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Wehland Bros. Coming Soon!

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Phew! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here! I’ve been caught up with school and the imminent approach of NaNoWriMo. Anyway, I’d like to take a step away from the Seeds of Inspiration, which have been my topic of choice recently, and tell you all about something I’m very very very excited about.

My husband and I have been working with his family for a while to start up a little business to which we can all contribute, and things are finally coming together! While Tiny Octopus Designs is my personal brand, my darling Thomas wanted a shop which could incorporate goods made by him, me, his brothers, his sister, and maybe even his parents. This way, the shop will have a wonderful variety of items which will hopefully all tailor to a general theme of “old elegance” whether they be authentically antique or handcrafted to reflect the perfection that is vintage.

We’re still building our stock, but I’ll be dropping teasers every so often as we prepare to launch so you’ll know what to look forward to.

New Necklace Display!

I went to Michael’s today. Always dangerous. Normally I go overboard and buy everything I see that I think might even be a little bit useful to me, so I tried to restrain myself this time. I am proud to tell you that I spent under $20 this trip! I bought two new bottles of paint which I’m psyched to try out because I’m actually really horrible at mixing my own colors. The true treasure of this particular trip, however, is the most wonderful necklace display I have ever seen.

About a year ago, I bought myself a traditional black velvet necklace display only to find that my camera panicked when photographing a piece on a totally black background and left it devoid of any color other than blinding white. Needless to say, I retired that display to holding a nice necklace of mine on a bookshelf. So you must understand how thrilled I was to see a necklace display covered not in black velvet, but rustic, rough, elegant, perfect, loose weave cotton. I’m over the moon and I’m so excited to start taking photographs of my products on this baby! I deem her Victoria the Grand. And I love her.

Also, I can hook earrings in to take pictures of the whole set!

 

 

That beautiful beast you see in the background is Rupert the guardian of the printer. My Granny gave him to me for Christmas. 😀

Photobucket and the Seeds of Inspiration

Sooooooooooo…. I’ve started using photobucket.com for all of my image storage/usage needs and I think I’m hooked. I hadn’t used the website since I was in high school and I was more than pleased to discover some of its fun new features! I use a Google Chromebook as my primary laptop and it is an entirely web-based system. That means NO programs whatsoever aside from Google Chrome and very little storage. However, it weighs nothing, runs crazy fast, and never bugs out because there are no programs to crash! It’s just been an adventure learning how to do everything I need to do through free online applications.

The only holdout was my inability to do simple edits to my photos before uploading them to places like here and facebook. But now it turns out that photobucket has quite a lovely array of photo editing options! Needless to say, I’m going overboard like a teenager who has just discovered the “posterize” filter in photoshop and thinks it’s exactly the makeover their myspace pictures need.

Please enjoy the fruits of my fun!

In case you’re coming to this blog for the first time, the items pictured below are Seeds of Inspiration: little muses handmade out of polymer clay to keep you inspired during National Novel Writing Month and beyond!

If you’re interested in pre-ordering a Seed of Inspiration before their release on the 26th, you can receive 20% off of your order! Just contact me with a dibs request.

And they’ll be up in my Etsy shop in less than a week!

Pinterest: Fall Craft DIYs

As usual, I’ve been hopelessly addicted to Pinterest and finding all kinds of fun things. Most recently my interest has turned to Fall themed craft and decorating ideas and I wanted to share a few with you!

1. An Elegant Leafy Wreath

I love the style of this wreath from the way it drapes at the bottom to the lovely Autumn colors in the leaves. It’s a nice prelude to the evergreen wreaths that are just around the corner.

 

2. Beautiful Blue Felted Acorns

I am completely in love with these. I’ve been meaning to get into felting for a while now, but I think this pin might just be the persuasion I need to finally start. They’d make great earrings, necklaces, and simply stand alone decorations! Might be a sweet idea to make a handful and gift them to a friend in a little mason jar or something.

 

3. Colorful Felt Leaves

These look simple to make, yet very cute and colorful and perfect for seasonal decorations! I believe these were originally intended to be used as coasters, but they’d also look great on headbands or on a necklace if they were smaller.

 

You can check out my Pinterest for more fun Fall craft ideas and keep an eye out for the next Pinterest blog post!

SALE on Seeds of Inspiration!

I’m having a sale! I’m having a sale! While the Seeds may not be hitting the metaphorical shelf until September 26th, you can still claim one ahead of time! Is there a favorite Seed you’ve had your eye on? Even if there isn’t, do you already know you’ll be buying one once they’re up for sale? Then just call dibs!

From now until September 26th, you can pre-order your Seed of Inspiration and save 20%! Just contact me with the name of the Seed you’d like and if it hasn’t already been claimed I’ll send you a code which you can use during checkout to receive your special discount.

NaNoWriMo won’t be complete without your own personal muse to cheer you on and smile encouragingly up at you through November and beyond!

And as always, don’t forget to check out the Tiny Octopus Designs facebook page for updates, pictures, and more!

Seeds of Inspiration Release Date!

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I’m pleased to announce that I have decided to release my new line, Seeds of Inspiration, on September 26th in honor of the release of JK Rowling’s new book A Casual Vacancy which comes out on the 27th. I couldn’t help myself. I am nothing if not a nerd. These Seeds are intended to be little desktop muses during National Novel Writing Month and beyond so hopefully the proximity of the release dates will imbue the Seeds with a little extra spark.

 

Check out my Tiny Octopus Designs Facebook page for more pictures and updates on the Seeds of Inspiration!

Pinterest Finds of the Day: Nail Polish, Bottle Stoppers, and a New Life for Old Vases

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I’ve been in a crafty mood lately and for lack of motivation to actually do anything about it, I have been browsing Pinterest all day and loving it! There are so many creative people on that site with so many fun DIY projects I just couldn’t help but share some of my favorites today. While I haven’t done any of these yet, I definitely plan to in the future.

Pin 1: DIY Nail Polish

Simply pick a favorite color of eye shadow or blush, add to clear nail polish, shake, and enjoy! If you can’t find a color you really like you can always mix a few together until you reach your perfect tint! I know I’m excited to try this one.

 

Pin 2: Animal Bottle Stoppers

 

This pin just cracks me up. There’s something perfectly goofy about half a little plastic animal sticking out the top of a nice wine bottle. And it looks pretty easy! Just pop into your local dollar store and grab a bag of these little fellas, buy some reusable corks and securely affix the rear end of the animal to the top. Make sure the animal is on there good and permanent so it doesn’t pull off when you’re trying to open said wine bottle.

 

Pin 3: Faux Porcelain

Faux porcelain seems to be surging in popularity recently and I can see why! Do you have an old, ugly vase or even some junky old plastic toys needing a new life? All you need is some white glossy spray paint from your local hardware store and you’re set! Just look at how elegant that rhino looks. I know want some sweet porcelain animals to decorate my house with. They’re the prefect fun and fancy accent piece for any living space.

 

Those are my top 3 favorite pins for this week! Check back in a day or so and I’m sure there will be plenty more!

Happy crafting!

 

[If you like the pins I shared in this post, check out the rest of my boards on Pinterest!]

 

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