Saturday, June 27, 2009

Art for Adoption Auction

My friend Jaci goes by Quidditchmom on deviantART. It's how we met, admiring each other's work and making art trades. She's a really talented and interesting lady, and she and her hubby are adopting a child from Africa. By taking the international adoption option, they probably won't wait very long to be able to bring home their new daughter, but they will incur the huge expense of traveling to Africa to get her. It's not money many of us just have laying around, and she's asked her friends in the deviantART community to help by donating original artwork for an auction to raise money they desperately need to complete their family.


The first wave of this auction has ended and I won the item I bid on, so I'm really thrilled (as will the people to whom this gift will be given). One of the amigurumi I donated to the auction was won by another bidder, and so I'm really thrilled about that as well!

You can help the Selby family and get yourself some original artwork or artisan crafts by bidding on items in the remaining auctions at http://auction.selbyfamilyadoption.com/. The July auction has begun and there are some really great items to bid on! You have to register but it's free and quick, and if you want to help but don't really want to buy any art, you can always make a donation.

Thanks for stopping by!



----------------
Now playing: Steve Burns - What I Do On Saturday
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jan the Mad Hatter!

Now that summer is officially here and many of us are hiding from the heat, I'm reminded of my husband's tip, “Imagine that it's -30° Celsius out there and you’re lucky enough to be warm.”

I mentioned on Twitter a while back that I had spent a couple of weeks crocheting winter hats. It seems like a good time to start showing them off. Here’s the first instalment.

I found this great Boy Beanie pattern at allfreecrafts.com. It’s is a free crochet pattern by Laura Killoran that was originally published in Stitch N Bitch Crochet - The Happy Hooker, March 2006. I made a couple of these for nephews last Christmas and it is such an easy and quick pattern that I couldn’t resist making more.


The first one is in a steely blue-grey acrylic I’ve had sitting around for years. I want to say it’s Red Heart Super Saver but I can’t be sure and there’s no label anymore. The second is Red Heart Comfort and my kids are really into Pokémon, so this was a no-brainer. The third was an experiment in combining novelty yarn with this pattern. I am not sure I like it yet. I recommend you double-strand the novelty yarn when trying this, to make it fluffier. The fourth hat is for my brother-in-law, a huge Edmonton Eskimos fan. More Red Heart here (it's one of only two brands I can buy locally). The yellow I used for the ‘gold’ is actually the same yarn as the Pokémon hat, but I had to adjust the lighting in the picture to show off that gorgeous green.

Do you have a crochet pattern that you remake over and over just because it’s fast or easy or just pretty? Tell me about it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jan


----------------
Now playing: Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
via FoxyTunes

Monday, June 8, 2009

Naughty Secretary Club: A Marketing Campaign for Craft Show Vendors

Naughty Secretary Club: A Marketing Campaign for Craft Show Vendors

Jennifer Perkins shares some wisdom about how to make the best of your marketing tricks when it comes to craft fair season. This is a must-read for all craft fair lovers!


Some of the tips she gives us:

  • Web Banners! Make use of the ones provided on craft fair websites (like those above) for some mutual pimpage.
  • Swag! Make sure you have business cards, stickers or postcards; something with your name on it, to give away at the fair! People will remember free stuff.
  • Schmooze! You're going to want to take a tour of the fair to shop, so make friends with your fellow vendors and make some good network connections!
This and more of Jen's wise advice are over at the Naughty Secretary Club Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!