Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Last Minute Halloween Crafts

I've been wanting to learn to sew for a long time and finally pulled the trigger! I purchased a basic sewing machine and some fat quarters to do a little practicing. I'm signed up for 3 sewing classes at the end of the month. To get practicing, I made a fabric ghost headband. 

 It's nothing fancy, but I'm excited to learn more and hope this will mean more projects and new products for the future.

And for one last Halloween craft

Mummy Jars!

What you need:
1. mason jars
2. bowl of warm water
3. scissors
4. construction paper
5. roll of plaster sheets
6. candles

Cut strips of the plaster sheets, soak them one at a time in warm water and then wrap them around each mason jar.

Depending on the size and shape of the jars you have, you may want to cut your strips down into smaller sections. 

Then cut out facial features out of construction paper and secure them on with small strips of plaster.

When you have all your faces on each one, plop a candle down into the bottom of each one.

I wasn't sure if I was a huge fan of them, but then I turned off the lights they look awesome! They're a great craft for the porch or driveway for people who are planning on hanging outside


Stay safe everyone!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The 80's Called...

I had this whole dark colors/autumn/halloween-esque vibe in mind when I got dressed the other morning and instead I looked in the mirror and felt very Golden Girls. Whoops! I rocked it at work anyway. It's not easy to wear giant silver earrings and look modern, but modernity isn't for everyone, I guess.

I am usually always on my feet at work so even the recent burst of cooler weather hasn't quite felt cold enough for me to be comfortable. When you walk with a heavy bag 40 minutes a day and the run around at work for 10 hours, you're warm and uncomfortable whether you like it or not. This was the first day I put on extra layers and longer sleeves and really felt like fall! I just love this time of year.

Usually I do "outfit posts" to showcase a new piece of jewelry that I've made, but this one was just for funsies. Happy fall ya'll! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Swap: What I Sent

I've been meaning to post some updates about this for a while and I just hadn't had a free moment to upload my pictures (most of my entires from this week were written last week.) 

So for the Halloween Swap that I did with Lizette, this is what I sent to my swap partner Mari! She is going as a witch this Halloween and I just so happened to be working on my witch pendants for my shop when she told me! It was just too perfect not to send her one!

She also mentioned something about dressing up at work, so I thought sending her a coffee cup for the daily grind would be a cute addition so she could have something wearable and something that was just sorta for fun!

Sorry the pictures are so yellow! They were taken in my kitchen just moments for shipping them off. 

and stay tuned for more photos from this swap as well as updates on future swaps!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

23 before 24

I started working on this list about a month before my birthday and ended up setting it to the side for a while. With all of the new things on my plate, I wasn't sure what direction my life was taking and I felt I should reevaluate some of my (then) current plans and goals.

Also, I totally wrote out a 22 before 23 list only to realize that I am 23 now and turning 24 next year! WHAT...THE...HELL.....

So here it is, 23 Goals before I turn 24

1. Watch 52 new movies: roughly one per week. Considering How I almost always have the TV on in the background when I am working at home, I think this is totally doable.
2. Read 12 new books: roughly one per month. It seems like such a low number for me. I used to read like 2-3 per week when I was in grade school. It's sad that now it's become such a low priority in my life.
3. Successfully complete a full 30 day raw food cleanse: I always start off really well with this, but usually after the first week I have a cheat that totally throws me off the deep end.
4. Learn basic sewing skills: I have always wanted to be able to sew, but with all my other projects going on, I never made it a priority. Well, I pulled the trigger and finally bought a sewing machine and signed up for beginner classes.
Which leads me to......
5. Sew my Halloween 2013 costumes completely from scratch: I don't even know what I want to be yet, but I hope I'll be able to make it all myself!!
6. Participate in 4 craft shows: I haven't done a craft show since the Retro Indie Market back in February 20...crap...2010? 2011? I can't even remember! Clearly it's been too long.
7. Plan my wedding: okay so maybe not ENTIRELY planned since my wedding is not until April 2014, but I want to be done with all of the "big elements" so I can spend the last few months enjoying my time with Ari instead of being at each other's throats right before our wedding. Last time I checked, weddings were supposed to be romantic, but I have yet to hear of a bride who wasn't about to kill everyone who crossed her path.
8. Move back to Florida: this one might be a little be unfair because it's already happening, but the problem is I'm not 100% certain on when it will happen. Here's to hoping it is sooner than later!
9. Streamline The Morose Bee product line:  I keep meaning to sit down and actually look at what items have been good sellers for me. I have a tendency to just make and post what seems fun to do at the time, but really I should make sure I always have my best sellers in stock and not spend so much energy on things that just sit in a box in my living room forever.
10. Get in the habit of exercising 5 days a week: I'm not saying I'm trying to magically become a gym junkie over night, but whether it is roller skating at derby practice, yoga, going for a run, spending time in the pool, whatever, I need to get off my butt a lot more.
11. Get in the habit of drawing something every day: I dream about this morning routine I have in a my head a lot. Part of it is get up, make coffee, sit and sketch every morning for 15 minutes. I feel like it shouldn't be too much to want, but somehow it never happens!
12. Stop drinking soda: Oh Coca-Cola. You are so bad for me, but so delicious.
13. Launch my second blog: I have a blog in progress for the work I've been doing for the last 5 years with children's art. I will still use The Morose Bee for all things crafty, but I'm really excited about this new boost in the educational components of my career.
14. Get my non-profit off the ground: some people know that I am working on starting a non-profit with some of my co-workers. The whole thing is all very new, but we are hoping to have a successful 2013 year. I can't wait to share more about this!
15. Go thrifting and antiquing more often: This is something I used to do at least once a month and I don't think I've been to a thrift store in the last year. I just haven't had the time for such a hobby.
16. Streamline my wardrobe: Okay, this is a weird one, but I haven't grown at all since I was about 12 years old which means I never had a real reason to "need" to get rid of some of my clothing. Because of that, by the time I was about 19, my wardrobe was just spilling out of my closet. I've gotten SOO much better and have given away A LOT of clothing, but I still feel like I have a closet full of a pre-teens clothing.
17. Get another tattoo: enough said!
18. Take a trip with Ari: I don't want to go anywhere far away a crazy, but a weekend trip somewhere would be so nice. We haven't been anywhere together in quite a while.
19. Try 5 new cupcake recipes: I have a crazy amount of cookbooks all of which have a dessert sectioned plus my cookie and cupcake cookbooks themselves! I bake very rarely, but I always wish I did it more often!
20. Finish cooking every recipe in Appetite for Reduction: It's my favorite cookbook and I've made more than half of the recipes, but I would love to say that I've tried it all.
21. Get a new pet: First of all, let me just say that I love Denny my hedgehog, but I need a puppy or kitten or piglet or some kind of "real" pet that I can snuggle with when I come home.
22. Get 9 hours of sleep a night: Okay, really...if I don't get a solid 12 hours, I am dead to the world which is pretty bad. I am a sleep-o-holic. There are some days where I only get 4-5 hours. If I really try to make myself go to bed and get a little more sleep everyday, I think that I would be so much better off.
23. Have on day off per week: I tend to be constantly working even when I'm at home and it would be so nice just one ONE LITTLE "real" day off! This is totally up to me to make it happen more than anything.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Edible Crafts: A New Treat!

