Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New World Comic Con

I had a very busy, yet very awesome one-day convention this past weekend, in Oklahoma City.  It was New World Comic Con.
I was constantly busy, there was very little time to relax except near the end of the day. Of course, being this busy means it was quite profitable, as well. I had an amazing time, and  I am really getting into these conventions. I have another 3-day con next weekend. I'm going to have a blast!

Here is a picture of my table setup, with my new display in the back.Yes, I realize the table covering is crooked. I didn't check until after I had everything setup, and it was too late.






Saturday, July 27, 2019

New label maker

I just bought something that I am in love with. I bought me a label maker!
I keep a lot of my ring inventory in small plastics boxes, and these labels are perfect for me to quickly put the size, material, and in some cases the color.

Here is a picture of a few of the first ones I have done.






I have a feeling that there will be many more things labelled before too long. This is so corny, and yet it is so much fun, too!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Convention season

Starting next weekend, I have 3 conventions over the next 4 weekends. I will be busy!
I have been trying to build up some inventory to stock up, not only for the conventions, but for some potential consignment sales coming up. If anything comes of those options, I will certainly post about it, but I don't want to jinx myself just yet.

Here are just some of the items that I have made recently. I also have about 2 dozen more new stretchy bracelets, too.






Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Catch up on inventory

Things have been crazy busy around here, let me tell you. I have done so many craft fairs and conventions this year, and I have so many more. I am loving it, though!
I'm in rebuild mode to restock my inventory.

I made a few turbine necklaces and a bracelet just last night.




I'm also prepping to make a bunch of rainbow bracelets. They are, by far, my most popular.



I was also able to FINALLY use my new display that I had a friend of mine design and make for me.
It allows me to simply fold up the two sides and not have to take off the hooks or necklaces.
Here is a picture of my booth from 2 weeks ago, with the old display on the left side. I use a garment rack and a couple pegboard panels with velcro ties. (And look, there's me!)


The new display is wood. There are 2 sections plus legs. You can see it on the right of the booth picture from last weekend.


This will save me so much time, since I won't have to setup and remove all the hooks and the merch every single time. I can also open it all the way up to have a wall of stuff, instead.
I can't wait to keep using it!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Commissions done!

After the success of my last convention, I had some commissions to make. My ring order came in over the weekend, and I was able to get all of my commissions complete (except for one for a friend, so there is no rush on that one).
Here is a picture of the commissions that I had left to do.




The green and black piece is a neck shield to attach to a paintball mask. The bottom is a purple and yellow dice bag, and the one on the right is a specialized lanyard with attachments for some small tools (I still need to attach the second end to the ring, I just want to make sure of the length when I deliver it).

I have a few dice bags to make, as well as some bracelets to replenish my inventory.
Then, I might get some stitching time in. (I may sneak some in this week, anyway). 


Monday, June 10, 2019

It has already been 10 days!

Time just seems to fly by, anymore. I can't believe it has already been 10 days since my last post!

I just finished that big 3 day con that I have been so excited for, and let me say... it was amazing! I already knew that this was my primary customer base, but I did so well this weekend. My income was about 3x my best day at a craft fair. Since it was local, I had no hotel costs, since I just stayed at home!
I am super happy with how things turned out, if you couldn't tell! I have a couple more multi-day conventions booked later in the year in other parts of the state. Even with hotel costs for those, if I do half as well, I'll still be good.

The artist alley tables were actually along the halls in the convention center, so it was actually a lot of fun to just people watch as see all the cool costumes. I definitely want to keep doing conventions, and who knows? I may start attending some out of state soon, too!

This year so far has been so busy! Before now, I used to attend maybe 4 or 5 craft fairs in a year, at most. This year I have already attended about 7 or 8 events, with 5 more confirmed and a few more pending. 
While at the con, I actually got several commissions, as well! My first was for a chainmail dice bag (for a friend of mine). I actually was able to get that completed by the end of day 2 of the con. It gave me something to work on when things would slow down.
I also made a special bracelet for the girl at the booth next to me. She was wanting special colors that I did have, but just didn't have anything made with. I got that done before the end of the con, too.
I also got 2 other commissions from customers, that I am super happy about. One for a chainmail lanyard, and another for a dice bag.

