Hobby Flirting

Blushed Tapatia Store{My first order for 2014!}

Blushed Tapatia

Although jewelry making was such a large part of my life during my university years I have been flirting with it on and off ever since. I’m not sure if I became uninterested because turning a hobby into a job while you have many other commitments and a full-time job became too overwhelming or because I was ready to try new hobbies and teach myself new things. When I started Blushed Tapatia a few months ago I decided to take things slower, to make and sell jewelry for fun and at my own pace, to not become obsessive with the outcome and just enjoy the process. It’s been nice, it’s been slow and I love the fact that when I feel a burst of creativity I can just pull out my beads, make something and share it with the world. Getting this order reminded me of the thrill that I feel when someone, somewhere, loves something that I took time and care to make. It helped me decide that although 2014 is full of new promises I have to make time to enjoy the older things.

Hobby Flirting

Wrap, wrap, wrappin’ and some hair.

I think I’m not alone when I say Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. It can serve as an endless catalog of inspiration and a fantastic tool for passing time, however, it can also increase the pressure for us crafty people. When I was planning my wedding I just kept thinking – I like this but is it Pinterest worthy? Terrible and slightly embarrassing, I know, but when there are so many gorgeous and magazine-like photos of real events, real family pictures, and real home-made food, our own expectations are heightened {I’m not alone in this, right?}.

Earlier last week I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for some gift wrapping ideas and I stumbled upon this lovely photo.da363c40a50e7755e2c35a27826cc755

I got obsessed. It’s simple, creative, amazing – I had to make it!
Turns out, it’s a lot more difficult to find black paper in Toronto than expected and after scrounging different Michael’s and spending an excruciating 30 minutes in a Walmart teeming with anxious Christmas shoppers, I found myself at the verge of a nervous meltdown. Thankfully, Reason decided to kick in and rescue me from what would have been an incredibly embarrassing moment. I figured there was no need to be all Pinteresty, I  would just have to look through my craft closet and work with what I had.

It’s surprising how much inspiration you can get just from looking at pretty materials! I have a slight obsession with all things glitter and with Japanese washi tape so I gathered my small collection, used kraft paper as a nice blank canvas and got to work. I had glue stickers in the shape of different flowers that I had bought years ago and had never really found a project for, so I decided to decorate each brown package with a few flowers and make them more seasonal by sprinkling them with different shades of blues and grays. I then wrapped each package with some washi tape, sparkly tape and ribbon.

Gift wrapping via Blushed Tapatia

It turned out to be much more rewarding to come up with my own designs and I found that by challenging my creativity a little I became even more creative, more excited, and felt proud of what I had accomplished. {*Surprise, surprise!*}

My creativity was, in fact, so peaked this weekend that I didn’t only bake up a storm of goodies {my husband truthfully pointed out I only step foot in the kitchen when I’m feeling creative} but I also decided to change up my hair for the first time in a few years so today, I’m a little bit blonder! Blonde hair via Blushed Tapatia{A little uncertain about it but deciding to work it!}

Wrap, wrap, wrappin’ and some hair.