The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit
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The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While CraftingI’m an avid crafter. Primarily, my medium of choice is yarn, but I’ve been known to dabble in stamping, simple painting, beginner beading and jewelry, thread crafts like embroidery and cross stitch, card making, etc. Years ago, I was on a little scrapbooking kick. Also, one year my mother-in-law helped me sew a poodle skirt for my oldest daughter to wear as part of her Halloween costume. Basically, I’m game to try anything crafty — that’s the takeaway here.

The newest craft company to come to my attention is Joone Crafts. Joone offers some of the most colorful, interesting crafts! Paper crafts like cutting, embroidery, and coloring. Cloth crafts like tea towels and tote bags that you can paint on to decorate them. Even a Macramé Jewelry kit and a few Teracotta Tile Coaster crafts that look super interesting to me.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I am finding the designs of Joone Crafts very pleasing and the color palettes bright and cheerful. I’m working on making a Paper Embroidery Pencil Case and a Paper Embroidery Notebook for my daughters as part of their Christmas gifts this year.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

The pencil case will be for my younger daughter. She’s an artist, so it will be paired with some sketchbooks and sketching pencils. She is always drawing, so hopefully this pencil case will be a good way for her to organize and take her sketching pencils along wherever her creativity takes her.

My older daughter is a writer, so the notebook will be paired with some fun colored pens. She loves to journal, write lists, and use notebooks to gather and analyze her thoughts or make future plans. She’s gonna think this is awesome!

I am having fun working on these crafts, but I know they’d also enjoy many of the crafting kits available from Joone, as well. So, I’m tucking this company in my back pocket (i.e. adding to an ongoing gift idea list that I keep in my phone’s notepad app) for their birthdays this coming year. Now I just have to decide whether I want to choose some kits for them, or get them a Joone gift card so that they can choose for themselves.

I love this Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit so much! Here’s why. First of all the kit comes with two items to embroider, and you get to choose them. In each kit you can choose to receive two notebooks (choose black covers with blank pages, or kraft covers with lined pages) OR two Kraft pencil cases OR one each Kraft cover lined notebook and Kraft pencil case.

But, that’s just the beginning! Once you decide which items you want in your kit, you will need to choose a colorway:

Joone Creative Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit Colorways

Spring: peaches and greens

Autumn: purples and oranges

Winter: blues and cream

For my kit, I chose the option of one Kraft cover notebook and a Kraft pencil case in the Winter colorway, since these are going to be Christmas gifts. I love all three colorways, though! So, it was really hard to choose one over the others.

Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

This kit is COMPLETE!!! Seriously … it comes with everything you need to complete the project. Literally the only thing you need to have at home already is a pair of scissors.

Here’s what comes in this kit:

Project materials:

  • (2) notebooks, 5″ x 8″ or (2) pencil cases or (1) notebook + (1) pencil case
  • (5) skeins DMC cotton embroidery floss
  • (5) plastic floss bobbins
  • (1-2) lengths elastic cord (pencil case kits only)

Foundation materials – reusable with future paper embroidery projects:

  • (1) Clover straight tailor’s awl
  • (1) tape measure
  • (1) piece Eco-fi felt
  • (1) 100% recycled cardboard pad
  • (1) needle threader
  • (2) size-22 tapestry needles
  • (1) bobbin MT washi tape
  • (1) pot pH neutral glue (to seal your stitches)
  • (1) glue brush
  • (1) instruction booklet
  • (1) set paper punching patterns with beginner, intermediate & advanced designs (Note: combo kits include 2 sets of punching patterns – one for notebooks and one for pencil cases)
  • (1) design examples booklet (Note: combo kits include 2 design examples booklets – one for notebooks and one for pencil cases)

Bonus materials:

  • (1) 100% recycled cardboard project tray
  • (1) cotton drawstring project bag
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I don’t really know how not to multi-task, so while working on this project I had my laptop in front of me so that I could catch up on some political news programs. Sometimes while I’m crafting I’ll watch TV shows on YouTube TV on my iPad, also, or listen to an audiobook. But, today, it’s political news.

Joone has quite literally thought of everything when designing this project kit. I’ve never done this type of project before. But, the instructions and design templates are so inclusive and complete that I embarked on this project with full confidence that I could actually complete it without messing it up.

