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    30 Crafty Projects to Complete Before I’m 30

    Happy birthday to me!  I’m turned 29 years old today, and as hard as it is for me to believe, in 365 days I’ll be hitting the milestone of the big three-oh.  I’ve explored many crafty areas in the past, but there are many projects I’ve been dreaming about. I’ve made it my goal to complete 30 projects on my to-do list to complete before I turn 30.  Crazy?  Maybe!  But with 365 days to go, I essentially will need to complete a project once every 12 days.  It could be possible!  I’ll be tracking my progress here on Craftcore. Here is my to-do list for the upcoming year, organized by…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    Misadventures in Cake Pops

    Cake pops are irresistible; they deliver a perfectly sized bite of cake in an adorable sphere shape.  Foods on a stick also have a certain charm to them.  To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, I set out to make my own batch of cake pops.  This was my first project to try in my 30 Before 30 project (my project is apparently off to a rocky start!). First, let’s take a look at some adorable cake pops.  Brace yourself: mine look nothing like these fantastic looking ones from Love from the Oven. Yum, that looks great doesn’t it? My adventures in cake pop making turned into a bit of a misadventure,…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    Adventures in Cake Pops

    I previously posted about my misadventures in cake pop making; my previous attempt at making cake pops were a failure, and was not a great start for my 30 before 30 series.  Oh boy. My friend Danielle came to my rescue so I can officially check this tricky cake pop task off the to do list. (Thanks Danielle!) This time, the results were much better!  Take a look at this tray of cute cake pops.  We used a variety of coatings (milk chocolate, white chocolate, and Greek yogurt) and sprinkles for variety. Cake pop success! Here are some things I learned in the process: My original cake pops were way too big.  The bigger they are, the more…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew an Organizer for Your Planner

    I carry around a day planner in my purse that includes a handy slot for a single pen.   However, one pen just isn’t enough!  I wanted to have with me a few writing utensils (pens of different colours, a marker, a pencil crayon for shading, etc), but I didn’t want these rolling around loose in my purse.  I tend to lose items like these so I wanted a way to keep them right inside my planner. This tutorial is for 5.5×8.5″ planners, but you can easily use the same concepts to make one for any size planner or binder by adjusting the measurements to your taste. Let’s get started!  I made…

  • Home Decor,  Projects,  Sewing

    That’s My Spot DIY Sharpie Sheldon Cooper Pillow

    When I saw the drop cloth Sharpie pillow by The Happy Housie (check out her project), I knew I wanted to make my own pillow with a Sharpie design.  One of my favourite sitcoms that I watch regularly is The Big Bang Theory, and I thought that Sheldon’s often-spoken phrase “that’s my spot” would be a hilarious throw cushion design to have on my couch. Placed on the spot where I sit, naturally. Creating this pillow was extremely fast and easy.  I created a large version of the phrase and printed it out on 8.5×11″ paper.  The font is “Sorry Not Sorry” by Kimberly Geswein.  I taped the print out on my front window then taped my pillow fabric…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Fleece Slice of Cake Pincushion

    I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so this pincushion project is a great way to bring some sweetness to my craft room without the empty calories. I made this little slice of cake pincushion out of some leftover bits of fleece and trim I had on hand.  A little pink strawberry tops it off! To make the pieces, I started by cutting out the rounded wedge shape for the top of the cake.  I hand sewed a little lace to act like piped icing.  I wanted my cake slice to have an icing layer in the middle of the cake, so I used three rectangles for each side…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Little Rounded Quilted Purse

    I’m in love with this sweet little quilted purse made from scraps of fabrics I had saved from a previous quilt.  You may recognize these colours from my Monkey Wrench quilt, featuring vibrant blues, oranges, and greens with a splash of white. The only parts of this project that weren’t scraps were the white and green polka dot bias binding and lining fabric and the zipper itself.  Reusing scraps that were meant for the garbage made this a very inexpensive project! I started this project by pulling out coordinating pieces of fabric scraps from one of my three scrap bins.  I cut them down into various strips, all 2.5″ wide, but with varying lengths.  I…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    A Beginner’s Foray Into Knitting: Knitted Cat Dish Cloth

    I’ve known how to knit for years, but I only ever learned a basic knit stitch.  I’ve made lots of scarves, but they were always just simple rectangles with stitch after stitch of knits.  In other words, I never learned how to purl, and thus never learned how to read a pattern.  I was a permanent beginner. The only way to make progress is to bite the bullet and try.  I decided to put a manageable knitting project on my list of crafty projects to complete before I’m 30, a dish cloth with a raised design made out of simple purl and knit stitches.  This project is small so not super…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Crochet: Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten

    I dusted off my crochet hooks for this adorable project: an Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten!  I followed the tutorial available at Stuff Susie Made. As some background, a few years ago I bought a set of crochet hooks.  I made a somewhat crooked test swatch and set crochet aside.  Last September, my friend Lea reinvigorated me to try to pick them up again, and she got me to start a granny square: I’m making progress in my crochet adventures! After pulling out a lot of work, I’m back on the right track. #crochet #crochetproblems A photo posted by @pangepange on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:11pm PDT However, crochet doesn’t come easily to…

  • Home Decor,  Tutorials

    Silhouette Cut Out Canvas – Vintage Sewing Machine

    This project was inspired by Ashley (of Joyfully Jenson)’s cut canvas project.  When I saw her project, I decided to add it to my 30 Crafty Projects to Complete Before I’m 30 list, with a small twist: a silhouette instead of an all-over pattern. I decided to do a silhouette of a vintage sewing machine.  I looked online for some silhouettes, but I didn’t find anything that I liked (too complex, too simple, not a model that I liked, etc).  I decided to use a photograph of my Singer 66 sewing machine and turn it into a silhouette myself. Want to make a cut out canvas like mine?  Here are the step by…

  • Before and After,  Projects

    Light & Bright Closet Makeover

    My master bedroom closet is definitely not a Pinterest dream closet; for starters, it’s only 3 feet wide, which is smaller than what most pre-fab closet systems are designed for.  I had a standard clothing bar and a single shelf.  On top of that, the door swings out in such a way that the ceiling light in the middle of the room is blocked by the open door.  Together, this makes for a tiny black hole that clothes get lost in.  What to do?! I knew I would need to do something to make my clothes more readily accessible.  I wanted to actually see what was inside.  With a few supplies from the hardware store, I was able…

  • Paper Craft,  Projects

    Origami Stars

    I wanted to make a jar full of origami stars. I decided to use origami paper to make the process as smooth as possible, as opposed to cutting printed paper I had on hand into strips.  I found an unexpected source for inexpensive origami paper precut in strips: online vendor AliExpress. I bought two types, one in a floral print and one in a glow-in-the-dark “love” typographic print.  They took almost two months to come, but they were worth the wait. These are my origami stars.  They are tiny and adorable.  I made all of my stars during my commute to work on the train over the course of a few days (approximately 80 stars…

  • News

    A Year in Review: 30 Crafty Projects Before 30

    365 days ago I decided to pick 30 crafty projects to complete before I turned 30. What a year!  30 projects was too aggressive, but I am happy with the projects that I was able to complete.  It’s always great to shoot for the moon – that way if you fail to reach the moon, you’ll still reach the stars. Out of the 30 projects I dreamed about, I completed 12 projects. 40% Completion. My biggest problem was that I kept on making things last year that were not on the list.  I can’t help it!  When the desire to make something hit, the 30-before-30 list inevitably was moved aside to make room.…