Thursday, June 25, 2015

Craft Confession June Hand Lettering

Hand Lettering Spanish SeptemberHouse

It's hard to believe but I am nearly to the halfway point of my Crafting Confessions series and have managed to produce something every month so far. No one is more surprised by that than me. This month I took on the daunting challenge of hand lettering. You see it everywhere - it's so popular right now and how hard could it be, right? wrong! I humbly bow to those talented folks who can do this. I feel okay with this for my first try but there were a LOT of hours of fussing trying to just get it to this point.
Hand Lettering Spanish SeptemberHouse
The point is, practice makes perfect - and that is exactly what this says so it's kind of the perfect phrase to start with in my opinion. I packed this with even more significance because I have been working on learning Spanish for a couple of years now. I took it in high school and college but recently picked it up again once Adam started school. Choosing a Spanish version of a popular phrase made me even more motivated to working on this project.

Hand Lettering Spanish SeptemberHouse

And guess what - I actually DO practice it every day. I am having fun with it so that makes it easy to stick with it. I don't remember it being fun in high school but I put a lot more pressure on myself back then which makes a huge difference.

But back to hand lettering. I forced myself to keep away from my computer for this and I am sure that shows. Oh how very dependent I am on my computer to draw my straight lines and to space everything evenly. I suppose it's good to force yourself to use your own eyeballs and fingers once in awhile, right?
Would I try this again? Yes, I would. I would actually love to try this exact design over again (practice makes perfect you know!) For now though I should focus on a new adventure for July. I need to pick something I can do with my kids. Stay tuned for that!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Crafting Confession #5 Polymer Clay

  polymer clay hair slides

I know you are too polite to say anything but yes, it's true, I am late with my confession this month. I had some photo issues and well, I also got off to a late start with these so there is that as well. I'm here and ready to share today though! I chose polymer clay this month and was really looking forward to it. I love looking through all the great colors and tools that are available for this medium and I couldn't wait to get started. Deciding what to make was the trickiest part. I wanted to make something I would actually use (I can be stubbornly practical that way) and something I had never made before.

polymer clay hair slides

I have eyeballed some of these beautiful hair slides on Etsy and thought a polymer clay version was definitely in the realm of possibility. I wanted to keep that open delicate look but with some fun color and clean designs. Hopefully I got close to achieving that, even if I didn't I had fun trying. (I did make a third one with a pretty stamped design that I planned to paint. The painting part did not go as well as I hoped so that one got scrapped.)

polymer clay hair slides

It did occur to me about halfway through this project that I would probably have to try to take a photo of these in use. I almost abandoned it right then and there - how was I going to get a photo of the back of my head?? Well, I tried but it ain't easy! This 'way too close up' version was the best I could do and I hope you will be kind enough to use your imagination a bit and fill in the blanks with these fuzzy muddy pics.

polymer clay hair slides

If you haven't played with polymer clay I would recommend it. It's an inexpensive and versatile medium that you can do on your own or with any young ones in your life. Like all my crafting experiments though, this one did also give me a new appreciation for those artists who do this really well. Creating pieces that are super smooth, highly detailed, strong and sturdy and beautifully color coordinated is not nearly as easy as it seems and I admire those who have mastered it.

As a final note I want to quickly share my small reservation I had with this project. As I tiptoe into middle age I have found that I am asking myself a lot of "am I too old for 'x'?", "am I too young for 'y'?" questions and I did the same with these. I must have known an older woman who wore these at one time in my life or something because there was a tiny voice telling me that I should maybe save hair slides for another decade, that maybe I am too young for an accessory like this. And then I said 'who cares' I like them right now and that's that. Still, that second guessing what is appropriate for my age is happening more and more, have you heard that tiny voice too?

Now I need to clean up all my clay bits and maybe even share some of my leftovers with my kids who are begging to make little monsters with them. Onto another crafting adventure!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

some ornament updates

2015 Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornaments by SeptemberHouse

It's update time at SeptemberHouse and one my "to-do's" was to tweak some of my holiday ornament designs and get them ready to go for 2015.

2015 Baby's First Christmas Polar Bear Ornament by SeptemberHouse

When I look at the two bear ornaments now it's almost difficult to recall what changes I made to them and how I managed to spend hours working on such teeny tiny upgrades. The differences between last year's versions and this year's are subtle but I don't let any year go by without trying to make my ornament designs better than they were the year before.

Baby's First Christmas Woodland Bear Ornament 2015 by SeptemberHouse

The elephant pull toy ornaments however, saw some bigger changes come their way.

Baby's First Christmas Elephant Personalized Ornament 2015 by SeptemberHouse

There are new colors, new backgrounds and text changes too. I like the soft look of these and I LOVE aqua blue even at Christmas time so I was glad to have a chance to add that in to both the girl version and the boy version. These guys are all in the shop now and ready for an exciting Holiday Season!

Baby's First Christmas Elephant Personalized Ornament 2015 by SeptemberHouse
And yes, I DID create something for my "Crafting Confession" series for May but haven't had a chance to get some decent photos to share. I have not forgotten, I promise and will be sharing that project very soon!