths

For the first time in a LONG time, I feel like I finally have some time to craft. I'm very excited about our next big event, the Indian River Marina Seafood & Art festival, because we get to spend the day at one of my absolute favorite places. To prepare for the event, I've been experimenting with some nautical-themed wreaths.

I love this one, especially in the sunlight! It looks like fish scales :)

I still need to find an appropriate ribbon for this one because it looks silly hanging off-center from my command hook...

I'm looking forward to making more after I purchase some more wreath forms. We also added a bunch of new items to our Etsy shop - check them out!