Creating Content: What It’s Like Being Creative.

Creating Content: What It’s Like Being Creative.

Creating Content: What It’s Like Being Creative.

Being creative can be a blessing and a curse. It can help you in times of need or times where you don’t want to need it. You can sit around all day and think you’re being productive. At the same time, you’re a master procrastinator.

Creative Pros

First, I love being creative. Usually it’s an introverted thing. I like to spend my days inside crafting, creating, making things.  I think we are the mysterious ones. the ones who can make things out of nothing and everything, all at the same time. Need a hat? We can make you one. Have a cat? We can make one for them too.

Naked cat in sweater with mad face.

Since I’m chronically ill, it’s an everyday task to be creative. I make lists on lists, and have been looking for the perfect app for all of these lists. You won’t catch me without my favorite fountain pen and some sort of paper in front of me.

A bowl of noodles with notes and a fountain pen. and a small container of crumpled notes, on a laptop keyboard.

Creative Cons

Second, it’s just as much of a curse to create. My apartment is one big craft tornado chaos. If you walk in, you’ll know exactly where I work. My kitchen table has my laptop on it with all of my stationary and planners. The con about this, is that my memory doesn’t allow me to stop this chaos of planning.

Another one is the hallway leading to the bathroom and bedrooms. It’s a very small hallway. Georgie likes to hang out in the bathroom the most. She likes to chew on plastic buckets and baskets in the sink, and don’t remember the last time I used that sink.

So, I do my crafts in the middle of the shallow hallway so I can be bird sat. This is when she needs to keep an eye on me at all times and I’m not allowed to leave that spot. Evidently, my roommate hates that spot, because he has to step over not only me, but the creative chaos all around me. I think every crafter has a problem with putting things away. I’m always working on something and never want to put anything away. I know I’m coming back to it, and my brain agrees, but it’s not always a good idea to have sewing needles on the floor with a sewing project.

Another one is the hallway leading to the bathroom and bedrooms. It’s a very small hallway. Georgie likes to hang out in the bathroom the most. She likes to chew on plastic buckets and baskets in the sink, and don’t remember the last time I used that sink.

So, I do my crafts in the middle of the shallow hallway so I can be bird sat. This is when she needs to keep an eye on me at all times and I’m not allowed to leave that spot. Evidently, my roommate hates that spot, because he has to step over not only me, but the creative chaos all around me.

I think every crafter has a problem with putting things away. I’m always working on something and never want to put anything away. I know I’m coming back to it, and my brain agrees, but it’s not always a good idea to have sewing needles on the floor with a sewing project.

What I do about this…

 All things have to end eventually. Unfortunately, this includes my creative chaos. At the same time, this is where the creative chaos comes in. I use my crafts to create solutions.

A knitted loom hat upside down can be a basket pouch. Just putting my earbuds and something cute makes me want to put it away.

Another, cinch bags are some of my favorites to use for small things. Markers and colored pencils are neatly placed away with tall cinch bags. I loom knitted a pencil case and sewed a zipper on top. These cinch bags order my pens from my highlighters so nothing drowns in everything else.

Have you ever gone into a Dollar Tree? This is the only place I get organization from. Things like buckets and baskets that are also chewed up from my bird, are great to utilize in your work areas. I just put my sewing essentials in a shallow basket, since those are the things I carry around the most. During the Valentine’s Day holiday, I grabbed a few of these tiny buckets with a sealed lid for garbage I might have on the floor from the chaos. They’re perfect for tiny threads that can stick to your socks, or sticky notes you don’t want to get up to put in the garbage just yet. I got one last year to put laundry quarters in, but had to wait another year to get a few more.

Highlighters and pens in cinch bags, on top of a knitted pencil case, and notebook with camera and butterfly stickers peaking from underneath.

Have you ever gone into a Dollar Tree? This is the only place I get organization from. Things like buckets and baskets that are also chewed up from my bird, are great to utilize in your work areas. I just put my sewing essentials in a shallow basket, since those are the things I carry around the most.

During the Valentine’s Day holiday, I grabbed a few of these tiny buckets with a sealed lid for garbage I might have on the floor from the chaos. They’re perfect for tiny threads that can stick to your socks, or sticky notes you don’t want to get up to put in the garbage just yet. I got one last year to put laundry quarters in, but had to wait another year to get a few more.

