Crafting · Fall

Giving Bullet Journaling a Second Try.

Hello, my dear internet friends! Happy Monday to you all! Today feels like a fall day, and I am over the moon about it. It’s a little gloomy, a small chill in the air… I love it! I’m sitting on my balcony right now writing this post, just soaking it all in.

Today’s blog post is definitely different than our usual posts, but I love trying new things on this blog of mine. I fell down a bullet journaling rabbit hole on youtube, and it made me want to give it a go. It’s not my first time trying bullet journaling, here is one that I did a couple years ago…

Bullet journal: August 2017.

Now, I don’t think the one I did in 2017 is too bad. HOWEVER, as someone who struggles heavily with perfectionism, I kind of gave up on bullet journaling… And I decided today to give it another go. And let me tell you, I struggled the entire time of wanting, DESPERATELY, to give up on it. I think that Pinterest and Youtube are great places for us to find inspiration, but gosh, I find it so difficult to not compare my creations to what I see online. And if I continue to be super honest with all of you, I spent about four hours straight working on this bullet journal entry. Just overthinking it completely. I think it’s important to put thought into whatever we create, but it’s not helpful to our creative process to completely overthink everything. Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU.

All that being said, and all things considered, I’m pretty happy with how this entry ended up. It’s a fun way to be creative, and afterwards you have a homemade calendar, completely tailored to your own taste!

I’m not an expert on bullet journaling, but I felt like drawing, and I had the fall itch! I don’t think that we have to be experts in something to enjoy doing it, because more often than not, we’re not going to be great at something right away. Let yourself be confident in not only the creative process, but also YOURSELF.

Bullet journal: September 2019.

If nothing else, I think my eye for photography has gotten better! And now my dear friends, I think I’m going to cuddle up with a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee, and peruse Netflix for a nice fall movie.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Crafting · Eco-friendly

Sewing Stories: Reusable “Cotton” Pads.

Hello, friends! I hope that you are having a wonderful Monday so far! I had a lovely weekend, which was, of course, too short. A wonderful, simple, little weekend. Going to lunch with my friend Tenley at Ponder, wandering around an estate sale, and SEWING!

I’ve seen so many different DIY’s for making these little “cotton” pads, but I thought I’d share my experience. In everything I do, I’m quite utilitarian. Food? Tasty, but not pretty. Home decor: Useful first, cuteness last. (I know, shocking!) And sewing… As long as the stitches keep things together, I’m fine. Pretty stitching is not my top priority.

I find these pads to be pretty darn cute, but that’s mostly likely because I find everything small to be adorable. I’m sure that someone who is better at sewing could make these even cuter, but I think that all in all, they turned out pretty well! They did what they were supposed to do — remove makeup!

Materials Needed:

  • I used terry cloth. If you have any old towels that are getting a little dingy, you could use those as well.
  • circle stencil. This can be all sorts of things, get creative! I used a small glass, but you could choose so many different things. A cookie cutter, an old jar, or even the bottom of a shampoo bottle! Whatever you choose, make sure that it’s just a bit bigger than your desired size, because you’ll lose a little material from cutting and sewing.
  • Some paper, for said stenciling. I recommend reusing some recycled paper for this step! I used the paper that came attached to the fabric.
  • Pins, for two different steps. Very important!
  • Sewing needle, or a sewing machine. (I sewed this by hand. A sewing machine is on the top of my want list, though…)
  • Thread. I used a thread that was close to the color of my cloth, but it could also be cute if you chose a contrasting color!

Okay, friends! Here we go!

Step One. I used my stencil to make a circle on the piece of paper. I suppose some people may be able to free-hand this, but I wasn’t taking any chances! Once you’ve traced it, cut it out!

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Step Two. After you cut out the stencil, pin it to the fabric. I also pinned the fabric to itself so that it wouldn’t shift at all, as shown in the below picture.

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Step Three. I cut out the circles two at a time. You could do more or less, depending on how thick your fabric is.

Step Four. Depending on how thick you want these to be, you can do varying layers of fabric. I chose to do three.

Step Five. I sewed all three of the pieces together! There are so many ways that you could go about this, but I just sewed all the way around the little circle, nothing fancy. If you want to speed up the process, you could definitely use a sewing machine.

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Step Six. Remove any loose strands and snip any excess fabric.

Step Seven. Remove your makeup! Yay!

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Thank you so much for reading, my friends! I had such a fun time with these. They were SUPER easy to do. And they worked like a charm, too!

Happy crafting!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae