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Got The Creative Bug – Classes and Workshops – Review


I have the Creative Bug lately and I had an invitation to try out a Month of Creativebug Classes and Workshops for a review. What wonderful timing as my stress has been maximized as of late, and any number of fun DIY Crafting Projects can distract me. Now I was a latecomer to the Month of classes, just reviewing about 4 or 5 class videos today and accomplishing one craft project today. But wow, what a well needed break for the creativity that seems to be lacking in my life lately. After all crafting is second nature to me since I was raised on all sorts of DIY Craft projects in my creative family, my parents are artists and they kept us 6 kids pretty busy with crafting and DIY projects.
Creative Video Workshops on Creativebug.com
The classes that I looked at were for a “found necklace,” basically an upcycling project with beads from jewelry, friends will know that I love to collect old jewelry and beads. Family knows that I have done this since I was a little girl, but I have to say that I learned a few new things such as what to do with the tail from the filament you tie to the clasps.

I also looked at a really cool project for Image Transfers too. I have my packing tape set aside here as I am going to immerse myself in one of the 3 methods of Image Transfers she shows us how to do in her video. I can’t wait to find the perfect colored magazine page to use for this one! Yay!

I glimpsed at the bracelet crocheted with beads, cool… however I don’t have the cord that it called for in materials and my embroidery floss is MIA at this time, hiding in the deepest darkest recesses of some poor neglected moving box at this time.

Finally for my first project I was extremely inspired to dig out my Shrinky Dink Printable “paper”, and play with it for the first time in about 5 years. Oh, I don’t think it counts that this past Winter I just used Shrinky Dinks for making luggage tags for my trip to Florida to see my friend Joan, I really didn’t play with it, it was just something I figured I needed spur of the moment, then night before leaving. lol

What Shrinky Dinks at my age? Yes I love that stuff! I knew exactly what I was aiming for, and I had just the perfect picture to make into an outline in the picture/photo editor program. It was about an hour and suddenly I remembered how to get a good outline out of my colored picture, I used to do this for the Tattooists in the Tattoo Shop my husband and his partner had owned for a few years. Nice to know I haven’t forgotten all those old skills and it came in handy again. lol

In the Shrinky Dink Jewelry Class, I did learn some unique hints and tips from the video and it helped out so much better than the instructions that came with the Shrinky Dinks. I won’t spoil it for you, you will need to join Creative Bug to learn for yourself.Honestly Mariah Shrinky Dink Jewelry

My problem with my printer/copier is that it only prints in black… So I had to spend many hours with my detailed design to have it ready for the oven. And when the design curled up and folded itself it seems that the lovely Victorian Lady in the middle turned into The Freak Show Bearded Lady as the pencil marks or the ink smeared just perfectly on her face, before the Shrinky Dink flattened out again. lol

But all in all, this does look quite pretty, don’t you think? Now I have to decide it the original idea of putting two holes in it for jump-rings is what I want or to attach it to a Barrette Blank (or make it into a brooch) … oh and then figure out who would love a bearded lady piece of jewelry. lol Oh and I added to my design an outline around it some gold leafing permanent ink from a pen to further enhance the design.
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So much fun, a project that is normally thought of as only for children, was revisited by me once again. Five years ago, I did have fun making Christmas gifts for everyone, it was about time I revisited this old favorite for fun once more.

CreativeBug’s offering are such a wide variety, from beginning sewing to advanced knitting and kids crafts too! Creativebug has a class to inspire your creative side. And the classes can be purchases A La Carte or as part of a Subscription… Subscriptions would make great gifts, for the crafter in your life. Better yet, make homemade gifts from these classes and workshops, these gifts are the best gifts, as they come from your own hands and your own heart!

Thank you to CreativeBug for helping me find a way to relax and have so much fun I lose track of time! What a stress relief for me.

Now, who wants to buy a Victorian Freak Show Bearded Lady piece of jewelry? It’s ONE OF A KIND (that’s for sure!). I will finish it (or you can) and I will sign the back of it too. Do I hear $25.00? Hey, can you blame a girl for asking? lol

 
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Putting on the Overalls – News From Home – Update

 

I’ve been putting on the Overalls and acting like a Construction Worker here. It’s been a long long busy 10 days here. We had a lot of hail damage here in May. Our insurance has decided to cover only the roof, paint, caulk and very little else…. oh and the cover to our fire pit. The rest of that garage (garage with 2 additions, a “man cave” on one side and a storage area on the other) and the damage from warping boards to some of the interior water damage (what they call “flood damage”) is our responsibility. However the damage to the siding was extensive, as was the black mold growing on the inside drywall and we are working hard tearing out damaged siding, one whole side had to be demoed and put not only siding up but they failed to have a vapor barrier inside! So, being that that side of our garage and attachment rooms to it, is right up against the fence, and it was the most highly damaged area of the building we had to tear down the chain link and crawl through to the other side of the fence to work on that side of the building. We have finally finished that major part of the project.

