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Tuesday Tutorial: Stadium Cushion!

3 Apr

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty 😉

This crafty tutorial comes from: MaidenJane

Sewing Tutorial – Upcycle a Tee Shirt or Sweatshirt Into a Stadium Cushion

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

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Tuesday Tutorial: Pencil Case!

27 Mar

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty 😉

This crafty tutorial comes from: ASpoonfulofSugar

How to Make a Pencil Case

With the new school year nearly upon us in Australia, I am making up a few easy zipperedpatchwork pencil cases. This is a great scrap buster project. The little zippered pouches can be used for all manner of things. Mine was sized to fit approx 6 pens; or a small pack of tissues; or a small notebook and pen; or a few cosmetics.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Here’s what you’ve missed!

15 Mar

Sorry I have been MIA – this gorgeous weather has me cleaning and spending most of my time outdoors as well as some other reasons you’ll see below. There are so many new things happening around here that I can’t wait to talk about but since I don’t want to spoil it all – I’m just going to show you a few things that we’ve been doing (without spoils). Then when I get my schedule back in tact I’ll share all the goodies!

Here’s a few things you might have missed:

I attempted my first etching – which is obvious because it’s all uneven but who cares!!!!!!! I am so proud of me 😀 Once I get stuck in the house again I’ll be removing labels off of wine bottles like its nobodys business!

Since Brian and I have both been successfully working and doing our best at not spending any money unless it’s bills, gas, groceries, or necessities – we spoiled ourselves a little! We each bought a few things for ourselves and we bought these for Emma! How cute? She’s been wearing them almost all week since it’s been so nice outside and she likes to proudly say these are Emma’s NEW shoes!

Here is another reason I haven’t had ANY time to update/work on my etsy page & blog. Someone decided that napping is no fun and they don’t want to do it any more. Therefore my two hours of work time during nap time have turned into scramble around with my head cut off time because I have no idea how to function without Emma having a nap. Apparently neither does Emma because here she is passed out on the couch an hour before bedtime. She decided to put herself to bed here – lol.

Our first nice weather accomplishment! I took an entire day to get the back patio set up, organized, toys cleaned, and make it Emma and baby friendly! It took FOREVER. But Emma decided to accomplish something as well – she climbed up the slide and went down all by herself! For the past year – all she would do is climb up and scream every time you tried to help her slide down. HOORAYY  she’s becoming so independent 😉

If you hadn’t noticed the same squinting face above – it’s Emma’s new way to say CHEESE to the camera. Silly girl. This was a Mommy-Daughter day out that involved so many errands that I had completely no intention of getting them all done. Since someone was a complete angel we got ALL except one of the errands completed (and that wasn’t her fault or mine!) so we got a milkshake for a treat – that Emma kept calling a cake lol.

So it’s not that I don’t love you. I haven’t posted because I’ve had my hands a little full these days! Either someone will start getting Quiet Alone Time or Nap Time happening soon or I’m going to have to find 2 different hours to get some work done 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love you all and hope to be back to chat soon!

Jennifer

 

Feature Friday & Giveaway!!!: PoisonedAppleCrafts

9 Mar

Feature Friday Presents:

PoisonedAppleCrafts!!

“Hey, I’m Elizabeth, and I run Poisoned Apple Crafts! This is a unique jewelry store, as everything has a source of inspiration, and each piece tells a great story. We specialize in friendship bracelets, beaded bracelets, chain maille, and other types of jewelry!”

Summertime Swim star pendant blue necklace       Hawaiian Flowers Friendship Bracelet MADE TO ORDER

$22.00 USD                                $9.00 USD
Simple as the Ocean necklace on double ribbon       Sunrise/Sunset Themed Beaded Bracelet
$12.00 USD                                 $22.00 USD
Made to Order Film Strip Friendship Bracelet       The Favorite Statement lightweight oversized necklace
$8.25 USD                                  $20.00 USD

Sun and Clouds Chinese Crystal Beaded Friendship Bracelet      Morning Daydream Starburst Star Shaped Glass Necklace With Rose Clasp

$15.00 USD                               $24.00 USD

Q&A

What got you interested in crafting?

