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Aprons and Eye Candy

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Today I’ve been working on some aprons for the Christian Academy. It’s funny how I can put off making inventory for my shop for so long, but when I know someone’s relying on me I tend to work a little harder, at the very least.

This reminds me a bit of Marie Forleo’s “catch a flight” technique. If you can wake up at 4:00 AM to catch a flight because you know it’s leaving with or without you, you can wake up at 7 AM to work at home. Yeah, it works the same for me. If I can work this diligently on something for someone else, I can surely work up the gumption to do it for me, for my business. I’ve gotta remember this feeling and try to be just as motivated every day, and with future projects. Anyway, let’s get back on track here…

I’ve had quite a few snags with this project. First, I only had universal and leather needles on hand, so I opted for a leather needle, assuming the universal ones wouldn’t hold up. That was a terrible idea. Leather needles are made to cut thicker, non-woven materials, and therefore have to be able to cut as they sew. This makes my straight stitches look really wavy on the underside of the material. Now I’m using denim needles, which are suited for sewing through layers of woven fabrics without cutting and damaging them so much. Problem solved!

Then this happened:

What you’re seeing here was after a little bit of panicking and tugging and a lot of pounding my head against my sewing machine. My needle came right out and was jammed down into the throat plate. The hard part was getting it out of my fabric without making the hole bigger. This is why you need to tighten the screw fully when switching needles! I’m glad the damage wasn’t noticeable, because it certainly wouldn’t have been reparable if it had gone in just a little further. But, a disheartening mistake like this is one of the many reasons I keep this guy close by whenever I’m sewing, just when I need a little pick-me-up.

I made this pincushion forever ago, but recently acquired the eye-pins in a big bag of old buttons I got this summer! Now he’s got a customizable face!

All in all, I’m glad I made the progress that I did. It took me two days, but I finally finished the first apron today. Once I had done this, I figured the next 7 would be a breeze. I was still in the process of cutting out the rest of my pieces when I had to call it a day, but I’m excited and ready for tomorrow!

Afterwards I enjoyed an early dinner with my two favorite people, Brad and Katie. As we were heading out of Burger King, I realized I wanted a picture of Brad in his spiffy new work clothes before we got on the road. I even had the pleasure of snapping a shot of him without a goofy face on. Even Katie made a special appearance in an accidental photobomb.

I don’t know if she’s giving us a wave goodbye or trying to cover her face to avoid the picture. Either way, I’m pretty happy with this shot. My guy can be pretty darn handsome when he wants to be.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that I’m less than 50 page-views from hitting 1000! I’m so excited! I hope you’ve enjoyed my sewing anecdotes! Thanks for reading, internet!

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Wednesday WINspiration: Handmade Gauges

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Our second edition of Wednesday WINspiration is all about handmade earrings for people with stretched ears! So far the market is not very vast for this form of body jewelry, especially if you’re the type that would rather buy something a little more personal and a little more creative, so today I’d like to introduce you to 3 people selling their own handmade treasures especially for your ears.

1. Our first set is handmade by Andreanna of an awesome shop called Glamasaurus! While Glamasaurus is chock full of kawaii jewelry and accessories, you will find the items featured here in her alternative shop, Glam². Glamsquared specializes in unisex jewelry such as plugs and cufflinks, and it is full of imaginative cameos, elegant details, and a little bit of geek chic.
Glamsquared / Glamasaurus / Facebook / Blog

2. This beautiful set is handmade from spent copper casings by Curtis of Curtis Copper Concepts! I’ve always been able to appreciate how beautiful yet deadly a single round can be. These plugs are especially edgy and also masculine. I love that he’s recycling something used into something gorgeous, and I’m definitely loving them with the added glitz of Swarovski crystals. Did I mention those are reversible? At Curtis’ shop you’ll also find a great selection of handmade copper bird-feeders and art.
Curtis Copper Concepts

3. The third shop in this collection was made by Sasha of Pierced & Belligerent! These were especially hard to choose from because there were just so many options! If you’re into clay spirals & plugs, steel tunnels with pictures, fakes, or just something really fierce, you should give this shop a look-through. She does tons of custom creations, and I’ve also found that Sasha has a knack for crochet!
Pierced & Belligerent  / SashmoCo / Facebook / Tumblr

I’d like to thank these three folks for allowing me to show off their awesome designs!

These shops feature some very special handmade creations for folks with alternatively-sized ear-piercings. I hope they’ve awed and inspired you this Wednesday! Thanks for reading!

Featured Project: Croc Clutch

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Yeah, that’s right. I’m starting another Featured Project. Something about knowing when to fold ’em and whatnot. Truth is, I’ve put my dress off for way too long, and with Fall right around the corner, I’ve no more reason to pursue any more pretty Summer dresses. For now.

