two crafts and a quick Q&A

It's Friday night and I just woke up from a 4 hour nap that started at 7:30 pm - whoo! I really know how to party. Anyway, I thought I'd post a few things I made a while ago and never got around to posting, and briefly address some reoccurring questions I've been receiving in the comments.

First, the crafts, since frankly, that's more fun:

This is the first of three mum scherenschittes I plan to cut. Lest I fool you into thinking I am artistic, the design is not my own. I'm copying it from some artwork I saw at Art.com.

Second, here's another pair of baby shoes - I hope these aren't getting too boring. I spiced this pair up with a working button in an attempt to 1) learn how to use my button hole foot on my sewing machine and 2) try to incorporate a few of my own ideas into the Stardust Shoes pattern, or in the words of my dawg, Randy Jackson, "make it my own." :) (sidenote: are there any good american idol contestants this season? I haven't been watching)


On to the Q&A - here are a few questions people have been asking in comments and emails:

Q: Will you post a tutorial for your sock animals?

A: I will not post tutorials for the animals I make from the book Sock and Glove (which is most of them) - they are copyrighted. If you like them and want to learn how to make them, I encourage you to buy the book! It is a great resource, and an addictive craft. Click on the link above to buy it on Amazon.com.

I've had a lot of requests specifically for a tutorial for the sock giraffe. This is one of those rare items that actually came from my own head, so I could probably do a tutorial for it. But since that will involve making another one, it might be a while before I get around to it. Plus, I kind of like that it's one of a kind. :)

Q: Do you sell your crafts?

A: Occasionally, but usually just to family and friends.

Q: Have you ever heard of Etsy? Why don't you open a shop?

A: Yes! I'm a huge fan of Etsy - it is a fantastic marketplace and I do plan to open a shop (someday). A few things have been holding me back:

1) I don't feel like I have enough time for it at the moment.

2) I don't love mass-producing things. With a few exceptions, I usually will make an item only once, and then move onto something new. I get bored easily. I'll need to overcome this to commit to a shop.

3) I am only going to sell products that are my own ideas. Most of the time I borrow ideas/copy other people from around the web. It would be pretty uncool to start selling things that I'm copying from someone else. So, I want to come up with a few solid ideas of my own first.

I think those are the questions that come up most! I really appreciate your comments, and all the encouragement to start and etsy shop makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Happy Friday!

28 comments:

Janey said...

Sounds like a perfect Friday evening to me!

Your reasons for delaying Etsy are sound....stick by your principles and you'll go far!

You have an awful lot of talent, whatever you do with it I'm sure you'll succeed!

Calico Cat Press said...

I applaud your ethics! Plagiarism is easier than ever with the web. I'm glad to see people speaking up for the honorable way and crediting sources where due.

Crystal said...

I just found your blog. You are sooo very creative, and I certainly agree with you on the mass producing crafts. Been there... done that for craft shows. It takes the fun out of it after a while and starts to feel like WORK!! Then it's not a hobby anymore. You do a great job!

Jenn said...

Those all sound like reasonable answers to me! I love this site, and the fact that you took a 4 hour nap on a friday nite. You are my new idol :)
I was looking through some of your older posts and saw the felt food you made. They were sooooo awesome!! You have inspired me to give it a try for my kids.

Dre said...

I've been searching for hours to locate a blog that was just what I was looking for and I've found it! Your work is AMAZING! I've just started a blog and hoping to post at least one project a week. I'm not any good yet :) but practice makes perfect right?? You are a great inspiration and I love everything you have done, esp the baby shower (tea party theme)..just beautiful!

Thomas Family said...

Hey Jill...

Love your blog and love that you are so crafty. I asked for a sewing machine for my birthday coming up and plan to try a few of your projects! Thanks for sharing. Also, BIG thank you for being such a person of integrity. You're not only being a good person for it but you are also setting a great example by sharing the importance of it in your blog.

Karrie

katrina lauren said...

I have come to adore visiting your crafty little blog! How fun are your sock animals! {cute cute}
I see that you changed your header...and I am wondering if you could advise me on how to get something more original like you....vs the provided template on blogspot? I am sure that this question has totally revealed that I am NOT computer savy!
anyways...alway a joy to check out your neat ideas...
Take Care
Katrina

Amber said...

I love this newest pair of baby shoes (well done on the button-hold by the way - trickiest thing on my machine)! My friend just had a baby boy a couple weeks ago, and as soon as I saw the first pair up here I went to the pattern and made a pair out of scraps of blue courdory (ps - very hard to sew with such thick material, as the lining was fleece and the bottom suede). My first try ended up a little goofy-footed, so I made a second pair that were half-courdory and half-seersucker - SO CUTE! Now I'm trying to expand the pattern so I can make a pair for my 13-month-old with super pudgy feet (I want to make a cute pair for a girl!), but I'm much better at following patterns than altering them :(

putu said...

I love the baby shoes too, you're so talented . If you ever opened a shop I think it'll be a blast. keep up the inspiring work

coryshay said...

