Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yey, Youtube!

Well, I learned something new from Youtube.  You know, many say that Youtube is not a "good thing" sometimes, but I think it's great!  Of course, I don't go searching for the obscene, crazy, ugly or bad things on Youtube.  I only search for what interests me--like all kinds of crafts.  I am so thankful for all the friends I have made through watching Youtube videos.  I learned how to make the flowers above from a Youtube video.  And they weren't hard at all.  In fact, just about anything I want to learn, I can find a craft video on Youtube.  If only I had hours and hours to spend there.  Recently, I made a friend through my Youtube video who wants to learn how to tat.  She already is very creative and has made several of her own "how-to" videos.  So, if you want to learn something new, just search Youtube for the "how-to", and you will probably find it there.  Happy hunting!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Our Card Making Success!!

I think I told you all that I am an Activity Director at an assisted living home.  We have had some fun lately making greeting cards.  We have a group of ladies who are members of the "Gracious Ladies Club" and they decided they wanted to open a general store a couple of days a week for the residents.  One thing we decided to do was to make greeting cards and sell them for $1.00 each so both the residents and the staff could get some nice cards when they need them.  I decided to set up our class near the front door so people who came through could see what we were doing.  I told the ladies that they could sell the cards as we made them, if they wanted to.  And sell they did!  The first class, we sold $50 worth of cards--which means we made 50+ cards and just about sold out.  We had another class the next week in the same spot and sold $30 more!  Plus, we have sold $20 worth to the Marketing Department.   (We are having a Fashion Show in April and she wanted 20 cards with dresses on them--too cute!)   So, that makes $80 we have made on our cards so far!  Those ladies are so excited about this--but I'm even more excited because I am making more money for my budget!!  Yey!  I have posted the cards we are making.  They are just simple--I stamp them and they color them with colored pencils, and then I add glitter glue.  We are also using my dress stamp that I designed and are making all kinds of dresses out of it.  I sign them on the back - "Handmade by Ladies of Elmcroft".  Everybody loves them!  Hope you do, too!  Oh, I have another class on Tuesday.  Wonder how much we will sell??  If you are interested in any of them, just let me know.  

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Video on My Angelic Tatted Removable Notebook Cover

Okay, so I made another video on my latest tatted notebook cover.  I noticed that there are probably thousands of these kinds of videos on YouTube and they are interesting to view.  I'm home all day today by myself and not getting any housework done.  But I sure am having fun staying on this computer and working on my tatting projects.  Sound familiar??  I hope you are having as much fun today as I am!

My First Product Video!

This is my first video, describing one of my handmade notebooks. I will definitely not say the word "little" so much in my next video (even though I like that word a lot :)   My Etsy website is

 Please let me know if you think this is a good idea to show my creations other than just showing pictures.  I really need your feedback.  Thanks!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Angelic Notebook Cover and Other Things

Well, it's been a good week for me so far.  I gained two new voice students this week.  They both were taking lessons from competitors of mine (two different studios) and I was shocked at what my new students  told me.  Both competitors started these students out by putting on a CD and placing a microphone in their hands.  There was no learning how to breathe when singing, exercising the voice, or any other kind of techniques on vocal training.  Essentially, these studios were teaching how to sing Karaoke, and that's it!  It is amazing to me that they are just taking their money and not giving any training in return.  Learning to sing is like learning a new sport.  One has to learn how to sing, the techniques and exercise the voice, just like exercising the body.  Okay, I have said enough about this.  

On a lighter note, I have added another notebook to my Etsy site.     This time, I added a handcrafted angel to the cover.  We all need to be reminded that there are angels watching over us every day, protecting us.  I enjoy making these little journals.  I hope you like this one.

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