Saturday, January 9, 2016

2016 will be different

Okay, so just to prove to myself that I am taking this seriously, I am making a short post here.

This last week I haven't really don't anything crafty worth reporting, I haven't cooked anything worth sharing or done anything to share with the internet.  I did go and see Star Wars, but that is a subject I won't ruin for anyone else on here.

I did manage to get Christmas 2015 taken down.  It was rather sad to see it go, I had a really pretty theme going.  Now it is time to take the clean slate of a house to do something fun!  Right now I am too pooped to do more than crochet this weekend, but next week I will try and have at least one fun crafty thing to share!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016's Big Project

     Okay, so I am horrible about not posting regularly or keeping up with what I intend to do online.  It isn't that I don't like to write, but I have gotten out of the habit of writing online.

     There was a day that I kept a blog going all of the time but at the time I didn't have friends locally who were crafty or created things regularly.  The only way that I had to share my work was online.  I had a small online community that helped me learn to knit, shared in my sad attempts at making hair clips and kept me company while experimenting with different crafts.

    Fast-forward to today and I have a wonderful daughter in law that I can craft with, a church group and friends that I crochet and knit with and even some random people I have met through Facebook groups that I share with.

    Well, 2016 I hope will change that.  This year I have a really big project to work for and I need to really stay on top of creating, designing and organizing my plans and ideas.  I want to use this and other forms of social media to get ideas, input and share how-to projects.

    Many people think that it is insane to start planning Christmas a year in advance but I need to this year.  My hubby and I are going to not only do a real themed Christmas but we are also planning on trying to throw a Christmas party.  What is our theme?  The late 1950's and early 1960's, as my dad called it Apollo Space Program Christmas. 

   


This all started with finding out that Shiny Brite ornaments were being reproduced. 

    
   








     Then thinking how cool it would be to have a vintage Aluminum tree complete with light wheel and maybe even a rotating base for this tree.  I mean, why not go all of the way, colored trees have been back in vogue for a while now.  Just not the full retro feels.






Well, if we are going to go through this much effort, why not share it with our friends...Huh...Why not the internet?



    So, over the next year I will be sharing inspiration, acquisitions, crafts and recipes that will lead up to the big event.  Not just that, but hopefully I will have time for other crafts and creations as we go along.  You know things like sewing the perfect hostess apron, having a "costume" theme for the party and maybe finishing some of the crochet and knitting projects that I have lining my bedroom wall right now.

   Here is to 2016, fresh starts and retro feels!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deco Mesh Projects and Perler Beads

So, I have been working away to destash my craft room in the last few weeks.  It has been slow going though.  Finding the time to work on things is always hard after the holidays.  Getting things put up in an orderly and neat fashion, the late visits of friends and family (we have a very large family) and cleaning the house is always an undertaking that first time after Christmas!

So, I don't have any pictures really ready to go, but I can tell you that the Christmas Deco Mesh has been my first thing to start working through.  Back at the beginning of Christmas I found this wonderful peacock ribbon and stems at Hobby Lobby.  I didn't know what I wanted to do with them, but I knew I wanted something for the Craft Room.  That is one of two rooms that I have spent no time decorating.

I made the base for a wreath using some bright blue and silver Deco Mesh and I wove the ribbon into the base.  I haven't decided how I want to decorate it yet, but I had my husband go ahead and hang it for now so I can look at it and make some decisions.

I have also made a green tree and almost finished a white tree made on tomato cages.  I will need to go and get some white and red pipe cleaners today to finish the trees, oh and I will need another tomato cage.  I was only going to make two, but I have the right amount of all three colors and I want to get rolling on the post-holiday stuff.  I was also thinking that the three colors an be alternated year round of different things.  I really want to do something small for Valentines Day this year, so I can use one for that, green can be used for St. Patrick's Day, white can be used for Easter...  You get the idea.

I also have spent some time playing with Perler Beads.  I did buy them for 12$ off of Amazon, but I will get plenty of holiday decorations and gifts out of them.  I have a wonderful idea for a Christmas gift already!  Those are also to come in photos!

I hope that anyone reading this wasn't bored to tears and I promise that I will start working on getting my pictures up soon!

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Resolution for the New Year!

After spending way more in the last year on craft supplies, I have decided to "destash" my craft room a bit this year.  I hate to disappoint, but there won't be huge giveaways nor will I be throwing anything away.  I am going to work at least 80% from my stash all year and I am going to try an chronicle my year with my stash here with you (Hi Mom).

This will be a fun experiment to see if I can hold on to my goal of making things from what I already have.  I know there will be expenses (wire, tools, random bit of something) but I want to keep supplies purchased under 10% of the total project make-up.  There are a few things I have been mulling around in my head and I already see a trip to Lowe's coming soon but this will be for things like industrial wire and zip ties...oh and tomato cages!

I think given that I am not ready for Christmas to be over, I am going to start with some Christmas projects with the things I have here already and things that were purchased 80% off last week.  That means that I also won't have to put them up/hide them!  Two birds, one stone!

I hope that I haven't already bored you away!  Here is to a new year!