Tagged: crafty

Mar 27

Brekkie Club 5

This week’s Friday Five is an homage to the classic teenage dramady The Breakfast Club, which celebrates it’s 30th (!!!!!) anniversary this week. Enjoy!

  • When you were seventeen, how did you spend most of your Saturdays?
    • Probably working. When I was 17, I worked at The Buckle hawking all the coolest jeans – Girbaud, Z. Cavaricci, etc. I worked there for a couple of years. It was my very first job when I turned 16. I even worked at 2 different locations. I loved the discount, but the job wasn’t my bag. It was very high pressure commissioned sales, and I truly hated it. Ironic, considering that my career ended up being high pressure commissioned sales. What I do now is totally different though, and I do actually love it.
  • What was your high school locker like?
    • I don’t remember having any pictures or decor going on in my locker. I’m pretty sure I just dumped my coat/books/whatever in there and went on with my day. I guess I was a boring kid.
  • When did you last have to replace a missing screw?
    • I don’t know. I can’t think of anything, but this strikes me as something my husband would probably do and not me.
  • What was the last thing you drank out of a Thermos?
    • I don’t specifically remember drinking out of a Thermos, but I’ll say it was most definitely coffee.
  • Do you still possess anything you created in high school (say, an elephant lamp that lights up when pull the trunk)?
    • I can’t think of anything I made in high school at all actually. I remember sewing an apron in Home Ec in junior high. I think it had to be 7th or 8th grade. We had to go buy cotton fabric and bring it in for the project. I remember being at the fabric store and choosing this really bright tropical flower print in hot pink, purple and lime green. My mom tried to talk me out of it and steered me towards a nice gingham or polka dot, but I wouldn’t budge. I even picked out black lace trim to sew on the pockets. All the other kids had solid colors and very subtle prints, but that was never my style. My mom still has the amazing technicolor lace trimmed apron and it’s really quite amazing.

I’d also like to note that my 365 Sketch Project is continuing. I did miss one day, but that’s it. I haven’t been posting the drawings anywhere, but I’ve been keeping it up. Have a great weekend! XOXO


Sep 24

The Years Go By

You may remember that I made an art journal out of an old yearbook last year (read about that here). I was so happy with how that turned out that I decided to start another one this past weekend. I bought 2 yearbooks from the same estate sale and this new one actually belongs to the brother of the girl from the last book. 🙂

This book is still brand new but I’ve got a few pages done, and I did some prep work stuff to get it ready. Anyway, I’m pretty excited! Here’s a couple of photos.







Apr 19

A Great Pair of Arts

This week was so long and mostly awful, so last night I spent most of the evening locked in my Underground Lair painting, drawing, and generally having a blast. I finished my Yearbook Journal!! It’s all done and I’m so so pleased with it. Some of it is just terrible and messy and I can’t believe I’m actually showing it off! But even the ugliest, most terrible parts of it were incredibly satisfying and so so much fun to create. This book has been my place to share my feelings – all of them – without words. And it has been a pretty great experience. I made a quick flip video so you can take a look though it. I don’t really care if you like it or not, but here it is. 🙂

Once I’d finished that book I knew I was going to need another one. Recently, while cleaning out my office at work to move into a new building I came across this spiral bound book that was a program from a scientific meeting that someone attended a few years ago. Instead of recycling it, I brought it home. I liked the glossy paper inside, the spiral binding, and the tabbed sections. I decided to make this my new journal, so I used gesso, paint, card stock and duct tape to reinforce the front cover.

New Art Journal


On the back cover, I cut a couple of pages in half, duct taped them together and made a little pocket to store goodies.

Back page w/pocket


And then, I couldn’t help myself – I wanted to see what the glossy paper was like, so I traced my hand, lightly gesso’d the negative space and then used colored pencil over it.

First Page


So that’s how I finished out a terrible week. And it was pretty glorious. XOXO


Dec 30

Christmas 2013

Our Christmas was great – I certainly hope that your holiday was as well. We spent Christmas Eve at home alone. We opened our gifts and then watched Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, which is our favorite holiday movie. Mike got me perfect gifts as usual – some new storage for my underground lair, as well as a SWEET label maker, and a copy of Wreck This Journal. For his gift, I took some of his old tees that were too big for him and made them into throw pillows for his new couch in the Man Cave. I think he really dug them. 🙂

Old Tees turned into throw pillows


Christmas morning we went over to my sister’s bright and early. We all had breakfast together and then opened presents. It was really cool and we all had a great time. My sister got us a popcorn maker!  Like a real kettle popper. We haven’t tried it yet because we’ve been busy, but we’re planning to today. We spent the afternoon with Mike’s family in Grand Rapids. There are LOTS more people and kids there so it is much more chaotic, but it’s equally as fun. We had a ball and it was great to spend time with everyone.