I've been reading the Vegan Crunk blog for a while and I was excited that Bianca's cookbook has finally come out! I ordered one from her blog and received my signed copy in the mail. It took me a few days before I had the chance to cook a recipe from it, but my first choice for a simple dinner one day when Ari was out of town was Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Hmm...notice the cooking ingredients and my crafts taking up the same work area? This is a regular occurrence in my life. I need a separate craft room!

The quinoa itself was yummy! The extra that didn't fit inside the peppers I ate as is.

I sprinkled on a layer of nutritional yeast and then added Daiya cheese on top of that. I can get a bit grossed out by too much Daiya (tapioca overload anyone?) so the nutritional yeast was a nice balance.

The only part I didn't like was that the recipe said to use the papers right side up, but I would have preferred them on their side. They would be easier to eat that as the pepper becomes a more manageable "cup" for the filling. Other than that, DELICIOUS! It made me want to remake the stuffed pepper recipe from Veganomicon so I could compare the two. 

Bianca recently posted this sandwich combination used recipes from the book and I think I might need to try that next!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Indie Gift Box Recap

Here's a little sneak peak into what the October Indie Gift Box had to offer. You can check out my other posts where I discuss being included in this cool sampler box promotion here. 

I really like this product collage that was put together for my feature spot!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Movie Monday

The last Movie Monday was...
Jeff Who Lives At Home

We had no winner, but it was less well known movie so I'm not surprised. I've got to keep you guys on your toes!

Here are the rules and this week's clues!
Good luck everyone!

1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop


etsy seller: ginandtonixx

etsy seller: grannysbackporchvint

etsy seller: PrimroseLaceRibbon

etsy seller: BuyTheLightOfTheMoon

etsy seller: kriski

Friday, October 19, 2012

Back (hopefully) for Good

I've been totally MIA these last few days from life in general, but I've been busy putting together some new projects. Here's a few photos from the last few crazy days!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Bringing Stress To New Heights!

In the last week, my life has been a complete roller coaster. And I know every week I'm writing about how busy I am or how crazy things are, but this week is different.

Received last minute notice that I am leaving on Monday to go to New Jersey for ceramics consulting work,
Ari and I solidified that we are going to be moving in less than a year,
decided on a wedding venue,
my final home league bout for this season for roller derby is tomorrow,
I have undertaken a new project in which I am helping to start a non profit,
I'm working on the launch of a new blog for reasons unrelated to The Morose Bee,
oh yeah.... and it's my birthday.

Let's just say, things have reached a new level of chaos.

Hoping to return to my art soon.

<3 p="p">Emily

Sunday, October 7, 2012

DIY: Easy Autumn Decorations

DIY: Autumn Wrapping Paper

I love fancy printed scrapbook or craft papers, but they are always SOOO expensive for a tiny little sheet. I decided to vamp my halloween decorations at work on a slightly less expensive scale. 

I started with a plain orange roll of paper, but I think it would look just as nice to use brown kraft paper or any other warm color. I used red, orange, and yellow tempera paints, but I'm sure any acrylic or craft paint would do nicely for something so simple. 

Luckily, we had a maple leaf stencil already, but you could really use any kind of floral element since it's all changing colors in the fall. 

I randomly sponged leaves all over the paper allowing the colors to blend naturally. I dipped my sponge into the colors in a rotation so that each leaf would have its own unique shades of red, orange, and yellow. 

Once the paper was done, I used it to wrap different stands and shelves that we have at work to display ceramic items in the front window. I had floral print paper in the front all spring and summer so despite the fact that I am PUMPED for autumn, the visual difference has been such a relief. 

The window display is still in progress and will be complete once we have some awesome customer artwork to display. I'm going to use the leftover paper to wrap my brother's birthday gifts since his birthday is October 28th. 

I have a few more decoration ideas up my leave that I am really excited to finish!