Four Fabulous Friday Finds 2-18

This weeks Friday finds are quirky and original – my favorite kind!

I think every man should be interchangeable like this (just kidding, honey… calm down!).  These “Make Your Own Man” Interchangeable Cubes are the creation of Sandra Etrovic (http://www.etsy.com/shop/SandraEterovic).  They are made from prints of her own original illustrations and are simply adorable!

  

These Mug Shot greeting cards crack me up!  I just love the look on the cats face.  Kate Funk (http://www.etsy.com/shop/katefunk) is behind these hilarious cards – along with many others featuring her cute kitty, AC.  I know of a few dogs that may need to be processed into central booking!! 

Okay, these are simply adorable.  Check out Mibo (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mibostudio)  downloadable, do-it-yourself art.  The Wild Bunch (pictured here) is a collection of 4 make-them-yourself paper animals.  Fun for kids and adults!!

Okay, so I have a soft-spot for recycled / repurposed art.  This gorgeous scarf by Malam (http://www.etsy.com/shop/malam) is made from recycled vintage mail bags.  Just one word… AWESOME!!

New Ideas for Old T-Shirts

So, I’ve been making recycled t-shirt scarves for a while now, and I just love it.  They are so fun to play with and I love the comments I get when I wear them.  

Recently, I decided to try a few new ideas using salvaged t-shirts as a medium.  I’ve made a few flower brooches using some of the scraps I had left over in making my scarves.  They are quick, simple, and they accent the scarves really well.  Here is an example… 

Coral Pink Recycled T Shirt Scarf with a White Rose Brooch

Also, flower “Bib” Necklaces are pretty new to the market and are really becoming popular.  I had seen a few at a boutique recently and just fell in love with the idea.  But, I wanted to make it my own, so I decided to try and create one using some of the excess scraps.  I have to say I am really impressed with my first run at it. 

My first "Bib" Necklace

 

You can find this for sale in my Etsy shop, just $35.  http://www.creativityismessy.etsy.com 

Also, if you haven’t already, please check out my Facebook page and become a fan!  http://www.facebook.com/creativityismessy.  Almost 100 fans in one week!  

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I Don’t Wanna Grow Up…

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Picasso

My solution:  I refuse to grow up.  (I don’t wanna!  I don’t wanna!  You can’t make me!)

So, I have been pretty bad about blogging (again).  So I thought I would just give a brief overview of the things I have been up to, thinking about, trying not to think about and refusing to acknowledge.

Etsy has been going okay.  I have been selling for 2 months now and have 7 sales.  I keep hearing that it is super slow right now for sellers, so I am hoping that things will pick up even more.  I’m just happy to be selling anything – especially since I am a newbie to Etsy. 

My Spring Open House will more than likely be late in May, but not the weekend of Mother’s day like it normally is (and not Memorial Day weekend).  I have decided to shoot for later in the month to try and be more prepared.  If I still need more time, I am going to have in the first weekend in June… stay tuned for more info!

I have been working diligently on jewelry, but have also been working on scarves, magnets, hair clips and brooches.  I am considering getting rid of the “Heaven and Earth Jewelry” name and just sticking with “Creativity is Messy”.  It seems to fit and it allows more room for growth into other craft areas.  I will be including some of my new “mediums” in this years spring show for people to check out.  I would love your imput!

Outside of the “crafting” arena, life is… well… life.  I keep trying to run away from it, but it won’t let me.  Work is crazy busy.  I took last week off (because I had to use my vacation time before I lost it) and am now even more behind.  Home is crazy as well.  So much going on! 

Sometimes I feel like I have 3 or 4 full time jobs…  and it is times like those that I just want to sit at the dining room table with a hot cup of coco, like I did when I was a kid and color.  But I usually settle for my craft table, a latte and my beads.

Sparrow Nest Necklace Sold!

Exciting news from the Etsy front!  I have officially made my first sale!  Whoo-hoo!

I put my Sparrow Nest Necklace on my Etsy site last night and early this morning I received notification that it sold!  I was way excited about it! 

This weekend I have a few more things to get posted on the site, and a few more pieces I am currently working on.  I have another T-Shirt Scarf in a wine color that I finished last night and a beautiful jasper necklace that I finished up earlier this week.  Although it is just one sale, it has really inspired and motivated me to get some more stuff done and listed as soon as possible. 

Stay tuned!  More great things to come 😉

“You did what with my old t-shirts?”

Another day, another craft….  this one turned out really cool!! 

I saw a book the other day at Michael’s and paroosed through it as I waited in the tremendously long line (my fault for going there on a saturday, less than 2 weeks before Christmas).  The book is called “Generation T” and has some awesome ideas to turn boring old t-shirts into fabulous fashions.  I am going to go back and get it for my daughter who loves to make t-shirt designs, but I have to wait for another 40% off coupon.

Anyway, the book had this idea for a scarf made from an old t-shirt.  Which was super cute, but required a little bit of sewing.  Since I don’t have a sewing machine, I went home and googled “t-shirt scarf”.  I found some of the cutest designs, many of which required no sewing at all. 

Next I found some under t-shirts of my husbands that he has never worn because they were too short (being 6’6″ – it happens much too often).  I chose those because they are super soft and have no seams on the sides.  I took some fabric dye and dyed them a light teal color.  Once they were dyed, washed well and dried, I got out my sharp scissors and started snipping. 

I cut across the shirt just under the armpits.  Then I cut off the bottom seam.  This left me with a “tube”.  I laid the tube down flat and cut 1″ wide strips from side to side leaving me with around 10 strips of fabric that formed a circle.  I cut a strip from what was remaining from the t-shirt that was 1″ wide and about 1′ long.  I gathered my 10 strips and tied them together with the extra piece.

Example I found to inspire....

My Pink Tie-Dye Scarf

  I like to double it around my neck for a fuller look and warmer feel. 

Pink Tie-Dyed Scarf wrapped twice

I plan on trying some of the other designs that I found as well.  I’ll keep you all posted on how they turn out!