Air Plants are SO cool

I really enjoy air plants.
It sounds so weird, but my first interaction with one was back when I used to receive the subscription box: Whimseybox…I don't think they still exist.

In one of the boxes had an air plant, a bag of concrete mix, instructions, and a piece of cardboard. The project was to fold the cardboard to make a vessel to hold the concrete mix which would then cure (once water was added) and you would have a lovely concrete 'vase' for your air plant. Sounds like it wouldn't work right?
You would be correct…it didn't work. Guess what, cardboard «no matter how coated the cardboard is» will not hold a wet concrete mix.

So I think I just abandoned the project just putting all the left over items back into the Whimseybox box (they were REALLY nice boxes» and walked away. Months later when I was getting ready to move I cam across the box again and the air plant inside and much to my surprise…the air plant was fine.

Thus starting my love of a plant, that I can't kill!

I think I eventually did lose it-probably in the move. And not knowing how to get more of such unusual plants…I kind of forgot about them.

That was until this winter and Pinterest!

Thus my obsession began again. At Christmas time we had the Tiger's Daisy troop use air plants in a project for the school support staff-janitors, lunch ladies, etc…

Which is what spurred a little more of my creativity and my need to figure out what to do with the left over air plants.

Thus my latest video!




Embarrassed and excited

Honestly, I am!

Let's start with the embarrassment…

I was so gung ho on finishing and publishing a pattern for my soap sack-see previous post.

Gung ho meaning eager to finish not to be confused with Gung Ho meaning eager to watch the 1986 movie staring Micheal Keaton…although now that you mention it, I'd like to watch that now.

But it has taken me MULTIPLE-like six-passes to get this thing correct! I mean, I used to do this stuff ALL the time.

My knitting/patterning muscle is so rusty!

I am still working on it!

Next, let's talk excitement! 

I have been playing with the YouTube thing for a while…toying with the idea of really putting the time and effort into a channel.
I think I'm ready!

I uploaded my first video today and I already have plans for others…including my next one. Which I have chosen to promo in today's video.

My thinking for that was two fold:
1. give a watcher a glimpse into what to expect next and entice them to come back
2. a LOT as accountability to me to get it done and out next Thursday.
This is either brilliant or stupid—your guess is as good as mine.

Anyway, this decision road has been long…but I'm doing a soft launch. Mostly because I'm scared out of my mind! And secondly, because I am still not sure about the identity of the channel as a whole. Which is still why I'm so hesitant here on the blog.

But, as I'm writing this, I'm thinking that it should be a total extension of this blog, which is a lot about crafting and some of my life thrown in for spice.

My other struggle is with the OneCraftChick thing—it's been my Etsy shop for a while.
Do I dump it, do I have a separate name for my Etsy shop «which let's be honest, the shop has been a back burner item for a while». Or do I change everything over to Creative Potpourri?

I have a social media presents as OneCraftChick…but my YouTube channel is Creative Potpourri.

Maybe I figure out how to go the other directions, to One Craft Chick and away from Creative Potpourri «ie, changing my YouTube Channel to OneCraftChick»
 Lord, please give me some guidance!

Easy Valentine Garland Tutorial

That's right!
Just in time for Valentines day, I did this video tutorial on how to make a Valentine Garland to decorate your home.

Mine is on my mantel-which I love and is fashioned after this one by Momma from Scratch.

But lets get back on track…

This tutorial turns a set of mini-light that were set to go to a charitable organization into a festive Valentine garland.

I love this technique, it is so easy to modify to make into whatever kind of garland you'd like.

I am showing you a valentine one, but other uses could include:
• making «from paper or fabric» or finding, green leaves, bright flowers and using a hole punch for spring garland
• taking a couple sets of colorful plastic eggs and poking a hole into the bottom and then placing them over a strand of lights for Easter
• making shamrocks «from paper or fabric» and use a hole punch for St. Patty's day
…the possibilities are endless!


Be a Knitter again!

I have been really into knitting lately. I have forgotten how much I enjoy the process, how relaxing I find the entire experience and how challenging it can be.
All things I need.

And the knitting made me think of how I started this blog. It seems SO long ago.

It was back when blogging was really just something everyone was doing. There were some 'professional' bloggers out there, but no one was quite as polished as they are now.
Now it seems like you have to have a whole crafting empire to be taken seriously or find an people to connect with.

