Monday, July 25, 2011

Card Making Class at Archiver's

I've been meaning to take a class at Archiver's in Raleigh, NC and finally made it yesterday. Unfortunately, the other three people who signed up cancelled and I ended up working on my own. Archiver's provided the kit and the very nice instructor checked in on me occasionally, but there was no official class. I think I managed quite well with the instructions, which were very clear. The examples were set out for me to follow and were very cute. I managed to finish all four on my own before I left. Three out of the four pictures I took didn't come out well, so I'll have to try with them again later. The materials were good quality and I came away with four complete cards and the instruction sheet, so I am overall very happy.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Big Sales at the EWE

After a lot of careful thought, I've decided to close my main website for The Irresistible Ewe yarn store. It has begun to take quite a deal of my time that I would rather be devoting to writing and crafting a few things myself. It is also not possible for me to expand the business at this time due to having about four more years of teaching in the public schools. I miss having my spare time to devote to doing crafts. Yes, I do squeeze them in, but the bulk of my time is putting on sales, tweeting the sales, face booking the sales, changing prices, sending out newsletters, etc. etc. I've sent a letter out to my clients and will post this to my website tomorrow. To celebrate this move, I'm offering 25% off most yarns from today through July 31. Use the code: xmasinjuly.
Almost all of my yarns have been moved to my studio site at Art Fire. Yes, you may remember, I did get quite miffed with them last year, but later realized that I had been getting some sales and was cutting off the wool to spite the sheep, so to speak. I have swallowed my pride and have been happy to be back. The site is quite easy to manage and will be much less expensive in the long run than running a separate store.
I'm hoping to eventually replace all the acrylic yarns with natural fibers and to start including more rovings and handspun yarns as well as other one-of-a-kind items such as felted hats and woven scarves.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Make your OWN YourStory covers

This is also a great video for making your own covers for the Your Story machine. In this one, RememberWhenDesigns points out that you need to leave between 1/4" and 1/2" space on either edge of the binding free of hot glue so that the glue doesn't run into your machine during binding. Good point! I'm still a little unclear of the scoring directions, but intend to look closely at the binders that came with my machine to see how they did theirs. Happy Crafting!

Episode 41 - Making my own Cover for my YourStory Machine

I just watched this video on You Tube. I got a Your Story bundle free with the purchase of a cartridge about a month ago, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. I feel much better now knowing that I can use hot glue to bind my own booklets. This opens up much more opportunity to work with students next year. They could make their own journals and photo books.
Thanks so much to HobbyMommyCreations for making this video.