Overall, I am very excited about attending conventions, now, since my first 2 have been so successful. I will now be making some more chainmail to replenish my stock. I'll get some pictures later!

Eventually, I'll get back to stitching. Hopefully. I have 3 weeks until my next con, so I may dedicate a week in there to just stitching. I can start my new secret project!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thanks!

First, I want to say thanks for the color suggestions. I have several bracelets planned using some of these combinations! I had to take a little break from the chainmail to let my hands rest. I was about to get some tiny blisters on one of my fingers, so I just switched over to make some more cabochon things.

I did pretty well for one day. Granted, I had these cabochons already made, and I just had to put them into the pendant/bracelet/ring. Even so, I got a lot done. I managed to get these done while at work at my day job, too!






I have a bunch cabs more ready to go. I'm going to make up some more items. Next, I get to add the chains to necklaces, then put all of them on cards, too. One more week until my big con, though! Can't wait!

Once this con is over, I am planning on getting back to some stitching. I have some new fabric, and a new chart that I just have to start. I'm going to let this one be a surprise, though. Sure, it will be confusing to make out what it is until I get at least a few pages in, but I don't want to spoil it.
I already have new Qsnaps and a grime guard ready to go, too!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Busy busy!

After last weekend's successful con, I really needed to start working on restocking my inventory. My goal from then to the big convention is to make at least one bracelet per night.
I have been so excited about everything that for the past week I have actually made 3 bracelets per night. This will definitely bolster my bracelet stocks!






This is a point where I am needing help. At this point, my biggest struggle is coming up with color combinations to make. I have black rubber with all manner of colors of aluminum, but I have all sorts of colors of rubber I can expand with, as well.
What are some of your favorite color combinations?


Monday, May 20, 2019

Geek Con success!

At the last minute (because I wasn't aware of it until a week prior), I contact the local library because they were holding Geek Con, a fan convention, for one day. I wanted to see if I could get a vendor table.
Luckily, I could! The table was free, too! The con was this past weekend, and I had a great time. I had lots of sales, too! I am very much looking forward to the much bigger multi-day con I have coming up in 2 weeks. I think it will be a blast!

I recently made a bunch of bracelets to stock up, but then I just sold a bunch at the con. I'm going to be super busy making up for it so I can be well stocked for the con.
So far, I really like conventions. My first experience was a great success!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Facebook page update!

I knew having a Facebook page for my business was a good idea, but I never really did much with it after creating it. I posted something here and there whenever I remembered, but those posts were very few and very far between. There was a period where I even listed a few things, thinking I would try and sell both there and on Etsy.
Lately, however I have been working on actually updating it. I have done more with my page in the last 2 weeks than I did in the few years prior. I removed the old sales listings except for a couple that I will leave for now, and I have been adding the events I will be at. The best things I have come across is scheduling posts!

I have been remiss in posting here on my blog the past couple weeks, mainly because of the work on my chainmail items, but also because I have been working on my Facebook page, as well as researching other cons and fairs to attend. In the space of a couple weeks I went from planning on one con to try it out to having 2 confirmed and putting in applications and requests to at least 3 others.

Things are definitely starting to move forward even more for me. This has already been my busiest year, and it isn't even June yet! I am loving it, too! I want to do more, more, more! Eventually, if I can, I want to be able to leave the day job and do this as my primary job. I'm definitely not there, yet, but if things keep picking up the way they have.... who knows?


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

More bracelets

I have been working on bracelets lately. I need to keep my motivation on these, though. I have a tendency to just relax and do nothing, rather than make things.

I have made a bunch of bracelets, but I don't have a picture of them, yet.
I do have a picture of some of them before they were made.






There you have it, 5 bracelets. 4 of them are in Hogwarts house colors. (Some assembly required).

I'll get a picture of the recently bracelets I have made, and I'll get those posted later this week.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Great fair!

