Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday bows tutorial

Nicole from Ni-Chern Designs posted a Holiday bows tutorial that is super easy to make!

Check it out!

Four days before Christmas! I'm sure everyone is starting to wrap their presents! BUT you forgot to buy bows! Oh No!!! No worries... take a deep breath. Do you have 5 - 8 minutes to spare? Yes? Well! This bow making tutorial is just for you!
I made some bows with some blueprints from work.

They are super easy to make!
If you have scrap paper that you don't really want to throw away or even your child's scribbles... or progress reports from work, or notes from your teacher to your parents, ... any paper would be perfect to use for this simple project!

Cut stripes. I had cut 3/4" and 1" strips.
11" is too long, so trim it down to about 9" or 9.5"
Fold the strip in half.  Twist one end of the paper to the folded line. Tape the one side down. I used tape, but you can use glue if you want to. Do the same thing to the other side of the strip. Twist two of the 9" strips like this. Tape them crossed on top of each other. I'm not sure if you can see it well in the pictures below.

For the next three strips, cut them at 7". Do the same thing, and tape them to the base of the bow that you started with the 9" strips.

I think 5 strips look the best (bow to the left) than the 4 strips (bow to the right). You can vary the width of the bows to your liking... but now you know how to make them!!

(Reposted from Nicole's Blog)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Local Show Saturday - Handmade & Vintage

Have any of you braved the shopping malls and big box stores on a Saturday?  What a nightmare.  Crowded parking lots, crowded shops, crowded restaurants, everything is crowded, and most of the people unpleasant.  If you still have shopping to do for the holidays and are looking for something unique handmade with artisan craftsmanship, than you want to be at Jerusalem Stone this Saturday from 11am-5pm.  Where there's plenty of free parking, just the right amount of space and friendly happy people who want to help you find the perfect item for you or your loved one.  KCEtsy Team Members Kitty from KisforKitty and MaryAnn from  TangoPony will be in attendance along with other local artists and vintage sellers.  See Jerusalem Stone's facebook event page for a complete listing of vendors, what they are offering, and a map to their store in KCMO.  

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas in Kansas City

Kansas City Etsy Shops are pooling resources and giving back to the local community, this holiday season by raising money for Harvesters - Community Food Network.  5-10% of all sales from participating shops between now until Christmas is being sent to Harvesters.  It might not seem like a significant amount at first, until you realize that Harvesters is able to turn every $1 donated into 5 meals.  That's a lot of bang for a single buck! 

This holiday season, as your making your list and checking it twice, look to Kansas City Etsy shops to fulfill your list, and provide some hot meals to those in need this holiday season.  Together we can make a difference - join us.

Many of these shops are donating a percentage of their sales::