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Creative Exploration for 2015

I was asked a question recently, was there anything I would like to creatively explore in 2015? At the time I honestly didn’t think there was, but the question triggered me to start thinking about it. I started talking to a few people online about it too, and several of them were prepared with a list and others, like me, were not sure if they had any ideas. After sifting through their comments and ideas and looking through some of my own Pinterest boards and notes I have gathered over time, I came up with a little list of things that I would like to share with you.

Some of these things I know how to do, or have instructions for. Others I don’t have a clue about yet. If you have any knowledge or instruction you could share with me, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know you can help. It’s always nice to get a little help from your friends.

Creative exploration for 2015

A. Art journaling with beads, fabric, ribbon, tissue paper, texture, collage. I’ve never really done a lot of this type of journaling. It felt more like scrapbooking to me, and I’m not into that too much. But so many people seem to enjoy it, that I decided this will be the year I give it a try.

B. Collage period. I love that. I have used collage already over the years making dream boards and fun stuff. The picture below is of a collage I made on a painting canvas a few years ago.

C. Book Binding – I love the ideas people have on Pinterest, especially for making their own books. I will be exploring that later this year.

D. Make a clutch from book – this is another idea I found on Pinterest by seekatesew. I have most of the supplies for this and plan on doing it soon.

http://seekatesew.com/

E. Sewing on paper with old sewing machine needles. This was an idea I got from one of the women in the conversation. She likes to sew on paper, which I have only done once when I made a card for Boyfriend. She saves her used needles so she doesn’t dull any new ones doing it. It was very different to sew on paper for me.  I hope to do some more soon.

F. Small hand stitched fabric pieces maybe 3×5 or 4×6. Over at hens teeth, the artist does some beautiful small stitched things that I love. I have some old pieces of embroidery that are tattered that I think would work quite well for something like this.

Beautiful brooch from hens teeth

G. Sewing classes on Craftsy I’ve signed up for. I have bought a couple, and signed up for some free ones too. They are for areas of sewing that I’m not that strong in, like working on zippers. :D

H. 100 Mandalas Project. This was intriguing and appealing to me, but I haven’t really gotten into it yet. You can find more information here.

I. Make videos of projects I do to share on YouTube. I really have no idea how to do this. If any of you could help me out with info, or share your own experience of how you do this, I would really appreciate it.

J. Work with broken glass or tile more. I made this collage a few months ago, and it was very interesting to work with the glass pieces. I had always been afraid of it before, didn’t want to cut myself lol. But the glue we used for this is also the same kind of glue I will use in the book clutch project, so when I purchased it for that project I knew I wanted to do more broken glass pieces too.

K. Learn how to make my own PDF patterns. This is another thing that I don’t know how to do, or really even where to start. I have found a few ideas on Pinterest, but the info is confusing and everybody seems to use different programs to do it with. I don’t want to buy a program until I know if it’s really a good choice for what I want to do. If you can help me out, again, thanks!

L. FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project (click here to learn more about it)
Lisa Sonora has been sharing journal prompts each day in January. I haven’t been able to use all of the prompts yet, but am gathering them and using them as I can and have time. I figure I can use them all year if I want to. :) It’s fun to have fresh ideas to help me write.

Do you have any ideas for creative exploration for this year? Are you like me and make ambitious lists that you may or may not be able to finish? Lol. I would love to know what you are working on and planning. Maybe we can help encourage each other to work on some of these projects. <3 Talk to you soon! Angela

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Adding Storage and Organization to My Sewing Space

During these lo-o-o-o-ng winter months I have been pondering how to add to my current sewing space. It literally is one wonderful corner of my bedroom. Remember this?

Lots of organization, and plenty of room for my cloth. There are even 2 empty shelves under the desk waiting for something to fill them.

To refresh your memory on how this corner came to be, check out my post about it:
I Can Be Whatever I Want To Be….

I love my work area, and although it is great for storing things, it is sometimes hard for me to find my current projects. I am very slow about getting things done, and I do believe that part of it is just out of sight, out of mind for me. Here’s another shot of my space before I got the shelves filled up.

You can see a little more of the corner in this shot.

I have an idea for that wall behind the machine that might help me with my current problem. I will have to move my lovely Johnny Depp “Mad Hatter” poster and the butterflies and things surrounding him. :)

I did a search for sewing room ideas and ran across these:

 

I’m thinking about using pegboard behind my desk to have a hanging space for some of my tools. I also use gallon size Ziploc bag (or bigger) to store my materials and pattern for current projects, so those could hang here too reminding me to finish them. As long as I use the shorter hooks on the pegboard I should be okay for space, and I know myself well enough that keeping current projects in my line of sight will help me remember them. Menopause has been rough on my memory for sure, besides the fact
that we have a very forgetful family trait too (thanks Dad! :) )

 

Another peg board idea: “For inconspicuous storage, hang a piece of pegboard on the inside of a closet door to organize your craft supplies. Add a bar to store ribbon and small baskets to hold rulers, scissors, and marking tools.” My bathroom door is right beside the wall with the poster on it. The only problem for me with this one is that there is a very busy 3 year old living in the house with me, and she would help herself to anything she could reach on it. ;) I will have to keep non-sharp objects on the lower half of it if I decide to use a pegboard there.

