Thursday, November 25, 2010

Back in Black Friday

So begins the holiday shopping rush at least in the US. The insanity, the craziness, the why didn't I buy that sweater 6 weeks ago when it was actually in the store! For many years I sold my handmade stuff at a local art show that happened on this weekend. It was actually one of the better organized shows I have been a vendor at.
Okay, so enough of my rambling and to the point of this posting. Etsy has finally brought to us seller coupon codes for sales. I thought it would be fun to have a sale.
At first i was having a treasure hunt sale to find the coupon code but that didn't seem to be working much. another time perhaps. Anyway, being the impatient soul that I am I will just give you the coupon code now and it is SEATTLESNOW. use that code and get 20% off your order.
Etsy Shop

Monday, October 11, 2010


The, not that kind. The UnFinished Object kind. I don't know about you but I have some many craft projects stacked up waiting to be finished. I have a jacket that i started sewing several years ago. it's a pretty plum wool. I just need to sew the lining and put it in. Then there is the sweater I am making for my mom. It was supposed to be for last Xmas. Luckily, she is a clam and patient woman. I can say all i have left to do for the sweater is finished knitting the wide collar for it. 100 and some odd stitched in a knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. I also have some socks, fingerless, gloves, and a hat to knit for myself. Only the socks were kind of started.
Then to make things worse. I easily have a half dozen pendants that need to be finished so I can sell them.
Each of these items will make me feel very proud when I finish them and yet....I haven't. Does anyone have tips on how to pick up forgotten craft projects to get them done and finished and no longer haunting me from their storage boxes or bags?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

I love of the gods really. so for those of you who are tired of eating nutella the usual way, off a spoon right from the container, I present to you this recipe I created. Made using a simple butter cookie recipe I added chopped toasted hazelnuts, mini chocolate chips and yes centers of nutella spread.

Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
makes about 3 dozen

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 - 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts

In a larg bowl cream together the butter and sugar until combined, add the vanilla and mix well. add the flour and salt and mix until the dough starts to come together. This is a very thick dough like a shortbread cookie dough. Add the chocolate chips and hazelnuts. I sort of managed to stir them through out by very gently mixing the dough pieces. Take the dough and form it into a flat disc. this is when you can make sure the chocolate chips and nuts get in there nicely. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
Unwrap chilled dough and form into balls roughly 1 1/4 inch round. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and gently press a indentation into the center. Nutella doesn't really come out of a measuring sppon very well so I used a butter knife to place about 1/4 teaspoon of nutella spread in the center of each cookie. Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

30 Day Shred Challenge

So in theory by now I should be done. Notice I said in theory. Yeah, that is a big clue there. The last couple of weeks have been hard to make the time, make the effort. It all started with a heatwave. temps were in the 90's and I don't have AC. Sadly, I am not a get up at 4am type of person. It's been extremely difficult to get back into the routine. I have gotten a few days in here and there but not what I'd like it it be. I didn't even get my usual walk outside done either. I am rather disappointed in myself a bit.
On the bright side I did start in again. I decided because of the time off some time back at level 1 might be a good plan.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tarotscopes August 16 - 22nd

This weeks image is from the Hubble telescope.
If you lived in the Northern Hemisphere and had clear skies this weekend did you get a chance to see the meteor shower? I tried and only saw a few because of fog one night and then just plain old light pollution.

Aries - 10 of Swords
You will finally be ending somethings this week but whatever it is you are ready to end it and go on to something new.

Taurus - 4 of swords
Looks like you will have a quiet week ahead of you. You may even just feel tired because of everything you do. Enjoy a well earned nap.

Gemini - 9 of Pentacles
You will finally be feeling a little more secure financially this week. Hopefully, this means most of your bills have been paid for the month.

Cancer - 2 of Wands (reversed)
Looks like you are headed back to square one this week on some projects because things just haven't panned out as you had hoped.

Leo - Queen of Swords
Opinions...everyone has got one and it looks like someone is going to want to tell you their opinion. This person really just wants to be heard and nothing more.

Virgo - 5 of Pentacles (reversed)
You are going to feel more optimistic about your lot in life and even your health. Things are not as bad as you once thought they were.

Libra - 7 of Wands
You will be on the defensive this week trying your best to defend a project or something you hold close to your heart. Just make sure you are fighting for something worth fighting for.

Scorpio - 6 of Swords
Now is the time to consider a quick vacation or day out. You need a break from the routine and the best cure is to just get away from it all

Sagittarius - Page of Wands (reversed)
Looks like that news you have been anxiously awaiting for is not going to come as quick as you would like it. There may even be email toubles this week.

