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Macrame Photo Backdrop

Denise, the owner of Steel Garden, recently celebrated two years in business (CONGRATS!). She asked if I could create a macrame wall hanging to be used as a backdrop for photos. Since I love working with different mediums of fibers, I was more than happy to take on the task.

 

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Since the ends of the ropes weren’t uniformed I decided to add tassels to give it more of a “finished” look. The flowers were added by Fern Studio and definitely enhanced the beauty of the backdrop.

I must say I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Below is a slow motion video created by Joshua Rainwater. You can see more of the backdrop in action. And my sweet dancing moves. Yeah, no.

 

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A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That.

I wrote two blog post for The Good Life Blog this month. One was on getting items to use at a craft show and the other is how to alter a garment to fit your body type.

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Crafty Feast: This was my first year selling (as Sebastian Harper) at CF and it was a blast. I learned what people liked (and are willing to spend…or not), how to set up your area to make it look welcoming, and overall the vibe of all the creativity in the air is a great feeling. I’m so happy I had Chris of Hippy Do Da Creations sharing a booth with me. It made my first go around less stressful/scary.

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The outfit in the photo above is completely handmade by me. The kimono was made by cutting and sewing different rectangular shapes. The top is loosely based off the Natty Top from Addie K. And I traced another pair of leggings I had to make the gold leggings. The leggings were a hit. Quite possible they got me a sale. I had this fabric forever and originally I had planned to make some wide leg pants, then a skirt. In the end I made the leggings and cut a pattern to make a top. I might go back and get more of the fabric.

 

Skincare has always been an obsession of mine. A couple of weeks ago I revisited two items which helped catapult me into my obsession: Noxzema and Queen Helene Green Clay Mask. Sometimes we just need to keep it simple. That is until your just as skincare obsessed buddy hits you with a right hook of new products to try!

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I just got them this week so I’ve only used the sponge and the serum. The sponge can be used solo or with your face wash. It’s great both ways.  The serum can be used alone or mixed with your moisturizer. I prefer to mix it. I’m hoping to get to the rest of the items tonight.

I picked up some soaps from a local company, Carolina Soap Works. They use all-natural ingredients in their soaps. I don’t like soap smells that are too overwhelming so the two I picked are perfect for me. I also got some Fair Trade Black Soap from them. Black Soap is my jam. I use it from hair to toe. I like to break off a tiny piece, add it to a plastic (unused) color applicator bottle, add water, shake it up, and now you have yourself some shampoo. I like to use an applicator bottle because when I wash. my hair I only wash the scalp. Shampoo is for the scalp, conditioner is for your hair. Also, they’re now selling on Amazon.

These stamped bracelets from Hippy Do Da Creations are a new fave. Each of them describe how I have felt this past year.

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Top one says “Wake up. Kick Ass. Sleep. Repeat.”

My oldest son says I look like Wonder Woman with them on. I’ll take it!

 

Two of my former knitting students made gifts to give this year. One created a scarf for her husband using the moss stitch. And one learned circular needles to make a beanie for her boyfriend. It makes me so happy to see those I’ve taught continue practicing! If you’re interested in learning a new skill, shoot me an email: shanikalpichey@gmail.com.

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Nana by Sally is a local purse designer who has been killing it with the leather. Here she is modeling one of the bags she created as well as a Sebastian Harper Scarf!

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: For Children and Pets

For the home. Part 1
This sign is a great reminder for the little (and not so little) boys in your life/ Roarhaus makes great blankets that can be gifted to a newborn. /Fair isle creates the cutest felted animals using upcycled wool / Your pet deserves all natural treats./ They also need cute collars. These unisex leggings are perfect for the little ones/ Valdes makes fun art for all to enjoy. /Something about little hats and bonnets for children that have animal ears!
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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: For the Home

 

For the home. Part 1
Top (l-r): A yarn bowl from Kyle Smith Pottery? Yes, please! Blogging and Crafting buddy, Jordan had a fun story about Kyle, “My friend Caroline built a “registry” with him for her wedding last spring and he designed a special set of everyday wear just for her. It was amazing and made for a great way to support a local artist while purchasing a gift the bride and groom actually wanted and could use.” This painting from Dylandashcomma is perfect for any Star Wars lover. Use this basket from weaver Clay Burnette to store your odds and ends, fruit, yarn, etc. Leslie of Off the Map  uses original maps in her prints.

Middle (l-r): This linoleum print from Sunny Mullarkey makes me want to keep practicing yoga.This glass orb with an air plant from Oriskany Glass Studio? Want. All of http://braddparton.comBradd Parton’s drawings are created using all 26 letters of the alphabet. Fun! If the birds are coming into your yard, they might as well have the coolest house on the block. Check out Mike Merritt.

Bottom (l-r): PotentQuotes prints can be instantly download. Pay once and use as many times as you please. They are running a few specials for the holiday. Friday- 50% off BLKFRIDAY, Saturday- 30%  SBSAT, Monday- 20% CYBRMON. Artbasgo creates gorgeous pieces by using gourds. This pepper mill by No 1 Alike is a work of art and also functional. Fill yourcouches with these art pillows from Jellykoe.

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