I hope this helps a little bit with your own creative chaos.

-Jenni

Burning Midnight Oil: Me Time

Burning Midnight Oil: Me Time

Burning Midnight Oil: Me time

Are you a morning person or a burning midnight oil owl? I’m known to be a night oil and ask for everything to comprise in the afternoon. Evidently, waking up at 10:30 every day this week was brutal for me. This post is for ones who are curious about what I do with my time, as I burn the midnight oil.

By the way, I can be up till seven in the morning before the thought is going to cross my mind. My energy comes at the end of the afternoon, into the evening. Also, my bird wants to be tucked in from 9:30 to midnight. That’s when I greet the quiet and start working.

 

Over here obtain a list of what I do during my burning midnight oil time:

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Midnight Empire-ing:

 

First, I work at night when it comes to Creating Jenni. Georgie Bird demands my hands propping her, not typing on a laptop. She gets extremely annoyed when the screen is on, and not dedicating her to my extensive attention.

Some common things are my socialsmy emailsmy start-up business, and other things I’ll be sharing on the list.

Midnight

Midnight Planning:

 

 

I love this weekly planner from Amber Housley. It makes me remember the good, not just the extreme in a business.

Undeniably, there is a special place in my heart for planning. Even using different colors for different things and multiple at the same time.

 

Midnight Subscribing:

 

Ever since I started my blog about 4 months ago, I‘ve been subscribing to other bloggers. At first, it was about how to be successful with a blog. Now that I have other needs to look into, I have been getting suggestions from Instagram and Pinterest. Ads know you have been looking at something earlier and make sure you know. Taking advantage of these sometimes and watch for the ads only. I’m going to try really hard not to fangirl, but show their amazing content. 

Here is a sub-list of my email subscriptions:

 

  • Alison Reeves at alisonreeves.com: A kind spirit, who represents a business and marketing coach.

  • Abby Lawson at justagirlandherblog.com: Represents an impressive lady, who does DIY home.

  • Amber Housley at Amber Housley | Inner CircleIs lovely and vivacious, her website says Branding Marketing Strategy Expert.

  • Chelsea at herpaperrout.com: Represents a trailblazer, who is a content monetization strategist with videos.

  • Jasmine at mismillmag.com: Represents a humble lady, who is a magazine editor that provides blog advice for women on the wise.

  • Divine at ladiesmakemoney.com: A thorough lady, who helps other ladies make money online.

  • Louise at louisehenry.com: Represents a passionate lady, who helps you with the tech side of your business with YouTube.

  • Latasha at artandbudgets.com: Represents a go-getter, who helps with making money at home.

  • Masha at mashplans.com: An adorable lady, who makes a bullet journal as much fun as possible.

  • Rebecca at unexpectedlydomestic.com: A creative soul, who helps with homemaking.

  • Ruth at ruthsoukup.comThe lady who does it all, advises on how to live a freeing lifestyle.

  • Stephanie at handmadebosses.comThe knowledgeable lady, who is all things Etsy on YouTube.

Also, I’ve learned not to take subscriptions for granted. withhold them in their specific folders to look back on for later. You may not need anything at the moment but need it later.

Midnight Printing:

 

A planner piece of paper with a sprint cleaning list printed on it.

I have been printing out lists from my email on planner paper. I love this spring cleaning list from Abby Lawson.

At length, I take the subscribers’ emails to quite a level; I print everything out they have to offer. I think of blogging as going to college; cramming information down my throat, highlighting key points, and making a book out of them with 3 book rings. Some of them, I print out as books themselves, and some I print out to constantly utilize with me for ordinary reference.

In addition, every email has helped in some way to achieve my goals. Whether it’s from a printout of what they are going through at the moment. It means a lot.

Midnight Streaming:

Particularly, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu…Anything to listen and or watch in peace, without a bird screaming to tell me the video stopped.

Midnight Sewing:

A green leather wallet with embroidery of a camera and a flower going through the lense.

My amateur sewing on my leather wallet. I forgot there are tools for leather sewing…

Generally, I’m always sewing something with floss, especially love to embroider and customize. I don’t know how to use my sewing machine, but I can work a needle with chunky floss.

