Category: Crafting

Me being me

I think of so much to write about when I’m in bed at night. I think deeply and poetically. Now, with the iPad on my lap, I have little to say.

I was posting a lot to the blog a few months ago. I felt I was at the threshold of bringing my blog to the next level (whatever that means). Then I slacked off. I told myself it was okay not to post several times a week. It is okay.

I wrote about watching a Ruth Soukup webinar on blogging. What I learned from the webinar made me wonder if I really do want to be a full-time blogger. Would it be enough to continue being a hobby blogger? I wouldn’t mind earning a bit of extra money with ads and affiliate programs. Am I giving up because it might be too hard? Maybe.

Here’s an article with advice for bloggers interested in affiliate marketing.

It’s always the same for me. I have too many interests, and not enough focus. A couple of weeks ago I got excited about digital scrapbooking—again. I’m paying for monthly unlimited downloads from Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking. Am I going to make it worth the money? I really don’t know.

I’m probably not going to magically transform into a person who focuses on one hobby. I’ve been like this for almost fifty years. I need to learn to embrace my quirks. What else can one do?

I reckon I’ll keep on keeping on. I’ll try and entertain the world with my hodgepodgey all over the place musings, poems, artwork, etc. I can only be me.

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Finding a way

Taking time for fitness

For me, exercising as soon as I get home from work is the way to go. I can do something at home or go use the eqiupment at Planet Fitness. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I schedule the workout before my Copaxone injection. It’s a system that works. Even if I’m feeling a little fatigued or under-the-weather, I can at least get on the floor and do some stretching. I need to lose about 35 pounds and I plan to lose it the way I gained it, slowly. My eating habits are pretty good, but I’m not as active as I need to be. If I don’t make progress in the next couple of months, I’ll have the doctor check my thyroid function. I’m pretty sure it’s a lifestyle problem and not hormones.

In other food news

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas. Now I have to learn how to use it and find recipes that don’t call for 15 ingredients.

Art for sanity

I want to revisit art journaling this year. The book I’m altering is turning into an art journal. I had a thought that I could turn books into journals and sell them on Etsy.

I don’t like how messy the art journal process is. Things would be so much easier if I could quit my job and do art and jewelry full-time. That is something to put on the vision board. That’s another to-do!

I could focus more on digital art, but I like working with real objects. I want to add digital scrapbook paper and embellishments to my Etsy inventory. More to-dos!

Paint on a book page

More Bracelets

My bracelets on Etsy are not selling, so I decided to make some more in a slightly different style. You’ve gotta try things.

I stopped at JOANN and picked up some supplies.

Joann storefront

Strung beads
New beads

I’m going to plan a design before I start adding meads to the memory wire. That’s unusual for me.

Bead board
Planning

Because I love spending money at craft stores, I broke down and bought a Happy Planner sticker pack for my recently acquired planner. I secretly want to be one of those planner people on Instagram.

Instagram screenshot of planner posts

#planner

I know I’ll never do it.

Sunday Energy

I tend to sleep until noon on the weekends. That works out okay on Saturday, but on Sunday I have rehearsal with my dance troupe at 4:00. Because I stayed in bed for so long my lower back tends to be achy. An achy lower back makes my leg func tion not so optimal. Also, I don’t eat enough, so by the time rehearsal rolls around I need a bit more energy,

When will I learn? Will I learn?

Fortunately, today’s rehearsal went well for me. Maybe next week I’ll get a better (earlier) start.

Speaking of early, I now know for sure that I’ll never write regularly if I don’t get up at a decent hour.

I may never write regularly. That is just a fact.

This has been a productive weekend for me. I made some stacking bracelet sets,  and a pair of earrings.

Stacking bracelets.
Stacking bracelets.

Earrings
Earrings

So little writing

I could say that my blogging activity has pretty much ceased because I’m protesting National Novel Writing Month.  That is not the case.  I just don’t have time. I think about writing a lot though. Unfortunatley that’s not enough.

I have been making jewelry.

Memory wire bracelet
Memory wire bracelet

 

 

Memory wire bracelet
Memory wire bracelet

 

I also took a class at Gather Handmade Shoppe. Check them out if you’re in Bloomington!

I made an altered book journal. Here are the highlights.

Image from Altere Book Journal Workshop

 

Images from Altered Book Journal workshop.

 

My altered book journal

Valentine Roundup

Zero to Hero Day 23: Publish a Roundup

Valentine Roundup

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I thought I’d feature some blog posts about Valentine’s cards.

Learn how to make a button card from Girly Creation.

TBC Crafters 45 – Buttons Valentine
TBC Crafters 45 – Buttons Valentine

Learn some 3D paper crafting techniques, including making a heart garland, with this post on Mother Daughter Craft Creations.

Mother Daughter Craft Creations Easy 3-D Efffects
Mother Daughter Craft Creations Easy 3-D Efffects

Find out what you need to make a Valentine in a Box from Stampin’ Fool.

Valentine in a Box
Stampin’ Fool’s Valentine in a Box

Try these projects for yourself, or just be inspired and do your own.  Follow Card Making, and Paper Crafts to find more blogs with this type of content.

