Eifel Star Chain – simple, cheap DIY decorating

As I’m getting ready to move, one of the things I’m trying to do is to make use of my craft supplies so that I neither end up tossing them at the last minute or hauling them around (for some reason, I’m much more satisfied with packing a dress with the rest of my clothes than the pieces all separate, go figure!)

I have a ton of leftover magazines that I had planned to use in other projects, as well as some cardstock that I’ve been slowly working through. I wanted to make some decorations that used these supplies, but that were also simple enough that if they got smushed or torn during the move I wouldn’t be upset.

These are all Eifel Stars, which don’t need any glue (though I did decide to use some – more on that later). I used this tutorial by Goorigami, and it was incredibly easy to follow.

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Paint Chip Mosaic Table

Hello again! I’ve had a little hiatus as I’m trying to get things ready for my move at the end of the year and been heckling work for more hours. On to the crafts!

If you’ve been around the craft blog-osphere much, you probably realize how late to the game I am with this one – it seems like the big paint chip craze was all a few months ago.

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Morning Coffee (tea) Confession: Distraction and October Unprocessed

Confession #1:

I’m very easily distracted. Whether it’s crafts, cleaning, or even just conversation, it’s pretty easy to get me off track. That is probably why I have lying around:

  • pieces to a knit sweater to be sewn together (I haven’t touched them since the summer)
  • cut out pattern pieces to a dress I’ve meant to make for over a year
  • lots and lots of paper flower petals to make a hanging flower garland based off this
  • a skirt that should be taken in, that I took out of my closet 3 months ago
  • an incredibly comfy yoga skirt that I need to rip the seams out of and rework
  • 7 blog post drafts, most of which just need a last picture or to put pictures together with text

And that’s not including all the things that I want to be making. Yipes! I need to wait until I get breakfast in me before I contemplate my to-do list like this.

Confession #2:

I’ve been really, really bad with October Unprocessed. Partially, it’s just hard because things that I’d normally use are off the list; ketchup, most cheese, soy sauce, any processed meats (bacon!) and even baking soda.

It’s come to a point where I just took a deep breath and told myself that my goal for this month is to make almost all of my meals at home (note the slight wiggle room there). So far, the cheats that I actually feel bad about include a soda, a fast food meal (I ended up with a huge break between clients in the middle of nowhere, and was so hungry that I was worried it would impact my job performance), and an energy drink.

And you know what, none of them were as good as I remembered. Going grocery shopping today I had the urge to pick up soda and candy bars, but I also knew that they just weren’t as fulfilling as I’d let myself believe. Now I’m on more of a carb kick, which I recognize is certainly not great for me, but I feel confident that with a choice between enjoying a chunk of fresh sourdough and downing a chicken nugget meal, the bread is the lesser of two evils.

Any confessions you’d like to get off your chest?

When Things Go Wrong: Cookie Dough Bowls

In the craft and food blog circuit, while there are a ton of great projects and tutorials, it doesn’t seem like people really talk about what happens when a project doesn’t end up entirely ruined, but also isn’t quite what it should have been. But whether you’re an expert or a beginner, it happens sometimes. Finding ways to make the best of it is a great skill to have, so When Things Go Wrong is a series about making the best when the unexpected happens.

This month, I’m (attempting) to only eat unprocessed foods as a part of October Unprocessed. I’ve needed this for a long time, but makes me a bit sad, since when my desert cravings come around, I’m not really sure where to turn, and don’t want to end up giving in to soda or a trip to the drive through. And yes, it’s only been a couple of days and I’m already thinking about sweets, oy.

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Why Craft?

I was reading a post over on The Simple Dollar recently that discussed whether making your own clothes could actually save you money. It’s been interesting to read the comments, and it got me thinking about how many of the same points could be made about crafting in general. It essentially comes to the conclusion that someone should make their own clothes if they enjoy it, because they probably won’t save much money doing it. I agree with the conclusion, but I want to flesh that out a bit more.

Crafting often takes a lot of time which could be used for anything ranging from working to spending time with family. The supplies usually aren’t cheap, and the same item could sometimes be bought for less money and far less time. So why even bother?
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