I always did friendship bracelets on car trips to San Diego, cause it was 6 hours of nothing to do. Mom and I used to bead together, but we stopped. I picked it back up in 2010, and just couldn’t stop.

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

It truly depends project wise. I love my friendship bracelets, because of how much work I have to put into them. The Jack Sparrow bracelet:

takes around 20-25 hours of complete work time to make. I love being able to just sit down and focus on this.

Beading wise, I made a bracelet called “The Red Queen”, which recently sold: 

Absolutely loved the piece, and I’m still proud of it.

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

I’ve always had a fascination with Grimm’s story of Snow White, and it was a nickname of mine in the past. The concept of the poisoned apple just stuck, and I found it to be something beautiful. It’s definitely unique, and catches everyone’s attention.

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

I’d call it Poisoned Apple Jewelers. I’ve done mostly jewelry thus far and that’d be my specialty. Scarves and possibly hats are to come soon.

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

Starting any friendship bracelet pattern is very challenging for me, but the most difficult one I’ve been working on is a Nyan Cat bracelet. SO MANY COLORS! I’m also starting one of the Sailor Moon icon, because it was a huge part of my childhood.
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

1) To get up to 200 Facebook fans. I know when I hit 100 I’m having a giveaway, so stay tuned for that one 🙂
2) To rely more on this as my job rather than making Starbucks. As much as I love working as a Barista, I’d love my passion to be the main focus on my life.
3) I’ll be finishing my associates, so I’m hoping to save up some cash and expand into more in-person retail. I’d love to do house parties (like Cookie Lee or all those candle companies do) or find a spot in the mall to rent out. It’d be a dream come true.

What inspires you to be crafty?

Music and visual arts are some of my biggest inspirations. One of my favorite necklaces was inspired by the movie “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”. it’s absolutely fun, just doing ordinary stuff like listening to your iPod, and you’ll think “That’s a great concept for a new piece! I have to do it!”

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

Customer Service and keeping my customers informed. If you’re sick and can’t work on their piece, you have to tell them. I feel like letting them know the truth is so much better than taking so long and not keeping them updated about what’s going on.
Another thing that’s my strong point is that I take pride in making every single piece that I do. It’s not often that I find someone spending 20 hours on making a single bracelet. People have asked why I do this and tell me I’m crazy, but that’s my craft. That’s what I take pride in.

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

Better advertising/word of mouth. My website, Facebook, Twitter, and business cards don’t seem to be enough to always attract people in. I’m talking with people about doing craft fairs and things of that sort, and just trying to get more exposure. It’s the one difficult thing to do as a one-person shop.

The item up for giveaway is here:

Want to win this gorgeous necklace? Here’s how!

1 point for commenting on the blog post
1 point for letting us know what their favorite item from her shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/PoisonedAppleCrafts
1 point for liking her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PAppleCrafts
1 point for following her on twitter http://twitter.com/PAppleCrafts
2 points for sharing about the giveaway and giving us the link to where you shared it!
5 points for buying something from her shop!
Leave a comment letting us know which points you followed through with and your email address to contact you if you win! Monday night at 9:00 PM Eastern Time we’ll post the winner of the Giveaway item!

Thanks for stopping by! If you haven’t already visited PoisonedAppleCrafts – click on the link!

Love Always,

J

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Taking Advice Never Hurts!

6 Mar

Thanks to some wonderful advice from my readers I started small with some of the tasks I was facing. Apparently starting small worked miracles because not only did I get what I wanted accomplished – I surprised myself and got a heck of a lot done!

For those of you new readers: I have been having major problems accomplishing things around this household due to the fact that I don’t have my own space away from everything. All the spaces available to me that I had to work were either in view of all the other chores I needed to do (completely distracting me), or in the middle of our families common area. Little 2-year-old hands and questions, plus my husbands TV and video games were the entertainment that kept me accomplishing anything!

I had recently taken over my parents dining room while they were out-of-town and quickly realized what I needed. A space to call my own, away from TV’s, dishes, laundry, toys, 2-year-old hands, chores, projects, or anything that moved really. (I’m easily distracted – don’t make fun of me!) It was a huge table of success and probably the biggest DUH moment I ever had. I’ve never given myself any place to really call my own except for my side of the bed. I share everything!

