Someone posted a link somewhere, or mentioned, the website Operation Beautiful, and of course I couldn't just leave well enough alone and put up regular post-it notes! I decided on cute little monsters to give that added cheer (hopefully!).
Currently, I've left 5 of the 11 I made (I thought I'd made 10, but apparently there was an extra) and one girl at work saw the ones I made and loved them, so I made one for her that I left of her car after she confessed to having a not-so-good week.
I think I'll make more, they're rather addictive! But first I need to manage to leave the rest...
We went to Wags to Riches, a burlesque show put on by Haute Flash Burlesque and benefiting a local animal rescue group last night - it was fun and hilarious and Apti had a great time! Now to seriously work on the scrapbook... O.o I know the extra time will FLY by!
I've been gone too long again. It's time for a project dump, but it's not as big as it would have been last year - I've really fallen off the crafting. I think this time of year is always a but "meh" for me, since we're really busy at work and I'm more tired. Plus I've have two huge over-reaching projects, and that's taking up most of my time (thankfully, the goal book is done but the Honeydew and Cabbage project... Eeeek!).
7-9. 4x6 Art, for the swap. I made extra pieces and, with the help of friends, decided to send the monster.
10-14. More Lifebook Pages!
15-17. Batches of Buttons (Played with my new button makers, YAY!). First, D&D markers (they have magnets in the back), then a few for friends (pins), and finally, a big batch I gave away to my bellydance class for Valentine's day and a few for some yarn addicted friends.
18-20. Honeydew and Cabbage! I have two sets and a bunch of props...
First was set 1, which was an office and consisted of a desk, a chair, a computer, and a functional filing cabinet. Oh, and a poster and some paperwork.
Then I made a little doll for the corpse in the next episode (I thin she'd make a great voodoo doll, and she has pipe cleaners inside so she's bendable!
And set two - made a couch, a bunch of mini-books, a bookcase, a coffee table, and a glass (the globe I got in a "Free Art" swap, and it worked perfectly!).
And two accessories for the shoot - Cabbage in her detective Fedora, and Honeydew in bunny ears!
21. Lastly, some cards for Operation Beautiful to leave laying around, and one for a friend who saw what I was doing, liked it, then had a bad week (I left it stuck to her car). I have one more to make for someone else who wants one. I've abandoned 5 of them so far.
I have been such a bad bad craftalong participant this time around. I have a few projects to post to support the team, but only have a few minutes right now so I contented myself with looking through all the marvelous stuff posted and hope I can squeeze my projects in late tonight or maybe even early tomorrow morning. So many things I want to add to my list of things to do/try! Especially the hot glue molding... that could come in really handy...
Edit: saw it had to be in by midnight, and I don't know if I'll be home, so here they are super-quick!
Battle/Challenge: January: Put a bird on it. Team: Textbook Bonus Points: None Project Name: Sly Pigeon! Brief Description: Lifebook page art, like the bird, not so much the girl. Can't remember what year/project it was right now... Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: January : Craftin' New Year Team: Textbook Bonus Points: None Project Name: Miniatures Brief Description: For my Honeydew and Cabbage comic, I've been making sets and finally got over my fear (well, sort of) of making mini-things! I love mini-things, but have never really attempted a dollhouse, though I drool over the Wee House Craft-a-long... Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: February Mob: Craft a Valentine's Day Team: Textbook Bonus Points: None Project Name: Heart drawing Brief Description: Another Lifebook drawing, I think from 2013? Don't really like it, but it's an assignment I can check off! Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: February: Free art. Team: Textbook Bonus Points: None Project Name: Operation Beautiful Cards Brief Description: Monster! Inspired in part by Mo of Puppatoons, this is one of the ten Operation Beautiful cards I made - I've abandoned 5 so far! Project Picture:
Poor Apti has been so bored since our last even got cancelled and it's been cold/snowy. We've mostly been sitting around the house, doing a little bit of crafting, and spending to much time watching YouTube (but it's educational programming, I swear! I'm not rotting his little bear mind!).
And, it's a busy time at work. Luckily he doesn't seem to mind helping...
I think Apti is the only one happy about the snow today. Unfortunately, the Bellydance event Saturday has been cancelled because not only are we supposed to get 10" of snow today, more is expected Friday/Saturday! I took a "snow day" off work because I didn't want to have to drive in this, and we're just snuggled in (until it's time to start shoveling...)
Whoooo, I'm the first to post received! I don't know who to thank by Craftster name, so you'll just have to know it's you I'm generically thanking.
It's so perfect - I did my little meditation thing for Lifebook 2014 and my art guardian ended up being a butterfly! I am not lying, I already posted the page I made on it and everything. Thank you sender!
I'm behind and I've missed soooooo much awesomeness! I have no excuse, other than an illness that has been kicking my behind and a project that took waaaaaaay longer than I thought it would! Hopefully February will be a much craftier month! (And I'm still so blaaaarrrrggh that yes, this is almost a direct copy/paste from the Winter Nerd Battles post. Oh, for shame!)
I did do some art, the first two weeks of Lifebook 2014:
Then I finished another swirly drawing that had been lurking, sketched but not inked, forever... and I also did a colored version.
First, dish in black and white line:
Then, fish colored in with these weird/awesome crayon pencil things my friend gave me. It's nice to go back to basics, even if it doesn't quite give you the finesse of colored pencils!
Finally, when you show your friends things like your Little Visitor Scrapbooks, they always want one, too. I was given MiniHoneydew by a friend of mine and did a series of photos/stories of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Peg-Like". Pretty much the entire thing is what I'm counting as the project, but I have a picture of the props I made for it here (mini tiara, tiny knitting, and an entire set of mini cards):
Is it art? Scrapbook? Journalling? Madness? I don't know, so it's going here.
Backstory: I don't do resolutions, but for the last several years I've done "A Year of 50/50" - that is, 50 goals of 50 items each, aiming for a 50% success rate. Some of the goals are way easy, and things I'd probably do anyway, but some are actual goals I want to attain (I can now balance on either leg for 50 seconds with my eyes closed! Well, I did it once, at least!). The past two years I just made a list in a notebook, but this year I decided to 1) step it up to 100 goals of 100 items each and 2) make a scrapbook-sort-of goal book. Neither, I think, was a smart decision. But! Here it is...
A bunch of the pages inside. All of the pages (each goal had between 1 and 4 pages each) are decorated/lined/journaled by hand... it would have been too easy to just cut up notebook paper, I mostly used cardstock and scrapbook paper...
100 Seconds Balancing on one leg... with eyes closed:
100 Tablespoons of blood donated:
100 Levels of Bubble Blast II completed:
100 Articles of Clothes Donated:
100 Dozen Cranes folded:
100 Movies Watched:
100 Pieces of Fabric Used:
100 Miles Walked / 100 Miles Biked
100 Stamps Collected:
100 Winning Games of Spider Solitaire (2 Suit):
100 Seedlings Sprouted:
100 Levels of 4Pics 1Word:
100 Word Searches (in the puzzle are the words ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, and hundred):
There are, obviously, a LOT more pages, but these were my favorites. Hopefully I won't go too mad with these goals, and I think next year I need to tone it down... maybe take a year off... O.o