Capricorn - 9 of Wands
You are actually at the finish line of something you have been working hard to get but you just don't realize it yet. Don't give up keep going.

Aquarius - The Hermit
Looks like there will be lots of quiet alone time in the week ahead but just make sure you are not locking yourself away from others and spending too much time alone.

Pisces - 8 of Cups
You are going to begin thinking about what it is you really want in life and probably even considering leaving things behind in order to get what you want.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Another week down only a few more to go

It was another week of sticking to my exercise regime. It went in some ways better and in some ways it was harder. I think my endurance and strength is vastly improving. At the beginning of the week I had some knee pain and stiffness but I continued on because it wasn't crippling or extremely painful. By the middle of the week it quit hurting. It's a lot of jumps and lunges which I wasn't used to doing. There were a few days in which I didn't feel like doing it at all but I did it anyway and felt so much better and dare I say it proud of myself for sticking with it.
Probably what you may be wondering is have I lost weight. I cannot say for sure if the scale will show a change but I can say that I feel like my jeans fit better.

Tarotscopes August 9 - 15th

This weeks image is the Strength card from The Bohemian Gothic Tarot. The second edition is due to be released soon. Bohemian Gothic Tarot.

Aries - 3 of Pentacles
You will be working hard this week on some project that is going to need to approval of another person in order for it to be fully finished.

Taurus - Queen of Cups + Lovers
The cards decided to stick together so you got two this week. You are going to just be following your heart and your intuition this week. The heart wants what it wants kind of thing going on.

Gemini - King of Swords
You will be using your own logical mind to make decisions and go forward with your ideas. Lot of talking to about why you are going to be doing things a certian way.

Cancer - 10 of Pentacles
Finally you are going to feel secure and on top of your financial life this week. Although, if you have kids don't be surprised if hey ask you for some additional money or a small loan this week.

Leo - 4 of swords (reversed)
If you have been feeling a bit under the weather or just plain tired you will now start to feel more active this week.

Virgo - Queen of Cups
You will be dealing with matters of the heart this week. If not your own then other will be coming to you for wise heartfelt motherly advice.

Libra - King Of Swords
Fair and balanced Libra will once again feel like the peace keeper in the group this week. Remember you can be a leader so don't let them walk all over you.

Scorpio - 4 of Wands
Surprisingly, you are going to feel very content, at peace and secure at home this week.

Sagittarius - Queen of Swords (reversed)
Beware of gossips and gossipy news. The info you get may not actually be true and so it's best to avoid getting involved and that includes telling gossipy news as well.

Capricorn - The Magician (reversed)
You are going to feel a bit lost and like you don't know everything you need to know this week. Stay calm and just keep swimming because sooner or later you will get what you need.

Aquarius - 8 of cups (reversed)
You no longer feel the need to look outside yourself and your circle for happiness. You already know you have it right there in front of you.

Pisces - The Chariot (reversed)
You are going to feel stuck and like your emotions have taken a roller coaster ride with you. Stay clearly focused on what it is you want. Also, this card on it's most simple form relates directly to travel and cars; in the reverse it can signal that your car has some sort of trouble or your trip hits some unexpected bumps in the road.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

On my walk

Okay so not everyone lives in a nice area so you may have to go find a quiet neighborhood to go for a walk in or a park. In any case get outside, get some fresh air and see some pretty things. I took pictures yesterday of some flowers in my neighbors front yard and I did in fact see a deer. I managed to get a picture of it. I think this is one of the in town deer that live here. You can't hunt in the city limits and there are plenty of sheltered forest like areas in which they can safely hide out. In fact last summer they had to relocated a mother bear and her cub from the area because they were raiding trash cans in a near by park.
So get out there and have some fun. what are you doing still sitting at your computer?!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Week 1 Done!

