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Valentine’s Day Card

For those who are reading this blog for the first time, welcome to my blog.  I should clear something up before I continued.  As you may noticed my channel is called “Lesley Creates” and the name of my business is called “Original Things“.  The simple explanation was when I was creating this channel, the name Original Things was already taken.  And I didn’t really like Original Things 2.  Since my name is Lesley, I came up with Lesley Creates.

I done my first video, and I am sorry for the editing mistakes.  I am hoping that I will improve with practise.

For those are not from You Tube, here is the link the video.

Valentine’s Day Card

Here is the list for the card:

  • 5 by 6 1/2 inch white Recollection card
  • 90 lb watercolor paper cut to 2 by 6 1/2 inches
  • red cardstock cut to 3 by 6 1/2 inches
  • Inkadinkado Heart stamps
  • Clear Embossing ink, I used VersaMark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Anti-static pad, I used Recollection pad
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Fired Brick, and Pickled Raspberry
  • Double-sided tape
  • 1/2 inch wide white dotted red ribbon
  • Sizzlex Flower Layer #3 Die
  • White cardstock, roughly cut to 5 by 6 inches
  • Circle dies, 4 1/4  and 3 3/4 inch diameter
  • Jolee’s Boutique Silver Dots
  • Recollection gems

So I hope you like the video and please subscribe.

Hope everyone is well.

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Lights, Camera, . . . Delays

I have been thinking about this for several months now and finally decide to take the plunge.  No, not getting married or even sky diving.  I decided to start a You Tube channel.  And trust me, every thought that came into my head of why this was a bad idea was there.

  1. This will make your depression and anxiety worst
  2. No one will watch it.
  3. You are going to pervert weird dos who wants to have sex with you.
  4. Your privacy will diminish.

But I decided to tell all of my doubts to go away and give it shot.  If it flops, I can hopefully delete the channel.

And so far, the channel has a been a complete adventure.  For one thing, I wanted to name it Original Things, but that name was taken.  So I called it Lesley Creates.  I am also shooting it from my phone and trying to figure out the set up was interesting, but I got it done.  Where I did shoot my first video which caused more delays.

For starters, the video tanked.

I did test videos before.  I recorded myself wiggling my toes.  I realized that it is Academy winner, but I wanted to practise shooting and get the hang of editing.  I even found music that I can used without getting into trouble.

I thought I already got the hang of it when I shot my first video.  Except it showed sideways and I couldn’t rotate it.  So all of that was delete.

I am currently editing my second video, a Valentine’s Day card.  There is a few mistakes, but so far, it is ok.  I didn’t realized editing from my phone takes a lot of power.  I am currently charging my phone so I can finish.  Not to mention, it takes at least five minutes to save the video.

As you can guessed, the channel is going to about crafts, mainly paper crafts.  I would like to figure out of how to incorporate yarn, but that is a working progress.  I also have a few ideas of creative storage.

Here is the link to the channel, Lesley Creates  I am hoping that this link works.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.


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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

So it is a brand new year which means New Years Resolutions.

So what are mine, you ask?

Fantasy wised:

  1. No more back pain
  2. Win the lottery

Practical:

  1. Get the logo figure out.
  2. Open an online store.
  3. Clean out the filing cabinet for more storage.
  4. Redesign this blog.

Realistically, (what will likely happen):

  1. Sleep in more
  2. Drink more slurpees.
  3. Give into more impulse buying.

I am honestly not holding my breath on the logo.  I prefer the store and the filing cabinet to do be done first.  Heaven knows, I need more storage space.  And there are stuff in the filing cabinet that I haven’t touched in years.  So why I am still keeping it.

Although I have no idea of what I will be storing in there.  I might just get rid of it and get more bookshelves.  Who knows.

I am hoping that everyone had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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Storage Jars

During my many nights of insomnias, I would go on Pinterest for ideas for upcoming projects, crochet and knitting patterns, recipes, and storage ideas.

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I found these jars on there which I thought it was awesome.  The ones on Pinterest were pastel colors and these are obviously not.  I just basically used the colors I had in my stash.

But I am going to give you an important tip that you must keep in mind when making these jars.

MEASURE THE JARS BEFORE YOU PAINT THEM!!