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Above are some samples of the Neighbors side of our garage and the hail damage from days worth of rain and hail.

Neighbors Side Garage Siding Replaced n painted
Most of the garage is shown on the neighbors side (the side worst hit by hail). This is just after we finished days and days worth of work replacing all the boards, calking and painting. If you look closely you can see my head peeking out of the window and grinning at you. I have on a white baseball “Sally Hansen” baseball cap. lol

Now we are repairing the odd siding boards here and there, with Hardie Boards, and of course we are calking, painting. And once the roofers get their work done, we will be taking care of the black mold, the holes from leaks in the ceilings and the inside of the windows where the water also came through.

hail damage to firepit cover
hail damage to fire-pit cover, this IS covered by our insurance.

Okay so I didn’t literally put on some overalls, the pair that I have are ripped in the seat and I didn’t feel like I could even lift my sewing machine to do some patchwork. lol Hubby and I are both disabled with chronic pain so this is a long and drawn out process here. I have to say though, that though I hurt, I am excited to learn more of my DIY as I work with hubby. I love doing many things for and by myself, making things and I am quite good at fixing things… hey my last bread machine, I repaired 3 times without instructions and made it last almost 15 years. lol

neighbors side one sample of windows leaking
Sample of the leak damage to the inside of windows.

I have learned about our materials that we’ve used and I love Hardie Boards (they are fiber cement boards), though it was a pain to lift, they are not light. And what a pain to haul in a van, without a pickup truck and our one volunteer never returned a phone call to say he was ready to help with his pickup and never returned hubby’s phone calls. So hauling the Hardie Boards and one piece of drywall went on top of our van, so glad that there was a tall man at Loews to help hubby reach… I could barely climb to help put the strapping up to strap those puppies down, much less reach with heavy board to put them on top of a van.

Man Cave Side of Garage Ceiling
Sample of one of the leaks in the ceiling.

We are calking all around the garage with Dap’s “Alex Plus” (acrylic plus silicone), we bought the 12 pack Contractors Case. The people that previously worked on siding didn’t caulk much at all, so we are caulking like made all the way around the building. I have to say I have become the queen of caulking, I put up a wicked nice bead now. lol Though my hands get tired easy as they are pretty weak and painful from my neck problems. I love the caulk as it is paintable and it covers small holes from the hail damage well.

Valspar Ultra PaintThe paint we are using is WONDERFUL, we are using Valspar Ultra Paint and Primer in the color “White Pepper,” the color is so much better then the light buttercup yellow (what I am calling the color) that they used on the house trim and garage. This stuff is working wonderfully, covering up the Hardie Board, the caulking and even the old paint used on the garage. The Valspar Ultra is heavenly to use as it covers wonderfully with just one coat, hubby has been playing with a paint sprayer with the Valspar Ultra and some product to thin the paint, a product from Flood called “Floetrol.” The only problem with the paint sprayer is that I think we haven’t gotten the viscosity right with our first mix with the paint as it went on way too loose and dripped all over our cement as I tried to use the brush to spread the paint out more and it dripped all over. Finally I figured out how to use the paint brush to sort of scoop up the paint some as I worked the sprayed on paint.

Side of Man Cave one third painted
About 1/3 the way done on one side of the garage, all caulked, primed the gutter and starting to paint the new color.

Speaking of brushes, we did go the cheap route as we needed some new brushes and we went with Project Select, 3 piece Painter’s-Pak, cheap is as cheap does. The large brush in the pack that I chose to use had the head fall off, I knew it felt loose as soon as I got it out of the package, come to find out the little nails that were in it weren’t fully inserted from the ferrule into the wood handle. I dropped that brush into the dirt, I am glad I didn’t have to fish it out of the gallon of paint! I washed the brush head off and hubby went in and put in some little screws to hold the brush head onto the handle. Now the brush works better, although the cheap brush loses bristles now and then, I am glad that I know not to get the paint in the ferrule area while painting or it would be worse.

