<![CDATA[Inspired Creativity - The Little Things]]>Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:42:03 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[How To Start And End With A Knot When Hand Sewing]]>Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:15:00 GMThttp://julieschuler.weebly.com/the-little-things/how-to-start-and-end-with-a-knot-when-hand-sewing        I am a complete beginner when it comes to sewing. The first time I did a project requiring hand sewing, I had to look up how to tie a knot to start sewing and how to tie a knot to end the sewing. It seems like a very simple thing to know, but there are a lot of people who don't know how. Here is a very easy way to help you tie a knot at the end of your string before you start sewing and a simple way to tie off the thread when you are all finished!
Starting With A Knot
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After threading your needle, wrap the end of the thread around your finger once.
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Place your thumb where the string overlaps and roll it off the end of your index finger.
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It should look like this. Find the end of the thread and gently pull to tighten the knot.
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Now you are ready to begin sewing!
Ending With A Knot
Take the excess thread and loop it to make a loose knot.
Slowly tighten the knot, keeping it close to the fabric. Place your finger on the thread to hold it to the fabric as you finish pulling it tight.
It may take a few tries, but once you get the hang of it you will have a nice knot at the end of your string! Do this a few times to make sure it is snug.
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<![CDATA[Staying Creative With A Coloring Book]]>Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:28:54 GMThttp://julieschuler.weebly.com/the-little-things/staying-creative-with-a-coloring-book
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Piglet as Radar O' Riley from M*A*S*H
        Coloring doesn't have to be just for children. Although the coloring book and a box of crayons is most often associated with small children, it can be relaxing, enjoyable, and even sometimes therapeutic for adults. I believe that it is very important to keep the child inside of you alive and coloring is a great way to do that!
        I will often go through periods of time where I don't do any fun, creative projects. During those lulls I try to keep myself doing small, easy crafts or projects in order to keep my brain in a creative thinking mindset. Probably the biggest way I do this is by either painting my nails fun designs and experimenting with techniques or by coloring.
        Now, when I say coloring, I don't mean the "here is a picture, stay inside the lines" type of coloring. I am going to go outside of the lines and add even more lines. I LOVE to parody coloring book pictures.
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Veggietale Characters as different sports equipment.
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Veggietale characters as The Beatles
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Pooh as Mario
        Sometimes I will flip though a coloring book and find a picture and think, "Oh! Tat would look really cool as this!" or I will pick a picture and run through different ideas until I find one I like and think I can incorporate. I have even posted a status on Facebook asking for ideas, and then taking those ideas and picking a picture to parody with them.
        This really is a simple exercise to do, but it not only challenges my brain, but it works to build my artistic side and helps me to think outside of the box when I come to a challenging theme. Plus, who doesn't love coloring?
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Veggietales characters as Angry Birds
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Rabbit as a Weeping Angel (For all you Dr. Who fans out there!)
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And Tigger as The Doctor. The 11th Doctor to be exact.
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The Avengers came for a bit to my parody party
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But I think the crew from The Lord Of The Rings got a bit lost.
        These are only some of the many I have done and I plan to keep doing these parodies! I would LOVE to get suggestions as to what themes I should parody and what kinds of coloring books to use for parodies! Gotta keep my brain sharp!
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<![CDATA[Which Wire Is Which?]]>Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:57:22 GMThttp://julieschuler.weebly.com/the-little-things/which-wire-is-which        I am one of those people who don't like having a messy house. A little clutter here and there isn't too bad, but where the clutter spreads all over is where I have to put my foot down. Usually I am good at keeping it from getting to out of hand, but those once a week thorough cleaning days are usually still needed. While trying to keep organized and playing around with different ways to make it easier to organize the house, I have come across this very simple way to help keep your wires organized.
        This can be especially helpful when you have a strip filled with chords, all looking the same. I use the little plastic tabs that come on bread and potato bags and write on them with a sharpie. It is very simple and very practical!
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<![CDATA[Paper Snowflakes]]>Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:29:13 GMThttp://julieschuler.weebly.com/the-little-things/paper-snowflakes
        Growing up, I never (to the best of my knowledge) made paper snowflakes. I lived in Illinois, why would I make something out of paper that I had an abundance of in real life? Seriously, we had way too much snow. I decided one night while browsing my Pinterest page that I was going to give them a go. The winter season is upon us and this makes for the perfect time to experiment with snow related crafts!
        I had a bit of trial and error with the first one I made (remember I am a newbie at this), but I quickly realized what went wrong and learned from my mistakes. After I adjusted my methods, I was able to easily make a snowflake successfully!
        I will post a quick crash course on how to make these for those of you who are in the same boat I was and am doing this for the first time, and then I will post some patterns for snowflakes to help satisfy your crafty tooth for a while.
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Start with cutting out a large circle from a piece of paper. If you want to get even more crafty you can use colored paper.
