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Create!!

Create!!

So I’ve been working on a few different sewing projects. But they haven’t been coming out like I hope. So I have stepped away from my sewing projects…for now. I’m the type of person who can’t sew if I’m frustrated. I end up making more mistakes so its just best to focus on something else.

 Thankfully there are many other things I can do to be creative. My best friend had her baby shower a while back and she had asked me to decorate a letter from her daughter’s name for her nursery. I got the letter L  but I was having trouble deciding on how I wanted to decorate this letter. I knew I wanted to use a minty color, and then while browsing around Hobby Lobby I found a shadow box picture frame. I’ve always wanted to make a shadow box of my own but just never got around to it. So I found a small L and decided to make one for my friend. I had planned on putting some pretty paper behind the letter but then remembered I had some really cute fabric that matched the color of paint that I chose for the frame. I think it came out exactly how I pictured it, added bonus the bedding she registered for at Target totally match the shadow box. So that worked out great. :3 Moving on to the next creative topic. I finally got my hands on a SMASH* book. I’m really excited about it. Mija and I mention it over at our personal blogs, so feel free to check it out. We here at Mind-Speaks love crafting so we each fell in love with the SMASH* books. I purchased the Eco book and I’m loving it. At first I was a bit hesitant, I didn’t want to “ruin” the pages. But once I started “smashing” I was no longer worried. And I’m now obsessed. Right now I’m currently working on my hobby page.  I first started with my more obvious hobbies. Writing and sewing are my big hobbies. But I like to think of myself as a collector of hobbies. I love learning new skills, however, I wouldn’t exactly say I exceed at them. But it doesn’t stop me from learning. I taught myself how to use a sewing machine and to knit. Thank goodness for the internet. Back to the page, so as you can see the majority of this page is focused on sewing. It’s the easiest hobby to smash. I was having trouble figuring out how to show case the rest of my hobbies. I turned to the net for some inspiration and I discovered a bunch of  free printables. I immediately started pinning and printing.  I do plan on making some of my own but I thought since these were done and ready for use I decided on making my own some other time. XD The ones I’m using on this page is a journal card from here and a capture this moment camera card from here. Great freebies if you’re interested. I used instagram pictures for this page, it actually helped clear the smashing block. I’m really happy with how my pages are turning out at this point. I kept thinking that I have to go in order when smashing but then I remember there are no rules to smashing. The point is to have fun with it and be creative. So this page is towards the back, I let the page speak for itself when I was deciding which one I wanted to use. The left page isn’t quite finished yet, there is actually a pocket on that side and I’m just trying to decided what I will smash in that pocket. I’m thinking maybe some poetry I wrote last semester or maybe a letter to myself. I dunno yet.

So what kind of planning do you do before you sit down to smash? Do you have rules you follow, or do you just wing it? :3

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Kim works as a museum Copywriter and helps out with events from time to time. When she isn’t working or blogging, she is probably off taking a nap. Feel free to email her at kim@mind-speaks.com

Knitted Bows

Knitted Bows

Not too sure why I haven’t updated about this project but better late than never.

So I’m always on the look out for easy knitting projects, still no luck on learning how to crochet, and awhile back I discovered this great tutorial on knitted bows. Easy to follow and the results are great. If you haven’t followed M-S on facebook you should because sometimes we post projects we are working on without posting about them. The great thing about this tutorial is that you can be a beginner knitter and still be able to create this. I use whatever size needles I have. The bigger the size the bigger the bow. I mostly use a size 8 or size 5.

These bows are great for anything really. I mostly use them for my hair, you can just slip them on a clip or a headband and that is that. No muss no fuss.  (odd phrase) I even made one for mys sister’s cat Tomo. As you can see from the picture he wasn’t very happy wearing it…but how cute does he look? Dogs might be a bit more accepting but I doubt it. You can also decorate a gift with these bows. I think it adds something special to the gift. And I’m crap when it comes to gift wrapping. So adding a bow usually helps me out during the holidays. But for some reason I never store those paper bows correctly and they always come out torn or squished. Now I can just slip this on a ribbon and call it a day.

 

You will get addicted after you make your first one. Fun and easy tutorial below.

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kimKIM VERA - (view all posts by Kim)
Kim works as a museum Copywriter and helps out with events from time to time. When she isn’t working or blogging, she is probably off taking a nap. Feel free to email her at kim@mind-speaks.com

Fold Clutch

Fold Clutch

Today I bring you….my Star Wars fold clutch.I’ve been wanting to make a clutch for a while now and after I found this tutorial I decided to make one. I’ve been wanting a clutch for those nights when all I need is some lip balm, my id, cell, and a few dollars.

 I need something small and compact that can carry a few things and not weigh me down. And this clutch suits those needs and I’m so happy with the finished product. Even though it came out a bit crooked, I had a little trouble, it still makes me happy.  Now I followed the tutorial as best I could, but I had difficulties when it came to the zipper. So I kind of winged it when it came to that part. The next time I make one, I won’t make the same mistakes. I need a new rotary blade. I so wish I had that electronic cutter. It would make things soooo much easier for me. Also for the next time, I will have to keep in mind the direction of the fabric. Since mine has a pattern I didn’t think that about that and so the Star Wars words are upside down on the fold.

The middle picture shows what is under the fold. This fabric is my favorite fabric. I also made a messenger bag out of it. The fabric I used is actually a bed sheet and I am starting to run out of it. >o< But since this fabric isn’t as sturdy as I wish it was I had to add a lining of interfacing in it. I love adding the tabs on the ends of my zipper it helps a lot when sewing it. That is what I love so much about new projects and tutorials. They teach me new techniques and I actually feel my skills are improving.So I’m really glad there are sewers and knitters who post tutorials. If not for them, I wouldn’t have such great hobbies. >.<

Stay tuned for Mija’s update next month.  :3

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kimKIM VERA - (view all posts by Kim)
Kim works as a museum Copywriter and helps out with events from time to time. When she isn’t working or blogging, she is probably off taking a nap. Feel free to email her at kim@mind-speaks.com