My craft fair this weekend was a great success! I did better at this one than I had ever done before. I am so happy!
My next event is the convention in a month, and I am super excited for that, as well! I have a lot to do to get ready for it, so I will not have as much stitchy time. However, I will post the other things I am making in the mean time.

Below is a picture of some of the bracelets I have already made to restock my inventory.

I have also carded a bunch of necklaces (no pictures).
Plus! my order from 123stitch.com has arrived, so I will be able to start Sleepy Hollow soon! So excited! 


Friday, May 3, 2019

Craft fair this weekend, and more Luminaro

I really like switching to large blocks of one color every once in a while. The progress seems to go so much quicker. I finished up a color on my current page of Luminaro, and you can most definitely see the progress, just with that one color!
The detail you get out of confetti, though, is just amazing. It's just such slow going. 

Here is where I left off last:

And here I am after just one more color finished:


Also, I have another craft fair this weekend, so I don't know if I am going to get to start Sleepy Hollow, yet. Besides, my supplies aren't here just yet, anyway.
This is, thankfully, my last craft fair until the convention in a month. I need a break, I think I scheduled too many this Spring. I don't think I'll do that again.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Still no Sleepy Hollow

I didn't get around to ordering the rest of the stuff I needed for Sleepy Hollow, so I didn't want to start it this past weekend. Instead, I worked on Luminaro some more.

Here is where I was last, when I left off:



Here is where I am now:





To save my sanity, I started working on a color that had more than just a couple stitches here and there. The confetti was getting to me.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Luminaro

I had a craft fair this weekend, so I didn't get a chance to start on Sleepy Hollow. Not to mention, I still don't have all the supplies for it (I am ordering them this week), so I don't have any updates other than just a blank fabric on a qsnap. That's not very interesting.

I haven't stitched much this week. My brother came in from out of town and we went to our cousin's memorial service together. I spent my time this week just being with him. I hadn't seen him in a long time. 

I have managed to get some progress done on Luminaro, though.
Here is where I was with my last update:


Here is where I am now:
Lots of confetti in there.
My husband said to me last night that he can't wait to see this one come together. Because of this, I have decided to make this my focus project (until I get sick of it). He normally doesn't show any interest in my projects, so this is a big thing.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Finishes!

I now have a finish! I really needed this.
I worked on Mario this week to get him done. I didn't much feel like working on anything complicated, and Mario only had the one color left.

Here is where I was last:





Here is my finish!




I also finished my custom order of a Christmas necktie, and a necklace and earring set.




Monday, April 8, 2019

Mario - Day 9.4

This past Saturday, I actually got to work on Mario... on Saturday!
It was a nice rainy day outside, perfect to stay home and stitch. I even had the house to myself, so it was perfect!

Here is where I left off last week:




After working on this for a good chink of Saturday, here is where I left off:



Did you notice it says Day 9.4, now?
Sunday, I got as far as I could get with a custom order until I ran out of rings needed (I have more on the way that should be delivered today). After that, I pulled out Palace Garden for a little bit and put in a few threads worth of progress. (I'll post pictures later).

Then, yesterday evening, I got some horrible news that my cousin had a heart attack and passed away. This was a big shock to me. I always thought he was the healthiest of all the cousins. He was only 46.
This really got to me, and I didn't want to deal with confetti. One color is all that I could handle, so I pulled out Mario again, since it is so simple. I put in a little more to it. I probably have one more full day left on it.
I may just work on this during the week to finish it off, since confetti seems just too much to deal with right now.


Friday, April 5, 2019

I have no pictures

This week has been somewhat busy for me. As such, I haven't really had time to work on anything enough to get pictures of it.

I have managed to finish that necklace I posted about last post. I have even started the necktie, but only to the extent of opening a bunch of rings for it. I suppose I could show a picture of a bunch of open rings, but that isn't very interesting.

I will certainly have pictures on Monday, as Mario is getting close! I also hope to have a good chunk of the tie done by then, as well.
Until then, happy crafting!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Craft fair and Mario day 8.2

I had another craft fair this weekend, this time at a local church. There seemed to be a pretty good turnout, but I barely broke even on sales again. Luckily, I got a custom order for a couple pieces, so that makes it worth it all.

