Saturday, November 17, 2012

Season of Aggieland Bazaar

I feel so bad that I have been neglecting the blog so much this month, but I have been swamped getting ready to have a booth at the Seasons of Aggieland Bazaar at the end of the month! I am so excited to be participating in my very first craft fair but I am terrified all at the same time. I've been super busying sewing and sewing and sewing some more to get ready.

I have been doing tons of research about how to set up a booth, how much inventory to have,  what displays to have, and so on. It is so much information I find myself getting very overwhelmed and needing to take a step back. I wish that my mom could make it into town and help me out with it, but she has to work both days. Luckily I will have my sister and several friends who can help with the craziness.

I'm trying to get as much done as possible before we leave for Disney World on Monday, and I'm actually making pretty good progress.

I've got most of the stockings that I am making completely cut out and sorted, and I am in the process of getting everything else cut. Since my table is so small, it works better to cut everything first so that I don't have to keep moving my machine between projects.

Here is some of the fabric that I am using. Since it is the Seasons of Aggieland Bazaar, I am making most of my items from Texas A&M fabric, but I'm also making some items from Christmas fabric. I have about 50 yards of fabric that I got at an amazing buy 1 yard get 1 yard free sale at the quilt shop around the corner from me. 

 My darling sewing machine. I have had this one for about 7 years and I adore it. It has the attachment to be able to do embroidery too, and I love that I have that option!

 This was the very first stocking I made and just for grins I put it on Etsy just to see how much traffic it got. I was so shocked/excited when it sold only a couple days after I posted it! Hopefully that is a good sign that the craft fair is going to be really successful. 

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend so far! I've got to get back to work :) Does anyone have some tips on what worked best for you at a crafts fair? Or what draws your attention most when at a fair?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bottle Cap Table Top

I have been wanting to do a bottle cap table top for a very very very long time. Jeff and I have been collecting bottle caps for almost 2 years now, and I think it is safe to say that we have more than enough to cover an entire full size table top. I eventually want to make a full sized patio table that has a bottle cap table top, but before I undertake that task I decided to do a smaller trial run.

I've had this small patio side table since my sophomore year in college. An old tenant left it behind at the townhouse I lived in during my sophomore and junior years at A&M, so I claimed it as my own. Who doesn't love free furniture! It was really ugly, but it was functional so I didn't see any reason to get rid of it.

The first step in revamping this table was to knock out all the rocks and grout that was there in the first place. At first I thought it was going to be a daunting task but 30 minutes with a hammer and screwdriver, and I had myself a table with no top.

After a through cleaning, I primed the table a bright white and then painted it an amazing sunny yellow color. Just painting the table made a huge difference!

From the beginning I knew that I only wanted to use bottle caps that were primarily blue and yellow. We have blue adirondack chairs and the table is yellow, so I wanted to stay consistent with the color scheme we already had going.

After sorting them out I arranged them in the table top to see how many I needed and then set them aside. When I went to Micheal's to get the resin I was slightly overwhelmed by the number of choices they had, but the sales person recommended the EnviroTex Lite Pour On resin because it was the easiest to use.

I tell you what, that salesman was right. This resin was super easy to use. It comes in two parts and all you do is mix equal parts together till it is completely incorporated together (the instructions say until there are bubbles throughout the mixture) and then you just pour it on the surface you wish to coat.

Once it has sat for a couple of minutes, the bubbles will have risen to the top and you can gently blow on the surface and they will vanish. I was skeptical of this at first, everything I have ever read about using resin said you need a blowtorch to pop all the bubbles that surface. But I was thoroughly amazed when I tried the gently blowing on them trick and it worked :)
Trying to take a picture of clear resin at night proved to be more difficult than I originally planned.
 I poured one thin layer of resin and let it cure overnight so that there would be a flat surface for when I put down the layer that would have the bottle caps.  Once the first layer was completely cured, I mixed about 8 more ounces of resin and poured it.

Once I popped the bubbles, I carefully placed the bottle caps in the resin one by one. I definitely ended up with resin on my fingers by the time I finished placing all the bottle caps, but it came right off with rubbing alcohol.

The finished product is definitely worth the wait :) The bottle caps sank into the resin a bit deeper than I thought they would. I originally wanted them to be flush with the top lip of the table but now that it is done I actually like it. I'm still trying to decide if I want to put one more layer  of resin over the bottle caps so that the surface is smooth.

My favorite cap is the Piraat one that is right in the middle. Jeff got it in a 6 pack of craft beers and it is the only one we have like it.

I am so excited about having this finished. Now I have a place to put my coffee in the morning while watching William play in the backyard. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times I had my cup resting on the arm of one of the chairs and it got knocked off.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

William's Pirate Costume

This year for Halloween, I made William's costume and I am so excited about how it turned out. He is still at the age where Jeff and I get to pick what he is going to be for Halloween, and this year he was a pirate :) Originally I was going to make him a pumpkin costume, but when I came across the pirate pattern I changed my mind. I used Simplicity 2561 to make the costume and it was really simple to make.

This year for Halloween, we went out to the George Bush Sr. Presidential Library for the Trick-or-Treat event they were having on Sunday evening. They had carnival games, bouncing castles, and trick-or-treating inside the museum. It was so much fun, and William had a great time walking around and seeing all the other little kids.

William and Jeff at the George Bush Sr. Presidential Library.

Pirate baby!

He was eating a Tootsie Roll and kept stopping to look at it.

I love this picture of him
For Wednesday night, we went out to our friend's neighborhood to trick-or-treat with her and her kids. He did alright when it came to traditional trick-or-treating, but he was more interested in playing in peoples front yards.

Halloween morning! Looking cute in his jack-o-lantern pajamas.

I was clearly more excited then he was :)

 His first candy of the night was a Twix :) his mommy's favorite. His idea of eating it was sucking all the chocolate off and then spitting the rest out on the ground.

 William was fascinated by this rock path between two of the houses.
 His daddy went to rescue him :)
My two handsome boys at the end of the night :) we had such a great time, and they were both pooped and ready for bed.

Overall it was so much fun, and I cannot wait till next year! I'm going to try to start making costumes sooner so that we can all match as a family! I'm thinking Wizard of Oz or Star Wars :) I have a little while to plan it out :)