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.

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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–

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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–

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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.

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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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Craft Fair Season 2019

I made a promise to myself that I would enter more craft events… last year! And fell very short of my goal. I did a grand total of zero.

This year is on track to be much different. I participated in my first event of the year this past Saturday at a local school. I am not used to using only one table. It was a tight squeeze. I agonized over the appropriate items to take to the sale.

This is my first time using my fancy jewelry spin displays. I purchased them both at a K-Mart that was going out of business. I stressed a bit and worked really hard to fill the larger one at least 3/4 full of earrings, but turns out it didn’t matter too much. I didn’t sell even one pair!

The event was interesting because I sold items that typically don’t do well in person for me, while other items that I expected to sell, did not. It was overall really great. People really loved the lapel pins. Here is one of the pins that sold…

And my sweet Rainbow Dash hoop. My first attempt at hair, and only my second attempt at embroidery. I am so happy a little girl saw it and wanted to take it home.

I’m keeping an eye out for future events. I have high hopes to get out more this year with my items 🙂

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Big Winner

I don’t live too far from Seaside Heights so my husband and I like to go to the beach a couple times a year. I rarely go in the summer. I am not a fan of roasting myself in the heat. We usually go in the off season and specifically we go to to play some games at the arcade and have pizza.

I have so many points built up because I have a tough time deciding what to cash them in for. I kept passing on these little 3D puzzle kits but finally thought I’d give one a try.


Robotime 3D Wooden Puzzle Music Box –

I don’t know why, but I didn’t realize there were so many pieces. I also am no good at puzzles. Thankfully, it came with directions. the print was very small though.

So tiny!

It really never crossed my mind that I would need to assemble the mechanism to make the music play and spin!

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Can you believe it? I love it so much! I can wait to get back to the arcade and win some more, or I could just go buy some 🙂

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