Sunday Afternoon Housewife

Handmade Crafts and Unsolicited Advice

Gearing up for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange June 10, 2010

Filed under: bottle cap magnets,craft,Craft Fairs,Glass Tile Pendants,music — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 12:24 am

This last week I have spent an enormous amount of time getting ready for my favorite craft show of the year: the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange! The summer show will be held this Saturday, June 12, from 12pm-8pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts at 16th and Delaware in conjunction with the Independant Music and Arts Festival. Over 100 vendors will be on hand to showcase their handmade jewlery, clothing, plush toys, soaps, cross-stitches, and there will even be delicious edibles from vendors such as the Hot Cookie, who was recently featured in Ready Made Magazine!

Before I head to the IHE, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you some of the new goodies I’ll be bringing along. There’s a lot, so I hope you like pretty pictures, and I really can’t wait to see you this weekend! Also, don’t forget, that the first 50 people in line at the IHE table in the gym when the show opens at noon will get awesome reusable tote bags filled with IHE vendor swag. If you happen to be one of the lucky 50, bring your Sunday Afternoon Housewife postcard to my booth (Booth #63 in the Gallery#2) and claim your free goodie! I’ll see ya Saturday!


Sneak Peek at New Goodies for the Bloomington Handmade Market March 29, 2010

Filed under: bottle cap magnets,craft,Craft Fairs,resin crafts — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 11:43 am

It’s a sunny and brisk spring morning at Housewife HQ, but the daffodils are in full bloom!

Daffodils in Bloom at Housewife HQ

To me, spring always means the arrival of new things, and not one to be left out, I’ve created a few new things myself this past week! While the scrabble tile pendants are being made at an alarming rate to recover from the 10 days in Texas, I also can’t resist the call to create a little something different and new. I’ve been making bottle cap magnets for a while now, but spring heralds the arrival of these new hoot owl designs!

New Hoot Owl Bottle Cap Magnets

And what about the totally new? Well, I came across some bracelet blanks, and because of my recent travels, I was inspired to make these great new map bracelets!

New Old World Map Bracelets

Each bracelet had 7 charms with a totally different picture, so each bracelet is totally different and unique!

Close up of Map Bracelets

And, always a fan of finding new molds and seeing what I can stick in resin and create, I’ve got a new design of my popular candy sprinkle pendant. This double heart pendant has that fancy “broken chain” look! Who wouldn’t want to sport this on a lovely spring day?

Double Heart Resin Pendant

So, I know you want to be the first to have one of these sweet newbies, and guess where you can get it? This Saturday I’ll be down in lovely Bloomington, IN for the Bloomington Handmade Market.

April 3rd at the KRC Banquets, 216 S. College, Bloomington

Hours for the show are 10 am- 4 pm, and there are lots of awesome vendors (43 to be exact!) so stop by and see us all!


Handmade Monday: Bottle Cap Magnets March 1, 2010

Filed under: bottle cap magnets,craft,Funky Finds,Places to find me,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 5:38 pm

Happy Handmade Monday! I must admit I’m pretty busy this week. It’s midterms this week at school and I also have several classes that are ending this week, which means I have a lot of grading to do! Top that off with the facts that I haveĀ  fair this Saturday (first of the year!) and next Saturday is my 2nd fair of the year, all the way in Fort Worth, TX, and you might understand why I’m feeling a little frazzled today! I still wanted to take time though to check in with the blogosphere and put up a little something for Handmade Monday, so I thought today I would share with you some bottle cap magnets I am making to take down to the Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth on the 13th.

I really enjoy making bottle cap magnets. It’s a pretty easy process where I use a 1″ hole puncher and stamp out the circles, the glue them into the bottle caps with enormous amounts of ModPodge, let it dry thoroughly and then pour in a thick layer of epoxy resin. After the resin is totally dy, about 24 hours later, I glue on a super strong neodymium Rare Earth magnet on the back with E-6000 glue and, ta-da, bottle cap magnets. They are super easy to make and a really fun intro to using resin, plus they really enhance the front of your fridge!

Fun Blue, Cream, and Brown Bottle Cap Magnets

You can find lots of images on Etsy for creating these magnets. There are several sellers, like Piddix for example, who have the circles ready for you to print off your computer and punch out with your 1″ hole punch.

Funny Cats Doing Funny People Things

If bottle caps aren’t your thing, you can also make really fun magnets with glass baubles (I don’t really know what to call them). These baubles I got ages ago from Paper Source and the images came, again, from Etsy. All you need to do to make these magnets are to cut your images to shape, glue on with ModPodge (put a couple thick layers on the back) and then glue on your magnets.

Fun Cats Doing Normal Cat Things

So, if you need to dress up your fridge, here are two easy options. Let me know if you’ve every made bottle cap magnets before. Also let me know if you’ve ever pinched your fingers with those strong rare Earth magents- Ouch! I hope you have a Happy Handmade Monday!