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Just a quick post to link my blog to Bloglovin.  I had heard of the site before but never really knew what it was until I saw this blog post from chronicleofellen.  I like the idea that you can find blogs from different platforms in one spot, as well as tailoring it to your specific interests.  It’s also a good way for people to follow your blog without having to sign up wordpress.

I tend to get overwhelmed by too many social media sites and I try to stick to the minimum because many of them are basically the same features.  I feel like if I update one status, why should there be five other sites to right the same status?  Why can’t we all just have one site like the good ol’ MySpace days?  I think this one is different though because it reminds me more of a reader space for all of the blog pages so I think I will actually put it to good use!

Till next time!

Nik

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March 2017 Project To-Do List

There aren’t many things I love more than organizing/planning my time out.  I try to be a “go with the flow” type, and sometimes I can successfully, however I feel I work my best when I schedule my week.  The same goes for my crafting.  I feel like I have so many things that I’m asked to help with and ideas I want to try, that if I don’t jot them down in the moment I’ll forget for months.  Sometimes inspiration hits from unlikely places so I hate to lose that.  

One of the changes this year has been to make a list at the beginning of the month of projects I want/need to tackle.  It keeps me from forgetting, but also helps keep me on track.  I want to keep a steady habit of starting and finishing projects in a decent amount of time.  I also want to be sure I’m consistently working on something.  It’s the only way to improve and get to where I want to be.

Which brings me to this month’s list!  It’s definitely an ambitious list considering I didn’t finish my February list.  I chose to roll over the unfinished objectives because I still plan to get them done.


I always add to the list as I think if new things to try so hopefully I’ll have the time to complete at least half of this list!

Pom-Pom Mania Kit: Create your own pom-pom animals

I got this little pom-pom kit as a birthday gift this time last year, but I had yet to try it out.  It comes with a booklet of 8 different little pom-pom animals to try, and it includes the supplies to make the hedgehog.


It gives easy instructions and explains how to make them without the need for a pom-pom maker.  This makes it both handy and inexpensive, as well as a great option for a quick gift.  I happened to already have a pom-pom maker so I just used that.


Other than the yarn and felt provided, a tiny bit of craft glue is needed to attach the felt pieces.  Rather than photocopying the felt templates and tracing as suggested, I just eyeballed cutting out the shapes and it worked just fine.

I think he’s a super cute little guy, and if I had more yarn colors, I’d make the others.  I don’t really have a personal use for him, but he’s so cute he needed a home.  I gave him to my mom to use as a dashboard guardian for her car lol!  Because of the ease of use and minimal supplies needed, I think it’s a fun craft to try if you’re looking for something to feel a little crafty.  It takes hardly any time, and is great when you get the need to just make something but you don’t want to drag everything out.  It’s also a really great idea for kids!

DIY Tote Bag using the Cricut Explore Air

Finally had some free time to unbox and play around with my new Cricut Explore Air!  It was killing me to hold onto this exciting new toy and not be able to try it out.  So after work last night, I forced myself to make some time for it.  I originally just planned on setting it up, downloading the software and such, but let’s be real. There’s no way I could not try it out!  I mean, isn’t the first cut the most thrilling part??

I absolutely love how easy the machine and software are to use.  I have always been so intimidated by Cricut’s features, but the Explore Air is seriously the most user friendly device.  The design space is so easy to navigate and takes just a moment to get the hang of.  One of the most exciting features is the Bluetooth connection (which was so handy since my computer decided to crash the night before 😫).  With the Explore Air, you get full customization just as easily from an iPhone or iPad!

I purchased one of the Cricut Iron-on rolls when I originally got the machine so I figured that would be the most fun to try out.  I bought a plain black tote from JoAnn Fabrics and decided I wanted a quote or something related to crafting or motivation towards self-employment.  I found a pre-designed image in the catalog and started to customize it.

I was super excited to get going until half way through the cut I realized I had the iron on sheet the wrong way on the mat!  I wasted more than half of the roll in doing so!
I remembered to mirror the image, but you can see here that I accidentally cut on the plastic transfer portion rather than on the back of the iron on portion!  I was able to at least save as much uncut space as possible to use for future projects.
I figured I still had enough of the iron on to make a smaller version of the logo.  I couldn’t fit the bottom banner portion without making the entire logo smaller so I decided to forego it so that it wouldn’t be too miniature.  I was so terrified that I was going to tear the image because some lines were so thin!  I was pleasantly surprised that it was easy and durable!  Since I don’t have any extra Cricut tools, I used a regular sewing pin to pick all the tiny little pieces out from the inside of the letters.  It seems to work just as well, so until otherwise, I’ll choose to save my money by not purchasing any unnecessary extras!