And I think it’s really an intuitive idea for them to include a drawstring project bag in the kit. I will often take a knitting or crochet project with me when I leave home to work on while waiting for my kids at school or sports functions or to work on in the waiting room of a doctor’s office if they have an appointment. I think it’s fantastic that I can take this project along just as easily when I’m on-the-go! The drawstring bag can even be used as a gift bag, just put the completed project (or the uncompleted kit itself) inside the bag, cinch it, and maybe tie some ribbon around the top and add a gift tag … presto! Gift giving ready!

Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - embroidery thread
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - embroidery thread

The punching patterns that are included to choose from for the embroidery design on the cover of your items are of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Depending on which level you choose, it will include a different number of the leaf design elements to be punched and then embroidered onto the notebook and/or pencil case.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit
The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

Even though this is the first experience I have had with this project type, I felt completely comfortable choosing the Advanced design template.

Seriously, if you are a crafter or if you know a crafter you’d like to give a crafting-related gift to, you have to take a look at all the awesome crafting kit options that are available from Joone

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - Clover Punching Awl
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit – Clover Punching Awl

I had a really great time learning a new craft skill. And I love that I now have some tools to make more items using these tools and skills in the future. You can get additional supplies (notebooks, pencil cases, tea towels, tote bags, and other items) on their own without re-purchasing full kits. This is great since some of the items that come in the kits like the punching awl, measuring tape and needles are re-usable and would not need to be purchased again. I really can’t wait to try out the Macrame Jewelry Kit and the Fabric Stamping Kit one of these days. 

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I’ve finished the pencil case and am working on the notebook now. After the holidays when things slow down I will be doing a little internet research to learn more about paper embroidery to find other design patterns and see what other things I can do this kind of embroidery on!

Which Joone crafting kit would you love to try? Or which one would you love to gift to a friend or a loved one?

Bubblegum With Frosting Soap

Who doesn’t love colorful and cute soap to use or share with friends and family? You can also give these away as gifts! We’re so excited to share our Bubblegum With Frosting Soap recipe! 

Bubblegum With Frosting Soap

Are you looking for more fun beauty recipes to try? Be sure to bookmark our favorite soaps: DIY Unicorn Soap, Dried Calendula Lavender Whipped Soap, and Lemon Poppy Seed Soap. We also have bath bombs you can make at home: Spiderman Bath Bombs, Dried Orange Peel Bath Bombs, and Spirulina Matcha Bath Bombs.

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Crafting With The Best of Friends

‘The Golden Girls’ Cross Stitch Kit: The Perfect 2019 Holiday Gift for your ‘pal and confidant

Crafting With The Best of Friends - Cross Stitch The Golden Girls by Haley Pierson-Cox
Beautiful hardcover book that’s great for any crafter or Golden Girls fan.
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Crafting With The Best of Friends Crafting With The Best of Friends Crafting With The Best of Friends

It has been over 30 years since ‘The Golden Girls‘ graced our television screens and took America by storm. The show has taken us through the comedic adventures of four older women as they lived out their ‘golden years’ for 7 seasons. They have taught us that wit, wisdom and whole lot of sass can get you through anything; especially when you have amazing friends by your side.

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Cool, Cute, And Entertaining Gifts For Kids

Last year, I went to my son’s family picnic event that was hosted by the special education classes, held at the end of the year. It was so nice to talk to his teachers and assistants that help out in his classroom. After that, I told myself I would make more of an effort to get involved with his class. I am going to chaperone as many of his field trips as I can. I haven’t decided if I’m going to volunteer in his classroom, I’m not sure what how he’d feel about seeing me at school! I also want to help in any of their community activities that his class participates in. This year, we gathered a few cool, cute, and entertaining gifts for kids! 

Cool, Cute, And Entertaining Gifts For Kids
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I don’t keep toys in the house just because my son will destroy them or they will be lost, discarded, or worse. Instead, any toys, books, and such that I receive, I’ve been saving to donate to his classroom. For instance,I was sent two different children’s books which I plan on donating to his classroom!  I also have a handful of beauty products that are brand new that I’m going to give to his teachers. I prefer to share anything extra that I receive!  

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Monstrously Good Fun For Your Little Ones this Halloween

Monstrously Good Fun For Your Little Ones this Halloween - OOLY scented markers pencils and erasers - The Toothless Monster book and activity kit
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Monstrously Good Fun For Your Little Ones this Halloween Monstrously Good Fun For Your Little Ones this Halloween Monstrously Good Fun For Your Little Ones this Halloween

Fall has started and Halloween is upon us! I haven’t decorated a single thing, which is shocking. My little Miss has been reminding me almost daily about her school party that is coming up. Usually I pack little treat bags for each of the kids and include candy and stickers. This year I want to provide them with sugar-free treats, providing instead a little more fuel for their imagination.

