Lordy, I’m awful at this.
Currently I am knee-deep in prepping Christmas inventory for my Etsy store and any possible craft fairs I might weasel my way into. This involves finishing half-done projects as well as putting together new ones I know will sell. A normal person would probably tackle the incompletes first. Me, I’m not exactly normal. I started my new projects knowing that I risk having more incomplete ones by showtime. It seems that when I went over my existing inventory I discovered I had a good fifty completed pieces that weren’t listed in my Etsy shop. I’d add a dozen more if I finished my half-baked items.
I added to my challenge by attempting to take pictures of all the steps in my process. Will I do one post or several? What would be more interesting? As time went on I realized I wasn’t terribly consistent in my picture-taking and ended up missing more interesting details. Sure, I got some good shots of major milestones, but I was really hoping to post a more thorough account of the project from start to finish.
Did I want to share my design secrets with the internet? Not really, but I did want to show that my simple creation wasn’t as simple to make. Plus, I just think craft blogs with lots of pictures are totally neato. I want my blog to be totally neato, too.
To get a little closer to neato I’m posting pictures anyway. The images here are from the beginning of my Christmas Clothespin Brigade – five little feminine figures in holiday themed dress inspired by a Halloween set I sold last year. The last thing I photographed were steps for the embroidery floss hairdos, but those are on my camera. The ones here are from my phone.
I will make four sets of these dolls. If I finish them quickly I will also make more Halloween ones. Why not do the Halloween ones first? Well, probably because I already know how to make those and can skip the learning curve. They’ll go faster.
I’m still getting the hang of this WordPress thing. When picture content outweighs text it’s hard to arrange everything so it looks all slick and professional-like. If you scroll down further you’ll see a couple more pictures. It’s the most I can do at this point since I’m out of words and need to get back to actually working on them instead of writing about them.