Here is the nice big old space I had at my parents place:

So in case you didn’t know: My dilemma is making something like this – happen in my little apartment. The advice that I got from a super intelligent reader was to Start Small. Okay this shouldn’t be a problem for me but apparently it was! I think and dream wayyyy to big to be boxed in the small category. Since the apartment is a completely open space – the only closed off areas are the two bedrooms, the bathroom, and the storage (which is a disaster of a chore needing tlc). Emma’s room and the bathroom were out of the question. That leaves me with my room and the storage. There’s no way I can work in the storage so my room it is!

Funniest thing ever – there is a little desk in my room tucked away in a corner piled high with … crap. So again – I start small. I cleared off the top of the desks, headed to the drawers, and bam! It’s like a brand new desk ready for work right? No. Not exactly. It’s tucked in a corner that’s completely unworkable. I’d never function there. I sat on my bed and decided it was time to re-arrange the room anyways. I have a big old habit of rearranging furniture every couple of months and this was way past due time.

I decided then – If I am going to move all these pieces of furniture I am cleaning out all of them.

Under the bed – cleaned out.

Side Tables – pretty and clean!

Dresser – Clean and rearranged! Love it!

Next step was moving everything around to put my desk in the prime location. In-between the windows!! I absolutely love natural light and this room is the one place during the day that gets the most gorgeous sun – so why not take advantage of it, right? Oh I did! I moved that sucker right in between two huge windows and set up shop.

Now this is where starting small really means the most to me. No I can’t fit my entire craft collection in here – I have way to much stuff and a huge table that would never make it. So I left all my crafting things where they are in the “dining room”. I moved all my books, paperwork, computer, camera, and small things in here. I also got rid of a pile of things that were in our box in our hallway that keeps bills, recipes, and miscellaneous things in it.

Welcome to my new office! A huge part of my crafting life now dedicated to my own space. So who cares if I have to craft next to all my chores – at least I’m getting all my busy work done away from all the chaos!

I’ll have to take a picture during the daylight so you can see how gorgeous it is in here 😛 Oh Oh! Check out my clean drawers. I don’t think these drawers have been cleaned since we moved in here (three years ago).

Ahhh I love organization! I will say that doing projects like this just makes me want to go full-out crazy and makeover the entire room! I’ve had this color palate in my head for a while now. I’m slowly transforming this room into something similar to this:

Not necessarily that bedspread – just the color theme! Here’s another color theme example:

I’ve pretty much already headed in that direction! My wall colors are the second color down, my comforter is the light gray and black, and my bedside lamps are the first yellow color. I want to paint my side tables white and line them with some sort of yellow patterned paper or vinyl like this:

Then I want to paint my desk white and line the drawers the same way.

I’m also in search for a thrift store dresser. I love ours – but it’s a family  hand me down and it comes in a huge set so there’s no way I’d want to paint it. But since I’m changing all my other furniture white – I want a white dresser too! So I’ll be on the look out for a cheap new one!

Then to top off my room changing – art. I want something on these bare walls and something much prettier to hang above my desk 😉

Maybe something like this?

But maybe framed since we aren’t living here forever and I’d like to take it with me 😛

Well enough daydreaming for now! I’ll keep on the look out for things to upgrade around my room and then maybe we could do a room by room budget friendly update! ❤ Now I’m really dreaming! As long as I start small – these should all be do-able things!

Note to self: Listen to all advice given by amazing readers 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Under Construction!

3 Mar

Alright everyone!! Thank you all for being awesome followers of my blog 😀 If you have been here from the beginning you know that I’ve done A LOT of changing around here. Some things for the better – some I’ll be tweaking a little!! I’m going back to making this blog completely personal. I’ve started a new blog so that I can keep up with the business, features, tutorials, and such so if you love all those things make sure to follow me

HERE!

There will also be handmade product reviews on that site so if you are interested in buying handmade products check out that site of mine – there are tons of tips and tricks in order to find out if the store has good quality and customer service.

