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Homestead: I SOLD OUT a.k.a. another Door Wreath

2 Sep

I’m baaaaaaaaaaack. It’s been a heck of a 19(?) months – I started a new gig, I grew my Etsy shop, and I hand-made lots of fun goodies.

I missed you guys! So I’m gonna see if I can work regular blog posts back in to my life. To ease back in to it, let’s start by talking about the time that I SOLD OUT. And of course it involves a door wreath.

So, this past spring, I wanted a new spring wreath for door. (What is up with my semi-obsession with door wreaths?) I didn’t have a lot of extra time to come up with a new wreath design then put it all together, but purchasing a pre-made wreath kit felt like cheating. But then I came across that beautiful Succulent Wreath Kit from Paper Source. The pic on the package looked really good! And a kit *would* save me lots of time! And succulents aren’t season-specific, so I could leave it up all spring and summer until it was time to put up the Halloween wreath! Yippee!! Feeling fully justified, I took the plunge and picked up a wreath kit.

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Here’s how it came out. I think it looks pretty decent! And after a few humid summer months, it’s still holding up pretty well.

But it took aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages to make. Punching the petal shapes out of the sheets of paper took a surprisingly long time, and then most of the petals had to be cut in to a point. Pretty dang tedious and time-consuming! I admit that I saved time on designing something as well as planning/purchasing materials, plus it came with a pre-cut cardboard circle (which are usually a pain to try to make on your own). But I wish I was prepared for how much time this would take up. An estimated time somewhere on the packaging would have been a great help.

At the end of the day, whatever, I have a cool paper wreath on my front door and it looks lovely! But I’ll definitely think twice about purchasing another wreath kit, because if I’m going to be spending tons of time on making something, I may as well spend it on something worthwhile by making something original instead.

Homestead: SKETCHBOOK Part 1

22 Oct

I originally posted this on my MySpace blog a while ago (Saturday, June 02, 2007). Reposting here for your enjoyment, and to kind of explain the next post!

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In my last entry (** Ignore that! -CK **) I mentioned that I never have time to draw. It’s still true, but I remembered what I do have time to do. SKETCHBOOKS!! Cyrus Highsmith (my independent Type Design teacher) loves sketchbooks, and, since he’s kind of famous and awesome, I thought I’d give them a whirl.

My sketchbooks turned out to be more of a collection of things that I, uh, collect. I collect things that I think are visually interesting or funny or weird or stuff that I just like. Realizing I needed a place for all this random inspiration, I started taping this stuff into my sketchbooks.

So really my Sketchbooks are Things That Inspire Me Plus Some Ideas That I Have.

Here are some pages from my first, and most complete, sketchbook!

This 6 x 8.5 sketchbook is a graduation gift from Kai Yee! The cover now features a partial baby-in-a-grape-costume (yikes!!) and some skinny black tape that I use to tape back pages.

This 6" x 8.5" sketchbook is a graduation gift from Kai Yee! The cover now features a partial baby-in-a-grape-costume (yikes!!) and some skinny black tape that I use to tape back pages.

Inside Cover.

Inside Cover.

Taking notes, writing down ideas, and client sketches.

Taking notes, writing down ideas, and client sketches.

Personal Design/Presentation ideas.

Personal Design/Presentation ideas.

Obligatory Adam Ant page.

Obligatory Adam Ant page.

Notes on a lecture by Linda Norren on Ed Ruscha; crazy clippings from a Security Guard stuff catalog.

Notes on a lecture by Linda Norren on Ed Ruscha; crazy clippings from a Security Guard stuff catalog.

I love stickers!

I love stickers!

I love stickers and Christmas!

I love stickers and Christmas!

I love Christmas and gambling!

I love Christmas and gambling!

I love packaging!

I love packaging!

Drawing, stickers, an old greeting card.

Drawing, stickers, an old greeting card.

Playing around with materials for self-promo stuff (Senior Jury/Portfolio class at AIB).

Playing around with materials for self-promo stuff (Senior Jury/Portfolio class at AIB).

Inside Back Cover: more self-promo experiments, and Preppy Party costume idea.

Inside Back Cover: more self-promo experiments, and Preppy Party costume idea.