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User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Sep 11, 2012 4:54 PM (UTC)

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Coraline woke up in the middle of the night sick. :( running nose, cough and fever so far... She thinks it's all funny! Especially her "crying nose". Ha. She doesn't get sick often.

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User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 18, 2018 12:40 AM (UTC)

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It took forever, with many breaks, but I assembled a rope bowl using the clothesline I dyed last week. .
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This was officially the first finished sewing project in weeks. WEEKS! 👈 how crazy is that? It exhausted me, and I feel like I spent hours at the gym. Seriously. My body hates me so much right now, but it was worth it. I think. Maybe. 😂🤷‍♀️
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I'll share a better photo once I add a color coordinated tab to the ends...
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#ropebowl #neonropebowl #neom #tumbledye #dyedropebowl #dyedrope
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 17, 2018 7:24 PM (UTC)

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Another day, another dyed ball of clothesline. 😂
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This time I tried Tulip brand Electric Neon Dye Kit. It was almost the exact same process as the Tumble Dry, except this time there was an additional washing step in the middle. The results are very similar as well, except the Tulip brand dyes are light reactive, glow under black lights and since they are squeeze bottles they don't get clogged. I think this was a win. I also dyed a batch of cotton yarn while I was at it, because why not. I was already making a mess.
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Can we also acknowledge how satisfying these quick crafts are? This took me 5 minutes to prep and dye, a day of drying (while I rested) and then just sticking them in dryer bags and throwing them in with a load of towels that we use for cleaning up projects like this. Easy peasy! .
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My creative mind feels like it accomplished something and I'm less frustrated. .
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#ropebowl #dyeeverything #neon #neonrope @ilovetocreate #createincolor #abmlifeiscolorful
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 15, 2018 11:45 PM (UTC)

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"No one is born an expert" .
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This phrase comes out of my mouth daily. Either to my daughter, my Girl Scout troop, my friends who comment on my art, my students, my family, my peers at the makerspace and so on. .
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It's true. No one was born with perfectly refined skills or knowledge, they all started as beginners and had to put in the time, work and practice. We all just started at different times. This means you should never compare yourself to others, especially when your art is involved. .
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You are at just the right level of skill for the amount of work you've put into it all! I struggled with this for awhile and am now at ease with it all. I notice I try more things and don't give up after the first try. I also feel comfortable sharing my failures along the way. .
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So if you are down on yourself because you aren't super great at that new hobby you just picked up, repeat to yourself "no one is born an expert!" 😘😘
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#circleloom #loomweaving #loom #lasercutloom #yarn #neonyarn #jesseestartedweaving
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 15, 2018 7:28 PM (UTC)
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Our favorite skating rink in Purcellville, VA had some renovations and is under new management. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet...
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If I thought I wouldn't fall a million times over and be sore for a month, I'd partake in the skating with my family. I miss it. Instead I'm sitting on the sidelines watching. ❤️❤️
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#skatingrink @jctownsend
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 12, 2018 7:39 PM (UTC)

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Another day, another weaving. Except this one is small, like the size of my hand small. .
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I laser cut a few looms from white and clear acrylic for Coraline awhile back and in the leftover void in the middle I cut a series of nesting looms. I made them specifically to leave the weaving on. Their size allows for practicing, trying out new ideas and using thinner yarn. Plus they take very little time and I can feel accomplished faster. They are basically the quilting equivalent of mini quilts. 😂
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I have a handful of them, so you'll probably see more in the future...
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#jesseestartedweaving #miniweaving #miniloom #acrylicloom #lasercutloom #loom #loomweaving #wallhanging #neonyarn #wovenwallart
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 11, 2018 2:59 PM (UTC)

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Since dyeing things has been on my mind lately, I decided to try out some neon #sei #tumbledye 's on clothesline. You just spray on the color, let it dry and then heat set it in the dryer. Super super easy! .
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My black spray came out thicker than all the other colors which I think gave its muddy look, but I plan on trying again soon. It's another one of those low impact easy crafts that is super fulfilling in the end. I'm all about those right now. I can make something and not be exhausted afterwards or wake up with a sore body the next day (I'm a high impact quilter apparently) I'm hoping to gather enough energy to sew this into a rope bowl for my sewing room. I need something to keep all my Pom Poms in. 😂😂
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#tumbledyer #ropebowl #clothesline #dyedropebowl
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 10, 2018 9:50 PM (UTC)

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I finished up my second weaving earlier today! This time I tried out fringe. Lots and lots of fringe. .
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This craft has been a great therapeutic activity. I can calmly work on it when I have the energy and put it down when I don't. It keeps my creative brain active as well, which cuts down on frustration. I love it. .
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Next up I'm attempting a larger weaving on a loom I designed and laser cut myself. I'm not sure it'll have the same effect as the smaller loom because it'll be cumbersome, but it doesn't hurt to try. .
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#jesseestartedweaving #loomweaving #weaving #loom #fringe #neonyarn #neonweaving #wovenwallhanging #wovenwallart #weavingloom #abmlifeiscolorful
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 9, 2018 8:31 PM (UTC)

