Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Back again....

Ok, I'm a total liar! A while ago I announced that after a hiatus that I was back.... then nothing. Well a few different things happened in my life this year that caused my absence. 2014 has possibly been one of the worst years of my life.



Back in January I posted a little something explaining that I was going through some stuff. It is all very person and I do not want to go into details of what happened, but it was pretty traumatic for me. I slumped into a depression and blog posts and craft projects did not seem so important at the time. I had no desire to enter the craft dungeon and it was probably weeks, even months before I went back in there. Incidentally this time person was one of my most successful times on Etsy. Luckily I had worked up an inventory, because I was not into making new items at the time. I also feel that was the universes way of telling me to try and get back into it. I ignored the universe for a little bit longer.

I decided to pour all of that energy into work. Then in the Spring I was dealt with another crazy twist, the death of a coworker. This person had not only a critical role in my life as a librarian, but as a person. This was a person who gave an eager library school student a chance and taught me a lot about the professional world and shaped me into the librarian I am today. (PS I am respecting this persons privacy by not naming names)

This sudden passing occurred at the best/worst time of the year, Summer Reading Program. It was good because there was so much to get done that it was a welcome distraction from our grief. It was also the worst time because we had lost a member of our team at such an crucial time!

Most of Spring and all of my Summer was devoted to work. At the end of some pretty long days, I could not find the energy to blog or do anything at home, other than sleep. My heart just wasn't in it. I even considered deleting the blog and closing up my Etsy shop.

Tim started to get really worried about me. He kept insisting that I get back in the craft dungeon and make stuff again. He had seen how happy it made me and he kept saying that I should not give up on it. I also think he was partially motivated by the monetary benefits of this hobby. So after making excuses and avoiding the craft room and the blog, I am back!

I am also trying to be a bit more optimistic about the crappiest year of my life. Looking back on 2014 so far, I had some pretty great moments.

I  saw two of my best friends get married!



We totally rocked the Summer Reading Program!



Tim started a new job!

All these cats came out to wish him luck on his first day.


I watched my little brother graduate college!


Tim and I celebrated four years of marriage in the most romantic setting we could think of, the New York Renaissance Faire. 




There are still a few months left in the year to enjoy. We are entering my favorite season, Fall and like F. Scott Fitzgerald said, " Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall." 

Friday, July 11, 2014

I return!

Hello friends!

Since my last post was in May, I'm sure you have been wondering whats happened. Summer Reading Club... that happened! The Summer is the busiest time of year for Children's librarians EVERYWHERE! This year has been especially difficult for a number of reasons. It has meant working a bit more so my blog and event my crafts have taken a back seat!



However, we are almost at the midway point of the program and things are started to wind down ever so slightly. That means, I'm back baby! So strap in and enjoy more goodness!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monogram Candle Holder

I have been making some pretty amazing things lately with the help of my glass etching kit. Its a special cream that is applied to a glass service and gives it a frosted or etched look. I've played around with frosted glass spray before, but the etching cream is superior. Etching is perfect for projects with a lot of detail and washable items. I found that the spray wipes off and is not super durable. So the etching cream is perfect for making custom wine glasses and things like that.



Here is one of my latest projects, a monogramed candle holder. It came out looking pretty snazzy. I stuck in my guest bathroom because it needs a little decor. 

Here is how I made it: 

Materials & Tools:

  • Etching Cream 
  • Contact Paper 
  • Exacto Knife 
  • Glass Vase 
  • Gloves 
  • Foam Brush
  • Candle 

Instructions:




  1. Create your stencil. I went with a monogram, but you can use whatever image you like. I recommend something simple and not very complicated. Draw your design on contact paper and cut it out with your exacto knife. 
  2. Clean your candle holder and then apply your stencil to it. Make sure to press out all of the air bubbles. 
  3. Before applying etching cream, wear protective gloves! That stuff is serious business and can damage your skin. 
  4. Apply a few coats of etching cream over the stencil. 
  5. Allow cream to dry. Some of the manufacturer directions vary, but I found waiting 24 hours gets the best results. 
  6. Take your candle holder and run it under warm water and take off the stencil. You will noticed your design has been etched! 
  7. Fill your candle holder with whatever decorations you would like. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Q & A - Short Girl, Long Island



You ever get friend requests from random people? I did once, from a girl name Michele who was friends with my older brother. I’m glad I accepted her friend request because she was posting a lot of fun stuff and we had a lot in common. Then we both started blogging and eventually hanging out. Michele is one of my good buddies now! She took a bit of a blog break, but now she is back! I asked her to participate in Q & As!



