Monday, February 28, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Days 20 + 21


"This exercise invites you to capture the colors of the season"
I am seeing fresh greens and yellows. Frankly, I am partial to the color duo- as its an updated palette of the avocado green and harvest gold of yesteryear. My kitchen cabinets are this green, Okra, and the retro-print tablecloth is a recent find from Target.
Hopefully sometime soon, the corner that is currently housing a bookshelf in my "dining area" will become this fantastic Mid-Century nook. Love Love Love: 

Its hard not to like the color combination. Its so happy:   

Cutesy Dining via
Yellow and Green Box of Inspiration via Etsy
Bedroom via
Picture of Iceland via
Wedding Bouquet via

What colors of the season are inspiring you? 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 19:

Symbol Emblem Token Sign
All of the above pertain to images "intended to communicate something that is not directly expressed". What kind of symbols, emblems, or icons are repeated in my interest? Glad you asked. 
In doodles: stars, flowers, and trees

In fashion: lace and a by-gone era

In interior decor: the sea

Thursday, February 24, 2011

One More Thing

Listening to this song by The Unseen Guest, "Let Me In".




The Crafter's Devotional Days 17 + 18

I made yesterday's entry, Day 17, but forgot to post it. Reason being, Alex and I went to that new pub downtown called NoseDive. We noshed on gastronomical foodstuffs and heard some guy sing Dave Matthews. Then I came home and slumbered. All the while my post was never published.

Photo via Google Images

"Sometimes creative energy works all by itself."
Yesterday's entry, Day 17. When I visited Iceland with my Granny and cousins, we drove for hours through a glacial wilderness (at what seemed a glacial pace). I had with me a journal, pencils, and an imaginative spirit. That trip I discovered what I called, "fate art". The roads were bumpy and it was difficult to write or draw without my pencil abruptly disturbed. So I decided to just roll with the punches and make something of the situation. I delicately held my pencil to the paper and let the car/road produce a composition. The amazing result was a simple picture representing what we experienced on that rocky drive. Man, I wish I could find that journal.

Photo of that Icelandic road via motorcyclistonline

Finding Her Artistic Voice
Now is today's entry, Day 18. Remember Thursday is personal history day. Listed in today's devotional is a story about an artist who creates art for expression. She claims it is the best way to "find your voice". My homework is to display my perspective on an issue without using words.

I entitle this piece, "Success Is Simple, Look It Up".

This piece was made using Odosketch

I chose to do a plain ole checkmark and box to describe the simplicity of success. Why? By definition, success is "the accomplishment of an aim or purpose". So really, success is nothing more than checking something off a list.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 16:

Move Things Around
The idea is, work on something until you can't work any further, walk away, look at things differently, and try again when it works out.

My wardrobe needs help. Its not that I don't like my clothes. Its just that I can't put them together. Polyvore helped fix that. I searched for articles of clothing similar to mine, put them together in what seemed to work, and arranged my closet accordingly. Here's to "Moving Things Around"!


(BTW, that face isn't me, but its the only picture of a blonde with bangs and funky style that I could find.)

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 15:

Wordless Journaling
Today I shall take snippets and place them in my journal. Snippets can be organizations of color, patterns, and artifacts. They can also be as simple as a photo, a receipt, or a map. I decided to put some of my favorite things randomly on a page. I have some vintage ribbon (unopened since the 60s), some old sequins/beads, and some illustrations from a vintage children's book. The book I purchased in pieces, so I didn't feel bad about cutting it up further. Its called, "How To Be Mother's Helper".


Here's what the page in my journal looks like:



I really need a big-girl camera. Like this entry-level Canon EOS 550D. "The Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i is a solid mid-range camera whose main virtue is that it allows you to capture incredibly detailed photos without ever getting in the way or spoiling the fun of picture taking." My kind of camera.


Camera description and image from Photography Blog





The Crafter's Devotional Day 13 + 14

Ocean Jewels
Since its the weekend, I am to explore and find inspiration outside of my home. The topic is shells. Yes, sea shells. What does a person do with shells? Really?

Shells are neat little things. They were once a home to a living creature. They are beautiful pieces of nature. Long ago, shells were used as currency. Wouldn't it be neat if that was still the case? Today, shells are used for jewelry. They can also be worked into a mosaic for your home. For those wanting pure function, conch shells can be made into musical instruments (like they were thousands of years ago). My favorite shell item is my shell chandelier, that looks like this, except mine needs a light inside.

The most interesting thing about shell history (that I wish I had seen about a week ago), is that of "Sailor's Valentines". These valentines, dating back to the 1800s, were arrangements of shells inside of a keepsake box. Typically they were made by locals, purchased by sailors, and sent home to loved ones.



Ever heard of the Pearly Kings and Queens? Remember that scene from Mary Poppins with the cartoon band singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?


