New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year again, the turn of a new year is upon us and we’re all ready to ring in 2013!

In preparation of the new year I, like many of you, have been planning out my goals and aspirations for the new year. So much excitement to come in 2013 and so much to strive for, this is the first year I’ve been excited to make my resolutions.

One of the new things that I’m going to implement this year is going to be a sketch a week, now this may turn into a sketch a day but right now with the new baby and working full time and trying to start my own business on the side once a week sounds like a better committment. Now I’m just trying to decide what this sketch a week should be and I’m hoping that you may want to help  me. What are your thoughts? I’m thinking a different face each week or maybe an animal or even just a different idea each week. What would you like to see? I will be posting these quick sketches on my blog each week so be on the look out!

What goals is everyone else making for the new year? I wish everyone the happiest of new years as we begin the adventure of 2013!!!

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Christmas Gifts In Progress

Christmas is just around the corner and I find myself frantically finishing up a few projects before the weekend hits and the stops to families homes this holiday season begins!  One of my projects that I previously told you about was an idea sparked from Pinterest.com (http://pinterest.com/pin/287808232406280982/) transferring pictures onto a wooden board. It’s a unique and rustic idea that I think would fit into all of the grandmother’s homes. I just had my second son and putting the grandkids pics onto the boards seemed like the perfect idea.

I’ve spent a little time perfecting my technique before starting the final boards that we’ll be giving away this year. The idea she gives is awesome and seems easy enough, a little gel medium, a photo copy of a picture and some mod podge, how hard could it be. Well I spread my gel medium on and laid the photo face down, waited until the next morning and started rubbing away at the paper. Two things learned from that single attempt…do not lay too much gel medium down, the photo will stick to a very thin layer. If you apply the medium too thickly then it will cause wrinkles in the paper and the medium will squish out on the sides and leave a residue visible to the eye.

Second lesson learned, do not vigorously rub the paper off! Silly me thought the picture was now embedded in the wood and medium and I needed to get every bit of that paper off and in the first attempt. Not so, the photo will come off and you may tear bits and pieces of it off. After many different attempts and techniques I’ve come to my best method which is to lightly rub the paper off, slowly and lightly is the technique. Let the paper dry and go over it again and repeat. I found that it took me about 3 times of removing the paper before it was mostly off. Once you have a very faint layer of paper fibers left then you’re ready for the mod podge. (Note if you can see splotches of paper left on the photo and think the mod podge will absorb and cover it up you’re wrong, trust me.) Now just mod podge and let dry! Viola!

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Love this project, here’s a pic of my work in progress. Once I have the completed projects done I’ll get those posted for you. They are turning out great though, so many possibilities with this one technique. Let your creativity run free!

What to Make Next!

Some days I feel like I’m scrounging for my next great idea but right now I feel flooded with ideas and not enough time to execute everything! I’ve come to the realization that my paintings and illustrations will be on  hold for a while, at least until my baby boy is old enough to sit up on his own and can amuse himself for a bit. But I can still knit and crochet while holding him!

Now I just can’t decide which idea to go with next, should I focus on women’s wear, children’s or even amigurumi???

If you guys have any input please comment or go to my FB page and answer my survey question. Thanks so much for the help!!!

http://www.facebook.com/melissa.hager.7503#!/pages/Two-of-A-Kind/130037293732737?fref=ts

Crafty Weekend

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I personally had a very crafty weekend…exactly how I like to spend my weekends. For the most part everything worked out very well, I had a shelf for my kitchen that we’re repurposing and started that project, not quite finished but hoping it will turn out as planned. I love repurposing items! Will have pics once it’s completed 🙂

Then I was contacted by someone who wanted to buy a pattern of one of my items! Now this is something I’ve thought about doing for quite a while but never got around to adding to my shop, now someone reaches out to me personally and asks if I’ll sell a pattern for one of my items. Of course! Thinking this may be a sign and time to start writign out  my patterns. Should have listened to my son last year when he recommended it to me!

Lastly, I was prepping some Christmas presents. A great idea I took from Pinterest and wanted to make some presents of the kids for the grandparents. Now the concept is really pretty easy and fun but there were a few hiccups. Live and learn! I’m ready for attempt number 2 though…this time I’ll be sure to get the wrinkles out of the paper and will be more careful pulling the paper off at the end, was too agressive in spots and tore too much and not so much in others and the paper was left behind 😦 Fear not, I will not give up…will be attempting this once again later in the week, pics to follow! If you would like to see what I’m attempting here’s the pinterest link…love it!

http://pinterest.com/pin/287808232406280982/