New project coming soon!

I must admit that I had abandoned this blog for the summer. Now that it is starting to receive a small amount of traffic, I have been inspired to continue with Manic Makings rather than starting from scratch with my new projects.

I am currently working on a scrapbook comprised of our family’s favourite recipes. I am finished scanning in the handwritten and chicken scratched covered recipes and I am now attempting to decipher and rewrite them in a legible format. When completed I will be hand binding the book.

I will also try to post my first video tutorial with this project, I can’t wait to finish, but this project is becoming more labor intensive than I thought. There is sure to be lots of opportunities to learn something new.

Oh and thank you “Charlene Nieves” for my first comment ever! You rekindled Manic Makings existence!


Am I crazy, or just crafty?

Walking down the stairs to my “studio” I can’t help but feel totally depressed. It is a terrible mess of boxes, totes and tables strewn about. A far cry from the perfectly organized craft room I envisioned. Floor to ceiling shelves filled with little labeled boxes, a corner for sewing, a desk for beading and jewelry making, and a huge table for crafting right in the middle. And off to the side a play area for my 2-year-old son. It is a huge space, I mean it has to be. When we moved I had more boxes of craft stuff than everything else in the house.

Well, it has been 5 months since we have moved in. Try as I might, I never seem to get the time to go and organize my heap of craft supplies. When I do get an hour or so of free time while my hubby is watching our son. It is usually interrupted with me running upstairs to check on them (mostly checking to make sure my hubby didn’t fall asleep… again).

I have literally a mountain of things to go through, and so far in five months I have managed to only neatly fold and organize my small fabric stash into one Rubbermaid tote. I now it doesn’t help that I have a serious problem with getting distracted. I can stop and just look at my paper stash for nearly an hour without noticing. Maybe I should start on the play area for my son next, less chance for distractions. When I finish he can play while I organize and craft.(yea, right) I am just worried that he will get into my box of scissors and chop off his finger or something horrible like that.

Right now I am reduced to working on our tiny dining room table shared with my hubby’s laptop. It doesn’t leave much room for crafting but I make do. Hopefully I will be posting my first DIY try soon. I’m thinking the chrysanthemum mirror out of plastic spoons posted on If you have any other ideas leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Crafting!