Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stick A Fork In Me I'm Done

It's time to do something I've been considering for a while now.

Time to say goodbye to Flickerwhips blog.  Originally, I started blogging to help generate attention for my Etsy shop, share some creative ideas and maybe, just maybe, make a little extra money on the side.  For some bloggers, blogging is a their passion, for me, creativity is my passion.  My Etsy shop is really where I want my focus to be.

As it turns out blogging has helped me make connections that have drawn attention to my Flickerwhips facebook page.  Which is fantastic.  I have more followers on Facebook now than my blog.  So having said that, with all of the social media that is out there, i really feel i can use that to my advantage, much more so than the blog.  The good thing about social media is, it's quick.  I can easily post my new Etsy listings to any of the sites in minutes and making new connections can possibly be limitless.

The downside of blogging for me is that it can be very time consuming and I just don't love it like I do picking and making.  The other downside, their are thousands of blogs out there that blog about the same things I do, and they do it much, much better than I could.   Why? They love it that's why.  If i didn't have Etsy, It might be different but both are so time consuming I feel I can't do both and take care of my home and family the way I want to.

This has been a wonderful experience for me, and in that experience I feel their is a true camaraderie among bloggers.  I feel as if i had made friends with fellow bloggers all over the country.  Their support and encouragement has been amazing!  I won't be blogging anymore but i will sure be reading, so keep up the good work all!!  You are so inspiring!  

I will keep the blog live, for how long i don't know.  I thank everyone who has followed the blog and invite you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and maybe, eventually Google +.

And who knows, if Etsy doesn't work out like a want it to, I may come back and give blogging another try, but for now....


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Key To My Heart

With Christmas just days away it may seem a bit early to think about Valentines Day, but that's exactly what we are doing at Flickerwhips!

These puffy jute hearts are ready and waiting to be hung on a door knob, tied to a package or gifted to that special someone in your life. They will be available in January at Flickerwhips Etsy shop. Made using vintage and antique keys, we will only have a limited amount available, so be sure to order yours fast!

 Who will get the key to your heart this Valentine's day?










Friday, December 7, 2012

DIY Chalk Cloth/Vinyl

I'm really excited about this post today!  As you already know DIYer's everywhere are loving chalkboard paint and using it on virtually everything!

Companies are responding with new ways to add a chalkboard touch.  For example, chalk cloth and chalk vinyl.

But these items can either be a little bit pricey or too small for a particular project you may be working on.  So after some experimentation I came up with a way that might be able to help solve both of those problems!




All you need is a roll of vinyl coated wall paper and a can of Krylon chalkboard spray paint!


I found this roll of vinyl coated wallpaper at the Goodwill for $1.95!  WOW if you look at the original price it was a special order at one time costing $60.00...OUCH!


You could also check the clearance section of you local home improvement store, but I see wall paper at the Goodwill all of the time and I'm sure the price will be lower there.  NOTE:  Make sure the wallpaper is NOT textured!

Now when you unroll the paper it's going to want to roll back up on you again. So after you cut the paper from the roll, take a hot iron, lay something over the wallpaper, like an old t-shirt, and iron the paper so it can lay flat for spray painting!




You can see what a difference ironing will make!!

Next I took my cut piece outside, and on a covered table, started spraying thin layers of chalkboard paint onto the paper.




You're probably going to spray somewhere between 4-6 thin layers, make sure you let each coat of paint dry before applying the next coat.  It won't be long, this paint dries pretty fast about 10 to 15 minutes.  After you've applied all of the coats you have to wait 24 hours before you can play with it!

Here is the After......



I took some of the pieces that i trimmed, after the 24 hour wait, and put it to the test, you can roll it and even wrinkle it and it doesn't crack or peel!

Fantastic, right?!


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Look HOOS Coming to Etsy!

Good things are coming to my Etsy shop.  Some very exciting things.  Exciting for me and I hope for you too!!

I'm switching my focus this year and will be offering handmade and re-purposed items as well as found items.

If you're a fan of my Facebook page, then you've probably heard this announcement and have been waiting for me to drop some hints.

So here is the first one.

These's adorable little Hoo Pillow's, handmade by yours truly, are going to be among the first items I'm offering starting in January.

Hopefully you will find a HOO that would make you very happy!  Now I'm only showing you two, I don't want to give too much away.

Be on the lookout for more previews to come!!


Scrappy


Snow







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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Simple

It's that time of the year.

The time that craft mavens like you and I, whip out sewing machines, fabric and various crafty supplies!  (okay, maven maybe a bit overstating)



We crazy crafty people will pair items together, like drop cloth and felt, that others may find a bit odd!

But we deem such pairing as perfectly pleasing.  It also helps that the person you are designing these pillows for find them pleasing as well!



So with out further adieu, I give you, a simple drop cloth pillow, with simple felt flowers embellishments.   



I won't go into the pillow cover tutorial, their are a million on Google, and the flower is a combination of a design i found on Pinterest, that you can find here, with a special finishing touch added by yours truly!