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My Creative Month – August/September 2016

I know I keep saying this about my months, but August and September have been extremely stressful again, both at work and in my personal life. Especially September. August was a little more quiet at first but got stressful toward the end.

I hate how little time I have for the things I would really like to do, especially how little energy I have left after a long day of work or doing my chores.

On top of everything, I’m still busy preparing my courses. I’m teaching an introduction to psychology this semester and the research for that is really extensive. I’ll think twice next time before I take on something so research intensive as this one. I already started preparing in July, right after the previous semester finished. I still have so much left to do with only one month to go. I’m really starting to panic a little.

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Spring Craft 2016

Spring is keeping us waiting a while longer where I live, although there were a few warm days between all the cold and rainy ones. In anticipation of warm and sunny weather, and because I had so much fun with this last year, I decided to do some more spring crafting.

In 2015, I made this cheerful company consisting of a sheep, a ladybug, a sun, and a frog.

This year, I added 4 more motifs to my collection.

As I found it very suitable last time, I used 135 grams paper in various different colors. For these projects you’ll need: darker and lighter brown (or beige), red, white, black, yellow, darker and lighter green.

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My Creative Month – December 2015/January 2016

December and January were again so busy with work and preparations for my course that I hardly had time for being creative, let alone write about it.

 

DIY Jewelry

I can’t really take credit for this. I’d seen this DIY jewelry at craft fairs a couple of times before and finally thought I’d give it a try. I chose the parts and how to combine them, but I’m not made for this fiddly work, so my boyfriend heroically jumped in and did it for me real quick.

They look really nice, but I’m sure I won’t try that again anytime soon.

 

Decorating for Christmas

One big thing in December, of course, was Christmas decoration.

I bought a round glass vase and filled it with all kinds of Christmas stuff: a chain of lights, angel hair, Christmas tree ball ornaments etc.

I needed two tries until I liked the result, but now I think it turned out really nice:

I also got a tree-shaped Christmas plate. Whoever said plates have to be round… 😉

And those tree-shaped Christmas lights I already got last year but I still love them…

 

New Recipe for December

I had a package of low fat curd cheese left and was looking for a recipe to use it up. The almonds I replaced with chocolate flakes. A very good recipe that I’ll definitely add to my collection.

 

Photo Books

I finished my photo book for the year 2015 and started one for a weekend trip we took shortly before Christmas…

For the 2015 book I tried out a new format, this time a quadratic one. I haven’t had them printed yet, so I’m excited to see how this turns out in real life…

As you can see, I’m still into full images on one page.

 

Organizing

I made some significant progress in organizing my room and supplies. There’s still a lot to do, but some progress at last!

 

 

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My Creative Month – September 2015

September was a crazy and chaotic month where a lot got in the way of my creative projects. I don’t want to go into detail, but there were basically almost three weeks out of four were I could not do anything. This continued into the beginning of October, which is why this post comes out so unusually late.

Thus while I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get half as much done as I’d planned, I’m quite happy that I did get done as much as I did. Continue reading

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Crocheted iPod/iPhone Cozy Owl

Note: This creative project was done in February/March of 2014, but only now did I finally have time to finish off this tutorial. The cozy is by now well used, but I still like it a lot. So, if you’d like to make your own, here is how to:

This project came up quite unexpectedly. It was rather urgent, too, to protect an innocent brand-new iPod from either being damaged in a bag or lying in a drawer waiting to be used.

The answer was simple at first: A cozy was needed. Only question that remained was how it was to be made.

Despite its utmost urgency, I decided that a plain cozy was too boring. I’d discovered this beautiful pink wool in my local wool shop, and I was determined to turn it into something special.

Owls are everywhere at the moment. And I think they are super cute. So I went for a crocheted owl cozy.

Problem #1: I have very little experience in crocheting. All I had crocheted before this were two pairs of pot holders, and that was at least 3 years ago.

Problem #2: I couldn’t find any tutorials on the web. There were numerous pictures of crocheted owls and owl cozys, but no tutorial. So I had to figure this one out for myself step by step. This is what came out:

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