Friday, February 18, 2011

crafting is a lot of work

I have been a busy girl.  Truthfully, I feel a bit overwhelmed but I do love being busy.  I signed up for my first craft show and it's in just over a month away so I've been trying to craft during the day {normally I only work on stuff during punk's nap time and after she goes to bed at night}.  I'm exhausted.  Punk's not thrilled with it either, she's used to me being able to play with her non-stop all day long.  My Etsy shop is also suffering, I only have a few items left and I need to restock this weekend...if I can take a break from the craft show crafting that is.  Boy is crafting for a business a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun!

Last weekend I attended an all day scrapbook crop.  I don't scrapbook, but I thought it would be a great way of getting a lot of crafting done all at one time.  Well, I had fun but really didn't get much accomplished.  It was like I didn't know where to start.  I did make my first coffee filter wreath though.  I think I'm the only decor/craft blogger around who hadn't made one yet.  Wowsa, it took a long time but I think it turned out beautifully.  I share photos of it later. 

I also made some altered peat pots.  I got the inspiration from similar ones I found in a magazine {of course now I can't remember which magazine it was}.  Truthfully I wasn't totally thrilled with the way they turned out at first.  But while at the crop a friend was looking at them and said something about them being Easter Baskets.  I had originally intended them as flower pots...for fake flowers.  After all, they are peat pots and will breakdown if wet.  Kinda like a twist on a May Day basket.  But that Easter Basket thing stuck with me.  Then the other day I sat down and brainstormed. 

I had a conversation with myself, it went something like this: 

{"Okay, Aaron.  Easter Baskets, Easter Baskets, Easter Baskets.  Stop saying Easter Baskets over and over again, it's obviously not helping.  Okay, I can do this.  What is an Easter Basket...a basket that has goodies in it.  What kind of goodies?  Chocolate!  Man, I wish I had some chocolate right now.  Okay, focus Aaron, for the love of God, focus!  Chocolate and jelly beans and sometimes money, all  inside of little plastic eggs.  EGGS!  Easter Baskets have eggs in them!  Okay, that's good but I need more than eggs.  Hmm.  What lays eggs...birds!  Birds!   Brillant!"  }

Yep, I had a full blown conversation with myself.  Embarassing, but true.  My two year old punk was in the room with me playing with her blocks.  She heard all of this.  She then went on to ask me for an Easter Basket and chocolate for the rest of the day.  But, that is how this was born:

Some basket have lace, some pearls, some vintage buttons, some vintage Easter images from The Graphics Fairy.  

I went from not digging them at all to loving them!  I will definitely be making more to sell.  Well, my "break" is over, time to get back to work.

Have a great weekend! 


  1. This is very cute, what a fun idea!
    I wanted to let you know that I have awarded you the “Versatile Blogger” Award as well as the “Stylish Blogger” Award. You can find both, as well as the instructions at my page. I have followed your blog for a while and love your ideas!

  2. So much fun!
    All Things Heart and Home

  3. Beautiful! I love robin's eggs ... just put some out, too. Spring is on its way! *Becca*

  4. Cute cute cute! Love the sweet bird in the vintage pot! You are so clever! Happy MM!

    xoxo laurie

  5. Really think they are cute!

  6. These are adorable! I love the combo of the lace with the peat pot! Charming! Good luck getting ready for your craft show! I haven't done one in years but I remember the craziness in trying to produce enough product!
    Best Wishes and Blessings!

  7. Oh, very cute! I love nesting!!

  8. Absolutely love it! Love the rustic with the soft blue. good luck with the show. Id love to do that one day. But where do you start in knowing how much to prepare? fiona

  9. Very chic!

  10. Hi Aaron, (cute name!)
    I like your blog, I'm your newest follower. You have a similar style to mine.
    check me out...
    Nice to find you!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. birds and eggs and baskets, oh my! LOVE THESE. Thanks for linking up with VIF, have fun making these!!

  12. I like your little French basket, Aaron. I'm always a sucker for burlap and lace combinations.

  13. These are darling- such a sweet project! Thank you for sharing at FNF!