Opening My Sticker Subscription Pack

Opening My Sticker Subscription Pack

I decided to try a monthly sticker subscription pack.

I love using stickers for my planner and other papercrafts, but it can be overwhelming to browse the sticker aisle at the craft store. I thought that a subscription would give me a variety of stickers and save me some time.

In this video, I’m opening my first package from Pipsticks! Super excited to see what comes with this monthly sticker subscription package.

If you’re interested, try Pipsticks yourself. I bought the Pro Club Classic option.

2nd Quarter Wrap-Up | 2020

2nd Quarter Wrap-Up | 2020

So life has been a bit crazy lately. I hope you all are doing alright. It is definitely a stressful time.

With everything going on, I didn’t have any extra free time, but managed to read 5 books. I feel like my pace of reading is constantly changing and I have moments where I do nothing but read. Then I go months without picking up a single book.

Any-who, let’s get to the mini reviews.

Beauty Tempts the Beast book cover

Beauty Tempts the Beast (Sins for All Seasons #6) by Lorraine Heath

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I couldn’t put this book put down once I starting reading it. I actually stayed up until 3 am because I was in love with the characters. The story was playful, romantic, and everything you expect a romance to be. It was fun to see how the beauty and the beast story plots are intertwined without the damsel being held captive. I really felt that these characters were a match for each other and the side characters were fun as well.


All I Ask book cover

All I Ask by Corinne Michaels

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I very much enjoyed this story. It was an interesting storyline regarding second-chances at love. Both characters had rounded backgrounds that contributed to who they become. The plot is pretty predictable, but that didn’t stop me from liking the characters and their story.


My Fallen Saint book cover

My Fallen Saint (Fallen Saint #1) by J. Kenner

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an easy read and I finished it in a day. I found several plot points to be predictable, but I am looking forward to how their story continues. As this will be a series, not all secrets were revealed, so I feel hooked enough to get more answers.


Girl Serpent Thorn book cover

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see Persian characters and folklore in a novel. I also liked the F-F-M love triangle. What’s better is that the relationships were created without fuss or a “coming out” story. I thought that the novel was well-paced and kept my attention. I also enjoyed the twists that occurred. Very well done and I hope to see more from this author.


Daring and the Duke book cover

Daring and the Duke (The Bareknuckle Bastards #3) by Sarah MacLean

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It was the first I read by this author, and I ended up going back to read to the first two in this series. Love seeing strong female characters in romance novels. I thought the characters were fun, smart, and independent. I read this from start to finish in about a day.

Thank you NetGalley for providing digital copies of these books in exchange for an honest review.

Trying a Galaxy Rock Painting Kit

Trying a Galaxy Rock Painting Kit

Today I wanted to test out a rock painting craft kit.

I’ve never tried painting rocks before and the craft kit looked promising. My son will also be crafting with me, so hopefully, this goes well.

Craft Kit Used – Paint Your Own Galaxy Rocks

After playing around with is kit, I strongly don’t recommend using it.

My main issue was with the paint itself. It didn’t work.

The paint did not offer good coverage and was very think upon application. When trying to add more layers of paint, you had to wait for it to dry completely, which a child won’t have the patience for. I also expected the paint to be vibrant, but it became dull one dry.

I was also disappointed with the stencils provided. They were too big for the rocks. It was very had to place the stencils on the rocks and many couldn’t be used.

On a positive note, I did think that the book provided offered some interesting designs and the instructions were easy to follow. However, the point of getting a kit is to get more than a book.

I would really like to try rock painting again in the future, so if you have any tips, let me know.

painted rocks in pile

I Tried Diamond Painting

I Tried Diamond Painting

This week I had some free time and decided to try diamond painting. Diamond painting is a cross between paint by number and cross-stitch. It involves sticking plastic diamonds onto an adhesive pattern.

I found a Jack Halloween Skull Diamond Painting kit that wasn’t too large design and seemed manageable. Diamond painting can take a while, so I expected this project to last between 10-15 hours based on size.

This was the first time I attempted this craft and I have some thoughts.

Overall, I felt that this activity was not for me. I didn’t like the lack of creativity involved and became bored after eight hours.

That being said, I do understand the appeal to this and it was relaxing at times. However, I don’t think I will continue with this craft in the future.

Sometimes you try mediums and they aren’t for you.

Fourth of July Sequin T-shirt

Fourth of July Sequin T-shirt

This past winter I saw the cutest sequin sweater made by Lovely Indeed and thought it would make an awesome t-shirt for July 4th. Even better, the project cost less than $20 to make. What I love about this craft is that it doesn’t use a ton of materials and could be made in a variety of colors. I chose to make mine for the holiday, but you could definitely make a more evergreen design choice.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission – at no extra cost for you.

What You Need

Instructions

Place cardboard inside shirt for flat surface and barrier. Glue sequins on to shirt and let dry. That’s it. I put the sequins close together towards the collar and tapered off, stopping at chest level.

 
 

Some things to note with this craft:

  1. The adhesive likes to leak out, so put something like wax paper under the nozzle when not using. I also had a paper towel on hand to wipe excess glue.
  2. Put adhesive on the flat side of sequins and use tweezers or stick to press down. A little glue goes a long way, so don’t overdo it.
  3. Don’t just add a run of glue to the shirt at the top. You want space without glue for more flexibility and stretch in the shirt. More time consuming, but worth it.
  4. I like to use different sized sequins. I think it fills out space better and provides more detail.
DIY red, white, and blue sequin t-shirt.

