Confessions of a Craftaholic

Tag: Home Decor

Day 287: A Golden Lotus Flower


“Whatever the circumstances, we should remain humble, modest, and without pride”

-The Dalai Lama

Why? Because it’s important to keep a level head. It’s nice to feel good about yourself, but it’s not nice to think that you are somehow above someone else because of your accomplishments in life, or your social status. As I always say: no one really cares. Life is too short to do anything but keep your heads balanced between the ground and the clouds.

Today, I made another set of magnets. I like these alot.

The lotus flowers are from a hand carved stamp in my collection. They are hand stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder. I really love these. These are available for sale, though I haven’t listed them on etsy yet.

What else? My craft group is meeting up tonite, so that should be fun.

It’s really hot here in New York City. Too hot.

The Craftaholic

Day 284: Butterfly Wall Hanging


“Violence is a destructive power. Nonviolence is constructive.” -The Dalai Lama

I’ll keep today’s post rather short because I am feeling under the weather, and have been laying down all day. At any rate, violence doesn’t have to just mean with raised fists. It can be with words and gossip. Words can hurt. It was shocking to me to learn, when I delved into the craft world, that there is so much cattiness, gossip, jealousy, and competition. And stealing of ideas. And backstabbing. It is insanity. To me, art is something that surpasses the idea of who is better than whom, or who has unique ideas. Cattiness, gossip, and ill words are destructive.

Use your words for good, not bad. Don’t talk about people. If you feel the need to gossip about someone, perhaps you should just think of what it is about the person that you envy. Yes, I said it. Deal with it.

Today, I made a pretty wall hanging. I’ve been into the butterfly thing lately. But don’t worry, I’ll get back to my owls soon enough.

I really like it.

Here’s a close up of the butterflies:

Nice, right?

I like this a lot. I want to make one for my beloved owls.

Oh, I also made the most delicious cupcakes. Burnt Butter Brown Sugar Cupcakes, from a recipe book of Nigella Lawson, “How to be a Domestic Goddess”.  I added hazelnuts, and it is simply amazing.

Oh, and this is what’s on my needles:

I can’t tell you what it’s going to be because it’s for an article that I’m submitting to something that I also can’t tell you. But if I get the job, you’ll be the first to know.

The Craftaholic

Day 268: Dwell Banner and a Silly Dance with my Daughter


“Rather than speaking badly about people, we should practice a purer perception of them and speak only of their good qualities.” -The Dalai Lama

Gossip is referred to by most religions as evil. Why do you think this is? Think about it. So many relationships have been severed simply because of gossip and ill speaking of others. It’s addictive though, isn’t it? It’s so easy to just start bitching to your friend about how so and so did something that bothered you. Then you start talking about how stuck up she is, or how annoying her kid is. Right? It’s easy. It makes you feel good to talk about someone when they annoy you or make you angry. It’s harder to let peace into your life in these situations. Because you don’t really want peace. You want to  be angry with them, because in some way, you think you are punishing them. But you are only punishing yourself.

It doesn’t matter how ill you speak of someone, they are still going to live their life. It’s like I always say: no one really cares. Life keeps going and going. And if you don’t stop to let in the peace to your life, it will pass you by. Stop talking about people. Try to see the good in others. I know it’s hard to do this, especially when people continue being asses. But they are not the important thing in your life. What is important? You. Your family, your life, your home, your future.

I made a banner for my home.

These are chipboard cut outs I got from a swap (I think). I glued vintage music sheets to it, glued some pretty flowers, and the letters to spell out, “Dwell”. I also glittered the edges with pink Martha Stewart glitter.

Here’s a close up:

Here’s what it looks like, against my record collection:

I didn’t even bother cropping the picture, sorry.

I love love love this banner! I put mini clothing line clips on the back, so if I want to, I could just clip them anywhere. Here, they are on a pretty ribbon, again from a swap.

The nice thing about being broke is that you end up really using what you’ve got.

