May 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
Counted cross-stitch is one of the most affordable and accessible crafts to learn yet one of the most tedious. I love it though, ever since my 5th grade teacher made us all create a sampler for our moms, I’ve been hooked. So, when I see someone take this medium to the next level and do it in such a fresh and wonderful way, I have an absolute nerdgasm! A couple weeks ago, I stumbled on Steotch…why it took me so long to find them, I’ve no idea! They’ve been featured on Regretsy and have a burgeoning fan base. And here’s awesomely why:
May 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
Here’s a fantastic quilt idea from Diary of a Quilter to take you from this Memorial Day Weekend to the Fourth of July! Time to start digging through your fabric scraps! According to Amy, she used 4″ squares (cut 4 1/2″). Then laid it out 9 squares across by 12 down. I am definitely going to have to try this one!
Thank you to all our service members near and far, present and gone for helping to protect our freedom (especially my late father). Have a fantastic and safe holiday weekend!
May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
I never went to summer camp as a kid but I have always had some romanticized image of little cabins by a lake where we make Popsicle stick crafts all day and eat s’mores all night. As luck would have it, as a grown adult, this year, I can go to camp…and so can you! Well…at least virtually; the New York Public Library has created a Hand-Made Summer Camp on their blog, posting a new project every couple of weeks through the summer, easy enough for both kids and adults. They will also feature DIY book reviews and inspiration to further connect with crafters.
Remember s’mores are completely optional but highly recommended!
May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Are you ready to join in on the Creative Girl Book Group we mentioned last week?
Here are the details:
The Date: June 1, 2011
The Plan: We will read and discuss two chapters a week. You can post your thoughts on your blog and drop a link in the comments or you can leave your insight directly in the comments. This is a way to strategically perform inventory on the trouble spots in your creative business and really get a handle on the directions you need to take your creative business.
Are you in?
May 19, 2011 § 4 Comments
For most of my lifetime I have taken art for granted. It seems silly to say especially when I confess that I had a mother who was an artist. Always having paint and canvas ready, frequent visits to museums and art openings, not to mention always being around a creative circle of her friends, I figured everyone must live this way. It wasn’t until I was a grown woman living an 8 to 5 job behind a desk that I wondered what had happened…when did I stop creating?
Eventually…thankfully, I did take a leap of faith and jumped out of the rat race, creating my own venture. I opened a boutique, making a good portion of the products I sell. For a long time, I didn’t think of myself as an artist; I was just doing what I needed to do to stay in business and keep myself solvent…whether it was designing jewelry one day to making soap the next, it just felt natural to create. More and more, I realize it was saving me; my creativity was (and is) providing for me daily.
These days I still actively produce for my shop but I now take time to privately create for myself too. It has become important to me as just six months ago I was diagnosed with cancer and I need art to help work through my recovery. Specifically, art journaling is my go to activity and when I am able to, I love gardening…it is the ultimate way to create (even Monet planted his gardens based on what he wanted to see in his paintings.)
So, if you ask does art save? My answer based in my experience is absolutely yes! More importantly, it is not the work I am leaving behind, it is the work I am creating within myself, and for this I thank art and the blessing of a creative life. Because, when we create we save the best work of art…ourselves.
This post is part of a linked collection prompted by Stephey Baker of Marked By The Muse, asking artists to express how art has saved them and asking them to give thanks. To read more from other artists, writers, and creatives click the link. All images are from my original collage work, all rights reserved.
May 18, 2011 § 5 Comments
May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
This weekend felt just like a continuation of the previous week with endless “to-do’s”, commitments, and to top it off…house guests. It’s saving grace, was Sunday; I saw that Hipstamatic had released a new Hipstapak, “Bondi” with a new “Big Up” lens and film for the popular iPhone app. I am a big iPhoneographer (is that a word?) and the new pak was just what this app needed…a big, bright colorful finish for the great analog looking pics it already captures. Just about everything is in bloom at home and I stole away a few minutes to capture this burst of color with my new toy: