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« on: February 02, 2011 09:36:18 AM »

I've been working like a mad-woman the past few weeks mass producing monsters.  I don't usually mass produce things, but I'm on maternity leave right now, and hoped I might sell a few crafts to make some petty cash.

Like many folks on Craftster, I fancy myself a Jill-of-All-Trades - so it was hard to think of one specific thing (or specific category of things) to make for sale.  I did a lot of research, and came to the conclusion that I needed to find something to make that would meet the requirements:
1) be something that I could make better than other people (since things often get replicated if they sell well)
2) be something that I could make in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable cost of supplies
3) be something so unique that people would have to get it from me

I tried a few ideas, but nothing really clicked until I was talking to my Grandma.  She said; "Remember when you used to make those weird things and sell them to your teachers?" -Ah, yes Grandma!

The "weird things" she was referring to were these goofy monster brooches I used to make in grade-8.  Admittedly, they are maybe not Grandma-friendly, but they seemed to be just the right idea!

So I made a bunch of brooches (30 in total, I think), then started thinking of other things that I could stick monsters to.  These are the results of these adventures....



a couple more brooches




Tic Tac Toe!




This one might be my fav... a monster night light to scare away the monster under your bed!




Magnets (okay... this idea isn't such a leap from the brooches, but I still like them)


...and a switch plate cover.


I black-washed each monster after baking.  I also put resin on the eyes and mouths to make them look wet and alive.  Ahhhh!







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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011 09:48:33 AM »

Oh my gosh, these are so cute and well-made! If I had a kid I'm sure I'd get the tic-tac-toe set... Actually, who needs a kid?
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011 09:56:34 AM »

Love them!  The night light is awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011 10:17:20 AM »

I LOOOOOVE those broaches.  Amazing!
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2011 10:25:12 AM »

Oh I love Craftster so much!  Being alone all day with my daughter means that I really lack any adult feed-back.  (My husband does pretty well... but it's so nice to have positive reinforcement from others.)  It's so nice to hear that people like what I've made.  I have such a case of paralyzing self-doubt sometimes.  Thanks Craftster! (Think I'm going to run off and renew my FOC membership now!)
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2011 10:36:23 AM »

i love your tic tac toe boards (especially the blue one eyed guys!)

fantastic stuff! (completely understand the o/h situation...if i ask his opinion i get a nod or 'nice'  Roll Eyes )
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2011 04:14:45 PM »

those are awesome!! I love the purple magnet, well actually all of them Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011 09:25:36 PM »

I love your style.. the character you've managed to put in these guys is amazing. I'm not really a "monster" type of girl or else I'd buy the whole lot. Cheesy Can't wait to see what you come up with next! Smiley
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