Christmas crazy

meDo you also feel like time is just being sucked into a hole and you didn’t get to use it before it went? I feel like I am just a spectator of it at the moment. I can’t even get a whiff of it. Time that is…

Still trying to get the Christmas shopping together but it is a slow process. On top of it I have to get stuff that will fit in a USPS “if it fits it ships” box or no one will enjoy them anyway. All my gifts are leaving the country and heading to Sweden where my family is. Well no one will get anything unless I find stuff.. Damn it! I knew I should have started in August!

I am currently absorbed in tasks that have nothing to do with Christmas. Planning a beef and beer fundraising event to help a friend who just got diagnosed with neropancreatic and lung cancer… Hopefully we can get enough money to make a difference. If you care to donate or help out just go here: Stand up 4 Kevin

On Saturday it is wedding time. Another friend is getting married! She is like my American sister in fact. Her parents really took me in when I moved here. So to stay on budget for the wedding I was first going to rent a dress from RentTheRunway instead of buying one I would probably only wear once. But then I decided to go even cheaper and is now MAKING a dress instead. Stupid decision since I really do NOT have time for such a thing… But that is me. Planning is EASY – sticking to the plan is another story! And ideas come and go… they seem great in the beginning… Me in a nutshell

So in the midst of thingsBruno4, I am still trying to work my regular job, learn applied Kinesiology and muscle testing, keep up with my Etsy orders, teach dance once a week, be a wife, a dog owner, eat, sleep and exercise.. I honestly feel I don’t have the energy to give each task my fullest attention and I hate it! But at least I never have to be bored 🙂 Life is good after all!! 😀

How are you all doing? Are you going Christmas crazy too??

Up-cycle challenge in progress

So far I have cut out all the new pieces from my old dress and hope that my new one will be a little bit more attractive in real life as in my head.

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Recycle/UpCycle Challenge

My beloved Etsy Team: Daily Dose of Handmade is having a challenge:
To recycle and up-cycle something!!

Wanna Join the challenge? They are giving out a price to one winner and this is a great opportunity to do something that should have been done a long time ago. At least that is the case for me.

I have this dress I made a year and a half ago. Inspired by the second Sex and the City movie… only it didn’t turn out so “Sex and the City”.. I ended up wearing it anyway for a wedding. A few months later my hubby and I bought a house and had a hose warming party with a bonfire in the back yard. My husband challenged all guests to bring something fun to burn as a competition. And he asked me to burn this dress… he hates it and refers to it as “the table cloth”!! LOL!!

So this is a great opportunity to make some improvements to this dress… or at least use the fabric to make something else…

JOIN ME in this Challenge – Click Here for details

What got Candie Ink started?

I don’t think I can say WHAT it was that got me started. I have always been a girl with an imagination and love for creating, ever since I was very young. Colors have always been my thing. My eyes are just drawn to it.

When I graduated from High School in 1999 I signed up for a one year, full time, fashion design and sewing program. I learned everything about pattern making, fabric care, and different techniques of sewing and knitting. It was an incredible year and after that I was creating and selling a lot of custom made dance costumes that were worn by many of the Swedish National dance team dancers at multiple World and European championships as well as National competitions. It became a great source of income as I was going through college. Even back then I called my brand Candie Ink, named after my first dog.

The prints and cards idea didn’t come until a lot later. It was actually in 2007, a week before Thanksgiving that the idea of doing animal prints for kids fell on top of me as I was taking a power nap. The same afternoon I bought a scanner/printer and stayed up all night drawing on paper, scanning my images, and finally worked on coloring them in photoshop. I could not stop thinking about it. It took me about a week to get my six first prints to where I wanted them. I printed them and brought them along with me for my one week trip to the US to visit my boyfriend at the time. That week, I sold my prints to a local baby store and my boyfriend asked me to marry him! It was a crazy week but getting everything ready to get married and moving to a new country kind of left my project on hold. I didn’t follow up with the local baby store to see if they wanted more and my prints were buried in a box for a few years.

In late 2009 I decided to dig up the box again and open up shop on Etsy. My idea from the beginning was always to get my prints on canvas and never on paper. But I couldn’t afford to buy a high duty Epson printer that can handle canvas so I tried to print my images on regular cotton fabric instead. It turned out ok – but the colors were not as bright as on regular paper, so I vetoed that idea pretty fast. Then I decided to transfer my prints to stencils to screen print them on canvas. That didn’t work at all LOL!!! I did however make some screen printed t-shirts and onesies with some modifications of my prints and that WORKED pretty good! But the idea on having my animals as wall art was kind of disappearing in my mind (since I didn’t see any other way beyond having them on canvas). So instead of focusing on my prints, I started sewing again. I started making little kids clothes but realized that it took too long and I didn’t even know if they were going to be sold. The reproduction was very labor intensive and got boring. I liked the custom made dance costume scenario so much better!

At this point in my life I was also going through a very hard time with my health. So I didn’t care about creating anymore. I didn’t even have energy to create. So my shop was left in the dark and I even forgot my password to it…

In September last year (2011) my husband and I bought our first home which meant that I got my very own arts and craft room! So it was time… Candie Ink needed to be woken up and I haven’t looked back since. Now it is clear to me that whomever you are; you have to start with what you got. Paper is the thing now and maybe one day in the future I can move on to canvas, who knows, and at this point who cares – let’s worry about now for the moment.

So, I still do not know what got me started but I can say that I only have gotten started and my imagination will for sure lead me to new creations and adventures… Hopefully you will be with me!