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Fold the circle in half, then again, then again.
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Now draw your pattern! I used pen, but using a pencil and drawing lightly might be a better direction to go in.
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Now cut it out!
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Unfold it and enjoy your creation!
Simple, isn't it? Now that you are a pro at this and can make a flurry in your living room, here are just a few of the patterns I found and gathered in one place for your convenience! There are many, many more out there, so don't feel limited to these! Have fun!
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<![CDATA[Football Bags]]>Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:03:11 GMThttp://julieschuler.weebly.com/the-little-things/football-bags        I am one of the millions of people who suffer from having way to many plastic bags. I have tried folding them, stuffing them in other bags, and even buying the cloth tubes made for holding them. I will admit that the cloth tubes look nicer than a bulging bag full of bags, but it doesn't do much in the way of space reduction. I have looked all over trying to find ways to use the bags and be creative, but nothing really came up. I ended up just recycling a handful of them every time the bag got too full. We use the bags for small trash cans around our apartment and for when we need to carry multiple of something, but we don't use them faster than we gain them.
         I finally found this great blog that showed a tutorial on how to fold plastic bags into "footballs" to make storage easier and tidier. After doing these, it is worth the few minutes it takes to fold up any bags I bring home from grocery shopping. It does not take long, and it becomes easier to do with repetition. See for yourself how neater it looks!
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After
        Yes, minus a random normal sized garbage bag I found in that mess, that is the same amount of bags in both pictures. It went from overstuffed, to barely a third! I am overjoyed with how it turned out and I can even have a bag or two in my purse for when I need them without it looking messy. My next project will be to make a cute bag to keep them in to get rid of the ugly bag hanging there, but first the tutorial for these space savers!
Tutorial adapted from http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/2009/03/grandmothers-apron-carryall.html
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Begin by flattening out the bag, making sure every part is nice and straight.
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Then fold it in half.
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Fold it in half one more time.
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Bring the very bottom corner up to make a triangle.
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Then fold it up again...
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...and again...
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Continue until you get to the handle of the bag.
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Fold the handle down in half. Depending on how long the handle is, you may need to do it twice.
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Fold the top left corner of the handle down like so.
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Fold it into the flap and fit it snugly.
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And you are all done!
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I found that after doing about five, you get a rhythm and it becomes very easy.
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<![CDATA[A Reminder of Your Love]]>Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:48:44 GMThttp://julieschuler.weebly.com/the-little-things/a-reminder-of-your-love
        When Dan and I were first dating, I wanted to make his first birthday that we celebrated together something special. I knew he wasn't one for big parties or things like that. I did know that his love language was words of affirmation, though. I spent a good month trying to figure out what to do for him or what to get him and I didn't get my idea until the night before his birthday.
        We got out of church for our Wednesday night service and I made a pit stop at Walmart before heading home. I had seen this idea on Pinterest to take a deck of cards and write on each one a different reason why you love your husband (or wife, sister, mother, father, brother, second cousin twice removed on your great aunt's stepfather's side, etc). I wanted to make this something that I could add to throughout the years so instead of getting a deck of cards, I bought index cards. I also bought some metal rings to use as binders so it made a type of book he could flip through.
        I got home that night, gathered all of my supplies and got to work. It took me a few hours between filling out as many index cards as I could, switching between different colored sharpies, drawing little pictures on certain cards, punching all the holes in them and finally finding a little bag and tissue paper to put them in. It was around 12:30 AM when I was completely done.
        I wanted to surprise Dan with the gift, but I wanted to do it in a different way. So instead of going to sleep, I drove down the road to his house and put the bag on the drivers seat of his car. I knew he would be up and going to work early that morning so I was confident he would find it and be able to enjoy it. He did find it and loved it. To this day I will take an index card or two and write a note on it and put them someplace where he will find them so he can add them to his book. I titled it "Here Are Just A Few Reasons Why I Love You".
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<![CDATA[Nail Art]]>Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:44:19 GMThttp://julieschuler.weebly.com/the-little-things/nail-art        In my spare time I like to express my creative side by doing my nails. It is a very girly thing to do but, being a girl, I enjoy it. Most all of the designs I have done have been Pinterest inspired. (I have an entire board dedicated to nail art!) Instead of linking to individual tutorials I am going to link to my Pinterest board at the end of this post. But I thought I would share a few of my creations with you first. Now, I am in no way a professional at this so don't expect perfection because you will be disappointed. But for the most part all of these were fairly easy to do. Enjoy!

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These were my birthday nails! There is a clear, confetti type polish over the top.
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Now these actually took some work, but much less than you would think.
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A coworker of mine had seen a few of my nail designs and requested Jack Skellington.
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Watermelon!
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Just simple, different colors on each nail.
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Metallic polka dots!
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These next two were in celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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It's a soccer field!
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