Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crochet... awesome.  

If you like yarn crafts, that is.  

Honestly, there isn't a craft that I've hated.  Yet.  

I'm sure there will be one soon though.  

Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about Christmastime and what to do about gifts this year, as I mentioned before here..

But I forgot to show you guys what exactly I've been trying out!  Gah! 

As with most things, there is a beginning to all this.  

My BFF, Heather, and I were heading home from the Baltimore Book Festival.  She was driving and I packed some yarn with me in case I felt the urge to pass the time (between my DJ-ing and rapping at the top of our lungs - it was amazing).  

I followed a tutorial on Youtube about making molly flowers.  I think they are so adorable and would be super cute embellishments, but then I got to thinking.  That was pretty easy, and I didn't have to try to decrypt a pattern.  What else can I figure out?

Then I learned crochet in the round because round coasters, amIright

It sort of snowballed from there.  Mike would probably say "out of control".  

Tomato, Tomahto.

Since that fateful molly flower tutorial, I've leveled up my crocheting ability.  Still not a master, but I'm slowly getting there.  

I've figured out how to make a wine tote, some cute winter hats and fluffy scarves.  I suppose that I might be a little out of control.  My only defense is that handmade Christmas gifts mean more than generic store bought crap.  At least in my opinion.  Plus it saves us a few pennies in the bank. 

Alright, I'm off to create things now.  

Happy Hump Day! :)



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Morning Times...

...are tough.  

For me at least.  I'm sitting here waiting for an appointment to arrive, and all I can think is "adult responsibility sucks".  

I actually said that in my head in a very sing-songy kind of voice.  I'm not functioning on all cylinders this early.  Forgive me.  

When I was doing research about running an Etsy shop as more of a business than a hobby, all that ran through my head was:

"How am I going to get myself out of bed every morning and work 9-5 like normals do?"

I call regular folk who can properly function on a normal schedule of 9-5 weekly, normals.  

Clearly, I lack that superpower. 

You know what though?  It's totally okay. I've realized that I don't really function in the mornings until I actually "wake up".  I believe everyone has a time frame when they find themselves most productive.  I think most corporate businesses ignore this for the most part except maybe the computer companies and a few other obscure industries because, yaknow, they have a brain and understand the potential in harnessing that elusive "Productivity".  

I actually work better and feel more focused on my work between 10 - 11 am and 6 - 7 pm.  Occasionally I will work in the evenings too if Mike is playing a video game or away on business. 

Some people work better at night.  I like to think they are probably part nocturnal, but hey, who am I to judge right?

Anyway, I guess my point to this random musing is that early mornings suck for me.  BIG TIME.  thank you to the  coffee overlords, because, coffee.  

Now I need to take care of the pups before my appointment arrives. 

Have a great Tuesday, guys. 



Monday, October 27, 2014

Save The Date...

November 19, 2014.  

The day that Studio ANF appears in a craft fair.

In the flesh...

In Public...

Sitting at a table...

With all my stuff...

NO, I'm totally not freaking out AT ALL.

Okay, maybe a little freaking out is going on here, but I choose to pretend its nervous excitement.  The actual craft fair itself isn't anything massive or one that draws big crowds.  The fair is actually for my neighborhood, and its their 2nd annual.  Also, if you happen to look up the actual date listed above, it falls on a Wednesday. 

So for one day only in the middle of the week, from 5-8 I will have a table of goods to sell. 

You might be giving your computer or phone or whatever a very skeptical look right about now, but this is good.  

This is good.  

Trust me.

My space fee is super cheap, and it gets my feet wet into the "fair/festival world".   I couldn't have asked for a better starting point. 

Come on, for my first in-person event could you imagine ME in the middle of mob-drawing crowds for a 3 day festival trying to stay calm and sell my crap? HA!  

I would have died.  

I probably will still die when that event actually happens, but I digress.

My current stock of paintings that are in my Etsy shop will be with me as well as trying out a few other avenues I've been working on.  

For the last couple of weeks I have been playing around with the idea of bringing color into my shop.  Trying to figure out how has been the ultimate challenge.  I'm making some progress.  I'm adding some color illustrations on canvas to sell at the fair as well as doing some original water color works and selling them on note-cards.  If there's time, I will try to add some smaller 2-D Illustration options that can be framed, as well.  Here are a couple of examples so far:

12" x 12" Watercolor Illustration on Canvas

I will probably post an album of my newest collection on my Studio Facebook Page closer to the event.  I'm currently mulling over the idea of adding the note-cards to my shop for Purchase as sets.  After the fair, I will most-likely do a little more research before making that decision.  

There's a few weeks left to essentially "prepare" for the event.  Mike keeps telling me not to over think anything.  He lovingly pointed out that I have the tendency to try to work out every single potential detail before committing to anything.  Basically, in a very backwards way, I talk my self out of doing things.  Nasty habit, really. 

We are working on it.  

Anyway, that's whats happening with me lately, friends.  Hope things are going well for you!



Thursday, October 2, 2014

That Time of Year...

We all know it. 

The weather starts getting a little frosty nip to it... 

leaves change... 

Scary costumes litter department store aisles due to the overstuffed hooks and shelves. 

Then, there is that moment - let's call it the "oh SHIT" moment, shall we? - when everyone realizes that we are in the accelerated, hyper-drive fast lane to the end of the year.  Don't believe me?  Let's make a list:



Black Friday -It's practically an official holiday anyway, guys.

Cyber Monday -I like to think of this one as the lesser of the two death-wish shopping holidays of the year.  The only death hazard is choking on those potato chips while you scramble for virtual door buster deals.


Christmas Eve - this counts because you get to open a gift.

Christmas - Holy Mecca of Presents, Batman!

New Years Eve

New Years


Quite the list. I understand why some people shop in June for winter gifts, because we all know shoppers get crazier the closer we get to end of year festivities.  

For me, though, I think I'm heading towards the more crafted side for gift giving instead of generic store bought.  I did a little bit of this last year, but didn't start early enough to really capitalize on it. 

Apparently, "planning" is key which is usually an epic fail for me.  I've started a few little items, and have some bigger things in mind, so hopefully my pre-planning will pay off and holiday gift giving won't break the bank or my hands this year. 

Beyond my Fall planning, I just completed another piece for my shop this week which I'm super excited about:

I was inspired by all of the crocheting I'm learning to do in preparation for my winter gifts, and loved how the knitting needles are positioned in this composition.  

I'm also working on some experimentation with color.  My goal is to start incorporating color into my shop over time.  Fingers crossed that things work out so stay tuned!

I'm to another craft project!