Thursday, January 2, 2020

52 Weeks of Play: Weeks 33-36

I fell a few weeks behind on my play. When I really needed it the most I was unable to make time to play. The holidays can be stressful and time consuming but it shows me year after year what I know to be true. I am not my best when I do not make time for exercise and art. Those two things along with daily meditation and eating healthy are essential components for my happiness. While I kept up with my daily meditation, the rest really fell by the wayside. And I paid for it. Dearly. But it is over and I am so glad to get back to my normal routine and healthy habits.  Here are weeks 33-36 with a  two week hiatus between 35 & 36!

Week 33: Glue Gun Stencils

I have always wanted to give this a try and was excited to make some stencils for mono printing using my glue gun! They were fun to make and I especially enjoyed using it with handwriting.

Week 34: Monoprints with Glue Gun Stencils

This was a craft FAIL! Maybe with more practice this would have worked out better but I did not have great results. I realized however how cool the stencils were once they had paint on them. The realization opened up new ideas for ways to use the stencils since they were 3D and also pliable. 

Week 35: Color Patterned Knitting

You guys, I made a dino scarf! And it is reversible! I'm actually pretty proud of this project which was a Christmas gift for my nephew. It was my first time following a knitting chart and using 2 colors to make a design. I have been told that my nephew won't take it off. Now that is a knit worthy person! 

Week 36: Book Making

Since it is a new year and I love to journal, I thought it would be fun to make my own! I used the paper fabric I made in Week 30 as the cover and created random pages to inspire some fun writing prompts. You can learn how to make your own in my upcoming Crafting Into Calm project in the Frederick News Post.

I'm looking forward to getting back to playing after my 2 week hiatus! See you soon!