Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Bee Creative Swaps 30 Day Creativity Challenge

So a little over 4 years ago (what?!) I decided to do a 30 day artist challenge to feel rejuvenated and inspired creatively speaking. I thought trying out this "creative cleanse" would be the perfect way to kick off 2017. I don't know about you, but I stink at New Years resolutions and would rather partake in something that helps me start off my year on a good note rather than something that feels self-deprecating (hello guilty feelings for not getting to my goal weight.) I teamed up with Lizette and we turned it into a fun project for Bee Creative Swaps! There's no swap element with this challenge, but we thought it would be a great way to stay connected to the lovely community we've created. So here it is! The Bee Creative Swaps 30 Day Creativity Challenge...
How It Works: In no particular order, choose one thing from the list each day. The list ranges from quick, simple exercises to longer endeavors like taking a class or visiting a museum. Post a picture of yourself or your project on Instagram with the tag #beecreative30days so we can keep up with everyone! We know things get a little hectic and there might be a day you don’t have time for creative activities which is why we planned a 30 day challenge during a 31 day month.

1. Visit a museum, gallery, or local art festival
2. Watch a documentary about a(n) artist(s)
3. Research an artist
4. Create something handmade and give it to someone
5. Sign up for an art class or workshop
6. Take something from a thrift store and turn it into something new
7. Make a self-portrait
8. Doodle for 10 minutes straight
9. Frame something you have been meaning to frame
10. Draw the dream you had last night
11. Check out an art book at the library
12. Break something. (You have to destroy in order to create!)
13. Make a collage
14. Go to a movie, play, or concert.
15. Make a card for someone you love
16. Make an inspiration board for a future project
17. Draw some chalk art on the sidewalk
18. Make origami
19. Finger paint
20. Illustrate a song that inspires you
21. Find a new art blog or inspiring podcast to subscribe to
22. Share a link to your favorite artists work
23. Create an inspiring workspace in your home
24. Close your eyes and draw for five minutes
25. Draw yourself as a cartoon
26. Take your camera with you on a walk and document the experience
27. Finish a work-in-progress you've had sitting around for a while
28. Listen to a new artist or album. Music can inspire you!
29. Color in a coloring book
30. Purge something to make space for new ideas.

I hope you'll join us and make 2017 your most creative yet!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Handmade Holidays: Miscellaneous Things I Made

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and first few nights of Hanukkah or just a great Sunday. Ours was pretty relaxed as we're not visiting family or anything this year. Today we're on our way to Six Flags because we got a sweet deal for tickets on black Friday. I thought I'd share a few random things I made for various people this year!

A pirate doll for one of my nieces. Ari says the wood grain fabric *doesn't* look like a peg leg, but I say he's dumb.

A table top car rug. This I actually made for the school I work at. They have a giant floor car rug for the late afternoon sort of "recess" period. Something about a bunch of kids crowding around on the floor always seems to end in drama. This one is still big enough to drive toy cars on, but small enough to fit on the table instead!

These are the ornaments I made this year! I always make a handful of ornaments for people around the holidays. It's a great way to make sure I can at least get a little something to everyone. Last year I took glass blowing class and made a bunch of blown glass ornaments and this year I definitely dialed it back a bit, but I still love these kitschy Texas inspired ornaments! The screen printed patterns were purchased from a local shop. I added some leftover batting and felt backing to make them a little more plush. Then I just kinda went crazy with glitter and sequins #noregrets

I made a matching Hanukkah headband and bow tie for my brother and sister in law! I gave them a few other things as well, but this was the only part I handmade.

I didn't get something to *everyone* to I'm still sewing and crafting away for a few folks who have some serious IOUs for 2017. Oh well! Just more to share here.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Handmade Holidays: The Rainbow Quilt

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Now that most of my gifts have arrived at their destinations, it's safe to start sharing more and more of what I made this year. My rainbow chevron quilt for my niece was absolutely my favorite!

I saw this photo on Pinterest from Cluck Cluck Sew which was the original inspiration for this quilt. My niece is a super vibrant, funny person so a bright, happy quilt only seemed appropriate. Cluck Cluck Sew happens to be the same source of inspiration as my last quilt which is totally random since I just found them both on Pinterest! Her quilts are really beautiful and I keep randomly finding ones I love!

So I started with the chevron inspiration and decided to do a rainbow and then it sort of morphed into something all it's own! Over the last few months I've been using the last of bits yardage to cut into half square triangles to be sort of ready to go. I ended up using pieces from all sorts of leftover projects.

The magical shrinkage of piecing it all together! I had originally intended to make this a twin size quilt for her bed, but it ended up being more a throw blanket size. Sizing appropriately for mattresses is definitely something I'm still working on, but who can say no to extra blankets?

I finished the quilt top just after Thanksgiving and didn't have to buy any fabric for it! I happened to have a purple twin size sheet from when I bought a cheap sheet set at Goodwill to make a toga a while back. I used that as the backing. The only things I needed to buy were the batting, binding fabric, and quilting thread.

I found this rainbow machine quilting thread and love the way it looked with the quilt! It looked especially neat on the solid purple backing although I didn't take a picture of the back. I thought about quilting along with the chevron pattern, but with Christmas getting closer I went with simple straight lines as I was worried about time.

The finished piece! It was a little hard to give this one away. I'm so so so happy with how it came out and kinda tempted to make another one just like it. I just have a bunch of projects and stuff to finish before I could get around to it again. Story of my life.

 More handmade gifts to share coming soon! Happy holidays!