|January 9, 2015||Posted by Emily under Emily's 2014 Projects, Emily's 2015 Projects|
2014 seemed to fly by and we’re already a week in to 2015. I didn’t quite reach all of my goals for the past year, but that’s ok as I still think I did pretty well.
Last year’s goals were:
-150 Projects – for 2014 I totalled 123 items. It didn’t quite reach the goal, but I think that was pretty good.
-Keep Better Records – I blogged or kept record of 99 projects. These were on Ravelry or on the blog. I added two additional pictures to my pinterest board, but that was just to keep a record of them before deleting them off my phone.
-Dedicated Crafting Time – January through November I set up as dedicated crafting time. I invited people to come over if they wanted. I think we missed September and October, but I believe all the other months there were people meeting. October I was crafting, I just happened to be at the lake.
-Better Organization – For awhile the back bedroom was clean where I store all craft supplies except yarn and scrapbook supplies. I acquired a glass front cabinet and a flat file to put in the dining room for papercraft supplies. I’m not sure I’ll keep the glass front cabinet, but the flat file is wonderful. It now holds rubber stamps, punches, inks, glues, tapes, ephemera, art paper, and my finished artwork from college. Everything is better organized. My mom cut mat board strips and wrapped all of the ribbons in corresponding colors. They’re now all in Iris 12×12 boxes. It’s easy to pull one out and see if it has what you want. I got an old wooden box that holds all of the glitter and I had another box with multiple drawers that holds all the washi tape, stickles, and embossing powder. As far as papercraft supplies, I pretty much know where everything is now. For yarn it is now stored either in red fabric cubes, or plastic bins. I took a few days and unloaded all of the yarn onto the dining room table and either found photos online or took photos. I then entered my entire stash into Ravelry. It has surprisingly easy to find things for projects now (this really shouldn’t be surprising…). There’s more I can do to get organized, but overall, I’m finding it easier to find the supplies I need.
2015 Crafting Goals:
This year I have overall goals for the year as well as each month I am going to set shorter term goals.
-150 Projects – I’m going to try it again-wish me luck!
-Spin a usable skein of yarn – I bought a drop spindle earlier this year and I own an Ashford Traditional wheel. I didn’t think I’d like spinning, and I still don’t think it is anything I’ll ever be really in to, but it was a bit addicting. I have two bumps (one teal, one red) of yarn from Valhalla Acres in Ohio as well as a bag of scraps in natural colors.
-Make a quilt for the bedroom – one of my non-crafting goals for the year is to finish the bedroom. I lovingly refer to it as “looking like a crackhouse”. The paint is chipping on the walls, there are test swatches on the walls, there are studs showing where I took out a doorway and haven’t filled it in with drywall, and the furniture doesn’t match…. In my head though, it’s a lovely place…in my head. So along with this ‘finish the bedroom’ goal, I need a quilt. My parents gifted me the fabric to do this, so there’s nothing holding me back, but me.
-Finish all UFOs – Stop laughing. Really. I’m going to do this. I even gathered them all up into a box earlier this week. So there are two choices for ‘finishing’-I can actually finish them to the point they are a completed project, or I can trash/disassemble them. If it is something I know I don’t want, or I know I don’t want to finish I can get rid of it.
-Keep a journal – this is half crafty and half not. It is not the sort of journal where you write about your day-my life is not that interesting. I have been doing a drawing a day, or if I have something to write about I integrate it with art. The photo to the left is a midori type cover I made for quarter sheet journals that I also made.
January Monthly Goals:
-Finish knitting the brown sweater – I’ve actually made good progress on this. Earlier this week I had it ‘done’ aside from blocking and weaving in ends, but the sleeves are way too short. Tonight I started the process of knitting about three more inches onto each sleeve. Otherwise it fits pretty well.
-Sew a shower curtain – I have the fabric, I’ve been without a decorative shower curtain for five years. It’s time.
-Mend all clothing – I have clothing that has sat in a basket for the last year needing a zipper, a hem fixed, a button, etc. This is ridiculous. Most of these things would take a few minutes if I got out the sewing machine. I put the basket in the living room so it is very visible-I also put a couple things aside for donation because they’re too big for me to wear now as I lost some weight last year.
In writing this all seems a bit ambitious, but I’m going to try it.
|December 25, 2014||Posted by Emily under Cards, Emily's 2014 Projects|
Merry Christmas! I hope your Christmas has been filled with lots of crafty goodness! Mine certainly has-on the giving and receiving end. From my parents I received fabric to make a quilt for my bedroom, some Erika Knight wool, and some random things in my stocking. I made 20 cards like the picture above at my November Craft Day.
For mom I made a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks out of a bamboo wool blend we picked up at A Wool Gathering year before last. Her request was a grey or black pair of socks with texture.
Bamboo isn’t my favorite yarn to wear, because I think it stretches out too easy, but I don’t mind working with it. I always use wooden needles so I don’t think I have the problems with the stitches falling off as much as people who use metal or plastic needles. I like the fact that it is from a renewable resource, but then again, I don’t know how taxing it is on the environment to produce a yarn from bamboo.
I really like this pattern, I’ve already started a pair for me out of Spud & Chloe sock.
Dad is harder to make things for. He’ll wear sweaters and vests-but socks, hats, and scarves not so much. Because of that I don’t knit for him every year. For years we’ve had this newspaper clipping that was a Christmas letter to Santa from when he was four. I’d never really questioned the validity of it, but guess what? It’s fake. He wrote it as an adult and as a joke sent it in to the newspaper. I still made a little Christmas decoration out of it anyway.
