Sunday, August 28, 2011

Changes for Moss Garden

As some of you might have noticed, I recently created a Facebook page for Moss Garden (see the right side of the page), so if you click "Like" then you'll be notified automatically through Facebook about new blog posts! For those who don't already use Google Reader or Bloglovin', this Facebook page may make my blog easier to follow.
If you've already seen my new business cards, you'll notice that I added two new items to my roster of subjects: music and book recommendations. Some people have emailed me requesting suggestions on these subjects, so I thought I would make it official. Also, I'll probably throw in some movie recommendations now and then, so I hope everyone enjoys these additions!

Also, I want to thank everyone who's been reading. I've been writing this blog for over a year now, and even though I don't always have time to update, but I appreciate your comments and email!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Otakon Tea Party photos

Here are some photos taken at the Otakon tea party hosted by myself and fellow American designers and blogs Morrigan NYC, I Do Declare, Perianth, and Tea, Love, Crochet! Here we are greeting the guests with candy and a raffle number:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Otakon Tea Party crafts

I'm so pleased with how this tea party went! Thanks to all the hard work of my co-hosts, we were able to pull everything off without a hitch. For my contribution to the gift bags, I made a combination brooch and hair accessory:
I cut some green velvet into leaf shapes and hand-stitched them together, then added lace remnant circles, paper leaves, and paper roses. The finishing touch is the miniature key charm, which dangles from a pearl chain. These accessories look good worn as a hair accessory on the side of the head, or perhaps worn as a brooch on a jacket lapel or pinning up a scarf. As you can see in the photo below, I made four color varieties: lavender, mocha, cream, and pink.
I attached my new blog business cards to each favor with some ribbon. I ordered them on Etsy a few weeks ago and I'm really happy with how they turned out! One side has my information and the other has a lovely damask pattern in light blue and cream.
For the main raffle prize, I made a necklace in antiqued bronze with a leaf pendant. The design is fairly understated, so I think it can be worn with practically anything. Those little swallow-in-flight connector charms end up in almost all the jewelry I make.
There were also little bags of Jordan almonds for each guest, so I put them in a basket I decorated (which also ended up being the raffle prize basket). The robin's egg blue organza treat bags and bird decorations gave the basket a distinct "nest" impression.
In my next entry, I'll post photos of the event itself!