The Importance of Shop Small Saturday

Hi all! I haven't written a blog in a minute and thought I'd share a few thoughts.



As some of you may know, this past Saturday, November 29th, was Shop Small Saturday. I was out participating (maybe a little TOO much!) in Shop Small Saturday out on 39th Street in Kansas City, MO. Shops I visited and purchased from include:
Noir Arts & Oddities - http://www.noirartsandoddities.com (Shirt for my boyfriend, who loves spooky stuff as much as I do!)
Retro Vixen - http://www.retrovixen.com (Purchased a cute Fluff makeup bag with pinup mermaids on it)
White Light Books & Crystals - http://www.whitelightbookstore.com (Various supplies of the incense variety for the home, plus some essential oils for my homemade Febreze)
Prospero's Books - http://www.prosperosbookstore.com (Checked out the many, many books here.)
Donna's Dress Shop - http://www.donnasdressshop.com (Sadly, I've yet to find anything in my size that I'd wear, but there are many, many cute dresses here.)
Aladdin Cafe - http://www.aladdincafekc.com (Ate a lovely late lunch of Shawarma, falafel and hummus, and lentil soup.)
I later bought items online from two local Kansas City businesses:
Scarlett Garnet - http://www.scarlettgarnet.com (They had online sales & I purchased their Saloon Window necklace - I potentially could have purchased one of their beautiful jewelry pieces at Donna's Dress Shop, but, then I saw their online deals.)
Hangups In KC - http://www.hangupsinkc.com (They are friends of mine from the Handmade in Kansas City group, and I have been eyeing their key earrings, as small keys are very hard to find, as well as a flute key necklace, because I used to play the flute!)

I chose 39th Street because my friend Pam just opened Noir Arts & Oddities, plus it's an area I don't always get to visit, and there are plenty of great shops and restaurants within walking distance of each other! (I even have some jewelry items in Noir Arts & Oddities now, so if you ever stop in.. check it out!) It's really a great area of Kansas City to visit on any day, but I thought I would support some of the local shops.

Some of you may not be aware of the the importance of Small Business Saturday in your community. The important thing to remember is that, when you live in a community, you support each other, or at least, you should. Your taxpayer dollars go into your local area, and if you have great shops in your local area, you build each other up rather than dragging each other down. Significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms.

Also, if you happen to love an area shop, in order to keep them in business, it benefits both of you to purchase from that shop. This should be fairly obvious, but some people are too busy to really understand this. Shop diversity also keeps things fun and unique. If we stop shopping at our local retailers, only the big box, name brand stores will be left, and I notice a startling lack of diversity and even boring items in many of these stores. That's why I try to shop in the West Bottoms so much, is because I love what they are doing down there.

Shopping local also reduces environmental impact and provides jobs in your local area. Urban sprawl is reduced by small businesses and many small businesses buy from other small businesses or people, such as area vendors, like myself. Small businesses provide a large number of jobs locally as well.

This article provides more in-depth information on this topic, but overall, I think it's very important to shop local, and Small Business Saturday provides us with a great opportunity to do so. It's also a great reminder of shopping local in the community and helps bring it to light!

Handmade Holiday Boutique - November 22, 2014 at The Myriad House

On November 22, 2014 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, The Myriad House, located at 4448 Bell Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, will be hosting ten handmade vendors, some of which are members of Handmade in Kansas City! We will have clothing, costumes, jewelry, needlework, vintage items, accessories, mixed media, home decor, and natural jams and jellies! Come keep warm and out our goods while sipping some coffee, and pass along the info to your friends. There will be gift bags with all sorts of goodies for the first fifty visitors, and this will be a really unique and fun event!

The Myriad House is a lovely coffee shop with sandwiches, baked goods, Italian soda and gelato, along with attractive vintage furnishings, decor, and antiques, all housed in a beautiful old Victorian house. It's worth a visit on any day and especially on November 22 this year!

Originally wrote this for Handmade in Kansas City and sharing since I wrote it and want people to know about this event!

Things You'll Need For a Craft Show

I haven't seen many blogs about how to get yourself set up as a small business as a crafter, and start going to craft shows, so I am going to write a short blog about the basics, and things you will need. This might seem like a no-brainer to some, but for newbies like myself, I think this will be extremely helpful.

Each state is slightly different, however, since I am a sole propietor, which is compromised of a very small business run just by one person, my work is done through the state of Missouri.
First, to legally sell in Missouri at craft shows or to vend out of another place of business, I needed to register a fictitious name. The name of my store is "Ivory Isis" and I am selling as a sole propietor, so all I had to do was register at https://bsd.sos.mo.gov/loginwelcome.aspx?lobID=1 There is also a FAQ available at http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/fictitious_faq.asp that explains the process, etc. Your fictitious name needs to be unique, which can be kind of a problem - unless you're me, and you happened to once go by a rather unique name online, and you decided to use that name for your business.

Once you have your fictitious name, you need to register for a tax ID so that you may legally collect taxes at craft shows and then remit them to the state later.
You can register online at https://dors.mo.gov/tax/coreg/index.jsp
Complete information on business tax for the state of Missouri can be found at http://dor.mo.gov/faq/business/register.php online.
Once I received my tax ID, I contacted Kansas City's Department of Revenue at revenue@kcmo.org and they sent me back a form that I can fill out and then I pay $25.00 so I can legally sell in Kansas City, Missouri.
Each city that you sell in, you will have to contact their Chamber of Commerce or Department of Revenue to legally obtain a form to fill out so you can sell in their city.
You will also be expected to correctly calculate sales tax for each purchase from your customers, collect it, fill out a form and send it back to them. You can find the sales tax rates for the city that you are selling in on Google. Most craft events will already have the tax forms available for you, but if you need to find them, I've been pretty successful with Google lately.

Other items you will need if you are at an indoor craft show will be fairly simple.

For an outdoor craft fair, you will need at least a 10' by 10' outdoor craft tent. These can be fairly expensive - I purchased one for $90.00 off of eBay, only to find that I don't have anywhere to store it, so I had to return it. I've seen some for upwards of $250.00, and you can find ones that come with side panels, which can help with the wind. The problem is that, if you purchase a tent, you will also need weights, and weights can be expensive. I have seen professional weights for tents online for $50.00 or more for each weight. You can make your own weights out of concrete and PVC tubing from a hardware store, however, this may be too time-consuming or you may not have an area where you can properly put together the concrete. If you can, your best bet may be to find an indoor craft fair. If you purchase an outdoor craft tent, you may also have to come up with some decorations for it to draw people into your tent, and that is more money being spent that's not on your items. You will also need a table that you can sit at, and at least one or two folding chairs.

Tables - You'll need at least one or two tables - I recommend long ones. You may want to get table cloths as well. Some indoor craft shows will supply you with tables, which can help save money and time for set-up.

Banner - You will want to have a banner to identify you and a business card holder. You can get a fairly decently priced one, using your graphics and logo, from Vistaprint.com - alternatively, you could make a banner out of fabric scraps with your name on it in felt lettering. I have seen this done at a lot of craft booths, and it's a cute alternative, although it will take some time to make.

Business cards and business card holder or flyers - You will need a logo for your business, so that you can properly be identified, and business cards. You can make your own business cards, but I recommend hiring a graphic designer. Being a graphic designer myself, you could always hire me. Email is ivoryisis@gmail.com and I do great work! However, you may also try to design a business card yourself. Vistaprint.com is good for printing and they run a lot of specials, so watch out for those. For business card holders, I have seen plenty of nice ones on eBay and Etsy.

Holders and Displays - You will want holders for your items - I use jewelry racks as well as earring racks myself, but you can make holders or use some creativity in this process. I have also made some jewelry holders out of painted cardboard trays from soda (from Costco) and using some tissue paper and scrapbook paper for the background, then adding clear tacks to place the necklaces or bracelets on. This was pretty easy and cheap to make, and it still looks nice, but rather rustic, which is fine for my product. You'll want to pick things that match what you're selling - if you're selling something refined-looking, you'll need something just as refined to match your product. I also picked up a few jewelry mannequins from a seller on Etsy that were fairly inexpensive.