1. Where can we follow you?

Blog: 
Facebook: 

2. How did you get started and what made you want to start a blog?

After leaving a job in the corporate world back in 2012, I was itching to be creative//start writing again. I was working on my teaching degree + felt like everything I did was for an assignment or task someone else needed me to complete. Decided to start a blog + the rest is history.



3. What are your favorite things to write about?

I really like sharing things I come across in my daily life, which are usually posted in Things I'm Loving Lately. I'm also a music nerd, so I like posting songs I hear in my travels. 



4.  What is currently your favorite thing at the moment?

Zoning out for at least thirty minutes each day with a different record. Technology takes a back seat, I relax + just listen.

5. What are your future plans, expectations & dreams for your blogging endeavors.

Warmer weather is arriving, so I'd like to get some solid shots + capture the beauty//culture on the island. I also want to get more recipes up, since I have a ton floating around my desk. Not sure what the future holds, but as long as i'm enjoying myself + what I blog about, thats all that really matters. 




Follow Michele's links and check her out! If you would like to participate in a future please contact me! 




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pointillism Vase


Iron Craft Challenge # 9 is 'Inspired by Art' So it got me thinking of some of my favorite art pieces. One of them is featured in Ferris Bueler's Day Off and Cameron has a serious stare down with a Surrat painting. Its one of my favorite scenes in movie history! 


This painting uses the pointillism technique so I used that as my jumping off point for this project. It involves using a series of dots of varying colors to create a pattern in which an image emerges. Since I wasn't setting out to make a grand masterpiece I applied the idea to a small scale project, a small vase. I used an ampersand design (&) because they are just so neat and visually interesting. After my little vase was done I put some rocks in it and suck a candle in there. 

Here is how you can make one yourself: 

Materials & Tools
  • Glass jar or vase 
  • Contact Paper Stencil 
  • Q-tips 
  • Paint (varying colors)


Instructions: 

  1. Clean your jar/vase with some glass cleaner and dry it to remove any dust. 
  2. Apply your stencil to the jar/vase and press out the air bubbles as best you can.
  3. Take a q-tip and dip it in some paint and start dabbing your jar/vase over the stencil. Continue this step with different colors, until you like your color combination. 
  4. Allow to dry for at least 20 minutes. 
  5. Gently peel off stencil to reveal your wonderful design! 







Sunday, May 4, 2014

Star Wars Day!!!


Happy Star Wars Day & May the 4th be with you! 

In celebration of Star Wars Day I scoured Etsy for the best handmade items inspired by a galaxy far, far away.  So go check out my treasury on Etsy.


If you are looking for fun Star Wars things to do with little ones, then check out my Star Wars day post from a few years ago. 



Friday, May 2, 2014

The Best Thing Ever - Star Wars: Episode VII


When it was announced another Star Wars Trilogy was in the works this scruffy looking nerf herder was estatic! I'm not the only one excited and the rumors have been going around. This past week J.J. Abrams released this picture:



The cast was officially announced!!! It confirmed rumors and pleased many fans to hear that they are getting the gang back together. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2 and 3PO!

I'm also just as excited to hear about the people Star Wars newbs. Andy Serkis is going to be amazing. I hope plays some freaky motion capture alien creature. There is also a fair share of handsome men, Domnhall Gleeson (he will always be Bill Weasley to me) Oscar Issac and John Boyega (he was really awesome in Attack the Block)

Here is what else we know about the series:

  • It will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi 
  • This series will not be based on the 'Expanded Universe or anything that happened in Star Wars rebels
  • The film is set to be released in December 2015


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