A Start

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about what a mess the room I call “the treadmill room” is in. I’ve taken some steps to make things better in that room, but it’s going to be slow going.

The first thing I did was unpack my Gen Con bags and then launder and put away my costumes. That was a good start. The next step was to buy one of those over-door shoe organizers. That thing is a godsend. Now I have space on the closet floor for my costume bins.

That white chest of drawers with craft stuff in it was what I wanted to tackle next, and tackle it I did today. I took the top two drawers out and brought them into the living room. I was able to group like things together (paints, glitter, and brushes became a grouping). Pencils and colored pencils were organized. Markers from Sharpie, to fine point, to thick kiddie ones were corralled. I had so many markers and colored pencils that I felt I could afford to put some in the Goodwill box. I put the paint stuff in a paper box (the kind you get from the office where you work). This freed up space in the two drawers for make-up, costume accessories, and various odds and ends that I didn’t have the energy to deal with.

The treadmill room is getting better. It’s by no means perfect, but I think I can live with it now.

I am proud of my little accomplishment on this fine Saturday!

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And a bag of animals!

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Excited About Dancing!

I recently became a member of Different Drummer Belly Dancers, and I’m having so much fun! I’m learning new pieces of choreography, brushing up on my American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance skills, and getting to know my troupe mates who are really interesting and cool. Liby, for example, is a talented seamstress and designer. Go check her out on Facebook, and watch her Multicraftual podcast too.

Speaking of Liby, one of the best things about belly dancing is the costumes. Over the years I haven’t spent much money or effort on costumes. I end up wearing pretty much the same thing for every performance. My performances have been few and far between so it didn’t really matter that I was wearing the same thing over and over. Now that I’m in a troupe I have given myself permission to spend a little money on costumes. Liby is placing an order with Belly Dance Digs and I’m getting a big skirt and a couple of tops like this.

"Full Circle Gypsy Ruffle" Skirt as low as $21

"Short Sleeve" Top as low as $9.50

We’ll be dancing at the Spencer Pride Festival in Spencer, Indiana. I was just as surprised as you are that the little town of Spencer has its own gay pride fest. The troupe will be performing some group numbers, and some of us will be doing solos. I’m going to solo to “Word Up” by Cameo. I heard it the other day and realized how great it would be to belly dance to. Now the type of belly dance I do is part Tribal, part Tribal Fusion, part Cabaret, and part Modern Dance, and something that sort of resembles Hip Hop. Click the links to learn more about hose dance styles.

I sometimes don’t even want to call what I do “belly dance,” because it doesn’t quite fit the mold. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the art of belly dance. I’m not going to get into that here.

So I’m going to need some shoes for when we dance at the outdoor gigs. I have this idea to get some white Keds knockoffs and decorate them with Zentangle-like designs. The shoes may turn out to be a mess, but I’ve got to give it a try.

This was supposed to be a short post, but now it’s long. I’m going to stop writing and start thinking about what I’ll wear for our first performance. I’m so excited!

Here’s a picture of me in my standard costume:

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Crafting, Reading, Cooking and more

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. It’s been less of a while since I posted to my other blog, A Learning Experience. I’d certainly be a more active blogger if I didn’t have to work a 9 to 5 job. But then I would be living on the street. It would be difficult to maintain a blog while living on the street.

Crafting

I made two greeting cards this month. A birthday card for my sister-in-law, and a Valentine’s Day card for my dearest friends.

Front of  Peggy's birthday card
Birthday card for Peggy (front)

Peggy’s birthday card (inside)

Valentin for Karen and Lance (front)

Valentine for Karen and Lance (inside)

 

Reading

I finished reading Jazz, a novel by fellow blogger Christian Mihai. It was an enjoyable read that reminded me a little bit of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, and made me think of the movie Casablanca. I’ve just begun to read Finn’s Golem by Gregg Taylor. If you’re an audio theatre fan, check out Gregg’s Decoder Ring Theatre podcast.

Cooking

I used to cook and bake quite a lot when I was single,  especially when I was in grad school. I was in a  cookbook club. Granted I had many more cookbooks than I could use, but I liked getting them and flipping through them. The books I used the most were The Joy of Cooking and what I think was a Better Homes and Gardens title. So my goal is to start cooking again. This is especially important because I want to lose weight and keep my heart healthy. I’m afraid to have my cholesterol checked, because my eating habits have deteriorated so much since I got married.

So I’m collecting healthy recipes on  Pinterest, and in Evernote Food.  Hopefully, I’ll be making wonderful meals and posting pictures here soon. This weekend I might make the vegetarian eggplant chili that I made a lot of years ago. We shall see.

Taking Care of Me

I’ve made some vague goals about writing and finding a better job, but the goal that takes priority is taking care of myself. I’ve been getting on the treadmill regularly, I’m collecting exercises that you can do at home on a Pinterest board called Fit ‘n Happy, and I’m doing little things like disconnecting from all Internet devices by 8pm, and irrigating my nose nightly with a Neti  pot.  And of course I floss nightly to keep my gums health and stave off heart problems (there may not be enough evidence to connect hearth and gum health after all, but I don’t ever want to need dentures).

Funny, I didn’t think I had anything to write about today.