Thursday, May 21, 2009

3rd Time's the Charm- Etsy Treasury

This is great- a third Etsy Treasury. :) This time for my Watermelon bag.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=54571



I was listed by Sandy from Cape Cod Consignments- a fellow crocheter with lovely children items. Check her out at: CapeCodConsignments.etsy.com Looking through her items, I must admit to having crochet envy.

Thank you Sandy!

(BTW- that was the first time I've done a screen cap using a Mac. Yay me! I never knew it was possible since there is no "Print Screen" button. For those of you fellow PC'ers who may want to know this sometime in the future, all you have to do is hold down the Apple key + shift + 3 to get a screen cap of the screen. If you want to get a cap of just a portion of the screen, hold down Apple + shift + 4 and your mouse will become a selector. Select what you want to capture and it will be saved on your desktop. This concludes the Geek Squad portion of GegeCrochet.)

This watermelon bag of mine has been getting lots-o-love. What has surprised me is that it's gotten more views and interest than the Marilyn bag. I am starting a new Watermelon Bag today and will be writing up the pattern- very excited about it! A friend of mine has commissioned one with a zipper, so that will be a new design feature- woot!

I'll be taking it with me to work on during our Anniversary trip beginning tomorrow. I didn't get to finish my travel bag- bummer! However, my sister-in-law is getting married in June, so, as God as my witness, I will never be hungry again! Err...I mean, I WILL have it finished by then.

Alright....off to my wool stash....I need to write a poem about it or something. I love my yarn- especially the wool. I need to take a picture of it to share the love. When I find a sale, I'm pretty darn ravenous. I think I'll change my name to Woolly Bully because I'll kick you in the teeth to get the wool before you do.

HAHA! Boy do I make myself laugh. :)

Woolly bully....woolly bully....woolly bully...woolly bully....woolly bully. Yeah- Watch it now- here it comes!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

All right Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up

Ok peeps- here it is. The trailer you've all been waiting for! The cinematic masterpiece filled with love, deception, fear, and laughter....Lilly's Thorn!

Hee! Lilly's Thorn is the movie I filmed summer/fall 2008. I think it's just about finished with post production and will hopefully be hitting the film festival circuits. Will it be my big break??? Eh. No. But, it sure was fun to do! Even if I never do another film ever again, I feel content knowing I lived out this dream of mine and actually starred in a feature film. :)

Oh, yes- it also showcases some of my crochet work- the Lilly's Daisy Apron. :)

For more information, check out www.oldvafilms.com.

:)


SECOND Etsy Treasury!!!

YAY! Here is my second Etsy treasury- 2 in one week!!!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=58964

Thanks to Valerie's Essentials- check out her wonderful candles here: ValerieEssentials.etsy.com

Thank you Valerie!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Marilyn's Birthday Greetings

Ok- so, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. In between working on some new loverlies, I've been driving back and forth to Philly (3+ hour drive) for a photo shoot. Keep an eye out for the new Sesame Place advertisements- you might just see little ol' me. :) It was fun playing around with the kiddos and meeting the characters, but I do understand why they say to not work with animals or children. :)

My sister's birthday was last month and I had a glorious idea for her birthday present. She has a love for all things 1950's- particularly I Love Lucy, Elvis, and Marilyn. So, I went to the planning board, checked out my wool stash, and voila! This is what I came up with:

Marilyn blue

Isn't that gorgeous?!? That's not all, my friends- you can't have just one Warhol-esque Marilyn- you need at least two! Here's the other side:

Marilyn pink

I didn't want to give it to her, quite honestly. I LOVE IT AND I WANT IT! She absolutely adores it and has proudly worn it everywhere- she's a great billboard. :)

Birthday girl and Marilyn

I got the inspiration from Becky from beck's blog. If you haven't seen her stuff, you should- she's amazing!

