University Pride

I’m in Pennsylvania visiting family and doing local craft fairs this holiday season. It’s been so nice shopping at US craft stores again. They offer a different range of products that aren’t availible in Japan. At Joann’s I found some great college fabrics and made these fun ornaments to sell. Because I’m selling them I’m not going to give away the directions for making them. However I wanted to share the idea with you. They make wonderful gifts for college students and college grads.

Never throw away your scraps!

I’m a part-time ESL teacher and June is always my busiest month. I don’t have time in June to work on big projects so instead I use the few free hours I have each day to make small kimekomi ornaments using scraps left over from other projects. They are quick and fun, each only taking between 1-2 hours to make. They are also my best sellers at Christmas craft fairs, so it’s important that I take time during the year to increase my stock. They are made the same way as a large size kimekomi using 4cm and 5cm diameter foam balls. I don’t use batting and I keep the design very simple.

Here are my latest little ornaments made from scraps.

These are perfect for small table top trees and make great gifts for coworkers and acquaintances.

Sequin Shapes Video Series – Almond Shapes

At the beginning of the year I placed my usual restock order with Cartwright’s. Along with the usual stuff I got some sequin shapes that I’ve never used before. The next several videos I do will be part of my “Sequin Shapes Series”. These will include geometric type shapes and will not include flower, leaf or shell shapes.

Today’s shape is the Hologram Beveled Almond in Silver.