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Spooktacular Treats and Activities for Halloween

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October is almost here and I can already hear, Tim Burton’s “This Is Halloween” lyrics echoing throughout my home. These lyrics are a telltale sign I need to get on track for prepping for this year’s Halloween fun. With multiple children ranging in age groups, finding the perfect ideas for entertaining the crowd can be a little tricky. This year, I have come up with some new ideas for this season and I think you’ll like them too!

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Hocus Pocus Cookies

Halloween is next month! Are you ready? I love this time of year! Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite movies! That’s why I’m so excited to share our Hocus Pocus Cookies! These are perfect for office Halloween parties, potluck, family get togethers, and more! And how cute are these cookies? 

Hocus Pocus Cookies

In the spirit of Halloween, I like to change my ringtone to Hocus Pocus too! Do you have your own copy of Hocus Pocus? If not, you get your own copy at Amazon, Disney, Best Buy, and Walmart

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Winter Is Here – My First Game of Thrones KAL (Week Six)

Winter Is Here - My First Game of Thrones KAL

Disclaimer: If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones through the current episode, Season 8 Episode 6 (The Series Finale), then you may not want to continue reading this article. There may be spoilers contained within. Also, this is not a sponsored post. I am participating in a Marinade Designs GoT KAL at my own expense and just want to share my progress with our readers. No compensation is being received from the KAL designer.

Previous GoT Show Thoughts/KAL Progress Posts:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Game of Thrones is over. Finished. No more new stories about our favorite characters to look forward to (well, except for the ones George R. R. Martin will tell in the book(s) that will complete the novel series).

I haven’t read the books yet. I have all of the published books sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me. But, I wanted to watch the show before reading them. This is an odd sentiment for me, usually I like to read the book before watching any kind of visual adaptation. Therefore, I have enjoyed the series in and of itself without having the author’s version playing tug of war with the TV show version in my head.

However, I don’t typically have much of a struggle in that area anyway as I never go into a TV show or movie expecting (or even wanting?) it to be everything the book was word for word. It’s unrealistic, first of all. It’s just not do-able. Especially for authors like Martin (or Stephen King — and oh yeah, there’s a can of worms the little internet birdies love to fight over).

I’m not worried that I won’t enjoy the books now that the series has concluded. I will. As their own entity, entirely separate from the show.

I, personally, think that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (along with everyone else involved with the making of Game of Thrones for HBO) have done a stellar job!

Did I like every story arc? Meh. There were a few along the way I didn’t love. But, there were plenty I did get very invested in, and even some I wasn’t into in the beginning that grew on me over time.

So, final thoughts. I wish Varys hadn’t been executed. His story was one that didn’t grab me in the beginning. But, I came to love his character and his story very much! Sad to see him go. But, wow! Death by dragon breath… what a dramatic way to go if one has to go!

Tyrion Lannister is another example of a character that grew on me. Initially, my interest was captured by other characters’ stories (Jon Snow’s, Ned Stark’s, Arya and Sansa Stark’s, among others). But, as the seasons of the show progressed I became more and more interested in his character.

And Dany. Tragic. Just tragic in all the best senses of the word how her relative innocence at the start of our journey together with her shifted through the years and then semmingly so very sharply in this final season as she finally was about to claim her hard-fought for victory. As I mentioned, perhaps, in a previous post, I’d seen the flashes of her character along the way that hinted at potential madness, but hoped against all hope that the goodness of the people helping her to reclaim her family legacy would make the difference in how she progressed toward that goal. And I think they definitely did. She suffered too many devastating losses too closely together near the end of her journey, though. And I was sure it would be too great a toll for her to bear and recover emotionally from. So, as tragic as her end was, it was pretty darn perfect in my opinion. Great story-telling, even when it’s not where many wanted it to go. Can’t all have the happy ending, dear GoT fans.

I think this is why the fans that are upset enough to start a petition to try to get HBO to remake the final season irks me so much. Number 1, it was an awesome show start to finish. The writers cannot (nor should they be expected to) cater to everyone’s desires for what direction the show or its characters take. Number 2, I think it would have been a great injustice to the material and the actors to end the show by putting a fairy tale ending where everyone lives happily ever after on it. GoT was always known for it’s unexpected and shocking content. So, kudos to the creators and all involved for trying to wrap up some of the most important storylines, even though I think the show could have easily gone quite a few more seasons doing just that, wrapping up and leaving behind all the many, many stories of all the different people, locations, and happenings that we would all love to know about.