No, now I’m getting on track with this clutch that’s been giving me all sorts of trouble. I’m making it out of some thick polyvinyl-like croc material, and my sewing machine hasn’t taken to it very well. So far I’ve read that I can combat this issue in two ways.

  1. Use a sewing machine needle meant for leather while sewing with the exterior material.
  2. Use interfacing to help the material slide during machine-sewing.

I found these tips on this very helpful post by Christine  of Chris W. Designs, which has helped me learn more about sewing with thick materials such as faux-leather and vinyl.

So this week I’ll be cranking out my croc clutch version 2. This time I’ll be using the same materials from my first draft, but with the newly acquired knowledge from the aforementioned post, and basically make a little crocodile muslin. Also, my machine has been cleaned and oiled very recently, so hopefully version 2 will be a very informative rough draft with version 3 being Shubette Handmade-quality.

Tomorrow, however, my mom is taking Brad and me back to Ohio to pick up our Jeep! I’m glad it’s finally fixed. We had our little accident over a month ago now, and I’m excited to finally get our wings back. Thanks for reading, internet!

Fashion Friday #2: One with Nature

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Hey there! It’s been a few weeks since I last posted an outfit of mine, so today I’d like to welcome you back to Fashion Friday #2! You may have seen this outfit around before, as I wore it on my birthday, at my family reunion, and even on the very first day that I met Brad. I truly cannot get enough of this dress.

Pictures today are by the handsome Mr. Bradley, but the last one is by the lovely Miss KT.

Outfit Details:
Dress: thrifted
Necklace: handmade by Miss KT
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: thrifted

The best part of this outfit? It probably cost me all of $15. I almost feel naughty wearing it in public.

In all seriousness, this outfit would not be complete without this stunning birthday necklace from KT. She has this impeccable taste for picking out stones, and I’m very lucky to be a recipient of her creative endeavors. Every necklace she has made for me has been nothing short of beautiful. Thanks, Katie!

Oh, and remember when I promised to add a picture to my new about page? Well, my image is finally uploaded, so check it out for yourself! Thanks for reading, and have a fashionable Friday, folks!

NEPA Arts & Crafts – August 2012

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Queen Bee Market - August 2011 by AngryJulieMonday

Queen Bee Market – August 2011 by AngryJulieMonday

Hello there, makers and shakers of Northeastern PA! We are knees deep into Summer this month – are you ready to see everything that’s going on in the arts and crafts world in the month of August? Clear your schedules, folks, ’cause you’re going to be ridiculously busy with fairs, festivals, handmade vendors, and the very best that NEPA has to offer. The summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to get your inspiration for crafting throughout the upcoming cold months.

8/03 — 8/11 Wayne County Fair @ Wayne County Fairgrounds, Honesdale, PA
8/04               Artfest @ Downtown Bloomsburg, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Arts in the Park Festival @ Howard Elmer Park, Sayre, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Apple Valley Arts & Crafts Festival @ Apple Valley Village, Milford, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Festival of Wood @ Grey Towers National Historical Site, Milford, PA
8/05              Corpus Christi Car Show & Craft Fair @ Church of the Holy Redeemer, Harding, PA
8/07 – 8/12 Carbon County Fair @ Little Gap Rd, Palmerton
8/08 – 8/12 Wyoming Valley Mall Craft Show @ Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, PA
8/11 — 8/12 Arts & Crafts Festival @ Eagles Mere Village Green, Eagles Mere, PA
8/11               Flea Market & Bake Sale @ Hawley Fire House, Hawley, PA
8/13 — 8/18 Montour-Delong Community Fair @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 254, Washingtonville, PA
8/16 — 8/18 Sunbury River Festival @ Cameron Park & Riverfront Park, Sunbury, PA
8/16 — 8/19 Pittston Tomato Festival @ Downtown Pittston, PA
8/17 — 8/19 Old Timer’s Show @ VFW Grounds, East Smithfield, PA
8/17 — 8/18 White Haven Festival @ Lehigh Park, White Haven, PA
8/18               Arts & Crafts Festival @ Chinchilla United Methodist Church, Chinchilla, PA
8/18              Hickory Fest @ Stony Fork Creek Campground, Wellsboro, PA
8/18              Last Blast of Summer @ First Presbyterian Church, Berwick, PA
8/18              Pioneer Day @ Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, Ashland, PA
8/18 — 8/19 Spirit, Mind & Body Expo @ Clarion Hotel, Scranton, PA
8/23 — 8/25 Riverfest @long the Susquehanna River, Towanda, PA
8/24 — 8/25 Plymouth Kielbasa Festival @ Main St, Plymouth, PA
8/25              Craft Fair @ 84 Country Store, Greentown, PA
8/25              Jessup Summer Wine Festival @ 333 Hill St, Jessup, PA
8/25              Wounded Warrior Craft & Arts Fair @ Sun Valley Firehouse, Effort, PA
8/25 — 8/26 Hot & Stinky Garlic & Herb Festival @ Zanolini Nursery, Drums, PA
8/25 — 8/26 Pocono State Craft Festival @ Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, PA
8/26              Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival @ Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, PA
8/26 — 9/01 West End Fair @ West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA
8/28 — 9/03 Greene Dreher Sterling Fair @ GDS Fairgrounds, Newfoundland, PA
8/29 — 9/03 Sullivan County Fair @ Fairgrounds, Rt. 154, Forksville

