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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!


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?