As you can guess,  I didn’t.  So the jars I originally planned were to hold my brushes and knitting needles.  Well they do not fit.

Fortunately, my niece decorated a plastic jar at her school and gave it to me a few Christmas ago.  That was one of the best Christmas gifts I ever received that year.  That little jar hold my paint brushes perfectly.  As for my knitting needles, I am just going to keep them in a base, a purple one by the way.

I am not too disappointment at the results, in fact, I really liked them.

They were quite easy to do.

  1. Pick out a jar.
  2. **Make sure you measure it**.
  3. Wash it thoroughly.  You do not want your pens to smell like pickles.
  4. Add 2 coats of acrylic paint on the outside.  I used cheap acrylic paint and it took me 2 coats.
  5. Add the face.
  6. Spray with varnish

And boom, you are done.  The only hard part was the drying time.  As you know of what my patience is like when it comes to drying time.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

 


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Feeling Zen Lately

It is weird for the first sale, I am stressing out to the point where I don’t sleep and I ended up having anixety.  But the second sale, I felt totally.  Now granted, the zen could from the muscle relaxers and cold medication.

You know of what happened in the first sale, didn’t make much of a sale and hurted my back and hips.  Which is why I took the muscle relaxers.  Then I caught a cold which came with the cold medication.  So yes, the zen feeling probably being stoned.

Last week was my last sale of 2017 and it went really well.  That is my mother in the picture enjoying her bagel and coffee.

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I sold out all of the mini stockings, some hats, and scarves.  Then we gave most of our stuff to Koda’s Kountry for them to sell.  They are toying with the idea of doing an Easter sale which I am told them that I am all for it.

And this time, I was smart by taking advil during the sale so my back wasn’t killing me.  Although I was sure stiff as a bone when I left.  Our friend J stopped by at the end and she helped us packed us.  We were also smart of waiting until everyone was gone so we were able to move our car closer instead of walking a distance back and forth.  I know exercise is good for you, but not in the snow and ice.

So what are my plans now, you ask.  So beside enjoy Christmas with my family.  I am going to start looking for ideas for Easter and clean out my studio.  I have another idea in the works, but I rather not say anything yet.  I am still looking into it and trying to figure it out.

I hope everyone is ok and stay warm if you are cold.


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The Sale, A Week Later

So last weekend was the big sale.  It didn’t go well due to weather.  Believe it or not, I didn’t even sell a single card.  I did sell some slippers and hats.  Even the fudge lady that comes every sale to sell that delicious fudge wasn’t even there.  Bummer

My phone decide not to charged so I had to borrow my mom’s to take some of these photos.  She took the first one, the rest are from me.  She is the woman in the photos with the coffee.  She loves her Timmies.

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Unfortunately, with the sale, I hurt my back and hips.  I mean it was so painful just to get into the car.  And since today was Sunday, a week after the sale, it is the first day that I can actually move around without too much.  My back is still tender.

So I guess the good news is that I don’t have to do much, except now that I have no excuses not to clean up my little art space and bedroom.  Damn.

I do have an order from Lady L, which I like to get started as soon as possible.

Other then that, things have been quiet.  I have been resting and trying to heal.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying their weekend.


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Mad Dash to the Finish Line

It is that time of year again where I make a mad dash to the finish line.  The finish line is the Bentley Christmas sale on November 4th.

Except this time, I have several hurdles in front of me.  The first and big one is back pain.  It is still hurting and now, it seems the pain has increased because I have been rushing in getting things done.

Second one is that my boyfriend and I may be breaking up.  I know there is never a good time to deal with breakups, but this is an extreme example.  All I want to do is curl up in bed and cry, but I can’t even do that because of the sale.  I am trying to look at this sale as a distraction for now and deal with the pain later.   But it really suck.

But nevertheless, life goes on.  I want to come up with baby cards with dragons, but so far, nothing is working.  And I am wondering of how to make a “girlie” truck card.  There are some girls that I know that are “country girls” or not into pink and fufu stuff.  I also want to finish another scarf before the sale, but sitting down and working on it, is hard on my back.

T told me that after the sales, I should come up and see her.  Take a holiday.  I think, she may have the right idea.