I wanted a fan for my faire costume, but hte pretty feathered ones started at $23. So I bought a $6 straw fan, thinking it would get me through the hot day and I could buy/make something cool later. Then I realized I could just decorate the straw one and make something pretty and unique, without spending any more $$ except for cheap supplies...
I drew my faire symbol, a swan, and painted it. I added blue and white for the water and glued on random dark blue sequins. I added a string of cheapo fake pearls along the edge, and then I got some white feathers, cut them lengthwise, and glued them along the edges. I threaded the blue ribbon through the straw so that it stays on, and then I used E6000 to attach a tassel to the handle.
voila! cheap, creative fan that won't match anyone else's at the faire.
I needed a new pouch for my costume, and there was a clearance at JoAnn's. I got a bunch of fabric, including a big piece of black w/design for $1 and heavy pale gold for another dollar.
Then I came across a plant hanger for $1.50. The sun design is very close to the logo of my home faire, Bristol.
I used wire cutters (and a little help from my dad and his steel-cutting tools) to get the hooks off the the plant hanger. I bought some gold gimp (trim) and sewed the pouch using a simple design from a costuming page (I think it was called Red Dawn). When I was done, I used E6000 to affix the sun to the front. Voila - new belt pouch, for barely more than $4!
I'm a ren faire "playtron" - a patron who plays along at renaissance faires by coming in costume. (And saying "Good day" and "M'lord" sometimes, though I don't bother with the accent because I'm really bad at it.) A tradition at ren faires is the giving of favors - a small token, usually a pin to be worn on the bodice or shirt, to signify friendship. The favor usually reflects the giver, and it can be given to faire friends or to new acquaintances.
Below are my favor from last year (left) and this year. Last year's was a burgundy shield made from cardboard and covered in fabric, then stitched on the edges with beads added, then a pen tip glued to the front like a sword. This year's is a wooden disc handpainted with a swan image, edged in pearl string.
Other faire fans, I'd love to see your favors and other faire items! My next plan is to make a new costume skirt with some WONDERFUL markdown fabric I got as a remnant on 90% off. I also have most of the pieces to make a new, big belt pouch for carrying CDs that I purchase from independent musicians I meet at faire.
Did you ever get such a good deal on crafty stuff that you just HAD to brag to someone who would understand?? On Friday over lunch, I went to teh JoAnn Fabrics near work. Their remnants were on 90% off, so I picked up a big, gorgeous piece of pale green lace.
After work, I was headed to a singles dinner (whcih turned out to be a complete and total bust), but on the way, there was a JoAnn Superstore (biggest I've ever seen!). So I browsed their remnants and came away with a 2-yard cut of red/blue/gold decorator fabric and a generous swath of black/gold designed decorator fabric.
After church on Sunday, I stopped by the JoAnn's nearby. I found creamy/white lace, pale pink Asian silky blend, a narrow cut of blueish tapestry, and a generous supply of muted gold decorator fabric.
So that's 7 pieces over the course of the weekend, most appropriate for ren faire costuming, which is my current obsession. The original price for all this stuff, if I bought it off the bolt: $82.10. The original markdown remnant price, if I had bought them wihtout the sale: $41.05. The final price I paid: $8.21.
I recently spent time pestering sweet teapotdnky into making clay food for me. After two shipments (what can I say, I'm greedy), I realized I had better give it a rest and let the poor lamb alone for a while. So I decided to stalk - um, I mean, contact - the talented iampoison to see if she would do a personal swap for some more tiny foods.
We agreed that I would send her supplies and she would send me a selection of small foods that I could make into magnets. Here is what I sent:
The selection included papers, stickers, fabric, craft idea articles, tins, beads, ketchup/mustard bottles (what, aren't those considered crafting supplies? I meant them for a craft once and never used them!)... Anyway, my craft drawer is breathing easier now that there's more space, and iampoison was pleased, especially with the blue fabric and the stickers/papers.
But, folks, I'm the one who really cleaned up. Check out this incredible picnic!!
I am deeply in love with all of the "poison food." Look at that detail! The pats of butter on the waffles and pancakes... the seeds in teh kiwi slices... the exquisitely tiny s'mores... hooray!!