Now back to the new/old blog here! I really missed just rambling about how my life was going and what all I was doing so I decided to separate the two interests into two blogs and I’ll be going back to the basics with this one. If you love the random personal posts then stay here! I’ll be talking about what I’m working on at home, life with my lovely two-year old and husband, and things I’m learning about as I go through life.

 

If there are certain topics you’d like to hear about or if there’s something in particular that I write about that interests you – please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear what my readers are looking for.
Talk to you all soon!

Love Always,

J

A Visit to Our Local Aquarium!

3 Mar

Last weekend my sister and I took Emma to the local Aquarium. Every year it has been a tradition to take her to the Zoo and each time we go it so much more fun so when we saw there was an Aquarium we thought that could be our winter tradition since it’s too cold for the Zoo! This was the PERFECT time to take her to. All week we were preparing her with photo’s of fish, teaching her the word fish, and making hilarious fishy faces. Check out the pictures:

 

 

 

Every tank we walked by she screamed “THERE’S FISHIES!” Then in the tanks where she couldn’t see them (the reptile ones) she would say – “Wheres da fishies?” Then there was the alligator tank. There was a white alligator tank that she was mesmerized by! She kept asking to go see the alligator so we walked around in circles about three or four times so she could see everything and scream FISHIES all she wanted 😀

I wish I had gotten her fishy faces on camera – we’ll have to work on that and update it later!

Note to self: Always say yes to adventures with animals and kids. She napped like a queen and was in a great mood all day!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: Briarosedesigns!

2 Mar

Feature Friday Presents:

Briarosedesigns!

“My Etsy shop was kind of a spontaneous happening that grew to be a huge part of my life. My store is very near to my heart because it reflects who I am. I love this job and I know it will always be a part of my life. I’m going to school for social work so I can teach art therapy and bring that joy to others. The only thing I like doing as much as crafting is teaching. Also, I am a proud mother of a beautiful 2-year-old girl, she is definitely my best creation ;)”

EAR CUFF Swarovski Drop CUSTOM Color         EAR WARMER Crochet Winter Knot HeadBand - Women's Fashion Accessories

EAR CUFF Swarovski Drop           EAR WARMER Crochet Wint

briarosedesign                                  briarosedesign
$6.50 USD                                        $20.00 USD

WRIST WARMERS - Bubble Gum Pink Crochet Arm Warmers         Adjustable TOE RING with Swarovski Drop

WRIST WARMERS – Bubble         Adjustable TOE RING with S

briarosedesign                                  briarosedesign
$12.00 USD                                      $6.00 USD

EAR CUFF to stud - sweeping chain with Swarovski crystals and charm         Wire Wrapped Ring Rose Design

EAR CUFF to stud – sweepin         Wire Wrapped Ring Rose Design

briarosedesign                                  briarosedesign
$14.00 USD                                      $8.00 USD

Hooded Cowl Convertible Infinity Scarf, Shawl, and Hood - Custom Color         EAR PINS Convertible Earring Wraps - Ear Vines

Hooded Cowl Convertible Inf         EAR PINS Convertible Earri

briarosedesign                                  briarosedesign
$40.00 USD                                      $12.50 USD

What got you interested in crafting?

I’ve always been interested in crafting since as long as I can remember. For me it’s really a need to do rather than a want to do. Crafting keeps me sane and I thank god for it every day. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t sit and crochet but I’m sure I’d be a mess. 😛

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

My favorite project to make is probably the crocheted hooded cowl that I’ve just listed. Mostly because I absolutely LOVE to crochet but also because it was my first design. I didn’t follow a pattern I just created it. There is something very freeing about that.

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

My Etsy name is Briarosedesign but I’m in the process of changing it to Mystic Treasure. Briarose is a mix of my first and middle name, Brianna Rose, and I use it for everything. Even though I like it I wanted a more fitting name for my shop. I’ve always loved the word mystic and I think it describes my shop well. I tend to design very mystical accessories so I went with the trend and redesigned my shop banner to fit. I love it because there are fairies everywhere now!

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?



If I could open up a shop it would probably be multi purposed. I would love to have a shop where I could sell my designs but I’d also want to sell supplies and teach classes. I love teaching just as much as I love creating. I’m not sure what I would call it but it would be great.

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

The most challenging thing I have made is not listed in my Etsy shop. It was a wire wrapped sculpture of a butterfly on a flower. It took a lot of redoing to get the shapes just right. The sculpture was for a friend and had great meaning behind it so I wanted it to be perfect.

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

I’m working on getting 100 different and unique items in my shop. It is important to me to offer variety. I also have a ton of craft shows planned this year that I think will get me great exposure. I don’t really want to move to fast with my Etsy shop I just plan to let it bloom with time. I have so many other goals on my list but those are the most relevant.

What inspires you to be crafty?

Everything inspires me to be crafty. It doesn’t take much for my mind to start dreaming up creations to attempt to make. Color has a particular influence over me.

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

My best quality in crafting is my worst quality in life. I have a little self diagnosed OCD which gets annoying in day-to-day life but really creates a beautiful symmetry in my work. I think it is my ability to mix creativity with this strictness that helps make my work successful. 





If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

More sales. 😀 I would love to have enough monthly sales to be able to do this full-time. Right now I am just starting out and haven’t done much promoting. It’s amazing the amount of sales I’ve gotten with zero promotion so I’m sure I’ll get more once I start advertising…then I’ll be asking for more time.

If you haven’t already stopped by Briarosedesigns – click the link!

Add this coupon code: postsecrets10 to receive 10% off for your purchase with her as a thank you for reading this post! 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Thoughtful Thursday: A Hard Lesson To Learn

1 Mar

If you’ve been reading the last few Thursday posts – you know that I’m trying to enhance my life, work efficiently, and grow as a business and a person. This week has really given me a hard lesson to learn!!

After following my seven steps and working hard to be productive (which I have) I have also come to my realization of what exactly is holding me back. It’s not motivation, it’s not family or friends, it’s not even really me. It’s my space. Trying to get work done in an area that isn’t exactly defined as your own is a hard thing to accomplish. Since I live in a small (but perfect size for our family) apartment it has come to my realization that there is not one spot in the house that you can’t look around and see all the chores or things that are left undone. Even without a list of things to torment me – all I have to do is open my eyes and turn around!!

My parents went out-of-town and I invaded their space. I took all the things I need/want to work on and nothing more. I am surrounded by clean open space with lots of room and table space. It’s a crafter’s dream getaway!

I can wake up, get ready, get my chores done, and escape to my area to get things done! Emma can even come up and go hog-wild and it doesn’t change a thing. You can see that all the mess – is just my work stuff. Even with that pile of paperwork I still have room to sew! I mean how hard is it to pile a couple of books and paper together to make more room instead of looking at the dirty dishes, laundry, toys on the floor, other not as important paperwork in piles, and things you can’t move out of they way because you have no where else to put them!!

The hard part is that I don’t get to keep it. As soon as they are done with their trip I will be back into my old routine of things. The other hard part is knowing that we will be moving soon and I’ll have a chance to get my own space in my own house like this – but we aren’t exactly sure when that will be right now. We know it’s soon!! But there’s not an actual date set yet.

So if you are like me and easily distracted and weighed down by all the things you haven’t done. Get away from them! Pack up your things or find a room in your house that you can create your own getaway. I can’t tell you how clear my head has been while I’ve been working and how much progress I’ve made. Here’s just a few things:

Taxes -Done

Blog Posts – Prepped & Ready to Go

Etsy Teams – Questions Answered

Ideas In Progress

Blog Updated

Topic Discussions Prepped

Meet Ups Organized

Business Blog – Contacts Made

Reviews Prepped & Ready for Approval

Pictures In Process

 

My Store – New Listings Prepared & Ready To Go Live

Inventory Accounted For

Pictures In Process

Orders Completed and Sent

 

I am so happy with how much I’ve already accomplished that my to do’s are dwindling and I’ve been adding some fun new things to them that I’ve been dying to try! Welcome to the world of success – A place away from all the things that bring you down!

 

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what helps you get things accomplished!

 

Love Always,

J

 

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