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!

Two weeks into 2017, already?!

My goodness, it’s already January 14!

So I didn’t post immediately soon after the New Year as I had hoped, but it’s still January so… whatever 🙂

2017 is alright so far.

I’m doing well with one simple thing that I wanted to do more of this year: read. I’m setting aside approximately an hour between dinner and evening-coffee for reading. For a few days I had read some American Founding Fathers documents (I found a beautiful book at B&N which contains the Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, some letters, some speeches, the Constitution, etc). I’m currently halfway through Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; I had no idea what to expect, and for the longest time I didn’t think I’d ever want to read it, but I’m currently REALLY enjoying it and I can’t wait to finish it.

I’m also trying to start the process in refreshing my Etsy store. I want to have a new shop name and hopefully revive it. I’d like to see a few more sales this year than I did last year.

There aren’t really any plans/goals for 2017 besides getting a new job. I also will have my high school ten-year reunion in July (on my birthday, oddly), and my mom and I will see a European dance troupe in Cleveland in April (we’ve seen them several times over the years). I’m also hoping to be a spectator at at least two historical reenacting events in the area. I would love to do some traveling, but it will depend on what my new job is and what it allows in terms of holidays and such.

And I’m slowly trying to work on being happier in general. I’ve greatly struggled with being happy with myself for many years.

Readers, do you have any goals or plans for 2017?

Sun Setting Soon on 2016 (photo)

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taken with a Nikon s9600

This photo is of a recent sunset. Lately our skies have been very dreary and blah, so when I saw this about two weeks ago, I knew that I needed to capture it.

This is likely my last post of 2016. Tomorrow I am relaxing, then simple evening festivities (lots of snacks and playing various games with my parents). I’m planning on an obligatory new-year post for Sunday.

I want to thank everyone who has read my blog this year, and leaving the occasional comment. I sincerely appreciate it all.

I pray that everyone has a fun but safe New Year’s Eve. See you all in 2017!