BlissfulFiberArt

Hey!

As I mentioned a few posts back, I began embroidering a few months ago and have fallen in love! Like seriously – I know it seems like an old lady hobby, but I’ll take the weird glances because it’s so stress relieving and the products are awesome (in my opinion).

Here are a few of my hoops I have made in the past few months:

Doctor Who Tardis

This hoop took me forever. I was dying to do something more “fandom” related and so I decided Doctor Who would be my show of choice. While it did take me a while, and could be in better shape, I am quite proud of it!

Treat Yo Self

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Any Parks and Rec fan will get this. Need I say more?

Suck It

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If you haven’t ever watched Psych, you need to. Go on Netflix, and start now. Just go.

Ovaries before Brovaries

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I received A LOT of weird looks while embroidering this one… and it now shall hang on my sister’s dorm room wall. So yes, embroidery hoops are hip. Especially when they are quoting Leslie Knope.

N + A Initials

I made this hoop as a wedding present for my darling best friend, Ana. It took me forever and I actually finished it the day before the wedding in a frantic hurry. I loved getting the chance to do flowers and details like this!

So as y’all can see, I have been having a blast with my new hobby! I would love for you to check out my Etsy store: BlissfulFiberArt and look through my products!

XO Elisebeth

Jones Design Company

I am a major fan of graphic design. I am super excited for my husband and I to be getting a Wacom Intuos4 tablet once we get back to Green Bay. I cannot wait to use this tablet to further my graphic design and take my creativity to the next step!

I came across Jones Design Company a few months ago on Pinterest. I clicked through the pin to the site and instantly fell in love!

If you are looking for a website that is well designed, easy to use, and has loads of information – this is the place to be!
Tutorials are all very well organized and are visually pleasing, just look below if you do not believe me!

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Emily’s website is focused around home decor, fashion finds, and DIY projects. She also has TONS of freebies! I have printed off many of her free printable options. I personally love her Christmas tags and cannot wait to adorn my Christmas gifts with them!
She also offers graphic design and blogging classes. I have not participated in any of these yet, but am hoping to eventually.

Someday, I hope to have this blog running as beautifully as Jones Design Company. Maybe my new Wacom tablet will help me achieve this goal? Thanks, Emily, for all of your beautiful products and the time you have spent to put together a fabulous product!

Have any go – to websites like Jones Design Company? I would love to hear! Comment below and I’ll check them out.

XO Elisebeth

5 Reasons Why I Create

There are about a thousand and two ways to create and be creative. Sometimes it takes time to find the one or two ways that fill our niche and help us to be the creative people we truly are. As kids, coloring or playing dress up may have fulfilled that. But as adults, we have many more choices.

While the journey to find our way to create is important, it is also important to focus on why we create. Here are my 5 reasons why I create.

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1. I create to relieve stress.

Some of you may have better stress outlets than by using your inner crafty person, but my most effective means of relieving stress is by creating. In one of my education classes, we were discussing art curriculum. The teacher brought in at least twenty different art materials that she has used in classrooms. I spent nearly the entire night at the water coloring station. I felt so free by the end of class – it has been one of my favorite classes this semester for this reason.

2. I create to express myself.

It is so important to me to get my thoughts out in this world. I have done this through a variety of ways. My main venues of creativity are through writing, lettering, and photography. My writing is done through this blog. Here I share with you my other means of creativity, my random recipes, and insights to my life. My lettering is still a work in progress. I have talked about it briefly in a previous post and on Instagram but have not touched on it as much as I would like to. I am hoping this changes soon though! My photography has been doing wonderfully. You can stay updated on my newest projects on my photography page or by liking Elisebeth Anne Photography on Facebook. I am hoping to get a new website up and going by the end of the year so I will keep you all in the loop on that.

3. I create to tell a story.

I hope it is obvious that my means of creativity are there to let others see into my life and experiences, even if I haven’t fully polished all of my skills yet. My main goal in my creations is to tell a story. My most recent photos were from a benefit concert in Green Bay and I could not be happier. They so strongly convey the love of music by the subjects and how they want to pass that to the youth in Green Bay. I am yearning to keep these stories evident in all of my work.

