Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Liebster & Amigurumi Chemistry Flask


I had previously seen blogs with these Liebster award buttons, but I didn't really know what it was until I was nominated.  Thank you, Lyndsay, at The Happy Chateau for the nomination/award.  Here is her explanation of the award:

In case you aren't in the loop about what a Liebster Award is (I actually wasn't prior to being nominated), it's an award that bloggers give to each other. Basically, if you're nominated, you answer some questions about yourself and then you pass the award on by nominating other new bloggers...

If you are nominated {read on for my list of nominees}, here on the steps you should follow to “accept” your nomination:
  1. Read my answers to the 10 questions selected by the blogger who nominated me.  
  2. Find 10 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate for the award.
  3. Write a post on your blog featuring the Liebster Award and include in your post answers to the questions I pose to my nominees {found below my list of nominees}.
  4. After you have written your post, comment on each of your nominee’s blogs telling them that you have nominated them.

Here are my answers to Lyndsay's questions:
1. When and why did you start blogging?
I first started blogging during law school as an outlet to share/vent my feelings about the whole process.  However, I was so busy with law school that I wrote a few posts and abandoned the blog.

After law school, I started thinking about activities for free time like crafting, cooking, etc., and I thought a good way to basically journal my attempts at these things would be to blog about them.  I also thought that making myself do a weekly blog would be a way to put pressure on myself to actually keep up with the blog, as well as pressure to continue crafting and trying new things.

2. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
Coming up with the name was pretty easy.  For 3 years of my life, everything in my life was law school.  I ate, drank, and breathed law school.  All of a sudden, law school was over and the bar exam was over...and then I had this full time job and extra time on my hands.  I had to learn to live like a normal person again. I finally had time to talk to people and try out new things.  It was kind of weird at first.  I didn't know what to do with all the free time.  Thus, Law Student to Life Student.

3. Who are your blogging role models?
One of my all time favorite blogs is Keeping It Simple.  Kaysi has a lot of great ideas.  I don't know that I have blogging role models, but if I did, then my blogging role model would probably be her.

4. What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of blogging?

My favorite aspects of blogging would be sharing a post involving a craft that I really enjoyed making and then getting feedback from other bloggers who also enjoyed the post.

My least favorite thing about blogging might be the photography.  I feel like I need to take good photos, but I often have trouble getting the camera to reflect the correct colors, lighting, etc.  Other times it's hard to get a clear image.  Since starting to blog, I have learned a lot more about my camera and photo editing.

5. How do you come up with ideas to blog about?
At first, it was more difficult to come up with ideas because I wasn't used to thinking creatively...I had spent 3 years focusing on cultivating my logical side.  So, reigniting my creative side has been a huge goal of mine with this blog.  I now have so many ideas of things that I want to make that my project queue is probably endless.  I'm sure I'll hit a brief creativity slump again at some point, but for now, I'm enjoying trying lots of different types of projects.  I know I have focused a lot on amigurumi lately, but there are a lot of other types of projects in the queue too.

6. What kind of content do you want people to come to your blog to find?
My blog is mostly trying and sharing DIY crafts, whether it's sharing a pattern/project that I created or sharing my experience trying out a DIY project someone else shared.  I try to put my own spin on it or share what I learned from trying out the project.

7. Do you have any advice for other new bloggers out there?
I'm still a new blogger, so I don't have a lot of advice.  The biggest piece of advice I have is probably to participate in linky parties.  They are a good way to socialize, see what other bloggers are doing, and to share/publicize your blog.

8. What are your future goals for your blog?
I would like to branch out more to other types of crafts like sewing.  I might try to do some more home owner  or cooking kinds of posts.  My main goal is to just keep at it and keep crafting.  I really enjoy seeing what others are making and getting feedback from other bloggers and crafters.

9. Does your family have any special holiday traditions?
We have a stocking tradition that I really enjoy.  Every year, we go to the Dollar Tree and buy stocking stuffers there.  We normally set a max limit and then spread out in the store.  The goal is to find items you think the person will enjoy, whether it's their favorite candy bar or a silly toy.

10. Which area of your house is the most challenging to decorate? Do you have any plans to tackle it?
The most challenging?  I know the easiest for me are living room, dining room, front door, and kitchen.  Other than those areas, I don't put a lot of active thought in decoration.  I placed items and decorated when I moved in, and I haven't done much since then.  My bedroom could probably use some decoration help.  The walls are bare.  I suppose that I should consider decorating that room.  Perhaps that kind of thing could be a blog post.

Now for the fun part.  :)  I get to pick 10 bloggers, and pass on the Liebster to them.  The Liebster award is like a fun chain letter.  (If I picked you and you have more then 200 followers, then your followers info was not shared publicly...or I didn't find it.)

The following are my nominees in no specific order:

1. Amigurumi Food
2. Jennifer Martínez-Orozco at Crateando, que es gerundio
3. Sukigirl at Sukigirl
4. Cats on the Homestead
5. Christine at the diydreamer
6. Becca at Halfway to Hipster
7. Diana at Unusually Lovely
8. Marni at Haberdashery Fun
9. Audrey at Aubrey B.
10. Ann at The Rustic Redhead

Questions for the nominees:

1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What is your favorite blog to visit and why?
3. How has blogging impacted your life?
4. What advice do you have for new/newer bloggers?
5. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
6. How do you promote your blog?
7. If you could go on vacation anywhere, then where would you go and why?
8. What is your favorite food?
9. Have you ever had a DIY project fail?  What happened?
10. Do you have any special New Year's Eve traditions?

Amigurumi Chemistry Flask

I made this flask a few weeks ago, but I haven't shared it yet.  I wanted to make something different from a doll or animal, and I came across this free Earl Lenmeyer pattern by CraftyShanna. (Isn't the pattern name great! It made me smile.)

This pattern was very easy to follow.  She did a great job with it.  I like how my little Earl Lenmeyer flask turned out.  I think it would be fun to make some other lab themed amigurumis to go with it.  I did find some free patterns for test tubes and molecules, but there are not many other free patterns that I could find, and none for equipment like a microscope.

Other Links for Science-themed Amigurumi  :

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tutu Fail

I've started doing 5K runs with my husband, and they are a lot of fun.  While at these runs, I see a lot of people wearing tutus.  I did a holiday themed run last weekend and have another one this weekend, so I thought I'd try to make one myself.  They look so easy to make, right?  Well, mine didn't turn out so great.  I think I would have better success next time, but here is my tutu fail and how to maybe fix it next time.

First off, I wanted to make mine holiday themed, so I got a roll each of green and red tulle.  I measured the tulle against my leg (forgetting to account for the poof effect) and cut strips.  I looped the tulle around the elastic band and pulled it through.

It was really easy to make.  I think my biggest problem is the length of the tulle strips and the colors.  Maybe a longer tutu would look better?  The colors also clash big time with my workout attire, so better color planning would be good. 

I tried to take some selfies, so that you can see what I'm dealing with.  As you can see, it's pretty tacky, but I think I might still wear it to my next run anyway, especially if it's cold.  Tacky can be fun.

I plan to do the Liebster post sometime later this week.  As you can tell, I'm already behind with this post.  However, it's trial week, so that prep takes precedence over blogging time.