X-Men Swede

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Remember when the movie Be Kind Rewind came out? Alamo Drafthouse did a promotional contest in which contestants entered their own “sweded” versions of popular movies, that could be up to five minutes long. The term sweded movie refers to filming your own low budget version of a movie that’s already been made..you know, like they did in the movie.

My friends, Aaron and Chad, invited me to participate in making a swede of all three X-Men movies. We didn’t win, but we did get an honorable mention, and most importantly had a lot of fun. Here it is!


One of my goals for this year is to play with making silly videos…something I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t really dived into. Trying new things can be quite intimidating, but I’m learning more and more that the most important thing is to actually do it – whatever it is. Whatever the outcome, it’ll be better than not having anything at all.

Onward!  -Jenn

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Writing Exercise

The other day, I went to go write with a friend. He suggested this writing exercise that turned out to be as productive as it was fun. It’s especially helpful if you, like me, have trouble getting started and showing your work to others. All you need is a pen, paper, and a buddy. Here’s what you do!

* Person 1 writes a few sentences down…five or six lines or so…the exact length is not important. It can be anything.

* Person 1 folds the paper so that you can only see the last line that was written, and passes it to Person 2. It’s okay if it’s not a full sentence.

* Based off of that line, Person 2 writes a few sentences, and repeats the process.

* Keep going back and forth like this until the paper is filled.

* Read it out loud!

I did a modified version of this last night with two other people. It was the same basic idea, except we all wrote at the same time so everyone would have something to do, and passed the papers around the circle. We changed the direction of the circle at one point for variety.

Some of them were serious, others hilariously absurd. Some parts cohesive, some seemingly random. I love this exercise because of the lack of pressure involved. It’s a great way to create something with others in a short amount of time, and exercise your self-expression muscles. Also, it’s fun to hear everyone’s personality come through their writing…a fun and fulfilling interaction between old friends or new.

As far as my own contributions, some sections didn’t do much more for me than fill space. I was proud of a few others, and may use them as springboards for short stories…Try it and see what comes out! Do you have other writing exercises you like to do?

-Jenn

**Edit** This is a version of exquisite corpse, by the way!

Choose Your Own Adventure – Birthday!

THIS blurry photo is a choose your own adventure birthday card I made for my lovely friend, Gina, recently.

It begins with “You wake up and remember it’s your birthday. You…” All paths end with a bunch of friends having a swell ol’ time. Except the part towards the top right . That path ended quickly with her friends crying because they forgot her birthday…and I accidentally didn’t finish that path. I knew there must’ve been a reason why I had to fill up that giant white space with the YAY! Hey, beauty in the imperfections, right?

Along the way, we have cake made with tears, drinks are too strong, and there is a choreographed dance to a Joni Mitchell song…with lots of arm swaying. In the end (of all the other paths), everyone celebrates her birthday and there is happiness all around.

Originally, the elaborate card idea came out of being broke and a little poor planning. I wanted to at least come with something enjoyable. It was fun to make and it worked out well. Actually, the characters in the story were the four of us left at the end of her party. Perfect! Silly cards are so fun; there’s no pressure for amazing art, and you can really make something personalized into whatever you want.

My birthday is in two days! Ah….what to do….

-Jenn

10 Ways to Re-use T-shirts

I have a ridiculous amount of old t-shirts I never wear. They’ve been sitting in drawers, wasting away for years, and I feel it’s time to do something about them. Problem is, so many represent memories that I don’t want to let go…but I also don’t want to wear giant unflattering shirts. I searched online for ways to make old t-shirts into something new, and here are some cool projects I found:

1. Yarn
2. Memory Scarf
3. Freestyle Quilt
4. Bags
5. Notebook
6. Craft Kit
7. Produce Bags
8. Mat
9. Beaded Necklace
10. Crocheted Rug

Projects that lose the images on the shirts: the yarn, beaded necklace, crocheted rug, and mat

Projects that maintain smaller parts of the images: the notebook, craft kit, and produce bags.

Projects that show off the main part of the t-shirt: the scarf, quilt and bags

For the shirts that I want the images, I’m thinking of the scarf and / or quilt. There’s something comforting about your memories keeping you warm… The yarn, rugs, and necklace could be an excellent use of scraps. Hopefully this gives you some ideas if you’re looking to do similar projects.

Any suggestions?

-Jenn

PS. This is also my first attempt at using Illustrator ever. (yeah free trial!)

Zippered Hand Warmers!

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ACK it’s been awhile. Life’s been kinda…crazy around here lately. Updates on my corner of the world soon. But first, checkout this awesome diy project for you knitters out there. Don’t knit? I suggest learning a couple of basics. It won’t take you long, there are tons of youtube videos for help, and then you’ll be able to create things from just some yarn, which feels great.

I found this link through CraftZine’s Blog, but the project is from the Purl Bee.

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Zippered Hand Warmers! Here’s what Whitney has to say about them:

” Zippers, in this case, dispose of their actual use and embrace the whimsy of their style. Bold and chunky, bright and friendly, these zippers are here for our entertainment only! Wear them on the palm side or the knuckle side; up, down, or half way in between, they’ll make you smile!”

Truth. See the whole pattern HERE. May your wrists be warmer and you life be sillier
-Jenn

Edible Paint

Jessica, at How About Orange, shows how to decorate your dishes with edible paint. Soooo cute. This is such a great Valentine’s idea, or for anytime you want to have fun with your meal! I’m looking forward to trying this soon…I think it’d be cute to paint designs around the edges of plates to frame your food. See her recipe and more examples here.

Happy Painting,
Jenn