Those white dots on their attire are actually pearl buttons (made from mother of pearl/shell interior). The "pearlies", also dating back to the 1800s, were an "organised charitable tradition of the working class culture in London, England". They wore these buttons to attract regard for their philanthropy. 


Now I wish I had collected more shells. Especially for next year's Valentine gifts. 

Credit to Wikipedia for the fascinating history of shells and Pearly Kings and Queens. All images are credited on their link. 




Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional: Explanation:

I should have mentioned how to use the Crafter's Devotional. "Each week features six entries" that cover these topics:

Monday = Journaling
Tuesday = Recycle, Reuse, or Revive
Wednesday = Collection, Stash, and Materials
Thursday = Personal History
Friday = Noncraft Inspiration
Weekend = Collaborate, Gather, and Experiment

All of these tasks are to diminish any deterrent of your creativity.


Taken from The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call

Little People

This post all started when I came across this image: 



Growing up in the 70s, my mom had quite the collection of Fisher Price toys. She had "Little People". A few of the sets she kept and let me play with, but the real mecca was at Granny's house. My grandmother had kept her daughters' Fisher Price toys and I LOVED them. Here are some of the sets via google image search. Here we have a hospital, camper, castle, house, carousel, airplane, schoolhouse/playground, and my favorite Little People- the girl in blue. Heck, I would still play with these even now.


All photos via google image search of "vintage little people". Little People print by Studio Mela, a print studio selling items under Etsy name DazeyChic. The photography of the print came from Nesting-Instincts. Little People is owned by Fisher Price. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Crafters's Devotional Day 12:

Buttonwork Part One
So easy this one: Collect buttons. I need a jar.

Two Things

1. Favorite song (and band) of the fleeting moment, "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons




2. Fun and addicting website called Odosketch shared with me by Christin O'Bryan of Wishful Thinking. Her sketches are so pretty, take a look! I made one too, its amateur, and I didn't realize I practically copied Christin with the bunting. Go look at hers!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 11:

Purse Ephemera
I am told to empty my unused purse, suitcase, backpack, or junk drawer and examine its contents. The thought goes like this, "Think of these collections as forgotten fragments of your life that can be reassembled, reorganized, or reused..."

Items I found in a junk drawer (since my purses were practically empty):

nail polish in sparkly lavender
clutch wallet with cologne cards inside
dollhouse front door, roof, and chairs
large gold chain necklace
pencil sharpener
expired Tamiflu
old checkbook
9mm Luger
antique mismatched jewelry
highschool class ring
silver keychain laser pointer
eyebrow comb
orange earbuds
orange thermometer (96.1˚F btw)
retro necktie
polaroid of engagement
Little Tykes construction worker
$
Etc.



LoL.






Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Finally Made My Own

After a year of sitting in a pile of papers, my template for a felt peony hairpiece has been used to make my own creation! The template was originally from Yoonie-At-Home and was shared with me by my sis-in-law. Why I decided to make it at this very moment? Dunno. Just did. You should make one too.




The Crafter's Devotional Day 10

Your Unique Living Space
1) What are the items that show up over and over?
2) What are the themes that repeat themselves from room to room?
3) What are the colors that you use to reflect your personality?
4) What does your living space say about you, your life, where you are in you journey, or how you approach the world?
5) How can you relate the items you collect in your home to your clothing choices, your friends, or your relationships?
6) How does this subject relate to crafting?

Apparently your living space speaks a lot about your creative style.

Taken from The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thousands Join "Hunt For Treasure"

After reading a blog post today by Three Men And A Lady about Geocaching, I searched the term.


Then my husband, Luna, and I went searching for one nearby in our park! Apparently there are over 500 caches in the area! This is going to be so. much. fun. See more at the Geocaching website.

The Crafter's Devotional Day 9:

Theme and Scheme
This task is pretty simple. Come up with a theme and make a color scheme to match. Sounds good to me! I found a website called ColourLovers to make my palettes.











Monday, February 14, 2011

Ode To Cape Girl

I've always wanted a cape. I reminisce about "cape girl" on this Valentine's Day. May she find love. Somewhere.

Ode To Cape Girl

Billowed behind, green velvet signals her. 
The cape, always worn daily, never fades. 
Still effortless, with grace she glides a blur. 
Her smile is lost. Her eyes darkened by shades. 
She has an air that many wish to own. 
-A certain sense of self without a care. 
Her friend could I be though she's not a charm. 
It seems as though she'd rather be alone. 
Her cape, a mark of liberty so rare. 
A striking sight. Security. No harm. 


Ever wanted to write an Ode? Its not hard to do, if you understand poetic feet. Odes are typically ten lines long. They rhyme in ABABCDECDE form. They use iambic pentameter (daDAH daDAH daDAH daDAH daDAH). Try it!

