Layered Pages: This & That

Last night I had trouble getting to sleep so I decided to get my art on by up-cycling scraps from my mixed media stash. Yesterday, I posted a list of items you can use around your home to create with without breaking the bank. Below are more items to add to that list I thought of last night. These items are fantastic for adding texture and adding to your paste.

Never say you’re not talented and can’t create something. Just play. Creating free-form is beautiful and you’ll never know until you try. You learn something by doing… -Stephanie

nightly Art Final

I will be adding slow stitch through this collage for the finishing touches.

 

 

Idea List of materials for your creations:

  1. Baby Powder
  2. Tea leaves
  3. Tea Bags
  4. Parsley
  5. Oatmeal

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Lost Arts: Did you know?

ClothesI have been thinking a lot lately about what my favorite part of reselling is and it is packaging up sales with care, seeing the joy it brings to my clients and knowing I saved another item from the landfills. We as consumers are bombarded with fast fashion by the clothing industry and we have lost our sense of appreciation for what we have and what goes into the producing of such items. Did you know that It takes 2,700 Liters of water to make one T-Shirt?

Could you survive if shelter, clothes, food, water weren’t readily available to you? It is a question I ask myself often.  -Stephanie

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On the book front, I received this book in the mail on Tuesday from a dear friend and it is so fitting for the subject matter above.

The Lost Art Of Hearth and HomeAbout the book:

The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home is not about extreme, off-the-grid living. It’s for city and suburban dwellers with day jobs: people who love to cook, love fresh natural ingredients, and old techniques for preservation; people who like doing things themselves with a needle and thread, garden hoe, or manual saw.

Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger Henderson spread the spirit of antiquated self-sufficiency throughout the household. They offer projects that are decidedly unplugged and a little daring, including:

* Home building projects like rooftop food dehydrators and wood-burning ovens
* Homemaking essentials, from sewing and quilting to rug braiding and soap making
* The wonders of grain: making croissants by hand, sprouting grains, and baking bread
* Adventures with meat: pickled pig’s feet, homemade liverwurst, and celery-cured salami

Intended for industrious cooks and crafters who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home will teach you the history and how-to on projects for every facet of your home, all without the electric toys that take away from the experience of making things by hand.

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Jewelry In The Making With Sarah

SarahToday my friend Sarah Volkert is a guest on Layered Pages to share her creative journey with us. When I met Sarah a few months ago at a Posh n Sip and I was thrilled to discover her creative side and it is always exciting to discover fellow artists. Let’s get our art on! 

Sarah, it is a pleasure to be featuring your jewelry line on Layered Pages today! When I first met you and discovered that you have a creative side to you, I was overjoyed! Tell me how you got into jewelry making?

Thank you so much for featuring me on your page, Stephanie! I got into jewelry making about 5 years ago, but it was not my first crafting love. I cross-stitch, crochet, and knit as well. So, I was at a craft store one day and noticed a beading magazine that featured bead stitching (I didn’t know that was a “thing”) and it looked interesting, so I bought the magazine and supplies to make a bracelet. I picked it up very quickly, and I spent about 3 years learning and practicing before I started selling my items.

Is there a specific style you stick with or do you mix it up?

I think I mix it up a little too much, to be honest! I personally have an eclectic style, and there is just so much that I think is beautiful and interests me that it’s hard to pick one. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say my style is modern and/or boho.

What are the platforms you sell on?

I have a shop on Etsy and I sell on Poshmark. About 90% of the jewelry items I have for sale on Poshmark are made by me.

What are some ways you upcycle pieces you might use to make your creations?

I save beer bottle caps and pop tops to make jewelry with, although I have yet to list any pieces. I’m hoping to get to that within the next couple of months. I’ve also had jewelry I’ve bought break and I will save the beads and chain from those and make a new piece out of them.

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How much time a week do you spend on your jewelry making?

I’m lucky if I get a few hours!

I’m a stay-at-home mom and my kids are young (5 and 2), but I try to squeeze in an hour here and there when I can. There are also the other aspects of running a business that need my attention and take time away from creating. Christmas is always crazy, but after everything settles down my goal is to spend at least 8 hours a week on creating.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get into making jewelry?

There are so many possibilities with what you can do, it’s pretty overwhelming. I would tell someone to pick one technique or stitch they would like to learn to do, but don’t invest a lot of money into it until you’re sure it’s something you’re going to enjoy. Also, I think it’s pretty easy to get discouraged, especially when you’re starting out, so if something isn’t working or you’re getting confused or frustrated, just take a break from it for an hour or a day and come back. I still have to do that from time to time!

A Posh Weekend of Fashion, Quilting & Books!

I’m lovin all my recently listed items in Poshmark Closet for sale!

Poshmark Closet  
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I’m on the hunt for some new reads this weekend and I’m mighty interested in this story and its also written by one of my favorite Authors! Adding to my wish-list.

The Ghost of Madison Avenue

A Christmas Novella in Old New York

In this compelling and poignant story, bestselling author Nancy Bilyeau takes readers to New York City’s Morgan Library in December 1912, when two very different people haunted by lost love come together in an unexpected way.