4. I create to meditate.

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself busy and have so much on my mind. I think that taking the time to create, even something small, allows you to just be. Taking that time can be a form of meditation. When I am working on lettering, I never find my mind wandering to the other tasks I have. When I am on a photoshoot, I don’t have time to concentrate on what I have to do later in the day. If I am creating, I am in the moment,

5. I create to create.

This may sound kind of redundant, but sometimes you just need to let those creative energies out! Creativity stops if you do not allow it to be present. I have found that I need to give myself time to create or I lose the creative mentality. This is something I am continuously striving to find time for.

What are your reasons for creating? I would love to hear in the comments below.
XO Elisebeth

Spectacular Monday

Wow – I am one awful blogger right now.

It’s officially our wedding week! I woke up this morning invigorated and motivated to take on everything today has to offer. That rarely happens, especially on a Monday! But in less than a week you can call me Mrs. Rodriguez, so I’m kinda pumped.

So what have I finished on this spectacular Monday?

Last night I got the basics to our chalkboard program done, so this morning I finished it. It’s looking mighty fine!

I also did the “wedding itinerary” sign. It’s not quite finished, but I’ll finish it either later tonight or tomorrow.

I made my weekly stop at Hobby Lobby, too! The other night I was talking with my mom and we decided we wanted to add ribbon to the mason jars. So I ventured over to Hob Lob today to make that purchase. I also bought a miniature chalkboard and some super stellar chalk pencils!

Once I got home I wrote on the miniature chalkboard, “Do you Instagram? Use the hashtag: #adventuresoftande”. So if you’re bored next weekend, search the # and see what’s up in my life!

On the agenda for the rest of today? Trevor and I have a meeting with our photographer to sign some paperwork and to pay her. I also have to develop the weekend timeline. In addition to that, I have a few more escort cards to finish and stickers to put on the jellies!

Like I said, it’s wedding week – so I probably won’t be blogging too much. I have an incredibly long to-do list, but I’ll try to get another post out to you all later in the week to tell you a little bit about my bachelorette party (which is tomorrow)!

XO Elisebeth

Tried it Thursday {Escort Cards}

I am currently in (what I deemed) the details phase of wedding planning. The big day is only 24 days away! So at this point I am solidifying previous ideas and making a lot of purchases at craft stores. In fact – earlier this week I was out buying materials for about 4 hours!

Last week I followed someone else’s DIY project and let you all know how it went. I was planning on doing that this week as well, but I am going to save that for next week, so instead you all get to read about my own DIY experience!


I got the idea to do jam jars with various flavors as my wedding favors from a wedding I went to last October. While I have yet to actually use the jam – I think the idea is perfect! My grandma is a jam expert and volunteered to make some for me. She asked me for what types Trevor and I wanted and all I told her was strawberry – so we’ll see if she sticks to that or decides to add more (sometimes she just does what she wants…).

Anyway. I was thinking about how I can make sure that each person takes a jam so there aren’t a hundred left over jams. Of course! Put their names on it! So I am using my jams as escort cards. Which brings us to today’s DIY: escort cards.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been buying a lot of items from craft stores lately – this particular purchase came from Hobby Lobby. I bought three packs of large circle blank designer tags. Unfortunately they don’t appear to sell the exact ones I bought online, but here is a picture of one of my packages.

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I bought two packs of the craft paper kind and one pack of plain white. They were $1.99 each so the purchase was $5.97 + tax.

The great thing about this project is that is all you need! So one simple purchase at Hobby Lobby and you’re ready to go.

I first emptied out my three packets into piles. This was just because I prefer to be organized and get things done efficiently. Honestly you could have them all spread out if you want. Below is a picture of my set up. The lowest pile is my completed pile.

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I found my best “flowy” pen. I have been practicing “fake calligraphy” as of late. So basically just fancy cursive. This type of handwriting is how I addressed all of the wedding invitations, and I wanted to carry that through to the rest of the paper products. Here is a step by step look through pictures at writing out the escort tags.

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As you can see – it’s a very simple + easy process! I love how these are all turning out and cannot wait to see the finished products on the jam jars! I will post pictures of those once that happens.

Happy Crafting!
xo Elisebeth