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Sunday, April 30, 2017

SOON - New and exciting product line!

I am pleased to announce a new and exciting product line called...

(Yes, it is called Afrayed. Yes, I know... and I am not charging for the puns!) 

Artistic Accessories
ONE OF A KIND! - guaranteed 
(I am too lazy to make something twice!)
Original Artwork - that can be worn or used 
Environmentally Friendly - made from mostly up-cycled materials
Funds a Good Cause - Educations are expensive these days*
(*100% of the proceeds will be donated to a poor college kid) 
Free Puns - to everyone - yes, free! no purchase necessary
(I am afrayed they are more of a side effect than a free gift)

So I have been very busy - but what is new, right? I work the day job, the side job, teach art classes and making custom garments, accessories and the such. As the requests to make custom things have been dwindling, I thought it might be time to make things I like to make - to make ART. 

Then post them for sale. I intend to open an Etsy shop, possibly make a place to order direct from this site, and looking for other options as well. I have sketches of the items I am going to make and I am prepared. I'm afrayed I just have to finish the last thing in cue. (First come first served)
This is on the sewing machine now:
And I am afrayed to tell you what it will be!

What is with the name?? Well, you may have seen some of the accessories I have made and given as gifts for the holidays.  If not, here are a couple:

(Scarf and a small back-pack in pictures) 

I up-cycle old fabrics (clothing, scraps from old crafts, bedding, curtains, etc.) and many of the fabrics are worn out and frayed.  So I rip them, giving them a more frayed look. Then I sew them with the frayed edge exposed. I am afrayed there is a lot of fraying going on. The name just seemed to fit.

As always - I give a portion of my proceeds to a good cause: sometimes it is a charity and sometimes it is someone in need. Usually I pick what I am donating to at the beginning of the year and every sale for the year has a percentage of the proceeds donated.

This line will be different. For the next two years, 100% of the proceeds will go to the tuition, books and supplies for a college student (paying the school directly and not permitting unwise spending of the donated funds). He has a work-study, loans, and a job for the summers (and has been unable to find a job that he can work around his school and work-study schedule) but he has calculated out his potential earnings and knows he will not have enough money to complete his four years. Everyone needs a little help launching. I am Afrayed I must help him!

Besides - how much fun are the puns?! I am afrayed I can't stop!

"Fray is the New Fringe!" 

Also in the works - I am working on developing patterns for some of my original crocheted pieces that people have requested.  I just do not like making the same thing twice so I will sell the patterns so you can make them - yes, go learn to crochet! (Or have someone make it for you!)  

It is possible - only an idea right now - that patters for some of my other sewing projects or crafts might go on sale as well! So you can get crafty with me without waiting for me to announce a public class. (Especially since I have been terrible at remembering to post here when I have a public craft class - sorry about that.) 

So - Look at the TABS at the top - there is the tab for Afrayed. It is ready for me to finish a few projects and post.

As always, I am still accepting custom requests.
Thanks for following! I will try harder to keep you updated - I am afrayed I am just too busy sometimes! ;-)

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