Show and Tell–Ribbed Hat for We Are Kenya

Since my last post, I have enjoyed a week off from work, a few days away with my man, watched a few baseball tournaments, had my last pottery class, considered signing up for NaNoWriMo, and kept on stitching. I finished this one a few days ago:

Charity Ribbed Hat

This is another hat to be sent to We Are Kenya, courtesy of Craft Hope. It will join the two others I already have, a felt teddy bear that is nearly finished, and maybe two more hats (if I can finish them before the deadline).

If anyone is curious, the yarn above is Premier Yarns Ever Soft Multi in Beach Day, and the pattern is from the Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday Edition 2006. (Yes, I still have a copy–in my craft room :-))

I love having my crafty groove back–gotta go make more stuff!!

A Greenberry Street Tale

Once upon a time, there was a girl. This girl started a business, and a blog to chronicle her adventures. The business got a Big Client, and this girl was very busy fulfilling orders. And blogging occasionally.

Then one day, the orders were finished and the girl said, “Well, that felt like an assembly line. That wasn’t fun at all.” Coincidentally at the same time, the Big Client went on maternity leave and was never heard from again.

Or something like that.

So here we are, a few months later, and I am not where I thought I would be at all. I am in a new role at my “real” job (which is a great thing), and Greenberry Street is essentially out of business.

Sort of. But that is a story for another post.

But, the crafter in me isn’t finished, just because I’m not cranking out orders for customers anymore. A few weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an organization I follow, Craft Hope. Basically, they are like a big charity crafting group, who chooses a new charity (or Project, as they call it) every so often. And this time, their Project is a group called “We Are Kenya.”

I was so stinkin’ excited, I started making some of all the items they asked for. (Because if you didn’t know, I am a jack of all crafts, master of none. And, I spent time in Kenya in 2012–slight recap here). So, in the past four days, my life looks something like this:

I'm on a crafting spree!

I’m on a crafting spree!

One and a half-hats knitted, another one earmarked for giving, yarn and patterns for at least three more, plus the cutest little felt bear you ever saw. I have quite a stack of felt, and those are going to be SO quick–we’ll see how many of them I can finish before the deadline. (The twin-sized quilts had already been spoken for, or that would be on here, too!)

So, all I can say is Greenberry Street (the shop) is on hiatus for the time being, but the crafting certainly isn’t!

Tutorial Tuesday–Tissue Paper Poppies by Lia Griffith

I have been crazy busy on a big order, so that’s why I haven’t been very social the past few days. But for Tutorial Tuesday, I wanted to share this tutorial from Lia Griffith for Tissue Paper Poppies. She is truly one of the most inspiring paper flower artists I have found, and she just shared this with her readers this week. I can’t wait to try this one myself! (Image from Lia Griffith)Image

Now hop on over to her blog and check it out!

Tutorial Tuesday–DIY Chalkboard Paper Sign

I am about to show you a ridiculously easy DIY project, and then maybe THE easiest DIY of all time. These will work in your office, as a gift–even as wedding decor! And you seriously won’t believe this. Ready? GO!

You will need:

  • Chalkboard paper–available at craft stores in the scrapbook paper section
  • Glue
  • Art tile or foamboard cut to size (I am using 6″ x 6″)

 

You need these....

You need these….

Cut it to the right size...

Cut it to the right size…

Add a little glue...

Add a little glue…

Finished!

Finished!

Give it a little decoration...

Give it a little paper flower for panache!

That’s it. Really! I am using a 6″ x 6″ art canvas, but I call it a tile. I cut my chalkboard paper just a smidge short, maybe a millimeter or two, just so the paper doesn’t go all the way to the edge of my tile.  Spread a little glue (but not too close to the edge or it will squeeze out when you smooth it and make a sticky mess), and press it into place on the tile. Presto! Pretty chalkboard decor!

Tips:

  • My Cricut paper cutter had a brand new blade and cut well. I can see where a dull blade might leave a rough edge, so you might want to use a craft knife and a ruler, or a really sharp pair of scissors instead (if you can cut straight). The paper almost feels like sandpaper, so just be aware of that before you rough up your edges.
  • Glue dots or some kind of tape might be strong enough, but I really wanted my paper to stay in place, so I used craft glue. The Sobo dries pretty quickly and holds great.
  • It really does erase! Don’t be afraid if your chalk handwriting doesn’t look so good. It did wipe away with a dry paper towel with no trouble. So, you could even change the message to fit your mood and it will still look great!

