Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Upcycle and Old Kid's Swing Set Into a Plant Hanger

The picture does not show the whole swing set, but trust me it is there. My kids outgrew their old metal swing set years ago. You know the kind with two swings and a slide. We were going to build an adult swing to hang on it, but my husband decided that was too much work, and bought me one. So, I had him remove the slide, which was not easy it is so old, move it to the front yard, and then I crocheted a pretty purple hanger, and hung it from one of the swing hooks. I am not sure I like the pattern used, so will look for another one, but it works for now. I think I can hand 5 pots up there, and I want to plant climbing plants, like roses or Ivy up the legs of the swing set. The crocheted plant holder is not for sale in my Etsy shop. I just don't seem me making a ton of those.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Make It Monday Fairy House and Butterfly Napkins

Welcome back to Make it Monday! Happy Memorial Day to all the families that have lost loved ones in wars to protect the freedoms of the rest of us. We thank you!

 Today, I got a lot done. I got some plants transplanted. I love free plants! If you don't know how to propagate plants, you need to learn. Maybe I will do a blog post on that. Some are easier than others, but almost all plants can be propagated. Today I tried Hydrangeas, and Camellias. Last week I did some Azaleas, which so far don't look real great, but I am hopeful. I have one rose bush, that I have propagated at least 4 times. It was a pricier rose bush, at 30 dollars, but I would say I got my money's worth.

 I bought this tiny wooden bird house, at my local craft supply store, put it together, and then sat down to paint it today. You can see the results below. I totally love how it came out. I was researching prices others are charging, and wow I was amazed. Since, like with my jewelry, I want my customers to actually be able to afford the fairy gardens they create, I will try to keep my prices as low as possible. I will be adding more fairy accessories to my Etsy shop, as I get them made. I will eventually make one of my own, or two, lol, but they would be hard to ship, so I will just sell the parts for someone else to make one. So many ideas, so little time.

 The second item, is a set of four, reclaimed and upcycled linen napkins that I painted flowers and butterflies onto. They are a set of 4, all with the same design, but may have slightly different color schemes just to keep it interesting.

I also got into the garage to do some very late spring cleaning.  I will be listing all kinds of things on Ebay as auctions.  Some older inventory, plus kids stuff will be available there.  Be sure to check it out to get some awesome deals.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Learning to Make A Fairy Garden

I want to make fairy gardens. I just love them. I want to make accessories to sell for them, as well. It is a long process learning how to make accessories. The other day, my daughter and I were in the craft store and saw these tiny birdhouses. We bought one, put it together, the glue is still wet in the image, and left off the perch part. I will now paint it, and decorate it, and voila my first fairy house. I wish I had bought a few more, lol. Hopefully they will have more when I go back.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Make it Monday White and Lime Green Crochet Baby Blanket

Today, for Make it Monday, I completed one of the baby blankets I have been working on. I have a second one that isn't even halfway done yet. This one is a large white Granny Square, with lime green trim. Great as a baby blanket, lap blanket for Grandma or Grandpa, small bed, or couch accessory. Crochet blankets are super warm, even if they have holes in them. If you are interested in purchasing check out my Etsy shop, Missy69. Can be made in other colors, see listing for details.


 On a different topic, sort of, I will be listing auction style items on Ebay, and a limited amount of items from my Etsy shop. This will open my marketing up to two different large venues. Click here, to see one of my Ebay auctions.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Father's Day Gifts

I am feeling a little bit blah about Etsy of late. I don't know what happened there, but I suspect since they went public profits is what is on their mind. There are a lot of low priced, manufactured, rather than hand made items now, and I think that has cut into the handmade market. I try to keep my prices as low as I can, and offer great sales, but mass produced items can be priced so much lower. It might be time to consider other options soon. I realize you have to spend money to make money, but for how long. I had fair sales the last two years, and since November, well, bleh. If you have never heard of Etsy, check it out.


This is a Polyvore set. To see each item there, click the links under the image. That will take you to Polyvore, and then if you are still interested you can click the image again and it will take you to the original shop to purchase.
Father's Day Gifts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blue and White Dolphin Pendant and Leather Necklace

Brand new in my Etsy shop, this lovely blue and white dolphin cameo pendant and leather necklace. Nice choker style fashion necklace. Light weight, not heavy at all. Visit my shop today!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Make It Monday LadyBug Theme

Today for Make it Monday I did some items in a ladybug theme. I love ladybugs. They are just so cute! I joined a new Etsy team where we are challenged to create something new every day. This truly will be a challenge since some of my crochet items just can not be finished in a day. So, I may have to share updates to crochet items I am working on. I currently have two, and they are both baby blankets. I may have one finished tomorrow, will see.

 It is extremely hot now here in FL, and when I went to do my glass etching, this evening, I thought I was going to melt. It was so humid. I only do the glass etching outdoors. So, I will not be able to do any more glass etching until Fall, when the cool weather returns. I am very sad by this. The green wine goblet has ladybugs etched into it. It can be turned upside down and used as a tealight holder, but I would make it into a tiny fairy garden. There is only one, the other glass was broke, and like I said I won't do anymore until Fall.

 The second item, is brand new to me, and not quite finished. It is clay flower pot people. This is my first one, and it has a ladybug theme, as you can see. You add a plant to the top pot, and it is an adorable garden accessory, or for people who can not have a garden. I have to attach the head to the body, and the arms to the body, tomorrow, and then it can be listed in my Etsy shop. I guess that will be my item for tomorrow, lol. These will be made to order only.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Teal Blue and Orange Team Color Fashion Pendant Now on Sale

Happy Mother's Day.  I am trying to work on a schedule to be sure I am blogging most days.  So far I have not achieved this, lol.  I might get two days in if I am lucky.  Anyway, I have a new section in my Etsy shop, 10 dollar gift ideas.  Some of these items are older inventory that I hope to move quickly, or new items at an awesome price.

This pendant is a gold tone wire wrapped pendant with orange and teal blue beads.  Great ladies gift for the sport lover, or to show support.  I can do these in other colors, so be sure and ask if you would like that.  To see this beautiful pendant, visit my Etsy shop. 

Tomorrow for Make it Monday, a brand new product in my shop.  It will incorporate my love of painting, and gardening all in one.  Don't miss it!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Make it Monday- Wednesday Version

I actually did make this on Monday, lol, but due to having family in town didn't have time to post. The second bracelet is blue and white with a seahorse charm. That one is not shown because it is a birthday gift. The one shown is a leather wrap bracelet with pink glass pearls, and brown glass beads with a cute teddy bear button closure. Great gift for a teen or tween, friend gift, back to school, etc. Please note for ages 12 and older only. To see this bracelet, or shop any of my other items, visit my Etsy shop.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Make It Monday Patriotic Gifts

Before I get to Make it Monday, I am letting my readers know I will be shutting down my PatternbyEtsy shop at the end of May. My regular Etsy shop will remain. I left Etsy feedback as to the things I thought would make Pattern awesome. All regular Etsy shops will have guest checkout, which is one of the main reasons I opened a Pattern shop. Now, all my customers can use guest checkout if they want to while shopping right at my main Etsy shop.   Don't forget about my two sale sections, clearance sale, and 10 dollar gift ideas.  One of my favorite bracelets sold out yesterday.

 Today, for Make it Monday, I decided to take my love of painting, to make some patriotic items. First is an apron, with flags, and an eagle. Second is a pair of girls size 2 canvas sneakers with red white and blue flags. Both of these can have names and dates added, so do that when ordering. Great gifts for Father's Day, military members, parties etc. I am going to try to get some matching glasses done also. These two items will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow.


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