New in the Gallery

Violet Flower Hair Pins Set

A pair of steel hair pins featuring elegant Purple-Violet flowers.
Chic and classy. Perfect for a wedding or everyday wear.  details »

green tree pendant

Go Green!
Oh, how we love these tree pendants. We handcraft the frame and tree so each one is as unique as you are! Perfect for any tree-hugger in your life :) Also available in lapis blue or amber.
materials: Argentium Silver, peridot
size: approximately 1 1/2″-2″
sterling… details »

Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors

My handmade beaded Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors is a pretty combination of metallic colors. These shining pastel beads look like Easter eggs. This would look bright and pretty hanging out of the top of your book! Unique and inexpensive, my bookmarks… details »

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Wedding Planning

After the initial excitement of being engaged wears off you may find you suddenly feel incredibly daunted at the task ahead, planning your wedding. Few of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford a wedding planner but thankfully there are many websites and magazines that can help.

When planning your wedding day you will have many things to consider, from venue to stationery, from cake to flowers, never mind your dress, hair or shoes! Perhaps you are lucky enough to know the theme or colour scheme you want for that special day but most brides are bombarded with choice and can often choose several ideas before choosing a theme.

Over the coming months you will spend hours leafing through wedding magazines or searching for specific suppliers on the internet. As well as a collection of magazines there may also be brochures or even photos of ideas you have seen when out. Planning a wedding is like being an interior designer putting together a mood board for a particular room, creating a style that reflects the people living there but encompassing current trends.

When I am planning a party I like to collect ideas in a journal or folder so that I can keep thoughts for themes in one place. I may tear out a picture from a magazine, noting the supplier’s website or telephone number. Thankfully due to camera phones I can always take a picture when I am out, if I see something that sparks an idea for a theme or just for reference to help me find or make a similar idea.

By being organised from the start you can plan a truly fantastic day, without employing a wedding planner. Surprisingly you will find that suddenly people around you are wonderful resources, everybody seems to know a great florist, or cake designer, or stationery designer or even a shoemaker…well maybe a shoemaker is a little more difficult to find, but I will try for a future post!

Darling Dioramas

Dear Reader,

When I was in the third grade we were asked to create a diorama that represented a climate, or geographical setting of some kind. The tropics, perhaps a frozen tundra or a mountainous region. Honestly, I wasn’t paying all that much attention. I had just started reading A Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder and there wasn’t anything more riveting to me than reading about Laura and her Pa having to grind up wheat in the coffee mill. Or Ma Ingalls making ice cream out of some snow and maple syrup. Really, these people were geniuses.

The day before the project was due I decided that I would make a Desert scene. Tents, sheiks and the whole shebang. I would use whatever I had on hand – just like the Ingalls. I took out a rusty cookie sheet and filled it with scoops of sand from our sandbox. [Read more...]

Interview with Michelle Crafton of Goose Grease

Michelle did this DIY Interview a couple of weeks ago, and since then she’s had a new baby. Congratulations Michelle! Her shops are temporarily closed, but it is really easy to sign up to be notified when she’s back in business.

Previously featured by me and Ciaran, now you get a chance to meet the real person behind Goose Grease.

1

What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?

Custom hand painted wooden toys, keepsakes and wedding cake toppers.

I also love working with felt and hope to someday have a chance to open a second shop… sigh. I’d love to clone myself.

2

How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?

I wanted some modern wooden dolls for my daughter. I created several sets and listed a few on Etsy. Soon I had requests for custom families and wedding cake toppers.

I’ve always loved drawing and art, but didn’t pursue it throughout school. It’s come in quite handy as a work from home mom.

3

Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?

Goose Grease is a team of gals (and occasionally their husbands get sucked in).

Things are changing a bit since my second child is estimated to arrive Dec. ’09. It’s very hard to keep work and family separate, but an infant will keep me in check a little more. The studio has moved out of my apartment and I’m trying to stick with work hours.

Who knows what the new year will bring!

4

Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?

I sell almost exclusively on Etsy.com @ goosegrease.etsy.com and goosegreaseundone.etsy.com. I do have a shop website @ www.goosegreaseshop.com, which I hope to do more with in the future, but for now Etsy is perfect. It does the advertising for me without a lot of time and money.

I do enjoy craft fairs, though they are harder with kids in the picture. I also have several wholesale clients.

6

What do you wish I had asked you?

“What inspires you?”

My husband and kids. Children’s clothes, children’s books, toys, etc.

colourlovers.com is also quite amazing!

Thank you Michelle!

(And if you would like to be featured on DIY Interview next, just go fill out the application!)