Simple Advice Worth Remembering

I want to say that everyone has a moment of doubt.

Where you’re just starting to get into something your friends have done for a while. Like crafting or creating art. You see their beautiful creations and look at your….mess. It was one of your first attempts and yet it seems like pure trash compared to theirs.

If you have ever had one of those moments, I want to let you know that I understand. I have had moments of doubt in my abilities when comparing them to others. There are so many talented people out in the world, that I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with the thought that I will never get to making stuff that beautiful.

Have you ever felt like that?

During one of these times of doubt, I decided to get on Pinterest. As I was scrolling through the collection of posts, I found this quote below. And it hasn’t left my life since. It was one of the best pieces of advice I had ever seen, and I wanted to share it here on the blog.


Think about it this way. It’s like a 3-year-old comparing their accomplishments to a 7-year-old. Or a tadpole comparing itself to a frog. You’re just beginning to learn the trade. With experience and hard work, you’ll reach to be their equal when comparing their middle (or when you first noticed them) to yours.

That’s the way I think about it. I will get there to being a person who can create beautiful creations, but it’ll take patience and passion. So don’t worry about being jealous or envious with how much they’ve accomplished. Just enjoy their work, support them, and use that energy otherwise wasted on negative thoughts on having fun!

This is just some food for thought I’ve been thinking about, and I wanted to share as we start our week off.:)


Waste Not Reading Challenge Update

Hi guys! So as of today it’s been two and a half weeks since this challenge officially started.  While thinking of how setup this post, I got the idea of sharing the questions I was asking myself as I was writing it. I officially finished my first book, Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs.

 What have you learned so far from the book?

Honestly, I learned a lot about the variety of tea you can make. By page 66 I already had learned of about three new flavors of tea I now want to try. At the end of the book Laura had a couple of ideas for tea parties listed in the back. Which I thought was a fun little idea, especially if someone was reading this in a book club, because then they could pick one of them to have their meeting inspired by.

Has the reading a page everyday helped you get into the book?

Well, I’m having problems actually reading everyday, but yes. Because I’m trying to encourage myself to read, it’s been helping me actually sit down and read. And once I got started into the book, I got addicted and flew through it!

Have you changed anything about the way you’re keeping track of your progress?

I must admit that I’m still having trouble making sure I get at least a page read each day. So I have also been reminding myself to read by adding it to my planner as things to do.

Steeped in Evil reading progress
My Progress Reading Through Steeped In Evil (Recorded in Goodreads app)

How far have you gotten in your reading? Have you been able to read a page everyday?


Monthly Round-Up: June 2016

I was swept away in the chaos of change this past month. I almost don’t want to write this post, because it’s just proof of how little I’ve done this past month online.😦 With having to move from my apartment and watching my fiance leave for two months for training for a new job, well my life has been hectic.

However, I have been working on my Waste Not Reading Challenge, which was created for myself and any other book lovers out there that never have time to read. I’ll be creating a round-up post for that here later this week.

What have I been doing though behind the scenes? Well, as of about a week ago, I created a website specifically for all things related to Boards & Crafts. I will still keep the post I’ve already made on here live, but will be transferring them to the new site as well. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s getting there.

On YouTube I’ve done two videos with Board Game Blender. A best of the month video and a tutorial to make your own bags for Sheriff of Nottingham if yours are ever broken or lost.


That’s it for me! Hope y’alls past month treated you well, and that this next one will be filled with adventures! Now I got to start prepping for GenCon!

How I’ll be doing the Waste Not Book Challenge

A quick update on my life before I get into the real reason for this blog post…..I’m moving! It’s not too far from where I live now, though I might end up moving again in the upcoming months so I’m having to decide what I would like to unpack at my new place and what I should keep in storage. I have been so focused on packing and organizing, I didn’t realize until today that I forgot to write-up some blog posts and keep this website up and running. It’s almost been an entire month of me being silent!😦  All I can say is thank you everyone for being patient with me!!!

Now to get back to the topic of today’s ramblings. I would like to show anyone who’s interested how I plan to keep up with the Waste Not Book Challenge!

Do you remember the rules of the challenge?

  • Read each day, even if it’s just a page. 
  • Figure Out What To Do With The Book. 
  • Save A Quote. (Optional)

Pretty simple, right?

On the sidebar of this blog I added a new widget for Goodreads. This website is how I plan to keep track of my reading progress. Most of these books that you’ll see me reading for this challenge have fallen into my hands by friends, family, and impulsive buys. So it’ll be interesting to see how I end up ranking them. How do you plan to track your progress?

I also plan to create some fun posts of some of the quotes from the books I read, and from y’all, to post on here and maybe even social media.

