Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Animal Portraits

My friend Michelle is quite the accomplished photographer and one of her favorite subjects are pets! Ever since she met my little Bmo she has wanted to come over and take some snap shots of both of my furry children. With the recent Bmo health scare, it was time to make that happen. The results were beautiful and I thought I would share them with you.



To see more of Michelle's work check out her blog, MichRuby.com 


Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello 2015.

Finally an end to a stressful year. The last month certainly was a crazy one for me.

Right now my life is all about the baby. In December, I hit the nesting phase. I woke up one morning in a panic, " We need to paint the room!" "We need the furniture" "Where's the crib?!" and "How are we going to afford all of this?!" After a quick trip to Ikea and the Holiday season to distract me, I calmed down a bit. I even got a special surprise in the mail, when my friend Amanda sent me the baby's mobile for Christmas! Now I'm more excited than stressed, which is good because stress is not good for my little lady. The nursery is coming together and I have a theme picked out, Woodland creatures. I found some cute inspiration and am putting all of the pieces together. 

With that stuff getting together, I've just been dealing with the physical burden's of pregnancy. I've given up trying to wear my regular pants with the help of the trusty belly band. It did help me post pone maternity clothes purchase until now. The belly has gotten pretty huge, Tim is still shocked whenever he sees it.. and he sees it every single day. I particularly enjoy feeling her move around. I first felt it on my birthday back in October. Tim joked that it was birthday punches. Now its so frequent and visible! When she is stretching her legs I drop everything and stare at the waves she's making on my belly. I will admit its not always the best feeling because I've defiantly gotten kicked in the ovaries a few times. I think this kid is destined for karate. 



I've also had to focus on my original babies, the animals. Bmo was acting a little funny so I took him to the vet and didn't get the best news in the world. He has some kidney issues and now has to undergo some serious treatment. We are staying positive though and so far he has been responding pretty well.




Thursday, November 6, 2014

Elephant and Piggie Costumes!


This year at the library Margaret and I thought we need some special costumes. I thought who better than our favorite Mo Willems' duo, Elephant and Piggie! 

I looked around at some other costumes for ideas. Some looked really involved and a bit too silly for Margaret and I. After cleaning out a closet I found some left over crafts from a Mo Willems party and some craft foam. A light bulb went off and I began planning our costumes! 



We had some spare pieces from Elephant and Piggie paper bag puppets. I used those pieces to make a template and traced them out on foam. I love that Mo will purposely make his characters simple because he wants his younger readers to be able to draw them, so making these costumes were easy. I then cut out the foam pieces, glued them together and added some elastic. They came out looking really cute! 

Here is how you can make your own Elephant & Piggie Costumes! 
  • Materials & Tools: 
  • Scissors
  • pencil 
  • Sharpie marker 
  • Pattern 
  • Craft foam (Pink & Gray) 
  • Elastic 
  • Hot glue gun 
  • T-shirt (Pink & Gray) 

Instructions:

  1. Print out or draw your pattern pieces, then cut them out
  2. Lay the pattern over craft foam and trace them with a pencil. Piggie pieces go on pink foam and Elephant pieces on gray. 
  3. Go over the pencil with a sharpie and fill in the details of the characters. 
  4. Cut out all of your foam pieces
  5. Use the hot glue gun and put all of the pieces together and allow to dry
  6. Take the elastic and measure it around your head. Make sure you cut it a bit smaller than what you measured so that it will fit nicely on your head.
  7. Once the hot glue on the foam dries, use it to attach the elastic. Allow to dry. 
  8. Try it on and wear a matching color T-shirt. 




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Comic Con & my action packed October!!

Hello friends! I have had an exciting October thurs far! I haven't been crafting all the much but I have been busy.

Early on in the month was my birthday! Whoo-hoo! We celebrated with a super nice dinner party at the house.

comic con selfie! 


The following week was fun because I went to New York Comic Con!!!! After many desperate attempts I was finally approved for a professional pass! (yay freebies) I went with my co-workers Margaret and Erin. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the cool perks of having a Pro pass (like cutting the huge line!).
My first stop was getting Arthur Darvill's autograph! It was a little nerve racking because I missed R.L. Stine's panel and Mr. Darvill got stuck in traffic and showed up late. However I go it and I talked to him briefly. He was really nice.




We walked around the show floor for a bit and it was quite a lot to take in. We stopped by some book vendors and got more freebies! Whoo-hoo! There were some great cos-play going on and my co-workers kept asking "Who's that guy?" I knew most of them except when it came to the anime guys. There are too many animes to keep track of! Then we headed to the main hall for the Bob's Burgers panel. It was really cool to see the voice actors. They were really funny and I would have liked to see them riff some more before they started with the fan questions. I especially love John Roberts! He does the voice of Linda and has one of my favorite Youtube channels of all time.

Although I didn't dress up at comic con, we are in the Halloween season so that meant parties! I have a really great costume this year. After years of harassing Tim to do a couples costume, he finally gave in and suggested that we go as Bob and Linda from Bob's Burgers. Since I was still riding that high from comic con panel I was happy to comply. To complete the costume we made some slider burgers and of course it was a Halloween themed burger of the day, "I've Created a Muenster Burger" What do you think?



The only part of the costume we were missing where the Belcher kids! This brings me to my next bit of excitement! 


I'm due in March and so far our little girl is looking healthy! My clothes are getting tighter and my bump is busting out, my belly button is transitioning from innie to outtie and she's even moving around in there! Obviously, I am super excited that our family is growing. I started work on the nursery which will of course has my crafty hands all over it! I'll keep you updated on various nursery projects. 



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. 

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