Curly Quills

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What’s wrong with me?

Long story short: nothing is wrong with me.

Short story long: this is the reason why I haven’t been quilling, posting on my blog, or doing much of anything for the last 24 weeks:

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Yep, there’s my little guy! He’s being a little stinker again today, curling up into a ball to get his picture taken.

I have been working on some non-quilling (craft space) crafts that I do hope to post in the near to not too distant future, but long story short, again: I’m just really tired. This pregnancy thing makes a girl really tired (and yea, I know I haven’t gotten to the sleep deprived part yet ūüôā

I realized today that I shared this on my Facebook page, but not here, so I just though I would share it here if anyone was missing me ūüôā

Jamie

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Craft Studio – as compete as it’s going to be (for now)

Well, it’s been a long time Since I’ve blogged. My craft desk has been pretty much completed since around March 20, but a lot has happened since then

  • We finished the desk on a Monday night, right around midnight
  • That week was very stressful for me at my regular job, as we started some new student testing, and I was the proctor that following Friday.
  • On Saturday (March 23), we had a housewarming in our house for family and friends. I was beat
  • The following Saturday, I went to the doctor and discovered I had shingles (stress-related). Not fun.
  • Since then it’s just been getting stuff together; still unpacking boxes, and I still haven’t found my rotary cutter.

Well, when push came to shove, we got it done, and I love it! One thing I discovered is that neither my husband nor I can cut a straight line (with a circular saw) to save our lives! So, without further ado, here it is!:

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Here is a video of it coming together -> Craft Space Р2

A few highlights:

  • My computer is in the corner – this is an older picture, and I scored an¬†additional monitor for it for $20 ūüôā .
  • I currently have a desk light pointed to the wall (behind the computer)¬†until I get¬†a light made to hang overtop of it. Good thing I have a craft desk to make this!
  • To the left of the computer is more the business side of the desk. Here I have my printer, my paper trimmer, computer paper, and all of my envelopes and shipping supplies. I also put my silhouette there when I’m using it.
  • To the right of my computer is all of my quilling paper (in binders) and a small craft space. I have my sewing machine there, as well as my cutting board for cutting fabric, and my ribbon.
  • On the wall to the right of my computer, I put up 3 white shelves for storage. The blue boxes on top are inventory storage, the middle shelf holds my silhouette (when not in use), and the bottom shelf holds more storage boxes, as well as my sewing basket. I asked hubby what he thought of the sewing basket, and he said “it’s scary how well that matches”.
  • The actual craft table in the center of the room is made from two $16 bookshelves from Wal-Mart, and two beveled edge shelves from Menards. It works for now, but I think I may want to take a queue from another site and get a hollow-core door for the desktop.
  • As the craft table is slightly higher, my pink chair was slightly uncomfortable to sit in there, so I managed to get 3 chairs from a friend (he bought in an auction) for $10 each. 2 of them are the taller kind, so they are great to sit in. They do need to spruced up a bit, but again, what is a craft space for ūüôā

So there it is! If you have any questions of something in the space, please let me know!

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Quick Tip – Sealing Projects

When you need to seal a quilled creation, you don’t really want it to lay flat when sealing, or it may stick. It will also take longer to do as you only have access to one side at a time.

My way of sealing is to use an Indian beading loom to hang my items on. I received this one from my mother-in-law (thinking I could do bead looming as a craft, since I’m crafty), so it didn’t cost me anything. Just add some thread, and string your items up to be sprayed!IMG_2084 IMG_2083

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Inventory of the Papers

Whelp, I finally bit the bullet and made an inventory spreadsheet of all my paper.

It looks a little something like this…

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I made columns to keep track of the color family, the name, item number, and size of each of the colors. I did some cusomized cell highligting in the color family for 2 reasons: 1) so I can sort by the field and look at just the colors in that area, and 2) When I add a new color and type in the color name, it will automaticall change the color of the cell to the color I chose (typing red will give it a red background, green will give green, and so on).

I also have a column for the strips that I have on hand, but just don’t have the time to update that tonight. My list will get a LOT longer when i do that, as I know I have more in my binders than I do on hand. I probably will just update that list once a month – that will help tell me when I need to get more paper.

So, what is my inspiration for doing all this somewhat spur of the moment? Whimsiquills is having a 20% off sale until June 30 ūüôā

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Paper Twirlies Team Challenge – May 2012

The challenge has been issued. I accepted.

As posted on the Paper Twirlies Blog, a challenge to quill a project insipired by a creation from another Etsy artist.

Inspiration for this challenge is a quilt by Clothscapes, specifically this listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76639721/organic-quilt-modern-geometric-rainbow

We were able to use any picture as inspiration, and any aspect of the picture as inspiration.

Here is what I came up with:

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My inspiration for this piece was the white color of the quilt – I used textured cardstock to make the boxes to replicate stitching. I was also drawn to the square shape, as well as the varying colors in the quilt. I don’t have a name for¬†my yet, and I’m still debating if they¬†should be attached together as one piece, or left as individual pieces. However, this has to be one of¬†my most favorite projects¬†so far ūüôā

I started first by cutting and putting together my beveld frames using my Silhouette Cameo. I had purchased this project, made by Lori Whitlock (a VERY talented graphic designer/project creator Рseriously go check out her stuff), for another project, but inspiration struck to use it here.

