crafter’s elbow

I need to slow down.

After having to ice my wrist for the past four nights, I realize that I cannot keep up my current production speed.  On a typical day, I’ll come home from work, eat a quick dinner, and get working.  This was especially true the day the mega paper cutter arrived.  I don’t think I stopped making notebooks for three hours.  It was exhilarating…until it was painful.
Last December, Ian and I did the Bread & Yoga holiday fair.  One item I was selling was crocheted headbands, which turned out to be much more popular than I had expected.  I had about six of them in my inventory, of different sizes and colors (with variegated yarn, so each one was unique).  A woman approached and asked if I had any smaller sizes in gray.  Instead of saying a simple no,(and maybe getting her contact info so I could send one by mail), I said I could take the larger one apart and make her a new one if she came back in 20 minutes.  
I did not anticipate the rush of customers that came as I was crocheting up a frenzy, and when my customer came back, I was not done.  After five additional minutes, my hasty headband was too tight.  I had to admit that I had messed up.
The customer was a bit disappointed, but she was gracious.  I offered her a discount on any of the other colors, which she declined.  And I vowed to stop when crafting started stressing me out.  
So now that I am prepping for the Bust Craftacular at the World Maker Faire: New York, I have to keep this in mind.  I’ve already made 70 catnip fish, 50 notebooks, 20 pill dolls, 30 felt envelopes and a bunch of hair clips and earrings.  And poor Taco is permanently high on catnip.  Poor little man.

Om Grown Spring Market – Inwood, NYC, Saturday, May 17th, 2-7pm.

Pennymadeits will be out in full effect at the Om Grown Spring Market at Bread & Yoga‘s studio in Northern Manhattan (Broadway & 215th Street)!  If you liked what you saw at the Om Grown Holiday Market, you’ll love the new spring inventory!  We’ve got origami and felt flowers in full bloom, along with our usual goodies.  Of course, copies of Not Now, Ollie! will also be for sale – along with hand-stitched Ollie dolls! Come out and support local artists at this amazing space!

Event: Reading at Hip Tot at Greenwood Park – 5/18, 12-3pm

I am very excited to announce that I will be reading Not Now, Ollie! at the May 18 Hip Tot event at Greenwood Park, Park Slope, Brooklyn!  In case you haven’t heard of it, HIp Tot is a monthly family event at this Brooklyn beer garden.  So parents enjoy some great food and drink while the kids are entertained with singalongs, free giveaways, and readings by folks like me!  Also, Ian and I will be there selling our Pennymadeit goodies, including hair clips, Ollie dolls, and origami creations!  Image

flower clips

This is one of my first felt flower clips – it’s just a bobby pin with felt wrapped around the top and glued with a glue gun. My mom actually cut the felt with her die cutter.  When I tried to do this myself with a punch, I just got the felt stuck.

These are really cute for kids, but I wear them anyway.