Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monthly Card Swap Group

It has been a long time since I posted about my monthly card swap group. We are still together and starting our 2nd year of the group...should be fun! It has really helped me grow in my card making skills. Actually I didn't really make cards before I joined the group and now I really find it a great, quick crafty thing to do.
Of course lately I have been focused on getting items for my etsy shop made, but now that I almost have all the items photographed and ready to be uploaded I can focus on other things too.

I wanted to share the November cards for the group, I think by far it was my most favorite theme. Although it did not start out that way, I was moaning and groaning about doing the card and really waited until the last couple of days to get mine started. Our theme was a non traditional shape, so anything other than a rectangle. I had in my mind that I would do an ornament, but when it came down to it I just didn't really like the look of the ornament card, so I searched around and realized that my cricut can do amazing things. I did have to dust off my design studio and get it working!!! Think I have had that for 2 years and only used it a couple of times. I love it and decided I really need to use it more often.
So here are the 2 cards I made. One of them I made for my friend that is in the group. She is buys with school and just could not get to a card
this month so I made them for her. We have 10 in our group so we are making 10 of each card...so not bad once you get going. The first one is the one I used my cricut design studio for. I took the santa face from the doodlecharms cartridge and on design studio I copied and pasted a second face, then flipped the image and welded a part at the top of the card together. Then cut it out and added all the fun details, like an embossing folder for the beard and mustache, then stickled all the raised parts. Then my friend came over and did help make the little pom poms for the hat. I think this is one of my all time favorite cards. It turned out so cute!
The next one I can not take full credit for as I copied this from another person's blog. She did a great tutorial on this card. Here is the link if you would like to make one too. I made mine in holiday colors to go with the Santa card. I looked everywhere for a green plaid paper, can't believe sometimes how hard it is to find the perfect papers.
Back to reality, I have got a million things to do for this month and have not started one of them! I always wait till after December 15th to do my Christmas shopping because honestly I don't really have anywhere to store all the gifts and my kids are peekers! I don't know why but every year I feel bad that I wait so long, but it is just what works for me! Of course I do have a few parties early in the month so I have been working on a few gifts for those. I am doing a lot of making of the gifts this year...it costs a little less and I feel is so much more meaningful. Hope everyone I give them to feels the same way!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Visit my Etsy Shop

I did it! I finally decided that in order to grow my little craft business I must get on etsy and try it. I have been working for about a week to get things up and going on my etsy site...it is slow going but I am doing it all myself. I have included just some of the items that I would like to sell. I will be adding stuff daily. So go take a peek. www.mghairgirl.etsy.com
I am really excited about this new journey that I am taking, it is always what I have wanted to do and finally I am taking the giant leap! Of course it is keeping me super busy trying to juggle work and then coming home and getting crafty, taking photos of my items, then posting them to the site. So instead of filling my time with volunteer work, I will fill my time with crafty fun!

Here is a photo from our yearly family photo shoot...think this might be the one for the annual card. Just wait and see!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A new venture!

I am starting my bad habit again of neglecting my poor little blog! Sorry, just don't find or make the time to type a post everyday. I just think I get so wrapped up in everything else in my life that I forget to take a moment out and just type something...someone might be interested!
Anyway the last couple of weeks have been super busy for me. I think it started the week before Halloween, with costumes to make and parties to attend! Also I have started crocheting necklaces...thought I would be making a few for me and some gifts and it has turned into a new venture. I have been selling them. Actually I can't crochet them fast enough! Pictured below is an example of one.
I sell them for $8 a nceklace and they come in a multitude of colors. They have a bead on the necklace so they are able to extend from 24 inches to 34 inches. Free shipping(on US orders only) on the first necklace order, add .50 cents for every necklace after the first one ordered. Email me if at monica@thegoswicks.com if you would like to purchase one of these necklaces. Orders can be paid through paypal. Please allow 7 days to complete order.
These are the available colors:
Spring Bouquet
Rainbow-jewel tones
Purple Haze
Saddle Brown/Blue
Rainbow-pastel tones
Fall Harvest
Blue Diamonds
So that is what I have been busy doing! I never expected to get this much response from the necklaces, but am so thankful I have!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our costumes

Here we are all dressed up and ready for the Halloween Celebration! We went to a friends house for dinner and trick or treating! (thanks Julia) It was a blast, the only thing is Devon's loot bag was a little disappointing, but that was ok by me as he does not really need all that candy anyway! I did promise him that I would go out and buy him his own bag of his favorite candy, just call me a sucker!!!
Today we are off from school and really need a much needed relaxing day at home, no plans to get dressed, just need to take the Halloween decor down and get all those turkeys up! Maybe I will do a little laundry too, but no crafting time for me. I am going away this weekend to a scrapbook retreat, should be fun. So this week is all about getting my house back in order after several crazy days!
Here are some more photos from Halloween!