Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Writing and corn

Lately I have been really trying to kick my butt into writing my book. So far it has been going pretty well! It's a nice change up from just thinking about writing haha. Being as I have a headache right now I am taking more breaks between writing then I normally do BUT I found this


Yea...that is a giant corn maze at The Kelly Farms here in KY and how cool is that! I will be convincing the hubby to go there this year. Hoping for this weekend but we will see. I'm sure the family will enjoy some fall themed pictures of the kids and the kids will have a blast :)
















Thursday, September 5, 2013

Yet another place

I have moved from Arizona my home...to Arkansas and now live in Kentucky. I am adjusting and things seem to be going well. Working hard on my jewelry shop and almost up to 10 listings on Etsy.

Looking forward to posting here again and just made the first step by posting this :)

See you when I see you

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bartering = win

Shortly after I set up my jewelry shop on Etsy I was introduced to trading. I joined several trading teams and have since then completed many successful trades. Most recently I have done several trades both for myself and gifts for my family so I thought I would share the lovely items I received.


I wont go into detail about what I traded to get these items, what's most important is the items i received , and the sellers behind them. Also I won't be sharing the items I got as gifts in-case the gift recipients see this, will save that for after they are given.

First up is Tessa Eltzroth from tessacotton.
I recived a lovely case from her for my kindle fire. Although I like my t-shirt one, I gotta say this crochet one tops it. 

  My kindle now has a winter coat. Don't think a thin t-shirt would've kept it warm. I'll save the shirt case for summer so it doesn't feel left out. 

 Next is mikeuchi from mikeuchi. Although I was tempted to just snag up a bunch of those cute little notepads these earrings just caught my eye. My notepad/journal collection will just have to wait. For these I traded a pair of my own earrings. 


These unique "Faceless Creature Black Earrings" are made of acrylic! I love that I traded my own earrings for these. Most jewelry makers don't like to trade for more jewelry so I was pleasantly surprised! 


Nursing pads anyone? I know I sure could have used some extras so was happy to get a trade going for 6 pairs of these wonderfully hand made nursing pads by Melissa Naiad from FaeArbor. Everything from her shop appearance to her cute packaging has me just loving her shop. If anyone needs re-usable nursing pads Melissa's  shop is the place to go. They are a great size and fantastic quality!.
I love crochet items. Okay you got me to admit it. I have been extremely interested in getting myself a crochet slouch hat for a long time just always ended up spending my money on my kids or jewelry supplies. So imagine my shock when Megan Sweet from AddSomeStitches contacted me back saying yes to a trade! Not a tiny trade either, enough to get myself a slouchy hat, my husband a beanie, 3 ball toys and a cute crochet loofah. I will save the other beanie picture for my gifts post later. Don't need him knowing what color it is also haha.



  
Megan was such a  fantastic person to trade with. Not only had I been wanting to get my hands on a slouch hat but turns out she has been wanting a chain-mail bracelet and I was able to trade that, and several other items for her wonderful crochet items. All the items I received are so great and I can't wait to hopefully do another trade in the future with her.


Finally we have Jamie from GoodKarmaCrochet. I mentioned I love crochet items right? Well I got a trade for an adorable crochet wolf hat. Not only does she have this cute hat but she has tons of other amazing hats as-well, seeming to specialize more in kids and babies hats. She has everything from Eeyore hats to lion hats oh and diaper covers to! 


 I have not received this hat yet as it..well has to be made :) I should in a couple of weeks though and I can't wait! I'm sure my sister will be very jealous of this one.



Well that is all! I will be back to share more amazing sellers sometime after the holidays. I love bartering, thanks for the trades everyone!
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Sights

New sighs is the perfect way of describing where I now live. I moved from the desert Arizona to the forest that is..Arkansas. I have been here a month or so and I am still not sure what I think about it here. It feels like I am permanently camping. Want to see a deer or squirrel? Look outside. The first morning I looked out my window I saw three deer...yup it is different.

Now that I am all settled in, you can expect to see more blog posts by me.

Till next time..

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Twin fruit?






Is that one strawberry or 2?

I was surprised to find this HUGE strawberry amount the normal ones I bought and I loved it. From a certain angle it looks like 2 separate strawberries don't you think? I can't say how it tasted as I did not eat it unfortunately, my son could though! He gobbled down this huge strawberry so fast I have to assume it was delicious.








Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween spider snacks

I just LOVE my Oreo cookie molds from Spinning Leaf! I was in the mood for trying out some Halloween snacks and came up with these adorable spider snacks using the cookie molds.I didn't have any Oreos so I used sliced bananas inside.

 What you need-
- Chocolate
- Licorice lace candy
- M&M's (optional)
- Oreos or some other type of fillings such as fruit
- Oreo mold
-Basic kitchen utensils
-Frosting (optional)

What to Do-

1. Melt some chocolate! You can use a double broiler or fill one large pot of water and place a smaller pot on top to fill with chocolates, that's what I do.
2. Once the chocolate is melted, scoop some out into the mold, just 1 or 2 scoops.
3. Make sure the chocolate is evenly spread and add an Oreo or fruit to each mold. If using oreos place 4 licorice laces inside the Oreo before placing it in the mold, make sure they are long enough.
4. If you used an Oreo, fill the rest of the mold in chocolate. If you used something other then oreos cut and place licorice laces in the chocolate, 4 on each side. Then fill to the top with chocolate.
5. Bang the mold on the floor or counter a few times to release air bubbles.
6. Place in freezer or refrigerator.
7. Once cool, un-mold and decorate with frosting and m&m's for eyes.


 Here is one without eyes, I used baseball molds.



Enjoy! I will be making these for Halloween myself :)






Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How to make kindle/ipod/etc cover with t-shirt

I have been wanting to buy a nice handmade kindle cover for awhile but have not had the extra money to do that. I did however have some old shirts, tons of buttons and sewing supplies! So I created my own, I'm no pro but I think it came out nice.

 I used a thin shirt so it has next to zero protection but it works for  what I need it for (carrying it around in my purse)

What you need-
-Sewing supplies -needle and thread or sewing machine and thread
-A button
-Scissors
-Old t-shirt or clothing item/ fabric
-Pen or marker
-card board or paper

Instructions-

-After choosing your fabric cut out a piece of card board bigger then the item you are making the case for.You want there to be some extra room in the case, also allows more leeway when sewing. Also if you don't want to sew on a flap, you can add a few extra inches in height.
-Then place the cardboard onto the fabric and trace it with a pen or maker.
- Cut the fabric, you will need 2 pieces. Note, if you are using something like denim remember you will be flipping this inside out. Have the "outside" on the inside!
- Sew the 2 pieces together on 3 of the 4 sides. 
When your done it may look sloppy but it's okay!
-If you did not ad extra space for the flap, you will need to cut and sew on one (such as the above pic).If you did add extra space for the flap then cut the front part of the flap off so you have just 1 flap.
-Turn it inside out! Bet it looks a whole lot neater :)
- Sew a button in the center.
- Cut a slip on the center of the flap. This will be used to put the button in. 
-Put your kindle (or other item) inside the cover!


I love the way mine came out, especially since I don't really know how to sew haha. If you make one be sure to send me some pictures at theeclecticorange@gmail.com