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Mental Health Care Package

My dear friend is having a rough time at the moment, but I’m 300 miles away, so I can’t go give her a physical hug. This package is the best option I had to make her day just a little brighter, to let her know I care.

First, I wanted to make a stuffed something that she can hug. I’m a meme geek, so I wanted to make a foxtato. If you don’t know what a foxtato is, check out the original post. I wandered around Pinterest looking for stuffed animal ideas, so I found this fox pillow and this stuffed fox, both with instructions. Then super easy pillow case instructions. I’m not a great sewer, but have the knowledge and sewing machine to try and make something, even if it sucks. This is how it turned out:

Foxtato Collage

With little sewing skill, I used Heat N Bond Permanent to iron on the details. I did sew on the eye buttons, the floppy ears, and the pillow case itself. (If you like the printed fabric, here’s my source. If you like the pillowcase fabric, World Market/Cost Plus napkins baby.)I used my Cricut Explore to cut out freezer paper, so I could cut the pieces, as I hate free-hand cutting and I found good options for the tail and face in the Access Subscription images. I can share the Cricut project, in case anyone is interested in making their own pillow foxtato.

I bought a few different items, mainly local since she likes that kind of thing, for her, her family, and her daughter. Nice chocolate bars tend to be appreciated by chocolate fiends, so I also got her some hot chocolate and a tin. I included a tag based on the below drawing from InkPug on Etsy (though I just found the image on Facebook, always find the source kids), but I did a supplier of hot chocolate as she’s not much into tea.Not better, but tea

I would have done something with Robot Hugs’ Nest, but I had just given her a print of this beautiful comic for her birthday.

Nest

I bought her daughter a book, A Dragon’s Guid to the Care and Feeding of Humans, that is slightly above her reading level, so the whole family will read it together. Sneaky, eh? I included a crafter bookmark via the, wait for it, Cricut. I used their Folk Art set, embroidery floss from Michaels, a quote from Erin Hunter’s Moonrise (which I have yet to read, though really want to after finding this quote), and paper from Stampin’ Up (Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss) to make a squirrel bookmark.

Squirrel Bookmark Collage

I also made a mug of which I did not take a picture. It’s a geek mug for her hot chocolate with #10’s profile, a silhouette of Dobby, BB8, and a NDGT quote from his Death By Black Hole: “Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us.” I, of course, used my Cricut for cutting the vinyl stencils and then used an oil-based sharpie and baked it according to these great instructions.

The main point of this package is that while I can’t fix anything, I can let her know she is cared for. Check in on your friends now and again to make sure they are OK. Try to better understand Facebook/Twitter posts. Look for the real struggle and pain. I feel powerless, but I have been amazed what a card or care package can do.

I just sent it off yesterday, so she should get it tomorrow. I’ve been working on it for a long time (mainly via procrastination), so I hope it helps.

 

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Fun with My New Toy: a Cricut Explore One

My lovely hubby got me a Cricut Explore One for Christmas. I had been putting off getting one because I felt it was “cheating”. I was wrong. It takes a lot to make something original, even with design space. It is soooooooo much fun too!

I played around with it for a while before “printing” anything. I finally did for both my nephew’s and friend’s birthdays.

For my friend, I was more original though not fully. I used images, but didn’t do a full layout from the system. I used a flower image from the subscription and bought a Lia Griffith because, well, it was a gorgeous image! I then watercolored the background. Real watercolors, took me so long to get what I wanted, but I had completely forgotten that I could do it with a water pen and ink … eh, it worked out well in the end.

Anyway, here is the card I made for my friend with the Lia Griffith image (and the bottom bit the negative of the flower):

Owl Card

I’ve also used my lesson learned to make multiples when I figure out a good layout with good images, so here are the next three:

Flower and Owl Cards

Totally cheated for my nephew, as I just couldn’t think of something original. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the card. I both forgot and didn’t much care to since it was direct from the Cricut subscription file. I was a T-Rex skeleton that said Happy B-Day. That is totally not my type of phrasing, but that whole mental block was my excuse. So, here’s another crafter (Angela Dodson at PollyPurpleHorse) who did the same card, but a little nicer and with a goggly eye (and in orange rather than green)!

As my most original I made stencils from freezer paper for onsie creation. I uploaded my “own” images and turned them into stencils. Have the Cricut cut the freezer paper from Design Space, gently separate, iron onto the onsies, wait to cool, sponge paint, wait to dry, remove freezer paper, and voila! (Reinforcement of geekhood: yes, that is a TARDIS from Doctor Who. We’re both fans 🙂 )

Owl and Android Onsies

TARDIS Onsies

Supply list: Cricut Explore One with tools and mat; Stampin’ Up paper in Basic Black, Kraft, Lost Lagoon, and (I think) Wisteria Wonder; Stampin’ Up Morning Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set (an old hostess set); watercolor paper and watercolors from Michaels (Artist Loft, nothing fancy); fabric paint, fabric paint medium, and acrylic paint (Martha Stewart) from Michaels; freezer paper (only seems to be available at the supermarket); onsies from Amazon.

Oldies, But Goldies: A Blast from My Crafting Past

Here are some of the highlights of my creations in the far past … *cough – no older than 4 years – cough*

Cut Out Collage

From the top left, I made a card using Japanese themed paper for my friend’s bridal shower, the next was a good job card for my friend’s daughter (who loves dinosaurs), the house from Up for a new home card, a onsie baby card, a simple sympathy card (these are always hard, but I found a quote stamp that works very well for a cover without being cheesy), a bowtie card for a friend’s dapper son, a robot card for a nephew obsessed with his uncle’s work, Yoda for the same nephew the next year, and a penguin holding Sesame Street character balloons to my brother’s son (my favorite).

I made these cards using punches. From a simple corner rounder to messing about with the SU Owl Punch to major fussy cutting. I love working with punches and have far too many of them. I also used my embossing machine (Big Shot) with die cuts and embossing folders, sooooooooooo I have way too many options. It makes deciding what to make/use incredibly difficult (a good difficulty to have and I cannot, in good conscience, complain).

ATC Birds Collage

These are from my foray into Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I very much want to get back to them, but having a baby limits my freeform crafting. I loved trying out different techniques on these 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 cards. You will notice very soon, if you follow my blog, that I love birds. I’m a little obsessed. These are two of my favorite cards and my favorite bird stamp.

Michaels Classes Collage

These cards are from my self-designed (instructor’s choice) classes at Michaels. Only one person ever came, so I didn’t really get to show off the different techniques, but I did have a lot of fun creating the examples for the classes.

Sleeping Cat Birthday

I love putting hats on animals. I have no idea why, but I just do. This party hat from SU fit perfectly on the adorable sleeping kitty from Picture Show on Etsy. An incredibly simple card, but one of my favorites. It took me forever to get the scoring right! (You will also notice that I also have a slight obsession with not just birds, but cats as well.)

Yarn Christmas Wreath

This is one of my non-paper crafts that I both enjoyed and felt turned out well. A Christmas wreath of yarn, felt, and torn apart pics the Michaels. I hang it up every year now. (See obsession with birds.)

That is a look into my crafting past. I have enjoyed crafting since I was a little kid and can’t wait to pass on the passion (hopefully) to my daughter. Along with my husband’s passion for robots.

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