There is a new online craft channel starting this fall, premiering July 11. My Craft Channel will feature tons of craft videos from photography to scrapbooking to painting. Here is their promo: "My Craft Channel is the first of it’s kind online TV Craft Network. It goes beyond the simple web “how-to” home video and delivers broadcast quality programming. With over 20 different new shows there is something for everyone. Top experts, bloggers and craft celebrities in various niches from sewing, painting, scrapbooking, DIY projects, photography, mixed media and more have joined together to bring entertaining education to the web with TV formatted shows. Not only do the shows provide amazing inspiration, each day there is an opportunity for the “daily deal”, which gives our viewers an opportunity to try out fresh new craft items at discounted prices. Our goal is to be fun, educational, entertaining, and interactive with our viewers."
You can keep up with them on Facebook on their My Craft Channel page and on their blog: http://www.mycraftchannelblog.com/.
I can't wait. I've had withdrawals ever since Carol Duvall retired.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Henry and I don't have kids, but we celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day for our parents and in honor of our four-legged "kids." This year, we've been fortunate to have been adopted once again. Our pond is now home to a beautiful yellow-bellied slider. For Father's Day, my sister Rheta and I made a banner for our Dad which will be put up at our parents' house tomorrow. I also made one for Henry for our house. I used colored cardstock from Michael's for the pennants and a sheet of glitter brown for the letters, Cricut cartridge Animal Kingdom for the cats and turtle, and Country Life for the Pennant. A wooden bead strung on hemp cording between the pennants gave just a little touch of unity to the whole thing. Rosettes were made from scrapbook paper from Target. To make these, cut two strips 2" x 12" and crease using the Martha Stewart folding board, every half inch. Accordian fold, then glue ends together, overlapping so they are in sync. Start pressing in the inner edges until all fold in to the middle. It helps to have two circles of contrasting paper already cut out with Tacky Glue on them. Place one on each side in the center to hold the rosette together. You might want to hold it a minute until it's secured.
Monday, June 6, 2011
I'm looking back on the year and a half that The Irresistible Ewe has been in operation. I've enjoyed running this online-only business even more than I thought and have learned quite a bit in just a short time. Although I'm still entertaining the idea of opening a shop where I could have craft classes going on full time, at this point, we're keeping the business strictly online with the occasional fiber festival. I'm attempting to add different products and would like to get some feedback from my readers. I've been in contact with a company that sells roving wholesale and am considering adding this to the shop. I do buy fleeces from NC farmers and process them myself with my Clemes & Clemes drum carder, but this is limited and since I am still teaching full-time 10 months out of the year, I need products that I can buy for immediate resale. I've noticed a definite interest in purchasing fiber ready to spin, plus, I'd like to be able to offer consistent color choices. So, if you wouldn't mind, please take the survey to the right of this article and let me know what interests you. Feel free to email me as well at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share more about what you look for in a yarn shop. I know everyone these days is pushed for time, so just know in advance how much I appreciate your time.
We got in new patterns at the Ewe. We're now carrying a limited number of patterns by Tiny Owl Knits, Ysolda Teague, and Roo Designs. Tiny Owl Knits are whimsical and feature very natural yarns. We have the Forest & Frill wrap, Fairy Castles (dpn and crochet hook storage that look like fairy castles), and Baby Lamb Cuffs (sweet fingerless gloves featuring two sweet lambs). Roo Designs include two baby/kid sweaters that are ultra precious, one with a turtle and one with a sheep done with intarsia knitting. Ysolda Teague patterns include three cuddly critters, two polar bears, elephant and the cutest hedgehogs we've seen. Visit us at the Ewe and select a fun pattern to try!