Okay so, this is what I’ve been up to lately, smoothing on my 50 SPF Sunscreen, putting on an old baseball cap, my Sunny Sleevez (still saving my arms, but now full of splatters of paint and some caulk)… I have to say that sometimes these products for reviews are so great, I don’t know how I lived without them! I have some other things helping me out, but that is for a review, not for a News From Home Update. 🙂

Well folks, I took a break while writing this for a few days, as I needed to help cut some Hardie Board, do some more calking and painting, while the weather held out. Oh and we just couldn’t take the heat in the house any longer, and installed an old Air Conditioner. The Air Conditioner was donated to us by my parents, and I believe we had it in the 60’s in our homes, so it’s not energy efficient, nor is it strong enough to do much (even in this small house). But cooling off the house to 92 degrees, when the thermometer is reading 102 outside is a help!

Of course we put in the AC just yesterday and I put up plastic, then we had a bad thunderstorm and  water started coming in through the plastic last night, so I was running around gathering up most all the towels we had to sop up the rain water that was coming in. lol Today we cut up an old board to cover the area around the window and I am crossing my fingers that I don’t have another night like last night again… Wish me luck!

Okay off I go closing this up, nothing like writing a post over several days (3 to be exact), this old gal is tired, in pain and worn out, but loving the look of the work we’ve done so far. 🙂 I can’t wait until it’s all finished and I am crossing my fingers that we can manage to get a newer AC in the house soon, one that will really do a lot of cooling and be more energy efficient, I am so tired of feeling like I am melting all the time. lol And of course I am anxious for out projects to be completed so that I can recover, relax and concentrate on the blog more again.

Side of Man Cave one third painted
“Man Cave” side of the garage has carpet damage and black mold (just a sample of the black mold there).

In the mean time, I felt that I needed to share with everyone what I am going through right now in my life at home. Life happens, and between these home emergencies, chronic pain and disability issues, things (like the blog) get set aside.

storage side corner black mold
Just a sample of all the black mold on the storage room side of the garage. It’s all long the wall that faces the outside. Problem, the people that worked on the siding last didn’t bother with a vapor barrier… we are adding that while we work. A job well done saves these sort of problems.

I thank you all for understanding my doing some rush posts here and my otherwise absence, I hope that we can get back to normal here in the next 2 weeks. Most of the repairs to the siding have been done now and almost half the painting is done. 🙂 The huge project will be at the back of the garage is on a hill… it’s going to be a real pain to caulk and paint! Then, of course we will be working on some Kilz, new Dry Wall, Dry Wall Patching and floating (what hubby calls what we will be doing around those windows that had the water coming through) all around the interior of the garage.

So who putting on the Overalls and coming help us out? lol Hey, can you blame a gal for trying? 🙂

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, have not been compensated for the products mentioned in this News From Home, all items mentioned have been purchased with my own money and I just thought they were worth mentioning in this News From Home Update. As usual this is just my option and my experiences, yours may differ from mine.

Ooopsies, Sewing, Patterns, old tshirts and other Rambles.

So sorry this blog isn’t looking the best right now, I messed with all the background colors and am having a rough time figuring how to edit old posts so that the color of the background (just behind the text) is transparent. The rest of the colors I have messed with are looking good though… nice base colors, thus far, for a start. 
Forgive the growing pains here, we hope to talk sewing, darning and such soon… between my pain levels (my Fibromyalgia, Systemic Lupus (SLE), my cervical spine (major problems), AND house hunting, I have been slow going at this. Hopefully I will be in my own house in the next month or two and the sewing/craft room will be my sanctuary once more. 
Some good news, about a month ago I bought some new patterns, some fun, some Renaissance Style Costumes for myself, some Unisex Pajama Patterns and some nighties… oh and one really fun looking pair of “wrap around” like pants in a pattern. Every sewing pattern bought is made for comfort since my husband and I are both disabled and so home comfort is of utmost importance… well still a bit of style thrown in so we can answer our door or walk the dog without needing to change or cover up. 
I plan to work on some tshirts that are lost causes, stain wise, and decorate them and document the different things I do to them here. 
here is a sample of what I have done with some old tshirts, this is my homemade invention… a stringy rag rug for my bathroom:
Mr. Peanut, my long haired dapple dachshund is ever at my side, here  he is laying on my homemade invention, a stringy tshirt rag rug.
So the above isn’t quite sewing, more crafting, but I just needed to post for some silly rambling reasons, that I am sure no one wants to hear. 
Ok enough distractions have happened since I started to write this, so I really must go.
Hugs-n-Kisses!