Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Sleeves

I finished the new sleeves last night and sewed them in this morning. I think they look much better than the first sleeves and look very similar to the portrait. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Just eat the damn frog already! LOL

Monica at ScrapFreak posted a daily inspiration recently about "eating the frog" or doing the most important task first then moving on. I've piddled away the whole day on other projects without eating my frog by making new sleeves for the loose gown and they need to be done before Saturday! I'm torn between doing a short puff sleeve so the sleeve of the gown underneath will show or doing a long sleeve for a bit more warmth. I just can't decide! On the plus side I did go pick up the beads I was waiting for from Hobby Lobby and made a new front drop for my girdle to replace the one that was lost at the renfest Labor Day weekend. I stopped by Home Depot for a couple of paint stir sticks and added a busk pocket to my corset and slid a paint stick in. I also picked up some gray fleece that I cut into a cloak for Tom to wear with his garb when it is cold.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Time to eat my words.

Okay, so a while back I posted that as much as I liked the look of Kat's zimarra and used it as the inspiration for mine I hadn't seen any examples of a short puff sleeve on a loose gown.

Look what I found today while browsing the Portrait of the Month archives at The Realm of Venus.

Domenico Riccio (Il Brusasorci), before 1567: Portrait of a Lady

Off the change those elbow length sleeves now. :D

Thursday, October 09, 2008


This etsy thing has been eating up a lot more time than I thought it would! I haven't even been making anything, just listing stuff already in my stash, but the photographing, editing the pics, and listing has been taking up a couple of hours a day! The good news is that I got my first sale yesterday and made my first purchase so I hoping that people will be more willing to buy once they see some feedback. I also was added to the list of participants in Mission Soldier Support which means that I have made a donation of handmade cards for our servicemen and women to use to send holiday greetings home and buyers may choose to donate their holiday card purchases as well. MSS info is posted in my shop welcome at

Thursday, October 02, 2008


My etsy shop The Happy Stamper!
Enjoy browsing my unique handmade papercrafts for the perfect card and/or gift for a friend or that unique home decor accent for yourself. But don't be surprised if you run across the occasional non-paper crafty item because I love to play with my supplies and try new things!

I make waaay more cards than I ever send out (I estimate my stash to be approximately 500 cards) and have several mini albums and altered items that I have made for classes or dt assignments but never used but I enjoy the creative process so much that I just keep on making more! I'm hoping all those people who say that they don't have time to make cards themselves will appreciate the beauty and craftmanship that goes into my handmade items and purchase them so that I don't have to get a "real job" to cover our ever increasing household expenses.

Here's a sampling of some of the items currently listed.