The Men of Etsy team is having a week-long 15% off sale! You can find my shop here and use BOYSOFSUMMER as the coupon code. Additionally, if you search “boysofsummer” you will find ALL the shops offering this deal (same coupon code). This is a huge selection of shops with many, many different types of items. Christmas in July!
Category Archives: Jewelry
I am slowly beginning to “reopen” my store on Etsy, re-listing items that didn’t sell before and adding new items. Right now it will mainly be the Crocheted River Rock Pendants and crocheted coffee sleeves, but if there’s anything you’d like, drop me a line, either on Etsy, here on my blog, or by email: curmade @ gmail.com (remove the spaces).
Because of the way Etsy promotes newly listed items, I am only listing a few at a time, so check back often over the next few days. A good way to do this would be to A) bookmark my Etsy store on your browser and return often, B) add my Etsy store to your favorites on Etsy, C) add my Etsy store to your “circle” on Etsy? The answer is, of course, all of the above.
An example of one of my pendants (that could be one of YOURS!)
I blame my mother.
But then, don’t we all?
Growing up, there was one thing I learned more than any other from my mom: you can do anything. I saw her sewing, doing cross stitch and needlepoint and latch work. My father would take us boys on a trip and we’d return to find she’d re-wallpapered/painted the rooms. She owned a scroll saw and would make toys for us down in the basement.
Frequently she involved us boys in these varied tasks, like when we all colored pictures on transfer paper and she made bed spreads for us with the pictures. I remember the smell and feel of wallpaper after dunking it in the trough of water. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a love for crafts and making art as well.
So I blame my mother for my desire to try as much as possible 🙂 To date I can say I have worked in all the following areas: crochet, knitting, water color, book binding, paper making, tie dye, clothes design/making, machine sewing, hand sewing, photography, graphic art, font creation, drawing, altered books, embroidery, jewelry making, embossing, pastels, picture framing, glass plate decoration, stuffed animal design/creation, glass etching, calligraphy… there’s much, much more that I’m just not thinking of. And that’s just in the broad field of Arts & Crafts. I’ve also written plays, short stories, poetry, songs. I played trombone for 7 years. I have acted professionally for over 10 years.
But here’s the point I am heading towards: in all these endeavors, I have frequently risen from “not bad” to “pretty good.” But never beyond. I’m a good actor. Maybe a pretty good actor. But pretty good doesn’t set me above many others when it comes time for casting. 7 years of trombone and I still wasn’t very good at all. My eye for photography has never been that interesting. My drawing has always been labored and looks labored. After years of crocheting, I’d say I could be rated at Advanced Novice.
There is nothing that I feel I do exceedingly well.
While that may not be a terrible thing, it still bothers me. Even when it comes to my ideas for creating, I feel second-rate. I see things and think, “Ooo! I wanna try that!” and then I do THAT. Exactly that. Rarely does something I see/experience act as a springboard for something new. Rarely do I come up with my own concepts. Sometimes I can’t even put my own spin on concepts. I might think, “I am going to write a story that takes place after an apocalypse (because I read World War Z) and the lead character is going to live in a casino (because I play too much Fallout: New Vegas). Never mind, he’ll live on an aircraft carrier (wait, that was Fallout 3).” I know there’s nothing new in the world (Dime Store Prophets quote) and that all the stories have been told. The key is putting ones self into something old and making it new. I just can’t seem to find the Me to put into something, though. I’ve never been sure how to make it my own.
I guess I spent too much time when I was younger trying to copy exactly what my mom was doing, trying so hard to do it “right.” I never bothered to color outside the lines and see where it took me. As an adult, I have a lot of things I can do, but nothing I can do very well.
If you look “procrastination” up in the online dictionary (I mean, who uses a book nowadays?) and you will find a link to everything about me. I made my mother’s birthday present on October 8, her birthday is October 22. Now, you’re thinking, “That’s not procrastination, Jeremy.” But I finally mailed it November 11. Yeah. I suck. Anyway, here is a picture I took of it before boxing it up, wrapping it, then setting it on a table for a month 🙂
birthday Thanksgiving, Mom!
I am struggling to get good pictures for my handmade items, both for my Etsy shop and this blog. We don’t have great natural lighting in our apartment during hours I am home and that makes a big difference. I have been searching the interwebs, trying to find the best way to create a “home studio” using very little space, very little supplies, and very little money. Any ideas? Leave comments below, if so. Anyway, bear with me as I experiment over the next few weeks.
Here’s an idea: incorporate a handmade item with a greeting card!
Judith’s friend is getting married this weekend and Judith asked me to make a hair clip for her. After making it, I thought, “How should she give this to her?” I’m all for multipurpose items, so I designed and made this greeting card.
And here it is once the hair clip has been removed to wear:
And, finally, the hair clip itself:
I am very pleased with the way it all turned out. What are your thoughts?
Not only did I list 9 pendants for sale at my Etsy store, but I got to use the word “mottled.” I don’t think I’ve ever typed it before in my life. Here’s my Red on Mottled Brown crocheted pendant. (Notice the nicer outside photo shoot.)
Feel free to pass the link around to all your friends/boyfriends/husbands 🙂
Edit: great scott! If you want to see what every fiber in a piece of cotton thread looks like, click the image and then view full-size. WOW!
Earlier this year I began making pendants using river rocks. I of course combined them with crochet. Crochet thread, to be exact. Using a teeny, tiny size B hook. (All pictures are larger than actual size.)
I was highly inspired by Resurrection Fern‘s covered stones, an example of which can be seen here.
They usually take me around 25-30 minutes each, but it is time well spent. I love the randomness of the patterns, the spider webb-like design that unfolds as I work.
More than anything, though, I love the fact that there IS no pre-written pattern to follow. The flow of the rock determines how each pendant is made. In some ways, the rock decides more than I do what the final design will be, whether it is something intricate:
or something simple:
These are just of a few of my favorite ones. You can see all 10 of them at my Flickr page.