D.I.Y Ideas – Crochet Paintbrush Cloth

I’m not a serious painter but I paint with watercolors when the weather is really nice and for some reason, it always puts me in such a good mood. Because I’m not a serious painter, I’m not personally equipped with all the necessary tools. One of them being a cloth or rag to soak up extra water or pigments from my brush. I would usually grab a paper towel but it began to feel wasteful and I didn’t always have one available when I did my painting outside of the house. That is when I came up with this simple idea.  Read more

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Life Is Messy: third time better be the charm.

I am over the moon! I thought I had been defeated by an evil piece of technology but I overcame. I knew that a proper stand-off with a pair of stork scissors and ample amounts of tea would end in my eventual victory. And I didn’t even have to look at the instructional manual. Although, I probably should have.

Pft! Who does that anymore?

Yeah.

Well, for our anniversary, Josh got me an embroidery machine. My happy dance was mostly for the extreme discount he got it but I was really excited to add it to my little home studio. I could finally get into quilting and create my own designs. It was going to be magical. I think Josh could literally see the stars in my eyes. I was ready.

Nope. No, I wasn’t. In fact, I freaking sucked at it. When I plugged the machine into my Mac and realized it was only compatible with PC, I knew this was going to be a long battle. I thought I was cute with my little drawings and I was going to make these awesome items. I was wrong people. So so wrong. It started with my rose owl design.

I won’t go into boring details but instead, I will show my pathetic-ness in photographs. Que the dramatic music!

My first attempt ended with the needle breaking into the plastic hoop. Plus, the crappy stitch. I didn't bother cleaning him up.
My first attempt ended with the needle breaking into the plastic hoop. Plus, the crappy stitch. I didn’t bother cleaning him up and I wasted fabric
The second attempt looked promising but when I went to change colors, the alignment of the design got all messed up and it started to embroider in the wrong places. Thus, more fabric and time was lost. I was baffled.
The second attempt looked promising but when I went to change colors, the alignment of the design got all messed up and it started to embroider in the wrong place. Thus, more fabric and time was lost. I was baffled.

My last attempt ending in this not so perfect but absolutely perfect to me version that I am in love with. I know you shouldn’t talk so fondly about your own work but this is major for me. Both the accomplishment AND the self appreciation. 

If you were wondering, I did give myself and actual pat on the back. We all deserve one when life gets messy.