Cash Box and Card Reader - I also purchased a cash box (you can find cheap ones on eBay, no need to spend $50.00 or more retail) and a Square Reader to take purchases from credit cards from my phone. There is more information about the Square Reader at https://squareup.com/reader but basically, you sign up, download an app for your smartphone, and they send you a card reader so that you can swipe transactions. The card reader is free, but you give them 2% per transaction every time the card is swiped, so make sure that the person buying knows that they will be paying sales tax, plus the 2% for using the card reader. You don't want this to hurt your sales, and if you're like me, you've already priced your items at quite reasonable prices, so you'll want to pass that cost on to your customer. There are other card reader apps out there, but Square is my personal favorite because it's simple and it does what I need it to do. If a credit card is declined for any reason, try again, but do not try more than a second time. Explain that they will have to find an ATM if they would like to make a purchase if the card is declined again.
For the cash box, it is recommended that you start out with $200.00 in various denominations of paper cash and coins. If you are doing a smaller show, you may be fine with starting out with around $100.00. A little tip with cash box transactions - a customer may hand you a $10.00 bill, for example, and then say they handed you a $20.00 bill. It can be a good practice to place the bill under the cash box for a moment until the customer has gone and made their transaction and walked away. This keeps you from getting scammed by a customer.
If you decide to take checks, ask to see their driver's license. Write down the driver's license number at the top of the check and verify their name and address. This is what I used to do when I worked retail, and it helps dissuade people who might bounce a check.

Receipt book - You will want to have a receipt book on you, with double sided receipt tape. Keep all of the receipts and mark down all of the sales made so that you can easily put together a write-up of the sales from your event later. You may want to hand out carbon copies of receipts to customers as well.

Gift bags - I have a surplus of small gift bags myself, or you may want to buy small organza bags or other plastic bags for your items. If you have items that may break easily, you will want to have newspaper on hand to wrap them in.
For the most part, this will be what you will need if you want to start doing craft shows. It's quite a bit, but if you can get organized, it won't be nearly as hard as you think.

DIY Reupholstered Office Chair Tutorial

So, I found about three yards of cheap fabric from a local antique shop in the West Bottoms, Rustic Vintage Rose. (Cute little place, by the way.) I have an office chair that I purchased at the Salvation Army thrift store, which I've been wanting to reupholster because it's a rather unexciting shade of blue, and my bedroom/office area is mostly purple and light pinks.

I got the idea to reupholster it from another blog, because it didn't seem like it would be too hard to do. The fabric I chose is reversible, so I did this a bit differently than you might choose to do. Here's a step-by-step guide to reupholstering an office chair the easy way. The blog I was looking at suggested you take apart the office chair, but mine will not come apart, so I came up with my own way to handle the situation. This is going to be a very photo-intensive blog, and I'll try to make it as simple as possible to understand.

Materials needed:
Office chair that has been used (check thrift stores and garage sales, also sometimes businesses have extra chairs that they don't want)
About 2-3 yards of heavy duty upholstery fabric
Staple gun and staples
Optional paint for plastic parts of the chair

I first prepared my fabric. Since this was a type of polyester upholstery fabric, I took a lighter to the edges that were fraying to seal together the fibers. I basically just burnt the very edges of the fabric together so that it would stop fraying, but it's best to be careful doing this, as you may end up with some fibers that burn too long and you have to blow them out. This is an optional step, but I did not want my fabrics fraying while on the chair, causing me to have to reupholster it again.

