For my 15 minutes of fame (literally, I present for 15 minutes) I created a how-to video tutorial on how to make wooden toys using a scroll saw and also talk about paint and finishing options that are non-toxic and/or natural. It was fun.
They found me through MakeBabyStuff, not woodmouse, although they now know I'm the same crafter and are using my hansel & gretel image in their advertising for the webinar. Wow!
PS - if you are a crafter/Etsy seller/whatever and want to write a "baby stuff" related tutorial for MakeBabyStuff please contact me over there to discuss. You get a bio paragraph and links to your shop/site on the tutorial page.
It is official, I'm cheating on Etsy. Just a fling, nothing serious. Several weeks ago, the talented artists from the iCrave congo over on HyenaCart invited me to be a guest vendor for their guest stocking this Friday. Yay!
I loaded a few special items and they can be previewed right here now, but won't go live to purchase until this Friday.
It was fun learning a new platform but I was completely HyenaCart clueless, having never even browsed it before. I do like the way the scheduled stockings work, everything is loaded in advance and then goes live all at once. It seems like a fair and less stressful way to let customers preview what is coming and then have a chance to buy them at a set date/time. Then once they are gone, they are gone until the next scheduled stocking.
Hmmmmm, my wheels are turning...
(the very empty and neglected Etsy shop will be stocked next week as well, not sure of the day yet)
I designed a whole line of fabrics through Spoonflower and they arrived last week! I was dying to share them but wanted to make something out of them first, since the Gumball Machine fabric I shared is still unused.
Houses, stripes, trees, raindrops and snails - oh my! I had a quilt for my son in mind when designing, so I did the whole line in the same colors. I love the way it all turned out.
The quilt is all bunchy and cuddly, fresh out of the dryer.
You can see the tree fabric on the detail above. The trees are the only thing I don't have extra of, only got small swatches of it. I might have to order some more.
More detail shots:
So. much. fun!
Spoonflower is now out of beta, which means you don't have to sign up and wait to get an invitation. Anyone can use the service now so get your butt over there in time for some special fabric to make holiday gifts out of!
For the first time in my life, I feel like buying an American flag and displaying it in my yard. I looked for a good flag photo, but this balloon one pretty much sums up how I feel about all of this.
I'm not eloquent enough to express how profound this is, so I'll just say I'm inspired and so very hopeful. I cried my eyes out last night watching the reactions and tears of other people on television and feel like this is one of the most exciting historical events of my lifetime.
I'll leave you with the words of my two year old when we were celebrating last night:
Even as a child, I have always loved the dark story of Hansel & Gretel. Who can resist hearing about a delicious candy house found in the middle of the woods? Such imagery! Mainly though, it is because the little girl saves the day in the end by pushing the witch in the oven. Not the boy and not the father.
I've finally finished this special order! I'm so thankful that I was contacted to do this custom since it was the kick in the pants I needed to get me to start making structures. I drew up plans for some structures (houses, barns, etc) about nine months ago and finally I'm making them! They are a "no nails" construction, using just wooden pegs and non-toxic wood glue. More structures to be revealed soon.