The Crafty Traveling Box Stopped Here!

2-3 weeks ago the Crafty Traveling Box stopped by my house with a lovely selection of craft supplies for me to choose from!  It was very exciting, I had joined along with Awesomesauce and Asshattery for the international craft supplies swap!  I had planned on what I would be sending…that is until I opened the box!

Once I opened it, I realized all the lace I had planned to send, was probably not going to help anyone.  I had planned to send some swatches and some doilies- but there were already a few doilies and what looked like vintage hankerchiefs inside!  Oh well, I had some other goodies planned!

Here is the first post from Sheri when she sent it out, check out her goodies she sent to us!

When I opened it up, all these lovelies were inside!

craftybox3I love the peacock trim, but no clue what I would do with it.  Some shiny gold fabric that again I have no clue what to do with.  The doilies and lace trims were pretty, and I decided not to add mine to the mix.  Then those really pretty (presumably) vintage hankerchiefs!  I wanted them, but one of the “rules” was to only take the things you will use.  So something to just look at, was not going to cut it!  Besides…I’m trying to sell off a lot of my stash, no need to add to it with things I am clueless to use!

I ended up picking one doily, it feels different then cotton, not sure if it is a type of polyester.  I love the look of doilies on clothes, as a pocket or maybe a cutout on the back!


Then, there was a huge pack of unopened gold sequin trim!  I scooped that right up!  I have some pink and black sequin trim I got on clearance at JoAnn’s awhile back.  I have high hopes that I can come up with a cool design with these different trims to refashion a shirt or possibly some jeans.  Here are some ideas:

4 DIY Sequin Ideas for New Years Eve   <—–Lots of great sequin clothing refashions


Here is what I passed along in the box!

craftybox4That’s a vintage pattern I got at a garage sale.  Not sure why I picked it up, I think I got it for free!  An iron-on silver metallic panda…another questionable purchase, but look how cute he is!  A home-dec fabric swatch that I had high hopes to make a purse from (similar to those placemat clutches), but its been a year and I still have it!  Time to go.  2 lengths of hemp, and then a handful of vintage metal buttons.  Because who doesn’t love buttons?!

If you’re following along on Sheri’s blog, you can see the latest stop here.

Painted Shoes Inspiration

I have this pair of suede shoes, they are Sketcher Retros.  I bought them sophomore year in college, sooo…2003?  Anyway, I still have them, even tho they are incredibly worn out at this point and you can’t even see the original color.  They used to be a light blue with dark blue leather stripes on the side, and the bottoms were this rubber sole…I can’t even explain.

I had this idea, they are horrible looking now to wear, however before I just throw them out, maybe I’ll try a project and see how it looks.  So I searched the web for “DIY painted shoes” and here are some of the projects I found:

By A Beautiful Mess

By A Beautiful Mess


By Guest Blogger at Lil Luna

By Guest Blogger JoJo and Eloise at Lil Luna

BY Refinery 29

BY Refinery 29

For awesome how-to tips, check out the ladies at Sassy Feet!  They have a great blog that they use to show everyone their adventures in painting shoes!  They do such lovely jobs and have so much inspiration to share!  Check out this How-To Page to get started!


March is National Craft Month PLUS lot of giveaways!!

Thats right!  March is the month when its normal to do a million craft projects instead of those other things you “should be doing”.  Just trying to celebrate the month!

Its already a week or so into the month, and I spent the first week having fun with some fabric paints (which I will share after I get the photos..I totally forgot to take my own!) in between studying and school.  It was a hectic first week.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you guys about all the giveaways going on this month and which ones I entered today:

Mod Podge Giveaway at the Plaid Palette
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit at part of a daily giveaway!
– the daily giveaways page: March 2014 Giveaways
Grand Prize Giveaway at – you can enter daily!
Enter to win a FREE class from – you must be a member to enter
ENDS MARCH 9th at 11:59 PM PST!!!  – Knitting/Yarn/Pattern/Supplies Giveaway with 10 winners by

Read more about the fun contests and events going on this month in this article by Annette Graf.

21 Little Pleasures in Life

21 Little Pleasures in Life list ~ Christina Designs Art blogI was reading the Community Pool today and someone left a comment that included her post where she wrote about 21 Little Pleasures in Life.  I thought it sounded like a great idea and wanted to share my list too.