Helen O’Neill, part of a tight-knit Irish-American family in the Bronx, is only too happy to report to work at the spectacular private library built on Madison Avenue by millionaire financier J. P. Morgan. The head librarian, the brilliant and beautiful Belle da Costa Greene, had hired Helen away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art after she witnessed Helen’s unusual talent with handling artifacts.

Helen soon discovers the Morgan Library is a place like no other, with its secret staircases, magical manuscripts, and mysterious murals. But that’s nothing compared to a person Helen alone sees: a young woman standing on Madison Avenue, looking as if she were keeping watch. In learning the woman’s true link to the Morgan, Helen must face the pain of her own past. She finds herself with a second chance at happiness that could only happen on Christmas Eve—if she has the courage.

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I’m also wanting to work on three rag quilt projects I have started recently. The third one isn’t shown because it is top secret! I’ll be sharing more about that one in the new year. I hope you all have a bless weekend! My regards to you all.

Rag Quilt project

Q&A With Posher Kaitlyn

KaitlynI’m thrilled to be featuring Posher Kaitlyn at Layered Pages today. She is a fashion seller on the Poshmark App and I love her closet! Poshmark is a wonderful community of sellers and buyers. I’m proud to be a part of a community that strives on saving clothes from the landfills and selling fashion at an affordable price. I have met-locally and from afar-so many wonderful people through Poshmark since I started selling and buying on the App. If you want to learn more about Poshmark’s community, stay tuned to my site as I will be posting more about the App and the importance of sites like them.
Kaitlyn , what is your Posh Closet name?
How did you discover Poshmark?
I heard there was app where you could buy higher end brands for a fraction of the price! Had to get on that train.
How long have you been on the App?
Since April of 2017
What is your favorite brand to sell on Poshmark?
Lululemon!
What advice would you give a newbie Posher?
Stick with it! If you are wanting to create a business, this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes time, hard work and consistency to get where you want to go.
How has Poshmark impacted your view on the clothing industry?
Short question with a long answer!
I have never been a thrifty shopper. In my decade of working in the beauty industry, we were pretty much conditioned to think that if we didn’t buy something at full price, we needed financial help. I somehow felt less-than if I bought second-hand. Boy, has that changed. My eyes have been opened to fast fashion and how it’s affecting our planet and resources. Now, not only do I give pre-loved fashion a second or third chance by selling to others, but my wardrobe is 95% thrifted and I couldn’t be happier. This whole reason is how I came up with my closet name. Re-use, Recycle, Re-LOVE!

 

Better Late Than Never

I meant to post this blog post live earlier but better late than never. Yesterday was full of good coffee, great friends, binge watching my one of my favorite YouTube Channels-while working- and crafty adventures.

A few of my friends wanted to see more patch designs I’m creating with my Grandmother’s quilting scraps for my denim rag quilt. Here are a few samples of what I’m creating:

Also I am making the quilt bigger so tonight I’m cutting my denim squares. There will be a lot of sewing involved but I’m excited about it. This project is being done when I have down time which isn’t often. I was able to cut out three rows worth of squares last-night.

After I completed my tasks of denim cutting,  I started a rag rug with my denim scraps from my denim rag quilt-currently making-and old t-shirts. What I have so far is the start of the center part of the rug. Don’t worry, I will make the circle tighter to close that gap hole in the middle. These rugs are so easy to make. You just braid your fabric together and I’ll show you soon how you can attach it all together. There are two methods to sewing this rug. I’m going to sew by hand. I tied the end with a hair tie to pick up where I left off at a later time. More to come!

I met my local Poshmark Tribe Copper Coin (400 Chambers St, Woodstock, GA 30188, USA) yesterday morning for the Poshmark 8th Birthday celebration and gift exchange. What a blast we had! Our Posh community in Atlanta is the best!

posh turns 8

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Denim Quilting On The Cheap

Poshmark Closet

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Projects Galore

Before I went to bed I started cutting my first pair of old jeans for several projects. I will be making patches with the legs for a denim rag quilt. Since the pockets have buckles on this pair, I’ll use them for another project. The scraps of hem and waist from the jeans will be used to make place mats and throw rugs. The remaining scraps I’ll use for my mix media art projects. Many and I mean many more jeans to prep for these projects. This will take time as I’m doing this on my free time from work, family life, visiting friends, reading, writing, visible mending project, blogging and Poshing on Poshmark so I’ll post updates on here once in awhile. Okay, I’ll just fess up right now. As you can see I have A LOT going on and adding more projects to the mix is a bit nuts. Oh, did I mention I’m also working on Acrylic Painting for wall hangings as well? Yikes. I need to prioritize or put something on the back burner. Yeah…y’all think? But hey, I love it all and I don’t think my brain knows how to shut down. Anyhow, it will all work out. Somehow. *laughing*

 

Is Poshmark User Friendly for Buyers?

