As mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted to try and craft something every day during February. The project was inspired by Inktober, which I sadly didn’t complete, but I still learned that it doesn’t take much for me to get the ball rolling. Having crafted very little lately, I decided to do something about it, and started Crafty February.
My rules were simple; craft something every day. I also wanted to only use materials that I already had, so even if I bought something new during the month, I’d not use it. I broke that rule twice, as I found some nice charms and a necklace that I wanted to use, but hey, it was second hand jewelry, so it’s not like I wasted a ton of money there.
I also wanted to craft twice if I skipped a day, which I was sure I’d do, seeing as February had some birthdays in the family. But nope, I actually did craft every day, and only once posted my craft on IG 2 mins after midnight. I even crafted 2 items one of the days, and could relax the next one, haha.
It also got me out of my comfort zone, which was very nice. I usually make bracelets in a style and with materials I know, so I’ve had a lot of stuff just lying around, thinking I’d use them… eventually. Well, this month kind of forced me to think outside of the box, so I finally did get to use new materials, learned new methods, and overall just broadened my horizon.
As far as playing it safe on some days, yeah, I did that too. I used my empty tea cups as backup for some of the days where I knew I wouldn’t have any energy and time in the end. Making a tea cup candle is a simple task for me now, as I’ve gotten used to it, so it was nice to complete a craft within just a few minutes. I only did that twice though.
Here’s a list of what I made:
17 bookmarks (12 tassels)
2 tea cup candles
4 phone straps
2 pairs of earrings
1 keychain accessory
4 painted seashells
I’ve never done phone straps before, although I had the materials for them lying around, and it was also my first time to make a keychain accessory. The pins are for my new pinboard, and I will make more later this month. It was my first time using my tiny rhinestones, crimps and tubes, and also doing a real stretch bracelet. I’ve finally learned how to make sliding knots, and overall just tried out a few ideas I’ve had in mind for a while. So yeah, it was a huge success for me, and I’m very happy with the result!
Other than doing some pins, I will probably take a small break now, get done with Dante, and then write more on my story. I actually think I’m getting pretty good at making plans for myself that I can keep up with! Of course I still have tons of goals that are unreachable for me right now, but I’ll get to them at some point 🙂
Below is a gallery of everything I did, with descriptions about how I got the idea, why I wanted to make it, and what parts were second hand. I’m including the second hand thing to prove that old things can be turned into new stuff without even looking old at all.
I’m running out of ideas for the update titles, haha! Anyway, during May, I put the posting of my entries on auto to get some more time for myself, which is why there were a lot of entries. Did it work then? Well, yes, but my mom sure knew how to ruin both my time and mood during many of those “free” days, and my boyfriend didn’t have the time to help me with product photos, so I didn’t get all the stuff done I had planned. I did get SOME things done though, so it’s time for an overall update!
First of all, I made my old Instagram account private, so all the images I linked from there are of course gone. I went and replaced them, but the quality is not that good when uploading the images for some reason. I’ve tried some of the tips I found on various sites, but nothing helped. So bear with those photos being a bit blurry, as it doesn’t seem like I can do anything. My creative Instagram account will always be open for everyone, so I’ll keep linking from there. And if I some day decide to delete it or something, well… Then I’m fucked! 😀
So what else happened? Well, we watched Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 early last month, and it was awesome! On the creative part though, not much has happened. I did learn how to bind books using glue, and got a package with materials for bookmarks and such, but that’s about it.
For everyone who is on Instagram, I’ve got some good news though! I started a contest where you can win a bottle charm filled with tiny seashells! The winner will be able to customize the bottle before I ship it to them. Up until now, not many have entered though, so if you want to, be sure to check it out over on Instagram!
I’ve also completed chapter 1 of my book, and am working on chapter 2, which is already half done. It takes up a lot of time and energy to write though, so I’m only moving forward really slowly. On the same topic, I’ve been thinking about the cover of my book, as I’ve been very nervous about that. Looking at a lot of horrible book covers though, I’m quite confident that I’ll be able to do a decent job on that part. I’m not sure whether to use photos or a drawing though, but I have plenty of time to find out.
