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Pass It On Project

March 19, 2012 in Gettin' Crafty

In case you missed my post yesterday, I’m on vacation this week (squeal!) in Destin, FL.  I’ll have some fun guest bloggers for you along the way, but today is a mish-mash of pictures and info.

I started my day with a quiet morning on the beach. It was absolutely PERFECT. Exactly what I needed! I love getting there early in the morning when it’s quiet. I stopped by a coffee shop along the way and found a spot to stake my claim and set up camp.

I snapped tons o’ pics with my Canon, but here are just a couple iPhone pics to hold you over:

Random father and son fishing on the beach (nope… don’t know them….)

Our home for the week!

Those of you that know me, know that I’ll yap all day. I’m seriously reining myself in here. To share only 3 photos and in less than 500 words is unheard of. :-)   But that’s because I have something SUPER exciting to tell you about…

 

I’ve been invited in a really fun (and super sweet) blog event. Some super uh-mazing bloggers came up with an idea to spread a little kindness and love. Crafting + Gifting = Right up my alley!  (Just ask my brother-in-law… he got a jute-wrapped gourd for Christmas!… and yes, there’s a longer story there.)

So who do we owe thanks for this geniousness? (Don’t question the validity of my made-up words… just go with it)

the space between
thistlewood farm     eclectically vintage

     IASWP

 

So what, pray tell, am I talking about?  Well, it’s called

The Pass It On Project!

Pass It On Project

 

Here’s how it works:

1)    Those 5 great bloggers will kick off the event and make a couple handmade gifts.

2)    Those gifts will be mailed out to people like me!

3)    When I receive the gift, I gift it to anyone I choose (friend, neighbor or anyone you wish)

4)    Then, I will make 2 of my own handmade gifts and mail them to 2 of my favorite bloggers

5)    You’ll get to hear all about what I make and who I sent it to ‘cuz I’m sure to blog all about it!

6)    Those bloggers will then gift the item I made onto someone else and start the process over once again (by creating their own handmade gifts, mailing to 2 bloggers, blogging about it …

The idea is that we will post about the project and link to the bloggers who we’ve received gifts from as well as those we’ve sent gifts to, so everyone can follow the whole journey (and hopefully create a community that loves to pass on the kindness)!

Pretty great right?!

I’m so excited to be a part of the project.  Karah, from The Space Between, has a package en route to my house as I type! Can’t wait to see what she’s created and find that perfect person to pass it on to. Too fun!

I’ll share the fun of opening the package when I get home, and clue you in on what I’m making to pass on too. In the meantime, I hear my little nephew downstairs in this beach house and I better get back to him. You can only keep cute babies waiting for so long!

 

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Karah’s Work of Art

March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

My middle sister is getting married this week!  I’m typing this post from the comfy, black-hole accommodations of our rental house in Destin, Florida. This house is RIDICULOUS. I’m sure I’ll run around taking some pictures of the decor this week, but for now, I’ll make some introductions and get back to my strawberry mojito. My future brother-in-law’s brother (I’ll pause while you reread that………) made the most UH-MAZING strawberry mojitos tonight. Seriously amazing.

Ok… FOCUS Dana. Back to blog-ville. You guys are going to LOVE today’s post. No joke.   L.U.V.

Karah is the coolest girl with a knack for thinking outside the box. If you like what she shows you today, you’ll definitely have to stop by her blog, the space between, and snoop around. I swoon over EVERYTHING she does. Did I mention she lives on an island?  Jealous??? Yeah…… me too.

Enough gabbing – let’s get to the important stuff. (Plus, I need a refill!)

Hey Crafted Nichers? Or, would it be Crafted Nichees? Hmmmm…

Anyway, how goes it? My name is Karah and I blog at the space between. I must admit, I have been cyber stalking Dana since I discovered this here blog last fall, so to be here guest posting is super cool for me. Thank you so much for letting me share your space today!!

Actually…just a little tease, but Dana and I have recently partnered in a few fun new blog things and we will both be posting about a super fun new project idea that is just getting ramped up tomorrow! Something that literally anyone can do…anywhere. I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Did I seriously just use the terms “super cool” and “super fun” in my first two paragraphs?!? Super! ;)

But, back to today. See, Dana and I share one very important love in life … our dogs. :)
And I love the silhouettes she recently made, with just her printer and encyclopedia paper or craft paper. Brilliant!

I love the look so much, I put my own spin on it and made my very own dog silhouettes of my girls.

Pretty cool right?!? I heart them.

On a recent trip to the states (I live on an island…please try not to pity me) I picked up these uglies beauties at Goodwill.

You could easily just buy new white canvases but I rarely take the sensible easy way. These are 12 x 12 inch squares and only cost me $2 a piece. That ended up being the only money spent on this project. Booyah!

Now, many smarty pants have reminded me that I could have just primed them or used something called gresso…never heard of it. But, I didn’t have any primer and I will try anything before spending more money. That’s just how I roll. :) So, I flipped them, the how-to’s with some tips are here.

After getting your blank slate, er, canvas and you need to pick your pictures that you’re going to make into silhouettes.

I had a little too fun with this stage…don’t tell me you can go through all of your pictures and not get distracted by all the memories. :)

Look at this wicked cool pic my brother took of his boarder collie and a sheep out in the field on the farm.

But, back to the silhouettes, I was looking for profile pictures, so I picked these.

(I ended up using a different picture of Mico, the black dog, because once I had the sitting picture cut out I didn’t like the way it looked.)

After I had my pics selected I resized them so they would fill an 8 x 10 sheet of paper and printed them on regular paper on my at home printer. If you want a bigger canvas you could definitely resize the pic bigger and have it printed at a printer.