Free People Shirt II

Are you new to Poshmark? Are you a buyer and seller on Poshmark? What should a new Posher expect and how does one navigate the Poshmark App? Why would you buy clothes online without trying the item on first? How does a seller upload photo of their clothes and accessories on the App and what are the rules? These are just a few of the many questions I will be covering here on Layered Pages for the next few weeks. Today, I am going to be focusing on buying and what people need to know and do before they purchase an item from a posher.

You have signed up to by clothes on Poshmark and you’re not sure where to begin. Here are a few steps to follow before purchasing your first item.

  1. The Poshmark App is a site where people can sell and buy clothes, shoes, purses, wallets, jewelry, scarves and so on…The site tends to cater to the trendier fashions.
  2. You can follow closets/people who have the same brands you added when signing up and as you follow more closets/people, you will be able to see their listings in the “feed” of your Poshmark App. You can also click on the button at the top right corner of the App that looks like a person with a plus sign next to it. It will navigate you to several options of different ways to follow closets.
  3. Be sure to know your measurements when considering an item to purchase. Be aware that just because you wear a size medium top or size 8 jeans, doesn’t mean it will fit you. So how do you know to make the decision to buy the item? 1. Know your measurements. 2. Read the description the Posher gives carefully. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Poshers are nice and helpful. 3. Familiarizes yourself with styles and how they fit you.
  4. Poshmark has a great feature for buyers. You can make an “offer” price on the item you are considering to buy. Poshers LOVE when buyers make an offer on their items. Most likely they will counter your offered price and you can counter that as well. Once its decided on price the Posher will click accept. Sometimes, Poshers have to decline an offer. Don’t fret or get upset. Keep in mind that they are considering their cost of clothes and Poshmark’s fees they have to pay.
  5. You can make a bundle in a person’s closet. What is a bundle? It is an option to add several clothes-like a shopping cart-to consider purchasing. Bundles are a great way to save and to get discounting shipping. When you start a bundle most likely the Posher will be following your bundle and after a certain time they will make an offer.
  6. The “like button” is a great feature on Poshmark. When you like an item, Poshmark stores your likes and you are able to keep track of an item. Also, if you like an item, most times the Posher will send you a discount price on the item.
  7. Be sure to carefully read the Poshmark Guide and Etiquette before starting your purchasing and selling.
  8. When you receive your purchase item(s) in the mail be sure to get back on the App and accept the purchase. You’ll understand that feature more once you do it. Also, be sure to rate your item and leave a love note to your Posher. What is a love note? It is comments about what you think about the item(s) you purchased and your experience with the Posher you bought from. They are really important so please be sure to use that feature.
  9. One of the many thing I love about buying from Poshmark is the nice notes and little gifts I’ve received from the sellers. So far, I’ve had a positive experience buying on the App.
  10. Poshmark is a social media app and it is good to be active on the site and to get to know you the people you buy from.

If you have any questions regarding Poshmark, please don’t hesitate to ask. My next post about Poshmark will be about how I came to be a buyer and seller on the App and I will be talking about if Poshmark is user friendly for sellers. I will also be addressing, how sellers upload photos of their clothes and accessories on the App and I will be going over the guidelines and the like.

Follow my closet @artsycouture42 and use my code: ARTYCOUTURE42 to get a free $5 credit when signing up for Poshmark!

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Whats In The Works

Me II

I’ve got several things coming up! Let’s go through the list, shall we? Lots going on and trying to get it all done in a timely manner. So excited!

  1. Starting tomorrow-July 20th-the first 8 people who purchase an item from my Poshmark Closet will receive a free gift!!! Hooray for free stuff! This offer is good through Sunday evening. If you want to see what gifts I’m offering, check out my Instagram at bloggerstephanie Also, be sure to take a look at the photos of some of the items I will be listing today and through the weekend.
  2. Using a white background for cover photos on Poshmark isn’t always a good idea…I will be blogging about this soon here at Layered Pages!
  3. Is Poshmark User Friendly for Buyers? Are you new to Poshmark? Are you a buyer only? Or are you a buyer and a seller on Poshmark? What should a new Posher expect and how does one navigate Poshmark? How does one buy clothes online without trying on the item first? I have been a Posher since June 20th of this year and I will be sharing my experiences and tips for the Poshmark App soon here at Layered Pages!

I am behind posting new books for sale here at Layered Pages. I meant to do so last week and weekend but things got in the way. Also, I’ve been debating back and forth about listing them on eBay. I said I would start this week but eBay is going through some changes and I think I might wait to see how that pans out. You know?

I hope you all have a great weekend and hopefully you will see a book sale post from me tomorrow. We shall see. Don’t hold your breath, *laughing* It has been a crazy Summer.

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Stephanie M. Hopkins

Free Gifts For Poshmark Buyers!

Free gift sfor poshers

The first 8 people who purchase an item from my Poshmark Closet this weekend will receive one of these items!!! Hooray for free stuff! 🎁🎉 For US Residents Only!!

Direct link to my closet: https://poshmark.com/closet/artsycouture

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Please note: I am not affiliated with Artsy Couture Photo Lab. I will be changing my closet name soon so it won’t conflict with Artsy Couture Photo Lab. I will be adjusting my closet name soon!

Though check out their website www. artsycouture.com

They provide photographers with high-quality photo products.