Hobby Adventures: DIY/Customs✨

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Happy Friday! I hope you’re all ready for this weeks hobby adventure, it’s going to be my favorite one sharing which is why I’ve saved it for last. The series will only have one week left after this one. I’m excited! Not about it ending of course but because I’m going to have a lot of fun with these last two☺️

I’ve always been interested in DIY projects, even before I knew the term DIY existed. I’d find myself trying to come up with ways to make basic bedroom decor and school supplies really pretty, girly, and more unique to my own personality. In school I would try to color my pencils with a permanent marker or put decorative tape around them, I’d decorate my notebooks with markers and stickers or glue doodles on the cover. I remember going camping for a school trip and one of the activities we could participate in was decorating your own little purse, I was so excited to sit down and create mine and show it off. I wish I had pictures but this was back in 5th grade. I barely have any pictures before my high school years, unfortunately.In 2016 I decided to share some of my DIY projects to Facebook just to show my friends and family what I had been up to and how excited I was to personalize my own items. I was proud of what I could do and what I was putting my time and energy into. I started doing this as a hobby and creative outlet for myself since I love to make everything pretty lol.

Friends and family liked and commented how they always knew I was “talented” or they always knew I was creative mentioning my poetry as well. Some told me I should try to open a boutique, and it wasn’t long before other people in my hometown started commenting asking how much would I charge to customize something for them or their children (usually for birthdays, baby showers, Christmas)

I was shocked when money got involved because that’s not what I initially intended when I shared on Facebook. I didn’t even think my crafts were good enough that people would consider paying me, it was really just something I enjoyed doing and wanted to share.

I believe my first customer was a family member, my little cousin’s mother wanted some letters done for the kids’ bedroom.

Another family member wanted custom shoes and then clothing, then I started getting customers I didn’t know, people in different states. Things were moving very quickly, I had no idea what I was really doing or how to do it like a business, I didn’t know much about shipping to other states, I didn’t know what to expect if a customer wasn’t happy when they received their item, it was a lot of work, a lot to take in and do basically on my own.

I had help financially with some supplies, transportation to customers and post office thanks to my boyfriend at the time but other than that it was all me. Communicating to each new customer while having social anxiety was not easy but I had to do it, coming up with pricing, creating a portfolio, spending hours on a custom product hoping you don’t mess up and have to start over because that’s more money to spend, making sure it meets their expectations, these are just a few things. It would take an entirely new post to talk about the things to consider, things I didn’t know starting a small side hustle or business and the mistakes I made. But this post is just about the fun adventurous part.

Here is some of the work I did for customers:

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Here you can see I wasn’t the best at doing boy items, I had to mainly add stickers lol and I was so nervous about those “spider webs” but it still turned out cool. This was one I did for a family member so I wasn’t as nervous as I could have been.

CLOTHING
This was one of the first clothing items I customized. It was just a practice run, it wasn’t made specifically for anyone.
I made this one for myself. “WAYS” stands for Why Aren’t You Smiling. It’s a song by Jhene Aiko and is one of the songs I listen to whenever I’m feeling the most down.Excuse my hair in the picture lol I had just washed it. This was back in those relaxed hair days, but after I did my first mini chop.I did baby customs, majority of my customers wanted onesies. I’ve done many and I’d love to show more but the clothing is something I’m really working on to improve for the future so i’ll wait until then.

SHOES

OTHERI actually made a post on these DIY bookmarks and candle jars. I’ll have to update it because some of the pictures were deleted.I was so in love with these phone cases I did! Since I love cases so much I should make one for my phone!I also made a post on this baby shower pin for my cousin who had twins… which I also need to update… Well, it looks like I know some things I can work on soon.

My cousin even let me do her graduation dress! Or was it prom? Either way, It was such a wonderful feeling knowing both her and her mother trusted me to do that. They trusted me with GLUE on her dress for a special moment. I was beyond nervous, I was worried, my hands were shaking. I guess you could say I barely trusted myself with this project. I didn’t ask her for permission to post her picture actually wearing it, so I’ll just show the dress.

