Whelp.

I know I gave a huge shpeal about doing this daily blog and being committed and blah blah blah. None of that has changed, it’s just gotten harder. Im in my final 2 and half week stretch for the semester to be over and it feels like it’s never going to end! Good news is I’ll be working on a few projects, so I’ll keep updating progress, it just won’t be daily. Until then! Oh p.s. My dog is even giving me the look of disappointment

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Your Busybody Craftworker,

Saruca

 

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Black Friday Funday

Friday Funday? More like a nightmare. So I worked 11pm to 4am, not too bad. I honestly thought it’d be worse but time flew by with the constant lines. I got yelled at by a few customer because they weren’t clear on the sales, whatever. Illiteracy is not my problem. FINALLY got home at 4:45 am. Slept until 8:45 am so I could go get breakfast with my boyfriend and his grandparents, and for whatever reason we thought it’d be a good idea to try to go shopping. AWFUL idea. I probably glared at everyone and I’ve learned that when I am sleep deprived I have absolutely no patience for anyone.
After all this, I made it home by 2pm to nap for 40 minutes until the rest of the family showed up and I swear they only know one volume. LOUD. Luckily what they were loud about was them going to buy a TV that’s on sale. So what am I doing now? I am squinting at the screen of my laptop, stuffing my face with pumpkin pie and watching Wilfred. Friday Funday! I am in PJs and just waiting to fall asleep. As soon as this post is done of course.

Oh, I hope everyone’s Thanksgivings were AWESOME. I stuffed my face and here’s a picture of Thanksgiving at my house:
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Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, champagne, the works.

So here we go. Friday Funday. I found this online and totally blew my mind. It’s a list of “6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can’t Explain”

Enjoy!

Your Tuckered Out Craftworker,
Saruca

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for unintentionally hilarious animals and the Internet. via.

This is EXACTLY how I feel. There is so much food to be eaten today and I swear I’m still half asleep. Last night the gang and I went out to a friends and then the bars. The bars were surprisingly bearable. Last year, we waited in line for 45 minutes in the freezing cold to get inside. Once inside, you couldn’t move and getting beer was impossible. I was extremely hesitant to go out this year, but I don’t regret it. I was the designated driver, and you know what, it was a blast. I know going out and drinking is fun and all but I feel like the next day I only remember half, I’m tired and lazy. As the driver, I just feel tired and suddenly have a plethora of memorable moments. Oh, but by tired… I mean exhausted. The boyfriend and I didn’t get home until about 3:30 and I had to come home to help my parents out at 8 am. I can collapse any moment.

I want to tell you all that I’ll pull through it and I’ll be able to nap and enjoy myself all day long but I can’t do that. Noon is Thanksgiving lunch with my parents, 2Pm is Thanksgiving late lunch with my boyfriends grandparents, after that I get a good nap only to be at work at 11 PM because working retail is awesome. I will not be off until 4AM.  All I can say is, I’ll have a full belly and a crapload of Redbull.

So on that note, I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving! Unbutton those pants and let the feast settle in your bottomless pit. I know I will.

Your Caffeined Craftworker,

Saruca

Wednesday Want

I almost cried when I found out that half the post I wrote last night to finish this morning was not saved =( Blogger problems. So here we go, round 2.

My list of wants for today (late I know, stop pointing out  my flaws) will be Christmas Lights in the bedroom! I used to love decorating my room with Christmas lights and I’ll admit it may have been a fire hazard. Regardless, these pictures will remind you of that melting snow smell, the hot cocoa with just the right amount of marshmallows waiting for you and curling under a massive blanket to get the feeling back in your little toes. Go ahead, curl up in these pictures.

If you’d like to know where I got these images from, simply click on the image!

Your Festive Craftworker,

Sarucas

New Drill and Early Post

Here’s the deal. I want more than anything to showcase things I love and what I am working on, which is the very reason I started this blog. After work today I sat down and thought of all the things I could possibly show and I nearly had a panic attack trying to imagine when and how I would be able to show everyone everything I love (which is a lot… I love sharing). With some help from fellow bloggers and people I’ve bounced ideas off of (mainly my boyfriend) a plan has been devised! I want to break down the days with different interests I have. Not only will you know what you can expect everyday, it’ll be a challenge for me. A daily blog? Sounds impossible, but call me stubborn, I DON’T CARE. Here’s the break down:

Monday DIY – I’ll do my very best to show you a project step-by-step

Tuesday Thrifts – I love thrifting and I am fortunate enough to have so many thrift stores in the area. Most thrifts I either wear or use for projects. Either way, my finds are great and it’ll show you how easy it is to find hidden treasure.

Wednesday Wants – This day will usually be a list of things I want. It’ll range from an entire outfit I’d love to wear if I could afford it, or places I’d love to see or even heavy duty projects I’ll one day do.

Thursday Life and Love – This is a hard day to fit into a title. Thursdays will mainly be a personal day. I want to share what is going on in my life, my thoughts, personal projects and most likely a ton of stories and pictures of my dog Chewie. You got a preview already.

Friday Funday – Fridays are meant to be fun. The end of the work week, the first day of the weekend! Who could complain? I want to fill this day with something to pick you up, maybe teach you a fun fact and just get you ready for an amazing weekend!

Saturday Beauty – I’m a girl. Not a super girly girl, but hey, I’m a girl. Every girl needs fashion, hair and health in her life and I am here to deliver.

Sundays Bakery – I love baking and love baking new things. I will share my successful baking experiences along with the amusing disasters. Nothing beats a Sunday like sitting around, baking and then stuffing your face.