So last Monday I started the dreaded and much talked about 30 Day Shred workout. Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser is the fitness instructor on the video. She is tough but in a weird way she keeps me motivated to keep going.
I have attempted this before but this is a longest time frame I have done this for so far and I have no intentions on quitting this time.
Monday-Friday last week I did level 1 which I had done before. I found on this umpteenth time around that is hasn't been as difficult or dare I say it as painful the day after. By Saturday i was feeling pretty challenged and decided to do what i first set out as doing just a few parts of level 2. I ended up doing the entire level 2 program! I was certainly proud of myself. I had read some online reviews that said that level 2 was so hard and difficult. Perhaps I built up the level of difficulty in my head so then the reality of it was that it wasn't too bad. I do admit I have to take a couple 5 second breaks in there for a few exercises. I follow the lower impact modifications that Anita does for some of the elements.
Sunday was my day of rest from exercise and boy did I need it. Along with the 30 Day Shred I have been keeping up with my regular walking in my neighborhood which is about 2 almost 3 miles some of it hills. Plus I walk my dog every day and sometimes I sneak in another 30 minutes of cardio in in the evenings.
I am feeling so much better not only fitness wise do I feel strong but in other aspects of my life I just feel better. It is true what they say that exercise and regualr fitness can improve your mood, help you get sleep, and just in general make you feel better.
Stay tuned because I plan on taking my camera out on one of my daily walks in the neighborhood and take some pictures. Maybe I will be lucky and there will be some deer wandering around.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tarotscopes August 2 - 8

Aries - Magician
Oddly enough the Magician card is assigned to the sign of Aries. This week you can make your own magic and your own way. You know it too.

Taurus - 4 of swords
It is time for some mental relaxation and well maybe you should also focus on just staying out of "things" this week. Regroup and let those worries go this week.

Gemini - 9 of swords rx
You will realize that all your worries and fears can be easily managed this week. Just breathe and let go of the anxiety.

Cancer - King of Pentacles (reversed)
Once again you seem to have another week where you may be pushing yourself too hard and this time in the area of work. Keep in mind that time at home and with friend is important too.

Leo - The Hermit
Take some time to get away from it all. Ideally go do something in a quiet peaceful nature type setting but lacking that just spend some quiet time alone this week.

Virgo - The Tower (reversed)
Haven't you heard this tune before? That's what this week will feel like same tune just a different day. The tower is all about the unexpected but in this case you may just be expecting it. The tower is often seen as a "bad" card because it is about destruction but not all destruction is bad. New things can emerge from a change in thoughts and ideals.

Libra - 2 of wands (reversed)
You may end up going back to the drawing board this week; something is going to feel like 2 steps forward and one step back.

Scorpio - Judgment
Judgment is often assigned to the sign of Scorpio. You are finally going to hear what it is you have been waiting to hear or realize. From this you are going to start seeing things in a new light

Sagittarius - 7 of Swords
You are going to be sneaking off somewhere this week. Playing a little hooky from work perhaps in order to get a three day weekend.

Capricorn - The Empress (reversed)
Things may feel pretty stagnant this week for you and this may cause some strife in your personal life. This card is often associated with mom and....mother in laws. shall I say more. if mama aint happy no one is happy.

Aquarius - The Hierophant (reversed)
Like always those of us under this sign will be going along to the beat of our own drummer. That's the way we like it! Hierophant is all about tradition but reversed tradition and society type norms fly out the window for more novel and outside of the box thinking.

Pisces - Knight of Pentacles
You may get an offer to make a bit of extra income this week. if you have been looking for work you may in fact start going in a more positive direction on that this week.

Monday, July 26, 2010

30 Day Shred - or am I insane?

I am taking the challenge to do Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred work out. If you haven't heard of it, which there are people who haven't, it consists of 3 levels of circuit training workout. Each are about 20 minutes in length. You do 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio, and 1 minute abs and then repeat. I've attempted this before but I figured if I publicly stated I was going to do this then maybe it would work out better for me and I wouldn't stop on day 5.
Some people do the program for 30 days straight 10 days for each level. I plan on doing it a bit differently; moving up in levels as I feel ready to. Hopefully every 10-14 days or so. I plan on taking a day or so off each week to rest. Plus I plan on continuing my daily 2 to 3 mile walks.
Monday was day one and I took both measurements and pictures. Nope, I am not posting them for you. I'm not brave to post my not so good looking wearing next to nothing pictures online. I might post some type of before and after pics, the pounds and the measurements of how many inches I lost. I don't have any sort of expectation and I just want to get healthier and look more toned.
Wish me luck and I hope I don't die. lol
I will keep you all updated weekly as I go.

Tarotscopes July 26-August 1

I normally get these done earlier but I crashed out to sleep last night super early.
My unique blend of tarot meets horoscopes.

Aries - 10 of Pentacles
You should finally be able to sit back and enjoy the harvest of all your hard work this week. Take some time a just see how much you have gotten done

Taurus - 8 of Pentacles
You are going to be working hard this week possibly on some new creative and artistic endeavors. Just remember to keep trying even when it isn't working as well that first time.