The chair before I reupholstered it. It is sturdy and comfortable, but not very exciting as for the color.
The fabric I chose, on the chair. This fabric is a light pink and cream on one side, and dark pink and light pink along with light and medium greens on the other side. It was only $6.00 for three yards, so I thought, well, why not. If I wasn't on a budget, I might have chose something more of a lavender and dark purple color.
These are all photos of getting the fabric behind the plastic back of the chair. Your chair may be slightly different, but in my case, I had a big plastic back that I had to pry up with a flat head screwdriver to get behind it and push the fabric in so that it would stay. I made sure that the fabric around the sides of the chair was not bunched up and was very smooth, which can take awhile, but just be patient and careful, and it can be done. I then stapled around the very edges of the fabric with a small staple gun that I bought at a True Value Nuts & Bolts store that's nearby. Any staple gun will do, just make sure you understand how to load it, as mine was a pain to load, and make sure that you are stapling around the very edges in a neat pattern.
Stapling around the edges, and the final result. I reversed this fabric to the cream and pink side. I'm not sure this was the best decision, but at the time it seemed like the right one.
I then turned the chair over, and rested it on my bed since it was the easiest place to work. I made sure the fabric was taut around the edges, so that the seat would not look ruffled, and folded the fabric around the edges, and just stapled as best I could. This was actually surprisingly harder than stapling around the back of the chair. If you wanted to make it neater, I think it might take you some time, but since no one will see the bottom of this chair, I just stapled a bit willy nilly until I felt the fabric was taut and held well.
The finished chair! I stapled a bit of contrasting fabric at the top and bottom of the chair. I may eventually flip the fabric to the green and pink side, but for now, this is how the chair looks. I thought I would try contrasting colors for awhile, but I imagine I'll be bored over the winter, and something strange will happen. ;)

For the last step, you could always paint the portions of the chair that are plastic to match the chair fabric. Many paints do not adhere well to plastic, so you may need to purchase something that does, and that's exactly why I did not bother with this step. My chair has a kind of light grey color that is not very noticeable, so it went well with the portions of the chair that are a light green anyhow.

DIY Painted Nighstand Tutorial

This is a DIY project I took on back in June of 2014. (I'm a little behind on my blogging as I am still doing overtime at my main job.) I had a table that my grandfather made that doubles as a bookcase on the bottom portions. I use it as my nightstand. My bedroom is pretty crowded, so it doubles as vintage jewelry box holder, etc. It's a very cute design, but he made it out of pine, which is a wood that is not a favorite of mine. (I prefer dark woods, like cherry, mahogany, etc.) I decided I would paint it to match my bedroom, and it might be a good project for you as well.

Materials needed:
Wooden table (can use one you already have, or one from a thrift store, garage sale, or antique shop)
Two shades of chalk paint, one dark and one lighter to use as an accent color (I used Chick Paint from Nook & Cranny, and Mother Earth Paint from Studio 1404 in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO)
Plastic bags or garbage bags for your floor
A small paint brush for the accent color, and a larger paint brush for the main color

Here is the before photo:
Overall, a cute piece and well-made, as my grandfather was a very talented woodworker, but not my top choice for color. I visited local Kansas City shops to obtain some paint for this piece. As you may know, I suggest local shops over big box stores whenever possible. Both of these stores are located in the Historic West Bottoms of Kansas City. I chose Studio 1404 to purchase Mother Earth Paints in Wisteria, which is a lilac color, which I used as an accent color, and Nook & Cranny for Chick Paint in Purple Haze, which is a darker mauve purple for the main parts of this piece. I enjoyed using both paints, however, Mother Earth Paint has a better paint quality and applies much smoother than Chick Paint, but I couldn't find a darker purple that I needed in Mother Earth Paints' line. Chick Paint seemed runny and much harder to apply. Mother Earth Paint even smelled good, which is the first time I've ever encountered a paint like that. Of course, everyone has different tastes, so I can only speak for my own opinion. Here are some photos of my progress:
I used Chick Paint's Purple Haze as the main color, and Mother Earth Paints' Wisteria as the accent and edge color on this piece. If you use different colors than I did, I suggest using a darker, more neutral color for the main portion of your table, and a lighter, brighter color for the the accents and edges. You can find a nice table at a thrift store or at a garage sale, or even while antique shopping. I put trash bags down on the floor to make sure there were no messes, and I used a smaller sized brush for my accent color, and a larger regular paintbrush for my main color. I was careful to apply paint to the edges after painting the main color all over the piece, and I did not use any taping, etc. as I am well=trained as an artist and I don't really need taping to help with my edges. If you're new to painting, I would suggest using some blue painter's tape for the edging to make sure that you do not end up with blotchy or runny edges onto the other main areas of paint. Here are the end results in my bedroom:
Overall, I think this provided a nice hint of color that added a lot of fun to my bedroom, and I'm very happy with the results!

