Saturday, April 30, 2011

Back In Stock

We've got some Mario Mustaches back in the Shop!

You know you wanna!

Also, for my blog followers only!
A special discount code!
Enter MAYFLOWERS upon checkout on Etsy and receive 30% off your order! That's right! My biggest discount ever! And it's only for the month of May so check it out!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Habitat for Insanity- Part 3

Okay so first of all I just realized I have a MAJOR TYPO IN THE TITLE OF THESE POSTS. My previous two entries were called Habitat for **Insansity**
I apologize and hope nobody judged me too harshly! My brain dies every now and then. Of all the words to misspell, insanity is probably the most appropriate one. 

Anyways, running a craft based business out of your home can be extremely difficult to keep under control. You can't exactly have all of your inventory out in the open without compromising your life and sanity, but if you have all of your inventory packed away in boxes you can..well...sort of forget what you have or where stuff is. 

The small craft corner in our apartment is essentially my home office. I would just DIE for the luxury of having a full blown craft room, but we are low on the financial scale and have a very tiny apartment. I have to make do with a small bookshelf and try and keep things from spilling over into the living room. This usually means I can't have anything out in the open. All of my inventory is packed into plastic baggies and kept in containers as organized as possible.

I went to put together a few orders from my Etsy shop the other day and realized I couldn't find one of the necklaces I had sold. What proceded was a giant panic attack and general self loathing. I then ripped apart everything in my apartment and found the necklace (THANK YOU POWERS THAT BE).
My apartment was looking too hot after that... 

I decided that I needed to totally revamp my craft corner as to keep this kind of problem from ever happening again. It makes me feel incompetent as a DIY business owner and it's just not a good feeling. Crafters are basically soft core hoarders. You find yourself with the most ridiculous things that you would never otherwise have. Maybe I can use this for something one day? I can use this eventually right? Maybe a mixed media piece? For example, I am not a beader. I can't remember the last time I made ANYTHING with beads, but...I have a GIANT collection of beads. WHYYYY??

One thing I've learned is that there seems to be no one right system for how jewelry sellers organize their materials and inventory. You just gotta do what works for you and your living space. After I spent several hours going through everything I have I decided to do a leaning cleaning up of my Etsy shop. If you check out the sale section there are now 18 items at discounted prices to help me clear out my crazy crafty inventory. 

I hope you guys take a look at my newly discount items and check out this awesome craft spaces while I control my envy...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spooning Leads to Forking

I've been waiting to post these because they were a belated birthday gift for a friend and I didn't want to spoil the surprise, but she has them now so I can share them! I'm quite happy with the way they came out even if they're rather simple.

She encouraged me to share other non jewelry items in my Etsy shop so I may do just that! What do you think of these?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Movie Monday

Last week's Movie Monday was.....

The Hangover

Our winner chose the last Yellow Bicycle Necklace as her prize! Here's this week's list of clues from these awesome Etsy sellers! Guess what movie title they correlate to and leave your contact info with your guess in a comment!

etsy seller: gotmojo

etsy seller: yokohiyoko

etsy seller: slippedstitchstudio

etsy seller: asquaredjewelry

etsy seller: jukyandbeatrix

etsy seller: exlibrishandmade

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Vegan Easter

I hope that anyone who celebrates is having a fabulous Easter! While I'm not very religious, I can't help but maintain certain holidays and traditions. However, holidays like Easter or Thanksgiving are hard for Vegans when you have traditions that are rooted in non vegan foods. So, this year I made a fun egg decorating alternative! Behold: plaster eggs:
They can be painted, decorated, and hidden around the house just like any ol' egg and are super easy to make! These were made with just a bag of plaster and egg shaped molds.

You could do something like this with a kit or just with the basics from a craft store. There's no reason why Vegans can't have fun traditions too! There are several varieties of Non-Egg Eggs that are fun to make at home. Click here to see some paper mache eggs that require a little more effort, but are so much fun to open!

Also, wondering what the heck to do with any plastic eggs you've got laying around after your sugar high has subsided? Check out these awesome links!

Oh and just because...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eyegasm- Peter Pan Party Time

I took a two hour nap today which totally threw off my sleep schedule so now I am browsing the internet in the wee hours of the morning while Ari snores peacefully in the bedroom. Lucky him. However, in my zombie like state I stumbled across the BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER!

This little chica's awesome Peter Pan Party!

Peter Pan is one of my favorite books (despite how incredibly creepy of a man J.M. Barrie was) and I really want to have a Peter Pan themed party after seeing these sweet photos. A children's themed party would be appropriate for a 22 year old's party? No? Gah, this little cutie has the most amazing crafty mom ever!

Guests of this party also received the sweetest goody bag ever...TREASURE CHESTS!

You can check out the full details of this party here at Swoon Studio

I am off to try and maybe get a bit of sleep..or...maybe to lurk craft blogs some more........

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Edible Crafts- Going Raw

I've owned RAWvolution since...oohhh...I dunno, sometime in high school?? Until tonight I have never made a single recipe from it. I mean sure I've had Raw foods, but not intentionally. You know, making a salad on our "healthy" nights and such. Raw foods are any foods made from natural produce, nuts, grains, etc. Nothing is cooked more than 105 degrees Fahrenheit in order to preserve the the natural nutrients in foods. Eating a raw diet is great for your body, but is nearly impossible to maintain unless you cook every meal for yourself. It's amazing how many things are processed even among health foods. 

The thing about trying new foods is that they can often require ingredients that mean a whole restock of your pantry. Not wanting to deal with that cost right away,  started small with one of the recipes with simple (i.e. familiar) ingredients.

Cauliflower Couscous 
Cauliflower, mint, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, olives, olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Literally all you do is it give it all a good chopping and then mix it together. No, really, that's it. The great thing about eating Raw is that with no cooking means most recipes you just mix together.

I put the Cauliflower Couscous on some Falafel I made. Okay so MAYBE putting a raw food on a fried food defeats the purpose, but steps. 

Pretty delicious.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Movie Monday

Last week's Movie Monday answer was...
Up In The Air

We had no winner last weeks so best of luck on this week's clues. Use these awesome Etsy items to figure out this week's Movie Monday. The winner wins your item of choice from my Etsy shop! Don't forget to leave contact info. 

etsy seller: darkcycleclothing

etsy seller: SilverAgave

etsy seller: beanforest

etsy seller: theblackapple

etsy seller: SubwayCufflinks

etsy seller: ThinkGeekShirts

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Crafts As Of Late

I've just returned home from a bout with BDD and as always it was beyond incredible. I didn't throw up in the middle of the track which is always as good sign and I felt pumped enough to share with you my latest crafty endeavor of the Officials Snack Platter!