Well… It’s been a while.

Hello again.

Yea, yea… I know.  I fail.  Again.  So just like last school year I am having problems posting on here.  A ton has been happening with wedding planning, school work, and attempts at selling things on Etsy.

Really at this point I want to promote my Etsy shop- Oak Leaf Crafts.  I have posted several new items and would LOVE for people to check them out! Stay tuned for more posts…. but for now…. SHOP!!

Eat Food. Series Bowls

Ceramic Tumblers Set

Small Cappuccino Bowls
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Artistic Things are Happening!

With the help of Labor Day I have a three-day weekend!! Woo hoo!  These are the times that you look back and say “Oh how I love my job… the job that allows me to have absurd amounts of holidays”.   So far the three-day weekend has been eventful.  We went to an apple festival, possibly will go to the Renaissance Festival tomorrow, and I have been creating some artful things!  I try to take as many opportunities as possible to craft and create.

Today I began making owl cake toppers for weddings.  I will be putting them on Etsy once they are complete.  (If you are interested let me know!)  I am very excited about them…. so cute!  I am not yet done, but I included a sneak peek in this post.

I also started working on my Sketchbook Project journal today as well.  I had drawn a picture of our dog, Moose, but then school started and I lost some time as I was preparing for the coming of the students.  I love the page that I started today.  Again, I am not done with it, but I think that it is hilarious so far!

New Etsy Listings! Check ‘Em Out!

I recently posted some new listings on my Etsy shop and wanted to take a chance to promote them.  I know that I listed a sneak peek in a previous post, but I wanted to show them off a little bit more!!

Hand Drawn and Hand Stamped Stationary and Cards:

I have been drawing and creating cards for friends and family for a very long time now.  Dan asked me why I wasn’t selling them.  Well… I didn’t really know how to answer that, so here are some card creations!  I hand stamped some of them and drew the others.  I am currently working on a custom stationary card set for a friend (Hand drawn Lotus flowers).  These are great for gifts, you can use them for weddings, use them for thank you cards, birthdays, you name it!  I love custom orders, too!!

Wedding:

I wrote about my thumbprint tree book that I drew in a previous post on my blog.  I had really wanted to do this for our wedding for some time now, and after I made ours I realized that people were selling them on Etsy.  I decided that I would put mine up just to see if I could get any sales.  I love drawing trees!  I love weddings!…. What could be better?  I am hoping that someone would be interested in purchasing one of my hand drawn trees because I think that it would be wonderful to be a part of someone’s special day.

I also have been making little rose earrings for brides and their bridal party.  The pair of earrings that I have listed are white roses with blue ribbon.  I can also make roses with ribbon to match the wedding colors.  Smaller earrings can also be made for your flower girls.  These are great gifts for your bridesmaids and flower girls, or if you need a little gift for your bride… this is perfect!

I have listed these plumeria clips (and I have earrings listed) under wedding.  I thought that these would be wonderful to add to the theme of a tropical wedding, or they would be great for a tropical destination wedding.  I use Sculpey polymer clay and chalk dust.  I paint the uncooked Sculpey with the chalk dust to add the color.  I can make them to fit our wedding colors!  Wonderful for birdal wear and bridesmaids alike!

Dog Days:

Some of my more unique pieces that I am currently selling are my dog leash bracelets.  I have two styles listed on the shop page, but I am also accepting custom orders.  People can send me their dog’s leash (as long as it is 1 inch wide) and I can make a bracelet for them.  This is great if you have a dog like mine who chews through every leash that you buy for them, or if your beloved pet has passed on and you would like something to remember them by.  I am very excited about my recycled dog leash bracelets and I hope that other people will be, too!

Octopus Arms:

The last things that I wanted to show off is my Octopus arm necklace.  I wanted to promote these because they took me a very long time to make, and I think that they are really quirky and unique.  Again, these are made from Sculpey Polymer clay.  This clay has a little bit of a sparkle to it.  The suckers on the arm is really what took the longest to do.  Each sucker was created by rolling tiny spheres and using a paper clip to attach them to the arms.  It might sound easy, yes, but it is extremely tedious!  Again, great for a gift for a friend… or even for yourself!!

Check out all of my other listings on my Etsy Shop Page:  Oak Leaf Crafts!

Wedding Thumbprint Oak Tree

Start with a pencil drawing.

The very first project that I worked on in my new craft space was our thumbprint oak tree for our wedding.  I have always wanted to draw one of these for our wedding (I LOVE trees- especially oak trees).  It was really nice working at my new craft table because I could fit my large 19×25″ paper on it without anything hanging off! I also had all of my supplies right there which is quite handy.

Drawing trees is one of my favorite things to do, so this was a lot of fun.  I used pencil on acid free Pale Yellow Canson art paper to begin with.  After I had my basic sketch of the tree, I moved on to the lettering at the bottom.  I measured out the space that I wanted our names in the the space for the date below that.  I then looked up Times New Roman font online and drew our names and date using the image search as a guide.  After the tree, our names, and the date looked perfect, I used sepia colored Micron pens to trace over the lines.  To finish it up I waited a bit for the ink to dry, then I used a large white eraser to erase any pencil lines from under the pen.

Finish with sepia colored Micron pen.

I am so excited about the oak tree!  When our guests come into the reception area they can write a few words of wisdom in our vintage guest book and give their thumbprint on our oak tree!

Esty Shop: Oak Leaf Crafts

Along with my wedding planning I am also trying to work on my new Etsy shop- Oak Leaf Crafts.  With the help from a friend and fellow Etsy shop owner, I finally opened one this summer.  I am a little bit nervous about the upkeep/ management during the school year, but hopefully all will work out.

Right now I have a lot of Sculpey jewelry on there, I recycled Tom’s shoe inserts by painting them and making owls, and I also have a few glass fused/ clay pieces on there.  I just taught myself how to crochet yesterday and I am adding some of those pieces onto my shop soon.  Hand made greeting cards and recycled pet leash bracelets will also appear on my shop soon.  Here are some sneak peeks of some of my favorite and new items!

Recycled dog leash bracelet.

Crochet beaded wrap bracelet.

Crochet beaded wrap necklace.

Sculpey nautilus necklace.

Recycled Tom’s Shoe insert owl.

Ceramic and glass fused Oak Leaf.

Etsy Shop is Open for Business!

With the help from my friend, Josie (and a lot of coaxing) I opened up an Etsy shop.  I am so excited! I really can see why she does it… it is really addicting!  So far I have 50 items for sale, but nothing has sold.  I have had 200 views, though so that is something!  I have some of my ceramic glass fused jewelry posted, Sculpey jewelry, and I recycled Tom’s shoe inserts by painting them to look like owls for decorations.

I am currently in the process of making cards to send my items on if they are purchased at some point.

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About Me.

Oh hi.

My name is Allison.

I am an art teacher based in Maryland.

I enjoy art, ceramics, sketchbooking, dancing when no one is around, singing in the car, decorating.. and redecorating, cooking, people-watching, and random music.

I am engaged to the love of my life... I can't wait to be married to him.

I like learning about new things.

I find people to be interesting.

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