Harvest Moon Designs

In The Works

zzz1I’ve been kicking around an idea for quite awhile.  I need to find a way to incorporate my photography and a growing interest in graphic arts into something for the Etsy shop.  This really isn’t a new idea, I realized, because I’ve been attempting to do this since the shop started. First it was photographic prints, then microscope slide pendants, and then it was photo quilts.

To be honest, I was never really satisfied with any of those projects.  Prints were just not creative enough.  Once the shot had been taken, the creative part was over.  The microscope slide pendants were a pain, literally and figuratively- one too many nicked fingers.  And I worry that these are not going to stand the test of time, that they simply aren’t finished enough to appeal.  The photo quilts were too time consuming and took up a lot of space.  So, for the last couple of years, I’d given up on the idea of something combining photography and crafts that was a) creative, b) compact, and c) polished enough to be competitive in both online and live sales.

In searching for something else, I came across a tutorial for glass photo pendants.  I must admit that I was intrigued… so intrigued that I bought the supplies to make ten of them.  I’m still in the learning stage on this one, finding out what happens when you don’t do things quite correctly, like using  the right combination of printer ink and adhesives. I’m also learning things like a round hole punch is your friend if you’re incapable of freehand cutting a circle (I’m impared in this way- my life does not travel in straight lines, nor do my hands when operating any kind of tool).  I’m also learning that I love creating the miniature images for these.   My third attempt finally yielded a success, shown in the photo above.  I’m pretty happy with it, but I know that I can… and will… do better.

If you need me in January, I’ll be practicing my pendant making skills!

Chris Signature

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Treasury Tuesday – Handmade Holidays

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Treasury here and I’m afraid that I’m a bit behind. Without further ado, I give you this one from Angela at On a Spelled Wind.  I’m in love with the art print in the top right, very beautiful.  In case you were wondering, that’s one of my supply items way down there at the bottom, a Moon and Stars rubber stamp.  It’s still available in the shop if anyone is interested!

Hand Made Holidays.

Until next time!

Chris Signature

 

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Tuesday Treasury – Tall Ships

“And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by” ~ John Masefield

I must confess that I have a certain romanticized view of tall ships and sailing. It would appear that I am not the only one. Shirley over at Whimsy Woo Designs has put together this fabulous collection that evokes just those sentiments. That’s my creation, Starlight Necklace, second star on the right.

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Treasury Tuesday – Harvest Time

I normally use CraftCult to create the Treasury images that I use on this blog, but either they or I are having some technical difficulties at the moment.  So, for the time being, I’m resorting to screen shot images that link back to the original treasury on Etsy (click on the picture below to visit the Treasury on Etsy).  
This week’s treasury comes from Aimee and James over at The Thinkin’ and Dinkin’ Shop. They’ve set up this incredible collection that includes one of my supply items:  a rubber stamp featuring autumn leaves and “Harvest Time”.  I can’t believe that I still have this little stamp in my shop.  Sooner or later, it needs to find a new home!
Thanks a million to Aimee and James for their fabulous work putting this collection together!

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Works In Progress – Stars, Blogs, and More

Winter is usually my slow time, but I’ve been fairly busy this year trying to catch up on some creative works. Here’s a run-down on what’s been happening.

The latest projects for Harvest Moon Designs are shown here.  I’ve been working on some variations of  the beaded star necklaces that I initially created last year.  I’ve been playing with colors and bead types and having too much fun with it.  As soon as I can free up a bit of time, I’ll be taking better photos of these so that I can get them posted in the shop.  The earlier versions of these, all in variations of red, orange, and yellow, have already found good homes.
I’ve also managed to get some writing accomplished, although it’s mostly in the form of blog posts.  I’m trying my hand a travel-related blog at the moment, although I haven’t entirely decided where I’m going to go with it (no pun intended, I swear).  If I ever get it whipped into something readable, I’ll post the link here.  I’ve also been busy adding chapters to the online version of At Scythe Point.  That’s more of an editorial/IT project than actual writing and a boring one at that.
In the works are several more wands.  By in the works, I mean that I have the materials purchased, but they’re sitting on the shelf collecting dust.  I thought I’d be able to get through them in January, as I had three long weekends off of work.  Unfortunately, the crisis with my feline and then a terrific cold kept me sidelined the entire month.
More later, as I have time.  Until then, hope that you’ve been able to get some creating of your own done.

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When Life Hands You a Lemon, Make Pink Lemonade

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade… isn’t that how the saying goes?

Recently someone contacted me about making some breast cancer awareness themed wands. In a rare moment of soft-heartedness, I agreed to do the work without charging the customer upfront (something I never do!).  I even agreed to do the order as a rush, since the wands were needed by the end of the month.
One very hectic weekend’s worth of work yield six lovely wands all with a breast cancer awareness theme…

After all the time and work, the customer failed to follow through with the purchase. Normally, I’m pretty annoyed when a sale falls through. This time, however, I’m turning someone else’s failure to the advantage of as many people as possible. I’ll be putting the wands up for sale in my online shop and for every wand sold, I’ll make a $5.00 donation to either the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen foundation. Would anyone like to help me turn a lemon of a sale into some fabulous pink lemonade?

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Made My Day

I’ve recently listed one of my very favorite jewelry creations on Etsy – wire and gemstone piece that I’ve titled Starstruck.  To my delight, it’s been featured in a new treasury.  The curator is AllThatIAm who produces fabulous wire and stone jewelry, the likes of which I can only dream of creating.

 

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Shop News

If you follow me anywhere else, you’ve probably heard by now that the decision has been made to shut down the LunaSeas online shops.  It’s been a good run, but over the last year or so, the shop has become more of a burden than a benefit.  So, from now until the winter solstice, I’ll be busy packaging final orders, sorting through the inventory, and slowly shutting things down.  My goal is to finish all of the behind the scenes work by New Year’s.  End of era, but I’m not entirely sad to see it go.

The shop is dead, long live the shop!

While LunaSeas is being fitted for a coffin, I’m happy to say that I’m going to be able to invest much more time and energy into my other shop, Harvest Moon Designs.   Unfortunately, it’s been sadly neglected over the last year or so.  The shop is being revamped with a new look and I’ve bought a fabulous set of shop graphics from an Etsy vendor that sets just the tone I’m looking for (that’s the avatar on the left).  I’m looking forward to getting back to my roots with mainstream crafts.

That’s all for now… and enough to keep me busy through the end of the year!

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And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

Time for a little shameless self-promotion!!!

I’m having a major craft supply destash sale through my etsy shop, Harvest Moon Designs. I anticipate posting new items every day in October and possibly beyond. My stock of rubber stamps is already posted and ready to find a new home. At the moment, I’m busy getting fabrics posted, great for quilters, costume makers, and sewing fanatics of all kinds!

There’s more to come over the next few weeks, including beads, jewelry making supplies, scrapbooking supplies, buttons, baubles, and who knows what else.

So, stop by the shop and take a peak. Help me clean out the clutter of my craft room and get some supplies for discounted prices!

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Peddling Our Wares

Well, I’ve finally done it. I’ve finally succumbed to the Showcase temptation on Etsy and bought myself a slot on today’s main showcase. That’s a Harvest Moon Designs quilt pictured top row, second from the left. Fingers crossed for lots of traffic and sales.

I’ll leave a follow-up in the comments here to let everyone know how it goes.

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