Thursday, December 4, 2008

Curves Craft Corner

I have a mini show of sorts going on right now at the Curves For Women in Haslett where I am a member. December 3 - 8 we crafty folks can display and take orders for up to three items. I'm not kidding about the "mini" thing, either--only two of us are displaying our wares! I guess 17 people participated at one of the other branches, so...where are the crafty Curves ladies in Haslett?? I know there have to be more than two of us!

I put one each of my eyeglass holders, cat head bracelets, and cat pins on display and put out photos of the rest. These are the items I have the most of, so I can take orders for existing items rather than making new ones to order. Sadly, what with two jobs, holiday preparation, and the kitchen remodeling which has reduced the house to a construction zone, I don't have the time to take on any more orders and turn them around before Christmas.

Speaking of special orders, I have almost finished the custom eyeglass holder I wrote about in my last post. If I do say so myself, it is turning out well! I'll post a photo when it's done...and after it's been given to its recipient at Christmas. You never know who might read your blog, and I would hate to spoil a surprise!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tough times for crafters

Happy belated Thanksgiving, and happy Black Friday, too! Shoppers may be out in droves today, but they weren't at the Cheerful Holidays Showcase in Holt last Saturday. It was my first time doing the show and I did not sell much. I was told by other vendors that it was very slow compared to previous years. I guess the economy is taking a toll on everyone. On the upside, a lot of the people who did come through looked at my items and commented positively. That always feels good!

The eyeglass holders got a lot of comments, which I'm happy about because I consider them my "signature" item.

The pins got a lot of comments, too... ...especially the kitty holding the mouse, which even got a smile from an older gentleman who had quite obviously been dragged to the show by his wife!
I did sell one figurine, the one I called "Groucho Kitty":
Mary sold a lot of her signature item, her catnip mice. Her knit hand-warmers were also a hit... ...and came in handy for her, as well, on a cold, blustery day!
That's it for shows this season. I have a couple special orders to fill, including a custom eyeglass holder that the buyer wants me to model after this: "Nurse Kitty" was a gift for a friend who graduated from nursing school last May--it was made to be a holder for her name badge. I will try to recreate the style as closely as possible for my custom eyeglass order...minus the nurse hat and syringe.

Well, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Black Friday--get out there and shop, shop, SHOP! Help keep our economy moving!

And if you need me, I'll be in my studio, as far away from the madness as I can get!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New stuff...and a new show

I finally have some new things ready to go, just in time for another show! This colorful set is made from a yellow, blue and red cane, extruded lengths of red clay, and beads in primary colors: I also made some earrings to go with this necklace: It got some attention at the Holidays In Haslett show, but the people who looked at it expressed an interest in earrings to match. you go!
I came up with two pair of post earrings from some scrap clay and pieces of canes in autumn shades I still had laying around...
...and I finally got around to making bracelets with the cat head beads I made awhile ago:

Many of the complementary beads on the bracelets are polymer beads I created to match the colors in the heads. Others are a variety of glass beads, crystals and stone chips. Hopefully I'll get a few more of these strung before the show--which is the Cheerful Holidays Showcase and Sale at Holt High School this Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mary and I will both be there, each with our own booth this time (Mary has been knitting like a madwoman to finish more catnip mice and more of her wonderful hand and wrist warmers!). Admission to the show is free, and there will be many crafters and vendors from which to select your holiday gifts. Our show is also stop #5 on the circuit of the Holt Village Sampler .

So grab your shopping lists, dust off your holiday cheer and I'll see you Saturday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The show is over...well, that one anyway!

Aah...finally a few minutes to update! This week is flying by, between life in general, work and preparing to remodel our kitchen. Even though we're not doing the physical labor there is still a ton of planning and coordinating involved. Much of the time I would normally spend crafting has been spent looking at samples and products and meeting with our contractors. It's exciting, but I must say I'll be glad when it's over!

As for the Holidays In Haslett show, I don't think it was as busy as last year, but it was (A)a gorgeous day to be outside doing fall cleanup and (B)a home football game for MSU. And I'm sure I don't even need to mention the state of the economy. Still, a steady stream of shoppers came through, and sales were not bad at all. I sold 4 eyeglass holders, which is very encouraging since they are a design I'm proud of.
Mary sold a lot of her wonderful catnip mice and several of her knit hand warmers, among other things. We both got lots of positive feedback on our work, which is always nice to hear! Thank you to everyone who supported our crafty endeavors and purchased something from us!

The next Meridian Township Crafters' Market is this coming Sunday, October 28. Once again it will be in the Central Park pavilion from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. I THINK I will be participating, but I'm not absolutely certain. Mary is a season pass holder and will be there for sure, but I have been signing up on a month-by-month basis. If the weather is decent I will attend...but if the weather is crummy I'll probably wait for the next indoor show. I know, I know...wimp! But I can't imagine too many people will want to shop the show, either, if it's too wet or cold.

Speaking of the next show, it will be sometime in mid-November. I haven't signed up for anything yet, but I am considering a couple that still have openings--so when I decide for sure I will post here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

It's show time!

