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Sparklies!
I made some more ‘potions.’ This time I added some glitter. The soap slows the fall of the glitter, making it calming to look at. The yellow seems to have worked the best, as the food dye isn’t too dark to cover the glitter, but looks better than no dye.
I’ve also been trying some brush lettering using gouache, watercolours and acrylics, for upcoming card making. Getting the right balance of water and paint, as well as brush size and lettering, all need practice.
There should be a bit of work towards Christmas cards coming up for me. I hope I can make them special. I really have to get moving.

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Here is a screenshot of an inventory app.
It all began this morning, when my other half asked what I wanted for Christmas. I’d been so wrapped up in making cards and things for upcoming events that I had forgotten, and hadn’t thought about it. My mind immediately went to art and craft supplies, as usual, and wondered if I should ask for a lot of little things or one large thing. I usually like to be surprised, but I have found that I often get money, and so have to wait to figure out what to buy and for the shops to reopen and whatnot. There’s one or two large things I’ve been looking at, but aren’t really sure what type I want and needs research, so I was thinking about what I was lacking in my supplies.
This lead me to looking at embossing powders and ink pads on ebay, leading to me wondering what I could make myself. After all this train of thought, I found myself with a recommended video about an inventory book. I began one a while ago, but got side tracked very easily and haven’t touched it since. This book is basically where you make swatches and notes about your craft supplies to take with you while you are craft shopping to make it easier to see what you need, and what not to buy doubles of. By this time I began to develop the idea into digital form, and making a database or offline website to use as an inventory for my supplies. This way, I could link to the items and where to buy them.
I began working on this for a while, getting some ideas as I worked. One being, how would I make this interactive, and able to search and find items easily, and how would I take this shopping? A phone app!
So, I typed into Google “how to make inventory app.” The third page down was top 5 inventory apps… I hadn’t thought of searching for one before I thought of making one. But anyway, I had searched previously for apps for home craft inventories, not finding anything. These were business inventory apps. So, this made me realise that my craft room is like a business, with an inventory that needs restocking and profit/loss for future etsy endeavours. So I found the free app on the list and downloaded it. Turns out you needed to input all the details of your business for that one.
This brings us to the above app. It was the first on the similar apps to this previous app. It’s called Inventory Counter and is free and simple, the way I like it. You can put in a few details, and take a photo, then later, you can search for keywords or reference numbers. There is also a calculator and a tap counter that is useful for not forgetting what number you are up to when you count all your blings.
I’ve been able to put three things in so far, but will be able to put things in as I use them.
Most of my ideas and thoughts go through this long train before coming to a final idea. Welcome to a small portion of my mind.

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I’ve started to try an get into the Christmas card making spirit, doing a load of embossing and things. On Friday, I decided it was finally time for me to stop using my hair straightener as a craft tool for melting embossing powder, and get myself a real, live heat gun tool. I was scared of it to begin with, but it got easier with some time, locked in a room to keep the cats out, and the glitter in. I am slowly adding to my embossing powder collection, adding a leaf green, and glitter Christmas green this week.
Unfortunately, on my way to buying the heat gun, I was stung on my middle left hand finger by a bee. Luckily, I’m not allergic, but two days later and it is really sore, hot and swollen. This has made it tricky to do a lot of anything. I managed some stamping and origami, but mainly just sat and watched internet streams and Netflix and had a couple of naps.
Now that I have the heat gun, I’ll be able to do things that I wasn’t able to with the straightener, such as using Worbla, a versatile heat activated material, often used in cosplay, which I’d like to try doing one day. I can also dry watercolour pieces easily, moving the water around to get different effects. It tried this, but looks like I need some practice.
I did also try painting with food colouring. The colours you get are so vibrant, and they move so well with water. I’m not sure what would happen over long term with these, and I’m pretty sure they went a little bit brown when dried with the heat tool. I’ll have to look into it a bit more.
Sometimes, I just wish I could get everything out of my head into a book or something, and keep a record of everything. I guess this blog is a small version of that. I want to teach you as much as I know, and hope I can help you guys be more amazing than you are now.

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It’s amazing how cool food colouring and dish soap looks in glass vials. I saw this in a video the other day, and being a fan of role playing games with potions and tinctures, I thought this would be simple and fun to try out. I have done bottles in the past using glues and glitters, and have seen this done with resin. This was by far the easiest to do, and looks great, especially since the liquid moves around still.
The blue one hadn’t settled because I didn’t mix in the dye properly, and was swishing it around before I took the photo, but once it settles, it’ll look cleaner, like the others. I glued the plugs in with glossy accents, and held them in for a while to make sure they stayed. I had to wipe any liquid from the top, as the soap made the top slide out really easily.
I’ll have to label the vials and decide what to do with them. They have a small hole for adding to jewellery, but I’m not sure I’d trust it. The last thing I’d want is a vial of red liquid dripping down my front. Maybe I could use them as photo props or on my geeky figurine shelves.

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I have spent the past two days, on and off, trying to cover this cat in red wool. I made the base in filling as normal, but for some reason it’s taking forever to cover. It might be that the shape is more complex than a ball that I’m used to, or something, but it’s getting really frustrating. I work on it until I get bored, then I game until I get bored, or when my wrist starts hurting, then switch back or to another activity. Hopefully I get through it soon, otherwise I’ll give up. I am working on little wool cat charms of my cats when I get annoyed at the red cat.
Even though I have so much that I should be doing, I have a pile of projects on rotation. I really need to prioritise and organise them. I’ll put that on my list of things to do.