Saturday, November 17, 2007

And Speaking of Craft Fairs...



The weekend of Dec. 1-2 is gonna be a busy one for yours truly (oh man, that line would have just worked so well if...I don't want to give too much away...). Just in time for the Holiday rush, I'll be peddling some wares and trying to earn a buck or two. All in the name of a good cause of course - me (I think I've thoroughly covered how important my own personal financial health is to this whole business planning business, so no need to elaborate there).

Satuday, December 1, 10am - 5
28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair @ Brooklyn Friends School
375 Pearl St.
Brooklyn, NY
*Near Jay St.-Borough Hall station

Sunday, December 2, noon - 6
the hearts and crafts affair *a holiday craft fair @ Cafe Grumpy
the corner of Meserole Ave. and Diamond St.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
*Near G - Nassau St. stop (exit at Norman St.)

Oh, and check out my new splash page at HandMaidenNY.com - I don't claim to be a great web, or graphic designer, so as a total novice, I'm pretty proud of the animated .gif I made.

Friday, November 16, 2007

TIME to get crafty again!

In preparation for the next round of craft fairs - 2 in one weekend! - I FINALLY got around to trying my hand at those plate clocks. Now imagine how great this will look on a brightly colored kitchen wall...


Materials:
1 cute saucer from Goodwill
1 power drill
1 glass and tile drill bit
1 clock making kit
some patience



Tips:

  • My first few attempts were unsuccessful on account of a poor quality drill bit - a good little bit goes a long way. After successfully drilling through the first plate however, even the good one seemed noticeably duller, so if you can find a way to keep the bit sharp, bonus!
  • Place the plate on a hard surface, such as a scrap piece of wood, when drilling.
  • To easily locate the center of the plate simply draw an outline of it on a piece of paper, cut it out, fold in quarters, and cut a hole in the center. Use this to mark where to drill.
  • A pilot hole is essential - use a smaller drill bit to make a pilot hole large enough to accommodate just the tip of the larger one, just big enough to prevent it from slipping (not big at all).

Next step...playing around with ceramic paint to add another dimension.