Busy busy bee

I've been really busy doing all sorts of things. For awhile, I had to put everything on hiatus, as I was working overtime at work attempting to pay for some car maintenance that cost me roughly $500.00 that I wasn't expecting. I still haven't caught up on that but, hopefully I will soon. I also discovered Banana Bob jewelry. It's made out of old Art Nouveau jewelry molds, and it's very high quality. The company went out of business in the late 1990s, and utilized a lot of Swarovski crystals, hand painted and hand embellished designs, and there were a lot of limited edition pieces. Anyhow, I bought some pieces from various places and I'm working on assembling those at the moment. I'm also finally working on the vintage lace pendants I've been trying to design for some time now, and also some more escutcheon (key hole) jewelry, as well as a commission for a Steampunk owl necklace that I am going to base on an escutcheon.

I'm also now vending at Ugly Glass & Co, which is located on the third floor of Le Fou Flea at 1400 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO, in the West Bottoms. I don't have my best items up yet, but as usual, everything is a work in progress.

At this point, I will be focusing a lot less on bottle cap pendants unless I see an interest in them. So far, I haven't seen any of the bottle cap key pendants really selling, so if they do not, I will just donate them to a local charity. (Probably a local thrift store that takes care of cats that were on death row at other animal shelters in the area.) It's kind of disappointing when you work so hard an idea to see it fail, but I'm finding that there is a lot of trial and error in jewelry design and art, so it is always something you must do from your heart because you love to do it, not necessarily because you want to create a profit.

I'm about to clean this place up (I clean on Sundays, obviously) and then go down to the West Bottoms and check out the jewelry situation. I think I will need to restock very soon. I'm also going to take some photos of the Bottoms, and then work on the lace pendants if I'm not too tired. I really have been working on jewelry all weekend so I wanted to give myself a small break from all that small size work. My hands are hurting from scrubbing very old rusted and tarnished brass escutcheons today, so in order to keep working, it's best if I give them a rest anyhow. (I have carpal tunnel syndrome. It makes things interesting, to say the least.)

Well I hope anyone out there reading this is having a good time, and just for your information, I do take commissions on jewelry. Just email ivoryisis@gmail.com and no doubt you'll get a pretty quick reply. I can work on restoring jewelry or create custom pieces. I think it would be really cool to use old vintage wedding dress lace (from yours or an ancestor's dress) and put that into the pendants I'm creating. :D

Bric-a-Brac



"Bric-a-Brac"
by Dorothy Parker
Little things that no one needs --
Little things to joke about --
Little landscapes, done in beads.
Little morals, woven out,
Little wreaths of gilded grass,
Little brigs of whittled oak
Bottled painfully in glass;
These are made by lonely folk.
Lonely folk have lines of days
Long and faltering and thin;
Therefore -- little wax bouquets,
Prayers cut upon a pin,
Little maps of pinkish lands,
Little charts of curly seas,
Little plats of linen strands,
Little verses, such as these.

Things running around in my head...



