Late Night Craft-A-Thon!

I don't know about you, but inspiration usually strikes me at the most inopportune times.

My crafting mojo always shows up while I'm at work, during my 90 minute commute to or from work, or now: 12:30 in the morning after I've already completed the to-and-from work drive, with a 9 hour work shift in between.

So, I figure while I'm obviously still awake, I'll go ahead and share what my little mind came up with in the wee hours of this weekend...it's perfect for 4th of July celebrations coming up!

Forgive the iffy picture, I had to take it myself!
       ...go figure. everyone else in my household is sleeping! It's now 1am!!

Glue Lines®, XL Glue Dots®,
Headband and Flag
I found headbands with a little base already attached to it on clearance at the craft store over the weekend. I knew they would make the perfect base for a little flower-esque do-dad, made with Glue Dots®, of course!

These little flags were originally for my kids to play with, but I decided to confiscate one for this project. I twisted the flag into a little snail-like circle and adhered it to one side of an XL Glue Dot®. That whole piece then gets stuck down to the pre-mounted base. I used Glue Lines® to attach coordinating red ribbon from my stash onto the headband.

I had originally made this with my daughter in mind, but I'm kind of loving this for myself!
Good thing there are plenty of Glue Dots® to go around!!

Continuous Glue Lines®, XL Glue Dots®
4x6 American Flag
I Top Twist Headband - Imaginisce
Finishing Fibers - Darcie
I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team


bringing the mojo back

I'm going to be pretty candid here.

Packing up my life, leaving the house and a job I loved, and leaving my immediate family wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be.

{shock, right?}

The avenue that released the most stress pre-move was right here in craft land. The Lair was my 'home away from home' (even though it was in my basement), my little escape from the world. Oddly enough, through this transition, creating is the one thing that hasn't come back to me as easily.
At all.
Monthly projects due turned into mandatory assignments {gasp!! homework!!}, and what used to be done in pleasure is now done as work.

I think my body realized that I needed a bit of an escape for a few weeks more than mind did, but I'm glad I took it. That's why teachers get Summer breaks...why lifeguards get rest periods...why Sunday School teachers get Monday through Saturday: refuel, recharge, and go back at it with a renewed passion.

This week's challenge
So I'm back at it! I found a great little challenge blog called The Play Date Cafe. It's fun. They give you a color scheme, you make the project! Guidelines without strict parameters = LOVE! I'm tipping my toes back into the rivers of crafting, and it feels ggggggood.

This card expresses exactly what I've been feeling in the last few months. Sometimes it's too much to ask of someone to go above and beyond.
Sometimes you have to just be.

And that's ok.

Materials used in this post:
Hollo's Cardstock
Sweet Baby Pickles - Soft Blue 12x12
Wright's Seam Binding
Hambly Screen Prints
Basic Grey - Green at hear- micro mono stickers
Basic Grey - Wisteria - alphabet stickers
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape - symphony
Ribbon - Target
Glue Dots - ultra thin and mini