Finally, freedom! I no longer have to stress over the dreaded paper! But then again, in about a month, we will have our oral defense for it =\. Okay brain, let’s not think about that just yet. So now that I’m back home and will probably have nothing to do… I’m just going to do my art projects I’ve been dying to start! There’s the string art project, and then I bought the SMASH book from Michael’s today! They were having a great sale- 50% off one item, so of course, I had to get my hands on one. For all you scrapbook lovers out there, this is definitely something neat! You can even carry it around with you in your purse or backpack. Pretty handy. So here’s a picture of mine so far! Of course, I chose the SMASH book ‘international’ one, but they have different ones with different pages. One of the pages had pictures of sushi… and since I absolutely love eating… I just had to get this one. I already started decorating it! =) Anyways, I hope the weather warms up soon so I can go jogging again! Oh yes, I also hope to paint my room! I wonder if that will ever happen…
I went to the City Centre Farmer’s Market last weekend with my friend, and I found an ‘inspirational quote’ kiosk that was pretty neat. You can definitely do this on your own! They had a jar, for different occasions (like new baby, workplace health, etc.), and in it were filled with a bunch of quotes and chocolate. Since it was near Mother’s day, I thought, what the heck, instead of paying $30.00 for a gift, I can make this myself (and make it more personal as well)! So off I went to my favorite store to find craft appliances (by favorite store I really mean to say dollar store!). I luckily found a jar that had those metal frames for the handles (which are quite nice actually!) for only $1.25. The lady said she bought her jar at Ikea for $15. Anyways, I went to buy my own stickers and what not, and decorated the jar silly with it. Then time for the truly personal stuff. The quotes… I added some inspirational quotes, but the rest I made them into origami and wrote down little memories that I thought were pretty memorable. It’s a great gift idea for any of those that love to go the DIY route! =)
I learned a new craft that is quick and easy to do! All you need is white corn syrup and some food coloring. You first fold up a piece of paper (preferably manilla type of paper) and then draw half of the shape that you want (i.e. heart, butterfly, etc.). You then cut it out, and sparingly drizzle white corn syrup all over it. Then you add in a couple drops of food coloring (right on the beads of the corn syrup). Make sure you figure out where you would like the colors, because if you don’t want the colors to mix too dark, then you have to be careful as to where you place your colors. Then you put a long string in the middle (but leaving 3 inches or so out to dangle once folded), fold the sheet of paper, and start twirling the piece of string that is hanging out of your artwork. You can twist/move the string as much as you want back and forth (to help mix the colors around!). And then after you can take it out and unfold your piece of paper, and ta da! It will take about 1-2 days to dry though.
What’s so wonderful about this craft is that each and every design comes out differently because of the way the colors are mixed! =). For instance, the picture above, I made mine into a heart shape, and the colors turned out wonderfully; it looks like the bottom there are petals growing out and the non-colored part resembles a heart!
If colorful crafts don’t make you think of spring, then I don’t know what does! Recently, Pinterest has been very popular, and I find myself surfing the website for DIY art projects and baking goodies. I must say, this website is amazing if you need a little push to creativity. And from this, I found the perfect website to help me complete my next project! It’s just so inspirational and I absolutely love it! You use nails to do the outline of a word or something, and then you string everything together with colorful thread! I’m super excited to get this project started once I start (…and complete…) my dreaded project which-must-not-be-named for school (yuck… paper!). But once I go home, the first thing I will do is head to the nearest Michael’s to get all my supplies needed for this colorful masterpiece! This one website has a template for the “dream” string art, and you can find it here. =) Enjoy everyone!
Do you ever get those days where minutes feels like hours, and a day feels like a week? And then there are those days where nothing just seems to go the way you want/expect… and days where you wish it never happened. And then there are days where I wish I could store in a nice little snow globe, in it’s perfect, untouched world. But every day is a new day, and with it comes something different; it’s own challenges and rewards, despite how it might not be so apparent at the time.
On my few days home for reading week, another ‘craft’ idea popped into my head. Of course you guys all know my crazy love for sticky notes … and I cannot believe that I have not started this project sooner! So I’ve decided for this project to write nice inspirational quotes on my colorful sticky notes, because well, when those ‘bad’ days do come, I have something to look up to and smile at! Because nothing beats a smile to break the roughness of the day! And of course, as a motivation to keep on trucking!
I don’t know what it is about me, but I can never seem to get a single art project completely finished!! First it was my tiger drawing (which I still am working on, I haven’t neglected that!), and then my scarf knitting (it’s pretty long I must say, but I still haven’t gotten it to quite the length I want). And then there’s my scrapbook, but that’s an ongoing project of course!
So what’s next on my mind? I saw this neat little project on the Internet and I wanted to do something very similar. Here’s the picture; but instead of dangling cards on the clothespin, I want to put up my polaroid pictures (with my future polaroid film camera of course that hopefully my mom got me from HK!). I already got the clothespins from the dollar store (one of my favorite places to go to because they have so much variety!). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find regular small clothespins, so I had to make do with ones that had flowers on them. Initially, I wanted to take them off, and I did try, but I decided that maybe I should keep it and take a more ‘spring’ approach to this craft. I repainted the clothespins a different color, and now I’m just waiting on the polaroid camera! ❤ Here are the clothespins I bought; a pack of 12 for only $1!
Now, my next project after I’ll be done this one is to make myself a magnetic agenda board. I’m hoping after I do my Christmas shopping tomorrow to go to Michaels craft store and try to find some of those transparent beads and what not! Yes, so those are my craft ideas for the 3 weeks of Christmas! ❤