Explore my Etsy: Handmade Dream Catchers

A couple months ago, I turned my Etsy shop into vacation mode to prep for new products for the summer. Over the next couple weeks, I want to share the story of each of my new products! Up first: Handmade Dream Catchers!

“The Midnight Dreamer”

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“The Poison Ivy”

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“Princess Aurora”

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I always wanted to learn how to make a dream catcher, but it looked so complicated! Now, there is this really cool website called Pinterest (have you heard of it??) where you can literally search for any craft ever and you are bound to fins a free tutorial! Low and behold, after two minutes of searching, I found a great tutorial on how to make a dream catcher. It was a lot easier than I anticipated it to be!

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I am all about using my stash. Each one of these dream catchers are made 100% of materials in my craft closet. At one point in time I purchased the materials for one project or another. Now they are recycled into these pretties!

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I wanted to have a theme for each dream catcher. Now, I will be honest that the name for them came after I made them, but there was still planning!

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I have so much fun making these! I still have so many materials left and at least five more dream catchers planned out! I also take customer orders.

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Enjoy!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

25 before 26: One year in iPhone photos!

I started this tradition in 2014 when I turned 24. I made a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 25, and I did not do as well as I thought. I seriously thought I was going to do so much better this year. Overall, I am very happy with what I accomplished!

Here’s how I did:

1. Puxatomy Phil (didn’t wake up in time/couldn’t get off work)

2. Homemade Sushi
I’ll give myself this one. I didn’t make sushi, but I did make pot sitckers! Complete with bamboo steamer, which is only $20 bucks at Bed, Bath and Beyond!

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3. Crafty Mart
I will also give myself this one. I applied to Crafty Mart, but sadly was not accepted. However, everything happens for a reason. The next day after I got my reject email, I got a DM from a friend that she was having a show the same day! I applied and totally got in! I had SO much fun, and also learned A LOT!

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4. Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
Yes please. I made this within the first week of making this list. OMG! They were very delicious. I need to make them again!!

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5. Make $100.00 selling my stuff
Yes. This happened. I opened my Etsy shop this year! I finally decided to jump in and try! I had more success selling than I thought I would!

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6. Post a blog once a week

7. Travel outside of the U.S.
I didn’t travel outside of the US, but I did make it to Columbus, OH. Does that count?

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8. Christmas at my house
It was a success!

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9. Brunch once a month
Not sure if it was once a month…but it sure was a heck of a lot! I will eat brunch for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…any day!

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10. Go to Canada
I didn’t go to Canada, but I pretended like I was from there at a hockey game?

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11. Become more organized at work
I finally had time to catch up and figure out what I was doing.

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12. Finish the Lizard tour
13. Do my dishes everyday
14. Make my Halloween costume
15. Read 5 books

16. Journal 5 minutes a week
I don’t think it was 5 minutes a week, but it was a lot more than I was previously.

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17. Pizza/Movie once a month
Like brunch, don’t know it was once a month, but it was very often!

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18. Try Yoga
19. Go to the Drive-in
20. Build a bookshelf
21. Eat better
22. Create a new drink
23. “Friendsgiving”

24. Go to 5 concerts
Waaaay more than five….

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Dec. 16 Silverstein and Senses Fail / Dec. 17 The Academy Is… (2015)
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Nov. 19 Parkway Drive (2015)
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Oct. 2 Eluveitie and The Agonist (2015)
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Sept 1 Four Year Strong (2015)
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May 21 Hit the Lights (2016)
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Apr 8 Stiletto! (2016)
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Mar 16 Mest, Hawthorne Heights, and The Ataris (2016)

25. Make myself happy!

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I have been doing WAY more for myself. The biggest thing this year was exploring places outside of Akron. I’ve been hanging out in Cleveland a lot more, and I seriously LOVE this city.
Last year I accomplished 11, this year I accomplished 12. Moving in the right direction. Goal for 2016/2017: 15!
Talk soon,
Jennifer!

