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Christmas Cards, Photography and Halloween

Part of a crafting mom blog I’m sure many of you will understand is the unpredictability of the available time you have to sit down and make some crafts.

I have been crafting over the past couple of months; it has just been hard to sit down and write about it all. Today, I’m hoping to catch you all up! Starting with my most recent project: Handmade Christmas Cards and Christmas Favor/Gift Bags for my Etsy shop. I hope you’ll check it out.

A lot of work went into getting those items up on my shop. First, I had to come up with the idea for the cards. The cards I’ve posted may seem pretty simple (part of the beauty of them), but it took me a couple of hours to come up with the idea, a few hours to make the cards and envelopes and then (if you can believe it) 2-3 hours to TAKE PICTURES!

If you’re an avid crafter and have tried taking pictures of your creations, maybe you can offer me some tips. I spent a good amount of time playing with the settings of my camera to make sure I had them set just right. I found a great blog post that offered some quick photography tips for taking product shots.

Once I had the settings on my camera figured out, I had to go about setting up my shots. I was extremely excited to have my brand new tripod to work with. It had come in the mail earlier in the day.

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My backdrop may not be super professional. I had planned to get a single, large poster board that I could use for this but I was in a time-crunch when I went to the grocery store and this was all Kroger had available. It’s three white, medium-sized poster board that I taped together.

I think needed to work on the lighting. I don’t have any special camera lights so I used a couple of lamps I have with LED bulbs. (I broke a light bulb in the process. One of my lamps fell off the table I had it angled on.

I had my…

  1. Lighting = DONE
  2. Camera = DONE
  3. Backdrop = DONE

I just needed my cards. On the sloped backdrop, the cards tend to slide (as you might expect). I had some trouble getting them positioned how I wanted but in the end, it worked out alright. I’m still looking to improve my images so if you have any pointers, please leave them in the comment section below!

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I found some fairly affordable photography equipment on Amazon that I’m considering buying to make these photo shoots a little easier.

I also shot some photos of the Christmas Gift Bags I made (or favor bags). These are great for small Christmas gifts like jewelry, lotion, bath salts (in another bag inside of this) and cookie mixes.

I’m planning on crafting some more of these this week, as time allows, to post on my shop. Hopefully you enjoy my Etsy shop and some of these Christmas gift items! Make sure you check it out and share it with your friends!

Halloween Recap

If you remember from my previous post, I had some rather lofty goals when it came to my Halloween projects. There was the Harry Potter party I was planning and the Trunk or Treat. And what I might not have mentioned in my post was that I was working on making the decorations for the Trunk or Treat AND making Audrey’s first Halloween costume to go with it.

Below is Audrey’s Hedwig costume I made for her. The hat, I ordered from an Etsy shop I found called: Chinguliscreations. I was very pleased with the results. It took about 3 weeks to receive the product, but it was well worth the wait. (I’m glad I ordered it early).

I made the outfit. I purchased a white onesie from Once Upon a Child for $1.50, cut out some felt feathers and sewed them (by hand!) onto the costume. I should have used a sewing machine, but I don’t actually own one so I had to do this by hand.

Then, I cut out a large piece of white felt, added some velcro strips to the top and sewed on some more feathers. I attached the velcro mate strips to the onesie so the wings could be put on or taken off as needed. And, voila, a Hedwig costume!

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There was a lot that went into making the Trunk or Treat decorations, and I hope to go into detail about some of these items sometime in the future, but, for now, here’s a quick overview.

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The decorations turned out great. A little tip: Check the weather before these types of events. It was hot and windy so it was actually really difficult putting together before the Trunk or Treat, but I had a lot of help so it all worked out! It was a group effort.

Finally, here’s my husband and me. We were Harry and Ginny. Could you tell? A few people kept asking Aaron if he was Ron. Haha.

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That’s all for now!

My List of Crafting Projects

My list of crafting projects is piling up! Do you ever get overwhelmed by the number of cute project ideas you see on Pinterest that you want to try? I definitely do! There’s so much to do and so little time.

In this blog post, I thought I would list out my crafting projects so you’ll see what’s coming up! (I figured that if I start listing out the top projects I want to do, I might be more likely to get them made).
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Harry Potter Crafting Project: Dobby Ears and Monster Book of Monsters

I’ve got a bit of a secret project going on right now. My SIL and I have been taking Harry Potter pictures of my baby, Addie. They have turned out so well! More pictures to come! 

To make this the huge success that it has been, we have needed some Harry Potter props. Luckily, being the fanatic that I am, I have been ready for just such an occasion. As we have come up with more ideas, I’ve set aside some time to create some Harry Potter props, like the ones I will talk about in this blog post.

Below are two of the Harry Potter crafting projects my friend and I worked on this week. I have listed out each step and included a few pictures so you can make these yourselves for whatever Potter occasion you might have coming up.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

If you read my blog for very long, you may soon find out that I am a bit of a Harry Potter fangirl (and by fan, I mean: THE BIGGEST HARRY POTTER FAN YOU WILL EVER MEET!).

Okay, I’m probably not the BIGGEST Harry Potter fan you’ll ever meet. I still have my priorities straight: God, family, friends, work. But I’m still a big fan! You’ll see some Harry Potter crafts posted to my blog in the next couple of weeks. I’ve got a special project coming up.

As such, I was, of course, ecstatic about the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. While not a sequel or prequel to the Harry Potter series, as Rowling herself explains, it was still a way back into this fictional world that I love.

Below is a review of the play that was released in print at the end of July.

[*SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE BOOK SPOILED FOR YOU*]
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Starting the Crafting Mom Blog

Hi there. My name is Natasha. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while now, but, being the busy new mom that I am, I haven’t had the time. Who knew?

I decided to make this a priority tonight and get the blog up! It’s the first step to blogging, right?

In this first post, I’m going to tell you a little bit about myself and why I started this blog.
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