 Christmas Day 2013


It was a long day, but so worth it! We had an amazing time. I hope that you did, too. 🙂


Aug 13

Rows & Rows & Rows

I wanted to give you a quick update on my sock yarn binky. I’ve been working on it here and there and I’ve made some progress. I’m really happy with the way it’s looking! I like it SO much better than the original sock yarn binky I was working on. It was a log cabin style which just didn’t suit the scrappy multi-colored yarn. This rectangular granny square pattern is much prettier, and honestly, more fun to work on as well. This thing is still going to take me forever to finish, but that’s to be expected when you make an entire afghan with fingering weight yarn. As you can see, there are about a zillion ends to weave in, so that will take me another 378563498 years to finish. 🙂

I have another scrap afghan going right now as well. It’s also crochet, but it’s worsted weight yarn. I’ll post some pictures of that one pretty soon, too.

Here’s a couple of pics – first the whole thing, and then a nice close-up. I hope you’re having a wonderful week. XOXO

Sock Yarn Binky

 Sock Yarn Binky


Jul 23

Book 7

Book 7 Cover

This is the cover of my 7th journal. I’m almost done with this book, in fact I doubt it’ll last through the week. When I start a new book I usually just use it as is for a while and as the time goes by I figure out what the cover will look like. In this case, about halfway through the book I knew I wanted to paint the cover, so I covered it with a couple of coats of gesso. Then it stayed like that for about a month until I chose some colors and painted it with acrylic paint. About a week later I found these reflective letter and number stickers at a garage sale for 50 cents. I added some glitter glue hearts and VIOLA, journal cover number 7 is done. Now I just have to finish the book, and choose my next one. I have several possibilities. Very exciting!


Apr 10

Beer & Boy Bands

Over the weekend, I finished my 6th diary-journal-storybook-thingy. I’m still not 100% sure what to call these things, honestly. I usually just refer to them as “my book”. I can’t believe I’ve burned through six whole books! Here’s the cover of this one. I just sort of added stickers to the front as I came across them. Some are from the Winter Beer Fest, of course, and then the NKOTB stickers are from our trip to Schaumburg in March. We found a little used toy shop that was selling unopened NKOTB trading card packs for 25 cents, so I indulged myself. 🙂

This book alternated between black paper and white lined paper. I was excited about the black paper at first, but I ultimately ended up being frustrated with it because the supplies I could use on it were so limited. Looking back through the pages of this book, I also see a lot of frustration and sadness. I hope that book 7 finds me in happier times and better spirits.

Journal Cover #6

Speaking of book 7, I’ve already started it. I’d love to share some of the first pages with you, but……I bought a 9×9 book because the square shape is cool and the paper is really nice. I didn’t stop to think that it won’t fit on my scanner bed. Sadly, it will make it far more difficult to share my drawings here. I don’t ultimately make these books for anyone but myself, however, I do typically scan every page just so that I can always have a digital copy – if my books were damaged, lost, burned, whatever, I would feel awful. I’m quite attached to them! So not being able to scan this book is hard for me, but I decided to press on and figure that part out later.

Here is a photo I snapped of the first page, though. I like to open a new book with a self portrait. 🙂
Self Portrait!


Feb 19

Butt Cookies & Warm Toesies

Here’s a quick recap of what’s been going down lately:

