Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hawaii Journal

For my upcoming trip to Maui, I finally got my journal made and my art supply kit all packed up. I decided to make some bookcloth for the cover using a piece of fabric with a super cute Hawaiian print.
Not to be completely without a map, I stitched a little map of Maui on the front page.
The pages are a mix of artists papers, and I put in a few envelopes throughout to stash some treasures. I also perforated some of the last pages, in case I need a slip of paper that I need to give to someone.
The supply kit is basically my standard and all ready to go!

I'm so looking forward to unplugging, relaxing and coming back feeling refreshed. Also, as this has been one of the worst winters for Rhode Island, I'm just really looking forward to being warm!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Starting off slow.

I'll admit it, I'm having a hard time getting back into the work groove. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. I keep telling myself that I missed out on a lot of weekends in November and December, so it's ok to take it easy a little this month. It's ok to lounge on the couch with a book, or sit around and watch 30 Rock episodes without sewing a book, or to chat on the phone with a friend for awhile. If I've learned anything about artists, crafters and entrepreneurs this past year, it's that we're a busy bunch. Most of us can't watch TV without doing something with our hands, and we feel guilty taking a day off. It's understandable, not working means not making money. Still, it's important to recharge, to let yourself relax, and let your creative juices refresh. So instead of doing things like forcing myself to sit and be creative, right at that second, I'm trying to do some of regular life stuff I put off, or just do nothing, or maybe make something for myself with no intention of selling it. Let the inspiration come, instead of trying to force it.
So, with that in mind, I've got two projects that are just for me that are starting to brew. First, I'll be heading to Maui in 2 weeks and I need a journal for myself! I can't wait! Talk about relaxing and recharging, I'm so looking forward to unplugging and having time to relax, be inspired and soak up some of that much needed Vitamin D (through a layer of SPF 50, of course). The next project is something on my loom. In 2010 I got weaving again, and I intend to do even more of it this year. I fixed my loom bench last week, so now it's not wobbly, and I have no excuses not to sit on it more often. I've had this yarn for awhile, and am anxious to do something with it.
I'll keep you posted of my new projects, and also share some of the things I'm finding inspiring as I gear up for another productive year.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011, readers! I hope you all had a fun night, and got 2011 off to a good start. I know I did! I rang in the new year with delicious fondue, delicious wine, and the company of five of my favorite people. It was a lot of fun.
I'm determined to get back to blogging this January, and hopefully share some inspiration and start on some exciting creative projects I've been thinking about. I'll also be heading to Hawaii soon, yay! Thanks for reading, and supporting my little handmade part of the world! 2010 was a great year for my little business, and I'm looking forward to it growing in 2011.