Fundraising my Way to the American Dance Festival

Hello everyone!

As you all know, I attended the American Dance Festival last year for the Dance Professionals Workshop. See American Dance Festival Dance Professionals Workshop Sampler  for more on my experience in summer 2017!

This year, I am planning to attend the whole six week school, and I am waiting to hear back about completing work study while I am there to help mitigate costs of tuition. While I wait to hear back if I received scholarship money or not, I am trying to fundraise myself by selling my crochet bun covers that are available for purchase on my Etsy!


From now until May 1, any and all proceeds from my Etsy will go directly toward my tuition for the American Dance Festival. Completing the six week school at ADF has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and now that this life goal is now tangible, I really REALLY want to be able to go!! Any purchase big or small will help me afford the costs of tuition.

Studying at ADF for the summer will not only refine and expand my technical and artistic abilities, but it will also help me better serve my students and community as an dance educator.

Remember y’all, I also sell homemade makeup if you’re interested in trying one or a few of my own hand-pressed mica eyeshadows! Proceeds from any of my Etsy transactions will go towards my tuition balance.


The link below will lead you directly to my Etsy shop if you’re interested in purchasing anything and helping me fund my summer at ADF.

Julia’s Leaps of Faith Etsy Shop

Thank you so much for your time!

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Teamoy Crochet Hook/Supplies Organizer

Hello everyone!

If you are a crafter like me, I am sure you like to keep as organized as you can. When dealing with fiber crafts such as crochet and knitting, you not only have to keep track of your yarn, but also your hooks, needles, tapestry needles, measurings tapes, stitch markers, etc.


I found the cutest crochet hook organizer on a while ago, and I’ve been loving, so I wanted to show it to you! For $8.99, you can choose from a variety of patterns! I choose the fair isle with the blue moose print because it is wintery, and the moose are adorable. They also have other cute prints such as owls, elephants, watercolor painting print, and florals!

There are two sections specifically to store your different sized crochet hooks, and three mesh pockets to store literally everything else! I even fit my largest crochet hook in the largest pocket, which is nice because now all of my hooks are in one place!

In the smaller pockets, I store my darning needles and measuring tape, and also my elastic I use to make my crochet bun covers. I used to store all of my crochet supplies in a plastic bag in my yarn box, but all of my supplies would fall out and get lost among the yarn. This canvas wrap helps keep my supplies snug, but separated.


If you’re interested, you can purchase one of these organizers at this link: Teamoy Crochet Hooks Holder. This is not an affiliate link, but the same link I bought mine from to the $8.99 listing on Amazon!


If you are a crafter/crocheter, definitely pick one of these up from Amazon because it is amazing and a life-saver! It’s also small enough to throw in a bag for travel without having to worry about loosing any of the supplies on your journey!

How do you organize your craft supplies? Let me know in the comments if you’ve used one of these before and if you like it!


Crochet Hat Project

Good morning leaps readers!

I have recently taken up crocheting, and I am so obssessed with it! I’ve been learning through online tutorials from Melanie Ham, who is a crafter and blogger. She is amazing if you are interested in crocheting and have some time to learn!

Anyway, I tried using wool yarn the other day to make a messy bun beanie (a hat with an open top so your bun can stick through), but that project ended up looking more messy than beanie… LOL. So, I decided to try to crochet a slouchy hat using 100% acrylic yarn, and the outcome was SO PRETTY!

Here is close up – I matched my makeup of the day to my hat! I used purples and pink shimmers from the MorphexJaclynHill palette to do my eye makeup. My lipstick is the holiday 2017 Ultra Matte Lip from Colourpop in the shade Lil Pump!


Here is another angle that shows off the hat and eye makeup (and my engagement ring lol) a little more. This hat took me a little under four hours to make in its entirety.


The fit is relaxed and slouchy, and it stays on well. There has been no slipping of the hat over my eyes or off of my head! I am really excited to make a few more of these. My sister already asked me to make her one!


If you like my crochet work, be sure to check out my Etsy and take a look at my crochet bun covers! I might be adding hats to the listings if I get some more good feedback from other people!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Until next time xoxo

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DIY Hair Accessories for Dance Costumes

Hi everybody!

The recital for the studio I work at is this Saturday, and one of my dances needed a hair accessory to match their costume. The hair clip that came with the costume was a simple, rhinestone bobby-pin type hair accessory, and I thought my dancers needed something flowery and bigger to compliment their costume. I decided to visit the local craft store and make my own hair accessory – a summery, warm, shiny hair flower bouquet! I wanted to show you all how to make them if you are someone who has students or dancers who need better hair accessories for performances.

Step 1: Materials

You will need fake flowers of your color choice, scissors, a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, and Goody hair clips (or brand of your choice).

Step 2: Cut flowers and leave stems, glue the first few flowers together

For this step, take the first few flowers you are bundling for the hair piece and glue their stems together. It will make gluing the remaining flowers on easier.


Step 3: Add the last of the flowers to the bundle

Cut the stems so they are even and shorter (i.e.: easier to glue to the hair clip).


Step 4: Hot glue the flower bouquet to the hair clip

After the stems are trimmed, hot glue to bundle to the hair clip in the position you want it to lay.


Step 5: Hide the glue with another flower! Cut the stem of the flower so the back of the flower is flat.

This is where you can get creative!! Arranging the flowers together is super fun, and allows you to make pretty arrangements. What is great about synthetic flowers is that the actual flowers pop off the long stems. So after everything is glued, you can pop another flower off of the fake bunch, and trim the back so the back of the flower is flat, and then glue it on top of where you glued the bundle down to mask the ugly dried melted glue.


Cut the yellow stem off.

Step 6: Let it dry, pull off any strings of melted glue that might be tangled in the flowers.

Put it in your hair, on your bun, above your pony tail, etc. and ENJOY! ❤


I hope you enjoyed this post – these are super simple, fun, and easy to make! Comment below if you want more DIY project posts like this one in the future!

Xoxo happy dancing and happy summer!


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