Overall, I’m super pleased with the result, and I can’t wait to make more stuff!! I love my new machine and I’m looking forward to the positive impact it’ll have on my business venture!

**UPDATE:  After looking at the first sheet of iron on, I realized it didn’t actually cut through the plastic and into material.  I can still go ahead and reuse for another project!! Super excited that it didn’t end up as wasted money/supplies!

 

My new crafting tool!

So incredibly excited for my new Cricut Explore Air!! As with most people, I’ve wanted a Cricut since FOREVERRRR, but I never could/would for many reasons.  My wonderfully amazing boyfriend knows how much I love crafting, and gifted it as an early birthday present.  I really want to open up an Etsy shop at some point, and this will definitely help take it to the next level! 🤗  I’m super intimidated by it, but I can’t wait to try it out for the first time!  If anyone has any tips or tricks for a beginner, please share! 

Tutorial Tuesday-Heart Pompom

Very cute idea! Check it out!

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With only a week until Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share a tutorial on how to make these cute, but surprisingly simple, pompoms.

You will need:

A pompom maker (I used a 6.8cm one)

Yarn in 2 contrasting colours (scraps are good but you will need around 15g of the base colour for a ‘full’ looking pompom)

Sharp scissors

Instructions:

1) Using the base colour and starting at the left hand edge of one half of the pompom maker, make approximately 48 wraps of the yarn. You will need to make more wraps at the edge and reduce the thickness as you move around the ring, ending around one third of the way along with only 2 wraps over each other. (See photo)

2) Using the colour for the heart, and beginning approximately one third of the way in from the right hand side, make 100 wraps. You need to…

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Repost: Easy Single Fold Continuous Bias Binding Tape Tutorial — Sew Dainty

I’ve slowly been seeing this continuous bias tape method around the internet, but this tutorial is clearly explained and easier to understand.  One of the best ones I’ve come across.  Check out the post from Sew Dainty:

I love a bit of handmade bias. I have made lots and lots of it over the years. Up until recently they were all for dressmaking and accessories. But last week I used some handmade bias to bind the edge of my first handmade quilt – blog to follow. Whilst it is fairly easy to […]

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Time to get serious…

Finally getting around to the first (of hopefully many) 2017 post.  Not really going for the whole “New Year, new me” bit, but I have so much in my head that I want to try to tackle.  I don’t even know if it’s all realistically possible, but I can’t honestly feel good going into this year without setting some new goals and knowing I gave it my best shot.  Although choosing to make a major job change last year was crazy and a bit scary, I still feel at peace with my decision and know it was one of the best things I could’ve done for myself.  I don’t think I’ve been this poor since my first job scooping ice cream and singing for tips at Coldstone in high school, and yet, I ended 2016 surrounded by the people and things I love and wouldn’t change it one bit.  I feel mentally and physically healthier and happier, and I’ve given myself the opportunity to get back to doing the things that are exciting and important to me.  As far as crafting, the few projects I completed this past holiday season were more than I was ever able to do in the previous two years.  Even though it was just a tiny step, it felt amazing and so right!  There’s so much work to do and it’s not going to be easy, but I can’t wait to look back on this year and see the triumphs, struggles, and changes that I’m able to push myself through.  Hopefully, some of you will follow along for the ride!

 

 

Back in the groove…

It’s been waaay too long since I’ve posted on here.  There’s always so much going on this time of year, and so much that I want to get done, but there’s never the time!  I’m sure most can relate.  The great thing with working part time however, is it has freed up SOME time to finally get back into crafting.  What’s even better is I now work along fellow crafters so I feel so motivated in my time off.  I’m trying to fit in small quick projects here and there, just to get back in the swing of things.  I feel like going years without making a single thing has really set me back creatively as well as technically.

Anyone who knows me will tell you exactly what an over the top perfectionist I am, especially when it comes to crafting.  One of the hardest things so far has been struggling to regain that muscle memory and get my technique back. I feel like I’m starting from square one again sometimes, but I know I’ll get there!  Going back through my reference books is helping, but it is a little frustrating to not remember many of the things that were once second nature.  I can’t wait to really make this a huge, vital part of my life!

Nighttime Doodles…

Major procrastination happening right now as there are about a million other productive things I should be doing.  Despite what my boyfriend thinks, there isn’t some magical laundry fairy that is going to save me the hassle tonight.  Realized I needed to take a much needed time out from the real world today to let some creativity flow and get a bit of practice in.  Trying to keep myself motivated and inspired to push forward and make my dreams a reality.  I’d be lying if I said the thought of failing doesn’t freak me out, but to imagine never even trying is a much scarier feeling.  All I can do is prepare as best I can, work harder than I’ve ever had to, and never stop believing and KNOWING that I can make it happen!