Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Getting It Together for the New Year - Make it Yourself

As the New Year approaches super fast
I am trying to get all my crafts ready and more organized
 
I usually have my crochet and knitting together since they both use yarn
but not anymore,
I found that having them separated it helps me keeps my projects in order.
 
So I made my own basic crochet kit
you can add more to it as you learn to make more things
but this will do to start with:
 
Scissors
Yarn
Yarn Needle
and a Crochet Hook
 
 
 
For a basic knitting kit
all you need are:
 
Scissors
Knitting Needles
Yarn Needles
and Yarn
 
 
 
I do like to do Art Journaling also
for which I have a little more than the basic stuff
and of course you can add a lot more than this
 
 
Besides my Journal, I have in my basket:
 
Scissors
glue
water colors
markers
colored pencils
gesso
acrylic paints
chalk
artist tape
and index cards


 
For my basic Embroidery kit
you only need:
 
Needles
I like to keep them in a needle book that I made
pincushion
pins
embroidery floss
and you can also make your own thread bobbins out of milk jugs lol
scissors
embroidery hoop
and fabric
 

 
 
Besides these I also do Traditional and Digital Scrapbooking
 
 For the Traditional Scrapbooking I have
repurposed an entertainment center in my garage,
just like art journaling the materials to use here can be unlimited
but a basic kit would have:
 
Patterned Paper
Cardstock
Scissors
Acid Free Glue stick
Double sided tape
Paper cutter
 
 
And here in my drawers you can see:
 
Punches
Stickers
Brads
Ribbon
for which I made my own ribbon organizer
and different types of embellishments

 
I took me a while to get organized, specially the scrapbooking part or it
but seems like I finally got it done.
 
I just have to set all my crafts in baskets that I can carry along with me :)
 
I hope this helps you and inspire you in some way :)
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Watercolor Journal Page


I finally had the opportunity to Art Journal
while my daughter was playing with her coloring book
I took advantage and pulled out my Art Journal
and started drawing the anchor that she had in her coloring book
then I just decided to play with my watercolors
to give it a stain glass look to it
Now I just can't think of a catchy title,
can you?
 
Thanks for visiting me :)
 


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

What's Happening???

So what do you do when you see your life turning little by little in every direction possible?

I never thought in the last 2 weeks before the year ends, my life was going to change is a lot of ways, it hasn't yet but I see it turning little by little, changes that I wasn't expecting, but I new they would happen eventually. So what do you do when you thought this was going to take maybe a couple of years and you see it coming NOW?

Weird! But I believe that God does things for a reason, and in this case I go with the flow. We knew my husband's job was going to expand to another city 2 hours from where I am and eventually He was going to be involve somehow, we thought maybe in a year or so, but his boss talked to him about 2 weeks ago about it, they want to expand now and my husband will be in change of it, Nice!!! Awesome opportunity to grow! but 2 hours away from here, talking about long commuting or... who knows.

Another thing was that my daughter's school called me (she is 8 y. old) that they wanted to see me before the Christmas break started, so practically I had to get dressed that same day and go there, for them to give me the results of her test, letting me know that she is gifted!!! with strong points :) That is awesome!!! and to me that means that I have to do something about it, another school or program, where she can expand her curiosity and intelligence, so that will keep me busy right there.

Then, for the last 4 months my sister has been battling with her illness in and out of the hospital constantly 2 weeks in, one week out etc. Talking about nerve racking, nail biting, teeth grinding.

After that I received a phone call about a job offer, something that I applied for 2 years ago lol and I wasn't really looking for now, but it's a Monday to Friday job, they are letting me choose the hours, and on top of that is 3 minutes (already timed it) from my house. Yeap! it's like a dream job, my husband says. The pay is not great, but will do, I mean nothing is perfect, right?

But why all this now? Now when I was searching for the path of my life?

You see... I like everything, lol, I mean... I like to do and try a little bit of everything that is artsy and crafty, I like to knit, crochet, scrapbook, embroider, art journal, mixed media, and everything else that you can think of.  And for the past month or so, I noticed that since I like everything I've been jumping all over the place, doing all kinds of handmade Christmas gifts, but not dedicating myself to one specific thing, where I can expertise on it and grow from there, to make it my main income, offering classes, etc.  So I've been praying to God to help me see the path of my life more clearly and not so confusing, where I can become more determined on what do I want to do with my life.

So now you see with all this ups and downs, my life is turning in all directions, to the point that I haven't post anything in a couple of weeks :(  I promise to get better at it, I just have to get my time organized one way or another.

Thank you so much for reading all this and being here for me,  please don't hesitate if you have any questions for me, I'll be happy to answer them :)

Have a Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it





 

Friday, December 13, 2013

I am a Winner!!! Mixed Media Postcard Tutorial

Yay!!!  I am a winner of the Mixed Media Postcard Tutorial


I have to tell you receiving the news that I won was very exciting,
but receiving the postcard was another story,

This is what I wrote to Michelle from Mixed Media Art about the postcard she sent me :)

It is amazing!!! I love it!
It is amazing!!! I love it!
People need to know what this postcard means to me:
Yesterday I came home all down from some bad family news that I received,
but when I got home I checked my mail, and then...
the postcard was here :)
the moment I touched it,
I felt it...
the texture...
the work put in it...
the details...
the inspiration it gave me is amazing,
so much that I want to set up a little space to start doing art on a regular basis.

Thank you so much for inspiring one more soul :)
 

Once you have that piece of art work in your hands, sometimes your whole life changes, for the better of course :) and like I said before, thank you so much for the inspiration.

And to all my readers thank you so much for all you comments and inspire me to keep on going :)

(I wish it was a little cold here in Florida lol )


 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Digital Layout

Last year my daughter was in love with
green and blue colors.
 
So here I decided to make a layout
showing when she received her school awards :)
 
 
I hope it inspires you in any way :)
 

 
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Finished Crochet Sunglass Case

Finally!!!
I've been so busy with family over
not only for Thanksgiving but the whole weekend :)
It was actually fun!
So yesterday I caught up with house cleaning,
but today I caught up with my crafts :)
 
I finally finished my Sister's Christmas Gift
A nice red crocheted sunglass case
 
Not to worry, she won't know,
because nobody in my family knows about this blog
(I hope lol)
 
Anyways, you can see the whole process by clicking
here for the first part
here for the second part
here for the next
 
Now to the process of closing the case
simply backstitch the sides with the same red yarn
and a plastic needle (light blue color)
(they sell those in the same crochet area in the craft stores)
 
 
Once both sides are sewn together
flip the case the right way

 
And close the top
here you can either use a button
or a velcro closure.

 
I hope you like it.
If you make one please come over and let me know
I would love to see it :)
 
I am also participating in the link share Wednesday party # 19
 
Now...
 
Onto the next project :)