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Crafty February

Let me tell you about my plans. My plans to take over the world! Well okay, that’s not a hobby of mine… But I do like to craft, and I’ve decided to let February be the month of crafting for me. Although I didn’t really complete Inktober, it has inspired me to start my own little challenge for myself. The idea came to me when I looked through my crafting materials and thought “I have a lot of sweet shit!”, but I very rarely get to do something with it, and would like to change that.

I’ve got both old and new ideas for crafts, and even have half done stuff lying around, that I just never got to finish. It’s about time I change that, and kick myself in my sorry behind! So the plan with Crafty February is, that I complete these crafts, and do at least one craft every day of the month! And I only want to use materials that I already have, so no more buying new stuff because I think that I need more materials for a specific idea. I’m gonna look through my stuff, and when I find something that fits an idea, I’m gonna realize it.

It doesn’t matter what I craft. It could be a simple bracelet, a keychain, bookmarks, tea cup candles, whatever! As long as I get something done, that’s the important part of it. I’m well aware that it will be hard to find the time on some days, but then I will do my best to craft 2 or more things on other days to keep up.

The plan is to post it on Instagram and Tumblr, but I might not do it every day, and just compile my feats into a weekly photo dump. The same goes for blogging about it here, which I will surely only do once a week, but of course much more elaborate than I would on either of the social media sites.

So yeah, that’s my plan for February! If you want to do something like that yourself, then here are the guidelines (not rules, it’s supposed to be fun, and rules are no fun!).

          Craft 1 thing every day.

          If you skip a day, try to craft 2 things the next day.

          The craft can be anything you like.

          If you don’t make it all through the month, it doesn’t matter.

          Have fun!

Further down the road

Still using a PC that acts like a diva on drugs, I’ll just keep going as good as I can. It felt good getting it out of my system last week though, which opened my eyes to another thing I’ve been pondering; what to blog about. This is a personal blog, where I write about personal stuff, and of course articles about things that interest me, but I thought about turning it more into a hobby blog, where I’d write more about my hobbies instead of personal issues, experiences and chatter. But no! I need to vent now and then, and this is the place where I can do so without annoying anyone. Yeah okay, if you feel annoyed by it, just skip those entries, haha.

Anyway, I’ve been a bit creative the past week, and have broadened my horizon. My boyfriend got me some jewelry wire, probably because I wouldn’t shut up about how I really wanted some, and I’ve been working with it a few times now. Since I live on a small island, beaches are always just around the corner, and collecting seaglass is one of my hobbies. I sometimes find very pretty pieces in perfect condition, and wanted to create jewelry with them. And that’s exactly what I’m doing now! It’s by far not easy, especially with smaller pieces, but I’m having a lot of fun. I really like working with something you can’t buy in stores, so this is right down my alley!

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

I also work more with metals now, in contrast to the many friendship bracelets I’ve made over the past year, which were mainly created using various kinds of thread. Though it requires a lot of patience, I find it incredibly satisfying. I have used only new pieces for my new jewelry sets, which really makes those creations shine. Sure, they are not as unique as what I usually create, but they are still based on my own ideas, and duplicates will not be made!

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Taking a break from wires and beads, I decided to paint some seashells again, which I haven’t done for quite a while. After some rather bad attempts, I succeeded in creating galaxies on shells. This was once again something that required a lot of patience, not only because I had to learn how to paint a galaxy/nebula, but also because the paint had to dry rather often. It took me 2 days to finish them, but I’m happy with the result, and will surely make more at some point. As mentioned above, we have beaches all over, so I can collect the seashells myself.

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Bookmarks are still a work in progress, as I just haven’t gotten around to finishing them. You know that feeling, when there’s something else you just really want to do? Yeah… I’ll get to them though!

On a side note: I made an account on Ko-fi today, because why not? It’s not like I want to beg for money, and I don’t expect anything big from it, but now it’s possible to donate to this blog and my projects. Proceeds will go towards keeping this blog up and running, and new materials for crafting. Should it become a bigger thing than expected, I’d really like to start some frequent contests here, where it would be possible to win some of my stuff that I create for those events only. I already have some things ready for a contest, which I wanted to start last year, but now I’m waiting until the grand opening of my Storenvy instead, as I haven’t had the time nor PC the past months.

Why Ko-fi? Because I’m not good enough to ask for anything on Patreon, don’t want ads on my page (they are ugly, m’kay?), and PayPal buttons are… also ugly. Haha! 😀

Updating Etsy, and how it’s going so far

Whoa, it’s so much work uploading items on Etsy! And it doesn’t make it better, than I decided to upload everything to Instagram right afterwards. I wish Etsy had a template for who made the item, when it was made, and what kind of item it is. I mean, 90% of my listings so far have been of the friendship bracelet type, but I have to click on 4 drop-down options every time I want to choose it. I also wish they had a tag cloud similar to WordPress, where the most used tags appear on top of lesser used tags. Those 2 features would make it sooo much faster for me to upload listings.

But anyway, I took some photos yesterday, which ended up, ehm… rather dark, but still useful. I would not have uploaded the listings, if I didn’t feel like the photos represent my items. I am well aware of the fact, that the photos uploaded on Etsy are the gateway to a sale, and that mine are not exactly the cream of the cake. But what is a girl to do, when she lives in a country where the sun only shines few weeks of the year, and she can’t even go outside to use that light, because of monkey neighbors who’d most probably just steal her items, or throw shit at her? Exactly! Sit inside and hope for the best… But since the trees outside block the light with their leaves, it was rather hard.

I’d like a lightbox, but they cost money, funny enough. But then again, once we’ve moved, I can start with my actual plan, which was to use a stool my boyfriend once made, place it outside, and put my items on it to shoot some nice photos. That way, I could use the natural light, while presenting my items on a natural surface (wood). Or well, that’s the plan. As said, the weather here is not always nice, and I might just have to sit inside again. At least I would be able to sit in front of the window, letting the sun shine in, without having to worry about someone passing by and looking in *shudder*

Up until now, I find it quite fun to have a shop, and although it is hard work, and I can’t do much about the photos right now, I like correcting and polishing everything I’ve done. I’m also looking more and more forward to expanding my types of items. While I enjoy creating friendship bracelets and bottle charm necklaces, I want to do more. As mentioned in my post about opening my shop, I want to create seashell fridge magnets and bookmarks, but also teacup candles and maybe even earrings. I’m also working on ideas on how to make more traditional bracelets and necklaces. Opening was fun, but keeping it up to date is the real deal!

At this point, I’d also like to thank a few people, so please excuse me. First, I’d like to thank my boyfriend, who was quick to share my grand opening on Facebook. Then my mother in law, who reposted it on her wall, for all her friends to see. And of course Nao, who made a Tumblr post about my shop and my works, and shared it there. And last, but certainly not least, Sidachi for the very first purchase and review, and also the custom order I currently work on. You guys are awesome, and I appreciate your help so much!

Of course, my first sale to someone I don’t already know has yet to happen, but maybe it will around Christmas? I’m hopeful, and it can only get better! 🙂