Pretty Flowers

A little bit of pretty, to brighten up your day.

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R surprised me with a spring mix.  Simple yet beautiful.  I love wildflowers, and bouquets of mixed flowers.  He sure does know how to put a smile on this gal’s face.

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Psychodelic Horn

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I have had it in my head for quite some time now, that I wanted an antler to hang on the wall.  Not real antlers mind you, just a fake one.  I do not condone hurting animals.

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I do condone fun ways to hang items, like hats or scarves.  That is something I can dig.  So I made an antler out of Crayola Air Dry Clay (pretty fun stuff if you get the chance to play with it).  I then painted it.  I still wanted a little zing.  I mounted my faux antler to a piece of wood from Michael’s and painted it.  This is where the zing came into play.  I decided upon three different shades of blue and used the rings of the wood as my guide.  The end result is pretty trippy, but I like it.  It adds color, character and dare I say pizzazz to an otherwise boring wall.

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The only downside is that it’s not as mighty as I originally envisioned.  It’s a few tines short of being impressive.  Perhaps in the future I shall mold another, making it a pair.

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Motivation

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I think a bug bit me or this little gnome lit a fire under my haunches, because I have been feeling super motivated and inspired lately.  Not that I am a lazy slob otherwise.  I work hard, but I’m the type of person when I start to feel too overwhelmed with work and things I have to get done, I just shut down.  Which then leads to me mentally berating myself for not working harder, because it seems everyone else works, works, works!  But I know my limits after a hard lesson learned.  Plus I don’t want to live to work. Where is the fun in that?  Unless you love your work, than cheers to you.  I, however, do not at the moment.

What I am loving is this new vim and vigor I have got going.  I’ve got a plan and it is time to execute it.  I’m not sure if it is the refreshing weather(It’s the first year in a while that we have actual spring temperatures during spring and not summer temps.  It’s PA for Pete’s sake!) or the information I have read on selling handmade goods and starting my own business, but I am ready to go.  I just hope this lasts and keeps me going, because I know how I can get.

This is what I plan and I am posting it here because some have said that when you tell others about your plans it makes you more accountable.  I can already attest to this because R is on my case.  In a very good and supportive way.

Here it goes:

-Have my Etsy store up and running by the end of May.  This means I really need to step up production.

-Look into and sign up for craft shows.

-Continue to learn and grow my business.

-Post more on this blog, about my progess, my products, side projects(A girls gotsta stay sane), any handmade news, and other diddies I wish to share.

So there you have it.  Let’s do it!  Well, I’ll do it rather.

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Another Diddie

A couple weeks ago I posted a necklace I made for my oldest friend.  In this post I mentioned also making her another diddy.  Well, I finally finished it and sent off the package.  I decided I would make her a small cross-body satchel.

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I want to open an Etsy store(I have been saying this for a while, but once I figure out what I want to call my brand, it’s totally happening) with the different bags/purses I have been making.  I wanted to get her opinion and I figured what better way than to give her a bag I made.  I insisted that she be honest, I am all for constructive criticism.  She was and it was all good.

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I dyed an old pair of R’s jeans, hand painted the gold stripes(although I came up with a more time saving technique if I decide to do something like that in the future)  and used part of a second hand leather jack for added detail.  Even though I bought the lining at Joann Fabrics, it was from the remnant pile so I feel like it still sort of remains true to my idea of recycling the materials.  The chain and zipper’s are new.

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I thought it turned well. Maybe not every ones taste, but structurally I feel it is pretty sound.

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Tell me what you think.

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Sweater Refashion: Project 11 of 52

Yikes!  I developed a nasty case of bronchitis around St. Patrick’s Day and I am just beginning to feel back to normal.  Although some disgusting symptoms insist on lingering.  I lost two weeks of my repurposed projects; which means I will have to do three in a week.  Totally doable.

Now that I am back in commission, here is a recent refashion.

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R had several Lacoste sweaters that no longer fit him and so he gave them to me.  Two of them I can wear as oversized sweaters.  The other not so much.  I think it was most likely shrunk in the wash because they arms were short.  I do have long monkey arms, but these sleaves seemed a bit extreme.  Another issue was that although it was loose in the body of the sweater, the waist was too high to wear as oversized.  One finally problem was the big ol’ bleach stain on the one cuff.  I hate bleach.

I didn’t want this comfy sweater going to waste, so I got to work.  I took in the sides by about an inch on each side  as well as the arms.  To mask that pesky bleach stain, I folded the cuffs up into the sleaves and hand stitched into place, creating 3/4 length sleaves.

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I didn’t want the sweater to be too tight fitting, as I wanted to be able to wear shirts underneath.  Now I think it is the perfect size, big enough to wear a collared shirt underneath, but tight enough that it won’t look too baggy if I don’t.