MANY THANKS to the talented iampoison for playing swap with me. (It was her first swap, so she really took a chance on me, and I'm so grateful!) I tell ya, if teapotdnky and iampoison started up a Tiny Clay Stuff web business, I would be broke, buying all their amazing creations! ("Poison Donkey Enterprises"... it could work...)
teapotdky is the BEST swap angel ever!! When my partner meowari disappeared, I was left without an altered/filled altoid tin in exchange for what I sent. teapot volunteered to make me one. And she spoiled me!! I seriously can't get enough of this gal's polymer clay skills.
She sent me three main items: a kaleidioscope (sp?) to inspire my writing (color as inspiration - I love it! a new take on inspiration, just what I need); a round Altoids tin so thoroughly revamped and elegant as to be unrecognizable; and a mini scrapbook.
The tin is smoothly covered in a pale beige, with exquisite pink roses (how DOES she do it?!) and a banner that reads "Love/Comfort."
Inside, the tin is lined in red clay. Inside the top, she has placed pearls, buttons, and key. But just using regular found objects wasn't good enough - no, she actually MADE all three from clay!! The mini journal is a huge favorite of mine - I collect them. This one shows a baby's hand grasping the mother's finger, and inside the front cover is a lovely Bible verse: "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you." This means a lot; thank you.
Here are details of the intricate trim on the kaleidioscope. I just love this - it's going to live in my writing desk and be there to help me get reinspired when I need to let my mind wander adn come up with new ideas.
And finally... hidden inside the tin... my FAVORITE THING EVER...
I am making them into magnets for my file cabinet as we speak. Check out the incredible detail!! The donut is shockingly perfect; the "cheese" on the pizza is shaved to resemble grated curls of cheese. I'm now convinced that teapotdnky is not a human - she's a 6 inch tall pixie. How else do you make things so detailed and itty bitty, unless you're miniature??
THANK YOU for the wonderful angel gifts!! I feel so special and cared for. much love!!
"Spoil Writer78 Month" continues! I swear, kids, you'd think it was my birthday every day of June...
The glorious alwaysinmyroom chose me as her "secret swapper" in Uncon May. Somehow she decided I was deserving of being spoiled rotten - and I have to tell you, it really lifted my spirits to hear all the kind things she had to say about me! She made me a great big tote bag - "Mr. Tote," we call him, though he is perhaps on the girly end of boy tote bags. He is made of sturdy powder-blue-and-tan flowered fabric (powder blue is a favorite of mine!), and inside are FOUR big pockets, one of which zippers! (And a nifty logo of her initials - is that from a customer rubber stamp?) The shoulder strap is - get this - padded right across the section that will rest on my shoulder!! That kind of tender and caring detail is what sets beautiful handmade goods apart from off-the-rack cloned stuff that anybody can buy.
The outside flap covers a quilted pocket. The tan flap is decorated in a favorite theme of mine, which I had been hoping for - Victorian. She aged the lace by hand (!!!) with a brown ink pad and brush! Then she decorated with buttons, flowers snipped from the bag's fabric, and - coolest of all - a gorgeous skeleton key. (Ezri_b will love that touch, I know!)
Inside were some surprises - a CD of her husband's band (which I plan to pop in the CD player next time I get up); a penny (as a Japanese good luck tradition); some designer pocket tissues (a favorite girly accessory); and a romantical flowery handkerchief. (Did I mention I carry an initial-embroidered hanky from qwerty in my purse?? Now I have another lovely hanky to dramatically drop in order to get some guy's attention! haha - that cute guy in the pricing department will NEVER know that I dropped it ON PURPOSE... and then he will be caught in my web of coquettishness, and before you know it we will be married and he will be buying me lots of chocolate which will magically not migrate right to my thighs when I eat it...)
*ahem* Sorry. Got a little carried away, there. Anyway.
I am so darn lucky to be treated so well by you, alwaysinmyroom, and by all my craftster friends. Life has a way of slumping downward sometimes, and it's been doing that to me lately. You are all a treat to me from God, a sweet reminder to slow down and enjoy the fun things in life along the way. THANKS for making my whole month so bright.