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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. 😀

I’m Making a Turtle

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I was browsing around the internet yesterday when I came across an incredible site for making paper mache sculptures called Ultimate Paper Mache. They have great tutorials for gorgeous finished products. I’m definitely hooked. Anyway, I was supposed to be cleaning the kitchen because we’re leaving tomorrow morning for spring break and instead got way sidetracked with this site. I found all of the materials required to make a paper mache sculpture except for masking tape which apparently a huge element. Frustrated, I grabbed the only thing in the house which could fulfill my need to crumple something up and make art out of it: tin foil.

Over Christmas break I had begun making tiny exaggerated sea turtle sculptures out of the foil wrappers my candy from the advent calendar fairy (read: my mom) came in. They had big long legs and big long necks and big long tails and were a ton of fun to make, but never held up long enough to really enjoy. So when I created the same thing, but in XL, I decided it would be fun to cover in Sculpey and actually spend some time on. I added the Sculpey last night and detailed the face a little, but my darling fiance was seasoning his cast iron pots and pans in the oven and I had to wait until today after class to cook it!

He has a very simple, basic body right now and I plan on adding an extravagant amount of detail especially to his shell later on. Because I’m antsy though, I wanted to get pictures of my darling Teddy in his early stages up in a blog post so you can see his progress from a foil monster to a full blown crazy turtle!  Keep in mind that he currently has no shell and no body detailing and all of that will come soon.

 

Keep an eye out for future posts with updates on Teddy’s progress!

And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook for updates on new products and upcoming sales!

Pinterest is the new love of my life

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t get past just how much fun Pinterest is. I get in these crafty moods every now and then when I’m too lazy to actually make anything, so I hop on Pinterest and find a bunch of projects I want to do later on! It’s amazing the kind of stuff you can find on that site. Anyway, I got into another Pinteresty mood last night and made a board for all of my Tiny Octopus Designs creations. I’m hoping they’ll get some movement around the site, but so far only one of my friends has liked them all. Ah well. It’s my newest advertising experiment so I’ll see how it goes!

My Pinterest handle is “Spider in the Wine” because it was the name of a book I was planning to write and have yet to actually get started on. I have a board for “Upcycle and DIY” and a board called “For Eating” that’s packed with wonderful looking recipes. I also have a wedding board, because how could I resist? And I have a few other on Disney, clothing, and house related stuff. Then of course there’s my Tiny Octopus Designs board that I’ll update as regularly as I can!

So check out my Pinterest and drop me a comment if you have one too so I can see what you’ve pinned too!

And because I hate to publish a post without a picture, here is a little teaser from one of my boards: 

P.S. This is how I do my makeup now. 🙂 I think this woman is gorgeous.

 

Barney the Green Octopus

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This is Barney the little green octopus pendant. I think he looks like an alien watermelon, but he’s lovely nonetheless. I’d have to say he’s my favorite out of my most recent series of cephalopods. He and his buddies can be found for sale at Tiny Octopus Designs.

Glen the Yellow Octopus

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This is Glen! He’s the third in my rainbow series of octopuses and he, like all of my pieces, is handmade from super sculpey and painted with acrylic paints. He is for sale at Tiny Octopus Designs.

 

And don’t forget to check out my facebook page for updates on the newest items and sales! I have a special February discount code that can be found there right now!

New Items at Tiny Octopus Designs

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The new year has brought with it six new octopus pendants at Tiny Octopus Designs and they’re up for sale on Etsy!

All of my pendants are handcrafted from polymer clay and are lovingly painted with acrylic paints so they are unique, one of a kind pieces.

For updates on new items and upcoming sales, check out my facebook page!

Can’t Wait

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I feel like I’ve been sitting around all day every day not getting anything done, when in reality I’ve been working 20 hours a week plus going to college full time and am still caught up in my word count for NaNoWriMo and made an octopus ornament and a beaird last night. Somehow though, I still feel like I’m slacking.

I see all of these Etsy sellers who have schedules for their days that involve making, packaging, shipping, emailing, you name it stuff for their business. That’s what I want to do! I think it sounds so satisfying to have a chunk of time set aside each day for just making things to put in my shop. I don’t think I have the kind of lifestyle to permit that kind of thing, but it sure sounds nice.

I’m also thinking about recording myself making some pieces to put on You Tube. The more social networks you’re on, the better right?

Anyway, it’s Sunday and I have two papers due tomorrow plus a presentation and a half. Boy I’m looking forward to graduating and being able to focus on my business rather than school.

Sorry there are no pictures with this post. I haven’t taken any recently. I will soon though!

 

Love, Heather.

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