Oh what a beautiful craft week

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Wow has it been a week? Let me first thank you for returning to my blog and for sticking around. So I know I only had three blog post this week, but it is getting better. This one will be four so yea me. Just joking. I had another small quick craft for you today but I didn’t like the way it turned out so as soon as I figure some things out I will show you. I’m also thinking about a monthly newsletter to share not only what’s going on with my blog but what’s going on in my crafting life. I’m trying now to either get my camera mailed to me or just purchase a new one. The decision I have to make. So meanwhile I just wanted to pop on to let you know my plans as well as why there aren’t crafts for today. I will be back tomorrow so please come back to see what I have in store for you. And as always, Keep Crafting

Just another quickie

Hi and welcome back to my blog. I have just a small project to share with you. Since I set up my craft area,I now be able to sew more. I have my machine set up on the table,so I can just sit down and sew without having to more the machine to another location. I had planned to make a weighted pin cushion. I wanted to make a catch all for threat and fabric scrapes but I changed my mind since I have a trash can by my desk. So I just made a weighted pin cushion that can be also used as a paper weight if I need it. The items that I used was some fabric, and some poly-pellets,which are used to make beany toys etc.I also had on hand my little mini iron and mat.Before I could figure out what size I wanted to make my pin cushion I had to iron out all of the fold lines.I then proceeded to cut the fabric to size.After making sure I had the line iron out I cut the fabric to the size I wanted. With the good sides facing each other I sew it and left just enough room once I turned it over to put the neck of the poly pellets into the hole. I filled up the back and just folded the open end and hand sew the opening.And this is what the finished item look like. I wanted it to be used as I said earlier to be used as a catch all and this is what that looked like before I changed my mind.I like it better alone so for now it will set on my desk as a paper weight/weighted pin cushion.

So before I end this blog, I want to apologize for not having picture to show my process. I for some dumb reason left my camera hanging on my desk chair back in NYC. So for now I have to stop and take picture with my iPad which it I took step by step picture would take a longer to complete my projects. So now I will only have picture of the starting process and the finished project. Please be patient with me. I’m still trying to get settle and as Stella did “get my groove back” So I will leave you like I always do, until next time Keep Crafting

Crafting,crafting what a girl to do.

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Thanks for staying here with me even through I haven’t be consistently writing, which I hope I can get back on schedule really soon. I have been doing some crafting. I have project that I’m excited to share with you. The craft Ive been working this week is candle making.So I shared in a previous blog I shared the two items above for a craft I was planning.The craft if you guess right is making a candle.I wanted to give a try at candle making because I had a coupon from Micheals and I purchase a kit. I’m always looking to try something new. The best part of my new adventure is the crafts I’ll be working on will be home decor. So back to the candle making.The wax came in two blocks. That was enough to make two candles. I only made one candle because it was my first experience with making candles. I prep my work area so I didn’t mess up the counters. I heated up my chocolate melter and started to grate my candle wax. (Side note, items that I didn’t show, a cheese grater,dye for the candles as well a fragrance and a thermometer), Sorry I didn’t get to take picture of the process because I had to constantly stir the wax and watch the temperature. After the wax had come to temperature, I poured it into the candle holder that was included in the kit. I had to put in one layer allow it to harden then put holes into the wax to release the air. I then put another layer on top to fill in the holes and fill it up to the top of the holder.So here the finished candle. And for a first time candle maker I dont think it came out so bad. Next candle I planning to make I want to experiment with layering them with different colors and fragrances, so when you burn the candle every color will have its own fragrance. There are so many possibilities with candle making and I can’t wait to see what I can do.So thanks for sticking around and I hope you will come back soon to see what else I have planned. Until then Keep Crafting.

Guess what I have a haul

Hi and welcome back to my blog. I will share with you some items that I purchase. This is the first time I had a chance to purchase items for craft purposes. I went to dollar tree and purchase one item. I purchase a couple of items from Micheals and I brought one thing from a store here in Florida name Bulk Nation.Let start it Bulk Nation. Bulk nation is a store that sell items in bulk. Items such as flour,cereal,candy and other items that is usually in boxes and packages that contain more air than product.I purchase citric acid .I brought this for a project that I will share with you in a future blog.The next item I purchased from Dollar Tree and Micheals,once again it will be used for part of a future blog.You can tell what Ive planning for my next project. Another item I purchase from Micheals were two wooden crates. I’m working on a decor project for my apartment and I will be sharing that with you soon. The last items I purchase from Walmart and it is just some tool items.These items are just items I need to add to my tool box. You know items that you don’t need now but will be needed in the future.I have a lot of crafts planned and will like always share with you.One last minute find I brought from a thrift store in the neighborhood named Well of hope. I have to admit I love going to this store because all their stuff is in good condition and the prices are so reasonable. As you know from a previous blog my daughter purchase my craft desk, which was originally come from Ikea and the top alone was $24.99. My daughter brought the whole table for $10. I purchase my chair for $3.00. So back to the item above, I was thinking out for the box and purchase this item which was meant to melt chocolate to melt other items, such as soap and candles,but more on that later.So that will bring me to the end of this blog and as always,