Just a reminder to visit Mary and I at the Holidays In Haslett show this Saturday, October 18th. Haslett High School (on Marsh Rd. north of the Meridian Mall and south of Haslett Rd. is the venue; the show runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There are supposed to be 150+ artists and crafters this it's a great place to start your holiday shopping! Look for Cat's Cradle Creations and Clawdia's Creations, booth #123. We'll have gifts and accessories for you, your home and your feline friends, too!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Next show

The next craft show coming up is Holidays In Haslett, put on each fall by the Haslett Band Boosters and held at the high school. It's a huge show, with artists and craftspeople taking over the cafeteria and both gymnasiums. Last year my friend Mary had a booth, and she generously allowed me to put some of my beaded jewelry and painted tote bags in (this was before I began working with clay). We both had good sales and a great time--so we decided this year we would share a large space and combine forces again. Her business is Cat's Cradle Creations (yes, she's a cat lady too!), and she creates a variety of items, some cat-themed and some not. She works mostly with fibers and fabrics, knitting, cross-stitching and sewing. Her best sellers are probably her hand-sewn catnip pillows and knit catnip mice, both made with organic catnip grown in her garden. The mice are favorites of my cats, and I can tell you from experience that they are very resilient and can take a lot of abuse, even repeated washings!

We'll have a variety of wonderful holiday gift items for ailurophiles (that's Latin for "cat lover"), like Mary's "Glamour Cats"...
...and my kitty cat earrings and pins We'll even have some items that aren't cat-themed, for the "normal" people on your gift list!

Mary's husband Jim creates stunning one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls and containers, and she will have some of them at the show as well:
So mark your calendars and come on out to Haslett High School on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It promises to be a busy, fun day!

Monday, September 29, 2008

A little about the cats

The main material for the kitties is polymer clay. Polymer clay is not clay in the truest sense, but is a material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), plasticizer, and pigment. It is sculpted and then baked in a conventional oven to a hard, durable finish. It is available in many colors and can be used in an amazing variety of ways to create a wide array of products.

This cat is made from a mix of colors that have been swirled and blended together. The collar is a thinly-sliced ribbon of black clay embellished with a Swarovski Crystal rhinestone. The whiskers are a flexible beading material pushed into the raw clay and baked in. The eyes are made from a "cane" of polymer clay. A cane is a long rod of different color clays that are pressed and blended together to create a design which runs the length of the rod. Slices can be cut off each end and used in other creations.

This next kitty has glass beads for eyes:

In addition to the figurines, I've turned the cats into beads, earrings, pins, magnets, and the most functional item so far, eyeglass holders.

If you're like me and have trouble keeping track of your glasses, these little guys can come in very handy!

These pins were made by mixing colors and pressing the clay into a cat-shaped candy mold.

I added the facial features individually. The eyes and collar embellishments are either glass beads, rhinestones, or Swarovski Crystals. It varies from cat to cat.

Lest you think I'm a one-trick pony and make only cat-themed items, here are a few examples of non-cat-related items I've done:

There's even a D-O-G!

See...NOT just a Crazy Cat Lady!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Upcoming show

How time flies! I've barely gotten this blog off the ground (perhaps it's only half-way off at this point!) and it's time for another show. This one is at the Meridian Township pavilion again this Sunday, September 28. The time is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. C'mon out and see what's new. Also, check out the online photo album, as I posted some new creations this week that I will have at the show.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A little about Clawdia's Creations

I've dabbled in a variety of crafts for years, mainly beading, scrapbooking and fabric painting. I was curious about polymer clay, but didn't get started working with it until this year. I spent most of 2007 taking care of my grandmother, getting her moved into assisted living and then selling her home. Once that was done I needed some "me" time...and I decided it was time to explore clay. It's an amazing medium with so many applications and techniques I'll be exploring and learning for a lo-o-o-ng time! My love of cats quickly led me to start producing feline-inspired creations...and since there are a lot of cat people, maybe some of them will enjoy my creations as well! Hopefully I'm right and Clawdia's Creations will be a success. For now it will remain a small venture, while I work my two "real" jobs and continue to learn new techniques. Mostly I'll concentrate on local craft shows and sales, and move into online selling as time permits. In the meantime, if you see something you like on here, feel free to e-mail me. I welcome input and requests!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Who has time to blog?

Not me! But I'm starting my crafty venture "Clawdia's Creations", and I feel like I need a web presence so people can see what I do. My first show is a week from Sunday, and, between preparing for that and the garage sale this coming weekend I'm going nuts! Hence, no time to blog. I'm putting this site on my business card and will update it as I go with information and photos of my creations. For now, check out the polymer clay kitties and other creations at Come see me at the Meridian Township Crafters' Market on Sunday, August 24 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. And stop by the house this Saturday, August 16 for the garage sale. Lots of goodies. Help me get the garage cleaned out so our kitchen contractor can set up his tools and build us our new kitchen (if you need directions to the house contact me).

And keep checking back here. I'll post more when life is a little less crazy.