Sunday, August 31, 2008
Mark your calendars! The holiday season is quickly approaching and we are starting to book our holiday craft show. We just got word over the weekend that we will be appearing at the
SOWA Holiday Market show this Dec 13th & 14th. If you live in or near the Boston area, this is a great show that is full of really talented artistans. Hope to you see you there this December!
Check out our website for more updates on upcoming shows and events.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We categorize them by the holiday and they are stackable. They are clear, so it's easy to see what is inside quickly. Whenever we are in need of inspiration for any holiday we can just pull the box out.
Here is a sample of the halloween/autumn box
Here is one of the holiday boxes.
We also purchase a lot of holiday magazines –we've mentioned this before here. When we get overwhelmed with them or if we feel that they are taking over the studio we cut them up and take the pictures we want and put them in a box.
Then we will go through them and categorize them. We'll lay them out and tape them to a piece of paper and slip them into non glare sheet protectors and then put them into binders. We use these great binders we found by Russell & Hazel. The orange binder is dedicated to colors & pattern, the white binder is for christmas and the green is for all other holidays: valentines, halloween and easter.
This approach makes it so much easier to go through all those articles and pictures you wanted to save. You can use page dividers to separate sections. This will cut down clutter in your work space. This approach has saved us time searching for images and has freed up valuable shelf space. It's always a on going project, but well worth it. So if you have tons of magazine laying around your home why not try and organize them in your very own binder or box.
Here are some pages samples
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
...our new Fall & Halloween ornament collection. We are putting the final touches on them this week, and are planning a to have a Sept 1st launch. Once we have the collection up, we will post a fun little how-to craft, showing you how you can create your very own eyeball tree topper.
I'm not sure if it was Kanga or Pacal who was by the glass but we did realize later that they just had a new baby cub called Chessie –born on May 31st. So that could explain it..... it was pure exhaustion!
This is as close as Gryffin would get.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The other day we happen to see the new commercial for Martha Crafts, now available at Walmart. We just had to check it out. We are always looking for new and fun craft tools for the studio and also just for pure inspiration.
We don't scrapbook here at Swirly but you would never know that with all the materials we pick up. The possibilities are endless of what you can do with the fun embellishments that are out on the market now. We mostly use them for inspiration but we also are playing with adding them to new ornament designs. Talking about inspiration, in an upcoming blog entry we'll post pictures of our inspiration boxes the stuff we collect for upcoming holidays.
These scissors are a must for everybody's craft room. We have one of Martha's available at Michaels, but could always use a second one.
We picked up this white glitter pack. We are always looking out for real nice sparkly clear or white glitter to enhance our ornaments. Some glitters just don't have the right sparkle.
We actually got in touch with the Glitter Fairy. She is Martha's go to girl on glitter on her TV show. Check out her site, she loves to glitter. She gave us some great resources on which brands and types to try for our ornaments.
These were just a few of the items we picked up. There were lots of kits, rubber stamps, scrapbook paper, stickers and a whole wedding collection. We think it's worth a trip to check them out. You can bet we'll be there to see what she has planned for the fall and the upcoming holidays.
Monday, August 4, 2008
We created mini replica ornaments of your wedding or special occasion cake. A section that was extremely popular and continues to be even though we haven't had info posted on our new site for the past year. Well, you'll all be happy to know we will be adding it back to our website again in early 2009. Here is how we came upon creating these wonderful pieces:
When Lianne and Paul married in 2000, their biggest challenge wasn’t planning the wedding, designing the invitation, or figuring out the seating chart. It was more about finding the perfect “1st Christmas together” ornament for their tree.
Since they married in October, they thought it would be easy to find one
in the coming months. But the task proved to be too difficult.
Since they were already in the production stage of some of their Swirly Designs holiday ornaments they tried their hand at making a custom ornament for themselves. And what symbol would be more perfect than their own wedding cake, which was originally designed by Lianne?Their first attempt was a success! A friend saw it on their tree and immediately put an order in for one of her own. Since then, Lianne has been perfecting her skill in recreating unique cake designs from photographs provided by her customers. These specialty ornaments are ideal for wedding, birthday, Valentine’s Day or anniversary gifts. To learn more about how you can have Lianne create a replica Wedding Cake Ornament.
Creating a mini replica of the cake is extremely challenging. To make sure your piece looks proportionate to the original cake design, we study the pictures very carefully and map out what size it should be. Lianne prides herself in details, so she really tries to capture every little flower, swirl, dot and ribbon she can see from the supplied photos.
Painting the flowers on the top of the cake to match the photograph.
Here are some finished samples we have done over the years. We really strive to make each ornament special and capture that personal touch for each couple. As an added gift to the couple, we include a hand painted painted gift box matching the look of the cake. Each cake has the couples name and date on the bottom of the ornament.
Friday, August 1, 2008
This week it's all about Halloween at Swirly Designs! We're in full swing of our Halloween collection production and to get inspired we have the halloween tree we purchased a few weeks ago displayed proudly in our studio. Showcasing some of our last years best sellers.
We even started reading a cool new book about vampires called Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
The picture above is a sneak peek of our early prototypes of the mini swirly ghost. They still need to be sanded, painted and possibly glittered etc etc.
We just couldn't wait to show you guys. Have a spooktacular weekend!