Friday, March 22, 2013

It was a fun day!

So my first craft show is under my belt and it was a great success.

Here I am in action.

I lucked out because my table was right in front of a stage and I was able to use it to display my wares.

I even got a fancy-dancy sign to hang on the front of my table.

Wanna know where I learned to fold or where I came up with the idea? Just ask the booths around me because they heard the answer several hundred times I'm sure.

Special thanks to Debbie for helping me out with staging and watching my booth while I went to shop. Captain America told me the goal was to sell more than I bought. I think I made it. Maybe.

I sold several books and got orders for more, but the thing that sold the fastest interestingly enough were the folded flowers I made for the wedding. Need to have more of them at the next one, for sure.

I had a lot of fun and can't wait to do it again. Whoo-hoo!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Come to Eggstravaganza! Quick Before Captain America Checks My Trunk.

<-- This is an old picture. My "library" is now much fuller. You can't see any wood on the shelves anymore. I need to move some more merchandise because...

the trunk of my car looks like this again -->

Reading With Scissors will have a table at the Klein United Methodist Eggstravaganza!

When: March 20, 2013, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: 5920 FM 2920, Spring, TX 77388

More details here. Come join the fun!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung in the Bayou City. How do I know? Well, for starters pots are overflowing with pansies.

And it was 82 degrees yesterday so my vegetable and herb garden is finally in (about a month late).

Even our bottle tree is starting to bloom.

So what better time to update my circle flowers. First, I added a center button with a bold "spring" on it from my gigantic dictionary.

Then I got out my fancy-dancy new Silhouette Cameo machine and tried my hand at my first cutting project. It may be my new addiction, although I may just love it because it gives me another excuse to smell my scrapbook paper. 

After a few test patterns, I cut this from a piece of variegated scrapbook paper.

And now I have this...

And now you know where the flowers is.

Monday, March 11, 2013

S-P-I-R-I-T, Spirit Let's Hear It!

I'm still madly folding to get ready for the craft show next week.

School pride is big here in Texas, so I made these this weekend to help people express theirs.

This one is for all my Aggie brethren from Texas A&M (Grad School Class of 2000). Whoop!

I will not explain here how many times I had to cut the paper to cover the end papers because math has never been this Aggie's forte. 

This one is for all my friends from that other school in Austin.

Please do not tell anyone in my family that I actually folded that one.

And these... well these are my favorites, of course.

Rah Oklahoma. Go OU!

What school would you like to see?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I Have Several Excellent Excuses

I've been trying to write. Honestly, I have, but I just don't seem to have the time lately.

I blame Captain America. 

First, it was Valentine's and he bought me flowers so I kept my nose buried in roses all day.

Then he invited me to meet him for a 24-hour layover in the Big Apple. Fun and cold!

Then it was my birthday and he bought me this really cool microphone for my motorcycle helmet. So we had to go riding, right?

And then he took me for a Sunday swing around the neighborhood--at 3,000 feet.

And if it wasn't Captain America, it was Rudy and Richard Parker. In those immortal lines from the Stylistics, first they break up...

...then they make up...

...That's all they do. It's exhausting.

And if live animals weren't enough, I was also dealing with not-so live ones. As I've mentioned before, life at my house would not be normal without an uninvited--dead--critter showing up on a regular basis. This one was on my front porch the other day.

I'm guessing bunny.

But in my spare time I have been making stuff, too. I'm frantically trying to get ready for my first craft show on March 20. I'm folding, folding, folding so I have enough stuff to fill my table.

And then last week I had three (count 'em, 3!!) custom orders from Etsy. One of them was for a drama teacher, so of course I had to go to the bookstore and find some Shakespeare.

Me in a bookstore. That took some time.

And then there was last week. You've all met my crafty friend, Debbie. Well, her brand-new granddaughter was christened this weekend. Debbie made her this beautiful gown and bonnet.

Check out that exquisite lace and beading on the bonnet!

Debbie had lots of company coming in from all over to see the baby, and of course her house was decorated to the nines.

Remember that wreath I made her for Christmas?

Well, the furry animals and glittery balls didn't really go with the christening decor. Debbie needed something a little more white, so...

I made her a new center.

I put silver crosses on little-bitty shoes, surrounded them with flowers and pearls, and added a sparkly M for the baby's name. Then I topped it off with a Bible verse, 3 John 1:4.

I think it looked very pretty on Debbie's wall. 

Something like this might look really cute on a new mom's hospital room door (maybe with a little added pink or blue), and then make an easy transition to a nursery. I'm not sure how to ship it, so probably couldn't sell it on Etsy, but if any of you near me know someone who would like one, give me a shout. Let's talk.

Quick, before Captain America steals me away again...