creative space: to be

On Tuesday I went shopping. Yikes. But it wasn’t aimless shopping, I was armed with a list … and for the most part I stuck to it! I always seem to have lists and lists of projects in mind, so we’ll see how many I finish by the end of the school year.

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Bought some fabric, beads, and such. I’m planning to make a simple little pencil pouch because since my purse is so huge, I can never seem to find any writing utensils. On the other hand, with a large purse, I can carry around my entire life with me … yay! The beads don’t have anything to do with making the pouch, but they were purple and pretty and I couldn’t help myself.

100415 02 circle art

I have a whole stack of frames that I’ve been trying to use since my original grand plan for them fell through. I used one for this gift and used two more here, leaving nine sitting in a stack under my bed. I received the circles of paper in a swap, but since I don’t scrapbook and rarely work with paper, they were kind of useless to me. So I stuck ’em in frames and ta-dah, instant art.

That’s all that’s on my plate for now. I got some real world stuff to get done (oh laundry, why do you never end?) and a story to finish, so hopefully I’ll have projects in motion within a few days. Linking over to kootoyoo’s blog for a whole lotta creative spaces.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

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creative space: green letters

My friend’s birthday is coming up, so I’m working on a little present for her. I couldn’t think of anything to get her and since she’ll be moving soon, I didn’t want to get her anything to bulky.

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I’m making her a little art piece to hang on her wall. Green card stock, a picture frame, and some funky letters. Hopefully I’ll get it finished tomorrow, but … ya never know.

More creative spaces here at kootoyoo!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

creative space: pink + red

I absolutely adore holidays. ADORE. That being said, this Sunday is a double-whammy of Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. Thank goodness the colors coordinate!

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I had planned to go all out on gifts for Friday, but I’ve decided against it. Instead, I’m just making little no-frills things. Nothing’s been put together, but I have red satin cord and pieces of pink fabric ready.

Using some online tutorials, I figured out how to make the lucky and button knots. I was going to buy oranges also (for the Chinese New Year) but they’re too darn expensive because of the frost in Florida. Oh well, I’ll just have to do without.

Now I just have to wait for my glass bottles to finish drying and I can fill ’em with M&Ms. Yep, that’s my grand plan: M&Ms. All my friends are college students – I doubt they’d mind.

Ah, and I almost forgot again! Linking up to kootoyoo for creative spaces!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

creative space: ribbon

I went out shopping to pick up some supplies for Valentine’s Day presents. Since they didn’t have what I was looking for, I was stressed, and therefore vulnerable to the ribbon section. Thankfully they had ribbons on sale. Unfortunately, that means I had little willpower to say no.

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At Hobby Lobby they had some spools of ribbon for only a few bucks each. So in total, there’s 50 yards of ribbon and 8 buttons … for less than $10! I ended up simplifying my gift plans to suit what I had on hand, but oh well. Currently everything’s still in my head, so there’s nothing substantial on my table.

School and work are picking up, so I have less time to craft. I’m also ridiculously stressed about life … don’t even get me started on the financial aid drama.

I’m linking over to kootoyoo for creative spaces.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

baked + gifts + space

Whew. First I must mention that I made cookies again. Lots and lots of oatmeal cookies. I used the same recipe that I had used in this previous post, but I made the cookies a bit smaller and multiplied the recipe by 1.5. Ended up with about 70 cookies, stuffed about 25 per bag, and sent them on their way to studio. The rest stayed home and were promptly devoured.

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Then I made rolls. Yay! Don’t have a loaf pan here, so I haven’t been able to make bread again, but I do have a baking sheet so I tried out this recipe and I think they turned out rather yummy. Pretty easy to make too. Next time I’ll probably halve the recipe because this made a lot of rolls (not that my roommate minds).

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 1/2 cup warm water (divided)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups flour

Process:

  • dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water
  • in a separate bowl cream together the sugar and shortening
  • add egg, salt, the yeast mixture (after making sure it blossomed), remaining 2 cups of water, and about 4 cups flour
  • mix until smooth and keep mixing in flour until it turns into a soft dough
  • turn out and knead for about 6-8 minutes
  • place dough in a greased bowl, turn the dough over (to make sure it’s all oiled up), and cover the bowl
  • place the bowl in the refrigerator to rise overnight or for at least 8 hours
  • the next morning, punch the dough down and form rolls (about 36)
  • grease a baking sheet and roll the rolls around on it to cover them in oil (this will allow you to take the rolls apart after they bake together)
  • cover and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour (until the dough has doubled – the rolls should start squishing together)
  • bake in oven at 400F for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned

091022 03 spiders

I love getting mail! My sister mailed me this cute little spiders thing. It’s currently hanging from a light switch in our hallway. Festive-y, right?

091022 04 simplynu

A while back I won a giveaway from SimplyNu, and I received this delicious piece of handmade Castile soap in the mail. It’s called Daisy Castile and I must say … its scent is heavenly (and the flower shape is too cute). They’re pretty new and their etsy shop has a lovely range of candles, soaps, and stationery. So, a big thanks to SimplyNu! I wish them the best with their store.

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Last but not least, my current creative space. Lots of black, I know. Halloween is next Saturday, can you guess what I’m up to? There’s black tulle, black elastic, black feathers, and some silver and black jewelry. I rather like my costume idea, but since it has yet to be created, I won’t say much now.

Linking over to kootyoo for a whole bunch of creative spaces. And over to Southern Hospitality for recipes! Goodness gracious, this was a long post!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

my creative space

My creative space is a mess. My crafting table is generally pretty clear with everything pushed into a corner, but that has been completely empty for a while. Organized chaos is the name of the game for the rest of my room. Everything has its place, but within that place it’s an anything goes kind of system. My embroidery floss is all neatly arranged according to number, with remaining spaces crammed with scraps of ribbon and string, other boxes holding magnets, bottle caps, and buttons.

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All my fabric lives in a cardboard box … well, except for the fleece, cheap green stuff, and some pink print because not all of it would fit. Aye. I have all this fabric and every time I go to make something I think to myself that what I have simply will not do. Once upon a time it was organized, with everything neatly folded and arranged by color, but then life happened, and now it’s more of stuffing and stacking things so they stay within the general confines of the box.

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When I’m having a bad day, I’ll just pull out one of the boxes (embroidery floss box, craft things box, or fabric box) and rifle through ’em. Because even though I’m generally not big on colors (a fair percentage of my wardrobe is black), I do like colors in most things. So that’s my kind of pick me up.

Oh, and this is linked over to kootoyoo’s blog where there’s a whole list of people’s creative spaces. So much fun to browse.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]