Please vote for Andy, SpiritMedia

My son Andy entered Downeast Magazine’s photo contest.  His photos are the first 3 in the photo gallery.  Please check them out and vote if you like them.  I’d love to see him win this.  He has a lot of challenges in his life being autistic, so this would be a huge boost to his confidence.  Thanks for your help!

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10th Anniversary (and a coupon code!)

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This year is the 10th anniversary of Suncatcher Craft Eyes!  Ten years ago I began selling Suncatcher Craft Eyes on Etsy, and a few years later the website was developed.

As a thank you for all your support over these last 10 years, I have created a coupon code for 20% off all orders.

Thank you for 10 wonderful years!

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Thank you all so much for your support through these last 10+ years.  Every day I feel so grateful and blessed to be able to run this business and play with colors all day.  It’s honestly a dream come true.  As a little girl I wanted to grow up and color movie cells (before the age of digital films).  This business comes pretty darn close to my dream.  I couldn’t have come this far without all of you, my wonderful customers.

A little over 10 years ago, my business began on Etsy with crocheted hats and dolls and things.  That led me to using craft eyes.  I became bored with them very quickly and thought there should be more colorful choices, and that is when Suncatcher Craft Eyes was born.

Ten years later and here I am, working with incredible crafters and artists who amaze me every day with their creativity.  I love seeing everyone’s different styles of crafting and the new patterns and projects you create.

Thank you for allowing me to be a tiny part of your projects.  I look forward to many more years of working with you.

Michelle

Glow-in-the-dark Craft Eyes

glowing-adglowing-adglowIt’s that time of year again.  Fall is almost here, and Halloween is less than 2 months away.  Click the image above to shop for your glow-in-the-dark craft eyes.

Happy crafting!

Time to prepare for the holidays!

order earlyIt’s that time of year again.  Summer is almost over, and school will be starting soon.  Then there’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  These are all wonderful crafting opportunities, but they’re also the reason I get really busy this time of year.

I would like to encourage you to plan ahead and get your orders in early this year.  My busy season seems to start earlier every year.  I’m stocking up to be prepared for all orders big or small.

Usually by October I have to extend the order preparation time from 5 to 7 business days to 7 to 10 business days.  I hate to do it, but it’s necessary in order to get everyone’s order filled in a timely manner.  This extension lasts until around February or March.

To help you stock up, there are 2 active coupon codes:

HAPPY2016 – save 10% off any order
BULK25 – save 25% on any order over $100 US
Happy crafting!

So I found this juicer at a thrift store…

These are my thoughts on a Breville Juice Fountain versus a Jack Lalanne Power Juicer.  I was surprised by the results!  The Jack Lalanne juicer is much better, making double the juice with about 1/4 the pulp of a Breville from the same fruits and vegetables.  The pulp from the Jack Lalanne juicer is fairly dry.  The pulp from the Breville is soaking wet.

Why I don’t mow my lawn anymore

I used to mow my lawn at least once a week.  It was really pretty.  Then I decided that functionality is better than pretty.  Now my lawn is full of wild birds flying around looking for bugs and bees buzzing from flower to flower.  I don’t have to worry about watering it because the ground is shaded and stays fairly moist.  It has wild chamomile, plantain, and dandelion.  I give my chickens 2 big buckets full of it a day.  This fall I’ll be cutting it down and making haystacks to use for my chickens this winter.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Free lamb pattern by Gentlestitches

Sharon Pridmore of Gentlestitches posted her free lamb pattern.

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Go here for Sharon’s blog and the pattern: Amigurumi Lambs at last.

 

Happy Crafting!

This week’s orders & Steven King

These are a few of the Suncatcher Craft Eyes orders that shipped this week:

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When I was out running errands yesterday, I stopped at a red light and looked over to see this:

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Yes, I was in Bangor, Maine (what Steven King calls Derry in his books).  This is a Steven King tour van that takes people around to all the famous places in his books.

Homestead-wise this week I’m playing with the vintage scythe I got to cut my lawn and field.  It’s so much fun to use.  I’m also taking extra special care of my chickens since temperatures are getting into the 90s this week.  There’s watermelon in the freezer that I’ll be giving them later as a nice cold treat.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Making cream cheese & freezing eggs

My oldest son has moved out of the house to his own apartment, and I finally have the house to myself.  This comes after having my friend and her family living with me for 6 months.  I am so ready to be alone, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

This week I experimented with making my own cream cheese.  I was reading a recipe that seemed almost identical to making yogurt.  Since I make yogurt in my programmable rice cooker, how hard could it be to make cream cheese?  Not hard at all it turns out:

All of the recipes I read said that the leftover liquid would be whey.  Maybe it’s because I’m using cream from my local dairy, but the liquid I got is more like creme fraiche, which is fine with me!

On the chicken front, my oldest chickens are almost 1-1/2 years old.  That means they should be moulting soon.  When chickens moult they either slow down or stop laying altogether.  Since this is the first time these chickens will be moulting, I have no idea if they will keep laying or stop completely, or how long they will moult.  It could be a month, it could be 3 months.  That’s why I’m freezing eggs now in case there aren’t enough once they moult.  I have an herb freezing tray that I’m using to freeze raw eggs for baking.  Today I started frying eggs to freeze.  I’m flash freezing them and then putting them in freezer bags with parchment paper in between.

Suncatcher Craft Eyes updates soon!