What else? Oh, me and the baby randomly broke into dance. My daughter loves dancing, and loves dance music. Don’t ask where she got this, cuz she didn’t get it from me. I love old jazz and classic punk. But ohwell.

Cute, right? Can you guess what she was dancing to? Lady Gaga. YES. Can you believe the the child of two bohemian artists likes Lady Gaga? Oh man. What am I going to do? I just indulge it, really.

She loves to dance, dude. I uploaded a video of it on youtube, but it needs to be rotated, and I don’t know how to do that.

Here’s the link though, if you don’t mind tilting your head.

The Craftaholic

Day 266: Collaged Photos in a Red Frame


“Inner darkness, which we call ignorance, is the root of suffering. The more inner light that comes, the more darkness will diminish.”

-The Dalai Lama

Inner darkness. That sounds like heavy stuff, huh? Well, it’s all about perspective. In the pentecostal church where I grew up in, they preached about “Satan” lurking around the corner, seeking to destroy your inner peace. Although my belief in this is nill, I do think that negativity in itself, is something that addictive, and eats at you. If you let it in, it will take over your life. If you stop it in it’s tracks, it will not consume you anymore. Stop it before it tries to ruin your mood and your life.

What is then, inner light? Inner light, to me, is the positive force. It can be whatever this means to you. If it means your spirituality, or your belief in god or nature, then so be it; but just let it in. Let the positive light in to your life. Allow the goodness in the universe to permeate you, like water on paper.

This is a hard concept to grasp at times for those of you who are not religious. The pest way to let inner light into your life, is to go out into nature. I happen to love the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Also, going to the shore is great.

A simple idea, is to stop the negative thinking in it’s tracks, by fighting it with love and peace. That is the only way, I think.

Today, I ressurected a frame that I had in my closet, from before I even got pregnant with my daughter. No, really. It was in my closet for years.

I painted it red, and cropped some family photos, and here’s what I ended up with:

I really love this a lot. We have a wall in our living room, where I plan on filling up with photos in pretty antique frames. I used paper from Sassafrass to make the background for the pics. Here’s a close up of the pics:

And, here it is on my wall:

I know the picture is weird, sorry. I’m short, so I couldn’t get a better shot.

Today it is super duper hot in brooklyn, new york. I’m thinking about taking my daughter out. But it’s so hot! I just want to stay indoors where it’s nice and cool with my fan! Arg. I like the summer, but this hot weather can be too much.

I made a facebook page for my craft group! I hope you’ll join me on both of them.

The Craftaholic

Day 120: Make a Glittered Wall Hanging


“The more we have power to see things, the more there is to see.”

What does this mean, really? I mean, I guess it has to do with awareness. Right? If you aren’t aware of the world around you, how can you see? What do you see, when you aren’t aware? You see only what you choose to see. Awareness comes with our choosing not to follow someone else’s ideals. It comes with really seeing, not looking. Looking and seeing are two different things.

Today’s crafty endeavor is a cool little sign to decorate your home.

I happened to buy this chipboard word by Making Memories, that says “Cherish”.

For this project, you’ll need some Aleen’s craft & school glue, a foam brush, decorative papers, and Martha Stewart Glitter in the shade of toumaline.

All you do, is add glue to the chipboard, and with your foam brush, make sure you spread it all around for an even coat. After that, you’ll just add the glitter.

I did this process two by two. I would brush two letters with glue, then glitter them, and keep going.

Make sure you add glitter on a paper separate from the one you glued the letters, so you don’t end up wasting any glitter.

After that, just wait for the thing to dry, then spray it with two or more coats of spray varnish. Add a sticker or ribbon for a finishing touch.

I was going to just show you how it looked just like that, but then I realized that the packaging made a cool background for the word.

So I cut the name label off, and wrapped it up in pretty paper.

Then, I just glued on the chipboard letters, and added a ribbon to hang it.

Like it?

I hope you do!