My first ten books read in 2017

At the beginning of the year I knew that I needed to spend more time reading – and away from my tablet and laptop. So every evening I try to set aside at least 30 minutes for reading. This usually ends up being the entire 6pm hour, between our 5pm dinner and 7pm coffee (and we don’t drink decaf!). I didn’t read as much as I had wanted to the last two or more years, and I knew that too much staring at a screen isn’t good.

I finished my tenth book this Wednesday, and I figured it would be nice to share those books here with a quick thought or two. I stink at book reviews (and never cared for them in school), so don’t set your expectations high haha.

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Newest Etsy Additions, April 4 2017

I had made these items a short while ago (although the money holders are last week), but it wasn’t until today when I finally got around to adding them to my Etsy store.

Here are today’s additions; I’ve got pendants made with epoxy resin, a pin made with resin, some pairs of earrings, and some money gift holder cards (in time for school graduations).

Click here to find my newest items and shop around!

I am still working on renaming my store, and I’m currently planning on what I will sell at a November craft show in the area (maybe try a new craft).

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A walk at the Munroe Falls MetroParks

A few months ago (yikes – yeah, I was really bad with sharing these in a timely manner) I took my dog on a walk at our nearby park. It was a lovely autumn morning, soon after the swimming season ended. I took these photos during our walk. I’m especially happy with the heron’s reflection, considering I was quite a distance away from it and only using a point-and-shoot.

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My Latest Custom Orders

I was blessed to receive two custom orders in the last month from my Etsy store! Both were dreamcatchers, which are the easiest items for me to make in terms of customization.

Here are my two orders:

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This was my first order, from the beginning of the year. It uses a 14″ diameter hoop. The customer wanted something that would replicate her tattoo. Because she wanted a cruelty-free material (and I normally use deerskin lace for wrapping the hoops and hanging the feathers), I had to find a new option. Thankfully I found Jute cord, so it was a bit of a learning experience to work with it. I think that its natural fibers gave a nice natural feel to the item, and luckily I have plenty enough of it left over so I will make a few more items to put into my store. I also had fun trying to figure out how to make the peace sign. It involved a lot of communication to learn what each detail should be, but in the end it was a success and she’s happy with her new dreamcatcher!

(photo was hastily taken with my phone)

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I finished this order today. The gift recipient’s favorite color is orange, and the requester wanted this to be orange and grey, in the style of an already-made piece in my store. It’s a 6″ diameter hoop wrapped with orange ribbon. Orange is a rare color for me to use because I sometimes can’t think of color combinations using it, so it was nice to have an opportunity to use orange – and I’m pleasantly surprised with this piece! I like the silvery grey with the orange. I may make a smaller, simpler one in these same colors for my store.

(I had more time this afternoon, so I took this photo with my camera)

 

I am happy to take custom orders for dreamcatchers – I can make them with hoops ranging from 2″ diameter to 19″ diameter, with an assortment of cords and a rainbow of threads for the webbing. I can also incorporate beads and charms with the webbing, and I have an assortment of feathers. Contact me if you’d like more information, and check out my store (linked above) for ideas of what I make!