Keep crafting

What Ive been doing

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Just a quick blog to update you on what I’ve been up to since the last time I was here.I’ve been crafting. I worked on a lot of project since I last was here. I been back to the thrift store and found a chair for my craft table. I’m in the process of doing an upcycle of it. This chair I got from the thrift store Well Of Hope Thrift Store.It was a good buy, it cost me $3. It had a few scratches on it,but I will put a little wood filler and paint on it and it should be as good as new. I decided to keep it white because my table has white in it. The next thing I decide to do with the chair is make a cushion for it. The chair is wood and I plan on doing a lot of sewing and blogging at my desk so a cushion is a must.Originally I was going to take the lazy way out, so I purchase a pillow case to stuff, but it was too soft and I had to put too much stuffing in it, so i guess it dont pay to take shortcuts. I ended up using left over material from my pet bed project to make a nice sturdy seat cushion.The next thing I decided to do was to make a cover for the back of the chair. I will show you how it looked, but since took it off because I wanted it to be more neater.The cover was neat in the front of the chair but I couldn’t seem to get the back to come together. Another thing is I didn’t like the fact I couldn’t get the back to come together a little neater.My plan is to make a pattern for the back of the chair and redo the cover with another type of material.This is what my chair look like once I put the cover on the back. The cover is too light for the chair cushion. I’m not talking about the color, I’m taking about the fabric itself.Another thing about the cover, I couldn’t get the fabric to form around the back correctly.This is what the chair looks like without the back cover. Its a little bang up on the sides but I can sit in it and its comfortable. In the future I will share with you how the chair finally turned out.

Well this is where I ended this blog for today, I will be back soon with some new project. I will be back soon, but I will leave like I do always,

Keep crafting

Blank space to craft space pt 1

Hi and welcome back to my blog. As always welcome to my new readers and subscribers. Today blog is going to start a series about my journey to decoration. I told you before how I need to set up a craft space in my bedroom. I finally started the process with up cycling a table I got table that was purchased from a thrift store. I finally set up the area where I will be working on my craft projects, decorating my planner as well as writing my blog. Previously I would work on a table in my solarium,but now I can sit at my craft table and look out the window and be as creative as I can be. Before I show you the process, I wanted to show you where my sewing machine and my cricut maker use to live.When ever I wanted to sew I would have to put it up somewhere.This is where my craft area will be located,but before I set it up I put on some carpet refresher and vacuumed the floor. Thats the white stuff you see on the floor. The pet crate is in that location and remain there. The box next to the crate will be place in another location. After I vacuumed the floor , I place the table in the area I wanted it. I did a lot of adjustment and I finally found a good area for it.The area I have it don’t block anything and when I place a chair (coming soon) in the area I get to use the daylight and look out the window(I live in a gated community so there really isn’t anything to see, but I get to use the daylight never the less. So here is the finally set up.I like the way it looks and I decided to just keep my cricut maker and my sewing machine on the table. I will be able to set up my laptop and printer in another area, but I will be able to use my laptop at the table when I need it. For the time being I can use my maker and my sewing machine.At the end of the day I like this set up and I just want to sit here and craft my heart out. So I will be bring this blog to an end, but like always I want you to

Keep crafting.

Coffee Time

Hi and welcome back to my blog, and welcome to coffee time. Coffee time is the time were we sit down with a hot cup of coffee(or tea if you prefer) and review what I did this week. So This week I shared two projects, both tables. One was a side table I made for my daughter to put her candles on and the other one was an upcycle from a thrift storeThis is what the finished project looked like, and to add a little decor I added twinkle lights,(not shown)My other table was from the thrift store. It was originally from IKEA. I took this table and upcycle it into something I cant wait to set up in my craft area.You know when I set it up I will share with you.

This week I did do something with my blog I never did before, and that’s to share some books I was reading. These books I borrowed from the local library,but one of the books I decide I would like to have my own copy. So what I have coming up this week. I hope to be able to show you the beginning of craft area set up. On Friday I went to goodwill and I will share with you the books I purchase.Also want to share with you hauls again. I have been going to Dollar Tree, but most of the items I purchase was household items and a few crafting items that I didn’t bother to share.I do plan on doing more crafting shopping soon.

