Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Dave and I were at Borders tonight. I was looking at the calendars when Dave came running up to me really excited. He had just seen a girl carrying one of my purses! How exciting! It was the Teela one that was sold at the Rock and Roll Craft Show.
Tomorrow my friend is in town and we are going to Rock, Paper, Scissors in St. Charles. I cannot wait. I have Christmas money and plan on stocking up on some cool papers. I hopr to run into Denise there, as well. She is always super sweet and so supportive at shows. Go check out her great blogs about the Rock and Roll Craft Show.

Friday, December 14, 2007

That camera is taking my soul

My nephew is a funny little guy. You pull a camera on him and he just looks grimly into the camera. After you snap the shot, he is smiling and having a good time. I don't think he dislikes having his picture taken he eagerly poses for the camera. But he just stares blankly into the lens. Prime example above, first picture is his pose, the second is what he looks like after the picture is taken.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Rock n roll Craft Show

The Rock n Roll Craft Show was the past weekend and, boy-o-boy, was it a good time. First off, it was at The Mad Art Gallery, which was way cool. Crafters and artists had their work set up department store style and there was a lot of great goods to choose from. On Saturday night, I worked a two hour shift at teh jewelry booth, which was a huge mistake. I wanted to buy a little of everything! But I ended up buying for myself a really pretty collage necklace by La La Lori. It is really pretty. I don't have my digital camera so you are goign to just have to take my word for it. I also finally bought a couple of prints from Cate Anevski I have been eyeballing her work for a while and now I have some for my own! Other things I bought are for presents so I can't mention them here. I ran into Denise of First Born Studios She is so nice and I am always amazed by her beautiful work. Her mixed media collages are awesome. While I was working, the band Gentlemen Auction House performed and a sock monkey walked around. I found out later the sock monkey is actually Matt Kindt, the Super Spy artist. It was exciting to realize he was there, let alone dressed like a huge sock monkey. I get star struck for local artist "celebrities." He had an awesome display set up in one the old jail cell, Mad Art Gallery is an old police station. It was tons of fun and I sold tons of stuff and I spent lots of money, so it was a good weekend. I can't wait until the next one. The next show I will (hopefully) be in is the St. Louis Craft Mafia show, Indie Valentine on Feb 2nd. See you there!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

New Necklaces

I have had these fabric pendants made for a while. They have just been sitting around because I just thought they needed something else. Well, I was at the craft store today and found a super cute owl charm and thought, "Aha! That's what it needs!" So I bought a couple of charms and added them to the pendants. I think they came out pretty cute. And I am glad to finally have them finished.

My new favorite shop on Etsy

I bought the cutest cards from And the packaging was even cuter than the cards. I didn't want to open up the different packages of cards. They were too adorable. So I took pictures of them before I opened them. So please check out this shop, it is too cute to keep to myself.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

More Strangefolk

So I have found more pictures from Strangefolk. In fact, you can see all of them here

Here is one with me hangiong out with an alien who wore one of my purses. And check out me selling to the crowds in the second one.

I applied for Rock and Roll Craft Show in December. Kepp your fingers crossed that I make it! Check out more info here:

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Something New!

I made five new necklaces that came out so cute and pretty. I love it when I can imagine something in my head and the actual end product is as good if not better than the idea. Believe me, it does not always end happily ever after. Dave's mom again sent me more buttons which I love and have added to these necklaces. Some are very old, I can tell by the card they were on or just by looking at them. I wish I had a way to tell what year they are from. I just think it would add to the story of the necklace. I am going to try to make some differnt color ones tonight. If I can ever tear myself away from Etsy.

Blog about Blogs

So I did a Google search of Saraprettyfun. I was just curious! And found this blog from one of my buyers and just thought it was so nice.
Missficklemedia has a wonderful shop of her own with so many beautiful necklaces and pendants. You should really check it out.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Nothing too exciting today with babysitting. Since it was kind of a dreary day outside, I took Ethan to the mall to play in the kids area. it was interesting to hang out with all of the moms asking me questions, like how old is he and when did he start to walk. I quickly learned that you answer the age questions in months, year and a half is not a sufficient answer.

Later on, we went to the Botanical Gardens again. We went to feed the Koi. Ethan was doing a good job tossing the food in while sitting at the edge of the pond. That was until the fish fought a little and caused a big splash. He cried and climbed all over me as I tried to stand up and not fall into the water. He was done feeding the Koi.

