Confessions of a Craftaholic

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A Ribbon Box

So here’s something I just made for another swap. In the swap, we are supposed to make a box for our partner, and then fill it up with handmade jewelry.

I can’t remember where I got this idea, but I made this box, out of an empty ribbon spool! Can you believe it? And the flower on top is a prima flower that I had saved for about a year or something, and finally found the perfect project for it.

Nice, right?

Oh, and not having a computer for a week actually worked to my benefit. Now I wake up, make my coffee, and write each morning. I right, and read the Bagavad Gita every morning. I love it. So I’ve been writing some poetry lately. I’m actually working on a book that I hope to publish through Lulu. It should be done by the summer, I think.

The Craftaholic

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Day 361: Notecards & Concert Pics


“But knowledge regarding our own mind, our deep nature, is still limited……”

-The Dalai Lama

Why is this? Perhaps we do not entertain the idea of enlightenment enough. That is, we do not believe enough that there is a possibility for enlightenment.

Perhaps we have too much clutter in our brains. Clutter being from television, and worrying about things you may or may not have control over.

Listen, life is the way it is, and there isn’t much you can really accomplish by simply worrying about it. Move on, that’s what’s best. Expand your mind, by removing the clutter.

This morning was a quick and easy little project, because I am quite tired. I went to bed at about 2 am, due to the Fishbone concert I mentioned yesterday. I went, and it was awesome.

If you’re wondering who Fishbone is, they’re a ska band, dating back about 25 years, and are one of my favorite bands. I love them! And, I saw an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a while, so that was nice.

Anyway, here’s the pics of the cards I made, for a swap I’m in.

Yeah, so I finally have my camera back! Here’s a shot of those tags that I made.

Nice, right? I followed a tutorial SORT OF, but did my own thing.

And of course, here’s some shots from last night. My friend Lael is in a band called “Boom Box Repair Kit” and they opened for Fishbone.

That’s him (Lael).

The band, on stage.  Can you believe that this shot was taken from my a cell phone? Anyway, I chatted with the lead guy (Angelo Moore) afterward, as he does spoken word poetry. So here’s a cheesy pic of me, with him.

Very cheesy.

Anyway, today is a day to catch up on a few things, and package some things to be sent out. I’ve got to run. There’s french toast in the kitchen waiting for me.

The Craftaholic

Day 360: Vintage Inspired Collaged Notebook


“Compassion, tolerance, and altruism bring us happiness and calmness.”

-The Dalai Lama

Compassion, tolerance and altruism.

What does Altruism mean? In the dictionary it’s defined as:

he principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotionto the welfare of others ( opposed to egoism).

Oppposed to egoism. Egoism is when you think only and solely of yourself. But being altruistic is the opposite. In these modern times, we have become accustomed to thinking solely of ourselves, of our family and no one else. We think, “times are tough, and I must look out for myself”. But the opposite is true. If we were to come together more as a community, we could all evenly survive the economic and emotional hardships that present themselves.

Think of someone else for a change. Look out for other people. Do you know someone who just lost their job? Go to the store, and buy them some groceries. Offer to pay a utility bill. Having a hard time yourself? Bake something for someone. Nothing says love like home baked goodies.

Offer what you can. If you can sew, then offer that. If you can bake, then offer that. Look out for the people around you, not just yourself. I am a strong believer in Karma. Most of you know that I hold craft workshops throughout New York. Although I do (obviously) charge a fee for materials, time and instruction, I do let my students take a generous helping of papers and things. I’m pretty generous with my supplies, most of my students will tell you.

I think that it is because of this that I have been blessed to work with so many wonderful companies, such as DMC Threads, and Plaid Crafts. It’s wonderful to know that you won’t be running out of something. You know?

Today I am still lacking my camera. But I have a crappy photo of an altered composition notebook that I created for a swap.

The background is just pages from a trashy novel that my friend was getting rid of. Then the pretty paper is from a collage pack from Dick Blick. Finally, the images are from Alphastamps.

It’s easy to make something like this. With your glue stick, glue on the background and the decorative pics. Then, just go over it with Paper Mod Podge. That’s it! You can of course, do more to it. But I like a nice simple notebook, don’t you?

What else? Oh! I am going to see Fishbone tonite! I am SO excited! I’ve wanted to see them since before I met my husband and never have had the chance. They are playing at Webster Hall tonite.

Anything else? Not really. I just placed an order for some jewelry making supplies, because I’ve been on such a roll with this jewelry making thing, that I figured I should stock up on earring backs and such.

Once I’m all caught up with my swaps, I really do want to make some handmade soap. I’d like to make some Patchouli soap, that’d be nice.

The Craftaholic

Day 303: My Daughter’s Artwork


“One can be deceived by 3 types of laziness: indolence, inferiority, and the laziness that is attached to negative actions.”

