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My mom is the most awesome mom ever. You might be under the impression that your mom is the most awesome mom, but unfortunately, you are mistaken. Your mom would basically have to perform life-saving surgery on African orphans while skydiving out of a plane to be more awesome than my mom. My mom runs her own business and is super creative and somehow managed to avoid the temptation to leave me on the side of the road somewhere back when I was a rotten teenager (I’m still rotten, just no longer a teenager. True Story: When I first saw her this morning I said, “Good Morning! Mother’s Day is over; no more respect for you! Like Rodney Dangerfield!” (because I make very current references).)

The point of the preceding paragraph being that I take Mother’s Day very seriously. Here are all the things that I made.

First up is the card.

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Computer-made because the handmade attempt didn’t pan out. The font is Honey Script. The background is a free pattern that, unfortunately, I can’t remember where I got. I went on a crazy pattern downloading binge recently and forgot to keep track. If anybody knows who made it, please let me know!

And the inside.

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Next up are the muffins I made for Mother’s Day breakfast.

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Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I make seriously delicious muffins. I’ve been doing it since I was about five or six (with adult supervision, I’d like to point out, lest you think my parents are the sort of people who would let a kindergartner use the oven by themselves), so I’ve pretty much got it down to a science now. I think I’m going to make an entire post all about muffin baking soon. They’re just too tasty to keep to myself! (lol)

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My general muffin making M.O. is to make “Whatever-I-Can-Find-In-The-Cabinets” Muffins, so these are Honey Muffins. I’ve never put it in muffins before, but it worked great! They didn’t taste much like honey, but it made them super moist and spongy and cake-like. I might start adding it to all my muffins now. These were a really big hit. My step dad actually pouted a little when we sent the leftovers home with my brother, so I guess I’ll have to make more. 😀

And since we were having family over for a nice Mother’s Day Dinner, I made a Red Velvet Cake for dessert.

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This is the first time I ever made red velvet cake from scratch, and I gotta say, I now have crazy respect for the Southern ladies who make this all the time. Apparently, the reason the South will rise again is stone-cold patience.

It turned out pretty good; a little bit dry, but I think that’s my fault rather than the recipes’. It said to bake for about 30 minutes so I stuck it in there and didn’t check it again until the timer dinged. I should have kept a better eye on it. Will definitely start out with a shorter time next time I make it.

I’ll post the recipe for the cake soon, I just want to try and perfect it first. 🙂

And just because it’s cool – the packaging for the cake flour:

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Isn’t it fantastic? It looks like they haven’t changed their logo since about 1963. I love that! This brand now has my loyalty for life. My mom and I are both hardcore dorks about graphic design, so we were both nerding out over it.

My mom really loved everything, and I think she had a really good Mother’s Day. And so did I, even though I stayed up late the night before to make the cake and got up early to bake the muffins because I am a crazy baking fiend. Whatever, I love baking and a little fatigue is small price to pay to do something nice for the woman who gave birth to you.

So make sure you go and hug your mama kids because I bet she’s pretty neat. Not as neat as my mom of course, but that goes without saying at this point.

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Love you Mom.

I found these plain black canvas shoes at Target for $9. I couldn’t resist such a good deal, but the shoes themselves were pretty boring. So: bleach.

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It was so simple to do, but I am so happy with how these turned out.

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I just stuffed the shoes with newspaper, splattered them with a mixture of bleach and water, and rinsed them off in my kitchen sink. They took a couple of days to dry post rinsing, but they look fantastic!

This is basically my virtual To-Do List. I’ve always got a lot of ideas bopping around in my head and I need a way to keep track of them. Plus, like my post of crafts I want to learn, this should help me stay motivated.

  • Ukulele Songbook
  • Songwriting Notebook
  • T-shirt Necklace/Scarf
  • Paperclip Jewelry
  • Button Hairclips
  • Headbands
  • Homemade Lip Balm
  • Handmade Paper
  • Envelopes from Repurposed Paper
  • Magazine Clutches
  • More Lucky Wishing Stars (and string ’em up)
  • Organize My Craft Supplies

This list will be edited and updated as I accomplish things.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts our crafts just don’t work out. This was one of those times.

While I was stenciling robots and sunglasses with freezer paper and fabric paint, I decided I was also going to try out bleach stenciling. The plan was to cut a heart out of freezer paper, iron it on, and then spray bleach around it so the heart would be in the negative.

