Suncatchers in the Sun

Ok, so deciding to write every week was a failed experiment. That’s why this blog is for fun and not for profit. ūüôā

So I’m back for the time being, and taking a much-needed breather from post-apocalyptic fan fiction to work on some other projects. For example, here’s a lovely Sun Catcher I made while binge watching¬†A Series of Unfortunate Events¬†this weekend.

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I sprayed this one with a matte finish so it will last longer than a few months, but next time I’m in the market for a new finish I’m definitely buying a glossy one. This sun catcher doesn’t catch the sun as well as the ones next to it. But that’s ok, it’s still quite pretty and I’m happy to share it!

More Christmas Presents

Here are the coaster sets I didn’t get a chance to share last week! Irish symbols for my aunt and a music tree for my grandmother:

For last week’s Buddha coasters, I just cropped some existing photos, but with the sets pictured here I took time to edit the images before printing. So I’m quite proud of how they turned out.

The original clip art for the Irish symbols came from graphicbuzz.com¬† (searched “Irish symbols”) and the music tree came from freeimages.com¬†(searched “music tree”). For the music tree I used a slightly edited version that I found on google images–I couldn’t find who edited it but they added the lighter music notes in the background and gave it some nice depth. My edits were done using MS Publisher, Pixlr, and Paint.

You can view these coasters on my DIY page, which now has things on it! Yay!

 

Christmas Presents!

In a shocking twist that surprises no one, it turns out the beginning of December is a terrible time to add responsibilities to my life. The day after I swore I would post on here once a week, I realized I was incredibly behind on Christmas planning. So I did what any normal, healthy person would do: calmly assessed what I needed to finish and paced myself panicked, stressed the heck out, worked obsessively on presents every spare minute and late into the night until I made myself sick. Whelp.

My New Years’ Resolution is to not do that to myself again. But I probably will because stressing way too much over small things is kinda how I roll. ūüėČ

On the bright side, the presents turned out AWESOME!!! And now that Christmas is over and everyone has their gifts, I can share some pictures with you fine people. ^_^

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DIY Coasters

So as you can see, this year I made coasters for family and friends using these excellent instructions from Cardstore.¬†Tile coasters are my new favorite craft–easy, cheap, and so much fun! Each set took a few hours to make, but, Christmas stress aside, I seriously had a blast making them. Anyone in the market for coasters? Because I might just start making more for the fun of it.

The coasters above were for one of my besties and are probably my favorite set. All of these pictures come from the fantastic site pexels.com and are available for use for free (even for commercial use, which is pretty cool!).

For the most part, I followed the instructions linked above, but I switched up a few things for myself. (If you didn’t feel like reading the linked instructions, I’ll summarize: basically you print out a picture, put it on a 4-inch ceramic tile, and slap a lot of Mod Podge on it.) Before I printed out the pictures I measured them out to 3.5 x 3.5 inches, so they would have that nice white frame when attached to 4-inch tiles. I also bought glossy Mod Podge from Michael’s to give my coasters an extra shine.

On the bottom of the coasters, rather than putting 3 coats of Mod Podge and little felt squares, I glued a big sheet of felt to the bottom. Then I trimmed around the edges using fabric scissors so that the felt square perfectly covered the bottom of the tile. The felt bottoms on these coasters are red, which you can see along some sides if you look closely.

The instructions warned that tiles are prone to sticking together when stacked, but I had no trouble with the Mod Podge tops sticking to the felt bottoms, so I’m patting myself on the back for that innovation.

And there you have it–December’s project! My favorite set of home-made coasters! These coasters and two more sets will go into my DIY page (which still exists!) along with pictures of last year’s Christmas presents and another colorful hanging plastic thingie.

But I’ve been typing for a long time, so I’ll save those things for next week’s entry.

New Resolution

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I know, I just posted yesterday, and now I’m posting again! What is this madness?!

Lately I’ve been thinking about how I really suck at marketing myself. Not even marketing in the financial sense so much as just saying, “Hey, I made a thing, and I’m going to share the thing with people who might be interested!”

Yeah, I’m kind of bad at that.

I mean, I’ve been spending lots of time on creative projects. But my problem is that I put off publicizing those projects in favor of spending¬†even more time¬†working on¬†even more things!

It’s great working on things and all, but it’s hard to connect the things I’m doing with the people who might actually like those things if I never talk about them. So I’ve resolved to post here once a week, and actually talk about what I’m doing.

It’s crazy enough it just might work!

Some weeks my posts might just be, “Hey, I spent the past 10 hours writing fan fiction!” (which lately describes more of my weekends than I care to admit). But how else am I going to connect with the people who can’t wait to read a 500 page post-apocalyptic fan fiction?!

Anyway, here I’ve posted a nice post about how I’m going to post more often, so my work this week is done. *pats self on back*

New Theme

No, your eyes don’t deceive you — I changed the theme! And the color scheme!

Daydreams and Chocolate has been around for a while, so I figured it was about time to move my blog design beyond the year 2012. Since I’m one of those people who are perpetually 5 years behind the trends, that means my new blog theme is ushering in the coolest blog fashions of 2013.

The future is now!

A Fair Trade Halloween

It’s Halloween time, which means it’s time for a boost to an old post about Fair Trade Halloween chocolates!

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It’s my favorite time of year! Hay rides, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, the challenge of finding a costume that¬†isn’t slutty (I seriously don’t remember the ninja turtles showing that much skin) …¬†Anyway, this year I’m extra excited because some Fair Trade chocolate companies are getting into the Halloween spirit!

  Divine Trick or Treat sizedEqual Exchange Minis

http://shop.equalexchange.coop/organic-chocolate-minis-halloween.html

http://shop.divinechocolateusa.com/15-oz-Bar-Trick-or-Treat-Pack/p/DIV-VPRAISE&c=DivineChocolate@VarietyPacks

Personally I can’t wait for my Equal Exchange mini chocolates to arrive! I — I mean, the children — will love them! Because of course I am only¬†buying them for the children if there are any left when they get here.

A few other companies, such as Dagoba and Alter Eco, have mini candy bars that are the right size for trick-or-treaters without being explicitly advertised as Halloween candy. Check them out!

Check back for more creative updates, and of course an answer to the ultimate question: will this be the year I finally break down and dress as a sexy scrabble board?

A Proud Member of AO3 Since Last Week

I joined an Archive of Our Own!

Finally! Yay!

Archive of Our Own (AO3) is a fan fiction archive run by the Organization for Transformative Works, OTW in turn is a non-profit that promotes fan works as legal, transformative works, which is pretty cool.¬†I’ve heard their name tossed around the internet over the past few years, but now that I’m looking into them for real it’s clear I’ve been missing out. Hopefully I’ll get some more time to read up on their other projects in the future.

Anyway, my first order of business after joining AO3 was to start posting my own novel-length fan fiction Gerda and the Snow Queen (previous title: To Death) so that it will live on in the annals of fan fiction history forever!

I’m also still plugging away at my other novel-length fan fiction, the one I started in high school, the one that I was totally definitely for serious going to finish in 2016. I’ve set a deadline for myself, again, but since I’ve been setting deadlines for this story for six years, I’m not even going to share the new date. It will be done when its done, I guess?

(Side note: When I decided to become a writer at the tender age of 9-and-a-half, I definitely didn’t expect my life’s work to be a Game of Thrones-length fan fiction written for the worst books ever written. And yet here I am 12 years into this ridiculous mess. But what can I say, it’s a pretty fun time, actually.)

Anyway, that beautiful monstrosity will also be going on AO3 when it’s complete, which I’m sure will be any day now…