Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Cheer

I am so thankful I was able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family in Phoenix. After the overwhelming delicious meal comes the Christmas decorating! My mom did a wonderful job with her house this year; last year she wasn't able to decorate for the first time since we moved into the house 18 years or so ago because of a renovation they were doing. I'm still waiting on my new camera so these come to you from my phone (still better than my point-and-shoot sadly)!


 

Our tree is made up of a lot of old ornaments, bought for special occasions: me and brother's first Christmases and my parents' first Christmas together. Others are handmade by us when we were little, there's pictures of my grandma and dad, ornaments given as gifts, and our newest additions are all the owls (there's around 20 of them). I hope to have a whole tree just decorated with owls someday.


Speaking of owls, Grayson and I just went to Target and I'm almost positive I could start and finish my owl tree just in that store. They love their owl ornaments. My mom found our first set of owls there a few years ago and they just get more every year. Here's all of our owl finds...


Those glasses are way too cute! And here's a couple huge tree toppers; these might be a little obnoxious, but if I had an owl-only tree what else would I put at the top?


I won't be able to decorate much at our house this year, but me and Grayson have a couple ideas to make it work in our crowded household :) What Christmas decorations have you been dying to have? Are the decorations already up at your house? Happy Christmas season!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Work Space


Even though Grayson and I rent a house with 3 other people currently, I am lucky enough to have my own craft room! Though I am ashamed to say I still feel like I need more space; such is the life of a craft addict. I finally got some time to organize the thing, but it's not finished just yet. There's still an unfinished corner and unlabeled bins and drawers (oh no!).

First is my desk. Home of my computer and sentimental things. I can't remember where I bought it online, but I do remember finding a coupon for it and only paid $168. These pictures are horrible quality, but hopefully I'm getting a new camera for Black Friday!
 
 
This bookshelf holds all my crafting books and magazines, ribbon, painting supplies, and ready-to-go project kits.

How I organize my work table:

Left drawers: felt, crochet tools, chipboard, stamps
Right drawers: things I need on hand and don't fit on the table, Cricut supplies, bigger stamps and ink
Desktop carousel, caddy for hole punches and pictures

Scrapbooking table with the dreaded unlabeled drawers
Desk carousel holds adhesives, scissors, rulers, pens 
Most of this is scrapbooking supplies: embellishments, rub-ons, stickers, tags, embossing powders, scrapbooks

And here it is, the shameful corner of disorganization! See, I need more space! Okay so maybe the piano doesn't have to be in here, but those drawers and bags are full of scrapbook paper that needs to be sorted and as you can see the shelves are full. I could use another one of those bookshelves, which I got at Walmart, because its middle and bottom shelves have enough width to hold 12x12 papers. It's very sturdy plus it came with a free subscription to Better Homes & Gardens! Yay!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I Make Paper Monsters

 

I found this amazing book at a Game Daze store at the mall. All you need is a glue stick! So far we've made (from left to right) Gene Chemzyme (sea creature from outer space), Lobo (nerdy werewolf), Yucky Chuck (the forgotten lunchbox) and Zeke (monster under the bed). Each monster has their own back story and I'll give you one of my favorites:

Yucky Chuck

Yucky Chuck is a mutant lunchbox monster who became toxic after sitting, fortgotten, at the bottom of a child's locker during the summer of 1972. Once a happy lunchbox full of healthy treats, Chuck went nuclear when the tuna fish sandwich left inside him leeched a radioactive form of mercury into his innards. Not only did it make him rotten to the core, but now everything placed inside him becomes instantly toxic. The moment they come into contact with Chuck, sandwiches fester, juiceboxes reek, and eggs explode. The disgusting smell he emits is meant to make people upchuck. Yuck, Chuck.



What have you been making this week?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Prayer Shawl


FINALLY finished with this project! I've been way too busy so it's taken me 2 months to complete this (belated) birthday present for my aunt. It's a cozy shawl to wrap up in when it's chilly; thick enough to keep you warm, but short enough to walk around with. I used Loops & Threads™ Country Loom yarn in 'Nobility', a size N (10.00mm) hook and a half-double crochet stitch.

I made a full blanket with this same yarn before in the 'Solarium' color and I've got a bag full of the 'Wizard' for another so it's safe to say this is my favorite yarn for blankets. It's very soft and not too bulky, but big enough that the project goes by quickly and doesn't take too many skeins (8 or 9 for a full blanket; 4 or 5 for a shawl). I might be listing these in my future Etsy shop down the road, but probably not made-to-order since they might take me a while. For now, happy crafting!

Nobility
Solarium
Wizard

Friday, November 2, 2012

2011 Creations: Snow Monster, Little Viking, a Kitty, Owls, and a Pikmin

Snow Monster - made for Grayson

Pattern: Lucy Ravenscar's pattern on ravelry.com



Little Viking - made for my brother, a huge Viking fan




Jiji - made for a friend

Pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jiji-the-cat

Owls

First owl I made in this style
This little guy's name is Orion.

 

Pikmin - made for my best friend's birthday


If you don't know what pikmin are they're from a video game and there's all different kinds: