Monday, December 27, 2010
my etsy site! Thanks to the blizzard I had some extra time to do a little bit of work. I've been selling quite a few of my hats locally, so this is my first time selling the hats online. I hope people like them.
As for the jewelry, we have much to celebrate because thanks to two of my wonderful friends out in Cali, I made my first etsy sales a few days ago. It has been amazing to see it all work. They choose which pieces they want, click, click, click, I get paid, I send it out, it's all good. Although, I must admit that since the blizzard snowed me in, their packages will be sent early tomorrow morning instead of today. I think they'll understand.
It actually worked out great because it gave me a chance to include our hilarious holiday cards (see above photo). It is not even 9:00 pm yet, so I think I'll be headed to the local packy and buying a bottle of wine to celebrate my etsy sales and hat postings. Thinking of you and Happy Holidays!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Below are a few of the pieces I have made from antique buttons. I'm still perfecting the wire work on the bracelets and rings, but the earrings will be up on my etsy site (safistitches.etsy.com) this weekend.
|Bracelet made from Antique brass buttons made extra special because they are pictorial. Buttons with children on them are rare and are often collected. Late 1800's -early 1900's.|
|Earrings made from antique Czech twinkle buttons with filigree. Ornate, beautiful and unusual because they are painted. You won't find earrings like these anywhere.|
|Antique Czech brass buttons. Detailed, shiny and unique.|
|Large brass button ring, pictorial with cherries. 1880's - early 1900's.|
|Not antique, but very fun. Just an experiment for me. Made to fit my daughter's tiny fingers.|
|I love this vintage 1950's button ring. Medium sized bling for a special night out.|
|Showy and lovely cocktail ring, 1950's rhinestone, just like a movie star.|
|Antique moose cuff links, anyone?|
|Hand-crocheted wire wrist corsage with mother of pearl center. It will have a light, magnetic clasp for easy wear.|
Sunday, December 5, 2010
|Only half of the pins I will be selling. All made from eco-friendly wool. Pink and yellow are hand-dyed by me! Carrots, tumeric and beets.|
|Earrings made from gold plated Czech buttons. Incredible design and detail.|
|Funky art deco earrings. Very cute, very unique.|
|Wire crocheted flower around 1950's paste button.|
|Bracelet made from Antique Victorian blue tint and red luster metallic buttons. One of my favorite pieces.|
|Rings made from vintage buttons. 1920's-1950's.|
|Crocheted brimmed cap. I will be taking custom orders at the show.|
Monday, November 29, 2010
What have I been up to? Well, to bring you all up to speed, I started crocheting wool brimmed caps. Very cute with flowers on them. The flowers have a button in the center. They are also very cute. All the wool is eco-friendly and untreated, meaning the yarn is not bleached or dyed. The colors are just sheep colors, some white, grey, brown, very earthy. That is when I decided to try my hand at veggie dying. I spent a few nights experimenting with veggie dyes and came up with an amazing yellow from turmeric and carrots and a sweet pink made from beets. I feel extra hippie when I'm in the kitchen dying wool. At times I feel compelled to wear wool socks with Birkenstocks and a gypsy skirt (Oh Peace Corps, how I miss thee), but then I remember that that look is just not sassy or sexy and decided to against the wardrobe change. Jeans and a t-shirt are just fine for my 21st century self. Where was I? Oh yes, after several nights boiling wet sheep, I purchased a huge bag of vintage/antique buttons from a consignment shop. I would need some cute buttons to dress up these simple and earthy flowers. I made a few flowers with some of the buttons, but one afternoon my friend came over and we started checking out each button. We ended up spending several hours examining and sorting them. And that is how I became an amateur buttonologist. I was flooded with questions. How old were these buttons? What were they made from? What kind of clothing were they a part of? Who owned these buttons? Whose fingerprints were on them? And lastly, how much were they worth? I spent hours online researching. Most of them are pretty old, late 1800's. Some of the glittery ones were almost too fancy to put on a simple wool flower pin. That's when I decided to turn some of them into jewelry. I went to Joann Fabric and invested money in some jewelery-making tools and supplies. After a few hours of fiddling I came up with my first piece, a wire bracelet made from 19th century blued tin metal buttons. So far, I've made that bracelet and a few wire rings. I have no doubt that people will buy them, but soon realized that I had no idea of their real worth. So I've decided to call in the Big Guns. I contacted a member of the Connecticut State Button Society and will be meeting with her on Saturday to get a better idea of how to price my pieces and Well, dear readers, I am proud to announce that I will soon be a member of the Connecticut State Button Society. For a mere $8 you, too can become a member! Oh watch me blossom!
