Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wish List

So, Christmas and my birthday are less than three weeks apart so, this time of year I usually start putting together a little list for my mom mostly. She always says I'm so hard to shop for. I think that I'm easy but then again, I know what I like! haha. Anyways, my list this year is as follows:

A ticket to Stagecoach

A recent desire to take a trip to Nashville got me really into country music. It's pretty much all I listen to now. The switch was a bit sudden and shocking but I definitely have a new respect for country music and would LOVE to go to Stagecoach. PLUS, my family has an amazing vacation home on a man made lake in Indio, just minutes from where the festival takes place, so it would be PERFECT :)

A dress form

I've wanted a dress form pretty much my ENTIRE life. I ask for one EVERY year, when I gave my mom my list she even said "oh, there's the dress form again" haha.

A pink kitchenaid mixer

I'm famous for my mashed potatoes but since moving out I don't have a mixer of my own. And if I'm going to get one, I want to go big! I've been eyeing this mixer for like two years.

A gold Michael Kors watch

I already have the silver one but I pretty much only wear gold jewelry (I'm OBSESSED with my gold bangles). I'm pretty sure if I got this watch I would never take it off. I LOVE it.

LOST the complete series

Granted, I have seasons 1-5 already on DVD that I always bought the DAY that they came out, but I made a deal with my mom, if she gets me the complete series I'll give her all of my seasons. Sounds like a fair trade to meeeeee :)

A fish eye lens for my Canon rebel

I LOVE the way photos come out with a fish eye lens. This was on my list last year too, we'll see if second time is a charm :)

A cute license plate frame

I recently got a new car that I LOVE and personalized license plates, I would love to doll it up with some cute plate frames :)

A new digital camera

I have had the worst luck with cameras lately and yet again, I'm in the market for a new digital camera. I don't even want anything real fancy or expensive, just something that takes better photos than my phone and is easy to use.

Pretty much everything on etsy
I'm OBSESSED with this print and pretty much everything like it.



Yudu Personal Screen Printer

It would be AWESOME to be able to not only sew, but screen print my designs. The possibilities would be endless.

Seville Tufted HB Parchment headboard

I love the regal feeling of a heaboard. I've wanted one for awhile and finally found one that I like at a reasonable price! :)

DVS slippers

I know these are for boys but I don't care! I LOVE them! My feet are ALWAYS cold but I don't really like traditional slippers. Usually they have really flimsy soles and don't last long. The DVS slippers are more like shoes, so I can wear them outside (which comes in handy since my "studio" is in my garage).

And from my Amazon.com wish list, a bunch of new books :)
Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy by Alicia Paulson

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soul

Appliqué Your Way by Kayte Terry

Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist by Meg McElwee

Bend the Rules with Fabric: Fun Sewing Projects with Stencils, Stamps, Dye, Photo Transfers, Silk Screening, and More by Amy Karol

Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, and Yourself! by Betty Oppenheimer

One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! by Rebecca Yaker

Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew by Amy Karol



And that concludes my list (thus far, tee hee ;) )

Craft Fair Recap!

Goodness!
I don't know WHY it's so hard for me to keep up with this blog. Maybe if I had more followers, I'd be more inclined to keep up with it (note to self). Anyways, since I last wrote I was in my first craft fair!

My friend and old classmate Heather Kent put it on at her church to help fund their youths mission trips. It went VERY well. Everyone responded very well to my product and my set up. I was so pleased.

Here are some photos (sorry for the quality, they were taken with my phone)


My booth (I made a "Not So Cli-Shéa" banner to hang on the table. I used a pink suitcase to display the girls collection, a blue suitcase to display the boys collection and a little doll closet in the middle to display the gender neutral items. People LOVED it.)


The boys collection in its blue suitcase


The girls collection in its pink suitcase


Gender neutral items



I'm SO thankful to have such great friends that not only came and supported me, but also my friend Stefana came early and helped me during my busiest time and my roommate Danica was there the ENTIRE day from 9am-4pm keeping me company at my booth. I don't know what I'd do without them.

The craft fair was SO much fun and not only did I sell a LOT, I also met a lot of really great people who I hope to do craft fairs again with soon.


Speaking of craft fairs, I spent the afternoon at Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival. My roommate and I went to the last one so I knew that I had to check it out again. That sort of thing is SO up my ally. Hopefully one day I'll be featured at Patchwork. There is another one next Sunday in Santa Ana, if you're interested. I would definitely recommend it, although I spent way more money than I should have. haha.

Here is a flyer if you're interested:


I've made so much new stuff lately and have even gotten my roommate to help out! I'm looking forward to sharing some of the new stuff real soon :)



Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Ten Commandments of Crafting

While wandering around Etsy today I came across this page in which TeenAngster got a chance to interview Amy Sedaris, author of Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this book but, until then, I leave you with an except from the book that TeenAngster provided that I LOVED.

The Ten Commandments of Crafting

I. Remember the crafting day, to keep it hobby.

II. Thou shalt not attempt crafting beyond thy intellectual capacity — a nitwit can't knit.

III. Thou shalt not craft graven images of thy neighbor's wife.

IV. Thou shalt remember to replace the glue cap so the top of the bottle doesn't dry out and then thou hast to get a pin to poke a hole but the glue never really flows as well as it did before.

V. Thou shalt not fill envelopes with glitter and confetti and send them in the mail.

VI. Thou shalt remember that popsicle stick crafts only have the illusion of being structurally sound.

VII. Thou shalt not force a mollusk out of its shell by boiling it alive but rather coax it out with a fork when making a shell necklace.

VII. This craft book, which towers above all other craft books, is a jealous craft book. Thou shalt have no other craft books before it.

IX. Remember to honor thy crafting and pastimes for they are a great way to get your mind off all the damage thy parents did.

X. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's crafts, even though those crafts look like they are supposed to, and thouist crafts resemble a random pile of yarn.

Amy Sedaris is VERY funny and, like I mentioned, I look forward to getting a copy of her book but, until then, I've been keeping busy getting ready for the craft fair that I am going to be a part of this Saturday. If you're free please feel free to stop by :)



Time: Saturday, November 6th 9am-4pm
Location: Faith Presbyterian Church
500 E. San Antonio Ave
Long Beach, CA

It's a GREAT way to support local artists by buying handmade items and would even be a great way to get some holiday shopping done early!

Hope to see you all there!
Feel free to e-mail me with any questions!
notsoclishea@gmail.com