You can make multiples and mount them on the wall using double-sided mounting tape to make a decorative message board in your kitchen or office. Use different colors and alternate them like a checkerboard, like Martha Stewart did here (with paint right on the walls).

Another option for your super-easy finished piece: you can take your tile and put it in a plate stand. Grab a piece of chalk, write a message, and either use it as decor with maybe a meaningful quote or a drawing. Or, option #3….

…turn it into a Sentimentile! It’s a twist on a homemade greeting card. In my Etsy shop, opening soon, I will have some of these for sale, that include a completed back with room to write a personalized message to your recipient.

 

Chalkboard Sentimentiles--great for Mother's Day!

Chalkboard Sentimentiles–great for Mother’s Day!

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Sentimentile Back

Sentimentile Back

 

See, wasn’t that easy?

Ready for the REALLY easy one??

You need:

  • Chalkboard paper
  • Blade for cutting
  • Picture frame

Cut your paper to fit the insert. Remove the glass, and put your paper in the frame. Ta da!

Chalkboard paper + picture frame = Table decor...

Chalkboard paper + picture frame = Table decor…if there was something written here!

And for my super easy bridal project for a DIY bride, or one on a budget, use it as table decor!!

Table 5! Right here!

Table 5! Right here!

So, that’s it for Tutorial Tuesday. I hope you visit again soon–I love visitors!!

And if you make one of these, would you leave me a comment and maybe a photo? I’d love to see what you create!

Wanna hear a secret?

I’m going to tell you a secret.

Ready?

I make paper flowers. (That’s not a secret.)

For now. (THAT is a secret! Or was!)

I launched Greenberry Street almost on a whim (like I talked about here). Truth is, this has been percolating in my brain for years. Literally, years. I can see some of the first pins I ever made over on Pinterest and they go to ancient links.

If you could see those boards, you would also see tons of wedding ideas. I made the boards private because my real-life friends would be like, “Why are you pinning all this wedding stuff?”  I wasn’t ready to tell anyone back then, so I didn’t.  But while I am getting started with arrangements in the hospital gift shops, and am thankful for the opportunity….

….I really want to be in the bridal industry.

key to my heart

Photo courtesy of Nina Matthews via Flickr

If you’ve ever met me, then you would know that I am a hopeless romantic. I adore the epic love stories, like Gone With the Wind and Titanic.

You’d also know that I make things. All kinds of things. And all those pins? They’re not just paper, or flowers. They are favors, photo backdrops, illuminated signs, decor–many ideas, many potential products, many crafts.

And I want to combine those two aspects of me.

So even though I am still waiting on that first “Accounts Receivable” from the hospital to be marked “Paid in Full,” I already have expansion plans. I know I must be a special kind of crazy, but I want to do weddings!

So, if you see wedding posts and shares on here, now you know why.  Greenberry Street has a Bridal Line! (or will, once I create it! 🙂 )

So what do you think–am I crazy?

 

An intro to Greenberry Street

I realized after I published my first post the other day that I never really said here what Greenberry Street is exactly. So today will simply be a “Product Introduction” of sorts.

Basically, I have been a crafting “jack of all trades” since I was a kid. I enjoy it, and seem to have a knack for much of it. Finally, after many years of tossing it around (and with a little push from my #RiskRejection friends), I hatched a plan to move ahead with it.

I had just discovered a “niche” if you will for some paper flowers I made, so I whipped up a few different bouquets, and then made my pitch to the local hospital gift shop I wanted to sell them in. No business plan, no prices–pretty much just a few handfuls of paper flowers and the butterflies in my stomach. That’s all I had.

And the shop owner said “Give me thirty.”

Bam. Now I’m a small business!

So, if you hop over to the Greenberry Street Facebook page and find my Photos, you can see a few shots of the items I recently delivered as part of my first order. (Because I have been a Blogspot blogger forever but am a WordPress rookie and haven’t learned all the features yet, it is just easier to go to the Facebook page–and “Like” the shop while you’re there!)

I did, however, decide to try it out here, so below is a slideshow of the Spool Flowers I made.

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I’ll share more product lines as time goes on, but these little cuties are some of my favorites. What do you think?? Would you buy these as a gift for someone in the hospital?