-The Dalai Lama

Woah, dude.  Laziness really does cause bad things to happen. Really. It’s not just that it MAKES bad things happen, as much as you aren’t doing anything, and that idleness is very, very bad. It’s like when your car just sits there idling. It’s wasteful, both to the environment, and to your pocket (because it wastes gas). Spend your time wisely. Life is too short to waste time being lazy.

Today, I made some WIPs with my daughter by my side. Instead of showing you what I made, I want to show you her artwork. She’s only three, but she is a natural born artist, with amazing ability. For this piece, she took a couple shrink plastic buttons from my desk. She also has a regular button there, and some papers that she crumpled and added to the piece, along with some scrap papers that she painted, with purple finger paint.

I love it! She inspires me so much.

Here you can see the crumpled paper, globs of glue, and papers that she layered and collaged on top of the construction paper. I think it’s amazing, especially given the fact that she’s only three years old. Right?

And here’s a cheesy shot of her holding her work:

Today I have a full day! I have a meetup with my craft group. We are going to central park, for some art making in the park. After that, I’m going to a swap. Full and busy day!

Then, I’ll go home, of course.

I have to run. I’ve got to figure out what I want to make with my group today!

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 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 294: Star Accordion Scrapbook


“True compassion is not an emotional response but a firm commitment founded in reason.”

-The Dalai Lama

The logical thing, is to be compassionate and practice kindness. It’s not something you do because you FEEL like you should do, it is simply something that we must do, as humans. Life is not always about getting ourselves further ahead of another. Sometimes we must stop, and practice compassion. We MUST. If we all were to practice kindness and compassion, can you imagine the world we would live in?

Today, I made an Star Accordion Bound Scrapbook.

Pretty, right? I hope to teach this as a class at the Ink Pad in August.

A very bad shot of the inside.

I’ve got to go, as my parents are coming over. We’re going to the Natural History Museum with my little one. By the way, I am loving the weather the past couple days! Not too hot, and the sun is out and everything. Fabulous. If only it were like this more often instead of the sweaty, sweltering heat.

The Craftaholic

Day 293: Pamphlet Stitch Scrapbook


“Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself.”

-The Dalai Lama

When you search for yourself, you need only look within yourself. While it is nice to have things and eat good food and make nice things, these things don’t determine your happiness. Happiness comes from within you, not within a material world.

Today, I made a little scrapbook, that I’ll be teaching a workshop on, at The Ink Pad.

This is made with paper bags also, and I used a pamphlet stitch binding for this, with pretty ribbon and lace. I’m going to be teaching a class on this very book July 17th at the Ink Pad.

Call them to sign up for it!

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What a difference pretty papers make.

Well kids, I’m off. I have to drop this off to the store, and then I would like to buy some more linoleum. I love it, it’s so much fun. I was sketching a design this morning that I hope to carve out.

I also have to take my little one somewhere. There’s a good playground in chinatown, maybe I’ll go there. I have to buy postcards anyway. MMMmmm, then I can have some dumplings for lunch. YUMMMMMmmers.

About the recipe-I didn’t end up making it, as I was so tired last night and got caught up with everything else! But today we’re eating left overs, so I’ll have time to make dessert, for which pictures and a recipe will follow tomorrow. I promise.

The Craftaholic

Day 292: Block Printed Trees & Lucky Cat Magnets


“If you want to know what will happen in the future, look at what your mind is doing now.”

-The Dalai Lama

Woah, man. You see, that you can literally create your world? Your world is comprised of your thought process.

It’s not that you are like one of the cast from the TV show “Charmed” where they were able to conjur and create things quite literally. I mean that your wolrd is what you think it is.

Life is only negative if you see it that way. Life can be good, or it can be terrible. It’s really your choice. It’s not what happens in life that makes life good or bad. It’s how you respond to it, and what you expect out of life. You shouldn’t put high expectations on people and places and things. Life is what it is, and we have no control over other people and how they are going to react.

We can though, change our expectations, or rather, not have any. I don’t mean lower your expectations. I mean don’t expect in the first place.

Today, I finished the lino cut block print I was working on yesterday. Actually, my daughter was watching, and to keep her from being jabbed with the speedball thingie, I was guarding the thing with my hand, and ended up jabbing myself. But thanks to my hello kitty bandaid, I am A-ok.

Do you like it? I think it’s pretty darn cool. I made these thinking about how cool they would look as invites, with some typewriter font letters at the top center. What do you think?

Here is the linocut itself:

And more shots:

I love block printing! It’s so much fun!

I also made some lucky cat magnets, for a swap I’m in. She has cats.

I hope she likes them.

That’s all for now. It’s another hot day today, but we went grocery shopping, so I am tempted to cook today. Today, we’re going to have rice and beans and chicken. Yum. I could eat rice and beans every day and not get sick of it. My husband however, does not feel the same way.

What else? Peanut Butter pie for dessert. OMG, it’s amazing. Trust me. And don’t worry, a recipe will be posted tomorow.

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