Confessions of a Craftaholic

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Frida, Hanging Out & a Sneak Peak

Today I finished up a necklace that I made. It’s a photo transfer pendant on a chain, with pretty beads.

Here, Frida is accompanied by some handmade paper beads.

This piece is lovely and colorful, and matches with an array of outfits. And the recycled beads really make it, don’t you think?

So CLICK HERE to purchase this item.

Oh, and the sneak peak! Well, I’m working on a fun item. It’s a set of affirmation cards. I will show you what some of them look like, so far.

These are just pieces of kraft colored cardstock, from Papertrey ink, which I gessoed and then painted. Now, I’m working on the collage aspect.

What else? I’m feeling lazy today. I was supposed to be going out to the gardens with my daughter, but arg, being pregnant can really make you tired. Maybe I’ll just walk around the neighborhood with her today, and take her to the playground instead.

 

 

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An Owl for Becca Bluebird

I realize I haven’t posted in a couple days, sorry about that. I frankly had been quite busy running around doing things, and have this work in progress, so I hadn’t had the time to post.

Anyway, recently, my friend Becca Bluebird came to visit, for the mermaid parade. I had so much fun hanging out with her and her husband. I made her a couple things.

One thing I made her, was a necklace.

That owl was from a charm bracelet that I received. I saved him, because he was too big to wear.

Here’s what the chain looks like:

I’ve been seeing necklaces like this around the city, so I thought I’d make one similar to what I’ve seen around the city.

This weekend has been fun so far. Today, hubby and I are going to work on some art projects for my blog and our etsy shop, and maybe go food shopping. I realized that if I plan a menu, I save a lot more money than just impulsive purchasing throughout the supermarket.

So I’m doing that. And I’m trying to go with more vegetarian foods. I really feel better when I don’t eat meat. I can’t cook it, because I get morning sickness. I can eat certain types, but I’ve been wanting to go back to my vegetarian ways for a while now, and it certainly is better for the environment.

The nice thing about baking is that 90% of what you bake is sweet and therefore, vegetarian. I did make a nice vegetarian stir fry last night and oh my god. I loved it. I’ve been meaning to start my food blog about all my cooking adventures, and I will soon. I need a better camera, to photograph food.

Today, I’m going to be working on more photo transfer jewelry, and some other pieces of jewelry for my etsy shop. That, and a project that I am VERY uber proud of. I wanted to wait, but I do not think I can. I’ll probably finish it today, and show you tomorrow.

Anything else? I’ve been writing some new poems, so I want to venture to a thrift store and find some old books to alter, so I can make a collage book of my poems.

 

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Creativity Wednesday

Inspired by my art journal, I’ve decided that on wednesdays, it’d be fun to show you some of my own art journaling, and then give you a journal prompt for your own journal.

Today’s journal spread, is more literary.

Take a look:

On the left, there is a letter I wrote to myself. It’s a nurturing letter.  On the right, there’s a list of things that I can do, to nurture myself.

Here’s a closer look:

The page on the right has a picture of myself, that folds out to show another couple things on my nurture list.

Here’s a challenge for you: why don’t YOU write a letter to yourself? What would you say?

It’s hard to think about, isn’t it? I say, wake up in the morning, make your coffee or tea, and just write. I like to gesso the pages the night before, so that when I wake up, I don’t have to wait for the paint to dry. I can just wake up and write and doodle.

So do that. Then in the morning, just wake up, and write a letter to yourself.

Then, take it a step further, and write a list of things that you can do, to make yourself feel good. It’s a good tool to have. You can always look back, and remind yourself of the things that nurture you.

You know?

Oh, and here’s another item I created.

Tomorow, I’ve got to run to the art supply store, and buy some more art supplies to make more earrings! Have you got any suggestions? What sort of people would YOU want to wear?

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Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, and a baby garland

So today, I’ve listed a couple pairs of earrings, and a few more garlands.

Bettie Page. I actually am not swayed one way or another about her, but I have a few friends who are fans of hers, so that’s the inspiration for these earrings.

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When I think of Marilyn Monroe, I think of pearls. I think of the color pink. And I think of a pair of earrings like these. I really like these a lot.

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Hmmm….

I made a couple garlands, and realized that they fit my daughter’s head perfectly! So here’s a couple of garlands I made, that you can also choose to wear as a headband.

My little one modeling, of course. I realized that these can be worn as headbands, so I put her to work. I really like these more, now. I promised her I’d make her one, in repayment for modeling it for me.

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And I love this one. Green is such a pretty color.

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Oh, and I’m still doing my art journal. I’m going to work on an entry now, after I blog this. Then, I have four ATC swaps, a lucky parcel swap, and a jewelry swap. Sheesh! I’m really busy. But I like it. It’s fun to get things in the mail, don’t you think?

I’ll show you my art journal entry tomorow.

Until tomorrow, my crafty readers.

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The Launching of Bad Toy Mural

Today is the launching of the NEW etsy shop of my husband and I, called “Bad Toy Mural”.

This week, I’ll be listing our handmade goods, little by little and each day you’ll see some of the work we put into our boutique.

Today, I listed some of my hand crocheted garlands. I’ve listed these for sale, because often when I wear them, people stop me on the street, simply to ask me where I purchased them, did I make them, and that I should put them up for sale.

So I have.

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And another:

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And one more:

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I really enjoy making these garlands. I started making them because I was bored on the train, and wanted to make a project that was quick to crochet. A friend of mine had asked me to make something like this for her, for repayment for some photos she took, while I was doing a craft party.

I love the way the color changes in each flower, and I love to layer these necklaces with other necklaces.

Again, I decided to sell them, after hearing so many people tell me, “those are so pretty, you should sell them!”

I will be posting more today, as the day goes on.

