Sunday, October 23, 2011

Day 127 - 132 Sunday

This was not a good week for crafting.  I have been sick all week.  I think mainly I have gone in the craft room for a minute or two to do something very small.  I kept with my plan to do something crafty each day - but day I stuck a halloween sticker to a piece of cardstock. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 119 - Day 126 Monday

I am sorry to do this to you guys.  I am doing one giant combined post for the last week.  I think I have it figured out what is wrong with my computer, I just need to figure out how to fix it with out spending a ton of $$$$.  It is a rundll32 error.  I need to get that fixed so I can post pictures of swaps I received and projects I have been making.

So I have been crafting daily.  I have had several major swaps due this week.  I was feeling sick and so I didn't have my major mojo going. Today...there is just nothing left.  I will do one little thing, but that is about it. Here are some highlights from the week.

I made a sign of sorts out of wood blocks spelling Autumn and using the fall line from BoBunny - you can check out Jewels fall swap - Nan (my partner posted a pick) along with my spooky banner I made her.  I have had the blocks a while and I wish I had done this project sooner.  If I would have known how fun this project was and easy too, I would have done more.  They do not have anymore of the blocks and are not going to order more :(.  So sad.

I made a frame of sorts from an ATC artists tray for a halloween swap. That was kind of fun.  I think I could have done more to it if I had just felt a little better.  It was a big weekend for swaps and with having waking pnemonia and a bronchial infection - I was not at my finest. :(  I still think it came out cute.  I also made this partner a cool black box with a white tile inset in the center on the lid, with a red and black gem flourish decorating the top along with her initial (wow what a run-on sentence :))  Inside I put in all the tools and supplies she would need to start making chunky charms.  I gave her some different pliers and wire cutter, dangles, charms, findings, beads, clasps, etc.

I made a ton of bottle caps last week.  That was one of my major projects.  I made 3 groups of 6 and 1 group of 5 (there are 3 to each) Over 80 bottle caps and tags for each set.  I did have fun making them though.  The steam punk ones - funky as they are - are my fave.  I used to turn my nose up at vintage and dare I say it ....graphic 45.  Now I am a huge fan.

I also worked on a ton of small little projects along with paper flowers.  I just received flowershoppe in the mail today.  I might just have to make some tomorrow if I am feeling better.

On top of this, I had a huge work project.  I think rather than quanitity....and yes I have said this before...I am going to scale back on the swaps and just be able to enjoy creating for my partner.  I am so excited, because things are going to slow here quickly.  I can start on a banner in the next day or two for a sister on the mb.  I have set hers aside while I finished some swaps.  She sent me a wonderful banner and I want to do the same for her so I have been planning it out for a while now.  I want it to be absolutely perfect for her.

So coming up in the next two weeks, my plan of attack is to

1. Make some flowers for projects
2. Dressform banner
3. Dressform Swap
4. Christmas Pin Swap
5. Pincushion Swap

Then I have a couple of junk journals and bird cage swaps to do for November, then onto Christmas :)

I have received some wonderful things in the mail lately.

I received a wonderful vintage box from Lana today in a fall theme.  It is beautiful. Oh my is it ever.  I also have received great boxes from other partners that I so need to get some pictures up of.

ps  can you believe I have hit the 4 month milestone of crafting every day?  Amazing huh?  I have the creating each day thing down now. I have challenged myself to get out of my box and try new things - swaps ( I have made altered boxes, dressforms, charms, bottle caps, just to name a few).  Now in the next four months, I want to work on my techniques more and broaden my horizons.  I want to create more stunning pieces than quantiites of good pieces.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 118 Sunday

With working yesterday and today, fitting in studying for the exams, hanging out with  Josh - I still managed to get a little bit of crafting in today.  I worked on bottle caps today.  I have three of the groups nailed down - just need to make the tags.  The fourth group I am a little torn, but I will get there.

I will be posting pictures soon.  I think next weekend I will go buy a new cord - it I cannot find mine before then.

Thanks, K

Day 117 Saturday

So I decided since we were not going to mail the boxes out until Tuesday - I would try to do a little somehting to the box.  It looks good now....I added pearls (half) along the bottom of the box in the front and the back and  a single row along the top edge of the box.  I also added some flowers.  It looks pretty good now - I really like it.  I am not normally foo foo - but I really do like this box - I hope my partner likes it.

I took pictures of this and will post when I get a new cord.

Day 116 Friday

I decided to make something special to put inside the vintage box I made.  Did I mention I made a vintage box.  I like it - but not in love with it.  Guess what I made - a junk journal - surprise surpsrise.  I did it in the Pink Paisely Butterfly paper.  I am loving how it is coming out.  I need to seriously get a new camera cord.


Day 115 Thursday

Finished working on banner.  It looks ok, but I am not in love with that paper pack - I like more subtle tones.  I hope my partner likes her gift....oh I hope she really likes it.

Day 114

I am a banner girl tonight.  I love making banners.  I have made several for a few swaps now and I really like them.  It usually takes a few hours to make or sometimes two evenings - but I love how they come out.

Day 113 Tuesday

Started another junk journal today - they are addicting.  These are not even for my junk journal swap.  I am really enjoying making them.  I like to put in lots of pattern paper, tags, line paper, graph paper, ledger paper, and tons of pockets.  There is tons of room for pictures, ephemera, journaling, etc.  They are a fun and unique gift.  I am in love with them right now.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

112 Monday

Received my chunky charm swap today.  Beautiful charms.

Josh had his toe surgery today...they ended up working on 7 toes.  Arg.  Poor thing.  Tomorrow I will work from home while taking care of him. 

I started to clean up my room tonight.  It is definitely a two night job.  I just puttered around tonight.  I know I should be finishing up things....but I needed a break from  unfocused time just to play.  Tomorrow after working it will be serious crafting time...provided Josh is feeling better.  K

111 Sunday

Worked, went to Shanna's house.  Made the beginnings of two junk journals.  I love how they are starting to come out.  I have a ways to go on them yet.

Found some great beads at Walmart.  We also went to the "good" Joanns.  Had so much fun in the is like a wonderland.  So sad...they had a rack of flowershoppe cartridge and fancy frames for $19.99 each - they were all gone.  They didn't have anymore in the warehouse and they couldn't get anymore.  SO SAD. 


110 Saturday

Finished wrapping and packing box.  Got it shipped - yay.
Packaged two match box swaps - mailed double yay.
Mailed out all the paperclips and clothes pins - hurray!

Painted a wood box and started covering it.  Syped with Pam and Cindy.  Much fun.

I so freak out when using Modge Podge.  When I see bubbles my heart sinks a little, then all is fine.

Had to stop to get some work done.


109 Friday

Thank goodness craftwarehouse has a 40% off coupon this week. Josh and I made a trip - he felt so bad when he found out.  Arg.  Nothing like having to buy something twice. :(  I want my sister to have a good box, so it is important that I do so.  She is an awesome partner, so she is worth it :) come I bought more stuff than what was thrown away.  I am so bad.

So tonight I started an altered container...not loving it..put it aside.  Started wrapping and tagging gifts.

108 Thursday

I definitely need to figure out where that cord is.  I need to post pictures :)  I love how the  __________ _________ came out.  So that album is done.  Oh my goodness I am surrounded by stuff today.  Everytime I start a swap, I work up a crafting hurricane that just sweeps across the whole room.  By the time I finish, the room could be declared a disaster area.  Ooooh, I made an altered wood box that I just loved how it came out.  It was just one of those little purse ones.  I made it to hold the little bottles of liquid pearls in all the colors of the rainbow. 

Disaster struck...I am sick to my stomach and I have to go to bed.  I just noticed, a bag of craft goodies is missing.  I had it on the floor....oh crap...Josh took out trash and the trash bag is still here.  He took out the bag of stuff I had for my shoebox swap.  I want to cry.  Luckily it was just a few items and not everything.  Sick to my stomach - going to bed.

107 Wednesday

Embellished ____________ ______________ for sis today.  Love needs a little more...but I am not sure what.   Tomorrow is another day.  

Creative thought...this is the first time I made a _____________  ____________ and it was totally addicting.  I have several more to make for other swaps, but I am loving them.