Getting Ready for Craft Sale Season

I’m not sure why, but I always seem to bite off way more than I can chew…no matter what the situation lol! My craft supplies/blanks have been starting to arrive and when I look at it I think Holy Crapadoodle, am I going to be able to get all of that done… as well as Christmas?? That is why I am starting early. Not as early as I had planned but I am getting used to my brain injury taking over and messing up my plans!

I think I am only going to do 2 Craft sales this year…. the one my mother-in-law has every year with everything Cat themed, and another one somewhere local. This means not only making Christmas type items, but also cat related.

I picked up 12 white mugs last week to do a bunch of the Cat Themed Mugs I posted a few weeks back. I took the original 4 to my mother-in-law’s last time I was down there and she loved them and that they would sell well with that crowd. Hopefully 12 will be enough… although I could also take orders if need be… they are fairly quick to do.

I have also started to accumulate blank canvases from the dollar store so I can make a bunch of signs.

In one of my auctions, I won a box of wine glasses. I thought they would be great to either put the same designs on as the mugs or maybe some sarcastic cat sayings?

If you notice the brown glass items in that bin, I am thinking about cutting some sort of Thanksgiving/Fall design on them and just selling them locally. They are so beautiful that I think anyone would love them for their Fall decorating! Look at how nice they are! I think I paid about $4 for the set!

I got my tote bags the other day so I can embroider on them, some wooden sign blanks that I think would be cool to do custom as Monogram signs? Or even some Christmas sayings?

And some canvas wine bags. I thought I could do one for my brother-in-law who is a wine lover and put some sort of Rx: In case of emergency, pop cork on the bag and related sayings on some stemless wine glasses to make a wine lover basket.

And finally I picked up some round glass cutting boards. I want to cut mirror images to put on the bottom of them so the design isn’t on the cutting side of the board. Again, I can do some cat themed ones as well as day to day.

On top of all of that I have been accumulating tea towels, pillow cases, pot holders and the like to embroider on to add to my craft sale stock!

Wish me luck lol…. hopefully I can get it all done… and on time!

Sandie

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Dragonfly Wall Art – Cricut

While looking at all my options in Cricut Design Space, I came across some really cute dragonfly cut files. This prompted me to think about what I could put one on.

I decided to go with a dollar store picture frame, a piece of card stock, the dragonfly cut file, some water colour paint and the word “Believe” cut in one of the Design Space fonts.

While it isn’t gallery worthy it still makes a cute addition to a blank wall!

The first thing I did was to design/assemble the “pattern” I wanted for my picture in Design Space.

I chose the colours I wanted to use and then cut the pattern out.

I stuck the vinyl to the outside of the glass in the picture frame and put some card stock in the picture portion of the frame.

I used a pink card stock and it just seemed rather bland when I put everything together. I decided to use some water colour paint to give it a little bit more colour.

And that’s it…. a quick and colourful addition to my walls!

Sandie

“Home is where my Herd is…”

This my first attempt at designing a pattern of my own. Now by design… I mean arranged free fonts and downloaded images into a sign that I wanted to hang on the wall by the front door.

Using the premade cut files really made “assembling” this pattern a cinch!

I made my design in Cricut’s Design Space. Here is what my pattern looked at in Design Space after I finished it.

Once it looked how I wanted it to look I base painted a canvas to use and then cut the file on my Cricut.

I lined it up using the grid transfer tape….

Then removed the backing paper of the vinyl and stuck it to my canvas.

I gave it a coat with chalkboard paint sealer and then hung it on one of the long walls in the front stair area!

Sandie

(Cricut) Cat Lover Mugs

Since it is already August, I thought I had better start thinking about not only Christmas, but also the Christmas craft sale my mother-in-law has every year. I plan on making items to sell with both the Cricut and my Embroidery Sewing machine…. and all Cat/Cat Lover themed.

Again I found and downloaded these FREE patterns from www.lovesvg.com!

I loved how well the mugs below turned out. I have one of them running through my dishwasher right now to see if they are actually dishwasher safe like the permanent vinyl package stated.

I picked up these mugs at the dollar store. They were $1.25 each. I figured I used maybe 50 cents worth of permanent vinyl to make them, bringing me to a grand total of around $1.75 to make each one.

It took me about 25 – 40 minutes to download the designs, add the designs to my Cricut app, cut the vinyl and apply it to the mugs. Not too bad for that amount of time. I haven’t decided what I am going to price them at, but I think with what it cost me to make I have a pretty good profit margin.

My grand plan is to make items with both machines that will coordinate with each other to hopefully make multiple purchases of items that match!

I have so many ideas floating around in my head for both the craft sale and for Christmas itself to make and sell/gift. This weekend I plan to get one of my notebooks out and start to plan what I want to make, how many, who I want to make what for, pricing for items I want to sell and things like that. It will be nice to not only gift these items I am making, but to also make a few bucks selling them!

If anyone has any advice, suggestions or anything else regarding selling homemade items, please fill me in. It has been a long time since I made anything to sell!

(I am also thinking about trying to design and cut leather to make jewelry, again as gifts and possible to sell!

Sandie

Laundry Room Sign – Dollar Store Canvas & Cricut

Chris is already laughing at me because of how much I am enjoying “playing” and asking how many rooms I am going to “label” lol! So far I have only made signs for 2 rooms, so I am not sure what is so laughable. He is probably thinking of my machine embroidery as well because I don’t think there is a room in the house that doesn’t have some sort of machine embroidery in it… labeled or not lol!

Here is the sign I made for the laundry room! I used the Cricut for the lettering and “leaves,” and then decided to embellish it a little.

Sandie

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My First Cricut Sign!

Sunday afternoon I designated as “play” time. I wanted to try making a sign for the front door using the Cricut and a wooden canvas I picked up from the dollar store.

Here is the canvas….

I gave it a sort of “washed” paint finish using brown, white and turquoise.

While the canvas was drying I started on the lettering for the sign.

I found this SVG cut file/pattern (and literally thousands more) for free at http://www.lovesvg.com.

I downloaded the pattern and started to load and cut the wording.

Once they were all cut, I placed them on the transfer tape (which is awesome because it has a built in 1 inch grid for those of us who can’t do anything in a straight line).

I measured how big the pattern would be when placed and used those measurements to centre the words/lettering on the canvas.

I used the scraper that came with the Cricut to make sure the vinyl was fully adhered to the canvas and peeled off the transfer tape.

This is how it looked finished.

I stapled some twine to the back and tied it at the top in a bow before hanging it on our front door!

I can’t wait to try my next project!!!

Sandie

Hummingbird Swing

Yes… I do know that the chances of a hummingbird actually using this are slim to none, but I still wanted to make one because they are just so cute!

This is an easy project, and if you are anything like me, you have everything on hand already!

I found a small branch in the yard and then used a spool of wire from the dollar store and some random beads I had in a margarine container.

I cut 2 lengths of wire longer than I wanted the height of my swing.

I made a hanger by folding the two pieces of wire in half and twisting it to form a little loop for hanging.

After that it was just a matter of stringing the beads in the order I wanted them and wrapping the remainder around the branch.

Optional: adding more beads and making a swirl if wanted to finish the wire ends.

I have it hanging near one of the hummingbirds favourite feeders in the hopes I see one actually use it!

Sandie