Posts Tagged ‘Projects’


My New York

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I've spent the weekend working on a scrapbook of my New York adventure. More accurately, I've been procrastinating by scouring Pinterest for travel book inspiration!

New York Scrapbook
I saved every last ticket stub and map and pamphlet. The had part is writing; I'm no good at captioning or “journaling” cause it always seems so cheesy (this is my main beef with scrapbooks!)


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A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Penny Street Art in Amsterdam. Image via Sagmeister.


Like most people, I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish in the new year. I’ve never been one for resolutions, as I’m notoriously terrible at sticking to them, and they generally just make me crabby. This time, however, I’ve been thinking about what I can resolve to *not* do.

My mom and I were talking about all the projects we did this past year, and how most of them were for other people. The vast majority of these projects were “commissioned” in some way. Friends or acquaintances would be impressed with our skills/talents/abilities/whatever, that they would ask for one of their own. Often it would be a barter of some kind, or even in exchange for money. Sometimes, and I’m more guilty of this, they would be presenting a problem and I’d jump in to offer a solution – usually one that involved me sewing or knitting or building or designing something.

Now, the problem with these opportunities is that while I like to make gifts and surprises for people, having a commitment usually leads to resentment. It’s not that I don’t want to help – I do! In fact, that’s the problem! I want to help everyone with everything. It obviously becomes a matter of validation. I feel like my friendship is of no use to someone unless I can offer a tangible service. Silly? Definitely.

Unfortunately, I’ve damaged quite a few friendships because of this. I underestimate the time and money I’ll have to invest in a project, and offer it in exchange for something that’s not nearly comparable. For example: a dear friend wanted a cute, Anthropologie style dress. I insisted that it would be quite simple to sew, and we arranged to barter. I would sew the dress and she would color my hair. ¬†We would both pay for our own materials. I’m really not sure what I was thinking – even if the dress had been a simple endeavor, it’s just not the same amount of work that goes into a color appointment. The dress ended up needing multiple fittings and alterations… it was too long, then it was too short; the bust was wonky, I didn’t know how to fix it… I spent so much time and energy stressing about the stupid project that I started to really resent the dress and my friend. ¬†She was frustrated because it was taking so long, and I already “cashed in” on my side of the bargain. It was a mess.¬†Was it her fault? No. I truly believed at the beginning that it would be a relatively simple undertaking.

It doesn’t take a psychologist to determine this isn’t healthy.

So, in 2013, I’ve resolved to not take on a single commissioned project for anyone else. If I make or do something for another person, it will be as a gift. There will be no expectation on their part. If they ask, I will politely turn them down. Maybe I’ll even explain why, though I’m sure it sounds silly.

In the end, I think this will only strengthen my relationships with people. They’ll be based on mutual respect and genuine interest in one another’s personalities. Additionally, I’ll get to focus on things for myself. I have so many unfinished projects!

Are any of you doing a similar thing, or have you done it in the past? I’d love to know what your experiences were.

Here’s to an awesome, productive 2013! Happy New Year, everyone!

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DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet: Part 2

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Find Part 1 of the tutorial (braiding) here!

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet


Find Part 1 of the tutorial (braiding) here!

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DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet: Part 1

Friday, September 21st, 2012

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet


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Teacup Garden Gnome

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I made these tiny gnomes for some mini terrariums I made a few years ago, and I thought they’d be perfect in my teacup garden.

Yes, it’s posed in front of my microwave. What can I say? Our house isn’t exactly flooded with natural light.

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Nothing to see here.

Friday, April 27th, 2012

On the agenda for today: pretty paper to be turned into envelopes and planning the garden.


My weekend unfortunately (as usual) just involves work. Anyone have any good plans?

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Anchors Away

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I found Alisa Burke’s awesome blog by way of CraftGawker. I’m drooling over her watercolor paintings and doodles… but what really caught my eye was this fantastic anchor wall art that she made for her daughter’s nursery.

Click here to see her post.

If you know me, you know that I love tattoo-style artwork, and this definitely fits the bill. I’m going to be making myself something similar very soon!

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Random Find: DIY Nail Art

Friday, September 16th, 2011

My jaw dropped when I saw this – DIY nail transfers. If you have a laser printer, you can do this.

Uh. Mazing.

Tutorial over at the Hybrid Chick.  Found via Pinterest.

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Friday, August 19th, 2011

We’ll have lived in our house for a whole year (I can’t believe it) at the end of this month. Not gonna lie, I’ve done far less with it than I wanted.

So, I jumped on Pinterest (obviously) and poured over my “For The Home” board and picked out photos that I wanted to specifically design my space around. I stuck them all in a brand new board.¬† Let me show you some of my favorites!

First of all, this tile is amazing. If we ever save up enough money to redo the bathroom, I want this in it.

Do you ever think my craft room could be so organized? Probably not. A girl can dream.

This bedroom is a little too rustic for the style of my house, but I love the colors.

I like the bed in this photo.

I am *definitely* doing this on my fridge!

I lurrrrve these walls.

Any suggestions? My house is 100 years old this year! Kind of a bungalow style, and only 900 sq. ft. Ahhh!! So little space!

***I own none of these photos, but they are all linked to their respective owners on this pin board***

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I started a peyote stitch cuff this morning out of some dark, iridescent seed beads. I love how easy peyote stitch is (if you’re intimidated by it, don’t be!) and the drape of the fabric. The only downside is that it can get a little tedious, which is why I love two- and three-drop peyote.. they go much faster than one-drop. This is a two-drop peyote (link to a YouTube tutorial – note: I didn’t watch through the whole video, so if it sucks… please don’t blame me).

It’s rather gloomy out today, and my pictures weren’t perfectly true to color… so I did a little bit of creative editing with SwankoLab (created by my bff’s older brother!) and Picture Show for iPhone.

I reallllyyyy love these beads. They were cheapies from JoAnn’s – I think they were like, $1.99 for the package. So pretty! Like mermaid scales!

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