Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Creative Space: In for a Penny...

I'm doing lots of stressing in my space this week.  I applied yesterday for my tax ID number, and am working at putting together an Etsy shop.  It feels like there's an undoable amount to accomplish---writing item descriptions, taking decent photos, figuring out packaging, making a banner...and yeah, making stuff.
I've been playing around with a few ideas for days, and I was happy to give them a go today.  

I mod-podged a wooden bead.  With an ancient dictionary, no less.

And check out these beads made from upcycled security envelopes:

My little assistant "helped" me with these...she waited till I'd painstakingly sliced all of the envelopes into bead-sized strips, then used her extensive glue-stick skills (and a stack of my bead-strips) to create this fabulous collage.
I guess I'm grateful she hasn't borrowed the blowtorch.


  1. Blss her heart!! It's the only way i built up a business with 4 children at my feet - giving them little off cuts & activities to entertain themselves & make them feel totally involved. Love Posie

  2. Love the beads - clever idea! How cute that your little one wants to play along - good luck with Etsy, wishing you every success!

  3. Oh wow...I'm a HUGE fan of the patterns in envelopes and never seen them used in this way before..genius!! Love your daughters creativity too :)
    I know what you mean about the setting up of an etsy shop, my brain boggled for days as I tried go through the listing,working out postal costs advice is just go slow...take your time and do it in DOES get easier !! :) Good luck! x

  4. What a helper - love the dictionary bead it is beautiful.
    ps am coming with the 12 step program!

  5. Wow! I haven't checked for a few days and haven't you been busy! Love the button necklaces and the earrings, and totally excited at the thought of your shop - go girl!

  6. Well done you! I love your new photo at the top of the blog. Looks great.

  7. Exciting things lay ahead! Those beads are shaping up to be something fabulous, I just know it!


Thanks for taking the time to makes me feel a little less like I'm talking to myself again.