Confessions of a Craftaholic

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Day 317: A Set of Cards for a Friend


“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

-The Dalai Lama

This is a recycled quote, because it inspired a short poem.

My darling daughter, I

have wanted to warn you: the world is harsh.

My darling daughter, I only wish I could

protect you from the bad things

from the crazy and evil people that only judge you

Life is

such a suprise, such a wonderful suprise

and sometimes

the nightmares come true

and my own mother never warned me

never told me about the nightmares

she told me,

pray and they will go away

but sometimes

they just




with just a word or whisper

but If I look

and I realize

It’s not a nightmare

it’s just a reflection

of my fears

of some certain part of me

then it’s not

a nightmare

and I can sing along with

Mick Jagger:

“You can’t always get what you want….

but if you look

you might find…

you get what you need”

Anyway, that’s my poem, and those are my thoughts. I have surgery tomorow, so I won’t be blogging! If I have time, I’ll try to post one tonight. The surgery is due to my lady parts, but it’s no big deal. I mean, I’m not really scared.

Anyway, today I have my mineral makeup workshop! Yes! I am looking forward to that. And, I made Cinnamon rolls this morning. SO yummy.

Today, I made a set of cards for a friend. She’s paying for them. This is a set of 10. If you’re interested, I can make a set for you.

You like?

I also got my swap from my friend Yoshi. Jewelry, because that’s her thing.

Beautiful, isn’t it? I hope she likes my humble necklace and trinkets. I love her work, she’s amazing at bead weaving. She doesn’t use a loom.

Anyway, I have to rush off. The trains are going on a different train line, which means I’ve got to go up further than I have to go, then change and go back down the right way to the right stop. Then change for the J. Wonderful.

The Craftaholic

Day 306: Make a Spiral Bound Recipe Organizer


“Then, in times of need, one should rise to the occasion and fight bravely for what is right.”

-The Dalai Lama

Yeah! Stand up for what you believe in. I mean, it’s not just to be taken in the sense of protesting, and picketing (although I’ve done my share of those). It’s really about not being afraid to defend what you believe in. A lot of times we can feel intimidated by the popular beliefs of the evnironment around us, but it does not have to be this way.

Everyone has a right to believe what they choose, weather they believe in Jesus or Buddha, or Mohammed, or even Beelzebub. Truly. It is a person’s right to believe what they want, and we must respect the beliefs of others. We also must lead by example. To me, it’s more annoying to hear someone tell me what they believe in by shouting it, or stopping me in my tracks while I’m in a rush to a doctor’s appointment.

It’s nicer to just lead by example, so that when I look at your life, I say, wow. That’s a cool person. That’s a person who lives what she believes. I have a friend named Tracy who is like that. She is a born again christian. Her husband is a preacher, and actually he married my husband and I. What I love about them, is that they never once convince me to believe what they do. Instead, I look at her life…and she’s one of the few people I admire. I admire her mostly for having 4 children and keeping her sanity and wits about her. It’s nicer that way, you know?

Today, I finally made the perfect recipe organizer. I have said before that I collect recipes and recipe clippings from packages and magazines. So I have a shop rite bag FULL of recipes. FULL.

So I have been seeking the perfect organizer, and I think I found it. FINALLY!

And, just to be nice, I’m including a tute! You will need a binditall machine, or spiral binding machine.

Here’s the finished work:

It’s a typical scrapbook style book, but that’s what I was going for-something bright and colorful to go in my kitchen.

The first thing you’re going to do, is get 16 sheets of scrapbook sized paper. Separate them in two stacks. Cut out two pieces of chipboard, at the measurement; 9.5″ x 7.5″.

The first 8 will be folded, as pictured:

Get it? Now, the other 8 pages will be the pockets of the book. Fold them like this:

Fold the paper in half.

Then, just wrap it over the paper. The pocket, is the fold that you made, when you folded it in half.

Now, just make the holes with the binditall machine, cover the chipboard cover with pretty papers and embellishments and ribbons, and voila!

So that’s all folks. I am on a roll with my swaps! I’ve got two out the door, now today I’ve got to work on my owl swap. Arg. What to make, what to make…..

My daughter loves Zippy. You UK residents know what I’m talking about. A friend sent me a little toy zippy for my little one, and she absolutely loves it. He’s cute, eh?What else? Not much on the homefront today. Leftovers for dinner, and I’ve got to work on my swaps.

The Craftaholic

Day 301: Hand Stamped Cards


“Please realize your responsibility, remember your potential, and have self-confidence. Have an open mind and a sense of caring & belonging.”