Kudos to you, Jill. I have so many projects on my to do list, thanks to you!! It will definitely keep me busy until my baby comes!

The Barber Bunch said...

Your stuff is great!!! Keep up the good work.

Ayla said...

what sweet little shoes :)

Jenaveve said...

Hi Jill! Do love the little shoes with the buttons and real working buttonholes - well done! How did you find the buttonhole foot? I've just finished playing with mine recently and was shocked to find it so relatively easy!

And you don't need to be selling on Etsy or making on demaind for anyone else - that's usually not the reason we get into making things in the first place. I love to make things because it fills a creative urge or because I want to make something specific for myself or a gift for someone close. I dread my creative hobby being used by other's or having to meet anyone's expectations ("can you make blah-blah for me?").

Craft, make, sew for whatever reason you desire and whenever you desire, I say!

PS - I am in love with 'Bee Boppin' in the Boroughs'; I doubt I'll be making a trip to NY any time soon so it's a great sneaky peak into another universe (and the pics are just hilarious!)

Erin said...

My friend is having a baby soon and I think I may borrow some ideas from you! There are so many, though, not quite sure yet what to choose. I just hope I have the time, I am only getting busier and busier with school and lacrosse, etc. I am thinking I'll make another elephant (I copied your idea for a Christmas present) but as far as the shoes, bibs, burpers, who knows. I appreciate the helpful hints!

<---That Girl said...

Loved the new shoes and the art too. You are a patient woman! Sorry you missed American Idol! My faves are Amanda Overmyer (she knows how to rock it!) John Castro & David Artuletta, though I think everyone likes him -what a cutie.

Monica said...

I love your ideas! You have a truly amazing talent.

Trina said...

I really understand your point about not mass producing your crafts (and that aren't your own ideas). I feel the same way, and I get bored easily too. Like I'm already bored with my blog.

I was making hairbows this weekend and my husband asked me why I didn't just open a shop and my answer is that I like making things for people I know, but not for everyone. So I create things for people I love. When you start selling your stuff, it becomes work. In my humble opinion anyway :).

I love your blog Jill, you truly insprire me!

Terri said...

I'm still absolutely in love with this blog. It's the first thing I look at any time I log onto the internet. Question: could you recommend a good, low-priced, beginner's sewing machine? Thanks!!

ddphotography said...

i love your blog alot! and its nice to see that you are honest..way to go! i love all of your little projects!

question: how did u get ur title block to look so fancy and nice? i cannot figure out how to customize mine..im getting rather frusterated! lol

devon

Teachin' this mommy new tricks! said...

I love those baby booties!

Jana said...

Jill,
I won't lie I was one to request the awesome sock animals.. but I hear your point and will just have to buy the book (can I tell my husband you said I could:)) Thanks for sharing all your awesome-ness. American Idol isn't my favorite this year, but I do love Dsvid Artuleta and the funny guy with the dread locks..

Christopher and Alicia said...

I must admit that I have been coveting the sock giraffe pattern, so I will either have to see if I can get a personal tutorial (if you are willing to divulge your secrets!) or try and figure it out myself! And agreed with all above, you are very honest and that's great of you to direct people interested in sock animals to the sock animal book. =)

Jill said...

Terri - I have only been sewing for about a year, and have only used one machine, so I can't offer a very experienced opinion. However, I have a very basic Kenmore and it's awesome. The model number is 15616, but I don't see it on the Sears or Kenmore website. Anyway, it is very basic - not one of the fancy computerized kinds, but works so well and I think it will last me forever! I would estimate that it cost around $100 (but it was a gift, so I don't really know). I love it! I'm sure there are lots of good machines out there though. I just read a review for a beginner's machine at the U-Handblog (www.u-handblog.typepad.com)and she really liked the Toyota SPA15.

A couple of you asked how I customized my header - I am not super computer savvy, so I use a blog called Tips for New Bloggers (tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com) for all my blogging help. They have tutorials for everything! It is a great site and the directions are very easy to follow.

Blogger recently made it easier to add images to your header. If you go to your layout and edit your header, you now have the option to upload a picture from your computer or the internet. I create mine using MS Paint (someday I'll get photoshop!!!) and save it as a jpeg file. Then you can upload it right to your blog.

Terri said...

Thanks so much for the reply.

Amanda said...

Glad to see a fellow etsy lover! I decided to sell on etsy, mainly to cover the expenses of my obsession (sewing). So instead of doing something once, I do it twice. I'm not going to sell things that take hours on end to create, thanks to my short attention span.

Anonymous said...

If you have time I'd love to see the finished product of your three mum scherenschittes.

Your blog has inspired me to get out the sewing machine. It should be fun :)

Amber Passey said...

I finally got around to making those cute shoes! They turned out great and I look forward to making lots more. Check them out!

Thanks for all of your inspiration and references to other blogs. I enjoy browsing them all.

Charlie said...

Oh my GOSH! These are the most precious baby shoes I have ever seen and I have seen some cute ones. You are fabulous!