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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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Pretty Pretty Princess Hat and Wand

So a few weeks ago it was my beautiful little niece Olivia’s 3rd birthday. I had no idea what to buy her, and I was itching to make something. Thanks to her dad (my brother… who is almost 31 and unnaturally in love with All Things Mouse), she has a healthy love for the Disney movies and, as a result, playing Disney Princess.

Princesses. A 3 year old. I can do this.

I figured, “hey, a princess hat and a magic wand shouldn’t be too hard, should they?” And you know what, they weren’t. For the hat, I used semi-stiff but still thin interfacing on the fabric for both the inside and outside of the hat. For the streamers and ribbon I used scraps I had been collecting (read: not hoarding!) “just because”, attaching self-stick rhinestones for a bit of girly sparkle. The hat itself was a simple semi-circle (well, a little less than half, more like a wedge), wrapped in a cone and sewed, streamers attached before turning right-side out. For the wand, I just purchased pre-fab wooden dowels and balls (don’t think dirty, this post is about a kid’s product, thakyouverymuch), used the same streamers and rhinestones, and a little bit of metallic non-toxic paint I had, connecting everything with the time-tested magic of a glue gun.

She gave the cutest little *gasp!* when she opened it, and I wish I got a photo of her wearing it (which I forgot, boo). But can you just imagine how adorable this would look on any pixie?

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Flea Market Recap

Hi All!

Mr. Jennysold and I are getting settled back at home – whew! – after a long day of Punk Rock Flea Marketing and a celebratory/Mother’s (to-be!) Day dinner. It was tons of fun: sold some, learned some, made alot of people smile with the Kiddie Rock Posters. Stuff I figured out while there:

– Don’t forget to bring a table cloth of some sort (like I did).
– Vertical elements to your display will bring the eye in a little more.
– Folded scarves don’t look as, well…. scarf-like. Must get styrofoam head to demo one on. They sell those somewhere, right?
– The posters got alot of attention, and I need to branch out the concept (which I will be very soon! Already have ideas….)

All in all, a very positive first show ever experience. And, as promised, hand-sewn items will be up for sale in a day or two, so look out for those on Etsy!

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Reminder: JennySold Designs at the Punk Rock Flea Market

Just a reminder: JennySold Designs is going to have a table this weekend at the Punk Rock Flea Market in Philly on Sunday, May 13! Come check us out if you’re in the area!

Event Information:
461 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
May 13, 2012

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JennySold Designs at the Punk Rock Flea Market

Awesome news: JennySold Designs is going to have a table at the Punk Rock Flea Market in Philly on Sunday, May 13! The $3 entry fee goes to support R5 Productions, a Philadelphia music promotion agency that puts on all-ages shows in the city’s smaller and medium-sized venues. Vendors will be selling anything from their used goods flea market style, homebaked treats, handmade crafts and jewelry, music, and artwork. There really are a variety of things to look at, some great one-of-a-kind products and an overall good time to be had.

From R5 Productions:
PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET / PHILADELPHIA RECORD RIOT – This Sunday May 13th from 10am to 5pm. We have expanded to TWO buildings at 9th & Spring Garden Sts. “The Punk Rock Flea Market Dome” hosts 250+ tables of various vendors selling everything from old furniture to instruments to vintage clothes to laptops and bicycles. Across the street at The Starlight Ballroom we have over 50 record dealers selling their findings from all over the east coast. We also have six food trucks and loads of other small food companies, a full bar at The Starlight and a couple thousand people throughout the day. It’s by far the most positive and fun event of the year. A $3 admission donation gets you into both events / buildings all day long (re-entry is cool!) . The best part is – the proceeds from the flea market help us keep up with insurance, maintenance, and other weirdo costs from doing shows in some weird spaces.

I will be selling posters, totes, wristlets, scarves, pacifier clips, headbands, and whatever else I can sew up before then. The posters and butterfly totes are also currently for sale on my Etsy page; sewn items will be up on Etsy after the market.

Event Information:
461 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
May 13, 2012
10am – 5pm

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Screenprinted Appliqué Totes, AKA “Let’s try these again”

Spread out with my materials on a bunch of newspapers like a bird waiting to take a turd in its cage, a few years ago I experimented with screenprinting in my apartment kitchen. With a crappy light exposure setup and not as much equipment as I should have had, it just didn’t turn out the way I would have liked, the main issues being some detail getting lost and the ink laying either too thick or too thin, but not Goldilocks “just right”. I wish I had spent more money and research on creating a more proper setup, but there just wasn’t the room in the apartment. When the basement is straightened up (ha), I’d like to get a more professional arrangement going. Ah, pipe dreams and overachieving.

I’ve had the product, specifically these tote bags, stashed away for years, not sure what to do with them but certainly not wanting to abandon them either. I ran across the box-o-goods the other day and, since I have been sewing alot lately, had the idea to add some appliquéd fabric to the designs. It was just the extra spice they needed! The additional material and more involved prints brought the totes from flat to funky, perfect for a small shopping trip, quick beach jaunt, or anywhere you want to carry something in style.

Making appliqué fabric is completely simple; all you need is Heat’n Bold Ultrahold Iron-on Adhesive and a small patch of fabric. Cotton/quilting weight fabric works best, so luckily that’s the kind of fabric that has all the best prints. Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than you will need to fit your design just to give a buffer, and iron it onto the adhesive. Tape/pin a printout of your chosen design right-side up on the fabric side of the sandwich – or freehand draw it on if you’re that good – and cut out the design. Peel off the waxy paper backing, and iron the appliqué onto whatever you want that will hold it (flatter material is better; I have a feeling corduroy wouldn’t do so well). Pillowcases, baby onesies, t-shirts, tote bags – go nuts! You can even sew a decorative stitch around the edge of the appliqué if you want to add an extra decorative touch.

The bags are now up in my Etsy shop, click here to browse and order.


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