Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk (Emo Wednesday Edition)

I don't know if it's this cloudy weather (I doubt it, it just started raining today) , but I am having one hell of a time getting craftually motivated. Yes... Craftually.

Waiting on an invite from Pinterest (I finally caved) in hopes that I will get inspired. I'm just not feeling it, and it's frustrating. I tried working on new stitch markers, and almost ended up in tears because the stuff I made looked awful.

I'll do what I can and blame the heat. Maybe getting out of the house tomorrow will help. I need to find it, but I was reading this article online that was talking about ways to stay creative and inspired. One of the main points they touched on was to get unplugged from time to time: Step away from the laptop, cell phone, the tv and just get yourself outside (weather permitting). I know that around here, it's a lot easier to talk walks in Spring and Fall. The heat of the summer and those cold winds of the winter months can make being outside a grueling task. Point being: Get yourself outside and be inspired by nature.

This is a quick post andI must be off, but I will leave you with this song. It popped in my head earlier today, and I haven't been able to get it out. Back in the day, I used to listen to Portishead.. A lot. I know they're not considered "emo", but the tone of the song feels about right for today.

Hope you all are doing well! Let me know what you do to stay creative. :)

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Serious. Gratitude .

I was just reading my last post about being an inconsistent blogger. NO KIDDING! I wrote that back in May. That's just sad. Seriously.

 Quite a bit has been going on around here. Went to my first craft night over at HipStitch a few weeks ago, and caught one hell of a sewing bug. I did a little knitting and crocheting that night, while everyone else was sewing. A big thank you goes out to moxiemandie for inviting me. Really hoping to make that a regular thing.
Decided to try a project that made me a little nervous (Sewing with a zipper? Me?! Never!). Did some YouTube research, and off I went. Ended up with this.

Hook and Notions Bag

 Not too shabby, right? Of course, it occurs to me that I probably should have used interfacing - but it was my first attempt so I'm not going to beat myself up over that. I'm still happy with it. I wanted to try making a zippered bag, because my goal was to make a nice one for my bestie (aka @defysocietyarts). I love making things for her, because she truly appreciates handmade gifts. Of course, everything I make her she very well could make herself (She's very talented), but it's always nice to make things for the people you love.
Hook and Notions bag for my bestie :)

 I did this one the right way! Used interfacing, and even pressed the fabric (Which I never do!) She loves it, and that makes me very happy :)

I would like to end this post by taking a moment to thank a few people. I have been the recipient of some amazing generosity from several of my Twitter friends. I'm not going to get into specifics of the gifts, because it would just feel like bragging, but I am sincerely grateful for awesome people.

Many, many, many thanks to @atknitsend , @sillygirlsarah and @moxiemandie
“Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.'
You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

E.B. White, Charlotte's Web