Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Gothic Fabric Bunting Banner-DIY

Post, video, and photo's by Rain San Martin

This classy and festive Gothic banner will be a welcome touch to your mantel or bedroom wall. The technique shown in this super simple DIY is versatile, so you can apply this method to any type of banner you would like to create. 

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*2 types of fabric. I used black brocade from an unused garment and a gray and black brocade from JOANN Fabrics and Crafts.

*Regular white paper or card stock for making template. Pencil for drawing. Ruler for creating a slanted triangle edge.

*Regular scissors for cutting template.

*Fabric glue. I used Aleene's Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Adhesive You may also sew by hand.

*Twine for hanging banner. Black or taupe.

Step 1

Make template. Fold a piece of paper in half. Make half of an elongated triangle. Use the bottom edge of paper as the base. Angle a ruler 2 & 1/2 inches from base toward the folded papers center. Cut template with regular scissors. Unfold.

Step 2 

Create 4 pieces. Hold elongated triangle template over fabric choice 1.  Fold fabric in half. Cut out with fabric scissors. Tip: I tie a piece of fabric through my fabric cutting scissors so that I don't mistakenly use these on paper. Causing the blade to dull.

Step 3. Create 3-4 more pieces with fabric choice #2. Repeat with step 2. You should now have a total of  7-8 elongated triangle fabric pieces.

Step 4. Glue fabric banner edges together over twine. Alternating fabrics.

Step 5 :Hang banner over mantle or behind a bed-frame for festive charm.  

See this video tutorial here.

Happy crafting, 

Rain ✂

Monday, April 13, 2020

Finding Time for Your Creative Passion

Post and YouTube Video by Rain San Martin. *Photo by Sage San Martin. 

We all have 24 hours in a day, yet circumstances or life choices can drastically effect how our time is allocated. While I currently am a full-time homemaker with a part-time creative business as a blogger, YouTube creator, and composer, I have years of experience working outside of the home in full-time positions while keeping my creative passion alive.

Instead of watching TV or hanging out frequently,  I would put my attention to my creative pursuit at hand. As in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, I gradually composed albums and made progress on my work as a YouTube creator and writer.  From my perspective, creating a life of simplicity, daily joys, and a special purpose has given me the most peace and fulfillment in the long-term.

Make daily progress on your creative goals.

Regardless of your circumstance in life, making some kind of daily progress on your passion will lead you toward success. Jairek Robbins, Human Performance Coach (son of motivational speaker Anthony Robbins) observed that the biggest impact a person can make in business life is to focus on the work at hand for chunks of time. Work on your creative goals for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. You may spend more time on your day off.  The hardest part is starting. Pick a time each day. I myself write best in the morning.

Write out your key goals.  

"A goal is a dream with a deadline." (-Napoleon Hill)  Before writing out your actionable goals however you'll want to create a vision for your life. Think of your life purpose (which may involve a few things). Make sure your vision is in balance with your home-life, taking your family into consideration. Once you know what your life goals are, you'll want to break these down into doable tasks. Set weekly, monthly, and annual deadlines. Yet adjust or eliminate them if you feel rushed. Study your craft. Read books on personal development.

Eliminate time wasters.  

If you do not passionately guard your time other will dictate it for you. Set clear boundaries. Avoid excess screen time. Limit or delete social media sites. Do not cut sleep. As fatigue negatively impacts health, fitness, cognition, productivity and happiness. Create a reasonable time limit. Parkinson's Law warns that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion".

Manage home life effectively.

Regularly work toward making progress on your homemaking tasks. Good enough is enough. Enjoy the process of making a haven. Have intentional family time. If you are a wife, consider the practical benefits of being a full-time homemaker (your husbands help-mate), while pursuing your creative passion part-time. Explore the simplicity of Minimalism. Keep your schedule light.

You may view my video here.

Have a great week!


Monday, April 6, 2020

Create Order During Uncertain Times

Post, Photo, and Video by Rain San Martin

I'll share with you some ways I've been processing this extraordinarily strange time we are living in during the Coronavirus lock-in. More than ever before, this is the time to create order and peace. Here are a few ways to make your life easier during this time.

Keep up your routines and healthy habits.   

In uncertain times routines are most critical. Regular rising and bed times will aid in getting proper sleep. Your key tasks are more likely to be achieved when you have a general schedule. Oftentimes when a crises occurs one may put their routines aside to address the immediate concerns at hand. There may be a brief few days when such activity may be necessary, yet to continue in this pattern will gradually erode at your soul. Healthy habits and intentional routines build a meaningful life. The warrior must remain strong. 

Limit your exposure to the news. 

The pastor of our church, via social distancing live stream, recommended spending no more than 1 hour per day with the news.  Though I do not usually follow a typical news feed or read the mainstream news on a regular basis, I have been privy to the updates during this Coronavirus ( COVID-19) pandemic.   Unplugging from devices, computers, radio, TV, and the printed news paper at least one day per week will help to restore your brains maximum functionality.  On plugged-in days limit your total screen time to 2 hours or less. This does does not include work you must complete with the computer.  I will disclose to you that I have made the recent decision to abstain from the news and any topic that may include this pandemic, 6 days per week,  for peace of mind. The day before going to the grocery store I check in. This allows me to adjust to any last minute executive orders mandated by the state.

Do bulk grocery shopping.

I've had the discipline of grocery shopping no more than twice per week for many years. This habit safeguarded me from the grocery store raids that would follow during these apocalyptic times.  I am grateful I still had an ample amount of Scotts 1000 sheets toilet paper from my last Costco trip.  Buying in bulk is wise, yet it is responsible not to clear out more items from the shelves than a reasonable amount. If you do buy in bulk make sure you have a healthy balance of supplies.

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:25-34)

Have goals & study personal development.

The financial and psychological damage during world-wide government enforced lock-down has lead many to turn to alcohol and drugs. There has never been a more critical time in your life to study principles of self improvement, life mastery, and simplicity. 

A few more tips at a glance include:  

*Call loved ones. 
*Go on walks around your neighborhood. 
*Simplify your life. 
*See if you can live on one income. 
*Sharpen job skills from home if necessary. 
*Pray for Gods guidance. 

You can watch my video covering this topic here:

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 )

Have a blessed week, 

Rain  🌹

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