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Peace out!

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What would we call this?

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I have every intention of running again.  I like to run outside in the warmer months, but when old man winter moves into town I usually put the running shoes aside.  Yes I could get a gym membership, but that’s a waste of money when I can work out at home and let’s not forget that running on a treadmill is plain old BORING!  I can manage if I must, but I prefer the great outdoors.

It is still cold in my part of the world, although the temp. has been slowly creeping up.  But I figured once it gets a few degrees warmer I would start running again.  But any temperatures below 65 makes my ears ring and I get a strange metalic taste in my mouth.

To combat this I crocheted an ear warmer/head band.  For the life of me I can’t think of what these are called, but I know they have to have a name.  If you know, could you be so kind as to remind me.  I would appreciate it muchly.

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This project was super-duper easy.  Any beginner could do this.  Using a number 5 yarn I chained 11, turned and slip stitched in second chain from hook.  Continue to slip stitch in the remaining nine.  Turn and slip stitch in the chain next to hook.  Continue across.  I did this until I could wrap the piece around my head.  I gave it a little stretch because I didn’t want it to be too loose, nor too tight.

Now I can run comfortably, and dare I say stylishly.

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Taking Shist For Granite! Project 10 of 52

DSCF1752My sister E is a geologist at heart.  Although she teaches Life Science she went to school for Geology.  She loves rocks!  She has a travel mug that says something along the lines of “We don’t take our shist for granite.”  Clever little plays on words those geologist have.

Anyways, when she saw this project she squealed.  Okay she didn’t really, but she liked the magnets nevertheless.  Although she did have a few critiques.  But that is okay because they were the same ones I already had.

So let’s get to it.  I purchased the the magnets from Michaels.  I also wanted to grab some glitter while I was there to really make these gems sparkle, but Crayola’s air-dry clay got me so distracted that I forget the glitter.  Ah well, they shine pretty nicely regardless.

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So these are my tools.  The rocks I grabbed from my parking lot underneath the cloak of darkness.  As a result some of the rocks were a little smaller than I wanted.  But after crouching around the parking lot three separate times, I worried the neighbors would grow suspicious.  So I stuck with what I had.

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I added a few coats of paint to each rock.  Once they were dry I added a coat of clear nail polish.  This gave the rocks some needed luster!  I then used some E-6000 glue(not pictured) to glue the rocks to the magnets.  And there you have it!

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I plan to paint the magnets with the corresponding color, so that they blend in with the rocks.  But I like them.  I have spiffy new rock magnets for around $2.  I’m going to call this a success.

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2 Chains? How ’bout 3 Chains

I am horrible at sending gifts and packages on time.  Horrible, absolutely horrible.  So I have been working on a little diddy bag for my best bud, and when I say working on, I mean for the past few months.  I started one project to have it not work out, so I made this necklace instead.

DSCF1774I plan on adding a few more diddies to the package.  What do you think?

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Shoe Mat Redo: Project 9 of 52

DSCF1723 R and I like to take our shoes off upon entering the door.  It keeps the floor cleaner and tracks less dirt and germs throughout your house.  We previously had a rubber mat with little nubbins to collect any debris that may be on the bottom of our shoes.  Unfortunately these little nubbins started to fall off.  It looked like rabbit turds sprinkled across our floor.  Yuck!  So I grabbed this old mat that used to sit in front of our door until we realized it was too small.

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It’s stained, dirty, and I didn’t want it out for all eyes to see.  So I grabbed some blue spray paint and a few bottles of craft paint.  I added paint to certain areas of the rug that remained a lighter shade of blue after spray painting.

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Painted Gold

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Little by little, R and I are adding to our home.  There is so much that we would like to do, but being on a budget limits what we can do at the moment.  So we take what we can get.

My mom gave us a couple of her plants that she thought would look good in our home.  Both of the plants have the potential(if I don’t kill them) to grow fairly tall.  The problem was that their current pots were too small.

Most of the pots I found were between $30 and $40.  If I were to buy two I could end up spending $8o.  That was not going to fly.  So I found a couple cheap terra cotta pots with trays for about $12.

DSCF1710 With a little paint I had on hand as well as a 3 for $1 sale at A.C. Moore, I painted both pots.  I didn’t really have anything in mind when I painted, so I just painted.  I liked how they turned out.

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Staying in the realm of Gold.  I continue to dig it.  Will I ever outgrow or tire of it?  I don’t know.  Anyways, I bought one of those cheap little mail sorters from Marshall’s for $4.  I didn’t like the original frilly look of it, so I painted it.  I don’t have any before images so imagine something hideous in pastel.

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Late.

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