Birthday Tradition: 26 Things Before 27

Three years going, here is my 26 things to do before I turn 27!

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Hey everyone! It’s that time of the year again! I will now consider this a tradition as this is my third year making this list. Each year for my birthday, I make a list of things to try before my next birthday. I started it when I turned 24, with a list of 24 things before 25, and then made a second one of 25 things before 26. This is my third time making this list, so without further delay…here are 26 things to do before I turn 27!

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1. Finish my monthly albums
2. Read five books
3. Take a vacation – a real vacation
4. Start a new collection
5. Explore three new national parks
6. Take a class
7. Send 100 pieces of mail
8. Climb a mountain

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9. Make my own holiday card
10. Host Christmas
11. Make $200 selling my crafts
12. Get back into blogging
13. Attend two craft shows
14. Sew one piece of clothing
15. Play mini golf
16. Exercise once a week
17. Buy a bike
18. Camp

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19. Visit a volcano
20. Explore a cave
21. Ride a train
22. Make something out of bottle caps
23. Invent a new game
24. Beer Olympics
25. Beach volleyball
26. Make myself happy!

I went a little more realistic this year. I usually make stretch lists that push myself a little, but seeing how I did this past year with my 25 list, I was pushing myself too hard.

Do you ever make a list? If you did, what would be on it?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Instax Mini 90 Polaroid Camera

One of my favorite birthday gifts ever!!

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Hey Everyone! Can you believe that it is June already?!? I certainly can’t! The end of May brings my birthday, (I realized slowly I had at least three posts that I need to write about my birthday) and I was no where near ready for the end of the month. More on that topic later…

For my birthday, Pat bought me probably one of my favorite gifts ever (aside from the always appreciated cash and Jo-Ann’s gift cards): Instax Mini 90 Polaroid Camera!

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I’ve had a Polaroid camera in the past, it was an old one I found at the thrift store then once the film ran out I didn’t buy more because it was too expensive.

I’ve debated for MONTHS about buying a Polaroid, but there was always something I wanted more (and my iPhone was doing the job). On Saturday, Pat surprised me and bought me one! (after listening to me talk about it at least once a week)

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I haven’t fully experimented with the camera yet, but I’ve figured out a few features such as the double exposure.

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This feature allows you to take two photos and mash them together. I didn’t have a lot of success with this feature, but I could think of some ideas for the future!

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It also has a self timer and controlled flash. I LOVE the way these pictures come out! The film isn’t all that expensive. (and I think I got an email for a Groupon?) Overall, I am in love! ::insert heart eyes emoji::

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Do you have a Polaroid? What one do you have? What’s your favorite think about it?
Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore Cleveland: Fire Truck Pizza Company

I love the concept of food trucks. I watch people eating at them on TV Shows, see pictures on Twitter or Instagram of the people I follow visiting them, or read about a new one that opened in my area. I had never had the opportunity to eat at one myself…until today!

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The weather was beautiful (which is a shocker for North East Ohio) and my boyfriend, Pat, made the suggestion to go to the Hessler Street Fair in Uptown Cleveland. As we were walking into the enterence, there it was…Fire Truck Pizza Company!

It is quite literally a fire truck that was converted to a food truck, complete with wood burning oven where they wood fire your pizza in 2-3 minutes! Pat and I enjoyed the traditional pepperoni, and our friend Mike had the bacon honey white pizza.

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I am extremely satisfied with my first ever food truck experience (who doesn’t like pizza??) I can’t wait to find and try some more!

What was your first food truck experience?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Blog Update #8

Hey Everyone!

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So, it’s been a while. Like a while…

I’m not going to make one of those boring posts of why I haven’t been here. I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on myself these past few weeks.

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I’m going to take a short hiatus for the month of April. I have become a little off track with my planning over the past few weeks. I need to take some time, regroup, and get back to you!

