There is one thing I discovered working on these pieces - the supplies can really be pricey! Unfortunately, most of that comes from the shipping costs because its not as if I can pop down to the local arts and crafts store and just pick up what I need. Yes I can get some of what I need, but not enough to eliminate shopping trips to Etsy, Ebay, eQuilter, etc.
Honestly, when I am looking for bits and pieces to translate my message, I am very lucky to be able to find unique items from other artisans. Their offerings really make a difference.
I am currently about to start a new piece and have gotten some interesting things from the online shops but I am still on a mission for just one or two other key pieces.... the hunt is on!