 

Midnight Shopping Online

 

Honestly, does anyone else love shopping online? But it isn’t what you might think, though. It’s usually office supplies, planning suppliesAnything productive. I love supporting small businesses and have realized I need to do it more often. It just makes more sense as a new small business myself.

 

Midnight Self-Care:

 

A bald girl with shaving cream on her face.

Done shaving my face. Maybe I was born with it?

On the whole, his one is a little different than what other ladies might do. I like shaving my head at night. Ever since I havedue to Fibromyalgia and having hair hurt, shaving at night is like taking off the stress of the past few days. My head is starting over and so is my stress. I‘ve noticed lately if I shave my facemy acne goes away too. I have notoriously prone skin and am surprised something worked.

 

Midnight Snacking:

Noteworthy, snacking is important. Even though doctors say not to. Who is not eating 12 hours after dinner till breakfast? That never made sense to me as a child. If you’re starved, eat. By the way, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches remain my favorite personally.

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Hopefully, you had fun reading this post, as I did make it. Farewell for now.

Always,

-Jenni (Please subscribe!)

(Ps. I used a grammar website.)

Dollar Tree Lady’s Plastic Bags:

Dollar Tree Lady’s Plastic Bags:

These bags are one of my favorite things to brag about. It sounds quite silly, but they are a huge help in organizing, and can even see what’s in them!

I told my mom once, I am a clear kind of girl. We were picking out storage bins, when I saw there were clear options. If I don’t see what is in something, I’ll forget what’s in them. That’s why these are the perfect kind of organizers. I can see what is in them, and even know what they are. They seem small, but they are pretty big in what they hold. I’ll just have to show you:

My purse bag: I love having an organized mini backpack. We have been wearing masks, but I would have enjoyed to wear lippies on the go in here. I have Raynaud’s Syndrome, where my extremities are almost always cold. I have my hat and fingerless gloves that fit perfectly in it, and with so much more room for anything else.

My mini backpack purse bag is always organized with a red bag.

Stickers and embellishments: These have come in handy for these loose things I use in planning. I have coupon accordion folders for specific subjects, and love how I have something just as compact for the things that don’t have homes.

My red bag in my planner container is so nice for the loose things to have a home.

Sewing: It’s kind of nice to see what kind of colors are available for embroidery floss, and know it isn’t in a big container, or a darker bag. I also like how a bulker box fits snuggly.

Medicine Closet: I tend to miss where I put things in my super deep linen closet. I had boxes to put things in, but I couldn’t see in the boxes. These were just what I needed to solve the issue. They don’t have bulk or a top to misplace, but a zipper to still keep what needs to be closed in. (Tall things are the exception.)

Beauty: I had just shown my makeup box, but didn’t show my nail polish. A container didn’t make sense for me, since they are heavy and fall everywhere, even with a closed top. It’s so nice to have them a little more compact, and a zipper to not spill everything out. (I forgot to make this look nicer on the inside, but I love how the details came out in editing.)

My nail polish and accessories bag.
https://www.dollartree.com/ladies-clear-plastic-carrying-bags-11×675-in/275747

Organizing, and the things I use to do them:

Organizing, and the things I use to do them:

