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Spring Has Sprung!

Well the winter is finally past us. I’m so relieved. I was going crazy between the cold and being cooped up. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time outside. We got a grill and a patio set and it’s so nice to sit outside with a drink and a book or eat dinner out on the veranda. We planted a garden too. Spiteful Mother Nature rained this afternoon after I had finished planting and watering it! 

Despite my absence on the internet, I’ve been quite busy creating new stuff. I participated in a fundraiser last month but it didn’t go so well. I made $20 all day. I think part of the problem was people had to pay to get into the event, and I know, I don’t have kids, so why would I have paid to get into an event supporting child care services. Had I been doing the event planning, I would’ve charged people to participate in the games and activities and then kept the vendors separate that people could walk through and shop. 

I made some sandwich board signs for the event and I’ll use them this coming fall in the Second Annual Scottsville Fall Artisans Festival. I’m quite pleased with how well I did, since I’ve never built signs before. They’re HUGE. Four feet tall and two feet wide. Incredibly hard to miss but I kind of wish, given how difficult they are to transport, that I had made them smaller. Oh well, you live and you learn. 

This past weekend was Memorial Day Weekend. Opening day. We all worked so hard to prepare the pools and I’ve been working nearly non-stop the last month straight.

There’s so much going on right now. I’m working on jewelry but not much else. 

My etsy shop is picking up. I’ve made several sales through etsy. Not as many as I would like but we all have to start somewhere! Hopefully one day it’ll be a viable source of income! 

I got to go to the International Gem and Mineral Show! It came to DC a few weeks ago! So much pretty sparkly jewelry! So much beautiful beads and materials! I was good, I set a budget, took cash, and once it was gone, I was done. It was such a challenge but I’m so proud of myself for sticking to my budget! I could’ve easily spent twice as much as I did!

I haven’t been on here in so long, I was surprised to see I’ve got almost 400 page views. I guess I had to leave this alone for it to flourish but I’m glad my blog seems to be doing well and hopefully I’ll be back on it on a regular basis once the summer prep and pool opening craziness settles down. 


I Coulda Had a V8!

*face palm*

not really, I think V8 drinks are gross but my flash of inspiration was quite similar.

I’ve spent months collecting brooches for my wedding bouquet and it occurred to me when I was looking through the portfolios of several people I’ve consulted to make the bouquets for me, they use silk flowers (ick!), as well as buttons and brooches and hat pins and what not.

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I wouldn’t mind if they weren’t so blatantly obviously fake

I hate silk flowers, with a passion. They look fake, they feel fake, they’re not terribly attractive or durable. Don’t get me wrong, I like making flowers from silk organza ribbon but that’s totally different. I’m talking those ugly monstrosities you find in the flower arrangement aisle at Michaels. Yikes! 

So then I was faced with solving a problem I’m sure isn’t so unique to my severely limited budget. The most obvious solution seems to be using a mix of brooches and real flowers. Or using brooches exclusively. 

My original plan was to use brooches exclusively but I really liked what some of these artisans have been doing mixing flowers and buttons and brooches.

Then it dawned on me. 

I make jewelry. I am an artist. I handle beads on a regular basis. I design on a regular basis. I’m crafty and more artisanal than fine artist. Then the lightbulb went off! 

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Ding!

I do make jewelry. . . I do handle beads on a regular basis. . . SOB! I’ll MAKE some flowers to add to the bouquet! I’ve gotten instructions around here somewhere for French Beaded Flowers (also called funeral flowers). It’ll keep with my desire to not use real flowers (yay, budget pfffffftttttt), incorporate my crafting and beading passions, and the flowers won’t wilt so I’ll still have a bouquet to pass on as a family heirloom. Genius! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it moooooooooonths ago! 

I’ve ordered my seed beads in my wedding colours. I’ve downloaded several patterns for different flowers. I’ve read a bunch of tutorials. Watched a bunch of tutorials. I’m ready. I got this. It’s gonna be awesome. I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my more brilliant DIY project. And relatively cheap to produce.

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not my colours but this is what I’m going for

I bought my bags of seed beads from artbeads.com. Each bag has 3500 beads and retails around $2-4/each. It’s probably going to be fairly time consuming, at least until I get the hang of it but materials wise, each flower will probably cost about $2 to produce but I’ve got over a year and I only want maybe a dozen total, so I figure 1 flower/month, maybe more, depending on my motivation, is fairly realistic and cost effective. Plus they’re small so it’s something I can do sitting on the couch watching tv or sitting on my break at work. 

I’m pretty excited. I really can’t wait. I’ve been wanting to make these flowers for ages but it never felt like the right time. Now I have a reason, more than just my own innate curiosity and I’m excited to surprise and wow people on my wedding day 🙂

 


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