Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Floral Bookmarks

 Made a few pressed flower bookmarks today!  They should look familiar- they are color schemes that have sold in the past, so why mess with a good thing?

This red rose and rosebud design hasn't been in my shop for over a year, so I thought I would bring it back.

This tie-dye design is one I had in my shop a few months ago, and sold at one of the holiday craft bazaars that I did.

This blue and yellow design is one of my personal favorites!  Love these colors together.

These purples are so pretty together!

This one is an oldie but a goodie!  This mixed verbena design was one of my very first wayyy back when I first started making bookmarks.  I haven't made it in a long time, so thought it was time  to give it another try.

And this dark and light pink design sold recently for the second or third time, and it always gets good views in my shop.  So here's the most recent!

Well, I have a pretty good start on my inventory for the Jane Austen Faire and Spring Salem Etsy Team sale in May!  I will be doing lots more bookmarks, more cards, and maybe a couple more exploding boxes.  Next weekend is the start of spring break, so I'll be back with more stuff after that!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

It's Finished! The Daisy Garden Exploding Box

Whew!  I'm so glad to have this one done!  It seemed like I had a lot of obstacles in completing this one, but it was totally worth it- I love how it came out!

I would like to note that all of the daisies in the pot are handmade, by me.  There are 13 daisies, to make a nice full bouquet.  I think it was worth all the work!

I'm really happy with how this one turned out.  Love the colors, and the combination of the daisies and butterflies is really sweet.

This one was really fun to make.  I have SOOOO many ideas for more exploding boxes!  I just found a great tutorial for paper tulips...I'm definitely mulling over what I can do with that!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Work in Progress- A New Exploding Box

Just wanted to do a quick sneak peek of my new exploding box- this one is daisy themed!

I have to note that the daisies in the little pot in the center are all handmade by me- yes, it is a lot of work, and I could probably buy some already made to use...but that would not be in line with the handmade mission.  I just can't bring myself to "cheat" that way!  I had fun with this one- check out the floating butterfly in the background!  I like how that part of it turned out in comparison to the last exploding box.  I haven't done the lid yet- need to get more paper to finish up, but I will do that this weekend.  Can't wait to get this one listed in my shop!

Other news- I have signed on to do a Jane Austen Faire on May 4th, so that should be fun!  I will need to have lots of floral-themed items for that, so I will be working on some new pressed flower bookmarks and more cards.  Also, our local Salem Etsy Team has scheduled our Spring sale for the following Saturday, May 11, so that is 2 sales in a week- I better get going on my inventory!  We have a new location for our sale so I hope it works out well- it's a beautiful space, we just have to get people in there to appreciate it!

More later when I finish this box, and have some new bookmarks to share!