I have so many other pictures but I didn’t want to include so many in one post.

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I was improving, I was gaining more and more customers, everything was growing but then I let a terrible incident in my life shut me completely down. I sent out my last orders and never went back. This incident changed me and was followed by a series of other unfortunate events. It had nothing to do with the start of my growing business but everything to do with life. I could have bounced back from it after a while but I found my love for blogging so I started my journey here instead. I had family members pay me to do a few things for them over time since they could get in touch with me but that was it. I really haven’t been on Facebook, it became draining after a while honestly.

People ask me will I get back into it, people quickly answer for me and say never but the truth is I don’t know. It’s one of those things I’d like to do once I get other things more important to me going. I also feel like if you do any type of comeback, especially after years, it has to be way better than before. You can’t come back with no improvements. That’s just my opinion.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Which DIY custom item is your favorite? Which do you think I should recreate? Are you into DIY projects?

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Hobby Adventures: Graphic Design✨

Welcome back to another Hobby Adventures! There are only a few more weeks before this series ends. Last time I talked about instruments & writing and for this week I’ll be talking about my experience with basic graphic design and editing.

Graphic design is a very broad term because there are so many different types. You have graphic designers that create logos, websites (which many of us do as bloggers) business cards, those that create clothing designs, illustrations, product packaging, even marketing materials.

Something I’ve recently been working on is creating my own phone and desktop wallpapers even to share with you all! You may have seen a few I made on SheLivesLove. Of course, I’m just starting out so I have a lot to practice and learn but for my first few I think they turned out great!
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The inspired galaxy wallpaper is one of my favorite. The background started as a picture of some clouds, during a sunset much like the head in the clouds wallpaper. Editing and filters do work a lot of magic! Here is another cloudy/sunset picture I took and edited…
wallpaperbg7.jpgI haven’t worked as much on cellphone wallpapers but it is something I am focusing on more now. I’ll be sharing some soon on SheLivesLove so be on the lookout!
Here is a look at a quick simple one I made for myself today:


A few years ago I even dabbled in making those cartoons out of pictures, not with a filter. You know the ones people actually edit themselves? I know some are more professional but I was just beginning. These don’t look that great at all, it was something I quickly gave up lol but I had fun the first few tries. I used my own picture and one of my friends:

 

Besides wallpapers and weird looking cartoons, for a while, I played a game called IMVU. (similar to sims if you play that) It’s an avatar-based social platform where you can do all sorts of things chatting with people around the world within a virtual universe, one of them is becoming a “creator” which intrigued me for obvious reasons.

As a creator, you create clothes, shoes, hair, even rooms and so much more for other players to buy with their credits, which is the currency on IMVU. With each sale, you received a portion of the credits or “dev points” towards creating a new product. If you became pro you could possibly earn real money but I never reached pro level so I don’t know much about that. Pro level is level 5-7 unless they’ve changed things. I made it to level 3 before I quit. A lot of factors came into play when calculating tier points for creator levels which included the sales you made, how many products you made total and recent, product ratings and more. Which meant if you stopped creating for a while, you could go down a level.

Some items you could find already in the shop from other creators that you can derive from, meaning use their product to create a new one. Changing the color is usually what most people did when starting out but then you learned more and could create your own patterns, textures, shapes, whatever your heart desired!

You also had to create your own icon images for the products, and ads if you wanted that as well. I used gimp mainly and a few other editing software programs over time. For the first ad below, I derived the hair and tops from other products just adding my own colors, textures, and text. The top says, “Big Hair Don’t Care” lol. In the second add, I created the hairs the same way but the outfit and boots I designed and shaped all on my own. I was extremely proud of myself because I had been working so hard to learn how to do this, this outfit wasn’t the first try, only the first pictured. I got tired of just adding text or patterns to other products. The rest of the photos are of other outfits and ads I created.