Being a very creative person, I often have about 40 different random ideas running around in my head at all times.
To know what that feels like, I want you to imagine being hit with soft bullets at all times throughout your day, rather randomly, at times not feeling anything, but at others inundated with little annoying *pat pat paaaaaaats* all at once. It's a pretty strange feeling.
Right now, I'm still working on a lot of jewelry designs. Once I have a lot of stock, I'll probably go back to doing artwork. This was originally what I had planned to do, until I made some bottle cap pendants for a game at work. This led me to an extraneous endeavor of starting an Etsy shop and selling my jewelry from it. I also made put up a small booth at a local antique shop in the West Bottoms, I just need to find vendor pricing. Also I need to fix my short-attention span and hone my time management skills.
You can imagine that fixing the short attention span (direct result of creative spasm issues) and fixing my time management skills will probably not happen. So I am just going to slightly plod along until I have my inventory brought up further. Which will be slow going, as I keep getting more, and more ideas. I need to put this new Wacom tablet to use though, so I will probably randomly do strange things and then interrupt them with more strange things...
The whole point of this, though, is that I'm still working on adding inventory to the shop. There are a lot of crazy ideas in the works. It should prove to be interesting..
Now I need to clean my house (Sunday ritual) and return a dress to Torrid that is an awesome pinup style black with leopard print trim dress.. that I couldn't return online as they didn't want to take it. (Note on Torrid: I'm not tiny. I don't have a problem with not being tiny. I like having a figure, and I'm a size 12, and I am trying to lose a small amount of weight at the moment. I think it's a fairly typical size for women who are well, not tiny. I am supportive of larger sized ladies. I think everyone can be beautiful. Some people were not meant to be tiny, and I am not from a family of tiny people. I'm okay with that, but if you were wondering.. now you know!) I'm very thankful for nice shopkeepers.
Speaking of nice shopkeepers, I met a very nice lady at Bella Patina in the KC West Bottoms. Her name is Lisa and she has an Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/harpstringscreations. She was so kind to show me how she does her hand stamping, and went over some of the history of her neat Victorian buttons with me. She also gave me some encouragement for starting out on hand stamping, which I probably needed, as I'm a little intimidated by anything that costs me extra money at the moment.. I've spent a tidy handful on starting out on the shop as it is. As it turns out, I've been admiring her jewelry for quite awhile. I have to say it added to some inspiration for me, so I thought I would give a shout out to her. :) I did buy one of her necklaces. It can be seen here: http://instagram.com/p/ngzFoCuZT6/
Okay, so back to that cleaning thing I mentioned..

You know you have a crafting problem when..



1. Most of your evenings are spent crafting, photographing items, or working on some strange project.
2. You have to keep making runs to the hardware store to buy various strange items.
3. Your days off consist of photographing stuff you made, posting it on Etsy and making more crafty stuff. (Basically a second job...) If you ever get to do anything, it's for a few hours and then you're right back to it. Also, you don't really mind...
4. You have so many ideas that all of your projects are currently half finished. :D
5. You get an idea in the middle of the night and have to write it down so that you can remember it in the morning...
More to come later. ;)

Crafty Business: Antique Glass Doorknob Jewelry Hanger



Today I finished jewelry hanger I made out of old antique glass doorknobs.
I'm going to tell you how I made it! It was actually pretty easy.

First, I bought three white glass and one lavender glass doorknob off of eBay. You could always look for different colors, but a warning: they are expensive, and very rare. The purple one I bought here was $20.00 by itself, and most sell for around $40.00 to $50.00. I know that is pretty expensive for a door knob, even a glass one, so your best bet is to search for "glass doorknob lot" and see what you find and make do with it. I really, really wanted a lavender doorknob, so I went ahead and shelled out $20.00 for it, since the rest of my expenses were relatively cheap as I got to use some found materials in this piece. I made sure my doorknobs were all around the same size, but all slightly different. The two most similar ones I arranged for the ends of my piece.

I acquired a cast-off 15" long by 5" wide piece of board from my mom in law, and some old off-white paint from her as well. (Jackpot!) I painted the board with the off-white paint, and let is dry overnight. I then painted the piece with some lavender acrylic paint in some spots, and not in others, and wiped over the lavender paint with burlap to make it streaky and distressed. You could also do the distressed technique of first applying Vaseline to some spots and then painting the board, and after you have painted and let is dry, use some sandpaper to rough up the places where you applied the Vaseline previously. This lends the piece a Shabby Chic look, and you don't even have to apply more paint. After this, I painted the edges with purple paint, and streaked it further with a napkin. I may consider using black paint in a Victorian stencil around the edges, but for now, this is what I have.