I Painted a Food Truck Birdhouse

I Painted a Food Truck Birdhouse

I’m back with another birdhouse. There are so many cute birdhouse designs out there, I just had to DIY paint another one. For this project, I painted a lemonade food truck design. It is the perfect craft for summer and I also like that it is functional.

If you liked this video, be sure to check out the Microbus Birdhouse I painted as well.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission – at no extra cost for you.

Supplies Used

  • Food Truck Birdhouse

  • Acrylic Gesso

  • Anita’s Acrylic Paint – White

  • Folk Art Acrylic Paint – Yellow Lemon

  • Fine Touch Acrylic Paint – Viridian

  • Mod Podge – Matte

I had so much fun making this birdhouse. I think I may do more in the future since there are so many cute designs available.

This amazing birdhouse is now hanging on my porch and will hopefully get new tenants soon.

lemonade truck birdhouse

Crepe Paper Fern

Crepe Paper Fern

Creating crepe paper plants is so much fun and a great alternative to real plants when you don’t have a green thumb. I enjoy filling my house with greenery. Unfortunately, I am not so good at keeping my plants alive. That is why I like to fill space with faux plants.

Today I wanted to share a simple tutorial with you. This crepe paper fern is easy to make with minimal steps. I also like that you can make it small, as I did, or life-sized. Also, don’t be afraid to play around with colors.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission – at no extra cost for you. I only promote products I have used and like.

 

What You Need:

  • Heavy Crepe Paper – I used Clover, Fern, and Basil from Lia Griffiths Botanical Garden collection.
  • Scissors
  • Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Tacky Glue
  • Small Planter
  • Foam
  • Rocks, Moss, or other planter filler  

How to Make:

Cut strips of crepe paper with the grain going left to right. Mine is 4 inches tall by 1 inch wide.

crepe paper fern

Fully stretch crepe paper.

crepe paper fern

Fold crepe paper in half long edge to long edge. Cut in half.

crepe paper fern

Cut out leaf shapes by making u cuts moving up the paper strip. Be sure to stop each leaf before reaching the folded edge. Also, create smaller leaves as you move up the piece. 

crepe paper fern

Open fern leaf.

crepe paper fern

Cut the floral wire to size and wrap with crepe paper using glue. Glue fern leaf to floral wire along the center crease.

crepe paper fern

Repeat previous steps until you have twelve leaves.

Place foam piece into the planter.

crepe paper fern

Stick each fern leaf in the foam with the wire side out. Starting at the center, move around in a circle, keeping the leaves close together.

crepe paper fern

Add planter fill, using glue if desired.

Bend out fern leaves to create plant shape.

crepe paper fern

Felt Black-Eyed Susan

Felt Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susans are one of my favorite flowers. They are simple, yet bold and will make an impact on any project. This flower can be used year-round but is especially nice in autumn decor.

Have fun creating this bright flower, the pattern can be found at the end of this post.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission – at no extra cost for you.

What You Need:

Instructions:

Prepare center. Using pliers, curl floral wire into a circle. Glue felt pom-pom to wire.

pom glued to floral wire

Color petals with pastels. Cut felt for petals into 1 3/4″ strips. Shade the bottom of the strips with pastel sticks.

pastel sticks and felt

Cut out petals and calyx.

pieces for felt black-eyed Susan

Attach petals to the pom-pom center. Pinch the bottom of petal together. Apply glue and place on pom-pom. The bottom of the petal should line up with the wire. Start with six petals leaving space in between. Then fill in the gaps.

pinch petal
glue petal to flower center

Glue calyx to the bottom of the flower. Open up petals and you’re done.

felt black-eyed Susan flowers
felt black-eyed Susan flowers

To download a zip file of the patterns, click on the link below. Once on your computer, double click the file to open the folder. All patterns, illustrations, and prints on this site are for personal use only. You cannot resale any patterns or items with my designs.

Download SVG File

felt black-eyed Susan flowers

I Love You to the Moon and Back Print

I Love You to the Moon and Back Print

I’m back with another free printable for you. Featuring a hand-drawn illustration and stating, “I love you to the moon and back,” this print will look great in the nursery or bedroom. To make your prints even nicer, try printing the design on fine art paper.

To download the print file, click on the link below. Click on the download icon to save to your device. Print quality is dependent on your printer. Art will print on 8.5”x11” paper.

I Tried Paint by Number for the First Time

I Tried Paint by Number for the First Time

To learn how to be a better painter and pass the time, I decided to try a paint by number kit for the first time.

I found the Colorful Balloons Paint by Number kit online and liked the design. It was actually one of three kits that I purchased, but it arrived first. I really liked the variety of colors for this painting and couldn’t wait to get started.

I found the activity enjoyable, even though it was time consuming. My patience was thin, so I tried to complete this painting over one weekend. That might not be the best way to tackle a project like this, but I don’t like to leave projects unfinished for long.

My expectations weren’t high for this, but overall the supplies were of decent quality. The brushes were definitely on the cheap side. However they managed to last through the experience.

Most of the paint had good coverage as well. Although a couple were still transparent after two to three coats.

It wasn’t always easy, but I actually enjoyed the experience and will be doing another paint by number in the future.