Gemini - 8 of cups (reversed)
You will find yourself returning to things that once brought you joy; this can be creative ventures, activities, and even people.

Cancer - Ace of wands (reversed)
Looks like you may just run out of energy this week because you have been just going full force with activity recently/

Leo - 10 of cups
You will be spending some time with friends and family this week; BBQ or celebration of some sort. this is a great time to just enjoy being around those you love.

Virgo - The Empress
A time for growing and nurturing and gardening. get out there and clean up those neglected flower beds and it's not too late to plant a small planter with some fresh herbs. For you apartment dwellers get a flower basket.

Libra - 9 of swords
Looks like you may have a lot of your mind this week. Do your best to just let those worries go so you can get sleep.

Scorpio - Knight Of Cups
You got some romance coming your way and I think you may be the active go getter and be pursuing someone instead of the other way around.

Sagittarius - 6 of swords (reversed)
You will be feeling a bit aimless this week. Your thoughts are just sort of going to be going over the same old paths. Do you best to think outside the box.

Capricorn - Queen of cups (reversed)
Don't let the emotions of other people make you go all off course. Also, take time to listen because that may just be what the people in you life need right now.

Aquarius - The Emperor
This is the week to feel in control, on top of things and like you can conquer the world. Start something new and challenging; you may find that your determination will actually get it done this time.

Pisces - Ace of Cups
You are going to fall in love with something new this week. Could be a person or a creative task. You are just going to be head over heels in love like this was meant to be.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tarotscopes July 19-25

My unique blend of tarot meets horoscopes.

Aries - 7 of Pentacles
As hard as it is for you to wait; you are just going to have to be patient this week in your financial dealings

Taurus - The Devil (reversed)
This week may have you rethinking and getting rid of some of the things you once thought you NEEDED.

Gemini - The Hanged Man
You may be spending some time reflecting on things this week just don't over think or you may find yourself getting stuck

Cancer - 9 of cups
You can make your deepest heartfelt wishes this week and perhaps they will come true in the coming months. so think of what it is you really want.

Leo - 9 of swords (reversed)
You will finally be getting some sleep this week because those bad dreams and anxieties that have been waking you are on their way out.

Virgo - Knight of Cups
You are going to feel cherished this week when someone finally notices all the work you really do.

Libra - The Empress
You may end up spending time nurturing yourself and others this week....either that or your mother is going to call you which may or may not be a good thing.

Scorpio - Ace of Pentacles
Last week you came up with a new idea and this week you are going to finally start on building that new idea into reality.

Sagittarius - 4 of wands
You may end up doing all the housework and home repairs you have been putting off for some time this week. if you have none planned or can't because you rent try to make your space your own.

Capricorn - 5 of wands
Some competition will have you on your toes and in a fighting mood this week; don't worry you can take em.

Aquarius - 3 of swords
Looks like you will be feeling a bit blue and down in the dumps at some point this week but you can help mentally cheer up by remembering that you are surrounded by people and pets that care about you.

Pisces - 9 of Pentacles
You are going to be spending some nice free time all alone this week; think of it as a retreat from caring about what other people think of you.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tarotscopes July 12-18

Tarotscopes are back. It is Tarot meets Horoscopes. I pull a single card for each of the signs and figure out a general reading for the week ahead. It just for fun.

Aries - King of Swords
You will be using you keen mind and fairness in your dealings to get ahead this week.

Taurus - The Tower
troubled waters ahead this week for you but hiding from it wont help. so get out there and deal with things head on.

Gemini - The Hierophant
Take time to share your knowledge with others this week because you will both end up learning a thing or two

Cancer - 9 of wands + The Star
Cancer you got a jumper card this week the star. You may be feeling backed into a corner and just worn out by everything you have been dealing with. Have faith that things can and will get better. Chin up.

Leo - 8 of swords (reversed)
a card that is much better reversed. You will lose those fears and doubts this week and will finally feel like you can move ahead with your plans.

Virgo - Death
You will be going through some changes and transformations this week. try to embrace the new and not weep over the old.

Libra - 10 of Pentacles
You are going to be feeling very secure like you are on top of the world financially.

Scorpio - Ace of Swords
Look like you are going to be coming up with great new plans and will want to tell just about anyone who will listen about it.

Sagittarius - 9 of pentacles
You may find yourself enjoy the peaceful outdoors on your own some time this week.

Capricorn - Knight of Cups
looks like you may be getting a romantic offer this week from someone who could charm your socks off.