Another idea that I already find helpful is:

 

Yard sticks on the edge of my sewing table. We also use something similar at work and it does come in handy for quick measurements.

The whole reason for this post really is the problem I have with forgetting to finish things. I was much better at keeping myself on track with projects when I was doing office work and had a computer in front of me all the time. I used my calendar to remind me about practically everything. I don’t have that ability anymore working in front of a sewing machine all day (no computer interface there!).  I am also currently using an older model flip phone so I only have limited reminder space on the tiny calendar in it’s tools section.
I get a little help from that, but not a lot.

I feel like I am slowly waking up from the slug I became over the last few months. I would love to hear from you on how you keep yourself on track and how you get motivated after a long winter’s night. Hope you find something useful in this post as well! Have a great week! Angela

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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That…..

I spend more time on Pinterest than I want to admit to. :) Because of this new addiction of mine, I do find a lot of stuff: some crafty things, some quilty things, some fun things, some food things, some sewing things, and some quite interesting things. I will share a little of everything and you can start your own addiction fascination with Pinterest. :)

Source: findmakedo.blogspot.com via Angela on Pinterest

Source: kenkaminesky.photoshelter.com via Angela on Pinterest

So, go on over and find your own lovelies and share them with me, ok? Talk to you soon~Angela

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May I Introduce….

I have been too busy to write trying to get ready for Christmas. I had lots of posts planned that did not materialize simply because I bit off more than I could chew with a gift request from my granddaughters this year. I have a small tale to tell, so let me start at the beginning…

It’s all her fault really.

This is the Raggedy Ann my mom made for me way back when….this is the doll that started it all. She is worn from her forty-ish years of existence, and I still love her dearly. The girls love to talk to her and pet her, but I don’t let them play with her a lot because she is just a tad fragile. So I asked the oldest grand a few months ago if she would like for me to make her one for Christmas, and she said yes. Le sigh. I should have started sewing then.

Some time in November I pulled out all the old Raggedy stuff I had, and started going through it.

At the time, I thought I had hit the jackpot. My mom and I use to make these dolls and sell them, but that was over 25 years ago. But when I saw all this stuff, I thought I was in like Flynn and started sorting to see what I had. I had a couple of treasures I didn’t even realize.

I had not one, but 2 FACES my mom finished before she got too sick to sew. (Mom passed away a long time ago, go here for a little more about her :) ) She had come up with a technique for making the Raggedy faces with crayons and waxed paper to save money and not have to buy a bunch of transfers or have to embroider the faces. She nor I liked to embroider much. I was thrilled to find this face smiling back at me from the stash. Now, it was time to begin!

Help! I can’t feel my legs!

I got this far on the first doll, and was having some major problems with my sewing machine, so I decided to take a short break. I was finally able to get her legs attached. This version of Raggedy is as tall as the 2 year old – 35 inches….

That’s Better!

At this stage a friend of mine called the doll Alien Annie, :). I did get a kick out of that. I really did have a tough time making these dolls though. Part of the patterns were there, parts were missing. I had to trace the doll my mom had started to make a body pattern for the other dolls I wanted to make. I also had to figure out the way to make the transfers for the other face (I did find 2 faces, just not 2 whole dolls cut out). It took a little trial and error, and way more time than I thought it would, but I finally got a doll to this point:

Alien Annie now had a reverse mohawk. The sewing of the hair had a couple of tense moments as well, because some of those directions were missing too. A little trial and error goes a long way in creating, doesn’t it?

Next, we have this interesting shot:

No, this isn’t Animal from the Muppets.

Even though it does remind me of him. :) I was finally able to complete one whole doll. May I introduce….

…Raggedy Ann!

Then here we are on Christmas Eve and I am still trying to finish 2 MORE DOLLS! I think I have gone Raggedy insane! But I am close, and I will keep sewing hair until they all look like Animal, er, Raggedy Ann! I hope you enjoyed my tale of sew and sew. :)

I will be sharing some of my cookie recipes in the next few posts. I hope to make a few by tomorrow anyway: chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar cookies, no bake chocolate-peanut butter-oatmeal cookies and chocolate krispie treats. I will let you know what the grands think of my cookie creations as well as their dolls.

Merry Christmas to you all, and to all a Good Night! Angela

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