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Stick it to the Man

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Hello, fellow crafters, and thanks for joining me today for my review of Stick It! by T. L. Bonaddio, a big red tome all about the wonders of duct tape! Let’s get started.

Bonaddio’s teenage audience is made painfully clear in this book, upchucking a variety of positive and positively ridiculous reader-empowering slang. As much as I love hearing about the wickedly smart pretentious shizz that I am, I’ll not forget that the purpose for this purchase was to introduce me(as well as any average crafter) to the basics of crafting with duct tape.

Stick It! kicks off by introducing the reader to all the necessary tools(if you’re buying it from a craft store, you’ll want to take a quick look at this list before you leave), tips, and techniques you’ll be using, equipping you with all the know-how to get started working with this medium. All in all, it’s pretty descriptive, easy to read, and extremely handy, covering 99 projects that include wallets, rings, other accessories, decor, and so much more.

As far as working with duct tape goes, I consider it the ultimate material for crafting if you’re traveling and can only bring limited supplies. All you need is a surface for cutting, a handy dandy X-acto knife, and a roll or two of the sticky stuff, available in hundreds of colors and patterns(if you know where to look; Bonaddio gives you a few pointers on places to find them in Stick It!). I’d also suggest picking up some small, round magnets. If you’re intent on making wallets, these make excellent, discreet closures for many types of billfolds. Aaand… the very best part of crafting with duct tape is that you don’t need any additional adhesives to get the job done. The most efficient of them all is right at your fingertips.

So, next time you’re looking for a new and easy crafting medium, don’t be afraid to pick up a few rolls at your local hobby shop. There are all sorts of patterns(checkered, tie-dye, animal prints, etc.) and colors that the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. If you’re looking for some ideas and instructions to get you started, I definitely suggest Stick It! for its vast variety of projects and presented possibilities, as well as its easy-to-decipher directions and diagrams. Thanks for looking, internet.

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Travel Crafts

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Needless to say, my blog has been on a bit of a hiatus. I’ve been in West Virginia doing some traffic control, and I’ve let things slip. So, to get back on the right track and redeem myself in the eyes of my readers and myself, prepare for some totally relevant updates.

Before I went on this trip, I was considering the best methods of crafting-on-the-go. I didn’t find much information out on the subject, but I knew I wasn’t going away for a 5 week business trip without bringing along something to keep myself busy. The night prior to leaving, I packed up what I considered to be the most basic of supplies. This includes(but is not limited to): fabric swatches, pins and needles(poked neatly inside one pin- and one needle-cushion), sewing essentials, floss, my recently discovered vintage hair clips(as well as anything else I own that I consider junk-jewelry), and  a bag of cut-up denim. I opted not to bring any sort of polymer clay, keeping in mind that there wouldn’t be a public oven available at any of the cheap motels I’d come to meet. I was right.

Then, of course, I went shopping, and discovered the two easiest travel crafts, and they’re right up my alley. More about these after the jump! Read the rest of this entry

Craft Oops

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I’ve been clicking my Stumble! button a lot lately, and one of the projects I came across was this super-cute No-Slip Bookmark Tutorial on MaryJanes and Galoshes. Because it’s been a little while since my last project, and this one was fairly easy and I had the materials on-hand, I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s the result:

Of course, I had to make things difficult. I didn’t have a button big enough. Okay, okay… I didn’t want to use the one big-enough button I had on this project. Instead, I made a button out of polymer clay that I thought would work better. I had intended on decoupaging it with scrapbook paper. Buuut I happened to have some rose petals lying around from the pretty bouquet I bought my boyfriend for VD, and I desperately wanted to use them for something, so I put them on the button with lots of Mod Podge. Great idea, in my opinion. The result was not what I had hoped for.

This is my Frankenbutton. Sorry I can’t give you a better view of the texture, but it’d blind you. I tried not to use too much of the pink parts of the petals, thinking that the lighter bits would provide a nicer color contrast. Well, internet… roses will fade and turn yellow and even brown in some places, and then it kind of looks like onion-skin. I would most definitely try a rose-petal-decoupage project again, but I’ll be sure to discriminate a little more with the pieces I use. The colorful parts are the ticket.

Never Too Old For Book Reports

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Since the beginning of my journey, there’s one book that I’ve had at my side at all times. This is “The Handmade Marketplace” by Kari Chapin, and it covers pretty much every aspect up getting your own Etsy or handmade store started. And it’s cute as hell.

“The Handmade Marketplace” has been infinitely useful. I couldn’t have gotten as far as I have without it. Chapin is absolutely brilliant, and provides her own insight as well as snippets of advice and information from several other crafters that have found success in selling their own handmade goods.

Covering topics such as branding your business, blogging, the basics of business practices and marketing, selling online and in person, and so much more, this little book is definitely my pocket guide to success.

Have you read anything that has really helped you to open up your own business? Got any great books on crafting that you’d love to share? Don’t hesitate on helping me out, folks. I love reading and writing, and if I’m willing to check out a book, I’ll be sure to share it with the world. Thanks for reading, internet.