As we were leaving, he waved at all the people again and offered them the stick he had found.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Goodies from Strangefolk

So I wanted to show off the beautiful things I got at Strangefolk. The Etsy t-shirt was made by Ginger of Serendipity. She screen printed it and added sewn on leaves to the trees. Too cute! And I wore it all day. She also has beautiful unique necklaces with so much detail. I picked out a pretty blue and gold one and I am so in love with it.
During the show, I chatted with Denise, my neighbor behind me. Like I said in my last blog, her booth was so cute with paper chain garlands draped over it. I couldn't stop looking at it. I wish I had taken a picture of it. She had brooches clothespinned on a line in front of an old window pane. So creative! I knew I wanted one but couldn't pick out which one. Plus she had these felted cuffs with vintage buttons sewn on them and I couldn't decide which one I liked the best. I finally picked out one of each and I am so happy with them. They are so adorable!
It's a good thing I didn't have a chance to really walk around teh whole festival. I probably would have spent everything I made.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Blogs about blogs

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Strangefolk was yesterday and it was just as much fun as I had anticipated it would be! First of all, I was up until 2:30 am the night before finishing up purses! So I got 3 whole hours of sleep. But I sold every single one of the purses that I was working on so it was worth it! In fact, I sold a little of over half of my inventory! I think that is absolutely amazing! Okay I will stop using exclamation points, you get the excitement.

I lucked out with my spot because I was on the end as was able to set up a second table for all of my Scrapopolis merchandise and sneak in a rolling rack of merchandise. Plus the fortress style made a make shift dressing room for one person to try on the painty pants. And I was next to Ginger, of She had been my support for the preparation of this show. Her emails everyday helped me be super prepared and keep my sanity. Plus, we agreed to trade stuff! So I got an awesome I love Etsy shirt to wear during the show and a beautiful necklace. I love it. And her table was so ultra cute and clean looking with little white tree stands holding her necklaces. Beautiful!

Plus I ended up swapping goodies with my other neighbor, Denise of I've said it a million times before, but I think one of the most rewarding things about Pretty Fun is the opportunity I get to meet so many other wonderful artists. And Denise is one of them. She is so nice and her work is so beautiful. Her table was set up so cute with paper ring garland made from recycled paper drapped all around and a vintage ironing board to hold some of her work. She is a mixed media collage artist and had a little of everything, cards, brooches, felted bracelets, all so pretty. I traded with her for a beautiful brooch and a felted bracelet embellished with beautiful vintage buttons. Another bonus about meeting Denise, was that she works at a specialty paper store called Rock, Paper, Scissors on Main St in St. Charles. Besides having awesome paper, they hold workshops that I am definitely going to be participate in. I can't wait!

Anyhoo, back to Strangefolk. It was so much fun and such and exciting experience. There were a steady amount of people through out the whole day. There were times at my table where it was difficult o take care of everybody. I had a line for people to pay! Like I said earlier, I sold all of my new purses and my origami gift boxes were a huge hit!

I didn't get to wonder around the whole festival because I was busy but I know there was a raffle and a couple of different workshops, and there was a presentation on making yarn out of Alpaca fur with actual Aplacas on dipslay. They were so cute with their mewing sounds they made. Etsy was there handing out free stuff and a wondering plastic alien that wore one of my purses as we posed for a picture together. I wish I myself had taken more pictures, but I get so wrapped up in all of the excitement, I forget to take a lot of pictures.

So if you did not make it this year, I definitely reccommend it for next year. Plus, next year it may be two days long! Whew!

Thanks to Dad and Kareen for stopping by and getting me lunch, who knows when I could have gotten it myself. My brother and Sister-in-law, Austin and Anna stopped by with a much needed caffiene fix in the form of a Coke. And Yay! for Jana and Kris stopping by and buying some stuff. Plus, I saw an old friend of mine, Kathy who is going to give me the hook ups on pakaging for mailing.

Now, I need to start getting ready for the Rock and Roll Craft Show that I wasn't sure I was going to participate in but after Strangefolk, I have changed my mind. I even had one customer scold me for even hesitating in participating in it. RRCS is two days long and the first week of December, so I need to start getting ready for that.

Babysitting Ethan

Second week of babysitting and this time we went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I have lucked out both times babysitting. Last week at the zoo, I found out the Children's Zoo is free from 9am to 10 am and this week I found out that the Gardens are free to St Louis residents. Wahoo!

We started the morning with a quick stop at World's Fair Donuts. Best donuts I have ever had. I would swear on my life they are the best cake donuts in the world. And one of the cheapest places to get donuts. I got two donuts, a coffe, and an orange juice for $2.60! It's just a little shop about a block away from the Botanical Gardens. A lady runs the counter as (I'm assuming,) her husband makes the donuts on a counter behind her. Now usually when I have been there, the lady at the counter is kind of grouchy. You had better know what you want before you get in there. You will not get greeted with a smile if you hem and haw for a milisecond over what kind of donut you want. But today, with a cute baby in my arms, she was all smiles. I will be sure to have Ethan when I go back there.

