Monday, May 18, 2015

Seasons Greetings!



How many of you just said Oh, God, no?

It's only May and I am already planning my Xmas gift crafting. I swore last holiday season I would make a list of presents I wanted to make and I would start on them early. And, so far that plan is going well. I am keeping a list of definite and possible gifts to make for each person I giving handmade to. Last night I went through my handy dandy Sherlock planner and set post-its with timelines/goals of what presents to start and when.

I know that these will probably shift around as the year progresses (hence the mobility of post-its), some will take longer to make than others, work will intrude, or the bar exam studying will take more time some weeks than others. But, I really hope that doing this will save me from the mad rush I have every single year when I realize it's late September and I haven't even started yet. Last year was a mess with me making things literally until the week after Xmas. I made no cards, no gift tags, and I really felt like the whole thing was outside of my control.

This year will be different! *shakes fist in the air*

How about you, when do you start holiday crafting? Do you plan ahead?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Off the Craft Table - Mother's Day Card & Thank You Card

Well, that scrapbook page I posted a picture of last post is still sitting there. But honestly, I'm not really put out by it. For some reason having it there, seeing the papers together, moving embellishments around on it, and whatnot, is satisfying of and in it's self.

However, I did get a couple of paper crafting projects done. Of course, a Mother's Day card, and a Thank You card. A friend of mine, a fellow nerd, sent me the Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book, and a life-size cardboard cut out of Sherlock as a joke so she definitely deserved something more personal than a store bought card. I do so love when friends get my sense of humor.




I will admit though, that I am never pleased with my cards. When I first make them, I am over the moon with my creativity, aren't these great, I ask myself, convinced of my mad card making skillz. Then a few days pass, and I look at the pictures I took of them before they went winging off into the world. Then I'm always, Meh....

I am always comparing my stuff with those design team beauties I pin on Pintrest, and they never measure up. But, you can't compare yourself to others right? And, the only way to get better is to keep doing, just like with anything. So, maybe I should get roll on over to my craft table and actually glue some of those papers down instead of shuffling them all over the place.

What are you working on?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Comfy Toes! The Lizzie Slippers


Need a quick little crochet project? Try these Lizzie Slippers by Lisa Gutierrez. Each one took me about on hour, but if you are a better crocheter than I am, it would probably take you a little less time. I kept pausing to watch whichever Supernatural episode I was currently on, so that added to my time just a bit. The trim didn't come out as neat as I would have wanted, but I think that will be solved by the next pair I make. I mean they are so cute, I need them in different colors right? I am such a sucker for round toed flats, so these slippers suit me right to the ground. I made them with some cheap Vanna's Choice yarn as they were my first attempt at the pattern (I always use cheap yarn for first attempts) and I wanted them to be machine washable. The next pair might be made out of some soft mohair that I have though, just for the luxury factor.

I can't believe a month has went by without me posting. It has been a literal whirlwind at work, and it won't stop for about another month. I am taking some days off this month for both the Night Vale Show in Nashville (this Monday, OH MY GOD), and my mom's visit in mid-April. Of course, both these times away from work coincide with large projects happening at the store, so that means the time I am at work this month will be packed full with training the new OPS manager I promoted, doing leadership training with my whole management team, and keeping all the operational tasks on track until the new OPS can take over for me. Things should slow down a bit for me in May, but of course, that means I am just going to take something else on right?

Right. As of right now, I am planning to start studying for the February 2016 TN Bar Exam starting sometime in May. It might seem a little early to start, but I also want to make sure I give myself time to have actual days off from both studying and work a couple times a month, and I know studying will be a challenge through the holiday season. Plus, I have to go through the entire application process again, which is a good couple weeks of document and information gathering. Thankfully I saved everything from my MS Bar application, so it won't take quite as long.

Better to be over prepared than under prepared yes?

Also, with everything going on, posting will continue to be sporadic, but you can always find me on my crafty tumblr blog as well. I'm a little more active over there :)

In other news, I also have a scrap page fermenting on the table.