Too many characters to do a blurb on them all. That would be a blog series all its own. But, my personal conclusion is that this is easily the TV series that will top my list of favorites forever. It will be one that I re-watch and love all over again for all of its triumphs and all of its tragedies alike for time immemorial. I will, of course, move forward and read/watch new stories and love them — but, I think for many years to come Game of Thrones will serve as a measuring stick (however subconscious) that future entertainment will be measured by, in my mind.

Now, on to the books. I can’t wait to revisit some storylines (and discover others that never made it to the HBO screen)!

Week Six Progress

So, as I predicted, I was not able to finish the Marinade Designs Ice & Embers Shawlette GoT KAL by the time the finale aired. If you look to the upper left of the shawl, that bit of blue yarn sticking out is where I started this week’s work. Not a lot of progress. However, I did finish up Section 2 and start into Section 3 of the shawlette, the larger, all blue section that has the dragon scale design. And, as I have never done an intricate knitting pattern like this before, I did have some issues with following the more complicated pattern stitch combinations at first.

Week Six Progress

I had to watch some YouTube tutorial videos to learn, for example, how to do this stitch combination: sl1-k2tog-psso. That means to slip a stitch from one needle to the next, then knit the next 2 stitches together, and then go back and pass that first slipped stitch forward over the 2 that were knitted together. It’s not difficult, just took me a while to get comfortable with it.

I somehow got off pattern during the first row of the dragon scale lace section that included these stitch combinations and had to painstakingly (and oh, so slowly) undo the whole row of stitches at least twice to try to get it right. And, let me tell you, I am not experienced enough to just remove my needles altogether, frog back in the work, and then pick up the stitches again. It would be so much quicker if I could. But, I’m not to that level of proficiency yet. So, for me the work was painstaking and so very slow to go back and undo stitches one by one back to where my mistakes were so that I could fix them and then move on! That took me a lot of time.

It has been a challenge. I have only been knitting for a few years, and mostly stuck to fairly simple designs. So, moving into the dragon scale lace section has been a learning experience for me.

Week Six – the open spaces created to define the dragon scale design

That said, I am still very much enjoying the work as I progress ever closer toward the end of that project. And I find myself mulling over the show as I do it, which is very nice! I’m learning and getting better and now (6 rows into this last section of the pattern) I’m finally getting the hang of it. I expect the rest of the pattern to go much more smoothly and faster, too.

So, look for one more article in this series in about a week or two. I can’t wait to finish this project, not only to see it all done but also because I’m itching to get started on another Game of Thrones KAL from the same designer that she created for a previous season of GoT.

It’s the Stormborn Shawl, inspired by the character of Daenerys Targaryen and released in 2014 during a previous season of the show. It looks like it features a very similar (if not the same) dragon scale design element. I’m currently finding online retailers from which to buy the yarn for this project.

I’m very sorry that Game of Thrones is over. It’s been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed every single season of the show. I am looking forward to new projects that are in development at HBO set in the Game of Thrones landscape created by George R. R. Martin. I’m really hoping they create one that I’ve heard mentioned that is a prequel to GoT and focuses on events long before there was a Westeros or any of the powerful houses to rule it.

At least, for now, I still get to look forward to watching the HBO Documentary, “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” later tonight (all about making the final season of the show). It’ll “almost” be like being back in the GoT world for a little while.

Are you looking forward to any of the HBO shows reportedly in development that are Game of Thrones-inspired? If you could pitch a show idea to HBO, what would you like to see — Arya’s adventures west of Westeros where the maps don’t go, how and why the children of the forest created the first White Walker? Even if what you’d like to see onscreen hasn’t been mentioned anywhere yet, I’m interested to know!

Winter Is Here – My First Game of Thrones KAL (Week Five)

Winter Is Here - My First Game of Thrones KAL

Disclaimer: If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones through the current episode, Season 8 Episode 5, then you may not want to continue reading this article. There may be spoilers contained within. Also, this is not a sponsored post. I am participating in a Marinade Designs GoT KAL at my own expense and just want to share my progress with our readers. No compensation is being received from the KAL designer.

