What’s Up With Stuff: No More Stuff to Up.

Hey guys, just wanted to post a quick update seeing how I’ve been MIA lately during my midterms. I’m working on a few DIY posts right now as well as multiple large personal projects. I decided however that more or less all my personal projects in “what’s up with stuff” could also be pattern projects on a larger scale. So I’m not going to do a “What’s Up With Stuff?” post every week anymore. It doesn’t really seem necessary, do you guys agree?

I will keep doing my other three post types weekly, and if there is anything to update on or any reason why I haven’t posted in awhile (like today) I’ll do one of these. I hope this will allow more time for DIY projects since I know that’s what you guys love the most.

Look out for some clothing modification DIY’s in the following week! In the meantime, keep conquering!

Pattern Project: Fail Edition

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Sometimes, as a crafter, things go horribly wrong don’t work out the way you planned. There is a reason Pinterest Fail and the multiple blogs like it are some of my favorite. The internet isn’t filled with perfect experts – sometimes something that worked well for one person doesn’t work well for everyone. As a craft blogger this is a bit self-deprecating, but truly is the truth. Sometimes I screw up. This was one of those times. Enter – the gilded jar project.

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Alright so it’s not that bad. But c’mon. obviously this was not even slightly what I was looking for. So let’s take this post as an example of what not to do in projects – namely  change it for your own purposes. Do what the instructions tell you guys. For real. Here’s why.

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“Crafter” of the Week: Peter Callesen

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I love paper craft. I don’t do it as much now as I used to, but I particularly loved the little paper-craft monsters and creatures you could cut and fold to perfection. With only a printer, an exacto knife, and a free afternoon you could have an original piece of art akin to the Kid Robot vinyl toys – only A LOT cheaper. Paper cutting has been around as an art form forever, but only now are artists really pushing the boundaries to make more than just intricate silhouettes, literally moving their drawings off the paper and into our dimension.

Enter Peter Callesen, one of the most elegant paper artists I have seen in awhile.

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What’s Up With Stuff? Intro to my Big Projects

Hello! Sorry I’ve been away for so long – two weeks in and I’m already behind schedule! If you’ve been following my blog you’ll see I made a post about why this is last week, the long and the short of it being that I’m an idiot and spilled Sprite on my computer. She’s not dead, but she’s still in the shop and somehow I have less enthusiasm to write since the event. BUT seeing how I’ve already abandoned all a few of my New Year’s Resolutions, I figured I could try and keep this up, disasters be damned!

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Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog (First Post Ya’ll)

I am not certain, but I believe this is my 5th attempt at blogging in less than 3 years. My longevity is obviously weak. I’ve been really busy.

But I realized something in this endeavor – to truly write a good blog, you need to write about what you love, not what you think others will love.

And what I love is making things.

Making things with string. Making things with yarn. With leather, with buttons, with spikes, with clay, with fabric, with wood, with anything I can get my hands on and cut up, cut out, paint, draw on, refashion, weave, whatever. I’m not a directed crafter, like some blogs which only post sewing or beading. And i’m not a “professional” crafter, like ‘art” craft blogs or self-promotional material. I hand-draft cross-stitch patterns at about the same rate as I buy them; I take just as much pleasure in silver-smithing jewelry and seed beading. I’m high brow taste with low brow giddiness. I like sewing little flower appliques on my jeans and decoupaging pictures of puppies on crappy cardboard boxes. As a result of these varied interests what you’ll see here will be as diverse as I’m feeling at the moment and may not always link up.

But I think that’s a good thing! Who wants to make one kind of thing forever, or not partake in the occasional A.C. Moore craft disaster? Why is imitating something you saw at a store less valid than inventing your own design when it’s only for yourself? The fact of the matter is, all forms of creation are valid, as long as you feel fulfilled and say “wow, I made that!” at the end of the day.

So here is what I propose to you new readers. I promise to write consistently, on all sorts of different ideas, show you amazing craft art while simultaneously showing you how to replicate that cute bracelet you saw selling for $150. I have a personal style that will show through I’m sure, but I promise to take your ideas, help you make whatever it is you desire, and communicate with you all as much as I can.

We will leave no medium un-touched, and will refuse to judge our own creations against what others think. We will conquer everything we can get our hands on, and blaze forward in whatever way we see fit. We will be . . . .

CONCRAFTIDORS!