Aquarius - 7 of Pentacles
looks like there is more waiting in the week ahead. Your efforts haven't gone to waste because good things come to those that wait.

Pisces - Queen of Swords
You are going to make some bold decisions this week just be careful not to speak too harshly when you face those that may oppose you.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pleated Wristlets

Summer is all about travel or it should be. One of the things with travel is the need to still carry some money, a drivers license, and a few other odds and ends but who wants to be slowed down by carrying a big over sized handbag or purse. These fun cotton wristlets are my answer. Made out of fun cotton prints and a simple pleated design. They measures about 7 1/2" by 5 1/2" and aside from my very first one they have 11" long loops so you can place you hand through the loop.Check out the current selection

Monday, July 5, 2010

Christmas in July

Okay so Christmas and July don't have much in common when you think of 90 degree weather.
I thought it would be good to offer a nice July deal for you until July 16th you can take advantage of free worldwide shipping in my etsy shop.
I have lots of new things including jewelry, messenger bags, and wristlets. I even have a messenger bag made using a burlap coffee bag! The blend of my love of making bags and my other love of coffee.
My Etsy Shop

Monday, June 14, 2010

C is for Cookies!

I thought I would share with you this great cookie recipe that I got from my aunt; who got it from one of the women in her quilting group. It's a great use for an over ripe banana and you could in theory make these sort of healthy by adding dried fruits and healthy nuts. I didn't say I made them healthy though I just said you could.

Breakfast Cookies

Mix together
1 Cup peanut butter
2 sticks (1 cup) butter/margarine (I use butter...)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar (I have use both light and dark and it doesn't matter)
1 large banana
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

stir in
2 1/2 cups quick cook oatmeal
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

okay so this is when you can get creative because you can add what you like and in any amount you like. I used for this batch some coconut, chopped peanuts, some mini chocolate chips, and some butterscotch chips. You could be healthy by using dried fruits (chopping them if needed), various other nuts, or even candied fruits. really you can use anything as long as you can chop it into small bits.

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place on to ungreased cookie sheet by small tablespoon. Bake 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Getting out and about

After days and days of dark grey skies, rain, cold winds, and hail storms; I woke up to a pretty somewhat sunny Sunday. I decided that I was just sick and tired and annoyed with being cooped up in the house. A walk in the park or through the neighborhood didn't seem adventurous enough. I decided to drive to the ocean and visit Grayland and Westport.

The first stop was in Grayland where I found my past favorite stretch of beach had eroded further this past winter. It's almost inaccessible now and in fact the road stops a good 200 yards from where it used to.

Then I continued on to Westport which had the best surprise. The tall ships; Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain were currently docked. In fact they later sailed out to have a mock battle on the ocean. No, I didn't go on the sail. It was a great chance to take photographs of both ships while docked and then I managed to get a picture of them sailing.
I even had lunch in Westport and if you are ever there I highly suggest the One Eyed Crab. it's across the street from the marina. It was a bit pricey but the portions are large so they could be split.

After lunch I visited the lighthouse. I didn't pay to climb the stairs but I did take some pics of the outside. Then I decided that that was enough for the day so I headed back home. I couldn't resist pulling over and taking a picture of some fence that I saw with all these buoys hanging on it.

What did this trip accomplish well it certainly brightened my mood which I hope will help me this week in being productive and getting things done. Just getting out in the fresh air was a huge benefit. I am hoping to get back to work in the studio and in the sewing room with some new energy.

Sunday Spam 04/11/2010

Okay so this weeks features items and or auctions.

From my main etsy shop
Abigail Crewel Handbag $25

From my supply shop
Bright and Bold Vintage Fabric

eBay Auctions starting at 99 cents!

Blue and Black Pillow

Fused Glass Pendant

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I am a domestic goddess!

Sometimes I just get into the mood to do domestic type things like bake or cook and on a few occasions even clean. Today was not about the cleaning or the dusting. I've actually been doing that. I was in the mood this afternoon to bake. What to bake I wondered? Bread, of course.
Bistro Challah Bread

Bistro Challah Bread
Recipe Source Food Network
Recipe Courtesy of Caprial Pence

* 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
* 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
* 3 eggs
* 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups flour
* 1 tablespoon salt


Place the yeast, sugar and warm water in a mixing bowl. Stir and let stand for about 10 minutes, until creamy and foamy. Add the melted butter and eggs and mix well.Combine the flour with the salt. Add it to the yeast mixture, 1 or 2 cups at a time, until it forms a soft dough. Place the dough on a well-floured board and knead until the dough becomes smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place the dough in a large, well-greased bowl, then flip the dough over to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and let stand in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Punch the dough down, form it into a loaf and place in a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool before slicing.

