Earth Crafts: Reusing household items

For the past few years, I have made it a point to make sure I include “earth-friendly” goals as part of my new year’s resolutions. Two years ago, I pledged to only use reusable bags for both grocery and regular shopping. I ordered beautiful bags that I carry in my purse and use when I am loading up at Target, Michaels or clothing retailers. I purchased additional insulated shopping bags for my grocery shopping. I have stuck to that pledge and it makes me really happy.

This year, I add a few more “earth-friendly” goals and today I thought I would share with you a quick project that acts on the principle of reuse which is one I am working on in 2020. More important than recycling, reusing items is a great way to elimate waste.

Calender photo in frame.

Every year, I always purchase a wall calender for my craft room that has some sort of nature as it’s theme. For 2019, I bought a weekly calender with 52 beautiful flowers. So when I replaced it with my 2020 calender I wanted to think of what I would do with it. I could not bring myself to throw away these amazing photos of flowers. So I measured the pictures and grabbed a frame that I previously used with holiday sentiment displayed in it and used it to display the beautiful image. I will cut them to size and swap out other flowers as the year progresses.

Displayed it on my gallery shelves.

I can’t tell you how amazing it looks displayed on my gallery shelves. I could pay a lot of money for art like this in the stores but now I have saved these beauties from the landfill and gained beautiful art for my craft room.

So make sure you pause before throwing things away and try to reuse then because it is so much better than recycling as well as it stretches our creative mind.

Have a blessed Monday my friends!

Belinda

Happy New Year!

Wow, It’s really 2020! I am loving this number. It rolls off the tongue so nicely. I have been away for some time now enjoying the end of 2019 with my family. The holidays tend to sweep me up and I tend to let go of my routines. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and start to your new year.

Reflecting on Belinda’s Crafts in 2019

This is the post I typically share all of my plans for the upcoming year. But first, I want to pause and reflect on last year, in order to prepare for 2020. So indulge me for a bit and read on. (You should grab a cup of tea. This might take a while!)

What happened to Belinda’s Crafts? When I think about this question, there are many factors that come to mind. I have a family that requires my love and attention, I have my health that I work on daily to keep optimum, But one of the real reasons, Belinda’s Crafts started to unwind was after a few years of using Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the visual aspects of this social media platform. I found inspiration from other artists and connected with friends and family.

But one day I realized that the act of using Instagram had become toxic for me. Where I used to find inspiration and community, I began to feel doubt and envy creep. I would find lack in myself when I closed the app. I began to question my skills and products and didn’t see a clear picture of where I fit in. I lost my creative mojo and turned away from creating new products.

Finally it was like a veil was lifted and I knew that Instagram and I needed to break up. I needed a break. I felt like each day, I was bombard with people sharing their lives with me in what I call the “look at me” culture. I had to scroll through so much to get to what I really wanted to see and that was creative and spiritual content. But once you sign up and friend people, you get stuck with whatever “oversharing” they chose to throw out there. I fell victim to it myself but one thing I knew was that I needed to dial it back and focus on me. So I stopped all social media with the exception of Pinterest, Youtube and a couple bookish apps.

Eventually, I took the last couple years off from creating new inventory for my online Etsy store. For the past two years, I only dedicated time to custom orders. It wasn’t intentional at first but I remember feeling more comfortable creating custom orders for people I knew.

This break was perfect because I focused on other interests, coloring with other mediums, with a focus on colored pencils. and reading books like a mad woman and of course time with family. These activities gave and still provide me with an immense amount of pleasure.

However, leaving the big social media platforms by choice meant that I was often and still am out of the social loop with my friends because I don’t log into my Instagram app and rarely touch Facebook (that’s a whole other story.). But I am ok with that, because I feel like I regained my calm and have been slowly rebuilding my confidence when it comes to my business and me.

So what’s up with me for 2020 you ask? Well I have decided I will spend this year rebuilding my company. From visuals (website, branding etc.) to new product development and marketing. I have been thinking about what to do with the question of social media and it’s role to help my business and have decided to create a business account that will focus on my company and connect with a select few businesses for inspiration and support. I won’t have a personal account (so no “look at me” posts). I am going to keep it small and use it to promote products. I will think about a separate one to focus on connecting to friends but at this time, I think it will just be a distraction and I don’t want to go down that path again.

In 2020, I will also be restructuring this website a bit to be more conducive to my business objectives. I will also use it more to market and promote my business as well as a place customers can see what I do at work and when I am at play. I will try to bring more mindful content on a regular basis.