1. That scent that makes you think of home.
2. Meeting a puppy for the first time.
3. Fresh picked flowers in a vase on the table.
4. Receiving positive feedback from your teacher.
5. Receiving positive feedback from your boss for a task you thought went unnoticed.
6. A warm summer breeze from your open car windows.
7. Your favorite song on the radio in the car.
8. Your favorite brew on draft at a bar.
9. A surprise encounter with a friend while out shopping.
10. When you finally “get it” about something at work or school.
11. Brand new crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and a blank pad of paper.
12. A warm fuzzy blanket for cuddling under.
13. The smell of cologne on an attractive man.
14. Dancing to your favorite song(s) at your house or anywhere else.
15. A book you can’t seem to put down or stop reading even though its 3am and you have to be up at 7am.
16. Putting on your first tank or dress of the spring season.
17. Enjoying a glass of wine with someone you love on the patio on a warm evening.
18. Looking at photos from your childhood or college and remembering “the good ole days.”
19. Finding something super awesome, at thrift store prices.
20. Those odd smells that remind you of past memories.  For instance, craft foam smells amazing and reminds me of when I was a kid and used to play with art supplies and make things all the time.
21. Meeting new people and making new friends.

Can’t wait to see other people’s lists, if you make one, please come back and share it or link to me so I can post it here!

Daily Prompt: Tainted Love

Daily Prompt: Ever been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend? Was it a total surprise, or something you saw coming? Tell us your best worst breakup story. 

Several years ago, I was in college and this guy I had met my first year of college, he lived across the street from me, I really had a close and interesting friendship with him.  But I never pursued it because I had a boyfriend at the time.

About a year later I was single and we started talking again and eventually started dating.  It was decent for about 1.5 years but nothing special.

In 2005, we had been dating for a bit and I had just went to visit him at his apartment, which, mind you, is almost 3 hours from where I was living.  We spent the weekend together, everything seemed fine.  Less than 48 hours later, he calls me to tell me its over.  Get this, he says its not going to work because….wait for it…”the economy is bad and its hard to find a job.”  I am not —- you.  I wrote it down I was so in shock that this could possibly be real.

Yes, this guy, broke up with me, because it will be hard to find a job after I graduate, which was was in May 2006.  For me, or him?  That was the question.  He wanted to work on soundtracks for movies.  He was a film major.  He must have been talking about himself!

GHe’s called me a few times since we broke up, IM’d me, emailed me.  I haven’t responded yet.  Just waiting for him to show up at my door.  LOL.

But seriously, whatevs.  Fo reals.

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Daily Prompt: Nothin’ But A Good Thing

Daily Prompt: Imagine that tomorrow, all of your duties and obligations evaporate for the day. You get the day all to yourself, to do anything you please. What types of fun activities would make your day?

What a good prompt.  If I had nothing to do, and no studying to worry about…I had originally thought I would sleep in, but no, then I would move slower and not have any fun.

I would make some jewelry that I have been putting off because I didn’t have the time.  I would try new things with some jewelry findings I have that I don’t know what to do with.

I would paint.  It has been way too long and I really miss it.  I would find my watercolor gelatos (WHERE ARE THEY?!) and play around with those.  Maybe make some pieces to scan and add to my digital designs.

Then I’d spend a few hours making digital artwork.  I’d mess in Photoshop and Illustrator and alter everything and just experiment and play.

I’d have Jimmy Johns (#12 unwich all the way) for lunch with a Mtn Dew.  YUM!

I’d go visit my niece and nephew and play with them for a few hours.

Maybe I would do some sewing and refashioning from my ever growing pile of fabrics and clothes!  FUN!

Good question today!

Have You Ever..?

Have you ever read something like a gazillion times and then replied to it thinking you know what you’re saying.  Then you show someone else, and they’re like “dude, that’s not what that meant.”  Then you feel like an idiot?

Yeah. My bad.  So I got this comment on a past post about stealing content, and I read her comment like 10 times trying to decide which way her comment was pointing.  I thought it was an argument but maybe it was just a comment I was misreading because I feel so strongly in one direction about it.

Well I think that was the case.  And I totally owe this person an apology.  I don’t even know if I should leave all the comments on the post because the exchange did happen, or if I should delete my response or edit it and leave her’s because it is relevant?  Whats the protocol for when a blogger misreads a person’s comment and responds kinda roughly?

(If you know btw, do tell me, because I am clueless.)  EDIT: I deleted my offending comment and left her’s because it is relevant and she made some good points.

I feel like I committed a social faux paux.  I still don’t even know if I follow the comment the way everyone else must be reading it.  I think the comment when she said it might be “impossible” to prevent the stealing of content, that made me think she was on the other side.

Enough.  I’m sorry for my misinterpretation and for assuming things instead of asking questions.

PS.  If you think my blog looks funny, its because I’m trying out a new theme and changing up my header still.  Sorry for the weirdness.