Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
As part of my plan for revamping, renewing and updating this year, I want to get some printable designs going. Some of them I'll sell as digital downloads, some will just be freebie giveaway things because I like you guys. I really do. With that in mind, what kind of printables do you use or would you like to use?
Quick note: Sorry for the typo in the poll. That should be "...like to use" at the end of the question. Whooops!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
My mother. She learned to make jewelry from me, and did it for quite a few years even after I gave it up for a bit. She sold her pieces mostly locally to her friends and coworkers and family because she didn't think she was tech-savvy enough to open an online store and expand. She always wanted to open a shop with me, where she was the creator and I was the tech mind behind it. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with cancer in March of 2013 and passed away in November 2013. After that, I was inspired to start creating jewelry again and do something we had always dreamed of doing together.
It's so hard to choose! My first favorite would have to be my Bridal Stardust Cluster Necklace (and there's a matching bracelet as well), because I love the "stardust" beads. They have such a unique sparkle and texture.
My other favorite would probably have to be any of my rosaries. People have loved them so far, they are functional but I think they are also a piece that can be passed down in the family. I recently gave one as a gift to a friend that had a newborn baby, and the whole family loved it.
I have two that I can think of off the top of my head. First is the verse from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
The other is the poem Footprints in the Sand. "One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand..." and so on. I am not a particularly religious person, but they both hold significance in my life.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
You guys! I made a thing! Okay, here's the part where I confess that it isn't a fancy thing or a complicated thing or a thing I think you should copy as is. But it's a thing! And it worked!
I realized when I was preparing to go to All-Con Dallas that I needed a case for my tablet. I didn't want anything fancy, just a little something to keep it from getting dirty or scratched in my tote bag. My solution? Old pants. You see, I've had two pairs of corduroy pants that don't fit right but that were far too nice to get rid of. Naturally I hoarded them and have continued to hoard them for a couple of years. As it turns out, there was a reason.
In what is probably the least insightful and most obvious creative move ever, I chopped off a section of the pants that was the right size to fit the tablet (with a little wiggle room), cut one side to make it more snug, and set it all together. I then sewed on ribbon and a button so that the top could be secured.
As you can see, the top is not an elegant solution. I should have made the overall pouch longer and cut one side so that it was a nice, attractive fold. Obviously, well, I didn't. Another improvement would be to line the inside of the pants with fleece for extra padding. Both of these are something I'll do on version 2.0, but this was a five minute project to make sure I had a case at all. I'm excited with myself for executing the project even in such a quick, haphazard way. What was your last emergency sewing/crafting project?