I didn’t reach my goal of having everything in my shop listed by Thanksgiving, but I did get the last few items up yesterday and that’s pretty close, right? I take it easy with my shop the rest of the year but the holiday season is when I usually put on my big girl pants and get everything in order for seasonal sales. The shelves above my desk are packed full of pretties and every. single. one. is listed in the shop. I’ve been rewarded with a few sales already, so if you see something that strikes your fancy make your move before it’s gone!
It’s back to reality today as Nick is back to work and I’m on my own with a toddler and a massive to do list. I hope you each had a wonderful weekend and that the return to real life isn’t too miserable!
I’ve been into mother of pearl for some time now. It just feels so classic to me, and at the same time the irregularity and natural patina are anything but stuffy. I’ve been getting brave and branching out with some more handmade items for my shop this year and on the agenda were a few items made with mother of pearl buttons. I ordered a lot of vintage buttons from etsy, then bought flat tacks, earring posts, and small magnets from Amazon. One day while Jack was napping I sorted through the buttons to find the prettiest and most uniform ones, then arranged everything on a square of cork. I stuck the magnets to thumbtacks to help them stay in place while I worked. I also used a sanding block to rough all the metal surfaces up a little.
I mixed up some epoxy in a small plastic cup with a toothpick. Next time I’ll look for epoxy that dries clear, but the dark gray isn’t a dealbreaker.
I used the toothpick to smear a thin layer of epoxy on each thumbtack, then carefully applied a button to each. I repeated the same process with the earrings and magnets.
After leaving them to cure overnight I was excited to check out my creations! They turned out pretty well overall. Here are the magnets. I used neodymium magnets, which are super super strong. There were actually a few casualties when I let them get too close together. But as long as they’re stuck to metal they’re fine.
My pictures of the thumbtacks didn’t come out well and I didn’t have a chance to take new ones before posting, but here’s one to give you an idea.
This is the kind of project that is really well-suited to mass production. If you’ve got a ton of women on your Christmas list then you could totally whip up a dozen gifts in no time and for relatively little expense. You can even get earring cards for a few bucks at Hobby Lobby to make the earrings look all official and fancy. I’ll be shipping the thumbtacks stuck into a square of cork, but I haven’t come up with a cute way to package the magnets yet. They need to be stuck to each other or to a piece of metal so that they don’t fly into each other all willy nilly in transit. Any suggestions? As soon as I get a few more pictures taken I’ll be listing these in my shop, so if smearing epoxy with a toothpick doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time then you can just order some from me, haha. Happy Thursday, y’all!
I’ve still got half a quart left of chalkboard paint–that stuff goes a long way–and so I’ve been trying to find ways to use it up before it gets all clumpy and weird. I’ve been using a clipboard at work lately and got inspired! And thus my new kitchen memo board was born.
I didn’t take any photos of the process, but it was pretty straightforward. I taped off the top so that I wouldn’t have to worry about painting under/around the clip, then gave it three coats of chalkboard paint. After it cured for a few days I seasoned it by lightly rubbing a piece of chalk all over, then wiping it down. I used a couple of adhesive squares that I already had to attach it to the fridge (you know, the kind that come with dry erase boards or cork tiles to attach them to the wall), but you could also use command strips or even some strong magnets. Or if you were putting it on the wall just use a nail to hang it by the hole in the clip part up top.
I tied a piece of chalk onto it with some twine. It’s a step up from the regular ‘ol chalkboard because the clip part can hold coupons, photos, etc. Handy!
I actually bought two more clipboards and painted them at the same time–I figured if I was breaking out the paint I might as well make a few to sell! I haven’t gotten around to photographing and listing them yet but it’s on the to do list. They were really inexpensive to make so I can keep the retail price low–like probably only $10. I love when I can sell stuff for a price that I would actually pay. It’s probably bad business to post a tutorial (however sparse) on my blog about how to make something that I plan to sell, but whatevs. That’s how much I love you people. I put way more effort into the blog than I do the shop, even though the shop is much more profitable. The heart wants what the heart wants! Happy Thursday, my friends, and stay warm!