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When I do something, I go all out. I don't always mean to, but it's inevitable. .
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So of course when I started weaving every night I also started thinking about all those cool speckled yarns I've been seeing over the years. I've always wanted to buy them, but as a failed knitter and crocheter (is that a word?) I had no use for any of it. Well, I guess now I kind of do. 😂
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I found some I liked, but did t know how they'd look on the looms. So instead of buying one colorway for $28+, I bought a few plain skeins, divided them up into mini ones and followed a tutorial I found online by @piggyyarns to dye my own. Coraline has been weaving with me, so she got in on the fun. We used food coloring and our microwave to heat set. .
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I won't lie, I was 100% shocked it worked and even more shocked at how bright the colors came out!!! This was just as much fun as casting plastic. Where you add a little of this and a little of that and don't 100 % know the outcome. 😍😍😍
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I'm hooked. Now I think I need to attempt knitting or crochet again (for the 100th time I should say)
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#jesseestartedweaving #dyedyarn #handdyedyarn
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 7, 2018 3:44 AM (UTC)

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I normally make a bunch of handmade sewn gifts for my family, but with everything going on this past year that was out of the question. Instead I turned to the laser cutter to help me out.
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The first present delivered was to my younger sister Ashley. I made her logo for @ashleyjaydephotography into a wooden plaque. She does wedding shows and such sometimes and I hoped this would be a nice addition to her booth. She said it smelled nice, so I assume that means she liked it (laser cut wood smells like nicely burnt wood, which I too believe smells nice) 😂😂
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If you are local to Maryland/Northern VA/DC or surrounding areas and are getting married or need engagement photos you should check her out. She's really good at manipulating light for interesting effects! All the photos Ive seen are gorgeous. .
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#handmadegifts #lasercutsign #lasercutwood #lasercutlogo #ashleyjaydephotography #artschooldropoutgoods #makersmiths @makersmiths
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Jan 3, 2018 4:49 PM (UTC)

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2017 was a rough year filled with stress, anxiety, depression, health issues galore and just plain burnout. I'm pretty much being forced to take it easy for now (read my previous post for a more in depth explanation)
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My creative mind doesn't take a break though. I tried. So I decided to step outside my comfort zone and try a nice low impact craft that I can work on here and there. No deadline, no stress, no obligation. Just pick it up, weave a row or three and put it down. .
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We had the flu last week and poor Coraline ended up with strep and an ear infection too. So during the nights when we couldn't sleep or I was on mom watch, I either made pom poms or weaved a few rows on my loom. .
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The end result was a huge box of Pom poms and this wall hanging. It's my first officially finished weaving and I'm loving it. I needed this change, I'm hoping it leads to more inspiration that I can tie back in to quilting when I'm ready to come back to that. .
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My house is going to be covered in all the neon yarn things. 😂😂
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#neon #weaving #loomweaving #neonyarn #jesseestartedweaving #fiberart
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 27, 2017 3:58 AM (UTC)

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Kiddo has had a high fever since Sunday and I got hit pretty soon after. We have been couch ridden since. To help curb the insanity, we have been using the new @boyeyarncrafts Pom Pom and tassel maker Coraline got for xmas! It's pretty cool. We'll probably be experts by the time this sickness passes. .
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I figure while I'm talking about being sick, I could explain what I've been going through...
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About six months ago my general practitioner sent me to an endocrinologist to help with my thyroid issues. They put me on synthroid and I started to feel AMAZING! I was also on something that calms down my nervous system, my anxiety and helps my depression. Seriously, I was on cloud 9! I felt better than I ever have before. .
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I went back two months later to get more blood work and they said my levels were still off and doubled my synthroid. They also scheduled an ultrasound for December to check on my thyroid. A few days later I felt sick and had a pretty bad cough. It started keeping me up at night and I was living on only a few hours of sleep a night. I was deliriously tired and it started showing in my work and life.
I went a week this way before calling all my doctors. One put me on antibiotics and the endocrinologist insisted it was not the synthroid causing it. .
Fast forward THREE months and I still have a persistent cough. I went to Disney and was sick the entire time. I downed soooooo many cough drops that my sugar levels were going up. I was screwing up left and right and my memory was getting worse. I was tired ALL THE TIME and hardly getting enough sleep. .
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It was finally time for my ultrasound. My endocrinologist talked and they did my blood work. She was convinced I was allergic to the synthroid and took me off it. They also saw all the evidence that I have Hashimoto Disease. It's basically when your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. Your thyroid glands are filters that help keep you healthy. Synthroid is one of the main medications that treats it. So I was pretty much told I'm screwed, to stop taking the synthroid and sent home. .
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More in the comments because I ran out of room...
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 24, 2017 12:55 AM (UTC)