  • I love a good list: Grocery lists, daily lists, appointments, needs, wants…Anything that gets me through the day. I use various types of sticky notes, stationary, utensils, textures, colors. I like when things stand out, and make sure I am able to the task at hand.
  • I love my planner! My mom gave me one for Christmas last year, and I loved it too much. It has pretty homemade folders, tons of sticky notes in the business card section, stationary, and inspiration before the weekly pages.
  • I like to change how I use my memos all the time: I need something different in moments that might not have made sense from yesterday. This image is my recent change. I liked that I highlighted my usual things in pink, and added sticky flags to remove when done with them. I also love that I have a list of different departments. I made it out to be the layout of Walmart. I start on the left, then make my way around to the food. Frozen and fridge stuff would be dethawed, if I did it the other way. Craft section and clearance isles get the best of me. I might not get anything, but it sure is fun to look.
  • I like to use things that appeal to me: A teacup with my things to sew, just make sense. I taped the cup to the saucer with heavy duty double stick tape, and wrapped it with some mesh. These are the things that make me happy. I don’t need to go out and buy containers all the time. Organizing on a budget, usually means I continuously recycle what I have around the apartment.
This image is of a tea cup on a saucer, with sewing needles, embroidery scissors, string conditioner, and a threader.
  • Don’t be afraid to use kids’ toys: I love my Dollar Tree broom. It gets behind the toilet, under the table better, and that space between the oven and refrigerator. You might be surprised by what you might need, but in a smaller version. I didn’t realize it was a toy, until I took it to the register…
I use a broom and pan baby toy for the little spaces a usual broom can't go in.
  • Book rings might surprise you: They sure did sneak up on me. Another Dollar Tree find, since I didn’t want things to always be in a container of some sort. So, I put my rubber bands on them, my rainbow loom bands (sometimes you just need a tiny rubber band), safety pins, and even as a keychain. I bought a pack at one place, and didn’t realize I had another size at another. I loved it though. Rainbow looms take up a lot more room than one might think.
Book rings are nice for things you didn't realize you might not want in a box.
  • Bulldog clips are one of my favorites: They can be used for anything you decide they need to be on. Cereal bag? Do it. Keeping a book open? Put it on. Need to hang something? Use the hole to hang, and the clip to hold what you want it to be. They really are that fun.
I use bulldog clips for everything.

I’m pretty sure this is going to have a more than just one page. I love giving the advice I have to others, just to make their life a little easier as well.

Bye for now.

Always, Jenni.

Sewing Hacks:

Sewing Hacks:

I love some good life hacks. So, I decided to give some of mine to you.

  • Rubber Bands: Rainbow loom rubber bands have been quite handy for my organization of string. It helps things from unraveling, and can be put on just about anything that needs such a thing. I also like that I don’t have to waste products from coming undone, and having to throw them away. I keep them with me in my handy box.

Ps. The bobbins are kept together with straws, with safety pins at the ends.

  • Fun Box: What do you keep in your fun box? What are the essential things you need at hand for your sewing projects? I like to keep many types of these things around me for various purposes. They really make a huge difference, when different projects have different needs.
  • Needles: I don’t know about anyone else, but I struggle with where to put needles. I think I found just the right things to put them in for me. The sewing needles are in a loose tea strainer. I love that I can not only see the tops of them, but also feel how sharp they are. Different projects need sharpness, and others need something a little more dull.

The other ones are in a pot holder. I liked that it was minimal, and can fold it in half, so they don’t poke you as much. I topped it off in the back with an adorable button to keep it closed. A magnet is always a good idea to have around for needles. If it isn’t in the umbrella, I put it in the tea cup, and have the magnet hold on to it until I’m ready. It makes for an easier find, and nicer on the feet.

  • Minimal Compact Organizing: My thing for a while is to compact like items in bags, and not containers. It makes more sense for the little things, instead of toting something bigger. I found these red plastic bags at the Dollar Tree, and have fallen in love. I’ll end up buying a bulk box of 48 count, and making a post of those. For now, I have 12.

Makeup bags are so much fun! I have many, and prefer to use those any day. I love the pretty ones that make me smile, every time I see it. I make sure to get those ones. I went to Hobby Lobby, and had finally gotten the canvas pencil case I’ve been eyeing for a long time. The big one in the picture is so spacious, I have used it for many different things. Plastic bags with labels are another go-to for such organizing. It helps condense, and you know exactly what’s in it, without flipping through everything. Personalization is what gets me wanting to clean.

  • Oven mitts: I don’t have anything to lay my projects on, so I had to figure out how to not struggle with the thread and fabric. I came up with an oven mitt. It’s sturdy, and can be held nicely in your lap, as well as on a table. I have a clip in this picture, but I also use pins. Anything to make a tedious task a little less of a hassle.
  • Personalize: I like things to look pleasing to the eye. My mom gave me a sewing box many years ago. It looked bulky with the containers I had in it. I like that I have things on hand on top, and something to just grab when I need them. When something gives a sense of pride, I take care of it more. I put things back, as neat as I originally had it. Pins, stickers, pretty things from thrift stores, make a world of difference in the craft experience you want to achieve.

I hope this gives someone what they need, as much as I have needed it, and not realize how important it really was.

Bye for now,

Always, Jenni

 

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