Talking about drawing… I actually did a piece last week that wasn’t for fun, or some OC from my book. I could show the sketch, but I’d rather not, since I want to actually complete it in Inkscape. It’s a headshot of Bandit King Bakura in profile, which I did because a friend really likes him, and I found no good prints on Redbubble with him. It also helped a lot that I’m a Bakura fan myself, though more into Yami Bakura. I actually wanted for it to be printed on a shirt for her to wear, but she says she’s not confident enough to wear a fanshirt. AWWW! *sob* I still want to complete it though, and maybe I’ll upload it to Redbubble and Society6 for others to use.
I’ve made some small changes here and there, which no one probably noticed. The linkage buttons now have the new logo, and so do the standard avatars. The pages Credits and For me have been deleted, but the content can be found on the main About page now instead. I just saw no reason to have pages with little to no content. I doubt anyone would be looking for it, but the page for my collection has now been made private, as I actually just made it for myself to keep track. I also updated my Ko-fi profile, because I never liked the text I wrote there in the first place. It’s just easier to make a profile once you’ve played around with the site for a while. Lastly, I’ve changed the Etsy button to a Storenvy button. My shop is not up yet, but since both of them have no products, I’d rather link the one I’m gonna update soon, instead of the one I left to die in the desert of loneliness.
But yeah, that’s all that has happened. Right now I just want to complete chapter 2 and Bakura, as these are things I can do myself. I hope my boyfriend finds the time to help me with the photos for the shop I wanted to open back in April, or at least leave the camera adjusted and ready for me to play with. It’s gonna be a busy month though, so maybe I’ll complete nothing at all 😀
Yes, it’s time for a random update post about stuff I’ve completed, and stuff I am still reaching towards! First of all; I’ve made a lot of bookmarks. Like… A LOT! It’s so much fun, even though it takes up a lot of time. I think I’ve made enough for now though, as I have no idea where to put them all. Maybe I should start looking for a box of a bigger size than what I have now when visiting flea markets? Yeah, I’ll do that.
This should also be the month where I open my Storenvy! My boyfriend ordered a lightbox last month, and it should arrive within the next 1-2 weeks. He’ll then help me with some product photos, and I should get started on creating some listings. It would be impossible to get all my stuff up within just a few days though, so I’m thinking about taking a little bit of everything for a start, in order to showcase what I have, and what is to be expected in the future.
What I already have created though, are products on Redbubble and Society6. 12 Ghosty designs have found their way onto both accounts, and it’s now possible to buy various products with the little fellow. This also means that I have changed the shop page here on the blog, as I want it to be more prominent on mobile devices. While the position in the menu doesn’t matter that much on a PC, it sure makes a difference on a smartphone! It’s now at the very top of the drop-down menu, and I hope it helps in terms of visibility. Ghosty would sure love to see the world!
Now that I’ve completed a lot, and have plans for the near future, I’ve started thinking some more about that button machine. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I really want one! I love buttons, and I’d like to create my own, not only for sales purposes, but also for personal benefits, as well as helping others. Helping others? Yes, I would like to offer button press services to others, where it’s possible to order small amounts for re-sale at cons or online shops, instead of having to buy large quantities at a professional press shop for a lot of money. Money that artists starting up a shop or booth don’t have. So yeah, that is my FAR future goal, because a button press of good quality is expensive. I’m going for a 1.25” model for about 400$ (with circle cutter and pieces for 500 buttons), and every cent I can collect on my PayPal will be saved up to reach this goal… after I’ve paid for hosting of course *sob*
That’s it for now! So what do you think? Can I get a button machine if I work hard enough? I sure hope my Storenvy is going to be successful, and that my dear Ghosty will find some nice homes around the world. Oh, I’m also planning new designs for him, and am open to new ideas if you have special wishes 🙂