A Great Night at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum

Saturday evening I loaded up my car and drove out to East Lancaster to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. The AVIM is way out in the middle of nowhere but the drive isn’t too far from town. About 15 miles.

Once I arrived, I pulled in behind the Joshua cottage and unloaded my stuff carrying it inside. I’ve done this event I think three times before, and the lady who runs it knows I like being by the door. She stuck a post it now on the table she knew I’d pick with my name on it. Nobody else got a reserved table… Lol.

I got set up, and my table was so cluttered but I was hopeful it would be okay.

As you can see, it was kind of a mess.

The first hour, we had almost no one come through. I got the first sale though of two face scrubbies at $3 each. And then there was nothing for a while.

I think we were all feeling a little let down by how slow it was, but going into the second hour, it got really busy and people started buying.

I had set prices on all my items except the stuffed toys and the paintings, which I told people I was open to offers. I didn’t really expect anyone to want the paintings; I had nearly left them at home.

I was happily surprised though when people loved my paintings! I ended up selling 2 of the 3. Not for a lot but they didn’t take a lot of time to make either and costs were super low.

All in all, I sold a little of everything except for earrings. It was a really good night, and I made enough over my table fee to pay off a small bill in full, and in the next few days I’ll replace one of my tires on my car.

New Shop Section – Clearance!

I’ve added all my items that were put up in my shop previous to 2015 into a new clearance section at highly discounted prices. There’s about 60 items that fit this description, maybe a few more to be added.

I want to clear out my old stock and make room for my new creations as I make them. Some of this stuff will get sent to thrift in a few months.

There’s also a few hours left to get a total of 25% off of everything. 15% through the weekend for Black Friday and an additional 10% that expires at midnight tonight for Small Business Saturday. That paired with shopping clearance could get you some amazing deals!

Happy shopping!

Still Counting Down!

We’re a few days closer to the Holidays on the Homestead at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and I’ve got a few more new items! There’s a few more cross stitch pieces I want to complete for the event, but they’re small and I still have time.

I want to stitch another Woman’s Place, a counselor Troi mini, a Geordi LaForge and maybe a second Kitty Puke.

And I still need to get a couple small dishes to hold my little inexpensive items on my table. I’m hoping to find these at the dollar store though in a few days.

This event is hands down my favorite, and there’s a reason I keep going back year after year. I really hope you’ll come by and check it out too!

13 days and counting!

What’s that? Oh yes! Thirteen days until I’ll be live at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum with my awesome stuff!

I’ve been trying to work on some other inventory over the last few weeks and things are slowly getting added. I’m also adding to shop inventory while I’m at it.

I managed to get all my beading patterns up, all my crochet patterns (some of both of those are free, BTW!), and I just did a much needed cull of my commercial sewing patterns and listed I think 36 of them, most of them brand new, up for sale. I’m hoping to get some cross stitch patterns up soon too but that might take a while.

I really hope I can meet some of you at the AVIM on the 30th and you can see my creations in person. I’ll have items ranging from $1 up to about $45, for kids and adults both.

Busy As A Bee

The last few days have been filled with creative endeavors! A few days ago I finished two new cross stitch pieces that I will be adding to the shop tomorrow, and tonight I’ve finished quite a few small projects too.

I started off making a business card holder out of polymer clay. It’s a pretty basic shape, and I added some embellishments, and overall I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I did overcook it so painting became a necessity but I’m really happy with it. It will look great sitting on my table at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on the 1st.

After that, I painted a picture of a pony. I decided to coat the surface with glittery resin, which I’m waiting to cure now, and tomorrow I’ll apply a second coat to smooth things out.

Then I decided to get into the white resin Tracy gave me. I’d never used it before, but I knew it cures in just a few minutes, so I’d have to work fast. I decided to use some of the dyes she passed on to me as well.

The first batch I mixed up I added black dye to, and poured it into my bat Halloween molds.

The second batch I mixed with red dye, and poured it into some silly skulls.

