Saturday, February 25, 2012

So This is What Cheap Labor Feels Like

I bought a miniature kit from a miniature manufacturing company beginning of this year to try to make some money since I didn't have a job at that time. I guess you could say I was pretty desperate. Basically, I have to make and package 100 sets of these little stationary sets to get paid $75, which I have 60 days to complete. You don't actually purchase the kit, you actually put a deposit on it, which you will be refunded once you complete the kit.  When I first ordered it, it sounded very appealing and I thought it was going to be a piece of cake.

The set includes 3 stationary papers and 3 envelopes.

I didn't start until this week because ironically, I got a job around the time I received the kit, so it wasn't urgent for me to start. However, now that I'm on my break from school, I decided it is time to start on it before the deadline or before I lose my money.

The kit comes with detailed instructions and I have to make everything neat and perfect. I made 8 sets and realized how tedious and miserable this process is going to be. There's a lot of cutting and gluing involved which means a lot of time spent on my desk bent over. Much back and neck pain; which also gave me a headache. I spent about 7 hours total to make ONLY 25 sets. I can't believe I have 75 more to go!! Ahhhh! So this is what cheap labor feels like!

I apologize for all the complaining, but this is the main reason why I haven't been doing my own crafting. Plus this is a good lesson; don't bite off more than you can chew. I need a lot of luck to finish this!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Etsy Store Grand Opening!!

YAY!!! I opened my etsy store finally after thinking about it for a while. I was hesitant to get it started because I didn't have much to put in the store, but I decided to just go for it. You have to start somewhere right? I can start building up my inventory as I go.

Right now, I have my crochet miniatures up for sale, but I'm planning to add hand made jewelry in the near future. I'm very excited for this experience of having my own store!

Please come visit my store at

Also, please visit and like my facebook page! I would appreciate it your support! Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I'm All Tatted Up!

Nope, no tattoos here! I'm talking about tatting. I've recently discovered this art and fell completely in love with it. It's an old lace-making technique that uses series of knots. There are two ways to tat: one is with a needle and the other one is with this thing called a shuttle. It's an odd looking instrument indeed, and I'm so intrigued by it. Apparently, many tatters collect antique and hand crafted shuttles.


The shuttle.

I was determined to learn how to tat using a shuttle, so I made it one of my new years resolutions for this year.

I bought my shuttles and did all my research online, looking at tatting forums, websites and how-to videos. Then, I started to put my hands to work by practicing different stitches and made some motifs with patterns I found online.

My first few motifs I tatted. A little sloppy.

I've been practicing a lot since I took the photo of these motifs and I'm getting better each time. I will post the better ones in the future.

People say tatting is hard to learn, but it's really not that bad, thanks to all the youtube videos out there!  I think if you're familiar with other needle crafts like crocheting and knitting, tatting is not too overwhelming. I still had my fair share of frustration and some swearing though :-)

I'm definitely looking forward to exploring more of this art and you will definitely see more tatting posts in the future! Wish me luck!

I hope everyone is doing well with their projects! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Winner of My 100 Followers Giveaway!

I used to generate a number and I got number 4. Which means, the winner of my 100 followers giveaway is...

Congratulations, Kikka!! Please contact me through email for your postage info so I can send you the prize. You can find my contact info in the "contact me" tab on the top of my page.

Thank you everyone for participating and thank you for following my blog!

Oh yes, almost forgot, Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My First Needlepoint Project is Complete!

It's been a quite a busy and stressful week for me with work and school. Despite my schedule, I still found some time to craft and I managed to finish my first needlepoint project. Woohoo! I'm thinking of framing it since I don't know what else to do with it. It's only 5 by 5 inches.

This pattern was challenging since there were a lot of colors involved, but I'm glad to say that I did it! I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. Now, I can cross out "learn how to needlepoint" from my new years resolution list!

I'm planning to do one more regular needlepoint project before I dive into miniature scale :-) You'll find out what it is soon, so stay tuned!

Have a great weekend everyone and I want to welcome all of my new followers!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day Brooches

Surprisingly, I owe nothing red or pink in my wardrobe, so I don't have anything to wear for Valentine's day. Being a poor student, I'm on a budget, so instead of going out to buy v-day accessories I decided to make them myself! :-)

Heart Brooches.

I found a crochet heart pattern from Little Birdie's Secret and made a couple hearts to transform them into brooches.  I added layered buttons and ribbons for some cute accents, and on the back, I hot glued a piece of felt with the brooch finding. They turned out so cute, I love them! They were fast and easy to make, but the best part is, I didn't have to spend a single penny since I had all the supplies in hand! Yes!

The back.

On me! :-)

I can't wait to wear one for Valentine's day! Make these for your loved ones so they can wear one too!

Also my 100 follower giveaway is ending on valentines day, 2/14/12. If you haven't entered please do so, since we only have a little over a week left!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jam Filled Butter Cookies

Happy February! This is my first baking post of the year! Yay! It's been so long since I posted one since I haven't been trying out new recipes. I realized how much I missed it!

I'm starting off the year with these yummy cookies: Jam filled butter cookies! These are one of my favorite cookies. They remind me of the store varieties I grew up eating: Knotts berry Farms Shortbread Cookies and Pepperidge Farm Verona Cookies.

I used apricot jam, which is my favorite!

Here's a recipe I found on that I tweaked a bit. It's very easy with little ingredients!

Jam Filled Butter Cookies (makes about 3 dozen cookies)

  • 3/4 C of softened room temperature butter
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 2 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 C. jam
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a bowl, cream sugar and butter until nice and smooth. Stir in the egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl whisk together flour, and salt
  4. Add the dry ingredients a little bit at a time into the wet ingredients until it forms into a dough
  5. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Press your finger  into the center of the cookies to make a well and fill with 1/2 tsp of jam.
  7. Bake for 8- 12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are slightly golden brown.
  8. Let them cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!
Make sure to use room temperature eggs and butter! This is very important because the first time I made these, I used cold eggs which turned my creamed butter into a curdled mess.

I took these to work and school, and everyone enjoyed them! I hope you guys will try this recipe! Enjoy and happy baking!