I am excited, ecstatic,elated, pretty much everything that starts with an “e” and means thrilled, to make this daily blog happen. I mean I am up at 1 am posting this only to tell you my plan and how wide-eyed I am about it. Goodness. 1 AM and I need to be up early in the morning? Goodnight all and see you in the morning for Wednesday Wants!

Your Determined Craftworker,

Saruca

Mini Lucky Cupcake Ornaments

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These are the cutest little mini cupcake ornaments that you will ever find and let me tell you… they are pretty easy to make!

Here’s what you will need:
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(not included in the picture is elastic sparkly silver thread I got from Michaels)
As you can see, these are some pretty basic items that you most likely have around the home. The mini cupcake liners I got from Williams Sonoma about a year ago and they were only $1.25 for a pack of 75 or so.

1. Start by plugging in your hot glue gun and get your mini cupcake liners and pennies. I use pennies because they weigh down the cupcakes. You can use any thing that’s small that has some sort of weight. If you don’t, the paint will end up making the cupcake top heavy and it won’t hang or sit right.

2. Once the gun is heated up, put some glue on the penny (I do my pennies heads up for good luck 🙂 you never know!) and then place it on the inside of the liner and push down to flatten it.

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Easy right?

COTTON BALLS! Side story on the cotton balls: I have a friend that is absolutely terrified of cotton balls. One day in high school she confessed her fear and somehow a cotton ball just appeared out of nowhere in her purse which brought on the most bizarre panic attack. I will never look at cotton balls the same way, I can’t make this stuff up people.

3. This part gets a little tricky. I use the Jumbo Plus cotton ball size. The bigger the better right? They almost look like hay bales. The easiest way to get the swirl effect is putting it on its side, on your finger like this:Image

At first it’ll just sit flat, but gently start pushing the top center down and move towards the outer edges of the cotton ball. The cotton ball starts to separate a little and you can start to see the swirls.

4. To get more of a clean cut I use scissors to “trim” the swirls. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up around the swirl. Think of it as taking a lawn mower up around a swirly hill. That’s the best I can describe it.  Keep in mind not to cut too much because once you begin painting, it’ll get flattened a little. It should look like this: Image

5. Now we must glue the cotton ball in the cup!Image

I squeeze some glue out on the sides of the liners since there is a huge hole in the center of the cotton ball where our finger once was. I pinch together the bottom of the cotton ball and squish it into the liner carefully. Make sure you don’t squish out your swirl! Image

It looks huge, but don’t worry, the paint will tone it down a little!Image

6. Finally time to paint! This part surprisingly takes the longest.

  • First pick a brush that is thin and firm to get into the ridges and help shape the swirl.
  • I first begin by painting inside the swirl like this:Image
  • Once the swirl has it’s outline, I started paint the sides and tops like this:Image
  • The bottom gets tricky. I used a bigger brush to save time but then switched to the small thin one to get in the sides so you can’t see the cotton ball next to the liner.
  • There may be a few spots that are missing, but don’t worry! I let mine dry first and then came back to fill in the spots. This helps because if you put too much paint on it right away the cotton ball will soak it up and it will shrivel more than you’d want it to.

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Ta Da!

***You can add real sprinkles if you want or even glitter! I kept mine a bit simple just for this tutorial***

7. Here comes the final step! Grab a decent sized needle that will fit your sparkly elastic thread. I pinched the top of the cupcake gently and poked a hole first with the needle. Then threaded the silvery string through. Cut the thread, knot it, flatten out the top of the cupcake again and VOILA! You’ve got a Mini Lucky Cupcake Ornament!Image

** if you somehow rip the paint open, don’t worry, just apply some more paint!**

I hope you enjoy this tutorial! It’s fairly easy, a little time consuming, but could be a great gift to family and friends! If you don’t have the time to make them, check out my Etsy shop in the next few days and I’ll have a few posted that you can buy! http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarucas.

I’d love some feedback and to see your work if you try this tutorial! Its one of my firsts so I’m open for some good ol’ criticism.

Your Craftworker,
Saruca

My first DIY

This DIY is half assed. Excuse the language and my not so existent effort. I am currently waiting on getting a new camera… and until then I am using my phone. Not an awesome alternative, but using my phone makes it hard to get  pictures of the process since it only takes clear pictures in natural lighting and most my crafting happens in the evening with darker lighting.

This project is a twist on a different DIY project I found. Here is the link http://www.flamingotoes.com/2010/06/anthro-inspired-mirror/  She does a BEAUTIFUL job!

Now a few tips of my own are:

You will actually need to leave the oven cleaner on the back of the mirror for a decent amount of time. Once I started scrubbing, I would reapply the oven cleaner just to help out. Other than the scrubbing, it wasn’t too bad. Just like Flamingo Toes mentioned, use a scrubby that isn’t too rough and be careful not to apply too much pressure to scratch the glass. I actually wanted a foggier look on the mirror so I would scrub pretty hard and then to make the edges fuzzy I would go with a normal amount of pressure.

I know that Flamingo Toes used fabric, which might have been easier. I just used paper that I had lying around from Michaels. Their packs of paper are ridiculously awesome, and if you don’t know what I am talking about, GO TO MICHAELS! The packs give 50 sheets and they are assorted by stick to a theme. They range from $12.99 to $19.99 but if you download the Michaels APP on your phone they always have a 40% off coupon available. The reason why I say it may have been easier is because, with paper, if you use too much mod podge it will distort the paper and crinkle the edges or could trap bubbles. Make sure not too use to much mod podge and flatten out the paper as much as you can after.

Those are all the tips I have! Flamingo Toes does a great job and I hope you like my version of this project! If you love this mirror as much as I do, it is selling in my shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarucas .

Your Craftworker,
Saruca