I did read the reviews and made some adjustments to the recipe posted above.
Big adjustment don't bother with a loaf pan this dough wont fit. Just do a free form braid on a heavy sheet pan. The other adjustment mine did not need to bake for an hour about 45 minutes at 375 was fine. I found that my bread got brown right away so I covered it after the first 15 minutes of baking with foil. The I added a bit of butter to the top of my bread for the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My adventures in dying

No, I didn't die or see the light.
okay so as you may or may not remember I had this grand scheme to make my own Alive In Wonderland hoodie. I had to procure the main part of my project a new black hooded sweatshirt. Easy enough except all the stores are switching to spring summer clothes so the selection was limited. I would order online but I have been losing weight in recent month and so I don't know what size would fit best. So I did find some at a local store but no black ones. There was grey and I thought to myself it is a cotton poly blend I could dye this black and it will be fine.
flaw one: cotton poly blends dye lighter than the package so what I ended up with was a very dark green tinged blackish garment.
flaw two: I didn't know that thread was 100% poly so I had nice light grey stitching everywhere...not the accent I was going for
flaw three: I used a large bowl but not large enough to fully agitate the hooide so my dye was uneven even if it had worked out.

so this leaves me where you may ask. Well, I am still on the search for the perfect already made one and my project is on hold till I can find a great fitting black hoodie. Is it seriously too much to ask for a fully zipped front hoodie in size small in black. apparently it is.
although I am looking on ebay. I love it people are selling the hooded sweatshirts from hot topic on there for over a $100. looks like not to many buyers at that price. some people are buying them for $5 or more over the hot topic pricing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We have a winner!

Congrats goes to The Home Ec Teacher's Daughter. She is the winner of this great cotton print bag. I am popping it into the mail to her tomorrow.
Feel free to check out her blog

Thursday, January 14, 2010

We're all mad here...

and you will fit right in. Won't you have a cup of tea with me for it is my unbirthday?

so you are probably sitting there going is there a point to this posting? yes, there is. In case you haven't figured it out I am a fan of Alice in Wonderland. With the new Tim Burton movie due to be released this year; Alice is back in popularity. I find myself in the need of a new hoodie but alas I am a picky girl. I have to have a zipper. I like both front and back designs. It's such a waste to only have a front design. As much as I love the work of Tim Burton; I honestly don't want a Alice hoodie from that movie nor do i want a Disney version on either. So to the interwebs I went to search. After an hour I gave up. Nothing was to my liking. This bring us to the real point of this post; I am going to make a series of postings about designing and making my very own hooded sweater shirt with an Alice theme.
Right now I have tons of excitement for this project but need to have time and also I need to get supplies including a plain hoodie. So far in my planing I will be using a combination of original book artwork, quotations, and some common symbols such as teacups and playing cards. I feel like the will be an evolving project as I design the front, back, sleeves, and even maybe the hood. I don't really have a sketch at this point it's more of ideas spinning in my brain. It's a start.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Win a Handbag: Drawing Jan 25th.

This bag is about 8" by 8" by 1.5". It has a bottom band of a a old fashioned type of floral print from Moda and above that is a thinner band of a pink on pink cotton print of writing. This bag is fully lined with a grey solid cotton. no pockets or closure on this shoulder bag. It has two handles made from the floral print that are about .75" wide and 21" in length. It is interlined (you cannot see this) with pellon for stiffness.

The winner will be picked randomly on Monday Jan. 25; which happens to be my birthday. You can enter from now till 12 midnight EST on Jan 24th.
You can do all or just one of the following and each is good for a single entry; so if you do all of them you will have 4 chances.

1: Make a comment on this blog post
2: follow this blog
3: follow me on twitter
4: Retweet the following message (1 retweet only please):
RT Win a FREE Cotton Print Handbag from @gothicreations

Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Another start...

so here it is January 6th and a few short hours from the 7th. So the big questions is do I have plans and goals for the new year? well, I'm not one for resolutions because those get broken before a week is out. Do I have goals? why yes, I do. I would like to increase my etsy sales...the goal of pretty much every etsy seller. One of my other goals was to make more new products. That I can actually say I have accomplished so far. I have made several new handbags. I need to list more jewelry items that I had actually made before the official start of the new year. Okay so maybe my plan should be to clone myself so I can get more that are I become world ruler and add an extra month to the calendar in which case I am calling it Smarch.