October 24, 2014

Book Review- Craft Fail

Hey guys, I received a copy of the book Craft Fail by Heather Mann from Workman publishing and so today I'm sharing review + a fun little interview with the Author!

First, here's a little bit about CraftFail from the publisher's website:
"CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome."

Although it's sad, I have to say that some of the projects in this book are pretty funny! I can admit to having a few pretty good fails and it's a bit comforting that others have had complete craft failures as well.

I'm lucky enough to have had Heather answer a few interview questions for me. It sounds like she learned craft fails the hard way, but haven't we all?

Why did you start craftfail.com?
After a series of craft ideas went horribly wrong! I hate wasting time and effort, so the thought of blogging about my fails occurred to me. That was in 2009.

What is one of your craft fails?
I fail a lot, but some of my favorites are when I made soap that looked like Spam, then followed it up with refried bean soap, and cheddar cheese soap. Apparently I have a hidden talent for making soap that looks like unappetizing food.

What is your favorite type of crafting?

I get distracted by all the different crafts I like to do, so it's hard to pick just one. When I'm crafting just for me, I enjoy making headbands and combining old broken jewelry into new necklaces.

More about Heather:
Heather Mann, the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and cohost of the web show Get a Little Creative. She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon.

If you're looking for a fun craft book that isn't a tutorial book, a fun read, or just need some comfort after your most recent pintrosity, you can grab a copy of CraftFail here. 
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Halloween Stamp Camp with LMT

Hey guys, today I'm up on the Love My Tapes blog sharing the projects I made at Stamp Camp.

What's stamp camp? It's just a fun little "crop night" hosted by a friend of mine who is a Stampin' Up consultant.
All of the supplies were provided for the projects we made but I brought along  a bunch of my washi tapes to use as well. Because things are cuter covered in washi. :)

Hop on over to the Love My Tapes blog for more inspiration!
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October 23, 2014

Garden of the Gods Photography

I stayed with my Aunt and Uncle in Colorado earlier this month and I already shared a few photos from our trip to Sugarite Canyon State Park and today I wanted to share my photos from Garden of the Gods.

I flew home from Denver, so on my last day in Colorado we left early headed towards Denver but stopped in Colorado Springs along the way because there are so many neat things there we couldn't just drive through.

We went to Garden of the Gods and the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings (I'll share pictures of that soon!). Both were really neat but I was amazed by the Garden of the Gods! We had a lot of fun hiking around, taking photos.

We didn't have the time to actually go to Pikes Peak, but we spotted it from Garden of the Gods! Well, you could see it from pretty much everywhere since it's 14,00' high, haha. We got some neat shots of it though.

Have you been to the Garden of the Gods? If you haven't, put it on your list! It's amazing!
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October 22, 2014

Book Review- Crochet with One Sheepish Girl

I shared my review of the book Crochet with One Sheepish Girl on Craft Gossip and I wanted to share it here as well! I love how cute the projects in this book are, they definitely make me want to pick up a crochet hook!
Today I'm reviewing the book Crochet with One Sheepish Girl! I also have a fun little interview with the author, Meredith Crawford. First, here's a little bit about the book:

"The popular blog One Sheepish Girl comes to life in the new book CROCHET WITH ONE SHEEPISH GIRL by Meredith Crawford – which features a vintage-yet-modern collection of beautiful crochet projects!

Meredith Crawford's fun, imaginative projects include a vintage camera purse, a striped bow clutch, a sweetly embellished blouse, a cottage tea cozy, a tablet case, unique picture frames and gift boxes, and delightful garlands for party decorating. Illustrated step-by-step instructions cover basic stitches and special techniques, so you’ll have everything you need to pick up a hook and start having fun with crochet!"

Here are the projects I've made:
crochet sheepish girl

I love to crochet so I was excited to get a copy of this book! I got the book last week and I've already made 2 of the projects from it, which might tell you just how much I'm loving the patterns! So far I've made the Teacup Coasters and the Diana Camera Purse. Both were pretty easy and worked up fairly quick (within a few hours each).

In the beginning of the book you have the content section with photos, which makes it super easy to find whatever project you're looking for, After that you have about 20 pages of tutorials for creating basic crochet stitches and techniques you'll need to know to create the projects in the book. All are photographed really well and are easy to understand.

The book includes 24 gorgeous, fashionable and vintage-modern inspired patterns to crochet with sections for wearing, living and giving.
You'll also find some free crochet edge cards and tags that you can copy/print and use.

I asked Meredith a few questions about her work as well as a fun question, which you can read below. I personally would *love* to see some Sherlock inspired patterns.
  1. Why do you crochet/How did you get started crocheting?
I crochet because it allows me to express myself creatively. There are endless possibilities to be creative when I have a ball of yarn and crochet hook in my hands. I taught myself to crochet when I was in college. After getting over the initial frustrations of learning a new craft, I quickly became addicted and started crocheting all the time!
  1. What is your favorite project in Crochet with One Sheepish Girl?
One of my favorite projects is the Diana Camera purse. It was inspired by my first film camera, a plastic Diana Dreamer. I love looking at an item from my daily life and finding inspiration for a crochet pattern. 
  1. What’s your favorite color yarn?
That's a tricky question! My favorite color in general is aqua blue. I think my favorite color of yarn depends on what I am making. Bright colors make sense for certain projects while neutrals work better for others.  
  1. What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?
My favorite book is Persuasion by Jane Austen. 
My favorite movie is Rear Window. 
My favorite tv show is Sherlock (BBC).

Meredith Crawford is the founder and editor of the blog One Sheepish Girl and is also a contributing writer and photographer to the MollieMakes.com weekly digital magazine Gathered.  She is the national social media consultant for the Craft Yarn Council and the web content specialist for Michaels.
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Baylor Bears Custom Canvas Shoes

Today I wanted to share my latest pair of custom shoes with you guys. If you're new here, I paint canvas shoes and sell them in my etsy shop.

This pair- Baylor University!

baylor bears shoes

I actually met lady who ordered this pair of shoes locally, she saw some pencil bags I'd made myself and wanted me to make her some custom ones. Which I was happy to do, so I gave her my business card, she saw my custom shoes on it and ordered these Baylor shoes! Awesome, right?

If you're interested in a pair of my custom shoes, just go to my etsy store. I do 4 types of shoes-

To see my portfolio of shoe designs, go here. I can do pretty much anything. ;)
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October 21, 2014

Camping at Daingerfield Mini Album

I wanted to share with you guys this mini album I created using photos from our recent trip to Daingerfield State Park. I scrapbook so many camping photos. I love them, but I'm always trying to find a new way to document them or embellish them.

For the cover of this mini album, I actually stamped on those Thickers. You can find my tutorial for that technique on the Paper Wings Productions blog today.

Here are photos of my finished mini album:

Do you love mini albums as much as I do? I think they're pretty awesome.
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