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Progress: Baby Shower gift completed

I’ve been lacking motivation. It is beautiful outside and after my horrible time trying to make the clay bowls I wasn’t feeling optimistic about my to do list.

A girlfriend had requested a mobile for her new baby. The first space ship themed one was actually what started my love affair with felt. Primitive I know but hey… :p

I wanted to do something similar to this sheep mobile but her Evernote had a couple of ideas for mobiles  and none were that one. She had this one and tons of variations of this one . So I found this tutorial and thought… I liked the shape of her clouds 🙂 I printed the clouds on both landscape and portrait… I opted to use the smaller cloud cause I wanted to make several but I used raindrops in both sizes.

A couple of weekends ago I got started on some cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And boy did I cut. Apparently I was a little over eager on the amount of raindrops I would need cause I only ended up uses 18!

This is what I ended with:

Next time I wouldn’t  wrap the hoop with SMALL ribbon. I was cursing myself for only only thin and Christmas stuff. The only hoop I had that was the right size though was the bright pink one. I hope I pulled off the trying to make it look like this. lol

Things I did:

I used a machine to sew up the clouds but I left the rough edges, I thought it added to the cloud image. I also used 3 different types of white felt. I mixed and matched the fronts and backs. You can’t really tell on my iphone pics but it adds a bit in person.

I used similar coloured embroidery floss to attach the rain drops to the clouds.

I added a bit of fabric stiffner to each rain drop. Perhaps next time I would use two pieces and hand stitch them together with some stuffing.

Also, I had a horrible time keeping them untangled. wrapping it I just but each cloud in its own thing but untangling the six threads will be a little difficult.

I haven’t been able to give it to the mamma yet. Hopefully she likes it.

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Etsy

So I’m not allowed to start an Esty shop until I finish my thesis but they do have some excellent resources on how to get started and how to improve your shop.

Mashable has a beginners guide here

 

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crafting rut

Is Pinterest taking up to much of your time?

Is your pile of craft supplies left to gather dust?

I’m having that problem and that nothing seems to be working out lately! It is frustrating. I have a baby shower this weekend where I have to drop off my gift Thursday. I’m working with a medium I love– felt! But I’m having a hard time getting it done and even piecing together how I want it to look!

Then I thought well I could work with some clay and do a couple small trinket dishes I had to do. And I got a couple baked but I’m just not happy with them. How do you get over this rut?

Maybe I need to try a new medium? Or just pretend I don’t have these looming deadlines?

Though… with that said I am very excited about other people’s crafts! I won a gift from Manusmade and I am so excited for it to come.

I also got my stamp from Hampton Art FINALLY… it is pretty plain and I just plan on using it to stamp mostly the baked goods I make.