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Jewelry WIP

These buttons really make me miss AC Moore. I can’t believe they have gone out of business. It certainly wasn’t my fault! I am admittedly a persnickety shopper when it comes to buttons. I’ve been known to stalk a button aisle for an embarrassingly long amount of time before finalizing my purchase. I can’t help it. I need to feel them and see them up close — the color, the size, are they flat, matte, shiny, 2 holes, 4 holes? Details!!

I buy most of my buttons at JoAnns but they don’t carry the Buttons Galore and More brand. The only place I could find them was AC Moore. I don’t know where to go now except for their website. I already don’t like shopping online and now you want me to shop online for buttons? I can’t. Online all you get is a stock photo. Who knows what will show up at your door? It’s not for me. I need a plan, some resources. First, they took Dritz buttons away from me now this! Ohhhh it’s so bad… Ok, I’m a bit dramatic (and I kinda mean it LOL). But enough of my button bugaboo–

Today I decided to either make a necklace or bracelet. The lack of jump rings determined I would be making a bracelet.

Eddie Bauer Button

In addition to the buttons, I also found the purple glass beads on this bracelet from AC Moore. They used to have little bins in the jewelry dept with elastic bracelets. They were always great and priced just right to repurpose into other pieces.

Finished Button Bracelet

Taking a picture of your own wrist is hard, but isn’t this pretty?

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Retro Boom

Continuing my current dive back into digital illustration, I made some new art in illustrator (while listening to Sammy).

Still on furlough feeling like it will never end, I’m staying positive and spending time on get to some fun creative things. This past week I added new things to both my zazzle and society6 shops.

I’ve been looking at a lot of mid-century artwork on Pinterest. The colors, geometric shapes, and futuristic style has always appealed to me. I even have boomerang counter tops in my kitchen!

I love Pizza too!

Those counter tops were a true labor of love. I could write a novel about how difficult they were to get, but anyway– I really wanted to find a way to incorporate boomerangs in my newest design. I’m happy with how it turned out and made 4 different color options.

Boomerangs and color blocks! I hope to order something for myself as soon as this furlough is over and I can end my spending freeze.

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Tidy Creativity

This week went by fast! It started off with shipping out this little lacy felt floral hoop 🙂

I have been so far behind in so many things my days have been full with several chores I never thought I would have time to do. For instance, I spent 2 full days creating digital backups of all my photos dating back to 2001!

I also spent hours cleaning/organizing my craft room. With a newly cleaned room, I felt like I needed an activity that wouldn’t turn it back into a disaster zone so I turned to Procreate. Hours of YouTube tutorials and researching fun art on Pinterest inspired these dandelions. They took quite a while to complete and possibly, maybe, kinda look like sunflowers– but they are my favorite illustration of the week.

illustration of dandelions
Dandy Lions – Procreate Illustration

That sums up the creative bits of this week. Hopefully, you have found something fun to occupy your mind and ease the anxiety of our current situation–

stay safe
Another illustration from this week 🙂
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Birthday

My birthday was April 6. I didn’t get to do very much because everything was and is still it shut down. I didn’t even bother taking the day off and worked from home (I haven’t worked on my birthday in forever). To celebrate the day I went… OUTSIDE! A big event since I haven’t been leaving the house much. Didn’t even have a real cake. At least I found a candle.

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Coconut Tastykake. It was just ok.

The biggest thing that happened was this–

iPad Pro 11 & Apple Pencil

A new iPad! I have been using the same iPad for about 10 years and it is very limited in what it is still able to do. It’s a shame because it essentially works just fine but is sadly obsolete. It can still go online but far as apps, all I can get to work is YouTube.

This new iPad has me excited because I can finally play around and do silly doodles and illustrations. I am not especially talented at drawing, I just find it to be a great way to relax and make cute things without creating a big mess to clean up afterwards (like all of my other crafty hobbies).

The pencil is taking some time to get used to, but I’m having fun with it. Hand lettering has always been something I wanted to try. I still need lots of practice as you can see–

#facts
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Quarantine

I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, but now that I am officially in week 5 of quarantine– I have time. At the start of this I had been keeping myself busy with mostly with working at home.

My workspace

Starting next week I will be on furlough. Last weekend I spent some time making masks. Completely surprised myself by having elastic on hand. I have never used elastic for anything ever. Do I just like to plan ahead? It is a good thing because you can’t get it anywhere now.

sewing supplies

My scrap bin has a lot of bits and pieces from previous projects. I planned to make zippered pouches with them. Who would’ve guessed it would be necessary to turn them into masks?

Mask

I followed a YouTube tutorial and all but 2 out of the 9 I made were too small for me. I guess I have a big head! They were mailed to my mother.

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