I made a color copy of the newspaper clipping and then distressed it using Tim Holtz Distressed Twigs Distress Ink. I cut a piece of hobby wood and painted the edges red. I then used Mod Podge to adhere two pieces of scrap paper with snowflakes and the Christmas list. I let that all dry then punched three holes-two for the ribbon and one for the snowflake brad at the bottom. The silver is ultra thick embossing powder that I applied with glue, using multiple layers of the embossing powder. I added the snowflake and some green burlap ribbon. Pretty, even if not really from his childhood.
This year it’s just my parents and me having a simple holiday with a no frills dinner later in the day. Right now I’m in an armchair with a blanket and knitting.
I hope your holidays are wonderful and that you’re looking forward to many new projects in the new year!
|December 19, 2014||Posted by Emily under Emily's 2014 Projects, Mini Albums, Paper Crafts|
I made one and it didn’t hold my attention that well. I think two things contributed to this: 1. I don’t have photos to put in the album (no one wants to see an album of my dog) and 2. the papers I was using didn’t stand alone as some papers do-just be a coffee table book.
Still. Once we figured out the binding it was a fun project.
For the binding we used tutorials from YouTube. It involved a lot of scoring, a lot of tape, and a lot of patience. There’s no hurrying with the binding or it gets sloppy.
I’m planning to make another of these that acts more as a coffee table book using Graphic45 papers (it is the 2014 calendar paper).
Anyway though-here are the pages:
–Scotch Advanced Tape Gun
-American Crafts Amy Tangerine “Yes, Please” 6×6 paper pad (this is the link to the 12×12 pad)
-White cardstock and miscellaneous scraps of colored paper
–Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tattered Rose
-Assorted ribbons and embellishments
-Fiskars scalloped scissors
-Martha Stewart score board (full size)
|December 11, 2014||Posted by Emily under Emily's 2014 Projects, Home Decor, Mod Podge, Paper Crafts|
I live in a 100 year old house where there is a definite storage problem. The bedrooms have no closets; built-ins were apparently not a ‘thing’ yet; I don’t have a TV cabinet because, well, I don’t have a TV; my end tables and coffee tables have no storage; but there seems to be stuff that accumulates in the living room-power cords, batteries, my camera (that I never use), the cat claw clippers, coasters… Stuff! I’ve been pretty good about decluttering over the last year, but it’s life, and there’s stuff I need sometimes. I just don’t want to see it.
I had found some nice Basic Grey paper on clearance at a little store. I really would not call this my style, but I have been really drawn to orange lately. This paper is orange, green, pink, blue, and red. Sounds horrible, but I love it. I bought one of every paper they had left from the line. I would’ve bought more had they had it. It has an Indian flair and is already slightly distressed.
I decided to use this paper to cover a stack of nesting boxes. At my monthly craft days early in the year people had been covering boxes, but I had not. Not because I don’t like to, I just hadn’t had a reason to-but because of that there was fresh mod podge in the house.
Here’s a a couple tips for keeping your mod podge fresh:
- Do not open the seal on the lid all the way. Peel it back no more than half the diameter of the lid and pour through the small opening. When you’re done, push it back on to the rim of the jar and screw the lid on tightly.
- Do not work from the jar. Pour out just as much as you need into a dish or plate and seal up the jar again.
- Put the entire jar and lid into a ziploc bag, squeeze out the air, and seal it up.
I chose a different paper for each of the surfaces of the boxes and cut them to the size of the area I was covering. I did not wrap paper around the edges, but cut a different piece for each side. I applied Mod Podge to the back of each piece of paper and applied it, pressing it down with a bone folder to get out any bubbles. After it had dried I took an emery board and sanded down all the edges. I then took slightly watered down brown acrylic paint and distressed the boxes all over. Once that had dried I covered them with another layer of Mod Podge and left them to cure. For days. And days. And you know what I learned from this project? Glossy Mod Podge doesn’t cure. Ever. Apparently.
See those boxes all stuck together? I didn’t mean for that to happen. That was after a week of sitting on my dining room table separately to dry. A fix I was told to try was to cover them again with matte Mod Podge. And that fixes the problem. They are now functional boxes and not tacky at all. No more glossy Mod Podge for me.
So far this is the project I am most happy with this year.
|December 9, 2014||Posted by Emily under Emily's 2014 Projects, Home Decor|
Yes, it’s December, but I’m showing my fall wreath. I’m a bit behind in showing pictures, but I did manage to make a fall decoration for my front door. For the past…let’s go with 8 years, I’ve had a basket with fake fall leaves that have seen better days. I’m going to take a guess and say those fake leaves were purchased at Wal-Mart, which means they probably weren’t all that great to begin with. It was time.
And now there’s Pinterest with all kinds of pretty wreaths and decorations and everything else that makes you want to have a house fit for the pages of a magazine. I don’t. I have a hole in the bathroom ceiling and a kitchen with unspackled drywall walls. This house is not fit for a magazine. But everyone needs goals to strive for…right?
I stopped by JoAnns and picked up a grapevine wreath and some fall picks. I find picks to be hit or miss. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re partly good, and sometimes…you wonder if the designer has ever seen the thing in question. This year though, they had some really pretty sunflowers. They also had burlap wired ribbon in a nice burnt orange color. With sales and coupons I spent around $10 on this project.
I cut everything on the picks apart then started fitting them onto the wreath. I started with the smaller items (leaves and berries), then put the large sunflowers over those without covering all of the grapevine. I then took a picture for reference and removed everything. I heated up the glue gun then put it all back in, gluing each piece as I did so. I made a bow and cut a ribbon to hang it.
Pardon the lighting, like most things I took that picture at night. I’m still really happy with how it turned out though.