We lucked out with another beautiful day. We started in the Children's Garden. Ethan loved climbing the robe bridge. I had to hang onto his hands as we climbed down this wobbly, steep, swaying bridge. I thought for sure I was going over the side. And then he wanted to climb back up it, and then back down it. We climbed it for a while. Then we checked out some water funtains and a stream and a waterfall. Ethan loves anything to do with water. He would gleefully run to the edge of ponds and streams while my heart skipped a beat that I was going to have to fish him out. Then we rode down the slide. We stopped at the bottom and I said "wasn't that fun?!" I was answered with a wailing sob. Okay, no more slides.

We climbed some more steps and the bridge a little a few more times and then tried to move on when he discovered a carved wooden boat. We watched as about 5 or 6 girls piled into it and began to pretend to row the boat with their arms. They climbed out then Ethan climbed in and loved it. He wouldn't get out for 20 minutes. Even as many other kids climbed in and out of it, he just sat and watched from his end of the boat. And it was super adorable when I sat with him in it and sang "Row, row, row, Your Boat," he would make rowing motions with his arms like he had seen the girls do and mumble his way through the song. So cute! We finished the boat experience by jumping off the front edge of the boat becasue he had seen an older kid do it earlier.

Then he discovered one of the Champungu sculptures that lookes like little hens. I love the pictures because they look like they are all looking at him. He kept running up and petting them.

We walked around the Gardens to make our way to the Japanese Gardens. Ethan waved at every single person we walked past. We stopped to feed the fish but they seemed to be full because not a lot of them came up as we tried to feed them.

We then started to make our way back to the front of the Gardens because it was close to nap time. We stopped at the fountains in the rose gardens where we watched two kids playing in the water. Ethan would start to run into the fountain but would stop just short of hitting the water and make a quick u-turn. Then the kids started running the U shape of the fountain so Ethan joined in, only a couple feet outside of the water. It was pretty funny.

Ended the day again at the Disney Store. Ethan would not take a nap all day, so I am sure I returned a really grouchy baby to Dad at 4 o clock.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

First Day of Babysitting

I have the awesome task of babysitting my nephew, Ethan, every Wednesday from now until the end of October (at least). Last Wednesday was my first day and it was so beautiful that I wnated to take him to the zoo. The day started off with me picking him up from his mom's work. There was a brief moment when he was in his car seat and he realized mom was not going with us and his bottom lip curled up and tears started rolling down his face. No screaming, no sobbing. Just heartbreaking tears falling down his cheeks. Now I don't know about you but I know when I cry like that it's a cry that hurts my heart. Now imagine having that feeling everyday when you are left with a babysitter because you just aren't old enough to realize that it's not forever. Okay, it's going to make me cry just thinking about it.
And it didn't last that long anyway. Mom gave him a bowl full of apples, he was set and we were on our way to the zoo. He even excitedly pointed out every car, truck and tree along the way.
So then we get to the zoo, I successfully open up the stroller and get Ethan loaded in. I push him though the front door and head towards the gate we have to pass through to get in. Holding open the gate is a 3 or 4 year old boy. His mom passes through. I wait for him to let it close but he is still holding it open. We make eye contact and I start to push Ethan through. Just as Ethan's feet are millimeters away BAM!!! the kid throws the gate shut. I couldn't believe it! That little brat was trying to cause bodily harm on my little nephew. I came this close of picking up this demon child and throwing him into the lion's pit. I'm sure mom would not have noticed because she was completely oblivious to what her little tyrant just did.
Okay, deep breath and move on. I find out the children's zoo is free from 9 to 10. Awesome! We go check out the meer kats, bunnies and naked mole rats. At one point, Ethan is running around looking at everything and ends up right behind and adults legs just as he is turning around. Of course he gets bulldozed and knocks his little noggin on the concrete floor. So much for my goal of sending him back home with no scratches or bruises. He cried for a second and then started pointing out the bunnies again.
We cruised around the zoo again. He seemed to like the elephants a lot, yelling and waving his arms during the elephant walk. He also yelled at the giraffes for a while. Then we went to bird cage where I showed him what button to push to open the handicap door. So we ended up doing that for a while.
Luch and naptime passed and then we only had about an hour left before I had to drop him off with dad so we stopped by the Disney store. He threw some balls around and danced to Hannah Montana with Mary and Courtney and then it was already time to go. The day went by so fast but that night I was so exhausted. But it was a good exhausted. I can't wait until next Wednesday

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yay for Bloggers!

One of my customers let me know that she found me on someone else's blog Yay! Many thanks to for featuring my Paper Scrap Necklace. I sold both of them that I posted and will be making more. Here is a link to the blog post:

And another many thanks to peacekit1970 for letting me know about it.
I will be posting more, but if you would like one just convo me in my store.