-The Dalai Lama

If only we could realize our potential and remember our responsibilities as mothers, families, and spouses. We have a responsibility to our family. This doesn’t just mean the cooking, the cleaning, and driving to and from school. I mean that we must live up to our potential, if we plan on being the best parent we can, the best wife or husband we can. It’s true. How can you tell your children to pursue their dreams, when you never pursued yours? True, you may have impossible dreams. But I firmly believe in creating the impossible. Make it happen! Lead by example. My mother made a lot of mistakes with me, and to be honest, our relationship is strained because of that. But the one thing she did, was go to college. I was still a small child, and she had my father to live with, who never cooks or cleans. On top of that, she had a language barrier. And still, she made the dean’s list. And did the cooking, and the cleaning. So I admire that in her. She made it happen. You know? The best gift you can give a child is the ability to admire you as a person.

Today, I will admit something to you: I am in a creative rut. Seriously. I feel no inspiration! It’s because of the phases of the moon. The moon is almost full, and when that happens, I normally run out of creative energy. Today, I made a couple of simple hand stamped cards. I like them alot, because they really make a statement, just on their own. I decided to put them up for sale in my shop.

You like it? It’s for sale, in my shop.

I also made a simple owl card.

Click here to buy it in my shop.

Another card I made, was a cute birthday card.

Click here to buy it in my shop!

So, what do you think? This was my way of fighting the creative rut. And, I really do love the simplicity of these cards a lot. Today is another hot day. I told you about my “lady parts” acting up. Well, today I’ve got a doctor’s appointment. I was going to a very nice doctor in manhattan for a while, but I decided to go back to the doctor who delivered my daughter, just in case they have to cut me open or something, I’d rather be in Brooklyn than all the way up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

That’s all for today. Yesterday I made the most amazing chicken alfredo. OMG. It came out so good! Today, I’m going to make some banana cream pie. Yum.

The Craftaholic

Day 300: Hand Stamped Cards


“As long as you’re not completely enlightened there will always be an inner obstruction to knowledge…”

-The Dalai Lama

What does it mean to be completely enlightened? It means you’ve removed the obstacles in your life, the things that only damage you or get in the way.

So then, remove them! Is it that easy? Not always. I think that sometimes we, in a sick way, like the obstacles. Either we like to complain, or we just have some ulterior motive for slowing ourselves down. Think about it. You talk about quitting smoking. You’ve tried it. But…you…actually like smoking. You like sitting outside and having a smoke once in a blue.

Think about the things that get in the way of your happiness, of your success and your peace. Make YOU a priority, by removing them. As mothers and fathers, we tend to make everyone else a priority but ourselves. And so we create obstructions, by not making ourselves a priority. Make yourself a priority. The best way to be a good mother or good wife, is for your family to know you care for youself, and you take time for yourself. Right? Right.

Last night, I went to glassybaby and made some hand stamped cards. I took the F train which is a few blocks further than the A. Next time, I’ll take the A, instead of shlepping my crap halfway across town. Here’s some shots of our night:

A Table Shot.

I brought A LOT of stamps. Too much, probably.

Here’s what I made:

NICE, right? The background stamp is *I think* a retired stampin up set, as well as the letters. The paper is just construction paper. Such simple ingredients make such a cool statement. Let this be a lesson: you don’t always have to clutter up a page, to make an artistic statement.

Another retired Stampin up stamp. I do, if you haven’t noticed, love retired stampin up stamps. I don’t know, somehow they are better when they are not manufactured anymore. Who knows.

Nice, right? I can’t remember, but the sentiment is stampin up. I don’t think it’s retired, but you’d have to check with your local SU rep. The hand is a stamp from my local stamp shop, The Ink Pad. I plan on throwing myself a birthday party this year, and telling everyone who attends to buy me certificates to the Ink Pad and Dick Blick.

I have so much fun at Glassybaby! On the 21st, we’re going to be making our own herbal tea blends. YAY!

My daughter has her first swimming lesson today. I am so excited. I wish I could take pictures, but they don’t allow cameras. Ohwell.

That, and the utter heat is just getting me plain annoyed. I hate it. Ugh. I don’t mind hot days, but really. Must it be this hot?

Day 296: Cupcake Cards


“To renounce the world means to give up your attachment to it. It does not mean that you have to separate yourself from it.”

-The Dalai Lama

Growing up in the pentecostal church, I heard about this quite a bit. The christian faith teaches renouncing the temptations of the flesh, in order to gain a higher spiritual perspective.  The Buddhist faith teaches the same thing. Perhaps this is because the Buddha came 500 years before Jesus did. Who knows.

You can of course, do this in any faith. Or no faith (whatever your pleasure, really). Giving up your attachment to worldly goods, just means you won’t be dissapointed when you realize you must take public transportation, or that you’re going to live in your shitty apartment a little while longer. It means appreciating that you have a job, rather than hate that you aren’t doing what you love full time. Appreciate what you have. And stop putting yourself and your being into the things you own. You can’t take them with you, when you pass away. You only bring yourself.