I've gotten a good head start on the order, too. Here is a section of it already done:



I also got a chunk of blue done on Mario. This blue part is taking a lot longer than I expected it to. I just need to keep at it, one chunk at a time.

Here is where I left off last week:





Here is where I am now:




I showed my progress to my husband last night. It finally struck him that this is a Mario scene inside of a silhouette of Mario. He was just a bit oblivious all the other times I showed it to him, I guess.

Friday, March 29, 2019

d20 chainmail pendant

I have seen something similar to these online, and I definitely wanted to learn how to make them.
My first attempt didn't go so well. My rings were too small, so the dice didn't fit inside. I got some bigger ones now, and it came out really well!

Since I'm using a different connector with these, I may be able to get away with the smaller rings, so I'm going to try that one more time, as the smaller size is my main size, so I have a lot of it available.

Here is what my first try looks like.




I have some lanyard-type clasps to hook onto the top to make the dice removable. I can't find where I put them, though, so I just have the lobster clasp for now (and it doesn't even fully close). 

I also have made a bracelet using my hot pink special rings. The color in the picture doesn't quite give it justice.



Monday, March 25, 2019

Saturday project; Mario - Day 7.2

This past weekend, I had another craft fair, so my whole Saturday was taken up with that. Because of this, I decided to work on Mario on Sunday this weekend. I have another craft fair coming up next weekend, and I'll probably do the same thing again.

 All that I have had left to do is the blue sky since last weekend, and I'm getting tired of the color.

Here is where I left off last (after my cheating time):


Here is where I am now:





I got a headache yesterday, so I didn't work on it as much as I wanted to. It looks like this will take me another 2 or 3 weeks.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Lots of Luminaro

After saying goodbye to San Francisco, I ended up picking Luminaro right back up to work on. I just got busy with it, and before I knew it, I had a bunch done!

Here is where I left off when I switched to San Francisco for a day:



Here is where I am, now:  





Yes, I have my glitter bees grime guard on it at this time. The jelly beans needed to be washed.


Also!  A couple days ago I got accepted to have a table at the convention I was wanting to go to. I ended up getting it, after all! I'm so excited! I'm going to switch back to making more chainmail stuff to gear up for it. I'll still do cross stitch occasionally, but won't have as much progress. 

So excited!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Saturday project: Mario - Day 6.2

Another Saturday down, and another Saturday worked on Mario. This has been stitching up so quick! I suspect I have only 2, maybe 3, more Saturdays for this to be completed! This project has been so much fun to work on, that I'll be sad to see it go.

This weekend I was able to finish all the brown in the ground blocks, completing them.

Here is where I was last week:


Here is where I am now:


I realized that I seem to have developed a pattern to my blog posts. I have been posting on Monday and Friday every week. This is because of my Mario posts every week, but I realize that I really like it. I'm going to just keep with that, twice a week, instead of every 4 days.

PS: I cheated a little bit with Mario. I  didn't charge up my tablet, so early Sunday evening, it died. I have been working on Luminaro lately, so this brought me to a halt. I picked the closest project that I had a paper pattern for, and since I had just worked on Mario the day before, it was right there. Hence day 6.2.
I got several rows of blue sky done.
Here is where I left off.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Goodbye San Francisco

When I first picked up cross stitch again big-time, I had only done a few projects, and still didn't know all that much (even after finishing my Monopoly board). Now that I have picked up up and joined a few groups and done the research, I have grown so much with this hobby!

One of my first projects I decided on when I picked it back up was my San Francisco project. Here is what it would look like:

I do still love it! When I put Luminaro aside, I used my spinner app to pick what I worked on next, and it picked this one. I was actually hoping that it would, anyway!


I pulled it out, and immediately was irritated. When I started this project, the only fabric I had ever used was Aida, so that's what I bought for this one. I also bought whatever count I could find for fabric this large (I think it is 14). I started San Francisco, but I didn't even get one page finished.

