Did you know my shop always has coupons available? And did you know know that you don’t even have to know what they are to use them?

At any time, I have several coupons available, and all of them that apply to your order will be added automatically at check-out. Just visit the cart page to see your savings!

These are the coupons available from now until the end of the year- they can add up to big savings!

  • 10% off rainbow items
  • buy 3 get 1 free on $5 earrings
  • 8% off wearable yarncraft
  • 8% off $20
  • 12% off $50
  • 16% off $100+
  • 10% off brick stitch earrings
  • 10% off video game jewelry

There’s also a local pick-up option available. I’m in Lancaster, CA, in the 93534 zip code and am often available to orchestrate pick-up orders. Just choose local pick-up at checkout and I’ll email you about when you’d like to come by.

I’m going through my inventory and while I have several items I’ve just added to the shop with more to come, there are also several that I am considering donating. So, if you want to score some free stuff (just pay shipping) check out the shop portion of the site and sort by price from Low to High. Or just click this link.

There’s a few scarves, a pair of ginormous slippers, some earrings that just aren’t quite up to par, and a pot holder that has too small of a hanging tab. These items are well-made, they’re just not moving well and I want them gone. So click on through and see what you can grab!

There’s also a few beading patterns, but those ones are always available for free.

The craft fair was yesterday and to keep it simple, I’ll just say it was disorganized and not very many people were making sales. Traffic was so-so, and several people commented to me that they would never spend money at something like this. It was just not a good day.

After all that, today I decided I needed a little retail therapy. There were several good coupons in the apps for both Joann’s and Michael’s, so I decided to visit both of them.

This is what I came away with.

Joann’s

Caron jumbo skein with a 60% off coupon – $5.99 (reg. $9.99)
RHSS jumbo skein with a 40% off coupon – $4.79 (reg. $7.99)
8 regular skeins of RHSS with a 30% off coupon – $2.44 each (reg. $3.49)
2 Big Twist value at 25% off – $2.39 each (reg. $3.19)

Total savings $17.18

After that I decided to go back to Michael’s and got this stuff.

Michael’s

3 skeins Craft Smart with 20% off coupon – $2.39 each (reg. $2.99)
2 skeins Caron Simply Soft at 2 for $5 & 20% off coupon – $2 each (reg. $4.49)
Impeccable BIG! on sale for $7 and 20% off coupon – $5.61 (reg. $9.99)

Total savings $11.09

I spent $54 including tax on 18 skeins of yarn, mostly in colors I didn’t already have.

Now the question is where am I going to put it all?

I went by one of my favorite thrift stores yesterday morning because I wanted to check out something I thought I saw the day before. What was I after? This. An almost 8 pound bag of buttons!

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For anyone unfamiliar, typically buttons are purchased on a card with somewhere between 2 and 8 buttons to a card depending on size. A card can cost anywhere from $2 to $6 retail. There are literally thousands of buttons in this bag. I paid $28.33 after tax for it. If there are 2,000 buttons in the bag, I paid $0.014 per button. That’s a steal!

I’ve been working on sorting them the last day or so and wow it is slow going!

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On the left are the colored ones, plus the black shanked buttons and the ones made out of shell. In the middle are all browns and metal ones. And on the right are black ones, and the whitish ones. Most of them are divided further by size, unless I only have enough of that color family to fill one spot. I’m nowhere near done sorting them, but I’m going to keep going until I fill up all three containers and then pass the rest onto Tracy at Art Resurrected.

There have also been quite a few conchos that I will be giving to someone who is really into leather-work right now.

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This is about half of them that I dug out of the buttons- there’s literally about 90 of these.

On the 15th of January, I got in the car with one of my best friends and I drove with her to Kent, Washington. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, but I also did some crocheting and some shopping.

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This is the throw blanket I did almost entirely while at Nikki and Dennis’ house. It’s a chevron pattern with 4 rows of shells down each side. I had hoped to use up all of the yarn I broth with me but didn’t quite do it.

I also visited two fantastic yarn shops and between them, spent about $120 on some really lush yarns I normally wouldn’t have bought plus a book on crocheting monsters.

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There are all sorts of neat designs in the book and I hope to make a few of them.

The two shops I visited are So Much Yarn in Seattle, and Maker’s Mercantile in Kent. I have nothing but good to say about either one of them.