The third batch I didn’t dye, but I added a bunch of gold glitter and poured it into my sugar skull molds.

Then I decided to experiment a little more. I mixed two cups of resin, one black, one white, and then slowly poured both colors at once into my gravestone molds. I was hoping for a kind of swirled outcome and I was not disappointed!

After all the pieces were cured, I removed them from the molds and glued strong magnets to their backs.

It’s been a fun night filled with fun crafts!

Huge Shop Update

I just added a ton of new beading patterns, plus a few crochet patterns, some of which are free. Which ones are free? Click FREEBIES in the menu and you’ll see all of them.

I also created some pattern bundles, including NFL, MLP, and Halloween. These pattern bundles are at a discounted rate compared to if you bought all the patterns in a bundle individually.

There’s been a few other items added as well. Pop on by and have a look! Navigation has been made simpler too.

I’ve Got the Bug – the Cross Stitch Bug!

A few weeks ago I was browsing Etsy and I found myself looking at cross stitch patterns. A few minutes later I was printing out my new purchases to put into a binder, and ordering embroidery floss online to pick up at Michael’s on my next trip into town.

The first pattern I stitched is going to be a gift for Tracy over at Art Resurrected so I can’t post the photos yet. But I can share some of the others I’ve stitched since.

First up is Live Laugh Lube. This one made me laugh and the seller has some even better ones I hope to be stitching soon!

Then I stitched up these little cuties. They, and others, will be going into 4″ x 4″ frames to be sold at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on December 1st.

Avocato

Donut Worry Bee Happy

Lime Yours Forever

Tea Rex

A Woman’s Place

I’m currently stitching a really fun design (and ooooh all the colors!) but it’s also a Christmas and I’m not sure if she follows this blog, so I won’t be posting it until she’s received it.

I’m having a lot more fun doing this than I thought I would be and I can’t wait to get started on my next projects!

I’ve Been Painting!

For the record, I’m a terrible painter. Maybe not really terrible, but mediocre at best. I’m pretty sure my paintings could be the work of a small child. My good friend says they’re folky. Sounds better than what I’ve been saying… Lol.

Anyway, I started with a canvas and a randomly selected colored pencil. I spent about 2 minutes sketching out a roughly dog-shaped form, a few background details, and then set to work.

The first thing I did was paint in the large areas with solid colors.

It took two layers of paint to get even coverage but then I started adding details – in this case, bold outlines.

(sorry. That photo has awful lighting)

It still looks pretty flat and dull, but I slowly added more detail and depth, added bits of other colors, and I ended up with this.

And you know? I’m pretty freaking happy with how it turned out. Sure, it’s not perfect, and a kid could probably do better, but I like it.

Some Personal Stuff

I know you’ve all seen the meme that pops up around Thanksgiving about how when you buy from a small business, you’re helping someone pay for college, or their kid’s music lessons, or whatever. And its true. All of us little sellers are busting our humps to make that few extra dollars to pay off debt faster, or put necessities on the table every night, or help our kids succeed in school. I’m no different.

I’m a 37 year old, disabled woman living with her mom because right now, the amount of debt I have doesn’t allow me to live anywhere else. But every purchase you make from my shop lets me chip away at my debt a little faster, and puts me a little nearer to realizing my long-term goals.

What are those goals? There’s honestly pretty simple. I want to pay off my debt. Buy a 2 acre patch of dirt, fence it, have water and power brought in, and have some sort of inexpensive housing- a mobile home or a smallish (6-or-700 square foot) house. And then I can live there with my pups.

I’m also attempting to get back into the workforce. If I’m successful, I can pay off my debt faster and move my goals up even more. Right now I’m looking at paying off the smallest chunk of my debt this December. The next smallest will be the year after that, and the biggest the year after that. I owe a little in student loans, which is currently deferred (and the state pays my interest) and will be the last thing I pay off. Then I can start saving for a down payment on my piece of dirt. 🙂