Category Archives: Crafting

Well hello there, stranger

Yes. Yes I know. It’s been awhile. It’s kind of depressing, really, how long it has been. So I won’t even go into it. Suffice it to say 5-month old baby, attention whore, can’t wipe my own ass without being watched by wee little eyes (in a “my child needs me” way, not a “pervert” way), sewing machine getting dusty, etc etc.

One thing I made recently I DID want to share though, because I impressed even myself. I was going to a bridal shower for a friend of mine and Pete’s, and I wanted to bring something a little more than the standard “off-the-registry” hand mixer or something. I know what you’re thinking: “You asshole. Registries exist for a reason. Get her the Le Creuset and shut the fuck up”. And I agree to an extent. But I also want to make people I like something a little special. Don’t worry, I also got a gift card.

Since I didn’t have time to really plan anything out, I needed to work with what I had. Luckily, I hoard craft supplies (a trait Mr. Jennysold isn’t all that fond of, but it’s served me well, so he can suck it). What I ended up with was a beautiful little wall hanging for their new home together. Here’s how I made it:

1: Start with a 5 inch mini canvas, a stapler, and a swatch of fabric big enough to wrap the canvas in.
2-4: Fold the edges over so it’s nice and clean, staple down on the back and sides (where the second set of folds will cover).
5-7: Cut some of the bulk off of the fabric; staple on the back only.
8-10: Tie a knot in the middle of a ribbon approximately a foot long, staple the ends on the top two back corners. Since it is a square, I don’t think the “top” designation really matters, but whatever. You know what I mean.
11: Prepare the chosen graphic for cutting on Silhouette Stencil Vinyl; I designed a type graphic with their names and wedding date on it in Illustrator and converted it to a Silhouette file. From scratch – that’s how I roll.
12-14 After the graphic is cut into the vinyl, remove the parts that are to be stenciled, adhere to the fabric and paint in with the Silhouette fabric paint. I chose to be a little less than careful so it had more of a handmade look (a little less crisp around the edges etc). You can do anything really: hand paint, iron-on transfer, etc. It will all look good :)

The bride did say that it was one of the best gifts she had ever received. Ever.

BOOM.

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New Stuff For Sale!

Just a quick little note: I added some new items to the Etsy shop yesterday (or the day before? Yeah I think the day before), whoo! We haaaaave…


…burp cloths…


…and more self-fold pocket tote in new fabrics!

There are more to come of both, but I can’t put it all up at once, now can I? Gotta leave you something to look forward to, no?

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This Gave Me a Smile :)

I’m working on updating my Etsy page with some of my new items and just saw that I was featured in another Etsy user treasury! Take a look at Alternative Blooms’ list Chocolate Sky. Christmas IS coming, you know….

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I’m Still Alive

Is something wrong she said? I have to whiz. Your bladder’s full she said? Do I deserve to pee? Is that the question?…

Yes. Yes I know it’s been well over a month since I last posted. I know. This hasn’t escaped me. I have the best of intentions to write. To craft. To photograph. To write about crafting. To write about photographing the crafting. Alas, most if not all of my time lately is spent with a ten pound human attached to my boob, on the couch watching really crappy TV because I’ve already read everything TMZ has to give, my iPhone is dying, and there is little else I can do with one hand while held captive on a couch that is slowly developing a dent the size of my ass. That’s a large dent. My daughter could probably disappear in that dent. The Grand Couch Canyon.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter, and I don’t mean to complain. I just sometimes would at the very least like to take a piss without feeling guilty because she’s screaming like she watched me kill her puppy. Don’t judge me for my high levels of selfishness.

Anyway, with Mr. Jennysold taking three more weeks of his paternity leave (thanks, Large Internet Company Employer!) during December, that will jump start my getting back to it crazy-style. And allow me to pee with the door shut. That’s the plan, or at least the hope. :)

Until then, I will be at the Haverford High School Holiday Bazaar. Come visit!

Event Information:
Haverford High School Holiday Bazaar
November 17, 2012
10:00AM – 3:00PM
200 Mill Road
Havertown, PA

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JennySold Designs at Haverford Township Day This Weekend!

This Saturday, JennySold Designs is going to be at Haverford Township Day, my town’s giant block party on steroids of sorts, at which there will be a parade and about 260 booths worth of craft vendors, flea marketers, and community organizations, along with multiple food vendors, live music and (free!) kid’s activities. I’ll be selling my self-fold pocket totes, scarves, burp cloths, pacifier clips, lap blankets, children’s posters, and some headbands if baby Annie lets me squeeze a few more in. :). A good deal of what I will have that day isn’t going up for sale online until after the event, so if you want to have first crack at some of the goods seen below, come on over in person!

I will be sharing a space with my spiky-haired, comic-strippin’ alien-lovin’ friend Dawn Griffin, creator of Zorphbert & Fred and illustrator for the Abby’s Adventures children’s book series, so come check us out.

Event Information:
Haverford Township Day
October 6, 2012
10:00AM – 4:00PM
Darby Road, between Manoa and Mill Roads
Parade on Eagle and Darby Roads

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Oh, and How Cool is This?

I just saw that I was featured in my first Etsy user treasury! It’s always pretty awesome when someone adds your item to their favorite list, but setting up a treasury and including you feels extra special :) Check out Baby Boy Blue from Kateeskreations: lots of cute suggestions. Shop on!

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Coming Up: Baby, Etsy, and Haverford Township Day on October 6th

Hi all –

So, one way or the other, Baby S will be here tomorrow/Saturday at the latest. This means that I will probably be a bit slacking in the blog/sewing department for a week or two until I get a little stir crazy and need to do “SOMMMMMMETHING already, for the love of CHRIST…” But, in case you were worried (if you’re like me, you’re worried about everything), I have been planning for things by getting a crapton of sewing and sewing prep done, and I am pretty set to get moving full steam ahead once I am able to come up for air. And don’t be surprised if you see a blog or two about the girl who is soon to be the cutest thing you have ever seen. Not me. My hair will probably look like shit.
 

It’s a little chaotic, but see how everything is labeled and in plastic bags (well maybe you can’t see the label part)? I’m organized at heart :)

In addition to all the items I have photographed and ready to go on Etsy (I just don’t want to post them right before going incommunicado), I will also have a booth at Haverford Township Day in – here comes the brainteaser – Haverford Township, specifically along Darby Road in Havertown, PA, right outside of Philly. The event is Saturday October 6th from 8am-4pm and there’s alot to do: there’s usually live music, lots of free activities for kids, a flea market, craft vendors, food from local establishments and, as I found last year, some really nice people watching, Like the dude in the mullet and jorts who was rockin’ out solo in front of the music stage. But, anyway, I will be sharing a space with my friend Dawn who is a children’s book illustrator as well as comic book artist. In case you want to check out her work, visit www.zfcomics.com or www.abbysfanclub.com.

Talk soon everyone! Hopefully not in baby talk. :)

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