As for my other projects...I've sold two hats and have two more on order. I love the hats, but I just feel kind of strange selling them online. What if the hat doesn't fit well? Does the customer return it? I envision returned hat piling up on my doorstep. That would be so sad. Ugh. I will have a few hats available at the Indie Craft Extravaganza, but will be focusing on selling my flower pins and upcycled button jewelery. So far I've sold five pins, but have many more people interested. I've been told they make great gifts. Who knew? I've been very busy making sure I have enough pins for the show on Sunday. I hope to sell a lot of pins and jewelery that day, but will be very excited about posting my pieces on my etsy website for the first time! So all of you who can't make the Indie Craft Extravaganza, make sure to check out my etsy site the following week. There should be some goodies up by Tuesday.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
|Step 1. Boil wet sheep. Stink up house.|
|Step 2. Cut up carrots.|
|Step 3a. Boil carrots then add yarn.|
|Step 3b. Do the same with beets.|
|Presto! What do you think?|
|Hand-dyed crocheted flowers with vintage button centers to boot! Will be posted to on my Etsy site next week. Hope you like them.|
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
As for my day job...I'm still there. Had an OK day teaching, but my heart is no longer there. It just plain sucks. I plan on talking to my boss tomorrow and giving him a deadline. As far as I know they have no one in line after me. I don't want to leave the students high and dry, but dang, I can't stay there forever. I've never quit a job before, but this whole two weeks notice thing seems like an awful long time to stay at a job you'd rather be leaving. I am still totally dreading the day I have to tell my students, but hopefully by then (the end of this week), I'll have many of my products made and my website up. That way I can tell them that I am leaving because "I want to start my own business". Otherwise, I'd have to tell them another version of the truth "this job and all its planning is just exhausting and I'm choosing my family over you!"
As for the new business, all is going well. Along with lesson planning at night, I've become quite energized by completing my "to do for the business" list. I'm still staying up much later than I should, but it's so worth it. I am crocheting up a storm, I just got my own PO box, set up my own business-related email account, and I will be ordering my own business cards in the next few days. Photos coming soon.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Other than that, all is good. I ordered more white yarn for future crocheted-naturally-dyed flowers and am working on a new hat design tonight. It feels so good to be creative again. Aaaaaaah.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I can't help,but think about the office gossip about me, too. I should really stop it. I know why I can't stay and that's all that should matter. My mantra for tomorrow: "This is the right decision. This is the right decision." Say it with me.
Tomorrow I will go to work and put in my all, knowing that my decision to take a new path has been made. For now I will enjoy this new day of this new path. I shall call it Tuesday.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Tomorrow I’m quitting my job. Today I’m starting a blog. And that’s my life right now. I have lived many lives before this one (not even touching upon reincarnation). You’ll get to know more about those lives later. What you need to know right now is that after devoting many years to being a kick-ass teacher, I realized that I’m getting out and taking a leap into the unknown. Unfortunately, the only way to “get out” is by quitting my job tomorrow. Ugh. I feel sick to my stomach right now, but the thought of not having to go back there elates me.
I’ve been working there for seven weeks now and every week I’ve wanted to quit at least two times. I’ve never had a job like this. The strange thing is, is that five years ago this would have been my dream job. Teaching ESL to immigrants at a non-profit! Dream job! Even now, when I tell people what I do, everyone says, “how wonderful!” and “that must be great.” I smile, but in my head I’m thinking, “yuck." It was Friday night that I had the revelation, “It’s not the job. It’s me.” Jeez, do I sound like an old high school boyfriend or what? It’s true though. I’m not the same person I was five years ago. I have kids now, a house, a wonderful hubby (although he was there five years ago, too) and a puppy. I took the job because the hours were great (9-12 every morning). “Perfect,” I thought. But this is no regular job, it’s teaching, after all. After dropping the kiddos off at school, I start the day off by making copies, then I teach from 9:30 to 12:00. After class I stay and clean up the class, talk with students, do new student intakes, and try, try, try to plan for the next day. I leave, pick up the kids....blah, blah, blah. My day is “over” by 9pm and it is then that I begin my lesson planning for the next day. I am no skimper. When I do things, I put in my all. So lesson planning and “remanaging” this class has been (is) taking a long time. During these past seven weeks I have gone to bed before 11pm a total of two times. Otherwise, I’m in bed by 12:30am every night. I did not sign up for this. I feel too old (I’m not old by any means) for this.
And that is why I’m quitting tomorrow. I just want tomorrow to be over so I can begin my renewal.