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You Don’t Have to Write a Novel to Celebrate Nanowrimo November 5, 2013

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It’s Nanowrimo! Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. No, you don’t have to write a novel this November, but it’s a great time to work on writing, drawing, or any project you’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

What am I planning to do this month? A lot. Christmas is coming so I thought I’d work on a story for Christmas. I also want to work on an official Imaginator Sindy website, a story for my blog readers, and finish some stories to send to an agent. I probably won’t get it all done this month, and that’s okay, but I will try my hardest to get them ALL done.

What you can do for Nanowrimo (that doesn’t include writing a novel):

  • Try to work on a project you’ve been wanting to do but never got around to doing
  • Set a nice, big goal for this month, whether it’s related to reading or not
  • Write a story, draw a picture, or simply write a letter
  • Have a special day (or a party) based on one of your favorite books
  • Pick one of your favorite books and list why you like it

Or, if you really do want to write an entire novel, here’s a great resource from Brent Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series, teaches at BYU and shares videos of his lectures online for free. http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/brandon_w2012/
NOTE: You’ll want to use the menus in the top right corner of the website because the links on the page don’t work.

Artist or Not – Art Fun and Learning for 2014 September 26, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Drawing & Art, Internet Resources, Links.
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There’s a new YouTube channel with a new show coming next year called The Art Assignment. I know, you don’t want another “Homework Assignment,” but this is different because you don’t have to do it – you GET to do it! It’s up to you!

Every week they interview an artist from around the country who will give you a new assignment. It could be anything from sculpture to film. And don’t forget, you don’t have to be good at something to try it and have fun with it. I’m not very good at film, but I’ll try it anyway. Who knows, maybe I’m better than I think.

Since this is a “general audience” show, make sure to have your parents preview each episode to make sure it’s good (unless you are the parent, then you can preview it for yourself 😉 ) and then they can help you with the assignment!

I can’t wait to see what kind of assignments they give and to try out a new art form! In fact, while I’m waiting I might do the “possible assignments” they mention.

Gears Does Not Equal Steampunk! September 17, 2013

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I love Steampunk! The fashion, the concept, the look,… and the challenge. To me it’s not corsets with gears glued on – that’s nothing but gaudy underwear. Instead it’s combining invention with fashion complete with elegant Victorian aesthetic.

I found a fun video that states my opinion perfectly:

BTW, I consider myself to be a Gadgeteer (aka Inventor/Tinkerer). Also, for the past few years I’ve been working on a Steampunk Lolita costume for Halloween. I hope to finally add a leather pinafore this year.

Decorate a Filing Cabinet – Super Easy July 23, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Home Decor, Tutorial Tuesday.
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I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I got a new file cabinet. Well, it was looking a bit sad and blank so I thought I’d fix decorate it.

This is a quick and easy tutorial, and I can almost bet you have all the supplies already.

Plain filing cabinet   Finished, decorated cabinet

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Two Weeks – Ornament, Hat, Nails, Terrarium, Jam, Stand, and Plushie – Phew. July 22, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor, Journal, Toys.
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Today is WIDTPTW! Got that? (i.e. What I Did The Past Two Weeks.) Let’s start with the family reunion.

Since we had 8 long hours of travel, I got a couple, large, portable projects done. I had bought a foam Christmas ornament and was somehow able to draw on it in a bumpy car. Took forever, but I’m excited to start the next one.

Foam snowman ornament

I also made this funky hat with ruffle yarn. Looks like a giant shower poof on my head.

Poof hat

Next (when we got there) I did my nails with all the different things we’d be doing during the reunion (sort of). My cousin just returned from his mission (thus the bike and the suit), we were going swimming (without the fish), and we were going to play games (it’s hard to tell, but it’s supposed to be water balloons, badmitten (uh, no clue how to spell that), a trampoline, and a pile of balls). I mostly talked with my cousins instead of playing the games, but we sure laughed (mostly from me teasing my younger cousins).

Reunion nails - left

Reunion nails - right

Back home, I went to an activity where we made crocheted necklaces (sorry I don’t have a photo, but I hope to do a tutorial) and I made my first terrarium. I rather like how it turned out.

Terrarium

My Mom taught me how to make and bottle strawberry jam. We tried a new pectin called Pomona’s pectin. Wow was it fast and easy, and hardly needed any sugar! It’s a little expensive, but it’s fantastic.

Strawberry jam

My Mom also made me a glue gun stand. It has a little tile to catch the hot drips, and it keeps the gun upright so it’s easy to grab.

Glue gun stand

And I rounded out the past two weeks with a little chocolate chip cookie plushie. I’ve been watching some plushie tutorials by Tammy Hallam on YouTube, and I just haaad to try making one. I think it turned out really cute. And although it took a while (esp. with all the chocolate chips) it was really easy.

Kawaii Chocolate Chip Cookie Plushie

Out of Town July 11, 2013

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I missed another week’s tutorial (didn’t have the right size fabric, then I miss-measured and cut another one).

As for next week, I’ll be out of town this weekend (starting today) and I won’t have internet access, so no posts next week.

In the meantime, what have you guys been up to? Tell me about some of your favorite projects lately, or what tutorials would you like to see?

Volunteering, My Superhero Mani, and The Plain Hat Question July 8, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Nail Art.
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As you may have noticed, the 4th of July rolled on through this past week. (Thankfully I have a very comfortable pair of earplugs.) The morning of the 4th was spent keeping an eye out for lost kids at the local big parade. I volunteer every year to provide communication along the parade route, and one of my duties is to find lost children and lost parents. We had several lost kids this year, but thankfully they were all reunited before long.

In the afternoon (after our tradition of going to our favorite Chinese restaurant for lunch and then heading home for a long-needed nap) we went to the craft fair. There were some very nice things, and I almost went home with a cool new lamp kit, but my determination to save money won out. Hopefully I can find a tutorial for that kind of lamp somewhere online. I also went home with a determination to make my own shirred hanky summer dress (shirred refers to the dresses with a gathered bodice that stretches – almost one-size-fits-all) out of COTTON! They have been at nearly every boutique booth for two years, and every last one of them is rayon. Talk about uncomfortable in almost any weather.

Anyway, just a report on my gel mani: it lasted pretty good… until the garden. They were already chipping a bit the next day after I did them, but they were passable until I did a bunch of finger weeding and peeled half of the French tip stickers off (yes, I coated the stickers with a layer of gel top coat and cured it, but they still peeled off). Oh, and on Thursday I subconsciously decided to turn my thumb into a pin cushion and ran a safety pin across the side of my finger. Thankfully the mani kept it from going through the middle of my thumb, but instead it took a good chunk out of the polish. Below is a picture of my gel mani after 6 days.

My gel mani after 6 days

Inspiration Request!

I also finished a knitted hat on a hat loom, but it’s too small for me. Sadly it’s looking a little plain, and it just doesn’t seem to want a plain ‘ol pompom. I left a little length of yarn on top in case I did end up adding something there, but I certainly don’t have to limit myself to doing so. Any suggestions out there?

Plain loom-knitted hat

Alternative Uses for a Scarf July 2, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Home Decor, Sewing, Tutorial Tuesday.
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So the other day I was talking to my sister’s grandma-in-law and she mentioned that she has so many allergies that it’s uncomfortable to wear scarves. She commented that there are so many beautiful scarves, and people keep giving them to her, but she just can’t use them. Besides wishing that everyone could use essential oils (it’s sad how many people are allergic to them), I thought I’d do a tutorial on some of the things anyone can do with a scarf (okay, many people).

Scarf collection

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Shopping Week! July 1, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Nail Art, WIDTW.
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Not much crafting this week (unless you count the project for what will probably turn into next week’s tutorial). Instead this past week was a bunch of shopping.

First, I went to a surplus sale at my local college. It’s amazing some of the things you find there. And it’s a good thing I’m a DIYer and can fix some of these things. I got a rolling filing cabinet for my paperwork (which desperately needed it). It was bent pretty good at the top and both the top and bottom drawers were having issues because of it, but with some carefully placed wood and a good hammer it was straightened out in no time. I got some candy bins for my pantry (I’ll use them for grains instead of candy). Thank goodness for soap. Then, a turning stand for my jewelry. I put the necklaces on the spindles and then the bracelets on the shaft (I should get a pic). Finally I got a folding chair with a fold-up table/shelf. All the fabric needs replaced and the whole thing repainted, but it will be a fun project. The question is what’s something fun  I could do for the fabric parts? (Macrame spiderweb for a seat? Ugh. No thanks. Fake squashed fruit? That might prevent people from sitting on my seat, but I’d prefer something better. Maybe I could do some Edwardian embroidery? But with what time? Okay, time to open it up for suggestions from you.)

Next, stopped by the dollar store and found a few cute and cheap little craft kits (which I don’t usually buy any more, but they looked extra fun). There’s the picture below, and yes, I got a silly friendship bracelet kit. It has a unique pattern for a bracelet with flowers on it. I didn’t know you could do that with friendship bracelets. Oh, and there’s something called flexible fabric. That will be interesting to work with. And you just have to love anything you can customize, so I got a DIY mug and flower pot. I could trade out one of my little art pieces every day!

Dollar Store Kits

Finally, I stopped by a Walmart sidewalk clearance sale and found too much cool stuff including one-pound baby yarn (I got a couple for a baby blanket), plus I got a gel manicure kit for only $17! Yay! I’ve been wanting to try a gel mani for a while now, but I’m sure it would have cost me at least $30 just for a mani at a nail salon. It’s fascinating stuff. It feels kind of soft, but it’s not going anywhere (yet – I still need to test it when I weed the garden and when I sit in the heat this Thursday). BTW, I think I’ll paint and cure my thumbs separately – the gel ran before it could cure so now I have lumps on both thumbs.

Gel Mani

A Different Way to Wear Acrylic Nails June 25, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Jewelry, My Original Ideas, Nail Art, Tutorial Tuesday.
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So the other day I was surfing YouTube for new nail art ideas when I came across a super awesome 3D one. Talk about Wow! It was super beautiful, but there’s no way I could wear 3D nail art – too much crafting, gardening, etc. Also, a lot of these acrylic nails are gorgeous, but I do not like the idea of those glues and they’re so thick, so I’ll never wear those either. Then I saw a ladies earrings that looked very similar to acrylic nails. Idea! Why not use these beauties as pendants in jewelry!

Acrylic Nail Jewelry Set

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