I’m flying home early Wednesday morning so my bags are all packed but I’m looking forward to sharing with you my new lush yarns after I get home and can properly photograph them.

Guess what? You don’t have to fiddle with entering coupon codes any longer in my shop. When you check out, all coupons you’ve met the requirements for will be applied automatically! So that 18% off of everything coupon? Boom! Yours! No code required! You bought brick stitch earrings? There’s a little extra savings for that too! I’m not going to tell you what all the coupons are, but you could save big without even trying.

Why not click through to the shop and have a look around? I’ll be adding a few more items in the next few days as well.

As you know, this last Saturday I did a craft fair at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. It ended up being me, and 3 other crafters, two of which I already know and am friends with. The third was a woman my other two friends had met at another event previously and passed along the event’s info to her.

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Another vendor’s husband took this photo of me sitting at my table. My space was a little chaotic, but luckily people weren’t shy about digging through the bins with my knit and crochet pieces, and picking them up, trying them on, and in general checking things out.

My three earring display racks were divided up by $5, $10, and $15, and while I didn’t sell a lot, I did make about $70 over my table fee (the event was only 3 hours long) and that’s money I can put towards my trip to Washington state to visit my friend Nikki somewhere in the next few months. That makes me happy! 🙂

I did sell a few pieces I really didn’t think people would be interested in, though not as many of them as I had hoped. I might be making a donation to the thrift store really soon with some of the items I just can’t move. Not the best outcome, but it happens. Sometimes things just flop.

Anyway, if you came out to see us Saturday, thank you and I hope you had a great night! We had fun and I know I would do the event again if asked to.

Saturday night I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my makes at the craft fair and chili cook-off. There will be a campfire, cowboy singer, chili cook-off, coffee, and cocoa! You can download the flyer for distribution and more details here, HotH Flyer 15.

Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”

Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 5th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an old-time country Christmas celebration! Originally a 1930’s homestead, the historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style with live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.

Stay warm around the blazing bonfire while cowboy singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and was then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.

The country craft boutique features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. The crafters carry on the artistic spirit of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find unique gifts!

Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try Rose’s original 1930 Christmas chili recipe and the chili cook-off entries, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café.  Our 2015 judge will be ranger Colin Daxon, who recently joined the department.

Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.

I’ve been sick with a terrible cold the last few days, but when I heard the local Friends of the Library were holding a book sale at our local library, I ventured out not once but twice to see what I could find. I felt like death but still went to look for new craft books. New craft books created a big pull to get out.

I was a little disappointed they only had 3 small boxes with craft and sewing books and magazines in them, but I managed to find these 7 to take home with me.

books1 books2 books3 books4And the best part is I paid an average of $0.40 a piece for them! They are all in pretty good condition, just some cover or dust jacket wear, and they all have some cool patterns in them.

I also got two cook books and a Gnomes book for my friend Tracy who little did I know was actually looking for that book! The cook books are on chicken and making stews and soups, two things we enjoy, and the Gnomes book is an art book, which after flipping through it, is pretty amusing.

I haven’t gotten much crafting done the last few days since I’ve been sick, but here are a few items from my shop you might have missed!

These are all handmade by me, and unique in that they won’t be made exactly the same every again. And who doesn’t love a unique handmade piece?

This first one is my Curse of the Sea Witch necklace. You can purchase it for $14.99 here. It features glass seed beads and crazy baroque freshwater pearls in two colors.

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This dyed orange turquoise butterfly set is super pretty and ready for Fall! It’s $16.99, and made up of stone butterflies, dyed orange turquoise, small crystals, and large vintage Japanese acrylic beads. The central focal bead is glass.

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I hope you’re all having a great day today and are ready for the weekend! Happy Friday, and see you next time!

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. There is no way anyone can say my shipping rates are unfair! I hate paying too much for shipping, and I’m sure you do too.

The fourth thing is I’ve been adding new products like crazy! Your best bet is to pop by the site and see for yourself, but I’ll show you a few images from the new items here so email subscribers can get a quick peek.

There are several other new items, plus of course the other 200+ items that previously existed in the shop.

I’m planning to add more over the next week too, so pop in, have a look, and remember there is always a coupon code available. Right now and through the end of the year, that code is UKULELE for 20% off of everything. That includes sale items too!

I’ve also added a way to comment on and discuss items in my shop. You don’t have to log in or register to do it- just fill out a name, email address, and ask your question or leave a comment. Easy!