On-going events:
Wed — Sun The Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg, PA
Merchant’s Village Indoor Market @ The old Wal-Mart, Pittston, PA

Resources:
http://www.pavendors.com/events
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=PA
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net

Am I missing something? Send me an email at Shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com to let me know about an arts & crafts event in NEPA! Thanks for joining me for another month of crafts and can-do here at Shubette Handmade!

My New Year’s Resolution: A Mid-Year Review

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Hello there! At the beginning of this year, I wrote this post regarding my new year’s resolution. In it, I basically stated these two key points:

  1. Open my creative business. Status: Achieved! (Sort of) I listed my very first item in my etsy shop, therefore declaring Shubette Handmade open for business!
  2. Make and list a new item every week. Status: Abandoned/Failed. Very early on I realized that this exercise would not be a good move to make for my business. I wanted to put quality time and so much thought into my projects, and one week to design and construct a new product didn’t seem like enough.

My main idea was just to put myself out there. The more I make, the more people will see, the more my business will grow…right? Shortly after(I did say somewhere in the previously mentioned post that I’m rather fickle) I decided that I don’t want to make crap. I wanted the items that I would be making and selling to be of the utmost quality. I didn’t think I could provide that kind of quality and I let this keep me from making anything for fear that it would not be good enough.

So here are my Resolution Amendments:

  1. Sew every day. If I want to sell items that I sew, I need to keep my skills sharp. I should be doing some sort of sewing-related activity every day. I certainly have enough projects piled up to work on at least one thing for an hour a day, even if I’m just doing something trivial like pre-washing and ironing my fabric.
  2. Sew better. This goal is inherent to the primer. If I’m putting in the hours and the effort I will get better at what I’m doing.

Looking back, I’m starting to feel like all of my blog posts are about doing it better and making it happen, but none are about me doing and making. I’m realizing that my blog is not as big of a priority to making my business happen as making things and improving my skills before I start my business is. This business is my goal, and I’m not going to mess this up.

NEPA Arts & Crafts – July 2012

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Howdy, Pennsylvanians and those whom may be traveling through! You may have noticed that this month’s edition of Northeast PA Arts & Crafts is arriving a little late. This is because I’ve been some kind of busy lately; more on that next week. For now, let’s take a look at this month’s crafty agenda. Take note that some of these events are not arts-and-crafts-related, but these events will certainly feature some local handmade flavor in the vendors department. If you’d like your event to make it to this list, feel free to email me at Shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com!

7/06 — 7/12  Blues Festival @ Briggs Farm, Nescopeck, PA
7/07               Blueberry Festival @ Watsontown United Methodist Church, Watsontown, PA
7/08              Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival @ No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum, Lansford, PA
7/13 — 7/15  Antique Tractor, Gas Engine, & Farm Equipment Show @ West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA
7/14               Zane Grey Festival @ Zane grey Museum, Lackawaxen, PA
7/20 — 7/21 Fine Arts & Crafts Festival @ Buck Hill Falls, PA
7/20 — 7/22 Iron Heritage Festival @ Downtown Danville, PA
7/21 — 7/22 Audubon Art & Craft Festival @ Wallenpaupack School Complex, Hawley, PA
7/21               Christmas in July @ The Glen, Tamiment, PA
7/21               Craft Show @ GDS Fairgrounds, Newfoundland, PA
7/24 — 7/27 Craft Fair @ Knoebels Amusement Park, Elysburg, PA
7/28               Back Mountain Wine Festival @ Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Dallas, PA
7/28               Carbon County Antique & Collectibles Flea Market @ Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe, PA
7/28               Community Day & Yard Sale @ Rt. 414, Liberty, PA
7/28               Hanover Dutch Festival (pdf) @ Center Square, Hanover, PA

On-going events:
Wed — Sun The Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg, PA
Merchant’s Village Indoor Market @ The old Wal-Mart, Pittston, PA
Sun — Laurel Flea Market @ Laurel Drive-In, Hazleton, PA

Resources:
http://www.pavendors.com/events
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=PA