Super Crafty

30 Days of Creating

If you follow me on Instagram (LOVE Instagram) (my handle is shutterboophoto in case you’re interested), you know that I’ve been busy thinking up ways to stay crafty.  I took on a challenge, 30 Days of Creativity, and while I did not make it 30 days (I think I made it 23 and then I just started forgetting), it was a good challenge.  I did some things I normally wouldn’t have done and really liked how everything turned out.

Like spray paint.  I spray painted a shelf.  Then little statue.  Then re-spray painted the shelf.  Obsessed.  (And the shelf didn’t stay green.  It was actually spray painted a third time then “distressed” but I like it.  Just took longer than I anticipated.)

I sent some care packages.  (Honestly, I love sending care packages.  Little surprises in the mail or on the porch?  Best thing ever!)

I also used some regular paints and painted stripes on an old cork board.  It’s super cute now.

Did some stamping, made some tags, stamped some tags.  The heat gun might have come out too.

Got out some clippers.  Did a lot of cropping on a photo project.  And made jorts.  (Not a joke.  But I haven’t left the house in them so I think I’m good.)

I got creative in the kitchen with leftovers, made a tasty fruit pizza and went town with some homemade peanut butter cookies.  (Thanks for the cookie scooper, Mom.  It works great!)

I even tried my hand at quilt square patterns.  Not that  I quilt… I just like them.

But I did hang on to goodies.  Like knitting (finished that sweet little hat up there), photo sessions and editing in Photoshop (that totally counts) and planting flowers (which look sad these days).

It feels good to make something.  I sometimes get frustrated because my projects don’t turn out how I imagined they would (like the shelf), but who cares.  You get the wheels turning, you get your hands dirty, you make a mess and pray the doggin doesn’t walk through it.  And call me silly, but taking a picture of whatever I was working on afterwards?  That was the most rewarding part.  So since my thinking cap has been off for a couple weeks, I’m thinking about putting it back on.  I’m just not sure what project to tackle next.  The glass-free window pane that I may hang in the kitchen?  Some decoupage on old picture frames?  Or maybe even try to create my own wall art?  Hmm… I think Pinterest is going to have to help me decide.

To learn more about Brooke and see her recent work, visit her new site at brookemurphyphoto.com. Follow Brooke on Facebook or Twitter.

July 9, 2012 - 8:26 am

Shellt B - You have been a busy bee! The gift tags are cute. Can’t wait to see what else you think up

July 9, 2012 - 8:50 am

Jeremy Gray - If you need some wood, I’ve got it. For real, take some.

July 9, 2012 - 10:11 am

Emily Huddleston - You did an amazing job on the work. Can’t wait to show you what I made. See you soon

July 9, 2012 - 11:00 am

Rachel - A lot of my projects don’t come out as they should. I made a stuffed Easter bunny that I’m almost ashamed to even display it in my house! But that is how you learn! I am going to start quilting this year. Maybe we need to get a quilting group started, everyone can make a square.

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