Monday, October 26, 2009

How To: Trade Your Sanity for a Novel in One Month

Well, I haven't been posting as much as I should lately, what with rehearsals and Halloween costume-making and procrastination and such. I haven't even made the things I want to send out to my partners for the shop blog and swap yet, which is horrible! It's proving a lot harder than I thought it would be. But I WILL get them sent out by the end of the month, never fear!

Another thing that's taking up a bunch of my time is preparing for November, which, as some of you may know, is National Novel Writing Month. If you are a writer, but have never been a WriMo, you might want to try it out. It's a month-long writing marathon... goal: 50,000 words. You can't start until midnight, the morning of Nov. 1st, and you must stop at the end of the 30th. It's based on the idea that if you really want to get something done, you need a goal and a deadline. It's crazy, sleepless, productive fun!

For more information, check out the website...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Paper Mache Hats...

So for all you crafters out there who have ever thought of making your own top hat out of paper mache...


After much recutting and reshaping I finally have the base for my top hat down and it is so ridiculously hard and inflexible. If I wasn't only going to wear it for one night, or if I didn't only have 18 days left to finish my costume, I would completely start over.

That being said, here's a great paper mache resource:

Lately I've been getting caught up with "real life", meaning school and the play I'm in and the ever-ongoing job search, mostly. Also my boyfriend took his camera back and I have no clue where mine is, so it's a bit hard for me to do product photos, blog photos, etc. Of course it's his camera, not mine. I need to find my camera... or get a new one...

I made a really cute Halloween necklace last night. It's a candy corn necklace. I'd show you all if I could.

Anyway, sorry for the recent sluggishness and total lack of tutorials. I'll try to get back on the ball. =)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Good News!

WOW - Such a great day today. So many good things happened!

First, on the way home, I succumbed to temptation and stopped at a yard sale. And I'm glad I did! I got FIVE broken watches for just $2! Can you say steampunk jewelry? And even if I can't come up with anything to make, watch parts go on etsy for like $10! I might actually make some money soon.

Second, I have a contact who can get me a spot in her local craft fair on the first of November... Hallelujah! It seems the universe has heard my prayers... If I can't seem to get a job, at least I can make some money selling my jewelry!

Third... what was third? Oh! I found two bobby pin sets I'd made a while ago and haven't listed yet, and they're ADORABLE. I can't wait to get them up.

AND I found the book I've been looking for, A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin, which is fabulous.

Of course, now that I might be in this craft fair thing I don't know when I'm going to have time to build up a stock for it AND make my Halloween costume... maybe it's a good thing I don't have a job, eh?

I wish you all the same sort of luck I've had today, and better!