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Beware of the Crafting Bug

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I have been bitten by the crafting bug!  I decided to start with something simple so I went with this darling little project of DIY mini journals from http://www.abeautifulmess.com.

Now fellas, before you stop reading, I highly recommend you read on through.  This is a great project to do with your young daughter, sister, niece, or any other special little lady that holds a place in your heart.  But don’t stop here either, who says boys wont have fun making mini journals?  Simply choose color paper and stickers that appeals to boys the most and they can still have a great time and write all cute boy stuff in there like a list of sports they want to play this summer or their favorite pranks to use on their siblings.  I saw some cute comic strip crafting paper at Michaels that would be perfect for a boy’s project.

So I decided to tread lightly and I made this whole lot of mini journals:

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I handed these out to my coworkers who claimed they loved them and thought they were cute.   One had shared that she will use it to write her favorite hang out spots and restaurants in Brooklyn.  How cool! I may have to borrow that one day 🙂

Then I became inspired!

I have a coworker who is retiring really soon and I thought it would be cute to create a mini journal for all of her coworkers to write a sweet  note or a fun memory while working at the clinic.  So this is what I made:

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The stamps really intimidated me, so I practiced on paper a few times before I went for the plunge.  You can still see I had a little trouble with the letter “p” but I just happened to have a colored pen similar to the ink so the crisis was averted- whew!

Theeennn, I decided to make two mini journals for my pregnant cousin and BFF.  These journals are intended for them to write notes to their little baby while still in their belly.  What ever they are feeling or thinking, they can write it down and read it to them when they are older.  Or if they are having trouble coming up with a name they can use it as a log for names that are in the running and maybe a little description as to why they like that particular name.

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Does that quote sound familiar? It is from the band Savage Garden.  I think this song is so beautiful.  My college psychology teacher once shared that she felt this song was written for pregnant women.  To love someone so much before you have even met them!  I can only imagine the love that soars through a pregnant mom for her unborn child.  It’s beautiful!

And lastly, I made a handmade card:

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So there you have it.  My first side effects from an aggressive bite that is the Crafting Bug.

I have banned myself from Michaels craft store for a while.  I have enough washi tape to turn my hubby into a colored mummy and my bank account is screaming “Do not pass go, Do not collect $200 dollars (because you just spent it at Michaels in washi tape)!!!”.  I sure do have enough supplies to last me a while so I will be sure to share whatever else I create.

Any other ideas for mini journals?

I am intuitively listening

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If you would ask me to describe myself in a few words, “creative” would be the last word on my list.  However, lately I have been feeling very creative.  I feel like my soul is craving to create something beautiful with my hands.  I have been extremely inspired by so many talented individuals who share their own passion and creativity through social media.

Here is a sneak peak of a few of my favorite bloggers who create beautiful things and just simply inspire me to be a better person:

1.  First and foremost, my beloved friend and fellow registered dietitian Amanda Terillo and her blog veggies n dogs.  Her love of cooking healthy (mainly vegetarian foods), cute doggies and anything related to farming, gardening and local food sources is refreshing and inspiring.  I also love reading about her trips across America and even the world (hello, Australia, my goodness that was a blast!)

2.  Under the Sycamore.   This blog is written by probably THE coolest mom and overall woman out there.  Her heart is bigger than this universe and I love reading anything she has to write whether its DIY projects, her photography expertise and her 5 gorgeous kids.

3.  A Beautiful Mess.  These two power sisters are extremely motivating and inspiring.  Their blog and company is full of DIY projects, delicious food and drink recipes, e-courses, photography tips, beauty tips, etc… it is this website that mostly motivates me to start tapping into my creative side (however much is there) and really try to make something beautiful.

So with all this inspiration and motivation going on daily, I have a few things on my mind that I want to start making.  This is on my wish list lately:

1.  DIY garden.  I have a small patch of lawn on the side of my apartment, all for me, so I will attempt to make a garden bed and grow some herbs and maybe even some lettuce leaves and veggies! I would love if it could look something along the lines this garden bed.  Or even do some DIY container gardens like these.

2.  Nail Art.  No, not finger nails, I mean like hammer and nails.  Like This one and this one.   Nail and string art (thats what I’m calling it) look like a beginners type of project…I’ll definitely give them a go since I have some extra wood lying around at home (random, I know).

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3.  I’m dying to do my own song lyric painting!! This one is my favorite. I LOVE music and have so many favorite song lyrics, but I can count on one hand the amount of times I have held a paint brush so I am quite curious to see how this will come out 🙂

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4.  I have asked for a sewing machine for my birthday and I think one of my first “projects” will be making little dresses out of pillow cases for the organization called Little Dresses for Africa.  Read this blog post from Under The Sycamore on how she had a dress making party and invited all her friends over to spend a day on making little dresses.  They are just too cute for words.  Its this blog post that inspired me to get a sewing machine and learn how to sew.

Other projects I want to give a go in the future:

a smaller version of this desk. Hubby has agreed to help! (no he hasn’t.  In fact, he doesn’t even know anything about it :p )

I love this stool!

And once I have mastered the basic skills of sewing, I really want to make this adorable lipstick pouch

I really do not know what has gotten into me lately but like I said before, I am craving to create things with my hands so I am intuitively listening to my mind, body and soul and I welcome it with open arms.
I’m excited to share these projects with you as I complete them.

Wish me luck!

***update:  I bought my first acrylic paints, some brushes and canvas paper this week! I need a lot of practice haha! May need to put the song lyric canvas art on hold for a bit.  Looking forward to the journey 🙂