Now that I have experienced different fabrics and counts, etc, I can't go back to this one. I tried. I added a little more to that first page, but I can't stand the coverage, and the aida is so huge. I didn't get much done on it.
Here is where I ended up.



I have given it some thought, and I have decided not to continue with this.
Whenever I hear of someone giving up on a project, I always feel like I would never do that, and my time getting as far as I had is precious. I couldn't even imagine giving up on one of my "babies". Now that it is me making the choice, though, I feel amazingly at peace with it.
I still love this pattern, don't get me wrong! I may buy some different fabric for it later and start again later. In the mean time, I will probably cut up this large fabric into smaller pieces for other projects. I already have a few in mind.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Saturday Project: Mario - Day 5

I finally finished all the black, so you can see the outline of Mario's foot, fully! I was about to start filling in the brown, but I suddenly got the urge to do some blue. I figured, since there is so much blue on this one, I might as well work on it while the urge is there. I will be tired of it by the end of this project, I'm sure!

Here is where I left off last week:


And here is where I am now:


Friday, March 8, 2019

Some progress on Luminaro

My stitchy bug has been missing a lot lately. Things have been building into a perfect storm over here.
First, I got a not-quite-demotion at work. I was moved to a completely different team, which I am not happy about. Then, on the crafty business side, I just found out in a backhand mention online that the convention I was hoping to have a booth in this year is completely full. I was never officially notified, they just left me hanging for weeks. Seems a little unprofessional to me. Then, on the family side of life, my niece has just turned 18, so she has decided to move in with her boyfriend and transfer schools to where he is.  This is about 2 months before she graduates, which is stressing out the family, as well, hoping that she doesn't just drop out so close.

With all the stress coming from all sides, I have been in a major funk lately, and I haven't wanted to do much of anything. Things could be worse, I know. Just having everything hit all at once is not so great.

I realize that I haven't posted recently on Luminaro.
Here is where Luminaro was with my last update (this was just after my page finish):


Here is where I am now:



I have decided to pick up another project to work on for a while. My momentum and enthusiasm on this one has waned a bit.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Saturday project: Mario - Day 4

I got some more progress done on Mario this past Saturday. As you can see, I got most of the black done for the ground. Just a little bit of it left, then on to fill it in with brown.

I have to say, having designed cross stitch patterns from sprites myself, the design on this one irritates me a lot. There are obvious issues with the design that don't match the actual sprites at all. I decided to go ahead and stitch it according to the pattern, but every time I come across an area that doesn't match up, I twitch.
The main errors are with the ? blocks, Mario, the goomba, and there is a stripe of ground blocks in the leg that don't match up (they are one stitch too short).  I keep fighting the urge to correct the pattern!

Here is where I left off last week:





And here is where I am after four Saturdays of progress:


Friday, March 1, 2019

New bracelet - kinged vipera berus

I have made a new chainmail bracelet! This particular weave is called kinged vipera berus. I had tried this weave once before, but it ended up so tight, that I made it into a keychain. The rings I was using were just a  tad too small.

I did, however, discover the perfect size ring for this weave. I was planning ordering some of this size with my next ring order, as it isn't one that I normally have readily available, but I found that I did have enough silver rings in this size to make the bracelet. I immediately went to work!

Here is the finished product (click on the picture to get a closer view):


Monday, February 25, 2019

Craft fair results and Mario - Day 3

Saturday I had a craft fair all day. It was put on by a booster club for a local junior high cheerleader team. It was a pretty small craft fair. There were only about 25 booths available. The weather wasn't bad outside (this was an indoor fair),  just a bit windy, but there was practically nobody that showed up to shop. To be honest, I believe that all my sales were to other vendors.
At least I broke even, even if I didn't make any money.

I took Mario with me to have to work on in slower times. I only worked on him a short bit, though. I wanted to give my booth my full attention. Because of this, I decided to work on Mario on Sunday this weekend, instead.

I only did blue this weekend, but you can see his foot on the right, at least! I love seeing this one come together. It has been a blast!

This is where I left off last week:



Here is where I am now: