Just wanted to let everyone know, just in case you don't follow me via Facebook or Twitter, I've got new items in my Etsy store, FINALLY!
I've been meaning to add stuff for forever, but sometimes life just has a way of making plans go in a different direction.
But with 2 weeks off for Christmas, I've finally had time to photograph my listings, edit those photographs, and now I'm finally to the listing part. It sounds easier than it is...to list you have to come up with a great description that catches a buyer, have exact measurements ready, have shipping info ready to enter etc. So it takes a while....combine that with a full time job of being an art teacher and a full time job of being a mom to a 5 year old and there just never seems to be enough time.
Side note: That's one of the reasons I was bummed about the craft fair being canceled. There are no descriptions, photography, photo editing, shipping costs, etc. People just come up and shop. So we'll try again next year!
But I've had plenty of time to work on it, plus my other side consignment shops. What a great break! I finally feel caught up!
If you're like me, I no longer have any phone numbers memorized (except for my own) and rely on my cell phone to have all of them. But what happens if your cell phone dies, the battery isn't charged or you just lose it?
Introducing a telephone index (rolodex).....
I must admit I love the security of having it on paper rather than just on my cell phone. I've made one for myself before here.
But here is the latest one I've made that I actually made for the craft fair that got canceled. Now it will go in my Etsy shop.....one of these days.
I found this plain black box on clearance at Joann's. I spray painted a scrapbooking embellishment handle light blue and used E6000 glue to attach it.
I found a scrapbook paper that is a an old fashioned telephone index paper that I cut apart.
I stamped journaling spaces onto plain, solid papers and glued them down to double sided scrapbook paper so you can add info on both sides.
The tabs I made here are from that old fashioned telephone index paper. I got it from Scrapbook.com.
Now all your important numbers are organized, at your finger tips, easy for a babysitter to access and it just looks cute!
I was trying to think of other ideas to add to my kitchen collections and when I saw several plain wooden boxes at Target, I knew exactly what I wanted to make....recipe boxes. Pair it with a set of my kitchen tea towels and they make the perfect wedding or housewarming gift.
So I just spray painted them (one blue and one brown). I used my E6000 glue to attach an old spoon and old fork to the front.
Then I made the recipe cards using a recipe card stamp and a journal stamp. The recipe cards are made from double sided scrapbook paper. I printed the stamps on solid papers that coordinated with the patterned papers and glued one side that has the recipe stamp and the other side has the journal paper for notes or extra space for the recipe.
Here's the brown box.
The blue one has already sold but if I find anymore of these boxes, I'll be making more.
For those of you that don't know, I'd planned on having a booth at the L.D. Bell Craft Fair the first weekend in December. I've done it twice before with lackluster results. But thought, maybe this was my year. My friend let me share her booth space and it was a prime spot. Unfortunately, a HUGE ice storm hit us around that same time. We were out from school 2 days and the craft fair was canceled. Boo! Not postponed. Boo! Just canceled. Boooooo!
So a few of the bigger items I'd made will eventually make it to my shop but shipping costs may prohibit that. Wondering if my consignment friends would like me to send them there??
So now on to the post......
A great way to keep your family organized for the next year is a menu board. You log what you'll be serving. Everyone knows what to expect. Plus, you commit yourself to actually making it. Putting it in writing makes it more of a commitment.
The first chalkboard menu board I made I framed in wine corks.
Yes, they are authentic and have been removed from an actual bottle of wine.
The back looks like this. Just in case you get tired of being organized or need a break. It hangs by a twine rope that my husband drilled holes for. I tied knots in one side (the menu side) and it loops around the back.
The 2nd menu board is also chalkboard but with dining utensils as a frame. All I did was buy old utensils and spray paint them a robin's egg blue.
I glued them on with E 6000.
I decorated the back, just in case you get bored with menu planning.....
My 3rd menu board is a dry erase board. I used an old frame that I spray painted black. Behind the glass I did an arrangement of papers that are super retro and fun! All you have to do is buy a dry erase marker and write on top of the glass. Erase each week with a paper towel and rewrite.