Thursday, July 30, 2009

Update: Crazy Schedules

Sorry it seems as though the summer season has consumed our daily activities. Which is good! As much as I love to stay home and do some crafts it's nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors.

Stay tuned. I personally will be making Christmas gifts pretty soon. Next week I'll share my version of a wedding garter. Fun Times!

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Last Day to Vote!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Crafting Events: Renegade SF

Click here for more info and source of image

I am not missing out this time. I missed the big Maker's faire, then the last Indie Mart... I need to get to this event. See you there?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Creative Crafting: Laundry Bag

Creative Crafting is to show the world you don't have to be Martha Stewart to craft. It's almost the lazy/simple way of putting together decent crafts. Enjoy our first piece to this feature.

What you need:

1.5 yard of fabrics
Pinking Shears
Sewing Machine
Ikea Jall laundry basket Stand


Deconstruct the original bag by ripping the seams.
Each pieces serves as your pattern.
-Cut fabric out accordingly.

Then start to sew.
* I started with the body of bag
- Fold in half the long way wrong side out
- Sew the edges together (long side only) with a 1/4 to 1/2 inseam whichever you prefer stitch you want. I suggest picking one that will be strong. I have a Kenmore and used a stretch stitch: double overlock.
-open up the side and iron

* Sew on the bottom

-The trick I used was leaving the wrong side of the fabric out and pin the bottom
-Sew around with a strong stitch again

-Turn the bag inside out to continue

* Sew the trims by making bias tape. The top of the rim of bag longer and skinner than the handles.

-Sew the handle bias tape first
-Sew the top of the bag last

* Sew on the flaps that will go around the top of the stands
-There should be two flaps to sew on

Finally (a step I haven't done) sew on Velcro to the under the flap and it's pair to the outside of the bag. This should allow you to attach and detach the bag.

As simple as that.

**Shown here no velcro staps was applied. No time... because I had to write this piece :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Creative Crafting: Laundry Basket (Preview)

Source of image here

Above is the laundry basket my husband and I have purchased at Ikea for $3.99. Can’t beat that price. Then… I broke it stuffing two loads in this one basket. Mr. Mad said we can just get a new one but I thought what a waste. The stand is still in good condition. So… I deconstructed it snd used each of the part as a pattern. Here’s a bad iphone photo. Instructions coming up Thursday.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Crazy Moments: Going through memory lane

Image taken by Mrs. J of Mrs. JRose

Written by Mrs J

From Mrs Mad’s previous post- we sold graduation leis at our old stopping ground- Independence High School. Profitability wasn’t the greatest, but just hanging out with my bffs was insanely memorable. Looking at the stream of blue graduation gowns as they walked into the stadium brought back so many memories for me. This was the place where I met some of my bffs- they are my little girl’s Godmothers, the girls that were part of my wedding, the girls that came to the hospital when I gave birth to my first born, the girls that I meet for happy hour after a long hard day at work, my extended family that are always there for support or just to laugh with!! I am soo blessed to have met my bffs over 15 years ago. We’ve all grown up so much but we’re still the same crazy group!! As we start our new blog you’ll learn more about our lives, interests and of course our craziness!!

Happy reading!!

Image taken by Mrs. J's relative of (left to right): Mrs. JRose, Mrs. Mad, & Mrs. J

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Got Leis?

Image of Ti-Leaf Leis taken by me.

Written by Maritess

You don't know how many times I wanted to say that to get people's attention when we were selling leis last week. I thought it was quite catchy. However we were selling at high school graduations. It probably wouldn’t be appropriate.

June 10th was Independence (San Jose, CA) HS' graduation. We picked our high school Alma mater’s graduation to sell our very first batch of leis. This is what we've learned:

1) Get there ridiculously early to claim the front of the parking lot area.
You get the best visibility there. The ladies out there were probably there around 3pm for a 6pm ceremony!

2) Offer variety of inventory.

Source of Kukui image here

I suggested getting Kukui and Ti Leaves leis on top of our orchid leis. And our orchid leis were white so it wasn't your average fuchsia lei. This caught much interest especially our candy leis and Ti Leaves.

3) White orchids appear to welt faster.
After consulting with a daughter of a florist she said that's the con of white orchids. She suggested lightly dyeing the edges to disguise the welts. I might have to try that out.

4) Carry most of your fresh leis in a box.
We wore ours for convenience. Maybe out of the three of us I had the most trouble wearing them. I was stepping on them, dropping them, etc.

5) Get creative with leis.
I saw several versions of our candy leis. Watch out competitors, I have ideas that I hope will revolutionize the candy-lei world. LOL. People were impressed with our Ti-leaves. I am going to put some money origami and ribbon flowers in a couple of them next year.

6) Check with the school months before graduation.
We made the best sale near the entrance but got booted because the school was selling their versions of candy leis.

7) Think about your inventory
We overbought. Thank goodness it's not too much overage. We will break up the orders of supplies for our fresh leis next year.

8) Take pre-orders
I think this will help to get our fresh leis out sooner!

9) Sell with your CRAZY friends.
This experience couldn't be fun without energetic and bold friends.

Leis are really simple to make. But it’s not really worth it unless you can get your supplies at wholesale. Buy it from someone who makes it. They have the tools, supplies, and time to make it personal for you. We are still selling some if you want them for special occasion. I recommend money leis/ribbon leis for wedding, cotillions, quinceaneras, and welcome home. Inquire your ideas and we can try to draft a personal leis. I’ll post more photos soon.

Source of my wedding photo here
Disclaimer: Our wedding leis were not of Crazy Crafter but a friend of ours. I was just using an example of leis being used for special occasion. Please inquire if you're interested in her work.