Posted on November 17, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I just wanted to hop in real quick and let you know that I will have a live question and answer session with Renae Christine of Rich Mom Business tomorrow at 1pm ET. If you want to ask a question live you will want to join us on the Youtube Watch Page but you can also watch the stream or replay in the player below.
YouTube Video Player!
I wish I knew how to change the old dorky photo of me on that thumbnail LOL! I encourage you watch the live Q&A if:
- You would like to earn enough from your hobby to pay for supplies.
- You would like to earn enough for holiday shopping or a vacation.
- You would to earn a full-time income from your handmade business.
Renae and I both make a living from our handmade endeavors. We have different ways we do this and unique perspectives. If you are thinking about doing a craft fair or opening an online shop please tune in! We will talk about everything from pricing, to sourcing materials to whether or not “custom” is a good idea. I hope to see you live! Happy Crafting!
Filed under: art/craft marketing | Tagged: art marketing, craft fair tips, how to make a living as an artist, rich mom business, sk a crafter | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 15, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Today I have a fun and easy tutorial!
Watch the video to see how it is done!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: flower, tutorial, watercolor pencil | 6 Comments »
Posted on November 14, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! We all want to get more use out of our supplies right? Today I have used 1 die (and only 1 pass through the die cutter to create 4 different effects!)
I know there is some controversy over using waxed paper on die cuts, if you are worried about that or do not have waxed paper you can use a plastic bag instead: Tip courtesy of Cheery Lynn Designs. I like that I was able to finish two cards with this technique that would be appropriate for a man or woman and it saved me some time too! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: cardmaking, die cutting | 12 Comments »
Posted on November 13, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends, now tell me, you sang that headline, didn’t you? :-D I am so excited to share the first videos of the 12 Days of CRAFTmas collaboration with some of the most awesome YouTubers in the DIY space! Today I teamed up with Vicky from the Website Clips and Cuts, you can see her video HERE, please check out her channel, if you like cardmaking, stamping and art journaling you will LOVE her videos, she is a great lady too! Here is my project for the collab:
I had a viewer request to make big gift tags, these are made from a half sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock. Have fun playing with your supplies on this one, you will need stamps, stencils and coloring media. I encourage to use what you have but I will list the supplies I used below for your convenience.
Watch the Video!
- Cardstock (I used the heavyweight 110# ivory cardstock from Recollections at Michael’s)
- Watercolor paper
- Bakers Twine
- Cedar branches
- Stamp & Dies (Stampendous)
- Color burst powder
- Pearl Ex mica powder
- Texture paste & Stencil
- Prima water-soluble oil pastels
For the next 6 weeks we will be bringing you holiday inspiration, 12 projects in all, so there is sure to be lots of projects you can make for your friends and family. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: Christmas, CRAFTmas, gift, poinsettia, stampendous, tag | 3 Comments »
Posted on November 12, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Quick update on Rosie the hen, she is still improving and eating a bit more, she seems to be taking thick oatmeal well and she had some peas and pear today. I think she lost a bit of weight before we brought her in and I wish she would eat and drink more but she seems happy. She is wide awake and looks perky but she just hangs out perched on her box. Very un-chicken like.
On to the project! I want to create a simple, east to make place card to enhance a fall or Thanksgiving dinner table. I used some basic supplies and some natural elements to make this. Watch the video to learn how!
- Write guests name with an embossing pen or juicy marker on a die cut, sprinkle on embossing powder and melt with a heat tool.
- Attach die cut to tag and embellish with bakers twine, ribbon and buttons.
- Hot glue pine sprig and pine cone to gold doily and place tag between the tines of the pine cone.
That’s it! Easy and elegant and perfect for Thanksgiving. Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this project, thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: home decor, party ideas | Tagged: centerpiece, fall, place card, placecards, thanksgiving | 7 Comments »
Posted on November 11, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! You were so sweet to ask after our sweet chicken Rosie, she is doing better, eating and drinking more (although not enough I feel like she can go outside) and today she started cooing (that sweet little chicken purr or trill sound they make) again. We gave her a warm bath this evening to clean her feathers, she did not have the strength to stand when she did her business so her tail-end needed some cleaning plus she was a bit exuberant with some yogurt today so she needed the works. She actually seemed to enjoy it then Lila held her in a towel for a bit before we finished with a blow dryer. This chicken is getting the spa treatment and I worry she may never want to back out to the coop! My husband is not keen in the idea of having an “inside” chicken though.
Today we are painting azaleas with watercolor pencils. I was at ACmoore with a rewards check burning a hole in my pocket and I saw a set of 36 watercolor pencils by the brand Fantasia on sale for $16 so I thought I would give them a try. See how they preformed in todays video!
I am glad I found these at this price, I think they would be a good set for a beginner. The downside is that 36 colors is the biggest set and to my knowledge you can’t get individual pencils if you use one up BUT if you use up this set you deserve a professional set because by golly you earned it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found the review helpful and til next time happy crafting!
PS I know that we usually have Stamp School on Wednesdays but do to our chicken drama I have to skip this week but I have a fun Christmas stamping project coming to the blog Friday so you can get your stamping fix!
Filed under: Painting, Product Reviews | Tagged: azalea painting tutorial, chickens, free painting lesson, watercolor pencil review, watercolor pencil tutorial | 17 Comments »
Posted on November 10, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! It has been an interesting day here at the Weirich ranch. My hubby noticed that one of our hens was acting odd the last couple days. Standing in one spot, acting confused and last night she did not go into her coop. When I went to check their water this morning she was laying outside in the run looking lethargic. I tried to tempt her with warm oatmeal and yogurt but she was not interested so hubby and I brought her inside and attempted to water and feed her. Then the internet research began and we realized that she could have anything from chicken anorexia (really, it is a thing) to a parasite or she could be eggbound. I also left a note on my Facebook page that I would not have a new Stamp School video uploaded tonight because I was busy with hen hospice and you guys had so many tips and suggestions, also than you for understanding, you guys are the best! I really expected that she would not make it through the day but we kept up with feeding water by eye dropper every 30 minutes and giving her yogurt and then, like a miracle she stood and drank from her cup on her own! We are keeping her inside the house tonight and she seems pretty content roosting on the edge of her box. I did not see any evidence of mites, worms or bound eggs so hopefully she just had a weird spell.
So you are probably wondering why I am telling you this? Well, just like it takes a village to diagnose our chickens it takes a village to raise our handmade business. If you are just starting out selling your arts and crafts you are like a fledgling bird, you might not be sure who you can sell your products too or even how you will find the make your wares. It is so important at this stage that you ask for, and accept help for your support system; your spouse, friends and community. I’ll explain more in todays video!
So no excuses, okay? If you want more help running your handmade business I invite you to reach out to one of the gals in my support system, my friend (bestie!) Renae from Rich Mom Business, she has sponsored this video because she wants to see moms succeed and she also created a free course that will help you do just that, you can get the Free Handmade Training course here. Also, next week I will have a live Q&A with Renae so if you have any questions for her leave them in the comments below! You will be able to ask live too, it will be a lot of fun! The tentative date is 1pm ET Wednesday November 18th on YouTube.
I know what it is like to be at the bottom rung of the ladder. When I closed my art studio to stay home with my kids I wanted to start something but I felt lost. When I finally decided that I was worth it I reached out to my support system and they were happy to help me with the gift of time, exposure and feedback. YOU ARE WORTH IT TOO! :-) Craft fairs are a’coming, go get um! Good luck and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art/craft marketing | Tagged: art business, art marketing, craft fair, how to start a craft business, rich mom business | 15 Comments »