Hello friends! Over the last few weeks I’ve made some changes. If you’ve been to the site recently, you’ve likely seen the biggest ones right away. The most noticeable change is that I changed the way the website and shop look. I decided to go with an unmodified theme that was made especially to work with my shop software and the result is pretty good. The second biggest thing that changed is I removed all of the graphic design portfolios from the site and am focusing purely on the shop aspect. I’ve also redone the menus to better focus on the shop and make it friendlier both on computers and on mobile devices. I haven’t been doing much graphic design and to be honest, the laptop I current have is awful and makes it nearly impossible. Less stuff = simpler to navigate. The third thing, and this might interest you if you intend to place an order, is I got out my postal scale and I weighed almost every item in the shop and re-calculated shipping rates by the half ounce. What this means is you will get the absolute lowest possible shipping rate I can afford to give you.Read the rest…

I received an order yesterday for a pair of these so I spent the evening stitching them up. These and my girly skull earrings are my best sellers and I never remember to make an extra pair to have on hand. Doh! These shipped out this morning and hopefully make someone’s daughter very happy! I recently became enamored with the idea of learning to play the ukulele. Of course I need to get one before I can learn to play it, which means I need to make some sales. Money… There’s never enough of it! Last Monday I took some of my jewelry items with me to pool league and I sold 3 bracelets and would have sold two pairs of earrings but we missed each other in the way out. Hopefully she still wants them next week. If she does, that will put me at about the $50 mark plus some survey money I have coming in. I found one online I think I like for  about $100 but I also made the mistake of going into a music store and falling in love with a ridiculously beautiful one that is marked at $300. I really should stick with theRead the rest…

I’ve been trying to dedicate an hour a day to crafting the last few days and I feel like I am making progress. It should be easy to do something I love but sometimes it feels like work, you know? Anyway, in the last few days, I’ve completed several new quilt squares towards my quilt I may or may not ever finish, made some bracelets, crocheted a scarf, and added a bunch of new items to my shop. Not all of the items I added to the shop were created by me- there are two pairs of earrings that were created by another artist, and some yarn I won’t be using and would like to sell. I’m hoping to add more crafting supplies as time goes on and start to clear out my stash- as of right now I’ve got sewing patterns, some yarns, and some fabrics I’m not going to use any time soon. I figure if its been in my stash for years and its still untouched, I probably don’t need it. So, click on through to my shop, look around, and find something that strikes your fancy! I’ve got a big variety of products to chose from!Read the rest…

I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time! I reorganized my yarn stash and made it by color. A few look a bit out of place in the photo but honestly they’d be more or of place in another spot. The bottom right has a few that didn’t really fit in anywhere. I also see I have a lot of pinks and greys! #yarn #stash #crafting #organizing A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 4, 2015 at 7:28pm PST This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:29am PST Two of the five bags of goodies from the @michaelsstores sample sale my mom was able to buy into. Can we say crazy? I can’t wait to get #crafty with this stuff! #crafting #beading #jewelry #creating A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:12pm PST These are the beads and small charms from @michaelsstores I’ve managed to put away so far. So sad for me, I’ll need more containers to store the rest! #jewelry #craftingRead the rest…

Over the last few days I’ve been making all sorts of things out of clay that were destined to be made into jewelry. Some of them I had definite ideas in my head about what I wanted to do, but others not so much. Last night and this afternoon I spent a few hours putting those ideas together. What did I end up with? Some pretty cool stuff! 7 of the 8 items pictured in the gallery above were made mostly from polymer clay. The last few days I have been making a ton of those little round, flat disks to make the bracelets, one pair of earrings, and the necklace, and I actually made too many- I still have about 50 of them left. The two pairs of earrings at the beginning are a little different, but still polymer clay. They were so easy to make and the random splotchy designs are a lot of fun. My friend Tracy at Art Resurrected said they looked a bit fried eggs, so I ran with it. They are in the store listed as Eggcellent Earrings (in blue, and in yellow)! I was also really happy to use that big black and silverRead the rest…

Since today we are going to a Halloween party, and I have all of my costume set, I still needed some jewelry. Last night I sat down to make some polymer clay beads using my officially perfected marbling technique, and toss is some smallish irregular beads as well as some seed beads. This is what I came up with and I really like the outcome. I have read on a few pages about polymer clay that you should avoid doing marbling because anyone can do it and its just not special. I quite like the way it looks though and it was perfect for this piece considering the color theme of my costume. Anyway, in a few hours, I’ll be clambering into my petticoat, skirt, blouse, jacket, jewelry and wig, and we’ll be off to the party! I had a dream that my mom of all people helped me color my hair last night in a rainbow of soft pastels, which was kinda neat, but I did that in real life years ago myself so maybe not so far out there.Read the rest…

I’ve been working on new projects and new items for my shop, and working on promoting my social media profiles for Kittyloaf Designs more. Its something I only seem to do sporadically, because honestly making all these posts, comments, and whatever else is a lot of work. I use Hoot Suite to help me out, letting me pre-schedule various posts and updates as I think of them, spreading them out over a few days at a time. It really does help because I can manage these things as I have time, cross post to different social networks, and not have to do the same thing 3 times manually. One click (or there about) and its done! My Google+ page for Kittyloaf Designs suffers the worst. I have literally 3 followers on there and its because I almost never use Google+. Why? Because I do most of my social networking in the evenings from my mobile devices, and the Google+ app only shows me content that is 10 days old and older. I can’t find any settings that relate to this, and I’ve tried reinstalling the app, but its always the same old 10 day old stuff for me. Anyway, I’veRead the rest…

I’ve been working on my UFOs the last few days trying t finish them up. What’s a UFO, you ask? A UFO is an Un-Finished Object, something us crafters probably deal with more than most other folks. In my case, I’ve only got a few, but its more than I want to have and my goal this week is to catch up and get all of them finished! Most of my UFOs are clothing-related. I had a dress I attempted to make abut 3 years ago. I gained weight. I realized almost every piece of it was cut wrong. I gave up with it half constructed and threw it behind my sewing table where it sat until Thursday. I had a skirt I cut the pieces for in September. It also sat, collecting dust, and not getting anywhere near done. I finished it on Friday, and despite having lots of buttons (my personal sewing bane) I made it through easily and pretty quickly. I had a bathrobe (technically not a UFO because I never started on it) that I planned even before the second skirt. I cut and finished it on Saturday, and it turned out lovely! I love it!Read the rest…

I got my box in the mail today with the last of the beads I ordered, so not only can I finish up my bracelet I had to order beads for, I can work on other projects as well. I got some real pretty beads in the box, and some that I’m not sure I’m crazy about but sure they will find a place they belong sooner or later. I love the super bargains where you get a mixed lot of a type of bead (in this case it was mother of pearl) and its just a random grab bag of product. Sometimes I wish you could put in $20 and get a box full of stuff randomly selected, say a minimum of 10 items. That would be a lot of fun. I turned in my final project I posted here yesterday and the teacher loved it. He said it was a crack-up and liked the comic book-styled fonts choices I made with the narrative. Now we’ve only got the final test to do on Thursday and the class is over. I am confident that I am getting a B in the class. After the first few assignments I wasRead the rest…