Rest In Paradise Talia Joy Castellano

I have to apologize for not posting as often as I’d like. No excuse other than laziness and forgetfulness. But these past few weeks have been kind of busy and full of emotional distress.

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Last weekend my family had celebrated my niece’s 9th birthday, and a lot of our family also came to meet her 5month old baby brother. It’s amazing how time has flown! I honestly can’t believe she’s 9! I swear she’s still the baby that was born 22hrs after my sister checked into the hospital! I have been there since the time she was born, and I was there during her first milestones: first word, first step, first tooth, and first day of kindergarten.
I did make her a purse for her birthday, though!
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That same day, Cory Monteith passed away. It was a sad day when I got the phone call from my niece late at night saying her grandmother told her about it. I had to do research on my own, and it was true. My heart sunk to the pit of my stomach, because I’m such a “GLEEK“. Then I saw a “meme” on Instagram that said, “She was planning their wedding, now she’s planning his funeral.” What’s going to happen to GLEE? Are they going to start the new season off by them honoring his character Finn Hudson like they did with John Ritter’s character on 8 Simple Rules?

A few days after, an AMAZING, INSPIRATIONAL, & JOYFUL YouTube beauty guru lost her battle with neuroblastoma & leukemia. She was only 13 yrs old. She battled cancer for almost half her life, 6yrs total. She was loved by everyone of her social media followers, and she inspired all of them, as well. She would’ve been 14 next month.

I’ve been following her since I watched one of her makeup tutorials on YouTube, and her cancer updates on her Facebook page. Although I never got the chance to meet her, on the day she passed I felt like I lost a close friend/family member. I feel that the beauty community on YouTube is like extended family (for those who don’t know, I post videos on YouTube, as well).

She was only 13, but she accomplished so much in her short time on Earth: makeup artist, honorary CoverGirl, entrepreneur (she started her own fashion line & wanted to start her own cosmetic line!!), and inspired those dealing with cancer, as well as those who didn’t.

I pray that her family, friends, and followers hearts be lifted as we celebrate this wonderful girl’s life. You will will forever be missed, and never forgotten,Talia Joy Castellano
Aug 19, 1999-July 16, 2013

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Farewell, Google Reader! Hello, BlogLovin`!!

So, many of us use Google Reader when we catch up on the blogs that we follow. As many of you who do read blogs through Google Reader, many bloggers/vloggers have already promoted BlogLovin’ on one of their recent posts. So here I am letting you all know that as of this past Monday, July 1st, Google Reader has retired.

Sorry for the little post here, but if you’d still like to follow my crafting journey, follow my blog with Bloglovin!!

50 Random Facts

For those who know me, they know that I do have a YouTube channel. I mean, who doesn’t? I’ve had this channel for the longest time, but was never really consistent with my content. I’m starting to get back into the swing of things slowly, but we all know that life happens. My videos are beauty related videos, and I’ve always been interested in making people embrace their natural beauty, just by enhancing their features. Before I got into DIY, yarn crafts, and all that other jazz, I’ve always considered makeup artistry to be some sort of craft of mine. I mean, anything that you do with your hands, like making/building-wise, that’s a craft.

Because some of you have no clue as to who I am, I’ve provided a video on a tag that’s been going on around YouTube for a while now. So, get to know me & enjoy the video.

Here are a few other random facts that I thought of after I filmed this video:
51) I didn’t realize I have a birthmark near my left elbow until my early 20s.
52) The only soda I drink is Sprite (or any lemon-lime flavor) and orange soda.
53) In the past 1.5 years, Caesar and I moved 3 times.
54) My sisters & I rode an elephant and a camel at a fair.
55) I love watching shows from the 90s, when the moral of each episode was wholesome and realistic.

Is Cooking A Craft?

It definitely is in my opinion. Being that my significant other is a sous chef at one of Guy Fierri’s restaurants, and is studying culinary arts, I’ve learned a few things in the past 20 months or so. I’ve stepped up my game in cooking, and I even got into making my own pasta!

After moving in with BF, my mother had given us her Cucina Pro Imperia® Pasta Machine. I’ve used it twice to make my own pasta for a chicken stir-fry & also some fetuccini with marinara sauce. Let me know if you would like me to do a post on how I make my pasta! I wouldn’t mind doing that for you all!

I love going to restaurants that take time to do the plating presentations beautifully. So that’s where half of the craft comes in, and also we can’t forget about flavor! Flavor is also part of the craft. So don’t question yourself if you think cooking isn’t a craft. It takes time, and the right flavors to get a great recipe to come together.

Until next time!

His & Her’s USMC Dress Blues Diaper Cover

His & Her's USMC Dress Blues Top & Diaper Cover

His & Her’s USMC Dress Blues Top & Diaper Cover

During my younger sister’s last month of pregnancy in January, she asked me if I can make her something like this. I told her that if I can find the pattern of how to do it, I definitely can. My brother-in-law is a USMC Cpl, and they were expecting a baby boy at the end of January. It came in perfect during my stay with them.

I searched high & low for the patterns for both the hat & diaper cover. I found the diaper cover easily from Flowers Creations. I did the pattern as directed, but instead of putting one button in the middle, I did two gold buttons on each side. This way, it can be more adjustable as my nephew grew a bit more. For the skirt diaper cover, I did the same pattern as the one from Flowers Creations, but added the skirt pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.

As for the hat, it took longer to find the perfect pattern for it, but low & behold, I found one from Busting Stitches. I modified it to be black & white, and added a little piece of white cardboard so that the top of it stayed flat. For the girl hat, it took a LOT of modifying. I started the pattern the same as the pattern says on Busting Stitches, but instead of decreasing in the 6th round, I kept it at 23 stitches in the round. I slowly decreased around the 16th round, and finished off as directed.

I hope you do try this out, but if you don’t know how to crochet (or don’t have time to crochet), you can email me to place an order: craftsbymp@gmail.com

I had fun doing something like this, and my sister used the diaper cover for my nephew’s 3month old photoshoot. Below are photos of my nephew taken by Mariposa Finan Photography in April.

Baby Kenneth in the whole set

My favorite picture by Mariposa Finan Photography

Welcome To Crafts by MP

Hi all! Thank you for stopping by my blog. As you can see above at my tagline, this blog is basically my journey on paying off student loans through all the crafts I’ve been coming up with. I mainly crochet and do DIY items. I’ll try my best to update this blog at least twice a week with pictures of what I’ve been working on.

His & Her's USMC Dress Blues Top & Diaper Cover

His & Her’s USMC Dress Blues Top & Diaper Cover

Thanks again for your time, and I hope you visit again soon!
MP