Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm Moving! An Etsy Wishlist

I announced it on Facebook, but haven't quite put it everywhere yet that I'm moving to San Francisco! It's going to be kind of a hectic couple of weeks until we get out there, but I can't help but have my eye on anything I see related to California or the Bay Area. I decided to make and share a little Etsy wishlist of some of my favorite things I've seen so far. 




Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kids Art Hexie Pillows

I've been involved in dozens of class projects for school auctions over the last few years. This year I had to make an auction item for the classroom I actually teach in and I think I made my favorite item yet! Hexie pillows featuring the kids artwork! It certainly was not an original idea as I've seen a few things like this on Instagram, but I'm so so happy with how my variation came out!

First I let various kids in the class decorate premade hexies with a permanent fabric pen. The kids in my classroom range from ages 3-6 so I tried to let as many as possible make a hexie or two. Sometimes I would turn my head for a minute and one kid would have suddenly decorated a dozen of them, but I managed incorporate about half the class on the finished product. Some of them are obvious objects or words from the older children and some are just scribbles from the youngest children. The scribbly ones are kinda my favorite!

I love them so much it was hard to drop them off at school! I have several leftover hexies so I might be able to make something else to incorporate the extras and have a personal item to remember these special little people.

The green one below might be my ultimate favorite! I love the little hair! And those uneven legs! Kids artwork is just the absolute best.

This was easily one of the most fun things I have ever made and I hope to have the opportunity to do something like this again in the future. I'm definitely adding it to my repertoire of auction projects available through Made With Moxie!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

30 Day Creativity Challenge: In Conclusion

January has ended and so has the Bee Creative Swaps 30 Day Creativity Challenge. For a lot of reasons, I didn't get to everything on the challenge. I'm okay with that. For starters, I got the flu that just completely knocked me on my fanny and put me about a week behind on life. I'm sure a lot of other people participating didn't do every single item on the list either. My goal was to keep a creative focus, participate in a few new activities, and push myself for new inspiration. I can honestly say I've accomplished that and now have a lot of ideas for what to do next. I even did a few extra things like finished a book and started a new one, started a new challenge that I'll be talking about soon, and found some great ideas for the Viva La Frida Swap that will be opening in March! To wrap it all, here's a summary of what I did during the course of the challenge. I skipped over the ones I didn't do, because...why dwell on it?

1. Visit a museum, gallery, or local art festival
Okay so it wasn't quite an "art festival" but it was very creatively inspiring! I went to PAX South last weekend and soaked in a ton of inspiration for doing some cosplay in the future. Cosplay is something that I think I would've been into earlier in life, but I honestly had never really heard of it until college. It's just a part of nerd culture I didn't really know existed, but as someone who would already obsess over dressing up Halloween I feel like cosplay has just been waiting for me.

2. Watch a documentary about a(n) artist(s)
Finding Vivian Maier was so good! Her life was fascinating and only a tiny bit disturbing. Most importantly, her photographs were beautiful! I highly recommend checking this one out on Netflix.

3. Research an artist
I spent a little time researching more about Andy Warhol. I know it seems like such a mainstream artist to go with, but I actually didn't know a ton about him. I have to say, as a human he's not really my cup of tea nor am I a huge fan of any of his "superstars," but I'm glad I forced myself to learn something new about someone besides Frida Kahlo for once :-)

4. Create something handmade and give it to someone, 15. Make a card for someone you love
I did this! I swear! I just made things that I can't share because it's for a family member who follows me on social media and I'm not sure if they'll see this. I'm excited to post once I've given it to them!

5. Sign up for an art class or workshop
My original plan for this was to sign up for a class on a new technique at the Stitch Lab, but they're closing at the end of February and scaling back on their classes accordingly. Super bummed about that, but, in the meantime, my mother-in-law bought me the cutest book! It's a great supplement to taking a quilting class and I hope to learn a few new quilting techniques along the way.

6. Take something from a thrift store and turn it into something new
This one was super fun! I turned this old t-shirt into a tank top using this book I've had since high school as a resource. The shirt wasn't a from a thrift store, but I really didn't need to drag anything else home. I have plenty of works-in-progress here!

8. Doodle for 10 minutes straight, 24. Close your eyes and draw for five minutes, & 25. Draw yourself as a cartoon
I've had this book for a few years now, but have only the first few pages. This creativity challenge was a great time to break it back out again and I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of the year! Most of the drawing challenges I did within the book, but didn't photograph everything. 

9. Frame something you have been meaning to frame
So true story, bought a plexiglass frame and it was broken once I got it home. I returned it, but decided to try and buy frames from a different store and haven't got back around to it yet. "A" for effort?

14. Go to a movie, play, or concert.
I'm pretty proud of this one. I'm a huge homebody and don't really like going out to bars and hate going places after work as I'm usually exhausted. I could've easily picked the movie out of the 3 choices, but I went to live music! With other humans! In a public place! On a week night!

16. Make an inspiration board for a future project
Oh lawwwwd you don't have to tell me twice. I am a huge fan of making inspiration boards and Pinterest boards. You can follow me on Pinterest here!

18. Make origami

This one sort of fell into my lap. One of the kids at my work donated this really cute origami book that has instructions at the end on how to make an origami ladybug. For a few days, all the kids were obsessed and I spent half my mornings holding down creases and reminding them where to fold. It's an adorable book called More-Igami and you can check it out here

21. Find a new art blog or inspiring podcast to subscribe to
I really love this podcast! I'm sort of "new" to podcasts in that I didn't really start listening until about a year and a half ago. I didn't really get it. I tried listening to a few that Ari liked, but they didn't hold my interest. I finally found a few that I love and Dear Handmade Life has been permanently added to my rotation!  It's about two entrepreneurial and crafty ladies who interview experts ranging from craft shows to recipes to fashion. It's really up my alley and I highly recommend it!

22. Share a link to your favorite artists work

Of course (!!!) it had to be Frida! See the post here

23. Create an inspiring workspace in your home

27. Finish a work-in-progress you've had sitting around for a while
Okay this one is HUGE. I started working on this dress in May 2013. I cut the fabric out and it's been sitting in a pile for almost FOUR YEARS! I just keep shuffling it around to get to other things I'd rather be working on. I decided to use this challenge to finally finish this sucker. I feel accomplished to have finished it, but now that it's done...I don't actually like it. I bought the pattern when I still new to sewing because it looked easy but not because it was my style. It was definitely interesting to see how far I've come!

28. Listen to a new artist or album. Music can inspire you!
Finally listened to Port of Morrow by The Shins in it's entirety. It may not be "new" but it was new to me and and has been on regular rotation during the month of January.

29. Color in a coloring book
I hope this whole coloring book thing never goes away. I actually keep a little stash of these books that I found at Target a while back and occasionally use them as gifts. Side story... when I went to the art supplies store to buy colored pencils for some quilt planning sketches a few months ago, they had a really limited selection. When I asked the clerk what was up, he told me that adult coloring books have been so popular they can barely keep the full spectrum of colored pencils in stock. This is a problem that I am totally okay with.

30. Purge something to make space for new ideas.
Yes. Doing this all the time. I have been dropping stuff off at donation places, second hand stores, and used book stores. I know this was a single action item, but I've been doing a little bit almost every day! 

That's everything I did! When I look at it all spread out like this, it kinda feels like a lot even though it went by so quickly and I missed doing a few things. To see more of what other folks completed for the challenge check out #beecreative30days on IG for follow @beecreativeswaps.

Have a great weekend!