Well I’m coming to the end of this blog and my coffee. I will be here again and until then

Keep crafting

I was crafty when crafting wasn’t cool

Hi and welcome back to my blog. I’m back today with a project that Ive been talking about,my craft table. As I mention in a previous blog I like to go to thrift stores to find stuff that I can repurpose. On Monday my daughter and I went to a thrift store we discovered in our travels, and I found this table. The table originally was from Ikea which I research this desk, which is sold as a table top not including the legs for $24.99. My daughter brought it for $10.00.This is the table on the ikea website which included the legs which was sold separately.This is what my table look like when I brought it home. I had to remove the legs so I could walk it back to to my place. As you can see there are scratches and nicks on the table and the legs are dirty but I can fix it. I have the technology,I have the skills to redo this table.Being the crafter that I am I gather my supplies and got to work.To start, I brought some wood filler and a paint scraper,and got to work scraping off loose particles. Once that was done I use the wood filler to start filling in the scratches and nicks. The only thing about that is I took time to dry and harden.After the filler dried, I had to sand it to become smooth with the table. That was a job within itself because it requires a lot of arm power.After sanding the wood filler as close to the table as my arms allowed. Then I put some white paint to cover the wood filler.I would have brought wood filler that was close to the color of my table, but what you expect from dollar tree. The white paint was just to cover the wood filler so I can paint.

Next I paint the table turquoise. My original plan was to paint the top turquoise and paint the side pale blue, but once I put the turquoise I like the white on the sides and the legs.The one thing I forgot to mention is I did purchase some stencils from dollar tree. I wanted to have live, laugh and create. I later decided that the love.laugh and love stencil was all I needed.As you can see the stencil came out nice. The next step which was a last minute thing because I found out that you can scratch off the paint easy, was to paint the table with Mod Podge used for furniture. It helps to harden the surface, as well as set the paint.The last touch was to add light blue sponge marks to give it a cloudy polka dot look. It turned out to be really nice for an item that came from a thrift store.So what have I learn is don’t ever pass out a thrift store, because you never know what treasures you will find.

And now I will end my blog like I always do

Keep crafting.

Too many ideal not enough time

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Today I have a small craft project that is a revamp of a previous craft I shared with you. Remember the small table I made for the solarium. Well I was watch a you tube video. The you tuber named is Life at 50 and beyond. I notice how she did her side table and liked it so I decide to try it for my daughters room. She always talks about having somewhere to place a candle on and I like the table so I decided to try it.So let look at the first table I complete.I like the way this table came out, and I will in the future make another one to put in the other corner. The items I used for the new table are as shown.Other items that I used was E-6000 and a hot glue gun. I follow the same procedures as in previous blog but I had to paint the wreath form white to match the baskets.I glued the baskets together using E-6000 and hot glue. I did that because I didn’t have have the time to sit and wait for the glue to hold. It take 24 hours for E-6000 to fully bond and the hot glue holds it so you can move on. So I painted the form and once that was dry a glued it to the top of the trash cans with hot glue and E-6000. The only thing that is different about this one is I used a charger instead of a pizza pan. The charger sits within the wreath form and can be switched out. The other thing is you can add flowers twinkle lights, any kind of decoration within the baskets to change the look, because with the attached wreath form there is a hole which gives you access to the basket. Here is the finished side table ,Shown before and after the charger is placed on it.Here is what the item the table look like with items on it. I think is came out great and I cant wait to see what it looks like with different decor.

Well I hope you enjoy this blog and please stick around to see all my projects and see how I pull it all together in my new apartment. And I will leave you like always,

Keep crafting.

What spare time: I have craft time

Hi and welcome back to my blog, If you are new here welcome. Today blog will be different from my other blogs because I want to share with you where I’m getting my inspirations from. I’m in the process of decorating my new apartment, and because funds are low I’m going to thrift stores and finding stuff that people leave outside . You know one man trash is another man treasure. So I went to the local library to look for craft books. So I picked 3 books and my daughter borrowed one book for me. The book that my daughter borrowed for me was the get started sewing,which I enjoyed so much and learn so much from I decided to purchase my own copy. So lets get into my books. The first book is Creative Juices by Cathie Fillian and Steve Piacenza. This book show you how you can take items you may have in your home and recycle them into something new. The book contain 45 redrafting projects to make with recycle stuff. I really enjoyed this book and will probably renew it because I seen a lot of projects that I can feed off. The next book is 150 plus quick and easy furniture project. A better homes and garden book. This book show you can revamp old furniture and give it new purpose. I picked up this book because I do go to thrift store and if I see something interesting I try to figure out how I can use this for my needs. I recently received a craft desk that was purchase from a thrift store and wait to you see what I did to it and how it looks in the space. The next book is crafting the resistance. This book caught my eye because of the title. The authors of this book is Lara Neel and Heather Mariano. In this book to my surprise contains projects from recycle items, sewing, crocheting and knitting. It gives you step be step instructions for those individual who want to do a craft but dont know how to start. Not only that, but it gives you projects to work on to get you started. The last book I mention first is the get started sewing. I borrowed this book because I want to make cushions for my shoe storage set up. I want to make a store storage so when we come home we can just put the shoes in a crate and be able to sit down to put shoes on. This set up will be at the door so we won’t have track marks on the carpet. This books teaches you have to sew and sewing supplies needed from hand sewing to sewing machines. To do cross stitch to embroidery. Its a good reference book to have. It also contain projects and patterns to us. This is a good book to add to your reference library. So I hope you enjoy this blog. I hope to share with you any other books I find interesting. So stick around because you will never know what surprises I have in store unless you are here.And as always Keep crafting