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Next, I chose strips of varying colors in the same color family. Each box, with exception to orange, has 6 different colors in it. I used 1 strip of each color, tore them into 3″ lengths, and glued them back into two (very long) strips. The first strip was colored from lightest to darkest, and the second strip was also lightest to darkest, but I started in the middle of the colors to allow for more variance when I began twiling my paper. Each strip ended up being approximately 5′ long.

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I then used the beehive technique to curl my strips together.

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When I tried to put all of these curls into the frame, it just wouldn’t stay, because the bevel didn’t give the curls a high enough edge to stay in place.¬†In order to fix this, I had to make a¬†square¬†outline the same size as the hole in the frame to put the quilling in first, and then transfer it to the frame. I made mine out of white 1/4″ quilling paper, as I had that handy at the time, and yes, I did use safety pins as guides, as I was too lazy/excited to get this project done that I couldn’t go upstairs to the attic to get my pins ūüôā

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When all of the curls were put into place, and I had finished doing small adjustments, I glued all of the curls to each other, but made sure not to glue anything to the white frame.

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Once the curls had dried, I removed the white outline, spread some glue into the bottom of the frame, and placed my quilling inside the frame.

As this was my first craft challenge, I can honestly stay I am very pleased with the results! I can’t wait to do one again!

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Blue Feet, Pink Feet, Yellow Feet, Green Feet

Feet are fun! Love this treasury! Thanks for including my gift tags!

Blue Feet, Pink Feet, Yellow Feet, Green Feet by PaperBeau

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At the end of the day look back and smile

A wonderful mix of items! Wonderful treasury!

At the end of the day look back and smile, by Nanny Cheryl

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A Break from Insanity

First off, kudos to WordPress for having an iPhone app with the ability to update my blog while in bed :o)

Secondly, I’m so thankful tonight for the ability to come home from work and not have to think about anything! This past Friday night, the hubby came home from work with a fever, aka the same crud I’ve been fighting with for the last 2 weeks. I’ve pretty much been running at full speed since then: taking care of/worrying about him (my mom implanted motherly instinct at a young age), cleaning up the house, trying to get myself better, and other miscellaneous extra house and work duties. I needed a break.

It was so wonderful to come home to a quiet and empty house that would continue to be that way for a few more hours. ::insert sigh of relief::

I started the night out with a need to mess with my silhouette cameo cutting machine. I have been messing with it on and off for a couple of months trying to get it to cut my rose templates out. Hail to the victor, because I got it figures out!

By the time I figured out the how to cut the flowers and the proper sizes for each of them, my hubby had returned home from work again, quickly finding his way to the couch next to me and dozing off immediately. The cutting on the machine didn’t even wake him. Since I know he needs to rest, I made the decision not to cut flowers out tonight, but rather go up to my studio in the attic to finish up my daisy treasure pots.

I started making these pots a few days ago when I really needed a break from all the circles for for my flower earrings. I really wanted to get some quilling done in my studio. Since most all of the equipment to make these pots is in my studio, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Tonight mostly consisted of shaping the pot bases and lids, sealing them, and gluing on petals.

They go nice with my sunflower treasure pots. I think I probably will put leaves on these pots as well.

One thing I do know for sure is that my mom will love them!

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Black and teal with a splash of red

Black and teal with a splash of red by ThePhotoImpression

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Feeling Behind

I know I haven’t posted very much lately. I just haven’t been doing much to warrent a post. I’ve been under the weather for pretty much the first two weeks of the month, so not much quilling has been happening.

I’m actually feeling pretty behind in preparation for the craft show coming up in November. As it was such a nice day yesterday, I took to my porch and worked on some quilling. Then I decided to photograph what I’ve gotten done so far for the craft show.

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Top Left:¬†Flowers/Molly¬†pieces. These are completed and have been since¬†before the¬†decision to do the craft show, so they don’t really count as “being completed”.

Bottom Left:¬†Lots and lots of circles. Generally, each bag will make about 8 pairs of earrings, with exception to the 2¬†bags of purple/yellow circles. For the purple/yellow circles¬†I started going into more of a mass paper mode for¬†the craft show, doing¬†24 strips of each color at once, then ripping them to size and¬†gluing the 2 colors together. It does take up a lot of time,¬†but for certain colors (particularly¬†school colors that represent the different schools in town) I feel it will be best to have as many pairs as I can available at the show, because they are “school colors” and I really have no idea how popular they will be. In the 2 bags of these, there are enough circles to make 16 pairs of earrings.

Top Right: Green & Yellow Strips. My next venture of mass paper mode. These strips will make 16 pairs of earrings.

Bottom Right: Christmas Lights. These are mostly ones that I had completed before christmas to list on Etsy. I have used some of them, also, for christmas light wine charms. I believe my list of items to complete includeds 8-10 pairs of earrings in each color (16-20 bulbs) and 8-10 wine charms in each color. Since I love math, that equates to 30 bulbs in each color. ::sigh::

On my list I also have some finger puppet princess/prom queens (which I already have the body’s rolled and glued as flat circles, but not shaped and glued), snowflakes (which I would like to dip in glitter) with (handmade)¬†gift boxes, flower wine glass charms, and some paper pots. Right now I’m having a hard time telling if i’m on-track, a little behind, or if I was just way too ambitious for myself.

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