Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Variety is the spice of life. Well, creatively speaking, I think it is. Recently, I have tried to embrace the 'artist' side of myself by realizing that in order to flourish creatively, I actually do better when I have my finger in too many pies....because pies are yummy, are they not?
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Meet Hazel Deer. Her real name is Doris, but when she grew up, Hazel decided that Doris was far too sensible a name for her adventurous spirit, so she did what any good Deer would do in that situation: she changed it. Hazel is a jolly good sort, and she has so many friends that she spends most of her year nomadic - flying here and there in her aeroplane (yes she is a pilot!) to see her chums around the globe. Hazel also loves ballet, and can pull off a pretty good chocolate cake for afternoon tea. Hazel's motto is "reach for the moon and you'll land among the stars" She's been promising Owl a visit for quite awhile now, and this week she showed up, tin of cake in hand and with a few crafty projects to share!
Friday, 17 June 2016
Darling Dresdens. I have looked longingly at these pretties and often wanted to make one. So finally I did. It was one rainy afternoon when the first half of the day had been a tad stressful and I needed the familiarity of some craft to settle my mind. I flipped through my copy of Sweetly Stitched Handmades and decided to try the Dresden Plate cushion...or at least the Dresden plate part.
You see up to this point (no pun intended) I had thought Dresdens were English Paper Pieced...so I was kind of delighted to find that this particular one wasn't...and as further research provided...most aren't! Let's just say I suffer impatience badly at times and not only being a complete and utter Dresden beginner, I kind of hop, skipped and jumped through the instructions.
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
My creativity is an ever evolving, ever expanding thing. Whenever I have tried to put limits on it in the past, it has ended up in a rut or with a block. It's easy to be swayed by other people's opinions or comments. In either direction. It's taken me quite awhile to get to the point where I realize I should just do whatever I want to each day, and it'll sort. There will be someone, somewhere who is part of my tribe - the tribe that likes things the way I do them. As the saying goes, you might have the ripest, juiciest peach in the world but there is always going to be someone who doesn't like peaches. Acceptance of this has helped me move forward as a creative, as a business girl and as a perfectionist.
Saturday, 4 June 2016
If I was a car, I would have had a head-long collision by now. Created a massive pile up I am sure. Because I occasionally spend too much time checking out the other lane and watching what other cars are doing. Which as you will agree is dangerous in an actual car. But it has just as damaging an effect in this imaginary scenario too.
This post has been swirling around in my head for a few days, fragments of this and that with nothing quite coming together. This morning I am writing it as therapy for myself, because I really need to get back into my zone. The "this is why I do what I do" zone. It's so easy to get distracted by everybody else's highlight reel, as the shiny surface of social media and internet facade are so often called. Especially when real life is a little drab or stressful, it's not too hard to flick on the screen and have all that lovely possibility and inspiration at my fingertips. And then comes the part when I start feeling a little left behind or frustrated that it's not working out that way for me.