And now for something a little different...
I've gotten back into painting. Okay, not the type of painting I used to do in my art classes (which I do miss and would like to start doing again, too - I even bought new brushes, acrylics, and watercolors in anticipation of this exciting event, but I haven't been able to touch them). But more like crafty painting. With wood.
I saw some blocks on Etsy a couple months ago and, like every crafter in the universe, thought, "Hey, I can totally do that." And so began the usual struggle between, "I can make that, so let's do it right now," or, "I know I can make that, but do I have the time and energy to invest in this project/do I care?"
The first option won. Because "reasons".
I went to ACMoore and bought some blocks in different sizes that thankfully happened to work out the way I wanted them to. An art palette, some Twilight movies, a bottle of wine, a cat covered in acrylic paint, and a footprint-covered kitchen table later, and voila - reversible art for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love it.
I altered the design a bit from the original to look more rustic. Why? I don't know. It seemed like a good idea at the time, plus I had some gold acrylic paint. If it can be shiny, why shouldn't it be? I was also being lazy and didn't feel like sanding the edges, so it just wanted to be country chic. At least that's what I keep telling myself so I don't feel bad for not being professional about it.
Believe it or not, a couple people have contacted me about either purchasing these or having a custom one made. I'm not sure how to price them, since I've only sold my knitted and crocheted hats. I think $30 is a fair price, but let me know what you think.
PS: I am back from Vegas and raring to go! I'm currently working on a couple custom orders (wink wink, nudge nudge: the last date to order custom items from my shop is December 6th!) and just received a Mary Maxim box of crafty goodness to start making Christmas gifts. A busy holiday season is upon me again!