Here is an artist’s rendering of what was supposed to happen:

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And here is what actually happened:

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As you can probably tell, I used the wrong kind of spray bottle. Not only did it get completely out of control, it also bled under the freezer paper. The lesson here kids is that when bleach stenciling you should use the spray bottles you find next to the travel-sized shampoo, not the ones next to the household cleaners.

Don’t you worry about me though. I have a plan for this thing.

I’ve been wanting to make an altered journal for awhile now, and I’ve found the perfect book!

It’s a hardback copy of a John Grisham novel…

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in German.

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It’s so effing cool. It even has little footnotes explaining the Americanisms (which I…neglected to get a picture of, whoops).

The best part is that I found it at my local Goodwill for a grand total of $1. It’s one of my best Goodwill finds – right up there with the Saturday Night Fever t-shirt and the Slimnastics record (because those things are essentials…yes).

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Right now I’m in the process of gluing every second page together so they’re all sturdy enough to paint on if I want to. Well, and the book is nearly six hundred pages long and I don’t know that I can fill that many. It’s slow going because the gluing is so incredibly dull that I can only do it for so long before my brain starts to shut down, but I want to get the gross boring part out of the way before I start on the creative part (damn you responsible part of my brain! you never let me have any fun).

Pages will get posted as I do them. Or as I scan them, which, honestly, is more likely.

I think one of the awesome things about having a blog for your crafts is that you can use it to set goals for yourself, and since it’s so public (what with it being on the internet and all) you might actually do them. So this is my current list of crafts I want to learn. I figure if I put this up here then every so often somebody will be all like, “HEY LOSER-FACE DID YOU LEARN HOW TO MAKE SOAP YET?” and I’ll be all, “The name-calling is really unnecessary, but no, I have not. I’ll get on that!” It’s self-improvement through fear of ridicule! Yay!

  • Soap Making
  • I’m constantly stalking the Bath & Beauty boards on Craftster and all the handmade soaps just look so cool. Plus, it’s actually kind of practical – soap is a necessity.

  • Book Binding
  • I absolutely love the look of handmade journals. And I could make art journals that actually lie flat!

  • Crochet
  • I knit (kinda, see below) and I love it, but I really want to learn crochet too. I feel like crochet and knitting both have their strengths and weaknesses and each are better for certain things, so it’s good to know both. Plus, I could make big ol’ cozy afghans! I love those!

  • Sewing
  • I can hand sew and I can reattach a button if one pops off my shirt, but that’s the extent of my sewing abilities. This is a big one for me because I feel like there are just so many things you can do with sewing. Store bought clothes never seem to fit me quite right, so even if I could just learn how to alter stuff? Totally worth it.

  • Embroidery
  • Another desire inspired by Craftster. I’ve seen so many amazing embroidery pieces on there; I’m just itching to try it myself.

  • Silk Screening
  • I haven’t the slightest idea how I would go about learning how to do this (I’d probably have to take a class or something), but I really want to. The printing you get with silk screen looks so clean and professional.

  • Stamp Carving
  • I love stamps and I think it would be awesome to make my own custom ones.

  • Improving My Very Basic Knitting Skills
  • Oh my god, you guys, I’m so bad at it. I can currently knit things that are shaped like rectangles. The most advanced thing I can do is make stripes. I don’t even know how to purl. I may have to break down and take a class because teaching myself is clearly not working.

I think that every couple of months or so I’ll re-post this list and cross off the things that I’ve accomplished and add to it if I think of something else I want to learn. So basically, this project will end when I have learned every craft ever. Wish me luck!

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Ignore the one that’s coming apart, I didn’t notice it until I after I uploaded the photos.

I seriously can’t stop making these things. It’s so easy once you get the hang of it (here’s the tutorial I used if you want to try it yourself). I have no idea what I’m going to do with all of them – maybe string them up for garlands or jewelry.

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I made these using strips cut from magazine pages because:
a) Magazines are a free resource if you have some already (and oh do I ever), and
b) It’s recycling!

The magazine is a little fragile though, so whatever I end up doing with them will involve at least one coat of sealant.

The next batch I make is going to use all black and white pages, which I think is going to turn out really neat.

Comments, Questions, and Constructive Criticism are all welcome.