Or, have you heard of Block Poster? I haven’t used it but from the looks of it you can upload an image, enlarge it and then print it in blocks so you could maybe tape it together and follow the rest of the steps here.

If you have tried this, or try it now, please let me in on the deets, I’d love to know!

After the pics were printed I used my exacto knife to cut out, as true to detail as possible, around the outline of the dogs.

Then I traced the outline of the image onto the canvas.

Then I painted. I started with the edges of the canvas and then worked toward my traced image. Less chance of accidentally smudging my detail lines if I do them last, right?!?

I think I did a better job with some eye lash detail on the black canvas.

But overall, I’m in love with these guys.

And their spot in the one screw gallery wall.

Yes, that’s right…I hung this whole dealio from one screw.

So, what do you think of the canvas silhouettes? I hope you like them as much as I do.

If I’ve missed any detail, or you want more info on any particular step, you may find the answer here, and if not, please just shoot me an email.

I also put up a side-by-side comparison of the pics and the canvases here. Mico’s canvas might need some nose work…don’t look too close. :)

Do you know of any other ways to make a canvas silhouette for only $2? Or, have you made any of your own? If so, please link them up to my Facebook page, I’d love to see them.

And once again, a bit, phat Thank you!! to Dana for letting me guest post today. I hope she’s having a grand time on her vacation…and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our fun project reveal.

And, if you come by the space between, please let me know you were there…I am all about meeting new peeps. :)

Karah

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what do you mean I’m too tall to be a jockey?

March 1, 2012 in Gettin' Crafty

Remember when you were younger and your teachers would ask what you wanted to be when you grew up?

…well when this horse-lovin’ girl was little, there was a period of time where she thought she’d like to be a jockey.

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 Think about it…. They ride horses. I like horses. They like to win. I like to win. Perfect right?

…well fast forward a couple years and it wasn’t long before I was taller than the average jockey.

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 …at 5’10” I’d say it’s safe to say I’m no longer in the jockey range. But that can’t stop me from being one for Halloween! Don’t be surprised if you catch me sporting racing goggles this October!

So obviously I didn’t end up being a jockey, but I did get my racehorse. Ex-racehorse that is. (Remember meeting Sylvester?)

…but I digress…

Today I’m joining in on a great link party about what we all want our blogs to be when they grow up. What a great idea!  While a blogger will probably never win the Kentucky Derby, they can’t stop me from dreaming!

5 Things I want My Blog to Be
When it Grows Up (in 2012):

Consistent

I know… this isn’t my strongest point. Don’t get me wrong – I. LOVE. BLOGGING.  It’s fun and I absolutely love all of you that support and encourage me. But sometimes I come home at night and I just want to slap on some comfy sweats and curl up on the couch with my snuggle bums.

 

What can I say… I love my crazy dogs. They make me laugh, even when they’re ambushing me with kisses.

I need to create a schedule, but more importantly, I need to STICK TO my schedule! I’ve come to the realization that I can’t post every day… and that’s okay! But I need to decide on a schedule and hold myself to it. The results are two-fold… you guys know what to expect…. And it forces me to not spend every night on the couch.

Twitterific

I love me some Facebook. It’s true. But there’s no reason I can’t play around with Twitter too! I’ve always favored Facebook for my blog, but this year I’d like to tinker with Twitter and have a little fun in that neck of the woods. I’m there already, but I’m making a promise to be more active. Hold me to it!

Cozy

Take your shoes off and stay a while…

I checked the stats, and on average, people stay at CraftedNiche for 2mins 31seconds. Just long enough to make their Hot Pocket. While I love a Hot Pocket just as much as the next girl, I’d love to have them stick around long enough to make something else like…. Hmmm… a pot pie maybe?   I’ll track this using Google Analytics and see if  we can’t improve these numbers:

 Hospitable

Ya’ll Come Back Now Ya Hear…

So super excited for new people to stop by. I love it! I’m so very thankful for all of the amazing features and link parties. They never cease to amaze me with the awesome people that hop over here for a look around. I’m hoping to increase the number of returning readers this year. Right now I’m sitting at 21.57% Returning Visitors. Maybe by the end of the year I could shoot for 35%? Is that reasonable? I don’t know… you tell me!

Fun!

I started blogging because it was fun.  It’s easy to feel pressured to post, post, post. And for everything to be PERFECT.  But we all know things aren’t always perfect. I want to start sharing more of my craft FAILS. Is that strange? …because lets face it – that’s real. You can laugh right along with me at my mishaps. No judgment here! I laugh at myself all the time.

I’m sure I’ll still work MORE than my fair share of dog and horse pics in along the way, but I want to share other parts of my life too! You’re my friends and I want you to know ME… not just crafty me. :-) Is that too personal? I hope not! I’m quirky, “ridiculous” (according to my sisters) and laughable. This year I hope to show you more of who I am and what makes me tick.

So that’s me… in a nutshell!  (Man I wish I had a picture of me in a nutshell!)  Hmmm maybe I should put “learn photoshop” on my 2012 Blog list!

I think now’s an appropriate time to also give each and every one of you a HUGE THANK YOU. You’re all so incredible and I’m thankful that you stopped by. If this is your first time here, please, make yourself comfortable and dig around a bit. If you’re an old friend, please know how much you mean to me. Your comments keep me smiling and laughing, even on a bad day!

If you want more Blog-Growin-Up-Ideas, stop by these lovely ladies’ places for some serious inspiration:

The Space Between, Thistlewood Farm, Eclectically Vintage and It All Started with Paint

P.S. Random thought of the day… my search for jockey photos came up with lots of pictures of racing silks. What little horse-crazy girl wouldn’t love an assortment of pillows made to look like different racing silks?!

…ok, ok… maybe I’m the only one that would like that. :-)

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