Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Craft Show {from Scrap}

I have super good news for those of you who (like me) love to check boxes... I'm totally ahead on making things for the craft show!  Woo-hoo.

mostly monochromatic?

As of Wednesday last week I had 22 items for the show.  Since then I've made 5 more with a few others in process or close to a finish.  Keeping track of what I've made is already getting confusing, so I'm going to start a spreadsheet today.  It'll be handy for tracking what sells later on too!

2 hours later... lots of triangles

Here's a covered journal I made last week.  Mostly monochromatic?  Well, I tried.  I started with green, but I can rarely resist adding teal to green.  Always such a delish combo.  Made from scrap!

and a favorite new journal

The triangles are super fun, right?  Yeah, but not so practical.  I made enough triangles to form the entire journal cover, even the inside flaps.  It took over 2 hours from cutting and piecing to finished triangle fabric.  The next morning, I turned the finished triangle fabric into a journal cover in about 15 minutes.  Hm... Maybe I should simplify?  This was totally fun, but given how many I'd like to make (and yes, I should try to make even more than my original goal of 20) it would be really nice not to spend 2+ hours per cover.  Plus, I'm definitely not pricing them high enough for 2 hours of labor.  (I promise we'll talk pricing next week!) 

please use us!

Soo... I rooted around in my "messy" fabric drawer (where I also keep multi-colored scraps who defy classification) and pulled out all of my pieced scraps. These are mostly situations in which I changed my mind after doing some piecing.  There's also pieced rainbowness trimmed from Oodalolly.  If I could rescue these abandoned works by turning them into journal covers, I'd hopefully save time as well as clean out my drawer.  They're begging, "Please use us!"

rescued Oodalolly scraps

Always looking to please, I worked with pieced rainbow curves to create this journal cover. Working with all these tiny curved strips without much of a plan, the work took on a wave or too.  That's when I decided to stop feeding the monster, add the black/white Brush Stroke print from Summersville and call it a day.

lovin that black!

I'm thinking the finished cover exudes cool.  Someone artsy is gonna love it, if I do say so myself!  I'm really digging the way all that color plays with this equally artsy, but starkly black and white print.
 
Brush Strokes from Summersville!

And here's another from last week...

put to use

It's a much quieter version of myself.  We'll see if anyone this tasteful actually stops by my booth.  Ha!

random embroidery piece

I had finished this piece of embroidery ages ago for no reason.  So, it's another "scrap" of sorts hoping to find a home.

Yep, lots going on here!  I have some wall art to show you later this week and then next week we'll talk pricing.  Until then, let's see if I can get a bit simpler with my covered journal creations.  Kind of doubt it!

37 comments:

  1. that embroidery is just lovely! I hope it goes well

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  2. Rachel.....love the pink and gray embroidery. You are so gifted.

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  3. good luck with the craft market!

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  4. Gorgeous gorgeous! I've just made two journals too for a swap and am addicted!!

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    1. Oh, that's fun to hear! They're such a nice size for a project.

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  5. oh rachel, i want to buy all three! i might have to come to the craft show! i love the last one sooo much!

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  6. I like the subtle book cover!! I like them all actually. :)

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  7. I love your teal and green combo, and the artsy colorful one, and ALL of them!

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  8. I love them all! great way to use things up. And whatever doesn't sell will make lovely birthday/holiday gifts!

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  9. great covers and interesting to watch how it goes.

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  10. I'm doing a craft show next month & I thought of doing fabric covered journals for back to school crowd & use up alot of scraps! Yours look great! Can't wait to read more about what you will be taking to the show!

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  11. I really love the black summersville inside of the crazy rainbow scraps cover. I'll buy that one from you :)

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  12. Yep you have a real flair for journal covers! It is one of my favourite gifts to make. I will be really interested to hear about pricing! I know people are really surprised when they hear how much time something that looks so simple can take.

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  13. What great looking covers! Really loving the jazzy curves one =D

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  14. I would love any of these covers! I especially like the one with the embroidery. I wish I was able to come to the craft fair. :)

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  15. Oh I love ticking things off on lists, alas, mine seem to grow faster than I cross things off... o.O

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    1. Alas, that is always the case with the master "to sew" list for sure!

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  16. Very neat way to use up scraps. They are adorable!

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  17. Hahahaha, I so know this "I'm going to keep it simple... wait, what?!" feeling you had with your journal cover.

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  18. at first i thought the rainbow curves was my favorite, but then that one with embroidery and the awesome miscellany print caught my eye. so gorgeous!

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    1. Ha! That's funny, it's my least favorite and people do actually like it. You all are so encouraging!

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  19. Those embroidered leaves are just the cutest. I love love that one.

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  20. On another subject. A QuiltCon block would wonderful fashioned after your improv wavy pieces.

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  21. I love them all for all the various reasons. I too save WAY too much because I think I'll find some innovative new thing to produce. For me it's usually a pillowcase ;)

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  22. Could you please put me on your list so I can go with you to the craft show? I want to see all of the crafty goodness in person and have a chance to buy some of your amazing projects.

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  23. OMG I love love LOVE the rainbow one! The other two are amazingly awesome as well! I wish I could go to this craft show and see them in person! :D

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  24. I LOL when you said "someone" will buy the quieter version of you...why, yes, ME! I love them all and would stop and look. They each are special and unique...but I definitely would be taking home the embroidered one ;)!

    And I am glad to see I am not the only one that keeps pieced scraps. I have quite a few from the last bee block (improv chevrons) and I HATE to throw them away and grew tired of ripping seams to save the scraps. The journals are GREAT use of scraps!!!!

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  25. Enjoying following your progress for the craft show, it is a shame that 2+ hours work will not be adequately rewarded but guess that is just the way it is. The embroidered cover is my favourite too!

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  26. Even though they are all different, I love each of those journal covers. But the Oodalolly leftovers one is certainly calling my name. ;) I'm glad to know things are moving right along in your stock-building!

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  27. Love Love Love the Oodalolly journal cover!
    If by any remote chance it doesn't sell at your craft fair, I'd love to buy it!
    A bidding war perhaps! :)
    Jane

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    1. A bidding war - I promise not that! LOL. But thanks for saying so =)

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  28. fun! amber might be good to talk to, she's got the craft thing down!

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  29. Wow! Those covers are fantastic! I have that butterfly print from the first cover, but i haven't ever found the right thing to use it in. The rainbow one is crazy awesome! Good luck at your craft show!

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  30. i admire your industriousness. and, of course, your scrappy work is thrilling to me. best of luck!

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  31. Love all the journals! I love the skill that you taught us even more. I have made several of these as gifts since our class ended.

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  32. I'm enjoying all your craft fair prep talk. I hear ya, it can be hard to find that balance between making something sell-able and fulfilling your own creative needs. These are all fantastic journals though - I know they'll get snatched up quick!

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