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Four Arches Feeder

23 Dec

It’s been over a month since my last entry. I’m in London now, have moved into a new place, started working full time again and don’t have any of my jewellery making supplies here until my dad comes next week. So the shop has been a bit static for a while.

It will pick up in the new year, which is something I’m looking forward to because there are a lot of different places to find supplies in London that I wouldn’t have found so easily in Colombia or in my suburban town in Upstate New York.

I have been adding some new products from my dad to the shop. One of them is a new bird feeder design:

It’s called the Four Arches Feeder, made from PVC, a decorative piece that is virtually indestructible. It’s part of my dad’s retirement gig. In fact, he has opened his own shop as well so check it out if you get a chance. It’s full of pretty and unique bird feeders and houses and planters will be coming soon as well.

As you can see, there’s some snow back at my parents’ house in New York where this picture was taken. The weather in London has been pretty beautiful considering it’s nearly Christmas. I have a big open green space in the view from my window now, with lots of birds running around in the mornings. I should have one of these here…. it’s a perfect time for bird feeders as well.

I have had a bit of time to take a few photos which I’ve put up in my other Etsy shop. This should grow quite a bit now that I’m back in London because there is plenty of photography inspiration around here. No doubt about that!

Are you ready for the holiday weekend? Have you finished your shopping?

Have a lovely Christmas everyone! See you in the new year with some new products.


Dad’s Retirement Project / Craft Show

29 Oct

If you’ve been on the Etsy shop lately, you may have noticed I’ve added a new shop section called Dad’s Retirement Project. It does what it says on the tin!

Dad’s been dreaming of retirement lately and started contributing some of his garden products to the shop which he plans to expand on in the coming years. He works with both wood and PVC. At the moment, the majority of the pieces featured in the shop are his cedar wood nesting boxes for our feathered friends, stenciled and painted by Mom, his partner in crime.

They open up on the side by slipping out a little pin at the back so they’re super easy to clean. The size of the hole attracts creatures like wrens and bluebirds, and they’re perfect resting and nesting places for the winter months when the snow blows in.

He was even featured a few times (and on two different front covers) of Langenbach magazine and in a couple of others. They called him a “master woodworker”.

Here’s his PVC feeder too:

Check it out and keep watch for more…


In other news, I’ll be doing another craft show tomorrow. Stop by if you’re in the area and say hi!

Date: October 30, 2011
Place: St. Andrews Church (Gym) – Sheridan and Elmwood in Kenmore, New York
Time: 9:30 – 3

I have two lined up in November as well. More on those later.

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

First Craft Show

23 Oct




I did my first craft show yesterday at a small church in North Tonawanda, New York. It wasn’t really a show that reached my target market, but it was very close to my house and I managed to make six sales. Not great, but covered the cost of the table and then some.

More importantly I got to do a bit of networking, met some great people in the area including some fellow Etsians who stopped by to show their support and say hi. I handed out a whole bunch of business cards, online discount codes to people who attended the show and got a lot of great feedback on the products.

People were very interested in the story of how Made in Mogotes came to be. I put together a display book of photos from the village, how fique and guadua turn into bags and jewelry. I heard a lot of life stories. I learned a lot – about what people actually purchase at churches in small towns, about things I need for the display, about bits and pieces that may have come in handy.

Overall, even though I didn’t exactly make a killing, I didn’t ever expect to in the first place and I think it was a successful experience.

The next one will be a shopping night in Lancaster on November 11, but more details on that closer to the date.

On a side note, I added a section called Vinyl Ventures to the shop. It’s for some garden products like bird feeders made by my dad. They’re perfect for winter, maintenance free and classy so check it out if you get a sec.


DIY: Earring Holder Cards

12 Sep

I needed to come up with a way to display my earrings for Made in Mogotes, something a bit different, something colorful. This is what I did:

1. Set up a table in Word with squares about 3.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide.

2. Find a photo, import into Word, make 50% transparent then copy and paste into each square. (Mine is a photo of parents in Colombia, but it didn’t show up very well in the photos)

3. Write business name and website on the bottom of each square.

4. Print cards and cut with a paper cutter so the edges are perfect.

5. Use different colored scrapbook paper and hot glue the printed cards to a piece that matches the pair of earrings.

6. Trim the edges so you can see a slice of the scrapbook paper behind the cards.

7. Poke pin-sized holes at the top of each card.

8. Punch a hole in the middle with a hole punch for hanging.

9. Insert earrings.

10. Admire.

Here’s what I came up with. Apologies for the photo quality. I took them at night with bad lighting and a flash would have left more glare on the earrings themselves since they are varnished, but you get the idea!

What do you think? 

A New Tag

6 Sep

I’m working on a tag to be embroidered and sewn into the insides of the fique bags.

What do you think of this?

Red, White and Blue Bags

28 Aug

The last few weeks have been rather chaotic for me, hence the lack of posting…

One bit of news if you don’t already know is that Made in Mogotes is now an official business – all the licenses, registrations and nitty gritty paperwork are in my hands.

I’ve come back to New York until January with a suitcase full of bags and jewelry, which means those certain items which were before being sent from Colombia have seriously reduced shipping prices! Yay! There’s only a couple new ones up on the shop right now, but I’m slowly photographing them to post. Keep an eye open this week as lots of new pieces should be popping up. I will still be working with the Colombian artisans while in New York and they are very open to customized orders as well.

Being home also means trips to Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore, Michaels and other crafty places which means a wider variety of jewelry-making goodies. Plenty of that to come soon too.

What’s new right now?

The latest three fique bags I’ve posted have fun nautical colors (or patriotic ones for my temporary return to the States, I suppose).

There’s a cream colored one which is a bit elegant with sparkling lurex thread woven throughout and a cool nut close.

The next one is striped with different blues and the same cream color as the first one – a fun summery bag for the last month before the leaves start to change.

Then there’s a vibrant red one which I love the color of and may just keep for myself so if you like it, snap it up quick before I change my mind about selling it! It has a great red lining inside with a little pocket and a zipper close.

The red one will carry you through the cooler days. Or me…


Featured Item Sale: Plant a Seed Necklace

1 Aug

20% off item price when ordered today!

A mixture of fique and guadua, the main piece of this necklace uses two of the main local artisan products that grow in the area . The fique pieces are weaved though the guadua which is similar to bamboo. This piece was left in its natural beauty – unpainted and unvarnished.

Strung on a black cord, this necklace features a mix of different beads in various materials and a hanging pink seed from a local plant that makes it unique. It was inspired by the local team who pass out seeds to residents regularly so they can plant all sorts of trees on their farms – or fincas as they say here. Great for an end of summer treat. You deserve it 🙂

Swing by the shop to pick it up today at 20% off the item price. Enjoy!