Previous GoT Show Thoughts/KAL Progress Posts:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

This week has been a pretty hectic one. School is coming close to the end for the year, so there are after-school band practices for my daughter’s upcoming concert, there have been doctor appointments, and my mom’s 70th birthday, and a wedding for the daughter of one of my husband’s friends going on — all right on top of Mother’s Day last weekend.

So, I’ve not had a lot of time to just sit and knit. Still I am just about done with Section 2 of the Marinade Designs Ice & Embers Shawlette (Game of Thrones Final Season KAL). So, I’ll take it.

I’m pretty sure (pretty absolutely sure) that I made a mistake in the first blue stripe of Section 2 and made the peekaboo holes too far apart. But, I was loathe to backtrack to do it the right way. I liked the way it looked and the stitch counts come out just right. So, onward.

Here’s how the asymmetrical shawlette is shaping up as I come to the end of Section 2. Section three is completely knit in the dark blue yarn and will feature a dragon scale lace pattern. Looking forward to it!

Marinade Designs Game of Thrones Season 8 Ice and Embers Shawl KAL-week five
Week Five Progress
Marinade Designs Game of Thrones Season 8 Ice and Embers Shawl KAL-week five
Week Five Progress
Week Five Progress

Man, I’ve been procrastinating about writing this week’s article, because episode 5 of GoT really has had my head spinning. I wasn’t really expecting Dany to lose it on King’s Landing like that. I did pick up on all the little hints of potential madness going all the way back to the first season of the show. Like when she watched (insisted on watching!) her brother die by golden crowning. And when she roasted the Harpys. There were other moments.

But, I really thought she’d been keeping her head together pretty well until after the battle at Winterfell. She didn’t get to be the one to save everyone from the threat of annihilation (thanks, Arya! LOL), everyone heaped praise on Jon while she was largely alone during the feast, she had just discovered Jon is really a Targaryen and thus a threat to her claim to the Iron Throne, and homeboy is not exactly on the romance train with her anymore now that he’s weirded out by their family relationship. AND she is still suffering acutely from the loss of most of her beloved Dothraki and the cruel dispatching of Missandei by Queen Cersei. Plus, now she’s lost the second of her three dragons, her babies.

All the foreshadowing I needed of her potential mind snap was when she told Jon she has no love here in Westeros. We all need that. It’s what makes life worth anything, right?

So, I was surprised but not really surprised to see her use Drogon to honor Missandei’s last word (and avenge the death of Rhaegal) perhaps a little too literally. Plus, it’s not like it really hurt Cersei to see King’s Landing and all its residents roasted and/or crushed to death. She doesn’t care about them, she only gets emotional when it becomes clear that she will lose this battle and not only die herself, but her unborn child will also die. Outside of her personal sphere of existence, she couldn’t give a crap how anyone else fares in this war. I kinda felt like Dany shoulda known that and thus limited her total destruction bid to Cersei’s armed forces, the scorpions, the Red Keep and Cersei, Qyburn, and the Mountain.

Ahh, the Mountain. And the Hound. Cleganebowl! It was pretty flippin’ epic. Start to finish, the fiery, fiery finish.

I still don’t know how I feel about Arya’s sudden turnabout upon the Hound’s advice that she should give up killing Cersei and go home or else surely perish. I kinda feel like Arya woulda been just fine with her life coming to an end if it meant also taking out the last name on her list. But, if anyone could’ve had that side convo with her, I guess the Hound was the right choice for it. We’ll see where she goes from here. Many people think Dany is now on Arya’s kill list for what she did to King’s Landing, and I have to say I cannot disagree with fans on that point. It’s gonna be fascinating to see where that story arc goes!

As I belatedly send this article to publish on the blog, there is only a few minutes to go until the series finale of GoT airs on HBO and my husband and I have just finished re-watching episode 5 in preparation for this event. How do you think the series will wind up? Who do you believe (or hope? or fear?) will ultimately sit the Iron Throne when it’s all said and done?

DIY Beauty Products with Household Food Items

DIY Beauty
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I enjoy a good spa day and treating myself with DIY beauty products. I am known for frequenting the nail salon and taking long, hot bubble baths. What I don’t love are high prices and harmful chemicals.

Carrington Farms has products that are safe for consumption and DIY Beauty Products! From Chia seeds to Coconut Oil and everything in-between, they have exactly what you need for an at home spa day.

I went to their website and used their recommended recipes for a face mask and bath bomb. Both were perfect and easy to follow. I highly recommend you give it a try!

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