Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated with stones. I’ve had various rock collections throughout my life, but due to life in general, only a small box filled with different fossils, rocks, and crystals has made it into my adult life. Despite not being able to consistently contribute to this collection throughout the various stages of my life, I have always continued to collect small stones and shells when I travel. On our recent trip to Ireland, Continue reading
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I’ve been battling a headache for the last couple of days, so wanted to do something creative while lounging on the couch. I’ve dabbled in embroidery and cross-stitching before, and with Halloween coming up, I wanted to combine the two and make some festive décor. Once I knew what I wanted to do, the rest was pretty easy. This tutorial from Urban Threads was really helpful to get back into the swing of things and remind me of basic stitches. After I traced on my design so that I could stay on track, I used the back-stitch and just went to town.
I don’t know why I never realized this before, but wine has more benefits beyond just drinking it. Well, the cork does at least! If you’re anything like me, having a nice glass of red wine after a long day at work is the best way to unwind and relax. In doing just that last night, it came to me that the cork I had just popped would make an awesome stamp for polka-dotting, and hey, it’s basically free! So I decided to put it to use and decorate some more dish towels!
I recently bought myself a wood burning tool to try my hand at the skill. I also quickly found out that it’s a lot more difficult than I thought it would be! This is definitely a technique that I’ll have to practice over and over again in order to perfect. But in the mean time, I enjoyed playing around with the various burning tips in order to get a feel for how the tool works. I highly recommend trying this on something you don’t care about the first couple of rounds as there’s a good chance you will make a giant, burnt mess at first. I decided to do my testing on some wooden spoons that I had ordered and I’m fairly happy with the outcome! Since I had to wait for my tool to cool down before changing tips each time, I decided to test out some screen print paint I hadn’t used yet as well. This way I was able to craft in between crafts! Efficiency!
Sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks. My excuse is that I’m busy, but really I just haven’t sat down and committed to putting the projects that I’ve done up here yet. So, to reconcile for it, I’m leaving you with a quickie about what I did this weekend! Conor and I went away to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and since we both have busy lives, we decided to sneak away to our middle of nowhere property and relax. And we did just that! And it was magical. But in the process we also decided to very unofficially map out our tiny house that we’re planning on building up there next Spring….with bamboo poles.
This week I found out what it’s like to cut a plastic, toy dinosaur in half. Why? Because I wanted to mount his head and make a necklace holder out of him! It’s really a lot less painful than it sounds, and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I know that Stan (the Stegosaurus) is happy with the outcome as well and delightedly hangs on my wall with a happy, little smirk now.