Exploring the Northwoods

Too Many Projects

I have way too many projects in front of me and brewing in my head. About to drive me crazy. But they will eventually be created for your enjoyment.

I usually have several going on at one time. If items need embellishments like buttons, I create the main piece and then set it aside to do them all at one time. I hate to thread a needle for a small project or heat up the glue gun for one thing. So that means I have about twenty items sitting and waiting for me at any given time.

I have the projects that are kind of repetitive to me such as the soapcloths as the pattern I use is almost the same for each one. I have started experimenting with a new one. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ve also got some vintage experiments going on. I’m taking vintage edging and insert patterns and converting them to jewelry. Here’s my first one.

The original pattern was from the early 1900s and was layered more than this piece. My final piece will be much more delicate as I’ll use thinner thread.

As I’m winging most of this, I’ve got some friends who are going to help me out. I’m sending them the prototypes and they’ll comment back on changes to improve it. They’ll also review the “final” piece to make sure it lays right. Their pay? They get to the keep the real final product which I hope is spectacular.

I’ve got another one that the instructions were way to cumbersome. I redid them and they are much better. We’ll see what my reviewer has to say about that.


Trouble With Pictures

I’ve got my item made. I’m excited. I take the picture to upload to Etsy and what do I get? This.

The quality is horrible. The real soapcloth in my hand is solid black. The color is rich and deep. Yet the picture doesn’t do it justice.

I’m using my camcorder to take pictures. Sometimes it does an amazing job.

Yet, most of my Etsy shots are not good at all. They lack so much. In a few weeks, I’m getting a much better camera that I hope will change all that. But what do I do about my Etsy items until then. I’ve got to rack my brain about this one.

I struggle with the marketing aspect of my shop. I’m not good at it and don’t fully understand it all. I have things that people seem to like but I can’t get any sells. I really don’t know anyone who is good at this either. Just very frustrating.

I’ve got Christmas items being made and will be tackling some vintage baby items and even New Year’s pieces. Guess I’ll wait until the new camera comes and I get better at picture taking. Sucks that I got a good product but can’t show it because I can’t take a picture.

So, what’s really going on in my craft world?

I’ve been taking quite a few pictures of the nature scenes around our new home. That has been loads of fun. Today I got a good picture of a hawk (pictured above). Found grouse on the road, antelope on the hills, and some unknown critter that we can’t figure out yet.

I’m finishing up Christmas soapcloths, coasters, and hair barrettes. When they are done, I’ll be working on a pineapple bib. Got a few baby items I want to make because I have a friend going to have a little girl next month.

Then…… I can’t wait to jump on my Irish crocheting. I’ve been wanting to master that for a long time. Will be nice to finally learn it.

Stay tuned. I’ll try to have better pictures soon and maybe even a few products.


I’m venturing more into the world of arts and crafts. For years I crocheted and gave items away as gifts. Then I began beading jewelry. Now, I’m finding myself experimenting with patterns and styles and even teaching myself how to knit.

The result? A whole new world of learning that I want to share with you.

Here you’ll find tips and information as well as pictures and comments on my latest projects.