Christmas in July

WHAT?!? I know, nobody is ready to think about Christmas yet, but if you want your product or gifts to be ready for the holidays, you have to start early. Starting in May, I began developing my idea for mini, single-use ornament looms and they are now ready!

Above and below are samples that I designed. You can totally make these your own heirloom ornaments to keep or give as gifts or you can give the kit to your crafty friends. Paint them or leave them raw, back them with felt, fabric paper, etc., embellish with sequins, beads, puffy paint, embroidery and/or crochet, drill a small hole(s) to hang beads, tassels, etc. Limitless possibilities, really. They are also a great way to use all those yarn scraps!!

Blue_Green_comboI have two kits available in my Etsy store:

Full set includes: 4 mini looms, tiny beater, warp string, 2 tapestry needles (straight and bent tip), felt backing and glue.

Basic kit

The individual set includes: 1 mini loom, tiny beater, warp string, 2 tapestry needles (straight and bent tip).

single set

I will also be releasing a larger version of the tree. Instead of a wreath, you can weave a unique decoration for your door.

Of course, as a pet lover, I had to work up some dog and cat ornaments. I will also be making larger versions of these that can be used as wall hangings to honor or memorialize a pet. You can even drill a small hole to hang their tag!!

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Also, in the works are a butterfly, a monkey and a nursery set (sun, moon and stars). So much work to be done still, but I think you are really going to like these. Follow me in Instagram @casamarengostudio for updates and design ideas

Linen scarves & bags

I have been working like a crazy person to get ready for my holiday sale. I rent a gallery space at the Avenue 50 Studio complex and every year they have a holiday sale that I decided to participate in since I am already there (as least until the end of the month). It’s a Saturday night/Sunday day sale. So, I show up Saturday night and there is an art opening happening, but no vendors. WHAT?? Where is everybody? It turns out I had the wrong weekend and had been advertising the wrong dates all over town for over 2 weeks. It’s next weekend. The good news is that since there was an art opening, people showed up and I sold a lot of stuff. Now I have to make more for next weekend. I sold out of the coasters and most of the hotpads (which I had posted earlier).

Here are the scarves and wristlets. The designs are based on my artwork.

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Well, I’d better get crackin’ if I want to have stuff to sell next weekend.