The Crafter's Devotional Day 8:

Personalizing Your Journal
Here is what I did as soon as I got mine:

Above: Abstract art with thread. 

Above: Stories 
Above: Introduction to a purpose of my journal

This journaling thing has gotten to be fun!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 6 + 7

What Is Folk Art?
It is based in cultural tradition and everyday life. I was going to make some folk art and post it here but
1) I can't find the camera cord 2) Its Valentine's weekend 3) I might be a little lazy.

At least I am honest.

My husband has been working on a large piece in our living room. We changed out our interior doors and then he used two of the (very old) doors as canvases. With copier paper and flour water, he added interest with paper mache. After that was finished he hung the doors horizontally a few inches apart and will be painting them soon. I can't wait to see (and for you to see) it.

To be honest (again), I haven't liked folk art. But then I was introduced to blogging and attended our local Indie Craft Parade. Glad to know that there is good quality folk art out there!





Friday, February 11, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 5:

The Power of Sacred Places
Hmmm. I would like to know where the writer is going with this one. Today I am asked to think of my place of worship. These words come to mind:

organized, elaborate, robust, bright, old-fashioned, upright, wood, white, interesting.

There was a Lutheran church I visited once that had a fountain in the back of the sanctuary. You could hear the water trickling as you prayed. That would distract me from my train of thought. Some churches I have visited have kneelers below the pews. Some have little holes cut out in the pew to hold your disposable cup from communion. Modern churches are more functional than formal. I like formal though. Doesn't our God deserve the best place of worship? It seems that those in Latter-Day-Saint circles have it down:
How this relates to crafting? I assume it is drawing inspiration from your own personal life. Hmmm.

If you ever have time to see some fascinating houses of worship, check out pictures of some churches and a Mormon Temple.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 4:

Reflecting On Your Creative DNA
I am supposed to think about what makes me uniquely me. I love deep contrast, rich texture, and detail. I also love balance and structure. My creative self reverts back to childhood which has me wondering if I just never learned enough or if my creativity is simplistic. Usually my likes and tastes are strange with subtle familiarity-kind of like a sci-fi film that uses appliances from the kitchen as futuristic weaponry.

Well, I can also say that I don't like the excessive, and now I will end this post.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 3:

Crayon Therapy
Everything I like about Disney can be stripped down to two artists, Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair.  My all-time favorite Disney movie has been Sleeping Beauty-below is concept art for the film-stylized by Earle.

Which brings me to sharing Day 3 of The Crafter's Devotional. "Color to your heart's content". I am soooo game for that. Prepared with Crayola Crayons and plenty of craft paper, my hand wishes it could create cool stuff like Earle and Blair. If someone could make a Earle or Blair coloring book...

Also, if my husband is reading this, I would like a few pieces in my art collection. 



The Crafters Devotional: Day 2

Reusing Old Photos
Today I am meant to collect and make use of old photographs. Regretfully I have discarded hundreds of them. But I thought if I ever find some old photos I have a few uses in mind:

1. Use as gift-tags. Preferably matching photograph with receiver.
2. Make a family collage. (My mom has done a few of these)
3. Cut out tiny things in the background and make dollhouse "artwork".
4. Scrapbook. Plain and simple.

Somewhere in my boxes of things, I have photograph negatives. That is really where its at. Can you imagine a mobile made of negatives? That's going on my to-craft list.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Crafters Devotional: Day 1

My bestie, Meredith (of Robin Red Vest if you are interested), got me this book for Christmas. Its called, "The Crafter's Devotional".


Day 1 has me getting a journal to tap into my creative flow.

I would consider my blog to be my journal; however, for tangibility I have this pink little pocket journal by EcoSystemLife. My pink journal came with an identification number-which can be used if you lose your book. You can also use the ID to find out where the materials that made your book are from. Its also got a pocket in the back to hold papers and what-not.

"The Crafter's Journal" 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and TEchniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call 


Valentines

I really wanna make these:




Saturday, February 5, 2011

Getting out of the house

This weekend is super bowl. Apparently we are hosting a party. So, my dear husband was so kind to send me out of the house so he could clean and I wouldn't have to worry. Isn't that sweet? Now, I am sitting at Spill The Beans in downtown Greenville. (It's STBdowntown.com...I couldn't figure how to link the name to their website on my iPad.) Anyhoo, just returned with my MIL and sis-in-law from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I came away with some old old ribbon and they came out with a vintage Hallmark card file/organizer with cards inside! I love finding bits and pieces of peoples lives in my purchases. My husband was hoping I would have found a super awesome Mid-Century dining table in solid wood for cheap. Every old table was veneer (that had seen better days). Did EVERY table from the 50-70s use veneer? Hopefully we will have a nice MCM table by this August. Mad Men Party! Parties are great times to enjoy our homes, but right this second I enjoy being out of the house.