I’m happy that etsy has changed it’s format, so that it isn’t so annoying to post a product. Before I had to go and resize each picture, it was so annoying. I’m glad they changed that.

I’m deciding today, to just focus on my future, and not my past. Too often, we look at the past.

Father’s day is a very hard holiday for me to be quite honest, as it conjurs memories of past hurts, and makes me feel angry at times, that nothing was done about the crap that I was going through.

Instead, my abusers choose to act as if they never did anything, and that all I am doing is making up lies. I don’t know any sane person who would want to make up lies about disfunction, but I know I certainly would not.

What heals me from all of the hurt, is being a wife and a mom. Really. It sounds corny, but it’s true. My spiritual path, in combination with my supportive and loving husband, and beautiful baby girl, have really made it so that I look forward to waking up every day, and being a mom and a wife. Not only am I those things, but an artist and writer. You see, THESE are the things that are healing to me. And so, by choosing to focus on the good things, happiness is illuminated.

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TUTORIAL: Shrink Plastic Photo Transfer!

Remember all that photo transfer jewelry that I love to make?

Well, being a new writer for The Examiner, I’m proud to list my first article, on the subject.

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The Finished Work: Felted Wool Bead Necklace

So recently I showed you some beads I was making out of felt, to make into a necklace. I figured that today is as good a time as any to finish the work, and string them up. So I did.

Here’s what it looks like:

So what do you think? You like it? I’m not sure what to do with it yet. Maybe I’ll save it in a pile of Xmas gifts to give this year.

It’s really hot so I’m cutting this post short, so I can take a cold shower and go to the park with my little one.

 

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A Muse, made just for me

So recently I had purchased these miniature dolls, made by Tim Holtz’s brand of products. It comes two in a pack, so I gave one to my daughter because I just cannot resist when she asks me for art supplies in that cute little voice of hers.

Then, you all know I went to the National Stationary Show. I was fortunate enough to meet Tim Holtz and his very nice marketing person, who sent me a little box of goodies for me and my art group to play around with.

Here’s an item I made with the little miniature dolls of his, and a few other items they sent me:

So now, here’s the thing. First of all, the chain was from a necklace I did not like at all. I loved the chain, but not the pendant, so I saved the chain. Secondly, it was my daughter’s idea to put wings on the back of the doll, so as she said, “it could be a fairy”. So that’s what I did.

Then I showed this to my husband, who said it would be cool to stain it, to look old somehow. I rememered that Tim Holtz has alcohol inks, which I also have some of. So this is what it looks like now:

You think it looks better before, or after? No wait, don’t tell me, since it is too late to go back to plain white.

Anyhow, I applied the alcohol ink and rubbed it in with a cotton ball, to smudge and smear it a bit. I like this necklace now, quite a lot. The charms that read, “wander” and “muse” are also Tim Holtz’s. I normally mix brands a lot more than I did today, but what can I say, I am a quiet fan.

So that’s that. I just saw a couple of documentaries that are REALLY awesome. If you have netflix, you can watch it from your computer. One was “Cropsey”. This one is a sort of urban legend crime documentary. I’m REALLY into crime documentaries. In fact, when I was a kid I wanted to be a cop. I did. I never pursued it, since my dad had told me women shouldn’t be cops. I obviously don’t believe that, anymore.

The other one I saw was called “Very Young Girls” which is filed under crime documentaries in netflix, but is about human trafficing in underage girls. I warn you, it’s really sad and at the begining, hard to watch. But it has a nice ending, I promise. It’s a good movie to watch when your kids are asleep.

That’s all for now, I suppose.

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Make Your Own: Lavender Bath Salts

So recently a friend of mine saved her jam jars and gave them to me. Being in the pampering mood, I decided to make some lovely lavender bath salts.

I love making these bath salts, because salt is great in the tub, to soothe those aches and pains. And adding lavender, it can be a nice soothing bath.

Here’s a photo DIY for you.

That’s Lavender and Chamomile. Add a bit of both.

Mix it up.

You can decorate the jars. I didn’t do too much, because it’s going in your bathroom. I mean, it could get wet, you know. You don’t need essential oils. I didn’t use any. The scent of the fresh dried lavender is enough.

Hope you enjoy this little how-to! Recycle those jam jars!

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Goddess Earrings

I realize I didn’t blog yesterday. Sorry about that. My daughter’s birthday is today, and so I’ve been scrambling around trying to get everything done, to celebrate her birthday today.

I did have the chance to make some earrings. Well, I’m lying. The truth is, I made these earrings a while ago, but for some reason, never blogged about them, so here they are. I love Indian goddess, especially the Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of good fortune.

So that’s that. I also just finished making a red velvet cake, which is my daughter’s favorite. We’re not going to be cooking too much, because I have this volunteer work that I do on occasion, and I happen to be doing that today. So lite finger foods and such.

What else? Well me being the craftaholic, you’d think that I would have gone through the trouble of making cute little party favor bags, right? Nope. Wrong. I have had very little time lately, even for crafting. I’ve had to clean up the house, then there were doctor’s appointments, then meetings, and such.

Being pregnant now, I’ve been really bitten by the scrapbooking bug. I like to make small little scrapbooks, actually. What I want to do, is round up all my daughter’s pictures, and archive them in the scrapbooks I’ve made for her. That, and I’m working on a baby blanket for her, but I need to round up the $$ to purchase another 10 or so hanks of yarn to dye, since I realize I need more yarn to make this blanket for her. It’s not really a baby blanket, as she isn’t a baby. It’s a nice blanket for her to use as she gets bigger, which is why I need more yarn. So it will fit her, and not just the half of her.

Anyway, I’ve got to run.  But here’s wishing my first born child a very happy birthday. Since she’s been in my life, she’s brought me nothing but wisdom, happiness, and a few grey hairs.

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