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💕Happy Holidays!💕
I hope whatever holiday you celebrate, celebrated, or do not celebrate at all is a great one!! 😘😘
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#neon #lasercut #laseretched #laseretchedwood #merrykitschmas #blowmold #merrycraftmas #neonenough ?
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 23, 2017 4:59 PM (UTC)

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I loved making all of these custom ornaments, and more this holiday season! Thank you to everyone who ordered one. 😘
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I have closed all custom orders for now though. This includes ornaments, jewelry and templates. Actually I pretty much closed up most of the shop. Technically all that is available right now is PDF patterns. I'm not 100% sure when I'll reopen the shop in the new year, but when I do I'll announce it here. My health isn't great again and I really need to prioritize how I spend the few hours I get each day. .
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User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 22, 2017 4:14 AM (UTC)

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I figured I had the gold sequin backdrop up, so why not pull my tree over for a fancy photo shoot?! 😂
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I have a lot to say about this tree and how it's helped me cope these past few weeks. but there isn't enough room here so I'm thinking I'll spill it all on my blog later next week. ❤️
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#jesseesstresstree #neonandwhitetree #neonornaments #anxiety #whitetree #whitexmastree #goldbackdrop
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 18, 2017 5:55 PM (UTC)

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I'm a few days late posting this! We can thank my dwindling memory for that...
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Anyway... @samarrakhaja and I decided to let our awkward animals hibernate this month since there is already so much going on as it is. They will be returning next month with something fitting for the chilly weather we are dealing with. 😘
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In the meantime, all the previous months animals can be found as PDF downloads in my shop or @samarrakhaja 'a (link in our profiles)
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#jesseemakesquiltsnow #samarrakhajanovelties #aapquilts #awkwardanimalportraits #animalquilts
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 15, 2017 12:17 PM (UTC)

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Facebook reminded me of this project yesterday! .
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So let's all never forget the time I made @elheathero a Sasquatch Fry and Log Lady log Ornaments. #flashbackfriday #handmadeornaments #sasquatchfry #theloglady #futurama
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 13, 2017 9:35 PM (UTC)

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And now for something a little different...
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@bradleyrhess , one of the awesome people I've met through the @makersmiths, along with his partner have created this super magnetic mount for @gopro cameras called the PDQ Mount / @pdqmount .
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I was able to borrow one this last week to test out on my longarm, however I found out my longarm is not magnetic. Which bummed me out big time. I had all these plans to tape weird stuff. .
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BUT I did find out it will attach to my backdrop holder! That means I now have a sturdy mount for overhead tutorial videos. Win win right there. .
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It will also attach to ME, since it has a two part magnetic backing. So I can video tape my sewing, cutting, ironing, etc and get all those weird angles without having an odd setup. Just use myself as the mount. 😂😂
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I took some shots today showing how it keeps its hold even through 1/4" worth of acrylic. I used my fancy neon acrylic to give it that next step of awesome. .
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The reason I'm writing all of this is because I seriously think things like this would be useful in the craft community. They just aren't ever advertised to us! This mount was made for extreme sports and such, but it really does fit my needs as well. .
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So yeah, if you happen to have a longarm that is metal and allows magnets, this is perfect for you. 😂 I just don't get why mine didn't stick!!! .
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#pdqmount #longarmquilting #sewingvideos #gopro #goprohero5 #goprophotography #goprovideo #ig_actioncam
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 12, 2017 9:43 PM (UTC)

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After @misterdomestic showed off his new custom ornaments yesterday (thank you!) I received a handful of questions about the deadline to order these...
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Yes, the deadline to get them by xmas has passed! However, if you are ok receiving them later I have left the listing up and will continue cutting them out until the orders stop coming in. They are fun to make and I know how hard it is to find ornaments for a child with a unique name, so I love that I can help!! 😘😘
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 11, 2017 3:55 AM (UTC)

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It was a rough week. Like, a really really rough week! I doubt next week can be any worse. I'm hoping at least. .
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I am happy we got to end it with a party and now some down time. I have to get back to work tomorrow, so for now I'm testing out the white acrylic cross stitch ornament bases I laser cut awhile back. They are on the thick side, but I'm still liking the look. They will be a perfect addition to my #neonandwhitetree
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#lasercutcrossstitch #crossstitch #neonornaments #lasercutacrylic #jesseesstresstree
User Image jessee_artschooldropout Posted: Dec 10, 2017 5:33 PM (UTC)

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It's Coraline's birthday this week, so we have been attempting to celebrate it this weekend. 😂 .
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The snow yesterday threw a large wrench into the plan, but since we have such a large family and Coraline loves all the Girl Scouts in her troop... we do two parties. Today's party is about to start, and I think we're ready. .
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We received the sweetest package from @lishdorset this week and one of the extras she stuck in there were these tissue paper garlands. Coraline loved them and didn't realize you could make your own. She spent one of her sick days last week (stomach bug 😔😒) watching YouTube videos so she could make her own. So half the decorations this year were made by the party girl herself. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you Lish for the inspiration and extra garland pieces. 😘😘😘
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#coralinetrillian #coralinesbirthday