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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


That’s what I’m searching for. Sorry, this isn’t going to be an awesome project post. I’m in the middle of several projects, but I’ve lost the gusto to finish them. My dad has been in town this past week, so it’s been nice to hang out with him (he’s been working in another state for 6 months, so we don’t get to see him too often…he’s almost done though!). My oldest is on a rampage, and I’ve lost my patience several times…Oops. I’m trying hard, promise. My baby is sad, and has eczema really bad right now, so I’m trying to figure out if I should take her to a pediatrician or a dermatologist…We had to go up to our business we own this past weekend and check on things, so it was nice to see some friends up there (I brought down some of my craft supplies from the storage unit, happy day!). Oh, here’s a tip. You know chalkboard paint it so fun, right? In our business, I painted a long wall with chalkboard paint, but it kept getting smeared when people would walk by and rub their hands on it, and wasn’t worth the upkeep. Wanna know a cool product? It works on textured chalkboard walls too great.

Bistro Chalk Markers. They come in lots of colors, and I just got mine at a craft store (they’re also on Amazon, I heart them). They are liquid, erase with a wet rag, and work really well! So if you have something chalkboard in your house that you want to have last for awhile, go get a couple of these! If you want it to be more chalk-like, and a little more nice than kid’s chalk, use pastels. They come in lots of colors and look really nice on chalkboards. We use them on the high menu chalkboards at our business.
Anyway, sorry, it’s just been one of those weeks. Hopefully I’ll be back next time with something fun/awesome/whatever. In the meantime, let me ask you…What are you crafting/DIY/sewing questions? What would you most like to learn? leave some comments, and I can do some projects to answer those questions. I’m glad Nat did the hemming post yesterday, because I’ve been thinking of doing a whole sewing 101 series, but I want to know what you don’t know or want to learn (even if it's questions like what's a presser foot, or how do you sew a straight line)! Let me know, and help me get out of my funk!
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  1. I had someone ask me how to thread a sewing machine. You could do a post on that! :)

    I just have a comment about the eczema. Jingus and Monkey have it really bad. They're allergic to most lotions and creams, but we got a steroid cream from our pediatrician that worked wonders for Jingus. Monkey is allergic to it. Wanna know what works for him? Lansinoh and Bag Balm! It's worth a try. A few other things we've tried are:
    and even some handmade lotion. I've still found that the steroid cream, Lansinoh, and Bag Balm work the best. Good luck with that!

    P.S. I hope it's legal to comment on your own blog. :)

  2. Nat! Thanks for stopping by Dwell on Joy! Sewing Machine 101 was my favorite post because I had just gotten my new DLSR AND sewing machine! I figured since I was teaching myself how to use it, I might as well document it so I didn't forget and use it to inspire others! Have a wonderful weekend!

    And...I want these chalkboard markers! HATE the feel of chalk :)

  3. Great post!

    Mrs. Delightful

  4. I have no idea how to do dying. That is color dye. Where to start? How to do it? Where to do it so it doesn't stain sinks, tubs, or washing machines, etc. I have a white fleece jacket I wear a lot since I'm always cold and it fits my preggo belly. But it shows up every single little thing! I thought maybe dying it would work. Love to know more about that. I also have a softshell jacket that I love, but it also is a light color and shows up all the dirt and stuff. I don't know if that would work or not to dye.


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