 

 

 

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I no longer play or create on IMVU, sometimes I consider getting back into it as another creative outlet I enjoyed but the experience isn’t the same as when I was younger or even a few years ago. I think it’s much more enjoyable as a teen or if you’re really into fashion design which I am not. I’m like, a little into it. I created 195 products in the IMVU shop, you can see how my icons and editing improved over time from my very first product (on page 8) to my very last. Check out the whole shop here! I cringed at some of them, but I am at a different place in life than I was back then, okay? Lol! Carry on…

To the end of this post…I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you next week for another hobby adventure!
Do you play sims? Have you ever played on IMVU? Do you do any type of graphic design? Let me know in the comments.
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Summer Party Playlist Project: Ideas for all✨

The Summer Party Playlist Project? Some of you may not know what this project is or that I even started it. After my diary entry “rant” or whatever you might wish to call it i’m sure more of you know now.

I received some wonderful comments and suggestions already and Elsie mentioned to me that she has wanted to participate, but has been in a bit of a funk and she just can’t get that pretty brain working at the moment to find the words to submit. This immediately gave me an idea for a new post to promote my project and to help those of you out who may want to participate but just can’t find the words to get anything together.

The project requires submitting a poem, article, or some sort of presentation about Summer. The options aren’t limited at all, only the subject. I’ve decided to come up with a list of ideas you could write about to submit:) I’ll be sharing your submissions on my blog!💛


Poetry:

  • Haiku
  • Poem about the weather
  • Poem about a Summer love
  • Poem only about the sun
  • Poem about nature; flowers, trees, bees birds and butterflies, all the beautiful colors etc

Story Ideas:

  • Story about your first vacation
  • Story about your favorite vacation
  • Story about the best summer you’ve had
  • Story about a Summer holiday
  • Story time about being at the beach
  • Fictional short story about summer: A girl/boy experiences summer for the first time, short romance story relating to summer, a group of teens in summer school, someone celebrating their birthday during summer

Article Ideas:

  • Your first vacation
  • Favorite vacation
  • Your best summer
  • Place you would like to visit this summer
  • Things you want to do this summer/bucket list
  • Outfits
  • Summer DIYs
  • Thoughts on summer school
  • Working, going to school, and trying to have fun during summer
  • Summer treats/health/workout
  • Favorite summer song, why it’s your favorite and share the lyrics; maybe include your own verse
  • Beach article
  • Where you like to shop for summer
  • Summer make up day out look
  • Go to summer hairstyles/products
  • Summer reading list/list of books relating to summer
  • Come to the festival/park/mall/beach etc with me
  • Have a photo shoot and talk about the photos; you can capture sunsets, birds, bees, flowers, family outing, etc
  • Summer art drawings, editing- be sure to include a little about them
  • Summer colors: An article or pictures only using a certain color that reminds you of summer
  • Summer wishlist
  • Ideal summer vacation
  • Outdoor date night ideas
  • Shows/Movies you need to watch this summer
  • Keeping cool during summer
  • Keeping bills low during summer
  • Best ice cream flavors to try
  • 4th of July party ideas
  • Summer activities for kids
  • How to style; Summer trends
  • Top 10 summer essentials
  • Summer skin care
  • Have a birthday this summer? Write an article or post about that.

Music/Lyrics:

  • Write a full song (your own)
  • Write a verse to a song (your own)
  • Write the chorus to a song (your own)
  • Submit an audio/video recording of you singing a summer song (your own or other)
  • Submit audio/video recording of you reciting your lyrics or poem
  • Create a summer playlist of 5 or more songs all relating to summer

Other Ideas:

  • Create a PowerPoint or other presentation
  • Create your own summer book title and cover
  • Create a list of things that are “hot/warm” or things that are cold
  • Create a new month for summer, what would it be called? Include a holiday with it, what would the holiday be called and what would it be celebrating?
  • The “flavors” of Summer: Flavors/food/drinks you think of or enjoy during summer
  • The scent of summer: Scents you think of during summer, favorite perfumes, lotions etc
  • Favorite/Least favorite things about summer

Have any Summer related posts already planned but not published yet? Once you post it, tag me in it to use for your submission! 🙂 Again, it must be one not already published.

I hope this helps out a lot! Let me know if it does and if you’ll be participating.☀️

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