First Craft Show

First Craft Show

I recently did a small Make &/or Bake Sale for Alzheimer’s research. It was the first time I’d ever done something like that. I didn’t have a lot of props and I used sticky notes to show prices, but it went really really well.
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So First ever show a success! Aaaaannndd a friend asked me to share a booth with her in October, so second show here I come! I’m very excited! I have to make some more items and look around the house for some props. If you live in Tennessee, or want to visit, it’s the Grundy County Craft Show on October 1st. Come and see me!

Some items that will be with me in Grundy County:
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Also, I’m taking orders for custom jewelry for gifts or upcoming holiday party gatherings and for custom bags. Get your orders in early for a special surprise!

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A Necklace to Envy, The Key to My Heat, Tear Drop, and Recycling!

A Necklace to Envy, The Key to My Heat, Tear Drop, and Recycling!

I was very busy last month with social and family commitments, as we’ll as trying to get my shop ready, but I still managed to create a few fun pieces of jewelry.
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I stayed up late more than a few nights to get things just right, but it’s always worth the lost sleep. Lulu came up a few times to stick her nose in my work saying, “hey, it’s time to play with me!!!” That’s always a good indicator it’s time to take a break.
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I was excited that I was able to add those and few other new items to my shop! I’m in a building and creating mood, and so I went through and sorted through old jewelry friends and family have given me to recycle. Some of them are broken and others they were just tired of. I love that instead of throwing it away they gave them to me! I can’t wait to use it all!
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A Strip of Roses

I have been meaning to make myself a laptop bag for my Mac book since I bought it. And I finally made it!! Well almost I haven’t decided about the strap yet, so I’m using a temporary one. But I’m very pleased with the rest of it.

I used an old felted sweater as padding were the computer is held. a good way to recycle an old sweater.
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To close it I used a zipper framed it with the rose fabric. On the inside, I added an expandable pocket for all the cords and extra electronics.
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On the side, I made a small pocket to hold pencils and pens for easy access.
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The bag came out a little larger than I had intended, but I love it! And that just means there’s room for when I upgrade to a larger laptop. πŸ˜›
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Alice in Wonder Land Birthday Dress

Alice in Wonder Land Birthday Dress

My friend Malinda called me up two weeks ago to see if I could help her make a dress out of playing cards for her little sister to wear for her birthday party. I accepted right away with a million ideas floating through my head! After talking a little to get a feel for what her sister might want, I drew a couple sketches and planned a meeting. Between work and life, I ended up with about 48 hours to get it done.
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Fortunately I have a wonderful dress making partner named Ella. She is flexible enough to help me with many sizes and never complains when I stick her with a pin.
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So after Ella got adjusted, I went to work making the dress. I don’t usually get nervous making dresses, but this one felt different. It’s for a 12 year old’s birthday. So it had to be perfect!
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I got started making the skirt and top. Once those were sewn together, I added the zipper, lace around the top, and the bubble hem with tulle. Sewing the cards on was the hardest part.
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The result! I think it turned out pretty well for the project runway time frame I was on. πŸ˜› (please ignore the fold lines on the fabric… they were fixed.)
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My friend said her sister loved it!!! They had a wonderful time at her Alice in Wonderland party, painting tea sets. Best of all no one lost their head!

Custom bags for Christmas

Custom bags for Christmas

I’ve been making bags now for a couple years. I started out making one for myself to carry all my books and water bottle and sketch supplies. My family and friends loved it. So I made a few gifts. Then I sold my first one, and orders have been trickling in pretty steadily since.

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Two of those were for myself. The top was actually a book cover and the bottom right was the front of my first bag. The left was a bag I made for a friend’s birthday.

My most recent work has been a turtle bag and a gold fish bag for a lady that works in my office. She bought them as gifts for her nieces. I’ve also made birds and an elephant by request.

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I’m currently taking orders for Christmas. I can make any animal and they’re very customizable. Visit my shop to place an order. Or email with questions: amanda.phc@gmail.com. All orders placed before December 16th will make it to you in time for Christmas!

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