  • Mike has become a prolific baker. And by that I mean he buys refrigerated cookie dough and bakes it into cookies that are sometimes shaped like butts. He makes a dozen or so, leaves me 2, and then takes the rest over to Sam & Steph’s when they watch Walking Dead on Sunday nights. This is the perfect arrangement for me – I get 2 fresh baked cookies, and don’t have to look at the rest of them because he never brings any back home. This one time he put the dough globs a bit too close together and the cookies came out looking like butts. Behold: butt cookies.
    Butt cookies
  • I wore a sweater dress last week. That’s a big deal. I think it looked ok, too. I was in sort of a panic at first, but then I just got over it. So that’s pretty exciting. I bought the dress when I was in Texas in January 2012, so I’ve been hanging onto this thing for a while. Anyway, I feel pretty victorious.
  • Mike & I went to the eye doctor last week and we both got new glasses. I picked out Coach frames! They’re pretty sweet. I’m hoping to pick them up sometime this week.
  • I picked up my mug on Friday. It turned out decent for my first try, but I think I could do better now that I’ve gotten my feet wet in this whole ceramics deal. Here’s a terrible pic of it in awful lighting:
    My mug after firing
  • I bought a pair of slippers. I used to wear shoes around the house, because otherwise my feet hurt. Since I always had real shoes on, I was never able to wear any cute slippers. Since my foot surgery I’ve been wearing just socks, but my feet are always cold. So I bought some furry leapord print booties that have little tiny leopard print pom poms on them. They are super cute and now my feet are warm!
  • Sunday was the TENTH anniversary of this blog. I feel like there should have been a bit more fanfare or something, but I never really got anything together, so there it is. Happy Blogiversary to me!
  • As of yesterday, Mike is back to working 2nd shift, which SUCKS. We can’t go to the gym together anymore, and I have to eat my dinner alone during the week. He’s working 12-9, which is better than 3-11 by far, so at least there’s that – he gets home before I have to go to bed. It’s only temporary, but we don’t know exactly how long temporary is just yet.
  • I had the day off yesterday for President’s Day, so I did a bit of shopping and went to the pool with my mom. It was a beautiful day – cold but sunny, so it was fun to be out & about. 🙂

So that’s pretty much it around here. I hope all of your dreams come true this week.


Feb 12

Jam Cat

I had a pretty eventful weekend! Friday night I went out with my mom & my sister to a ceramics night at a local studio. I’ve never done any ceramics before, so I had no idea what to expect or what we would actually be doing. It turned out to be really fun! We had a very good time chatting and laughing while we painted our projects. My mom made a really cool travel mug that has a lid, and my sister made a rectagular tray that she is planning to use as a fruit bowl. I picked a giant coffee mug that has a handle – surprise surprise. I had NO IDEA what I was going to do with it, so I foraged around in a bin full of stencils until I found this really cool branch type. Once I had that I decided to do neutrally brownish autumnal colors. I ended up painting my mug in tan, with the handle a darker brown. Uh oh…The cute branchy stencil I picked was too large to fit on my mug! I had to wing it, so I ended up freehanding the whole thing. I hope it doesn;t look awful once it’s fired! I also painted a cute little leaf on the inside bottom, and painted my name on the outside bottom. Here’s the pre-fired look. The colors will look quite a bit different after firing.

 Hand Painted Mug

 Hand Painted Mug - Bottom

I can’t wait to pick it up this Friday and see how it turned out! This was really fun, and I can’t wait to do it again sometime.

Marmalade Dog 2013On Saturday, Mike & I hooked up with a few friends and went over to WMU for the Marmalade Dog show. It’s a gaming convention that focuses mainly on table games and strategy games such as Warhammer, Magic, etc. There’s really not a whole lot in it for me usually, except there are some cool vendors. Last time I went I bought a cute fleece hat with ears on top. This time, I was not disappointed at all. I bought an AMAZING cameo that can be worn as a brooch or as a pendant, and it looks like THIS:

 Cat Cameo

It’s pretty much the greatest thing, like, ever. I love it. The rest of Marmalade Dog was pretty boring for me, but it’s fairly small so we didn’t stay for very long.

So that’s it for now. Hove a great rest of your week!! XOXO.


Nov 03

I’ve Got You Covered

I started this project several weeks ago, and I wasn’t really sure if or how to make it work, but I just went for it. I have all of these fabric and trim scraps, as well as enough sewing experience to be dangerous. I decided to sew a fabric cover for my journal. Or at least try. The base of the cover is made from Princess & the Frog fabric leftover from a skirt I made for my little neice. There are also scraps from the totebags I made, and some of the skirts I made for myself as well. One of the things I LOVE about this project is that when I look back at this book, the cover will remind me that I got back into sewing, and also remind me of lots of the little projects I made. Anyway, here’s the front cover:

 Front Cover

I went a little crazy on details here! The 4 is because this is the 4th volume of my journal. Since I am not an expert at sewing by any means, this was a great chance for me to experiment and try some new things. There are eyelets, a bit of beading, and even a lollipop iron on! I used leftover bias tape to finish all my edges, and I love the effect.

 Back Cover

The back cover is a bit more plain, but I did get a chance to try out some of the fancy embroidery stitches that my machine will do. Check out that cute little heart stitch! My sewing machine connects to a Nintendo Gameboy Color and you use it to choose and customize stitches. I’ve really never used it for anything outside of a zig zag before, so this was really cool.

Overall I’m happy with how this turned out. I don’t think it’s the most beautiful thing on the planet, but like my journal, it’s sort of a mish mash of memories, and I like that about it very much.