I was at Walmart this morning, and I saw these cute little ghosts. I said to my husband, “Wouldn’t they be cute hanging from our tree?” And he said, “You could make that.” The original ghost was $3.98 each. I went back to the craft section and picked up some plain white cotton fabric, some Styrofoam balls, and some pipe cleaners. Total cost = $7.00 and enough materials to make 6 ghosts, but I could have bought one less pack of cloth ($6.00 total).
My Halloween theme this year is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. So I started to make my props already. One of the props I started with is the PA system. I made this prop from this photo. It’s not a complete view of the PA system, so I had to make some stuff up.
I have not been to the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival yet, but I am definitely going to go next year. Next year’s event will take place April 6, 7, and 8, 2018 at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
For me, the Handmade Arcade is like Christmas. I get giddy with excitement and this was only my second one! I had already purchased my Early Birdie tickets and my husband came with me again to keep my company (and drive me). There are 170+ vendors! We arrived way too early, 9:30 and hung out until Early Birdie shopping started.
A local movie house hosted a spectacular event called 24 Hours of Harry Potter back in February. The theater, Row House Cinema, is located in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, which is a bit of a hipsterish part of the city. My friends, Connie and Trisha, decided to go and we thankfully snatched up tickets quick, because they sold out. The theater was playing all of the Harry Potter movies over a 24-hour period starting at midnight on a Friday night and running to midnight on Saturday with short breaks between the movies and a breakfast and a dinner break.
My full Luna Lovegood costume, but I blinked. If only I was wearing my glasses. Sigh.
I wanted to get Early Birdie tickets to the Handmade Arcade. Last year was my first Handmade Arcade, and it was a wonderland of Handmade goods, a convention center filled with a giant craft show. Many of the vendors include goods that are up-cycled as well. I enjoyed shopping there and talking to vendors and Christmas shopping, so this is on my to-do list this year. And last year I was able to get Early Birdie tickets pretty easily. The event itself is free, but for $15, you can get in an hour earlier than everyone else, plus you get a swag bag with some little treats and coupons. Once the people start to come in the place gets pretty packed, so I’ll pay to get in a little early.
Cute card with two kitties and a heart that I bought for my husband.
Well this year I went to buy my tickets, but they were no longer available online. Starting Monday they will sell a limited number of $10 tickets, but those tickets exclude the swag bag. But! The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh still had some tickets left. I was feeling kind of drained today and I wanted to take a nap, but my husband said I should get over there today to get my tickets before they were all gone.
I headed over there and OMG! It is like a mini Handmade Arcade there. The place is filled with all kinds of locally made products including jewelry, soaps, decorative items, Christmas ornaments, art, photography, clothes, accessories, etc. They even have an art exhibit downstairs. If only the holidays were not coming, I could have gone nuts in there, but I’m trying to watch my spending. Sure, I could Christmas shop in there, but mostly I wanted the stuff for myself. Lol. Oh well. I did end up buying a cute card for my husband with two cats and a heart and it says “love.” Perfect for crazy cat people in love. Lol
Long story short, I got my tickets and they only had two more after mine were purchased, so my husband was right. Anyway, if you are in the Pittsburgh area, check out Handmade Arcade next Saturday. And maybe check out the Artsmiths of Pittsburgh sometime. Tons of cute stuff. Lots to look at and hopefully buy, to support local artisans.
A little over a year ago, my friend and I were at a Fall Festival at a historic house outside Pittsburgh. We got to the festival and explored the house and checked out the vendors and exhibits. While we were looking around, we saw a lady on a spinning wheel. I stopped and asked her questions and asked if I could try it, and she let me spin my own yarn on the spinning wheel.
Photo Op at the Fall Festival.
OMG! I was hooked; it was so cool to sit there and pull wool and make yarn! I was able to spin a little bit of my own yarn on the spinning wheel and I thought this was the most incredible thing ever. I was ready to run out and buy my own spinning wheel, but common sense told me to slow down a little.
A little piece of yarn I made at the Fall Festival.
I did however do a little research and I found some drop spindles that are a lot more affordable and I found a YouTube video with a tutorial on how to use the drop spindle by MegganERisk. I enjoyed this video and some of her others, she’s fun and I found her easy to follow, not too slow and not too fast.
So, I went and bought a drop spindle on Amazon and I bought some roving and I started to spin my own yarn. As predicted, my yarn spinning days were short-lived, so I’m glad I did not invest in the spinning wheel right away. lol There is just not enough time in the day to do all of the crafts I want to do. And I guess spinning took a back seat, but I have gained an appreciation of the art of making yarn. I still want to spin yarn and I think I will continue to do it as time permits, but it is not my primary hobby.
My first spun yarn on a drop spindle.