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DIY Tutorials 5.29

I hope everyone had a nice long Memorial Day weekend. I did a lot of nothing and that's exactly the way I wanted it to be. I wanted to thank you for the comments left in my last post and the suggestions made too. I usually respond to commenters directly so don't think I just ignored them. :)

I have no new items to share in the shop this week. I did make some new items last night but won't be able to photograph for a few days. So instead, it's another installment of lovely DIY Tutorials found online, enjoy!   

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Color Block Hex Nut & Thread Necklace from Renewed Upon A Dream

Confetti Business Cards from Funkytime

Book jewelry box DIY 1
Book Jewelry Box from Sincerely, Kinsey - this would look great as part of a Shabby Chic craft fair display

Hitting A Creative Block

Oh lordy lordy. I'd hate to complain but I'm in a creative rut.  I've done my usual tasks to get me out of my funk - blog hopping, Etsy browsing, staring at my supplies - the Creative Well has run dry.  I know it's not the end of the world but do you ever get in a rut like this and worry that you'll never get out???

Sometimes going supply shopping helps but Etsy sales have been SO slow this month, I haven't been able to purchase any new supplies. I feel sorta stuck.   My stress level has been rather high lately and it's been taking it's toll on me physically.  I'm fighting not to go into full-on Depression Mode like those people you see in those anti-depressant drug commercials.  It all comes down to money and worrying about how I'm going to get by, it's making me feel creatively stunted. I hate this feeling. =/ 

It's Friday, I took the day off from work so I can have an *extra* long weekend (Monday is a holiday) and I'm going to try to just enjoy it and not think about the Etsy shop or my blog too much, hope you don't mind.

Maybe this magic frog will bring me some luck and help me kick-start the drive and creative juices again...


This froggie was so soft and fluffy, I wish I could have taken him home. Taken at Dream In Plastic in Beacon.  Have a great weekend!

New Bracelet & Bridal Giveaway News

Another new flower bracelet was added to the Etsy shop...

Wonderland Dream was made with the last of these blue flower beads, pretty!  They can even be worn with these earrings

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I'm working with the lovely ladies at The Broke Ass Bride who are hosting a giveaway for me.  There is actually a nice little write-up about the shop too.  I wanted to get involved with a wedding website but not just *any* site.  The mission behind BAB is right up my alley. :) 

Speaking of giveaways, I will be annoucing the winner of the Atomic Cowlick giveaway tomorrow!

Guest Post: Basics of Living Creatively & How To Keep Going

Today I'm over at Five Sixteenths sharing one of my favorite Spring/Summer activities.  Once you're done here, make sure you pay a visit over there! Thank you Moe for today's post! ~ Marilyn
Why hello there! I am Moe, the blogger behind Five Sixteenths.  I am a southern girl with a yank for a boyfriend & a hankering for Sweet Tea.  Five Sixteenths is where I blog about my adventures in life, my BFA, my focus on ceramics, ways to boost your blog, my art/design/handmade shop & my online yard sale.  Phew, that was a mouthful right?  I'm here today to share with you my journey back to being creative.  I hope to inspire you to get back to what makes you happy & to keep up with it!

Rewind about a year and you'll find me walking across the stage in a cap & gown accepting my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  I went to a small southern college where I majored in art.  Rewind about 5 years from then & you'll find a shy, nervous girl starting off a small southern college studying Math.  It wasn't until I met my best friend & current room mate that I took the plunge to change majors.  Rewind about 3 years before that & you'll find me staying at my aunt's house answering the question "If you could do anything, what would you do?"  I answered with "I'd like to own my own little shop where I sell things I make."
So if you've kept count, that makes 9 years ago that I said I'd like to be doing what I am doing now.  Took me 9 years to realize that it all starts with a dream.  Last year I had a rough time finding a job & had no time to make this blog or my art/crafts what I wanted them to be.  After a few months of struggling to get up on my feet, I found a perfect job that lets me be pretty creative & pays for my clay habit.  Now I am back to doing what I totally love: being creative.  More specifically: Making art.  If you want to read about my artist statement & see some of my work, feel free to check out my artist website.

Why am I saying all of this? Because if you've ever thought you should be doing something else or that you have the most fun doing the things you love & wish you had more time for is possible.  Here are 4 ways to get yourself inspired to do what you want to do:

Buy so many books on the topic your bookshelf starts to bow //  When I first thought that I wanted to pursue a creative business outside of my studies I stocked up on books that were helpful.  I still buy books & look for resources that will put me on track with what I need to do.  Buying these books will also keep your dream as a part of your everyday life.  You'll look at them on your book shelf & be inspired.  Also, when you're bored on the internet go ahead & do some research on the thing you are interested in.  Save great pages to your bookmarks & go through them every once in a while.