Today was a quick craft project, because my little one wants us to go to chinatown. So I made a set of cards. I am actually working on some cards, for a portfolio for my my Craftivity Parties. One thing I offer, is a set of handmade cards. So I figured it’d be nice to have a selection for the person to choose from. So I’m working on that.

Here’s the cards I made today:

Nice, right?

Well, I must go now. Off to chinatown!

The Craftaholic

Day 285: Card Making & The Coney Island Mermaid Parade


‘Love, compassion, and forgiveness—these are the things I preach.”

-The Dalai Lama

I’ll keep today’s post a bit short because as I said yesterday, I am feeling under the weather. It’s nothing, really. I just have a cold, but for some reason it has completely taken my energy away!

Suffice to say, that the three things aformentioned are probably what will make your life go easier, and will bring you to the road of success-not just materialistically, but spiritually as well.

It’s not just about forgiving others, it’s about forgiving yourself, and having time for yourself, and loving yourself. It’s not just about going through the motions of treating others nice-you must also be kind to yourself.

Today, I did two things. First, I went to a friend’s meetup group, particularly because my good friend Yoshi was going, and I hadn’t seen her in a long time. Plus, it’s nice to go to someone else’s workshop, where everything’s all set out for you, and all you have to do is create.

She had a pattern, but I didn’t go by it, of course because I NEVER do. ADD, and all that.

Here’s what I ended up with:

I used a stamp by Inkadinkado, and an embossing folder by Tim Holtz. The lady who ran the card class is a Tim Holtz nut, so she had lots of his products.

Owls of course.

That’s Yoshi and her daughter. I won’t post a picture of the class leader because I caught her off guard, and that just wouldn’t be nice.

Oh! I also went to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade today.

Cool, right? If you’ve never been, you should go. It’s hot, sticky and crowded, but if it’s your first time, it’s so worth it.

The Craftaholic

Day 281: A Set of Cards, and A Set of Stitch Markers


“All living beings, starting with insects, want happiness and not suffering.” -The Dalai Lama

We should remember this when we are annoyed at people, I think. Also, we should remember this when we begin to think ill of others. You know?

Anyway, today I made a set of cards for a swap. Actually, I made two things for two separate swaps.

The first one, is as mentioned, a set of cards. This is sort of a generic style of cards, but I wasn’t sure what my partner would like, so anyway this is it:

Kind of cute, right? I used a set of stamps by “Rubber Soul”.

The other thing I made is a set of stitch markers for a stitch marker swap.

This is a set of stitch markers with a “Zen” theme. I used these little charms because it reminds me of nature, which gives me a zen feeling.

That’s a close up. You think she’ll like it? I hope she does. It was fun. Now that my little one goes to sleep at a reasonable hour, it gives me time while my husband gets home, to make some crafty things. I finished the cowl I was working on, now I’m working on a little throw for my little one, on her bed. It’s pink. I know, I know. But actually, sometimes pink is rather nice.

What else? I have so many swaps. So I am quite busy, making things for them.

It’s a sunny day today, and I am going to take my little one to the park. I’m meeting up with an old friend who had moved to vermont, and then came back to NYC. We usually meet up at places because I live closer to Coney Island and people think I live too far. But I don’t, people I promise! It just sounds further than it is.

The Craftaholic

Day 280: A finished work, and a Set of Cards


“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

-The Buddha

Think about this, before you go flying with ideas. Discover your world. What is your world? You can define it by the things you choose to surround yourself with. What do you surround yourself with? For me, it’s art, family, swaps, and the eco system. It takes a while to really figure out what it is you surround yourself, intentionally and unintentionally. Go out one day, and just be alone, and think about it. What do you surround yourself with? This is your world. What should you give your heart to? Give it back to what you surround yourself with.

Today, I made a COOL set of cards.

This one says, “Quirky”.

Recognize the flowers? These are from my shop, on etsy. These cards are cool, right? They almost look like leather, I think.

Oh! And here’s the finished book, from the class I taught yesterday.

Nice, right?

Hmmm. What else? Well, I finished my cowl, also.

The Pink Widow Cowl.

Making this cowl is quite simple. Just cast on about 25 or 30 stitches, and do a stockinette stitch until your skein is almost finished. You only need to leave enough to sew up the seam together.

I don’t know why this even needs a pattern, really.

I used Paton’s Divine yarn, with size 17 needles. I use big needles a lot because I have carpal tunnels syndrome and just flat out refuse to stop knitting. Who cares dammit, a girl’s got to knit. Right? So I don’t do much crochet anymore because it hurts too much, but knitting is fine if I use big enough needles.

OH! I named this the Pink Widow Cowl, after my sister in law, Grey Widow. The first time I ever saw a cowl was on her, and it was a similar style to this one, only it was crocheted.