make time to make.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
foodie magnet set
Originally uploaded by space oddities
I finally received the parts I was waiting on for the new button maker! Yay! I spent some of my night experimenting and making magnets and mirrors. The set you see here is 3 magnets made from dictionary definitions - Epicure, Gourmet, Delicious. Perfect set for the foodie in your life.
I also made a batch of mirrors with pretty wrapping paper and will begin adding these designs to my shop this week!
I heart my new button maker!!
I was looking at this forum thread on etsy by meringueshop yesterday and it really got me thinking about the upcoming holiday season. Last year's holiday season on etsy was fantastic but it could have been better if I had been more organized and efficent with keeping my shop stocked with inventory. This thread along with a few other holiday related threads on the etsy forums have given me some good ideas/inspiration on how to get my shop ready for the upcoming months. It's crazy how fast it's come again!
Okay well I'll leave you with this xmen pin set. It makes me happy. I know that it's the obvious choice, but I really love Wolverine. He's superawesome.
Monday, July 28, 2008
The yard sale was a bust. We were all kind of crabby, got eaten up by mosquitos and only made twenty dollars. The only good thing is that we got rid of a LOT of stuff. At the end of the day I left a ton on the curb and took the rest to goodwill. That alone made it worth it!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Well, the weekend is here again. Today my sister-in-law and I are having a rummage sale. I hope to unload some of our massive book collection along with a lot of other random things. Rummage sales are great in theory but what this really translates into is an entire day out in the sun chasing 4 kids and negotiating with strangers. Wish me luck!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Originally uploaded by space oddities
My baby girl is going to be two in a couple of weeks. Where does the time go?? The picture here shows her frolicking out near my grandpa's farm last weekend at the wedding.
The weekend was alright. The road trip portion of the weekend was a little bit hellish but everything else was okay. The kids got to play outside a lot, see family and eat lots of sugar on Saturday. On Sunday we killed time in the morning at a little flea market/street fair and ended up buying a few fun items including a 1970s Barbie Airplane toy thing. It closes up into a carrying case with a handle and just looks super rad. I need to get a photo and share the awesomeness. The lady was only asking $3 so I couldn't pass it up. Chad got a Battlestar Galactica lunch box and a Pac-Man lunch box. Nice.
Well, what can I say. Things are changing at the Thorson household! Chad is quitting his full time gig! Starting this weekend he will start hunting for a very part time job and start working full force to make Space Oddities and Atom Kid more of a full time gig. We really have no idea what this will mean for us financially and have no idea what exactly we need to do do make it work. We have been brainstorming to try to figure these things out and make some simple first goals to see if we can pull it off. The only thing I know for sure is this: I miss my husband. I'm super excited about the possibility of spending more time with him and as a family. Since my almost 4 year old was a baby, Chad and I have been working opposite shifts to be home with him and our daughter, me full time during the day at a phone company and him full time nights and weekends (6 days a week) at a bookstore. I've had enough and so has he. We are ready for a change and have just decided to go for it.
Now if only I could quit my day job, too.
Someday? I hope! But for now I will just be grateful for every extra moment I can spend with my family.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Super Mario Bros.
And some cuddly forest friends for good measure!
I also busted out my sticker maker and made some super cute sticker sets featuring handstamped birds on fun dotty paper. I'll post pictures soon.
All of these items will be listed in my shop this week. I am on a making kick! I wish there were more hours in the day!
Friday, July 18, 2008
I really wanted to see Batman at the drive-in tonight but there was just too much to do. Hopefully we can pull it off on Sunday night. Instead I did laundry, got the kids sort of packed for the weekend, and found some 'fancy' clothes for them to wear to the wedding. As far as me...I have no idea what to wear. I think it's going to have to be super casual because it's going to be hot! As super casual as a wedding will allow, anyway.
well, that's all I've got for tonight. I'll leave you with a few fun new things I've made this week.
Fruit of the Oak Picture Frame
Alphabet Magnet Set
Lord of the Rings note card
Have a lovely weekend!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This year I plan to bring pins, magnets and note cards featuring images saved from damaged comic books, screen printed shirts and cards with fun original images (think robots and unicorns!) and lots of other Space Oddities goodies! I'm hoping that Chad will be able to take the weekend off to vend with me, but even if he can't I will definitely bring along some of his awesome goodies.
This year's con is on September 27 & 28.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Well somehow I managed to turn 30 this week.
It was a nice birthday. I had a delicious dinner with my husband and kids. I ate cake. I got some nice gifts including flowers and unbelievable handmade chocolate from the amazing Gail Ambrosius. I didn't stick my head in an oven and barely feel a year older. Life is good.
In other news, I finally registered a domain name for Space Oddities. All of the most obvious names were taken so I'm going with www.space-oddities.com. For now this domain will just go directly to my etsy shop. Eventually I hope to develop a lovely site that will be an all encompassing stop for everything space oddities. But yeah, that may take awhile.
I would leave you with a photo of 30th birthday treats but my computer is being wonky and does not want to let me upload it. Maybe tomorrow?! Good night!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here are a couple of cards I made tonight. This one was made with an image saved from a vintage childrens' book
And this card features a removable flat magnet. A card and gift in one! The image is from a 1960s sewing book.
I found tons of flat magnet supplies and lots of blank cards and card stock that I had completely forgotten about. I also have loads of fabric that would be great for a few simple projects. If I keep digging this stuff up I'm not going to get much done in the way of organizing, ha!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I made another batman vs. superman pin set tonight because I dig them the most and think they would make for the ultimate duel. I really like both of these superheroes so I have no idea who I'd choose to win in an actual duel. When I was in Texas last week I watched Batman Begins with my brother-in-law. It was amazing! I loved Christian Bale in the role and I think he's my favorite Batman yet. And Tom Welling (Smallville) makes a pretty awesome Superman.
Well, enough about superheroes, I guess I should get some sleep. This weekend I plan to gut my basement and set up a dedicated studio space. I'm super excited and hope I can accomplish lots. I'll take pictures when I've got it all sorted out. I'm very excited to finally have a sort of organized space for space oddities!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
*road trip to Austin with my dad
*lots of fun food, good record stores and did you realize how huge the Whole Foods in Austin is? Sheesh!
*house hunting, job searching, busy busy craziness
*two queasy flights & I was reunited with the fam in madison, long talk with husband, decided we are staying put in Madison for now
*wishing my car wasn't 1200 miles away in my brother-in-law's driveway
*fun 4th of July celebration with my brother's family. my kids dig fireworks the most
*successful yard sale but I need to have another for sure
*made some vintage comic book sticker packs, aren't they pretty?
Well, it's 2am and it's back to reality (work!) for me tomorrow. Have a lovely week!