Don’t miss me too much! I may pop back once a week. No promises!

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Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Painted Days: We Can Make A Run For It

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I talked a month or so ago about how I got back into painting after being burnt out for a really long time. Slowly, I’ve been sharing my paintings again.

Sometimes it’s hard to gather inspiration, other times it’s not. I draw a lot of my inspiration from my music.

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I was listening to a lot of Hit the Lights in January.
One of my favorite songs is “We Can Make a Run for It.”

We’ve got this down to a science, baby!

Don’t be afraid…

…be very afraid!

So good!!

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I LOVE drawing inspiration from music. I have a running list of quotes from songs that I want to paint!

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What about you? Where do you draw inspiration from?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Recycled: Reuse Old Light Bulbs

Don’t throw them away! Reuse them!

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I have seen SO MANY projects that reuses old light bulbs. Either I am cursed to constantly buy light bulbs or destined to make a project with them because light bulbs do not last very long in my apartment. Here are few ways to recycle those burned out bulbs.

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Here is what you will need:
Old light bulbs
Glass Paint
Glitter
Elmer’s glue or Modge Podge

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $5

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Option One: Painted.

This one is pretty simple. Just use glass paint to add a pop of color to the bulbs. It took me three coats to make a solid color. I wrapped a piece of tin foil around the bottom of the bulb to stand it up when drying.

Option Two: Glitter

I used a similar technique on clothes pins on this project. Cover the bulb with glue or modge podge, then roll in glitter. Let dry. Cover the glitter with another layer of glue or podge to set in place. Let dry.

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I think these would make great holiday ornaments, but there are other ways to display them as well. I will admit, it was sort of a Pinterest fail for me. I LOVED the way the bulbs turned out….however….the display that I made with them was less than satisfying. I ended up tossing it out, but that’s okay! I still have the curse and have already collect more bulbs to repeat this project!!

What projects have you seen with recycled bulbs? I would love to know (so I can try them of course!!)

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Make Your Own Photo Backdrop!

One of the challenges I have while blogging is my limited space to take photos. I rent a decent sized two bedroom apartment, but space is still very limited. I have to get creative when I’m taking photos of the projects I share. Here is one of my secrets to mixing up the backgrounds to my photos (well not really a secret, you can find it all over Pinterest).

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Here is what you will need:
Rolled Poster Paper
Paint and Paint Brushes
Scotch Tape

Project Time: less than an hour
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $10

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Roll out two long sheets of the poster paper and use washi tape to adhere the seam together (you can use scotch tape if you want). I suggest hanging the paper where you intent to take the photos because it could easily ripe if you try and transport it (trust me…).

Next, just paint whatever pattern you want! I just used Xs, Os and hearts to decorate mine.

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Once the paint is dry, have fun taking your photos! Like I said. I used this as a backdrop for my project photos, but you can also make one for a photo booth at a party!

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What do you like to use for a backdrop for your photos?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Scrapbooking Saturday: My January Mini Album

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Last week I decided to dive into a new adventure: scrapbooking mini albums! It started last Sunday morning when I bought an E-Course from the A Beautiful Mess Shop on sale. I’ve always wanted to document my life more. It was on my list of 24 things before 25, and had a little success with it. I vowed to myself that 2016 would be my year, and have been documenting it as much as I can! What a better way to re-live the great moments than making an album for each of the monthly highlights!

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I have to admit, similar to my Instagram calendar, it was hard to choose my favorite photos. Luckily, my photo choice was not limited to 12 and I can pick as many as I can fit in the album!

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I had a lot of fun making this album, and cannot wait to make the next coming months! Here is a look at all my pages:

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I’m excited to read and re-read some my E-courses that I’ve purchased to incorporate some new techniques! I may even have to look through some of my past art journals! At some point, I will be caught up on the months and can release my post in conjunction with the end of the month.

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What about you? What is your favorite way to document some of your favorite life moments??

Talk soon,
Jennifer