That Jolie Girl Crafts

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OVO – Cirque du Soleil

OVO – Cirque du Soleil


Posted on May 6, 2012

For my Birthday, my sis took me to see OVO by Cirque du Soleil. This was my 3rd Cirque show, but my first in their yellow and blue tent.  We had second row seats and they were incredible!  I had no idea what the show was about before seeing it.  I just loved everything about it.  The talent these folks have is just incredible. There many breath taking moments and overall it was just spectacular.     These ants girls were my...

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Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day 2012


Posted on May 4, 2012

  Record Store Day is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays. Founded in 2007 as a way for independent record stores and artists to celebrate their love of music.  It has grown each year and this year it was huge with over 300 Record Store Day special releases.  We bought more vinyl this year than any other.     This year we started early since Music Millennium opened at 8am. When we arrived about 9am, the line to...

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    There were so many great talks and here are a few of my favorites.     It’s been almost exactly a month since TEDxConcordiaUPortland’s event this year.  It’s really taken me this long to fully process that extraordinary day.  For the entire week after the event, I floated on a TEDx high.  So many inspiring people with so many inspiring ideas kept swirling through my brain and the positiveness...

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  I took this picture at the TEDxConcordiaUPortland rehearsal, the night before the big event.  Sitting in this near empty room, surrounded by planning team members finishing up last minute details such as putting name tags on lanyards, I was overwhelmed by all the greatness.  Attending meetings or working on projects at my house is one thing, but to realize that I am one part of this incredible event which is so much larger than...

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This is the last big project I did for the TEDxConcordiaUPortland gift bags!  I wanted to contribute something to the gift bags, since I was in charge of coordinating them.  After much brainstorming, I settled on making buttons! I arranged for I Heart Art: Portland (Thank you!!) to sponsor the buttons.  At first I was going to borrow their button maker, but I’ve wanted a button maker for years and this seemed to be the perfect...

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I’m super excited to share this project that I helped put together for the TEDxConcordiaUPortland event on March 31st, 2012.  When the planning team was brainstorming on what we wanted to put in the gift bags, we came up with the idea of having a thank you card in each bag. Egg Press We thought this would be a great way for the attendees to participate in the day’s event by writing a thank you card to the person who moved...

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  At the end of last year, I joined two committees.  I decided that since I wasn’t going to sell in 2012, volunteering for organizations that I love would be a great way to stay connected to my community.  Now I’m on the planning team for TEDxConcordiaUPortland!  I’m thrilled to be helping them this year.  I attended their inaugural event last year and I was so impressed with everything.  From the speakers to...

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The Catalyst Course

The Catalyst Course


Posted on Feb 10, 2012

When my friend, Jen Neitzel, told me that she had created The Maven Circle with Jena Coray of Miss Modish, I was thrilled for her! Jen’s face lit up when she talked about all the great ideas they had to help others ignite their spark. I can’t think of anyone better to help motivate others to achieve their goals. About 6 months ago, Jen made an off-the-cuff comment in passing that hit me to my core.  It helped me change my...

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While gearing up for the craft fair season before the holidays, I knew I wanted to make a large ring holder as a display for my felt flower rings.  I created this wine cork tutorial last July.  I knew I didn’t have the time needed to make another ring holder like I did previously. Under a time crunch, I opted to use glue. This holder is 2 feet by 8 inches with a total of 104 corks.  I started by putting all of corks into the...

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How to Make Jump Rings

How to Make Jump Rings


Posted on Jan 19, 2012

Buying Jump Rings can get expensive really quickly if you use a lot of them in your work.  Making them yourself is fast and easy.  It does require some equipment, but the small investment you pay in tools will save you lots of money in the future.  Besides, these tools are very versatile and you can use them in lots of different crafts.   Materials A: ‘C’ Clamp Vise – I bought mine for under 10 dollars at a swap...

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