After I was done painting everything, I made sure and measured a bit with my ruler to make sure the knobs were spaced evenly and in a row. I then glued down the knobs with E6000 industrial strength adhesive (easily acquired at Michael's, or most other craft stores). I made sure I had a place to sit this overnight (my overcrowded dining room/craft table) and let the knobs dry. The next day, everything was ready and I had a pretty cool and unique jewelry or other junk holder!! You can easily make one as well with my instructions, or if you want I can create a custom order for you from my Etsy site if you aren't the crafty type, but like this idea. :)

Soldered Glass Pendants!



So, I finally finished some soldered glass pendants that my friend Lindsey gave to me! She gave me an entire kit for soldering. Honestly it took me awhile to get used to it, but five hours went by very quickly.

Basically, when soldering you take two pieces of glass, and put your two images between the glass. You then line the edges of the glass with copper tape. You heat up your soldering iron, put on your eye protection and get out your flux, which allows your solder to melt onto your copper tape, and spread it over your copper tape where you want the solder to adhere. The technique is difficult at first, but basically you want to make your solder flow like water down your copper tape. You don't necessarily want to touch the tape, in fact, you want to hover over it. Once you're finished, then you have your glass pendant with silver edges, entirely encased.

You can even add patina to the solder to change colors, like copper or even black.

Here's a picture of some of my finished products:


I'm sure I'll get better as I go along, these are a little rough but I think they work!

I Sell on Etsy!



Just Starting Out

So, I just started my etsy shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivoryisis - about a week or so ago.  I was building on it for about a month before I started posted anything, and thinking about it for about a year before I did anything at all.  I used to sell hemp necklaces, mostly at a local store called It's A Beautiful Day, in downtown Kansas City.  I'd sell my cast-offs and things that didn't sell on the Etsy site, but really people haven't been buying much hemp locally, and I grew bored with it, so I decided I'd come up with some new ideas for the shop.  I'm basically taking a little breather before my head explodes at the moment, because I've been frantically working on the store since inception.

A couple of things I've found out - never, ever put an image in a bottle cap and then glaze over it without some Mod Podge or MicroGlaze over the image, because sometimes the image will run and create a bad looking piece of work.  By bad looking piece of work, I mean you probably won't be able to see this piece of work, and it will look like, well, crap.  Then you'll have to do what I did today, which was take my double boiler that I usually use to make candles (it's a long story, but basically, I've made everything under the sun at one point or another) use the bottom boiler, stick your bottle cap pendants you screwed up on in it, wait until it's very boily, and take the pendants out and scrape out the sealant with a spoon.  Also, burn yourself in the process.  Also, irritate yourself because you could be working on many other things that you really need to be working on.  ;)  At least you now have your usable bottle caps back (waste not, want not) but you've also spent entirely too much time.  You will learn your lesson by doing this, as I guarantee you I have.  ;)

I did at least get several more photos taken today.  I bought a pop-up light box for taking pictures (I love you, eBay) and it has helped immensely with make the photos brighter and easier to edit.  Very cool.

I should probably make some candles for the site, since I have a lot of left over candle wax, I could make soap, because I still have leftover soap (a couple of years ago I started making soap and candles, they did not sell well.. so I still have a bunch of stuff left over, basically).  I think my next project will probably be trying to solder glass pendants, though.  Probably more popular and more fun.  Once I get started on something, I go crazy, so this should be interesting, at least..

Well, I really need to clean the apartment, as it looks like a crazy person lives here ;) so I guess I am going to do that now.  Not as much fun as crafting, but somebody's got to do it, and it sure isn't going to be my boyfriend......

Ta, for now,

Tania