This was the first time I felted Tunisian crochet- worked really well! It was also the first time I put a zipper in a purse:

Marilyn zipper

SQUEE! I had to figure out how to do it all by my lonesome, but I did it. I don't know if it's done the "correct" way, but it does work and actually came out decently. The lining is absolutely beautiful. It has a shiny silver backing to it that makes it shimmer. It also makes it a bear to hand sew!! Seriously- sewing those handles and the lining into the bag was probably the hardest thing I've done- I went through 2 needles! But, it was worth it- so gorgeous. :)

Here is a pre-felting pic so you can see just how big this sucker was:

Marilyn Pre Felt

Yeah. Freakin' huge.

The great thing about felting is that I didn't have to weave in the ends- I HATE doing that. So, the ends felt up, producing a rather disturbing image:

Marilyn wrong side Medusa

Yowza! I guess she is post menopausal and needs a Tweezy or something.... Possibly a nose hair trimmer, too....

Marilyn wrong side

HAHA! What? Moi? Juvenile??? Never!

My cat loves all things crocheted and felted, but was extremely fond of Marilyn:

Cool Cats

You can see the material with the silver backing in that pic, too. :)

I took this purse to the vendor party a week and a half ago- everyone loved it! I showcased some of my purses and scarves and made a couple sales! Yay! One lady bought a scarf and an Erin bag.

Erin Bag size perspective

The original was sold at auction for the Loudon Therapeutic Riding Foundation, so this was the second one I made.

This next project is one that I actually started on this last fall- it's a continuation of my love of watermelons. However, as I've said, when there is something wrong with one of my WIPs, I put it away until I can figure out what the heck it is. It could be because of a color combination that just isn't right or, for a purse, it could be that I haven't quite figured out how to finish it- wrong handles or lining or....something. That's what happened with this little guy....I wanted to finish it soooo bad, but....I just couldn't figure out what to do about the flap! Should I put a silver embellishment? Do I line it so the magnetic clasp doesn't show? WHAT DO I DO?? So, there it sat....for months. Until I had the utterly brilliant idea (or at least something I could live with!) of using a big black button- a ginormous watermelon seed, if you will. Ahhhh. Once I figured it out, I could bring it out of hiding at long last.

watermelon

A lady who attended the vendor party loved it! She contacted me a few days after the party and ordered it off of Etsy- yay!!! She also ordered one of my scarves on commission in a color scheme I didn't have showcased. All browns- very pretty! Counting the Mom bag I sold to a lady at church, I've sold 4 bags (including the one donated to auction) in the last few weeks. YAYAYAYAY!!

So, there you have it! In between the various trips to Philly (including the one with my church a couple weeks ago), I've been working like a mad woman on my bags. My anniversary is this Friday, so my hubby and I are going on a small 5 day get-a-way- WOO HOO! I'm working on a travel bag design- hopefully it'll turn out well....and hopefully I'll finish it before our trip! It's another reallllly HUGE bag, but it's all pre-felting, so hopefully it'll be the size I'm hoping for once it's felted. Crossing my fingers!

My first Etsy Treasury!!!

WOOOOO HOOOO! My Nintendo Felted Koopa Coin purse was listed in Treasury West:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=54245

YAY! It's filled with Nintendo stuff. :)

Also, I had my first Etsy sale! YAY! It's a bag that I just listed- pics coming soon. Just wanted to get this out there now because I'm bursting with pride. :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Cackling with excitement

I've been working on a few purses and will finish lining 4 of them today and tomorrow. I'm soooo excited! A friend of mine from church ordered a Mom Bag- this is the third one I've made. The first one was for my mom, the second was for sale, but I ended up gifting it to my hubby's aunt who is retired in Spain- she LOVED it. So, this one was made on commission for my friend- it's been a huge hit with her circle of friends! Because of this, she's invited me to attend a vendor party tomorrow evening. I'll be showcasing my purses and scarves and am super excited!

Another friend from my church is involved with the Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, which holds an annual auction to benefit the society. My friend asked if I would like to donate a purse for the cause and I was more than happy to. She said that everyone oohed and ahhed over my bag and a few people asked if I do work on commission. I know my cards were handed out, so here's hoping something good will come out of it. :)

Ok, my pursing break is over....next post will contain tons of pics from the bags I've been working on- one of which is my sister's b-day present. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!