We're always collecting small bits of metal that we can rework into art jewelry, pendants and earrings . Copper flashing, brass shim material, fittings, left over wire, whatever we come across at yard sales or flea markets that we can work with. A few times a year ( around Christmas ) we gather what we've made and set up at some local craft shows. Another thing that that's really worked out well for us are the painted pendants we make from small smooth river stones. The photo is from one of our display cards....but we paint a variety of subjects on them, tiny landscapes, runes, plants and bugs....not just animals. We were surprised just how much folks liked them. The real difficulty is finding the time to make things ( that usually takes place over the Winter months ). This year I'm trying something new....wood burning. I've never tried doing it before but I was lucky and picked up a set of pens, some tips and a controller. I don't know how well these will sell....taking the first ones to a show this weekend...so we will see. Quality Control is provided by our furry overseers.
Gail Jardin wrote:I have been selling apple butter, jewelry, candles and soaps for Christmas gifts. I want to start making more crafts to sell but would need to make sure I have a market to make the investment worth it. During the spring I sell plants, jams and loaves of bread.
Have you tried to sellonline? Maybe an Etsy shop? Or a local farmers market. If you don't have one, think about starting one. Once they are up and going they just take regular maintenance to keep em going. Just some idears.
Zone 8a Handicapped Gardener with crutches, sometimes a wheelchair
My siblings and I just made a Mother's Day present for mum: a Mum paper doll featuring outfits she's worn in real life, ranging from velvet Christmas party dress to slouch-at-home hoodie and woolly socks. I can make customised paper dolls of others too! As an option some of the outfits can be in black and white, for the recipient to colour accordig to their own taste.
I've also designed an Ex Libris stamp for my husband, featuring resilient plants of his choice (he wanted a nopal/prickly pear, a maguey/agave and a biznaga/barrel cactus).
I don't personally sell gift items (yet) but the rechargeable headlamp (like the past Gear giveaway) makes the BEST Christmas present for men or women! My husband and I use ours constantly, indoors and outdoors, and always take them on trips in case we need to read a map, look under the hood, change a tire, or just read without waking our partner. We gave everyone these as gifts last year - rechargeable with common phone cord! And tough little LED lights that last! What's not to like?