As for my confidence in my craft and products, I will take it day by day and as I create more, I believe I will feel more confidence. I am really happy to say that I have regained my inspiration and will be creating new product lines for Belinda’s Crafts. Most products will continue to be papercrafting products but I have a few ideas up my sleeve that I might give a try.

I hope you all will be patient and stick with me through this because I believe it is going to be an exciting ride with ups and downs but great results.

Thanks for taking the time to hear me out today. I am always so grateful for your time.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #549

on my desk…

Hello my crafty friends. Last night we had a little snow and now this morning I woke to no internet access. So I packed up and headed to my closest Starbucks. I arrived to find that they don’t have access here either so I will wait and once it’s up I will push this post live. The funny thing is that this is nothing compared to the storm we had last week and we had power and internet access just fine.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Today, my desk is a busy flurry of stuff. I am frantically trying to complete the ’12 Days of Christmas’ tablescape for our upcoming ladies craft day on Saturday. We are having a themed meal around the 12 Days of Christmas and exchanging gifts. Oh yeah, and maybe some crafting will actually happen!! So on my desk you can see the first two numbers that I have assembled. I will embellish them more once I complete assembling them. I am not a big fan of glue sticks but the creator of these files recommends using it so that I can easily move the pieces around when adhering them. I am using the glue stick to attach them to the inner components that enable them to be hung as ornaments. I don’t intend on using them as ornaments only as table décor. I will be sure to share photos next week of the completed set.

Cut components.

This is what they look like once I cut out all of the components on my Silhouette. I figured out a genius way to  cut them out without wasting a lot of paper. It took some focus but I was able to do it.

Putting together number two.

This is what two turtle doves look like before I fully assembled it. It was really great to use up some of my mounds of paper. I have so much paper in my craft room, I could open a craft store.

These are the components to allow me to hang them.

Above you can see the components that must be assembled and glued to the inside of the elements to give them dimension and to enable them to be hung. I am using the hot glue on this part.

They are really fun to assemble, and I can’t wait to see them all finished. If I can save them and transport them back home after the party I will use them next year at my home.

It is crazy that Christmas is two weeks away. I haven’t finished my shopping. I haven’t sent out all of my Christmas cards. I am a mess. I am not going to let it swallow me up though. I suspect I am not alone in this holiday panic and I want to enjoy the season. So somehow, I will have to relax and let it be.

Well I am going to head out to pick up my boys. Today they have an early release and I promised them lunch at Panera!

I’ll be around to snoop tomorrow!

Happy crafting!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #548

on my desk…

Hey friends! I missed you last week. It was our Thanksgiving holiday and I didn’t have enough time to squeeze in a post and I knew I would be away and not able to snoop at your lovely desks. But I am back. I am confessing that it is actually Tuesday afternoon when I am writing this because I have a morning appointment and won’t have time when I get home to write one. Didn’t want to miss another week so here I am.

Bits and pieces waiting to be assembled into cards.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Letting the Nuvo drops dry.

Today we had our first snow day! The snow began last night and went right through today. My boys were so thrilled and me too because that meant I didn’t have to get up early and lug through the snow. It also meant a full day of crafting. So this is where I have been pretty much all day. The first big snow is always exciting and it’s so pretty before we all go out and soil it with our cars. The lighting the snow reflects in my craft room is divine. It’s a white glow.

Excess cardstock from card bases.

I decided to keep the exess cardstock from making card bases to use when I make bookmarks. they are the perfect size and I feel better about not waisting the paper.

Some of the cards after the Nuvo dried.

For the diecuts that ripped when I was weeding them off my Silhouette mat, I ended up just using the word Joy on the front of the card. At first I didnt’ like it but a bit of Nuvo drops later, I was sold!

Joyful stickers from my Silhouette to create a sentiment.

I really love the dear silhouette on the pink trees. I wish the designer. The crazy in me would have prefered if the designer made the file a complete circle. So I had to find a sentiment that would fit and visually close the cirlce. I took this joyful file and made it into a sticker and added it to the cardfront.

Frisky holiday cards!

These cards make me laugh. They are so frisky! I stuck to the joy theme to use up my diecuts and added Nuvo drops. All finished.

First snow day of the season!

It’s so pretty when it’s untouched. Had a very productive day today and feeling good about my progress.

Can you see the icesicles on my garage? The look so cool.

As of December 1st, Jingle has made his presence again. He will be hopping around the house more for my amusement nowadays!!

Here’s Jingle watching from above!

Ok when I get back from my appointment, the snooping will begin!!

Belinda

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