Maybe that's just my perception of  blogging now. I mean, there is NOTHING worse then seeing a recipe, article, craft on Pinterest and clicking to read more and then being bombarded by pop-ups to Subscribe or the waste of time for 100 ads to load… I just want to read the post people, not be asked to buy something or get more junk in my email box.

Where was I before my rant…Oh, starting this blog and knitting.

I miss my knitting-blog friends. I miss knitting swaps. I miss just small little gift swaps.

It seems that the majority of people I met back then have disappeared-just stopped/or slowed down with blogging. I have two people from that time that I still keep «a little» in touch with. One has stopped blogging «although, I should ask her if she has stopped completely-she has reinvented herself online multiple times with different crafts and cooking—must ask her…Jennifer if you're reading this let me know if/where you blog» and the other is Cristina over at Little Wilds.

I wonder if Ravelry is a good community for getting that old cyber-knitting-community feel. I've been a member over there since 2007. I became a member back when there was a waiting list to become a member-the site was growing so fast the creators had to ration letting people join and the site hasn't really changed much since it began. It does need a facelift and some structural changes.

Anyway, I made myself a hat the other day—a top knot hat «see above». I can't write out the pattern, cause I kinda made it up as I went, but maybe I'll try again. I'd like another one-in black.

And I need a soap sack, I have somehow lost all the ones I previously made. And since I'm going through my Purge, Create, Learn program I need to Purge some bars of soap.

So to really merge all the items in my 'program' I will be Createing a soap sack, and I'm Learning how to write a pattern so I cam Purge bars of soap!

Yes, I'm writing a pattern. When I'm done, I will post it here AND on Ravelry—I do already have one on Ravelry, my spring wreath «blog post» «Ravery»!

I do hope ti have that done and up by Friday. Stop back and see if I can accomplish that!

P.S. In looking back for links to past items-the wreath and soap sacks; I came across this. It combines a swap, soap sacks, and my sweet Oscar «and my old house». Man, I kinda miss those days.


A 15 minute Plan

Today was the girls first day back to school-my first day alone in the house for over 2 weeks and my first time to get some much needed creative uninterrupted  time for my design clients.

And I really needed it!

Although I really didn't want to do work, I just wanted to bask in the quiet. I did a little. But not as much as I wanted.

But I did try something new. I needed to be able to get some things done—home things, general life things—as well as my client work.

So I devised this 15 minute plan that actually worked!

I would set my alarm for 15 minutes do a single task, or do a set of tasks.
It was kinda awesome.
I spent my first 15 minutes, listening to Kristianne Wargo's AWESOME podcast from today. It was short and provided so much for me to marinate on. If you do't listen to her-DO NOW. But that marinating time is hard for me. I think the podcast was like 7 minutes so that left me with 8 minutes to think.
It was incredibly hard for me to just sit there with my thoughts and not be consumed by my list of To Do's. But like all kinds of meditation…when your mind starts to wonder you have to wrangle it back in. Sometimes easier said then done.

Then I chose the easiest shortest client project for my next 15 minutes. Which was kinda the perfect amount of time for the task.

Next 15 minutes, a group of short tasks from my to do list—put in a load of laundry, set up the Instapot to make a batch of hard boiled eggs «my favorite recipe», walk around the house and pick-up a couple things while turning on all the smelly things I have «candle in the bathroom I'm trying to use up, a couple of diffuses». I was kinda amazed how much I could get done in 15 minutes.

Started another project for the next 15 minutes and then let that one sit for a next 15 minutes while I went onto another client project. It was really great. I didn't get too bogged down in one design clients stuff «over thinking as I often times do».

It was really a productive day.

I even ran out and put checks into the bank, and purchase the items to start making a scoby «an utterly discussing looking gel organism-but such a cool bit of science» to start brewing my own kombucha «one of the many things on my Learn list for the year»

So the 15 minute plan worked until the Tiger came home from school and then all things were occupied by her: about her day «Jack found a dead mole on the playground-this was the number 1 thing», what to have for snack, 1st grade math homework, etc…

Then came picking up the Dragon as well as a rotisserie chicken «Earth Fare $5—a great deal», made a green bean side, bath night and bed.

All in all, I'm stickin' with this 15 minute thing, from time to time maybe I'll up it to 20 minutes «I'm getting crazy out here in the midwest». But it's a pretty good average day system.

Do you have a system? I'd love to hear what works for you.