Thursday, October 28, 2010
So comes the inception of SamJam Creations. I decided that since I enjoy doing it, I should start figuring out what I enjoy about it and maybe eventually I can follow the American Dream of doing what I love.
I created a logo and everything… does that make it official? Probably not, but at least it's something to put on the labels?
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I’m excited to announce that I will be testing out Microsoft Office 2010 for the next few months. I’ve already been using it for work but haven’t really been able to dig into the features that I would use in my day-to-day personal life. Just having it for a short time, one of the features that I’m really stoked about is the ability to bridge Microsoft Office with my blog. So instead of having to compose and edit my posts online, I can edit them in Windows Live Writer, with all the features like photo editing and inserting videos. I think this will really help me keep on track with the blogging thing, which I’ve obviously been relaxed about lately. One of my goals is to really make this blog something special where I can share all my crafting conquests and defeats. We’ll see. I think this is the start of something good.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I tried to make everything I could from the cupcake picks to the happy birthday pennant banner to the shrimp & watermelon ceviche. The light was incredible that day which meant all the pictures came out wonky. Enjoy nonetheless. I also have some links to the areas I got inspiration from below:
Tom Kat Studio for the cupcake picks
Tissue Paper Pom-Poms from Martha
Thursday, June 24, 2010
So when a close friend was getting married, and she's already prone to non-traditional things, I sought out creative things that I could help with. One thing I came across in my blog obsession aka affair was a wedding tree. I first saw it here. And after suggesting it to the bride and obtaining her approval, she gave me full rein to make this happen for her day.
I got a Michael's Coupon for 50% off canvases and combined that with a sale that was already going on... and voila! I had purchased 2 large canvases for about $3.
I then went to work painting the tree. Estimating the number of "leaf"s I'd have to accommodate, I added a few branches here and there.
Pretty soon, she was a lookin' good!
I got a few pictures of the final product.
For the thumbprint "Leaf"s I purchased some ink in the colors of green, brown and a lime-ish shade. They worked really well.
Don't forget the pen to have them sign, I used a sharpie like this. And, also baby wipes for guests to wipe off their thumb afterward.
Overall, it was a hit! And I think it's truly a guestbook that they will be able to enjoy for years to come. Only time will tell I guess. :)
If you want to see the rest of the pics from that day, you can see them at my personal family blog here.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I can follow instructions. As long as I can find a tutorial written for a total idiot then I can sew anything. A good recipe that doesn't include too many big words or fancy ingredients is all I need to make a good dinner.
Photography has always been something that is not that easy. You have to have an eye for the right image. I have chosen just to shoot about 4,000 images to get one I like. But nonetheless, I have a nice fancy camera that I use regularly. I made this strap cover with limited trouble. She had good instructions.
So after feeling a little success, I got brave. I texted my cousin who takes BEAUTIFUL pictures you can see here. I secretly covet her talent. I asked her if she needed a new camera strap (forgetting to include the word 'cover') and she enthusiastically said 'Yes!' and that she really needed one that was long enough to sling over her shoulder. She is into wedding season now and will be on her Pregnant feet all summer. So, I figured i could easily adapt the tutorial from Priddy Creations and make the full strap. I used a dog collar for the straps and cut up an old makeup bag for the end parts that attach the straps. I think she really liked it. Go me!
Next up, I think I'll give the ruffle camera strap a try with the U Create June Challenge!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Strawberries are in season which means it's time to make a big batch of Frozen Strawberry Jam. After rave reviews from the family on this particular one, I've kept it in the rotation of things I make. Other ones, like the pear & cherry chutney have fallen by the wayside mostly because, in my personal opinion, it tasted like ass. Maybe I just don't like Chutney, or maybe it was awful chutney... either way, I'm giving away the last few jars to my friend (who for some reason liked it) and never going there again. There should be a guideline for people. "Try this recipe if you're weird and like weird things" instead of "this is the best recipe ever!" because the latter is just not true.
Ok, so this weekend I'm going to go buy a big mess of strawberries and put up the jam. I am one for following the recipe on the back of the package but I'm thinking I may try a little lavender or vanilla.... just because I think it sounds a little fancy.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I'm one of those people who needs to check her blackberry every time it rings. I need to know who is trying to get in touch with me. It almost makes my heart have little mini palpitations when the little envelope, signifying new mail, comes up. What if it's something bad?
Lately I've begun to wonder what would happen if I just turned it all off for a few hours a day. Work diligently to get a project FINISHED... imagine that... and then go back to electronic world. Believe me I'm normally a geek. I mean I went to the Apple store and picked up my reserved iPad the day they came out... yes, I'm a geek. So the thought of turning it all off makes me feel like I'd be neglecting something but honestly aren't I neglecting the very things that need to get completed anyway? So the only thing getting accomplished here is me panicking every time the email light goes off.
OK, that's it. I've decided. I'm unplugging for a while. See you on the flip side. Hopefully I'll have a completed project to share.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Here are a few things I made, linked back to the site where I got the tutorial.
Reversible Purse - Small Handbag on Martha Stewart. Mom and I planned to use these for the Derby but since it rained it's still sitting unused. I think I may wear it to Jazzoo 2010.
Nursing Cover on Prudent Baby I found this tutorial and have no made several nursing covers. It's so easy and such a great gift! I have a few more to make for new mommies and I'm thinking I may try a few variances, but this is a crowd pleaser for sure!
Little Pillowcase Dress for my daughter also from Prudent Baby- This one was a little more difficult than I initially anticipated but it taught me a lot, like how to use bias tape and that if you don't do something with the edge of the ribbon, it frays terribly in the wash and gets all over everything else. :) She wore it on Easter and it was a little chilly so we layered it but it was still a hit!
Stay tuned for more projects!