Start a blog as an inspiration to keep going  // A blog is a public platform to make your intentions known to the world as well as a place to keep record of what's going on while your on your adventure of seeing your dream become reality.  That's why I started to blog.  Keeping track of your goals, sharing what you know about the subject you are interested in, & joining like minded people is really the main focus I've run across on all blogs!  If you have an interest, share it with the world and inspire others.  You never know who you might meet or what your blog will become!

Save room for reflection //  Setting goals requires a lot of evaluation, re-evaluation, and reflection.  I've touched on goals before on Five Sixteenths, but let me share something with you: I am the worst at keeping goals.  I should say, I am the worst at keeping goals the same.  I set a goal & work to it...then I accomplish something else along the way & reevaluate the goal I set in the first place.  I live by the motto 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.  Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'  Just keep on keeping on!  Working towards your goals is sometimes an organic process but if you have a dream, you need to keep working towards it.  Break it up in to chunks or sections and go through it that way.  Sometimes you'll weave your way to it in the end.

Just Do It  // Take the time right now to do what you want to do.  The only person telling you that you can't is YOU!  Now it isn't all buttercups and lolipops, you will have to work....but the pay off of knowing that you are on your way should keep you going.  Remember that every accomplishment is a milestone & don't get discouraged.  Rome wasn't built in a day & all that jazz.
I hope sharing with you these 4 things that I keep in mind while working on my creative life has helped or inspired you to work towards your dreams.  It's never too late!  Pop by Five Sixteenths & stay a while if you're picking up what I'm laying down.  Have a great weekend!

Want To Swap Blog Ads In June With Pulp Sushi?

It's about that time of the month when you start seeing the call for next month's sponsorships.  I am taking that plunge once again at some Sponsorship options for my blog - don't worry, I am still going to offer free blog ad swaps every month but there will also be an affordable Feature option.  

My call for June Sponsors! 

Large ad - 250 x 125 - $12.00 for one month (discount for multiple months). Ad appears above small ads and you will get a Feature blog post for your business and/or blog with the option of a giveaway. Your ad will also appear in my e-newsletter for the month.  Ad can be for your blog or business.

Small ads - 125x100 - Free with swap - blogs onlyI will display your button as long as my button appears on your blog. Ads are rotated mid-month.  You'll still be include in my #FF Sponsor tweets.

Please email me at marilyn @ if you are interested in either one. I'm accepting ads until May 27th.

Update: I do not plan to post monthly a "Call For Sponsors" post but I will keep the page linked under "Blog Menu".

Things I Wish I Knew How To Do

I make jewelry, I knit (sorta), emboirder (not as much), crotchet (kinda but not enough) and needle felt (ouch!!) but there are still a ton of things I wish I knew how to do or was much better at doing. Here are the top three skills I'd like to learn..

1) Sewing - the most sewing I can do is reinforcing a button on a jacket and even that looks a little sloppy. I wish wish wish I could make my own clothes.


2) Jewelry Soldering - this is a skill I would love to learn and probably not too far out of reach but I don't know how safe it would be to do in a 1 BR apartment.  I'm pretty clumbsy. I love the work of RockLove, P-Nut Jewelry & Femme Metale.

Source: via Sophie on Pinterest


3) Baking - Sure I can follow instructions from a box and scoop icing out of a container but it's not too often I make things from scratch. I once tried to make an Apple-Pear Pie and while it was ok, the crust (which I made) was TOO hard.  As much as I LOVE the Food Network, I'm pretty awkward in the kitchen.

Is there a skill that you always wanted to learn?

This post was inspired by Mind Block Mondays at After Nine To Five

(on a Tuesday) =D

Pearls, Flowers, Fashion!

I've been in a bit of a creative funk lately and I'm running low on supplies again (it happens so fast!) so there's only one item to the shop this week.


Sister Harmony - coral rose & pearls

Passion for Fashion show

Saturday night I checked out this really cool show at Cornell St Studios in Kingston, NY called Passion for Fashion. This shot I took of some work by Juda Leah from Saugerties, NY. 

My boyfriend submitted some Fetish Fashion inspired art too.  I wish I could find an actual corset like that.

Otherwise, it was a low-key weekend. I *finally* Netflixed the first season of Mad Men and started watching that. I hate that it took me this long!