I'm back! Yo.
Thank you for your patience, I hope you all had a lovely summer.
I've heard about a few upcoming *gasp*... challenges. My skin crawled at the mere reading of the word. But these come from really cool, trustworthy, tried-and-true mini bloggers. So I'll gladly participate, hope you consider. The first one that's officially on the books is from Call of the Small!
This is an item-specific challenge, but these things are really cool. Trust me, you'll want (more than) one. The cubebots are sold by AREAWARE, and are reasonably priced. On top of that, AREAWARE is giving a site-wide discount to participants (details here). I've ordered mine, and I'm looking forward to playing around with them. Like any 80's kid with a Transformer, my inner child squeals with delight at a big-girls version: real hardwood quality construction, a dude that doesn't talk back, and becomes furniture...) I got shipping confirmation in my inbox moments ago. Tuesday, baby. The deadline for submission of photos is December 1. So if you're in, don't procrastinate.
Also, it looks like Modern Mini Houses is planning a 'free samples challenge'. Date to be determined. I've been starting to collect things that I think qualify as free-samples. The challenge is to create a scene using free samples in however way you interpret. Awesome. Free is my favorite price.
For both of these challenges, aside from a few necessities, such as 7 of these:...
(So as to get the free shipping, and the 20% coupon. These will make great stocking stuffers for the nephews and nieces, if I decide I ever want to give them up. Not likely.)
...I will be attempting not to spend any extra money. I have a very well stocked craft room, and I need a lesson in appreciating what I have, instead of splurging on what I want. I will only purchase additional supplies if absolutely necessary, or unreasonably cheap
But alas, woe is me. Wherever will I create these scenes for challenges? Surely not the dollhouse. Only one unfinished room, and a horror show to photograph. I don't even want to think about it.
"I must fashion a roombox!" I exclaimed out-loud to myself. I've got a ton of supplies. I'm sure with minimal funds I can make something to suit quick change scenes, and also display products for the impending Etsy shop. It'll have to be so specific to my needs and aesthetic that I can't simply kit-bash something. It'll be home-designed and made.This will be my first task of the season, and I'll walk you through my process in case you decide such a structure is necessary. I'll explain and report any expenses, give how-to's, techniques, and show you how lucky I am at getting free stuff. It's unfair.
Above is a quick sampling of items I'll likely use, and below, the newest addition to the craft stash.
Free fabric scraps from a quilter-friend! Psych!
I really hope this hoarding habit will pay off here...
Let the games begin.