Paper Boxes

Recently, while preparing for my upcoming craft fair, I’ve figured out a way to make a wide variety of useful rectangular boxes out of regular 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of cardstock or paper.

Knowing how to do this can come in handy for any seller of small arts and crafts, providing a cheaper and more personalized way to package your goods than store-bought boxes.

Start with an ordinary sheet of paper or cardstock, any color. (For smaller boxes, you can split a sheet of paper in half and use the resulting 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets. Any square or rectangular piece of paper works.)

Decide how wide you want the box to be. Fold up the sides accordingly.

Fold each corner in, lined up with the folded edges.

Fold the ends of the paper in, as shown; then unfold.

Then fold the sides in, as shown, followed by the ends.

Now unfold the whole thing. You’ve created the creases that will allow you to complete the project.

Refold the square on each corner so that it points inward.


Now comes the slightly tricky part. Fold the corners in, inverting them so that the top edges of the paper walls touch the inner bottom. The box’s walls are half as tall as they originally were, but they are now held in place.


To make the box lid, take a second sheet of paper and fold the edges as before, allowing slightly more space in the middle than the first one.

Follow all the previous instructions for the second box that will form the lid.




The lid now fits on top of the box, and the box can now be lined with tissue and filled with your handmade jewelry or other trinkets.



You can make several different box sizes using this basic formula; just adjust how far you fold the sides in the first step.

COMICON!

Guess what! The Minnehaha Free Space Craft Fair is not the only event where I’ll have a table this spring!

I will be at COMICON, too!

No, not Emerald City Comicon, or San Diego Comicon, nor yet even the Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con. The Comicon to which I refer is this one on the State Fairgrounds:

MSP Comicon 2015

Times:

May 16 & 17, 2015
Saturday & Sunday
Doors open at 10am
Show ends at 5pm, both days.

Prices:

Admission is only $12
Admission is pay at the door only.
note: Save $1 on your admission by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to the food shelf.
Children 9 and under admissions are FREE.

Place:

Location of MSP Comicon:
MN State Fairgrounds GRANDSTAND
1265 Snelling Ave N.
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Getting there from downtown Minneapolis involves the Blue Line train and the 84 bus, like so:

If you want to get there from somewhere else, or using a different transportation method, feel free to type your own stuff into Google Maps.

I will have comics, books, and a few merchandise items for sale– come and see me there!

Another Craft Fair and Bake Sale coming up!

So, there’s another craft fair at the Minnehaha Free Space!

Initially their calendar said April 18th, but it has apparently been changed to the 25th.



Minnehaha Free Space Craft Fair & Bake Sale

(Facebook page)

Sat Apr 25, 2015

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

I’ll have a table, selling my handmade jewelry and other crafts.

My jewelry is fancy Renaissance-fair-type stuff that you can see on my website.

There will be lots of other cool artists too! Watch for details at Minnehaha Free Space’s Facebook page.

Since it’s a bake sale, there will also be baked goods! Probably including some vegan and gluten-free options, because Minnehaha Free Space is into that.

The craft fair will be at:

Minnehaha Free Space

3747 Minnehaha Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55406

email: radspacetc@riseup.net

call: 612-729-3733

If you can get to downtown Minneapolis, it’s easy to get to Minnehaha Free Space from there by train. Here are directions from the downtown library. (I’ll give very detailed step-by-step directions, because there was a time when I was so scared of going new places that I would skip out on fun events just because I would have to get to them on my own… in those days, knowing the route in this much detail would have been a big help for me.)

Without further ado:

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First, head from the library along Hennepin toward 5th Street:


At 5th Street, turn and wait at the Warehouse Station and Platform.

Get on a Blue Line train toward Mall of America:

Get off at the 38th Street Station:



Turn left and go down 38th Street:




Turn on Minnehaha and you’ll be there!

Sirius talks, sings, and plays piano

A couple cute little videos of Sirius the Starling.

Here he is playing his toy piano with great enthusiasm, while John designs D&D characters with a friend in the background.

And here he is chattering along while John and I watched a Chinese opera. At about 48 seconds in, he really gets going. Most of his vocalizations are still mumbly baby-talk, but the occasional “Pretty” or “Birdy” is quite clear.

Valentine’s Day Craft Fair!

So, there’s another craft fair at the Minnehaha Free Space!

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Minnehaha Free Space Craft Fair & Bake Sale

(Facebook page)

Sat Feb 14, 2015

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This is the one at which I’ll have a table, selling my handmade jewelry and other crafts.

My jewelry is crazy intricate Renaissance-fair-type stuff that you can see on my website.


There will be lots of other cool artists too!

Since it’s a bake sale, there will also be baked goods! Probably including some vegan and gluten-free options, because Minnehaha Free Space is into that.

The craft fair will be at:

Minnehaha Free Space

3747 Minnehaha Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55406

email: radspacetc@riseup.net

call: 612-729-3733

If you can get to downtown Minneapolis, it’s easy to get to Minnehaha Free Space from there by train. Here are directions from the downtown library. (I’ll give very detailed step-by-step directions, because there was a time when I was so scared of going new places that I would skip out on fun events just because I would have to get to them on my own… in those days, knowing the route in this much detail would have been a big help for me.)

Without further ado:

*******

First, head from the library along Hennepin toward 5th Street:


At 5th Street, turn and wait at the Warehouse Station and Platform.

Get on a Blue Line train toward Mall of America:

Get off at the 38th Street Station:



Turn left and go down 38th Street:




Turn on Minnehaha and you’ll be there!

Window Plants

My garden is looking nice today.

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Random act of kindness

THANK YOU to the person who sent me silver wire from my Amazon wish list!!! I didn’t recognize the name on it, so I’m guessing you’re either a casual acquaintance whose name I’ve stupidly forgotten, or a fan who doesn’t know me personally. (Also, I’m writing this cautiously because I’m not sure if you’d want to have your name posted in public). In any case, thanks so much! I made some really cool necklaces out of it.

If you are plotting getting me a present…

Amazon Wish List

Looking at my wish list, you might assume I was a lot more new-agey than I am. But no, I’m just artsy-craftsy. The crystals are because I like sparkly things and I want to wrap them in silver wire and make awesome shiny necklaces. The oils and extracts and stuff are because I’m playing with the idea of making my own lip balms, perfumes and soaps. (And, of course, the electronic gadgets are because I’m human and I’m a nerd.)

Also, I put “100” for the quantity I want of some things. That doesn’t mean I really won’t be satisfied until I have 100. It just means I won’t mind getting multiple copies of the thing, because it’s a craft supply and I may use it up.

And, no I’m not expecting that people will actually buy me all the stuff on this list. But I figured it’s worth a try, since some people do tend get me presents this time of year, and I’d rather have something from this list than some random gift from someone who had no idea what I wanted.

Amazon gift cards are good too.

Pharmacy Tech

Passed the PTCB Exam today! If all goes well, I should receive my certificate in the next few weeks, and be a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician.

http://www.ptcb.org/get-certified#.VGFMbvTF-98

Sirius the 6-Inch Pianist, Take Two

Sirius the Starling has improved at playing the piano!

And here are some more pictures of Sirius, just because he’s beautiful.