Monday, January 6, 2014

Starting "the move"...

I have begun posting only on Hazelnut deux. Hazelnut duex will become my home base and the new header (coming soon) will reflect the changes. Eventually this blog will redirect you there but if you want to pop over and start following there, I would be thrilled!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

This is my favorite Christmas song. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 2, 2013

On any order $15 or more, use discount code CYBER13 for free shipping from my Etsy shop! Offer expires at midnight tonight.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving weekend discount code

I am offering a 15% discount on anything in my Etsy shop through 12/1. The code to use at check out is THXGVING13.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday crafting frenzy!

This time of the year I am just a little bit crazier than normal. I have been in "sewing mode" for months. Yesterday someone asked me if I was sewing. Why, yes, I am. Every morning about 3:30 you will find me with a cup of coffee either standing in front of my cutting station, at the ironing board or sitting at one of the two sewing machines that I have set up at all times. I sew until about 6am and then get ready for my real job. I don't sew at night very often usually because I am bleary eyed not long after I return home in the evening. I crochet scarves at night. Right now I have lots of inventory in preparation for the Hazelnut deux (my small business) holiday boutique this weekend.

This is the first time I have joined forces with a lovely group of women who also craft and created locally. Too often I have found myself at "craft fairs" with vendors for large companies. I wanted to be part of a group that only featured real craftspeople and artists and I think we offer a great blend of creativity. If you live nearby, please stop in on Sunday afternoon!

On Monday, November 25th, I will be listing a significant number of items in my Etsy shop. Please check it out next week! If you sign up for my newletter (click HERE to take you to the blog site for Hazelnut deux) I am offering a 15% discount code in the Etsy shop on anything purchased after November 24th.

Now - back to the sewing machine!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Crafty Sunday

I have had a big candle in my living room for several years. It is a plain, off white, fat pillar candle. It is boring and kinda ugly.  Now, you will have to use your imagination for a second because I neglected to take a picture of my boring candle.  So let's pretend that it looks like this

(except that this one is brand new, white and smaller!)

I used this napkin

since none of my "fall" napkins had an all over print.

Using this tutorial, a single ply of the napkin, a large piece of waxed paper and my blow dryer I ended up with this

It would have looked better in my fall "mini vignette" if I had the right napkin but now I can say that I have gotten a jump on holiday decorating!

Pretty cute for 15 minutes worth of crafting!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ugly Lampshade Make Over!

I have a lamp that I truly love but the shade was looking pretty ratty.

The black is crackled looking and there are big scratches. I could not find a replacement lampshade that I liked so I knew I would have to attempt to make something.  I have a lot of canvas drop cloth fabric so I started tearing long strips to wrap around the shade.

Every time I got to the end of a strip I hot glued it to the inside of the lamp and attached another. The fraying strings were a pain and the I burned myself repeatedly with the hot glue but I love the end result!

I used a product called "Fray Check" to stop the strips from further fraying.

Now I am actually toying with the idea of using a graphic from Graphics Fairy to "French" it up a bit. There may be more to this project than I originally thought!

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