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