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What better a way to start the new year than with a new calendar. Using my new favorite supply, the craft stick, I created a small calendar stand and designed a month-at-a-glance calendar printable that is ready to download below.
It took me a while to settle into the lazy days of quarantine, but once I did, I discovered a longing to enhance home, for it is where we are spending all our time. I found a comfort in nostalgia, and a search for a childhood hobby on Ebay and Etsy uncovered this…
I knew it would not only provide something to keep me entertained and quench my thirst for a new project, but it would also create something that would enhance home and heart.
turned into this…
I didn’t keep track of how long it took to complete, but I have gone through 3-1/2 seasons of “Scandal” on Hulu, if that’s any indication.
Here it is hung in our dining room.
So now I’m sort of on a kick, much to Mr. Mug’s chagrin. He prefers to keep our retro house decor to a minimum. (Consider this a preamble to the needlepoint pillow saga that we’ve had for the bulk of our marriage :).)
Here is my new procurement from ebay…
When I opened the box and saw those bundles of yarn, a wave of nostalgia hit me. Sitting in my parent den as a kid working on a project while “Little House on the Prairie” or “Love Boat” was showing on the 40 inch honking tube TV.
I’m baaaack. After quite a hiatus I wanted to get back to making, and this was a project I’ve wanted to do for a while. If you’re like me, you save the fortunes from your cookies that strike a cord, evoke positivity or a smile. Over the years I’ve save a lot…
I thought it would be fun to display them in some fashion, so why not in a slick gold frame with some pretty patterned paper.
I chose a 9 x 12″ panorama frame I already had. It was a reddish wood, but I sprayed it gold.
I also had this patterned paper for years in my paper folder (a place where I store papers I’ve found that I think I may eventually use in a project, so once every few years makes it worth it ;)). I cut it to fit into the frame, using the cardboard insert as a guide.
I laid out all the fortunes I’ve collected and chose the 12 that I thought spoke to me the most.
I loosely placed them where I thought I’d like them to go and then measured to get approximate spacing.
I created a template in Illustrator that I could use to guide my placements.
You can download the template if you’re using a 4 x 12″ frame as I did. It prints on 8-1/2 x 11″ paper and you’ll see how to place it below.
While visiting New York last weekend, my sister and I took our annual pilgrimage to Five Below. We don’t have them on the West Coast so I like to make a stop there when I’m visiting. Just like my sister needs her annual visit to Daiso here in California. Five Below has some fun crafts supplies, one of them being eraser clay (you can also find a set on Amazon)…
Because I have been unsuccessful with balancing traveling, the consulting work I’ve been getting (yay) and the blog – I’m riding Mini Mug’s creative coat tails for this post…
Over the course of the past 2 days she has created not one, not 2, but 9 different drawings that she calls her Anime characters. As you can see for yourself, they are so fun and creative.
She has a story for each (or the beginning of stories), such as Starlight and Stary are sisters, and Stary’s hair accessories have magical powers.
She is in the process of coloring them in now, but – if I can find the time, I’d LOVE to trace them in Illustrator and color them (based on her choices, of course). Maybe we’ll even animate them and she can bring her stories to life.
Like I said, super fun and creative. At least one of us currently is :).
I wanted to make Mini Mug something special for Valentine’s Day, something that I would also make for myself. You see, I will be traveling on Valentine’s Day and won’t be with Mr. or Mini Mug. So I thought a pair of bracelets could be fun. She’ll know I’m thinking of her when I am wearing it during my travels. I thought about making Mr. Mug one as well, but I think he’ll be fine with a phone call. Keep on reading!
I wanted to create a garland for Valentine’s Day decor, in the vain of my bat origami garland – something that Mr. Mug might not be offended by from an aesthetics standpoint, and would be modern and fun at the same time. I am also a fan of the craft foam sheets you can purchase at Michael’s or similar. They cut so clean and there is something satisfying about working with them. Keep on reading!