Steotch in Time

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:

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Happy Memorial Day – Flag Quilt

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!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Time for Handmade Summer Camp!

May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

[Hoover summer camp.] Digital ID: 1262390. New York Public Library

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.

The first project is an adaptation from Kids Weaving : Projects for Kids of All Ages, creating a checkerboard card.

Remember s’mores are completely optional but highly recommended!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Creative Girl Book Group: Are You In?

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Are you ready to join in on the Creative Girl Book Group we mentioned last week?

Here are the details:

The Book: Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career by Katharine Sise

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?

–Robin Norgren

Art Saves: A Heartfelt Thank You to Art

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.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Creating Connections: Creative Girl

May 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

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So speaking of connection…
I love discussing books. AND I love reading blogs. I met a wonderful kindred named Jane while bloghopping a while back.  We got to talking via blog comments and then email.  We decided to go through a creativity book together called Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career.  Upon talking further, we decided to see if anyone else would like to join in.  So let us know either by way of  blog comments if you plan on joining. We plan on posting our thoughts and then linking together beginning Tuesday June 1, 2011.
Join us for Creative Girl Book Group.  Hope to see you guys around.

-Robin Norgren

Weekend in Review: Through the Big Up Lens

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:

–Lisa LeBlanc

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