What's up with you?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Springing Ahead with Sunny Herb Garden & Mandarin Soaps

A couple new soaps went up in the shop today!

Sunny Harb Garden w/ Zeolite Clay and Green Tea Extract



Mandarin Oasis with Ground Loofah



Both soaps were made with the same basic recipe (at the end of the post). I love the Sunny Herb Garden. The clay gives it a very light exfoliation that feels amazing on my winter-dry skin. Just enough to scrub. And the scent, while light in the finished soap, really seems to blossom in the shower, adding a nice light scent to my skin. My husband even remarked how nice it smells. The soap itself, when used, is creamy and soft feeling. I honestly thought about taking it out of my shop so I could keep it all :) I think this will be a go-to recipe for me, it is the third time I have made soaps with it, and I love every single one.

Recipe

  • Avocado Oil - 10%
  • Castor Oil -5%
  • Mango Butter - 5%
  • Coconut Oil, 76 degrees - 20%
  • Palm Oil - 30%
  • Rice Bran Oil - 30%
  • Superfat - 10%
Additives
Also, I have started a craft tumblr with the same name as this blog. So if you are on Tumblr, check me out HERE. It will see more updates most likely than this will, as tumblr is my go to relaxation site. This is NOT my account that is covered in Sherlock, Night Vale, and other geekiness, so no worries about that.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Excuse the Short Absence

Work is crazy busy between my OPS manager going on maternity leave, me taking on her workload in addition to my own, and the weather. I am working longer days and sometimes 6 days a week, so my crafting has taken a backseat momentarily.

I'll be back soon :) Hope everyone is warm, safe, and has a fun project or book to read!!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Business Update: New Items in the Shop

A few posts ago I mentioned I was planning on adding a few things besides soap to the line-up in my Zibbet shop. Yesterday I added my soy candles and soy melts, in 2 scents, Driftwood and Green Tea with Lemon Grass, and they are already selling. Outside of Zibbet, I am also doing candles and matching soaps for bridal party gifts for a co-worker, and making essential oil based soap for John's mom.

 I'm not saying that business is booming, but I am slowly picking up more customers here and there, mostly custom orders.

Green Tea and Lemongrass Soy Candles
I am also test driving some bookmarks I made yesterday. I love the way they came out, especially the Alice in Wonderland one. My original idea for the store was to offer multiple, small, giftable items, normally running under $20. I am making small runs of various things, and seeing what grabs peoples interest and what just sits there. Part of me wants to make a zillion things because I just know they will sell, but I promised myself to take my time, see what I make, and then see what people like. Some things will sell well, other's won't. This is the time to see what works for me and the shop.

Alice in Wonderland Inspired 
Put a Bird On It!

Cherry Blossoms
Tea Time
                                               
If you like the bookmarks, I plan on having them in the shop this weekend. As of right now, I have only made one of each, but will make more, similar ones, if these sell. I will be sending out a newsletter the day I post them for sale, and you can sign up, if you want, for the newsletter on my Facebook page for the store, or just like the page. I post all new items there as well.

Stay warm my friends!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Digi Scrapping! A Few Pages from Xmas Presents

Every year I make my Mom a few digi pages with pictures from the past year. Digi pages are a lot easier to mail up to her, and I don't have to worry about all the embellishments falling off in transit. These are the pages I sent up to her this year.

The pictures, with the exception of the bottom one, are from Mom's visit (the week of the tornado) last April. The one of just me is one of her favorites of me, taken at the American Pickers store in Nashville, and the one of her (which she would hate knowing is on here) was her first time at the Nashville Flea Market. She was 100% in her element. I can't wait to see where we go this April when she comes back down.

The bottom one is a little tribute page to Piggy, our dog that we lost in September. It's still hard for me to look at pictures of him, and I cried making this page. God, I miss that little ball of fur and love.

Made with Beyond Measure by One Little Bird Designs

Made with Autumn Frost by Sahlin Studio

Made with One Moment by Rosey Posey

Made with Julep by Gennifer Bursett

Made with Heartbeat at My Feet by One Little Bird

 
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