At the end of it all, this challenge is for you and me. To help get through all those books we’ve collected and have yet to touch. With that being said, it’s nice to have someone to share your progress with. So if you use twitter, instagram, facebook, or pinterest, I would love to see your success in progressing through a book! (You can use the links at the top of this site to find my accounts, or look at the bottom of this post where I will list them to make it easier.)

You can tag your post with #WNRC, or #wastenotreadingchallenge along with my account because I would love to share your progress with you!

If you would like to learn more juicy details for this challenge, head >here<.

It’s not too late to join in and try this challenge for yourself!


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Monthly Round-Up May

Monthly Round-Up: May 2016

This month was good. There’s no other way to put it. I got all of my craft supplies organized, and my work desk is actually clean enough for me to work on it! There’s already a change in how I’m working on my crafts and art. It’s so much easier to stay focus on it.

I got the chance to go watch Captain America, and goodness. It was a good movie. Of course, I don’t keep up with Marvel as much as I do DC comics. However, with that being said, I love a good story, and this one adds a lot of good stuff to the Movie Marvel universe. Especially the best version of Spiderman I’ve seen that’s live-action. (Definitely inspired by Ultimate Spiderman.)

However, there was some bad news. I don’t know if it was because we had so many campaigns (four different sessions each week) but a lot of my D&D campaigns got cancelled or put on break. I think having too many characters to focus on, maybe having the same friend group in almost every one of them, or both, where the reason it all came chasing down. Honestly I think it’s a good thing that we decided to take a break.

What’s Happening on the Blog?

A lot more than last months round-up. I created some of my first print-offs for Board Game Blender and shared them here to create some Sushi-Go! Thumbtacks! Since I posted this part of the project, I went on and posted the second part of this project, a Sushi-Go! inspired corkboard.

I decided to do something new for the blog this month, and announced a Summer Reading project called Waste Not Reading Challenge. It’s a great way to encourage yourself to read those books that have been collecting on your bookshelf.

The latest piece in my Sentinels of the Multiverse fan art wish list was completed, which was Argent Adept rocking out!  I also completed doodling the second zodiac, Taurus!

I also showed how to create a beautiful card out of a finished coloring page.

And then, at the end of the month, I got a little personal and shared a piece of advice that really hit home for me.


What’s Happening on YouTube?

As mentioned earlier, I created two segments for the Dice Tower this month. One was for their “Food Glorious Food” theme in which I created Sushi-Go! Thumbtacks. The other one was “Was Just for Kids” and I created a corkboard to go along with the Thumbtacks made earlier in the month.

Not much happened on my own channel. Actually, nothing happened on my channel…I’m going to try to fix this.

How did May treat you? Anything exciting happen?

The Advice that Change My Life

Advice is always given. Sometimes we don’t want to hear it. Other times, it’s just what we need.

One piece of advice that has resonated with me is “you have to start at the bottom to work you’re way up.” Or at least it was something along those lines. I was driving home for a weekend break from college life when my dad told me this.

My dad, well, he cracks jokes, usually “bad” dad jokes that I get a kick out of. He is always joking around, but this, this piece of advice really struck home. I learned so much about my dad in that one phrase. It was the moment that I knew that he saw me as no longer a kid, but an adult trying to find her way.

My Dad's Advice

When I was feeling useless, and lost because my adviser had just given me the hard truth that I would never see vet school with the GPA I had. He made me realize that I could still be someone who could help improve the world. It just wouldn’t be the exact path I dreamed of since I was 3…

This piece of advice led me down the path of creating this blog, and a year later starting to make YouTube videos based off a collection of my favorite hobbies.

This piece of advice got me to move up my science career path (though I’m keeping the details secret…) and find enjoyment in what I do.

You’re not going to immediately get that dream job. You have to work for it. Because the truth is that when you’re just starting out, you’re not going to know much. But taking that first step will help you know if that’s path right for you.

Taurus-The Second Sign Of the Zodiac

I’m a little late with this Zodiac. I was hoping to create each one of them when they occur. In this case that would be from April 21st to May 21st. But, hey, I got it done!

I think something I’m going to do with this project is use different mediums for each one. So the first one was traditionally sketched, then colored on Clip Studio Paint. Taurus, on the other hand, was traditionally drawn, and colored with pens and pencils I have in my collection.

I really love the angle, so I thought I’d add this pic to the post.

The Supplies I Used:

  • Pegma Micron pens
  • Gel Pens
  • Gelly Roll Pen
  • Crayola Colored Pencils
  • Regular Mechanical pencil (To sketch)


A top-down view of the picture.