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First show of the season – Art Hunger

Just wanted to share some pictures of our first show of the season, and our first show representing our newest shop, JuJu Eyeball!

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The day was slow (we guessed that about 20 customers passed by our booth,) due to little advertising, a festival down the street blocking traffic, and an electrical outage issue on the block. We did make some new vendor friends, and made a couple of great contacts with customers! Mom sold a couple of her sand castings and that was it, but the booth fee was very inexpensive. We ended up spending a little money on ourselves and for Christmas presents, and my husband (while running home to get the purse I forgot, and the wallet he didn’t realize he left at home until he was on his way back) brought one of our good friends back with him, so we ended up having a great time.

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Weird Wednesday – Featured on Offbeat Bride!

I was so excited to wake up this morning to a link on our friend Tiinia’s Facebook page saying that her wedding has been featured on Offbeat Bride! First, I was excited because their wedding was so unique; I knew it had to end up on the site at some point. Second, I was excited, because Mom and I were vendors for the wedding!

We met Tiinia at the Etsy817 (our really cool Etsy team) Handmade Holidays arts and crafts show last year. She was the makeup artist for the fashion show, which featured some of our work. (Click on Tiinia’s name above to visit her Facebook business page and see examples of her amazing talent for makeup!) Afterward, she stopped by our booth and we all chatted for a while. The subject of her pending nuptials came up, and she bought one of my bracelets to wear for the big day. Then we talked a little about what she wanted for her bridesmaids, and Mom told her that she would love to make the fascinators she wanted.

Fast forward to a few months later, and we’d not only become friends with Tiinia, we’d become friends with a couple of her friends who often model for her, too. They came over to raid Mom’s closet of vintage goodies to borrow for photo shoots, and the more we got to know them, the more we liked them! We had so much fun brainstorming once we learned more about the wedding, and making the vision she had come to life. Mom ended up making all of the fascinators (including the bridal veil!) the bridesmaids’ feather fans, and the boutonnieres, and, as well as making the bride’s bracelet, I also embroidered her vintage handkerchief with their monogram. We were happy to attend their Friday the 13th wedding at the 13th Street Morgue haunted house grounds where Tiinia, her husband, Kevin, and many of their friends work year round to keep the place in perfect shape for the haunting season. It was definitely the weirdest, coolest wedding I’ve ever been to, and we had a blast the entire time.

Take a look at the OBB article for more inspiring photos and info about the wedding, then click on the gallery link to visit the Havi Frost Photography page for even more photos!

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Make It Monday – Embroidery Madness!

Before I delve into the world of embroidery, let me just say what an awesome time we had at the Dallas Comic-Con Sci Fi Expo on Saturday! We got to meet sweet/funny/genetically-blessed-with-amazing-bone-structure Eliza Dushku, and I got her autograph:

A classic Faith pic from the Buffy series, signed (with kisses) by Eliza Dushku.

She even said she liked my JuJu Eyeball fuzzy eyeball earrings! I didn’t give her a card like I did anyone else who liked them, because, well, I was starstruck and thought it might look a little sleezy: “I’m a big fan! … Oh, you like my earrings? Here’s my card (insert cheezy salesewoman smile.) No, really, I’m a big fan!” I mean, you only have so many seconds to make an impression, and, call me crazy, but taking the earrings out to give to her also seemed a little creepy.
So, on to today’s topic! My grandmother and great aunt used to embroider all the time when I was little, and I was fortunate enough to inherit some of their supplies. Over the past few years, I’ve picked up the needle and multicolor thread again as a hobby, but recently I’ve decided to incorporate embroidery in some of my work for the new shop. I’ve always enjoyed creating and drawing monsters and creatures, so I decided to start on my first monster embroidery project to see if I would be able to transfer some of my drawn ideas from paper to a fuzzier medium. Here are the results so far:

Still trying to come up with a name for this guy ...

Comment below if you have any monster names for this guy! The idea is that I’ve seen lots of really scary monster drawings, and a lot of adorable plushie monsters that tend to incoporate embroidery, but I wanted to create something somewhere in the middle. Still cute, but something a hardcore creature fan could appreciate.
If you’re looking to start embroidering, or if you’d like to try to embroider your own design, here are some links and tips:
Sublime Stitching has great, basic tutorials for beginners.
Transfers that you find at craft stores are great for practice, but there aren’t any rules that say your design has to look a certain way! If you’ve come up with a cool sketch you think would translate well to stitchery, use a transfer pen or paper, or simply pin a copy of the drawing to the back of your fabric and trace with a pencil if your fabric is thin enough.
You really only need a few stitches to embroider most designs. My top 3 are backstitch, split stitch, and satin stitch. Depending on what style embroidery you decide you like, your top 3 might be stem stitch, french knot, and running stitch! Build up your arsenal of stitches to find out which are your favorites. P.S. – If you’re looking for a style with less variation, try crosstitch. You stitch “x”s the whole time, and the design still turns out looking awesome.
Anything you can sew, you can embroider: paper, fabric (towels, clothing, curtains,) trim, canvas …
Two more great contemporary resources for ideas, tutorials and patterns are Mr. X Stitch and Urban Threads.
Finally, you may mess up. Your thread may knot, you may use the wrong stitch or wrong thread color. The cool thing is, though, that you can snip the thread, pull, start over again, and no one will ever know!
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Whatever Weekend – More Weird

I know, I know, it’s not Weird Wednesday, but I couldn’t resist sharing this with you.

One of my new favorite blogs, Heart Handmade, features crafters and artists daily. The other day, they featured Amanda & James Flex, aka pilouspercilla on Etsy. I have a huge softspot for embroidery – it’s a craft that’s been prevalent in our family for generations – and especially embroidery that’s a little on the strange side. Add my love for the circus, and you can’t get any better than these two! Check them and their sideshow performers out!

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Koo Koo The Bird Girl

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Friday’s Favorites

This week, these are a few of our favorite things:

Lady With Ship Hat Silk Screened Canvas by utilitarianfranchise

Vintage Petit Point Needlepoint Ring Rose by TidBitz

Turbaned Lady Wire Art by ZipTieART

Cute Vintage Strawberry Hook by littlevintageviolet

Have a wonderful weekend!

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