Friday, July 31, 2009

Searching for inspiration

What inspires you? Me, I've been having some trouble with this lately. I'm not sure if it's because of summer and all the enticement of sun and fun or just plain too much else to do. So, maybe it's time to list some things that have inspired me in the past! Yeah, that's it!

1. Giggles from my granddaughter(wouldn't YOU be inspired from her giggles?)
2. My wonderful children that ask - can't YOU make this mom, PLEASE?
3. Walking through stores & basking in color combos and design lines
4. Sitting outside by the ravine, looking at textures of plants and trees
5. Playing the piano and feeling the music in my soul
6. Looking through decorating magazines
7. Playing with the color wheel on the Sherwin Williams paint site
8. Pin swatches on design wall, & glancing at them every time I walk by
9. Going to the little yarn store and touching new yarns
10. Going for a brisk walk

Sometimes, I've found you just can't rush a great idea. My brain just needs the time to work it out. The more I deliberately try to design something, the harder it becomes. Weird, but that's how it is for me. I can't wait to share with you in a few days the wonderful new design I've worked out - just writing this post has helped me remember how to be inspired and I have a NEW design coming!

SO, what inspires you to do what you love?

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stash, do you have one?

Have you ever noticed that when you craft your purchases of supplies seem to exponentially grow? It's like they are hiding away in that storage closet or bin reproducing by some form of cloning. LOL Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to post pictures, though I have to admit I'm much better now at almost 50 then I used to be. And every time it seems to be growing embarrassingly large I issue myself a challenge - MAKE SOMETHING, ANYTHING, to use what I already have. It can be quite fun really, either coming up with ideas on your own or by spending time searching on the www to find patterns/tutorials/theory to make small fun things for your friends or family - because somehow the stash closet or bins never seem to have the right amount to finish what you really wanted to do with it. HOW IS THAT? If you can answer this for me, well....I'll give you, I know, some of my stash. ;)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Why do YOU buy handmade?

I buy handmade for many different reasons. I love knowing someone created something with their own hands and ingenuity. I love knowing that the item is made with the utmost care and with quality. I love knowing that the craft/art is being sent out into the world to bring joy and inspiration to others. I love knowing that this love of handmade is being passed down from generation to generation, and that the skill to make more handmade items is being passed down too! I am forever grateful that my mother nurtured her love for the handmade and passed her skills down to me, so I could continue the tradition. SO, why do YOU buy handmade?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Chance for seamstresses to help out!

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I always love to do charity projects for hospitals and organizations using my crafting skills. I just found a wonderful blog post by Jennifer at Doctrine and Diapers for a sewing tutorial and pattern for a little girl's hospital gown. They are also seeking donations for CHOC and UCLA, but I know just about any hospital could really use something like this. I want to make some for the children's area of the hospital in Iowa City. They are on my to do list to finish at least 5 before the summer ends - hopefully you'll find time to make some too! Here's the link to Jennifer's blog post and tutorial. Please, don't use this tutorial to make things to sell - Jennifer is sharing this awesome information for all of us to help others.

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