Most Extreme Restoration Challenge! Unicorn

DIY, Incentive, Inspiration, Nailed it
My husband and I were opening windows on our second floor because the air conditioner had gone out, when we found how badly this unicorn suncatcher had faded just hanging in a window.  As he really likes this one, I told him I could restore it for him.  Mind you, I wasn’t totally sure, but I hate to see him upset.  Fortunately, I used to do a lot of faux stained glass painting years ago, and I figured I could do that.  Almost immediately I thought of one of my favorite faux sports tv shows for the title of this one…Most Extreme Elimination Challenge!   [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up1K0dzwUJY[/youtube]   The first few steps were obvious: I had to remove the old paint and clean the glass.  The moment I started, the black…
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Nailed It! DIY Horns

Cosplay, Creative, Incentive, Inspiration, Nailed it, Time Management
Today’s Nailed It! comes from YouTube. This awesome idea with Cosplay potential is by KlairedeLysdotcom, and if you visit her YouTube channel you will be impressed with the beauty of her makeup tutorials and high quality of her photography.  This video has been on my to-do list for a long time, because if I could unlock how to make realistic horns that wouldn’t cause massive headaches when attached to a headband, my business would really start to take off during convention season.  So, I decided to take this on with my camera in my hand to see if it is as easy as Klaire makes it look. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9OBzrc0sVs[/youtube]     First off, I had to gather the materials.  On the video, Klaire mentions that she uses “Play-doh” to make the horn…
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Music Writing: Ave Maria for Christmas

Arrangement, Creative, Incentive, Music Writing, Writing music
Every year for the longest time, I have written (aka arranged) at least one piece of Christmas music.  This started out in church, where my family often sings or plays instruments.  We couldn’t find solos or duets for songs we wanted with our weird amalgamation of instruments and voices.  So I started arranging the music, and a personal Christmas tradition was born.  This year, I have chosen two: I want to write my own melody for an Ave Maria, and I want to arrange Riu Chiu for a choir.  Whether or not anyone actually sings or plays this remains to be seen, but I don’t care.  I am writing them.  First up… Ave Maria.  I am going to try to write my own melody to this beautiful and poetic prayer.…
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The Becker Scrapbook So Far

Creative, Incentive, Inspiration, Page layout, Scrapbooking
Hey there.  I know what you are thinking… “Oh no!  Not another scrapbook post.  We want to bake!”  Well, that one is just one blog down the pipeline.  However, I have actually had some readers (two, which is a large percentage of my core readership) tell me that they wanted to see the blank scrapbook I was making for my niece and new nephew’s honeymoon trip through Utah.  So, I have taken pictures of the pages so far.  I love these pictures, and I am proud to show them. This is the first page. I know it is a little… busy. But I like it. I wanted to introduce an air of excitement. The main paper set I used for this is the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost & Found paper…
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Making a Mountain (Scrapbook Layout)

Creative, Incentive, Inspiration, Page layout, Scrapbooking
While trying to come up with ideas for the Utah-based honeymoon album I a making for our recently married niece, I decided to look at pictures on the internet from scenic vistas throughout the state.  I saw one that was just perfectly framed, and it hit me.  it is layers of mountains... I bet I could make a page based on this picture.  The original picture if found at the Bess Realty Group website, believe it or not. First thing's first.  I collected cardstock from my collection that matched well enough to make the layered colors.  For the sky background and farthest mountains, I used cardstock with white centers, so I could sand them (as I will show a little later).  The rest was from my beloved Bazzill cardstock collection. …
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Creative Blogs I Highly Recommend

Creative, Incentive, Inspiration
This is by absolutely no means the whole list of blogs I love.  I have perused blogs on and off for years, my favorites waxing and waning with my cyclical favorite hobbies.  But these, not only are current, but have the style and content to keep me coming back for recent and archived information.  It should be noted that because they are all hobby blogs, they all have shops.  Some link the stuff in their shops to items they use in blog posts.  Some are outright sponsored by companies and that is all they shill.  Still others have their own business, and the blog is a natural outlet for selling what they do.  All of this is par for the course in hobbies, and never bothers me.  If I can…
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No Time for Creativity

Baking, Creative, Incentive, Scrapbooking, Writing music
Welcome to my new blog, "No Time for Creativity."  This is my place to put what enspires me, what I like, and what gets me to create when I come home from work too exhausted to do anything but sit.If you are reading this blog, you might recognize this scenario.  I work from 8:30 to 5 at my job, but it takes me about an hour to get there and a little more to come home.  So the majority of my waking hours are spent doing something about work.  I barely see my husband until the sun sets most of the year.  I don't have kids, but I have two dogs who are more underappreciated than they should be.  My weekends are also filled.  Friday evenings we have game night…
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