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 should totally have put up one more post for auto-publishing, but I didn’t think it would take so long for me to get back into writing one again. Sooo, autumn vacation is over, people are getting sick, leaves are falling, people are getting sick, and Christmas isn’t that far away. Oh, and people are getting sick. This will just be a random post about my current thoughts and activities, so nothing special, you can skip it, haha!
Let’s start with Inktober! I was actually doing really great, until vacation time hit, and then my boyfriend got sick. When he’s lazy, I’m lazy, so I got nothing done the last 4 days, ugh! I feel awful for not having done one drawing a day, as my streak was awesome. But I did the drawings last night, and will post them on Instagram today. I’ve noticed how doing a tiny drawing a day has actually made me active overall. I feel like doing something more after being done with my drawing, and it has led to me making more bracelets again. Chainmaille is really fun, so I’m sticking to that for a while, although I’m also planning some washer bracelets. On top of that, I’m also working on displays for bracelets and necklaces. If I succeed in making them pretty and useful, I will write tutorials on how to make them yourself, as they are made with materials almost everyone has lying around or can get for cheap anyway. Being creative and crafty is so much fun!
But as the title states, I’ve also been pretty lazy. We started watching the new Star Trek Discovery on Netflix, and despite what people say about it, I think it’s absolutely brilliant! Yeah, granted, Michael is a shitty main character, but the focus isn’t that much on her anymore, so that’s nice. We also watched Star Trek Beyond, and although it was riddled with flaws, it was still a really great movie. Aaand I’ve finally gotten around to watch the last episode of Little Witch Academia, the first season at least, and will write a review for it here soon (next post I believe). Castlevania has also been dragged through my lazy eyeballs, and although it only had a few episodes for starters, I’m eager to see what will happen next. The pacing is a little off, but overall, I found the story to be interesting, so I hope they’ll make more episodes sooooon! Yesterday, I started watching Mononoke and Mushishi, and while I’m not sure if I want to continue with Mononoke, I’m sure as hell gonna finish Mushishi! It’s absolutely wonderful!
Since the last 2 weeks were vacation and sick time (not for me, I’m fine, yay!), I haven’t really played much FFXIV. Got a few hours for myself, and did the challenge log as good as I could, but that’s it, ugh. Monk is lvl 70, and now I’m on Bard, because why not. Deadpool is still alive and kicking as a retainer, and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of him again. Having those extra 20 marketplace slots has made it so much easier to level crafting, as I don’t clutter my inventory with all the stuff I want to sell. Playing is my way of getting rid of stress, and often the sole reason I even turn on the PC. And I need to play for DAYS now to get back to normal!
So, that’s what I’ve been up to. Vacation time and Netflix, hooray. It’s November soon though, and the time for me to buy Christmas presents. That means, that it’s also time for others to buy presents, and I better get my shop up and running for the shopping rush! Not that I’d expect any sales, but it would be fun. My goal was to have it up and running when summer was over, but I just never got around to it. Maybe because I’m still unsure of how Storenvy works, as it really keeps me away from actually doing anything. Ugh, I hate myself for that. I just need to kick myself in the bum and get it done!
It’s been 3 months since I put some flowers into a book to dry, and I opened it last week. I was a little nervous, because I wasn’t sure if the result was going to be any good, but I was relieved when I saw the flowers. They turned out really well, and even the leaves I put in there are still pretty. Drying flowers is fun, and my plan is to make bookmarks with them.
Because of summer vacation, meaning that both my boyfriend and our son are home, I’m not getting very far with the shop though, sadly. But I am still finding some time to create new jewelry, and I tried a new method some days ago. Now I’m creating bracelets with elastic cords and various beads and charms, and it’s so much fun! These will not be in the shop when I open though, same with my bookmarks, because I haven’t got any photos of them. I hope to open soon…
Other than that, not much has happened, but I just wanted to let you know that I am not dead, it’s just summer vacation time here. I do still play FFXIV when I can get to it though, and am doing pretty good with the time I have. Dragoon is almost at lvl 60, and then I’m going to level Ninja. Needless to say, that my plans of finishing Bakura and write chapter 2 of my book, didn’t really go anywhere 🙁