I love paper!! I am a paperophile!!! Even in this age of technology with my trusty Macbook at my side I will turn to paper and pen to write down my ideas and thoughts or when I need to plan or program something. I need the physical tactile paper and pen process to help it flow. This paper dependency is part of the motivation (read most) behind the creation of my journals from recycled vintage books.
As part of my exploration of the crafting world I am going to do a series of Things made of..... It begs the question how many different things can 'things' be made from?
| Tiny Stars by Rach of Missisaau. I think they would look great |
scattered amongst candles as a table decoration
|Dress made from a phone book. Check out the rest of these on Flickr jolispaons|
|These lights are fantastic! I want one or two by tesselight|
|I recently had the pleasure of winning this gorgeous |
print by Narelle of ruby victoria. So here I am boasting :)
|The detail in this paper sculpture by Allen and Petty Eckman|
They have a whole series of Native American pieces.
|I'm thinking of these for my daughters 21st...|
they are so beautiful - by prosttothehost
|I found this company for Paper Party goods that are also eco friendly.|
How yummy are these cupcake wrappers by green party goods
I recently rediscovered something that I couldn't resist playing with again - shrink plastic! Remember Shrinky Dinks??? Or for those who couldn't afford Shrinky Dinks the 'old chip packet in the oven' then made into earrings phase.
Whilst browsing around blog land I discovered this cute tutorial by Cathe Holden over at Just something I made on how to make a customised shrink plastic ring.. Instantly, my brain was filled with shrink plastic possibilities. Thanks to the www and online shopping I soon had my own pack of inkjet printable shrink plastic which I immediately had to play with. (patience is not a virtue)
|3 easy steps. Print, Cut and Bake.|
Here are my 1st attempts with shrink plastic. I printed out some pretty lace doilies to make buttons with. A Mr Phrenology Head for a ring and necklace. And the VW Bugs because I am opening a new shop 'red punch buggy' and I thought I could make badges or magnets as thank you gifts.
I'm also investigating opening a new store....what???? The ethic behind re:deem is to use recycled, upcycled, and vintage elements. However, there are so any other things I want to explore that don't quite fit with this ethos. So, filled with enthusiasim and the confidence and knowledge I've picked up in my year on Etsy I've begun dreaming of a new store...somebody slap me....please. :)
On a personal note, I've completed and sent off all my documentation to apply for R.P.L. (recognised prior learning) on my course, fingers crossed it knocks off a big chunk. Knuckling down to study this month has been hard I really did need to take a break between finishing work and starting study.
Our youngest turned 16...yikes. I guess that makes me positively middle aged now that I have 3 adult children and only 1 child. He only wanted XBox related gear but I did some window shopping on Etsy ...as you do, looking for what they have to offer a teenage boy. Here's a few items I found....in case you have a teenage male that isn't XBox obsessed to buy for.
|Need I say more??? from queensspoof|
|From the TheShirtDudes|
This is Samara's story.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself
2. What words would you use to describe your craft style
Honestly, it just kind of happened. One day a friend said to me – you should do a market stall, so I did. Then I encouraged Del at DELiciousDesignz to open an ETSY store and she encouraged me to join the DUST team and to open my own store. I have many supportive and creative friends – I am self taught and found that people like what I create. I love being able to bring a little bit of joy in this crazy world through my creations.
Never ever give up ! Believe in yourself and what you do, don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things, be ready to learn new techniques and be ever evolving in your creative pursuits. Remember that you are unique and that each piece you create has a little piece of you in it – figuratively of course, not literally !
Favourite movie – currently it’s a split between My Lovely Bones, Whip It or Cashback. Of all time – Breakfast at Tiffanys or Donny Darko or Life of Brian
Favourite item in you wardrobe – any of my several pairs of I Love Billy Shoes or boots and anything that I have sourced from ETSY – there are sooooooh many things !
I am so excited to be at this point 1 year down the track.. There are so many kind and generous spirited crafters and customers who have helped get me here I wish I could do an honor roll for you all but I would most certainly forget some....well... perhaps a lot, but that happen now and then :P (to me it does)
This giveaway will only be open for my Etsyversary week (not like my birthday month haha) so closes
The last few months have been huge!!!! There has been no time for facebook, twitter, my etsy shop and definitely no time to BLOG. At the ripe old age of 46 I have decided to quit the day job, leave behind the corporate world and go back to school.
It's taken a great deal of introspection soul searching and long late night chats with my lovely supportive husband. The budget has been worked and reworked turned upside down and reworked again and after some massive belt tightening we decided it was time for me to quit my part time job as a Library technician to concentrate on study and developing the hobby business into something a little more serious.
I've had a few moments of the collie wobbles, tears and wildly euphoric feelings contemplating all the major changes. I intend to keep this blog updated on all the pivotal 'fork in the road' moments. But I have previously procrastinated big time in regards to this blog so here's hoping my new found freedom will turn my intentions into reality.