Crafty weekend

I finally had some time to work in my craft room. I chose a Cricut craft that would take some time – engraving. While I waited the two hours for this engraving to complete, I worked on getting my craft supplies more organized. I also made some earrings. I had fun!

This is part of a sign I made with three bicycles and the phrase “I want to ride my bicycle” on it. Still trying to get a good picture of the whole sign.
Engraving on a cookie spatula
Earrings made with faux leather and faux suede
Detail on one of the earrings

To sell or not to sell…

What do you do when the byproduct of your stress relief activity, crafting, leaves you with a bunch of finished crafts? I currently have cards, tea light holders, luminarias, explosion boxes, iron on designs, wooden and slate signs with sayings on them, cute coffee mugs, beer glasses, and Christmas ornaments – EVERY WHERE! Normally, I would do a craft show, but I work every Saturday at the library and can’t participate in those. So…should I sell on Etsy? Do I want to have to ship things? How does one ship something like this:

And what would one charge for one of these:

That is where I am stuck today. Thinking about selling my crafts.

If any one would like to, please share your thoughts on my dilemma. Thanks.

Paying it forward

At the library where I work, the Summer Reading theme is Build a Better World.  Our adult programs are build around Pay It Forward, the book and movie.  We are having  a Pay It Forward Raffle for prizes where patrons have to fill out a card saying they performed 5 various Pay It Forward activities.

Today, I was in the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts getting a coffee and the young lady in the car in front of me paid for my coffee.  I’m still moved by her kindness.

In the spirit of her generosity, I have running an Amazon Giveaway for the ebook Pay It Forward.  All you have to do is follow me on Twitter.  Here is the link:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/25ebcaf9038b83c2

Good luck and thanks for reading.

Repurposing old books

It’s that wonderful time of year when I start thinking about making Christmas gifts.  Today, I looked around on Pinterest, aka “internet crack”, for Christmas craft ideas.

While working at the library, I have seen many interesting ways to repurpose old books.  For the 50th anniversary of one of our library branches, a coworker made a birthday cake out of books.  It was really very pretty.  Last Christmas, we had a Christmas tree built out of active library books.  These ideas got me thinking that there must be SOMETHING I can make from old, discarded books.  While searching for Christmas card holder crafts, I found one made out of a hard cover book.  If you fold all the pages in half, it makes a big fan to stick the cards in.  You can decorate the book any way you would like.  I used a gold stamp pad to make the book look even older. I found a sprig of Christmas fun and ended up with…