Do you guys remember what this means? Two years ago in spring, I was breaking up with my ex and I threw away, sold, or donated about 60% of my things.
Last year, with no special circumstance, I got rid of a ton of stuff again.
And this year is no different!
I’ve already purged my shop of things I didn’t love, listings for items I no longer had, and added new items that I kept putting off.
I’ve donated a ton more stuff, and I’m still finding things to sell or donate.
Right now I’m taking a good hard look at my books. I have so many books that I loved once upon a time but now they’re just taking up space. Time to let so many of them go.
I’ve also got fabrics I’m not going to use that I’m working on listing for sale. Some are full yardages, and others are project leftovers. I’d like to be able to organize the remaining fabrics into my drawers neatly, and have an entire drawer available for collecting things for swaps.
I’m also thinking about painting again. I have that event coming up in two weeks (see my last post) and it would be cool to have a few fun paintings to try to sell.
Tomorrow I’m thinking about looking at my ring blanks and maybe doing something with those. Maybe some glitter encrusted polymer clay “stones” set into them. I have some glitter that will look just like an opal!
After my big cleanup and removal of a bunch of products which were donated or taken apart to be remade, I’m spending today adding new products that I never uploaded to the site.
First up is a random collection of kids’ bracelets. There’s 3 sets of 10 available!
I’ve also added 15+ sets of hair clips with crocheted flowers (and one set with hearts!) today. These are really cute and suitable for little ones or adults!
I still have a ton of very pretty bracelets to upload but I need to compare my current inventory to what’s actually online. Adding each listing takes time and I would hate to accidently create a duplicate of something that’s already up.
So stay tuned, and maybe pop back in after the weekend to see everything I’ve added! There’s also new coupons being added to go with the new products!
And as always, coupon code LSG will get you an additional 10% off!
I just went through the few remaining physical items I had marked as free and put them in a bag to be donated tomorrow, found a few other items I don’t want to sit on any longer, made sure my etsy listings matched up with what’s still available… and I deleted almost 60 items from my shop. Some were sold out so they don’t really count, but a lot just weren’t up to the current level of perfection or were perfectly made, but just not moving.
There’s going to be some happy thrift store shoppers though! A few of my friends will be receiving gifts as well so my loss is several people’s gain.
I’m really excited to be clearing out some product, even if its just donating it, because it means I’ll have that much more space to organize and store the things I love! There’s still a few tough decisions to make (books I loved as I child, I mean you!) but I think I’m going to be a lot happier by tomorrow afternoon.
And right now if you browse my shop, there’s quite a few items on sale right now, tons of great patterns, and as always, there’s coupon code LSG for those who want to save another 10% off their purchase. I might even stick a few more items on sale this evening… hmmm… 🙂
So back about 6 months ago, I was super excited to purchase and hopefully learn to play the ukulele. I bought one, loved it, but wasn’t so great about practicing. Then a few weeks back, I joined Ukulele Underground and I found this.
Plans to build your own ukulele stand, this one already sized perfectly for a tenor uke, which is what I have.
All I needed was a piece of wood for the base, a 1″ thick wooden dowel at least 22″ long, some felt, some screws, and some metal hooks sold at Walmart to act as the brackets.
I was super tight on money but really wanted to do this, so I improvised a bit. The wooden plaque I bought from Michael’s, with a 50% off coupon for $1.90. The felt I already had on hand, thanks to getting sent the wrong item when I ordered fabric ages ago. Wood stain and E6000 I had on hand. The dowel was the most expensive piece at about $4.50 for a 48″ length, and the screws were about a dollar for a package of 8. The hooks/brackets I made myself out of polymer clay, then cast them in resin which I dyed a deep red color with some mica powder.
Not counting the cost of materials I already had on hand, I spent about $8 building this.
Okay, maybe not. But there will be a treasure chest!
When our renter moved out, he left a few things behind, most of which we threw out. But this I rescued from the garbage and knew I had to clean it up and save it.
Its a wooden chest, without a lot of distinguishing marks that you can buy at any craft store. I have a much larger one that I use for storing my knitting needles and crochet hooks in that I keep next to my chair in the living room. This one is smaller, with the internal space measuring about 10″ wide and about 5.5″ across. Its not very big.
It was covered in grease, and was badly painted this awful black all over. Don’t get me wrong. I wear a ton of black, but it just looks bad on this poor little wooden box.
The first step was to sand it down a bit and help its new primer and paint stick and to scrub off those grease spots, so I loaded up a sponge with dish soap and gave it a good once over then hosed it off and left it to dry in the sun. Then I got the sanding block we had purchased to use for some home repairs we still haven’t gotten to, and I gently sanded it all over.
I wasn’t worried about it being perfect. I want to look good when I’m done but I want this to be a fun project too and not one that I rip my hair out over. The wood is uneven in spots, which you can see because of how th paint sanded off completely in some areas but not others.
Then I hit it with some primer. My good friend Nikki gave me primer, paint, all sorts of stuff along with the larger chest I have and I was supposed to give it this treatment but I never did.
I let the primer dry for about an hour, and then while dinner was cooking, I gave it a quick spray with the bright metallic gold paint. I initially missed a spot on the inside but got it later in when I was doing the lining.
I sprayed the inside and the outside, making sure everything was shining and bright! The paper underneath the chest is just white kraft paper I bought off of Amazon for using in pattern making but so far its been used for everything else. Its not overly expensive and comes in really handy!
I let that dry for a good hour and then measured the inside to get an idea of how large a piece of fabric I needed for the inside. Unfortunately I did something really, really wrong and ended up with a piece about twice the size of what I needed.I ended up trimming it and gluing one side down into the box, then moving to the the next side, trimming it to fit and gluing it, and working my way all the way around. I used E6000 to glue it in place. I love that stuff, but make sure you use it in a well ventilated area- preferably outside!
I was going to call it good at that point but after Tracy brought up doing the inside of the lid with fabric, I couldn’t resist, so I carefully cut pieces and glued them in place as well. That went a lot smoother than doing the bottom did.
The next step was making this into a real treasure chest and covering the top in jewels! I busted out my Amazing Clear Cast Resin, my colored mica powders, and I started mixing and pouring. Finally, after working on them for a few days and gluing them in place in small groupings, I had this.
The resin is super easy to work with. Just mix it at a ratio of 1:1 and mix very thoroughly- the package recommends mixing for 3 minutes and I’ve found that to be about right. If its not fully mixed, it won’t set up properly and you’ll have a sticky mess on your hands. Mica powders can be added in small amounts to color the resin or you can brush it onto the molds before you pour- I mixed mine in.
I used 6 different colors of gems, some of which were single colors of the mica powders and some that I mixed to suit. Pink, yellow, green-gold, blue, purple, and a deep amber color. I used a mold I bought that had tons of shapes in it that were perfect for this, letting me mix it up with lots of options. One of my gems slipped a bit before the glue set and I didn’t catch it in time to re-position it, but otherwise it turned out just like I envisioned it! I’m so happy with it!
And that my friend is how you get your very own treasure chest! Now I just have to decide what to put in it. 🙂
Thursday Mattie’s Dad and brother came by for Thanksgiving dinner. We had tons of food, good things to drink, and lots of pie for dessert. Normally I am all for them visiting, but after five hours of the TV volume being really high, I ended up retiring to the bedroom, and shortly after slipping out to Michael’s to take advantage of their holiday shopping Thursday night sale. They had a 30% off everything coupon, and a lot of the store was marked down as well.
I looked up the regular prices of things after I got home, and I got out of there with what normally would have been $53 worth of stuff (yes, I know they are over priced) for $29. What did I get? All sorts of stuff. I walked out with….
- 2 strands of beads, reg price $3.99 at 60% off
- 2 5″ x 5″ stapled canvases, reg price $7.99, 70% off
- 5 2 oz blocks Sculpey III clay, reg price $2.79 each, 16% off for buying 5
- some weird plastic rings to use at stitch markers in my knitting, reg price $2.99
- 2 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, reg price $3.29, 31% off
- plastic 6″ embroidery hoop, reg price $3.99
- small pair scissors, reg price $1.79
Plus I also had a 30% off reg. and sale price items, so that brought it down to $29 and change out the door. I pulled the regular prices off of the website and I think some are slightly different than in the store, but it gives you an idea.
The yarn is a lovely orangy-brown color and the beads are green and purple. I grabbed some clay colors I don’t already have, plus black, because I always seem to be using black, and the one other thing I wanted was a very thin, fine paint brush, but I was 1) out of money, and 2) couldn’t find the ones I really like anyway.
I’ve also made some other trips to Michael’s in the last few weeks as well, and have come home with a few items each time. So many things I want!
Now, what have I been working on you ask? I finished a pair of fingerless gloves I will keep for myself for sure in black with rainbow eyelash trim. Right now I’m working on another pair in lettuce green that are longer, and without the eyelash yarn edging. After this is done? I’m thinking of doing a scarf- a scarf I will want to actually wear, not the scary mess I made when I was first getting the hang of things. Hopefully I will have photos of both soon.