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In the Studio: Create Something Every Day

Pilot Pens are great for calligraphy practice.

Create Every Day

What I love about being an artist is that there’s always something new to learn, therefore there’s always something new to create!  When learning something new, sometimes we get frazzled.  It is important to remember that with practice, it will get better.  It certainly didn’t feel that way a few months back when I touched Adobe Illustrator for the first time!  I felt lost and wondered if it would ever get better!  Ahhh…silly!  I kept at it and although I still have TONS to learn, it’s not as big of a mystery as I once thought it was.  There’s a lot of advice out there and it comes in various mantras, but it all boils down to this in a nutshell:  If you want to be a successful creative, put in the time.  Do something everyday to reach for your goal.  Create every day.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  I thought so, until I really looked at the direction I was going in creatively.  I realized that although it *seemed* like I was creating and practicing frequently, I really wasn’t buckling down and putting in enough time.  Two weeks ago, I decided to just do something consistently every single day.

Create something with colored pencils
Colored pencils are quite the eye candy.

Sunday Spring Flowers and a Short Post

spring lilac flowers
Lovely lilacs and bokeh

Look at the Flowers!

This week has gone by in a flash and I’ve found myself unprepared for today’s weekly blog post!  I had grand ideas of starting a sewing project and sharing it with you all!  But!  I ended up spring cleaning in the studio instead!  I literally had to dust off the sewing machine and thought that I might as well start from the bottom up!  Rearranging started to happen next.  Then, it turned into an all consuming project!  Throw some workdays in there to break it up and there you have it….no sewing project started.  What else?  Oh yeah!  Spring is exploding out there!  So there’s been time outs in between work and home to grab the camera and seek out the flowers!  

10 Inspirational Quotes to Keep You Creating

Inspirational Quotes
Go be Creative!

Inspirational Quotes to Keep you Going

Sometimes, as a creative,  you need some kind words to keep you going, especially if you’re trying to reach some important goals or deadlines!  A couple of weeks ago I took part in a challenge, as part of the Roost Tribe, to create illustrated art with an inspirational quote.  The purpose being that we all need some positivity and focus when we are starting out & sometimes a good quote can help with that!  It was hard to pick just one, so here are my top 10 inspirational quotes that keep me striving to reach my goals!  I hope they inspire you too!

A Historical Shirt from the Early 20th Century in Detail

Front of shirt with ruffle and glass buttons.
Details of the front, showing the ruffle with glass buttons.

A Walk in History

I have a huge fondness for historical clothing, as a result I’ve started a small collection of clothes to study and hopefully reproduce someday.  This lovely shirt dates sometime from the early 20th century.  Most noteworthy is a lovely ruffle around its collar that comes down the front and is adorned with clear glass buttons.  The ruffle has beautiful floral embroidery and is also edged in delicate lace.  It was found at a flea market in Connecticut and there was no known story attached to it.  A shame, really, but we have our imaginations to help us out!  I wonder who made it & wore it.  Where were they living and what did they look like? Oh if it could talk, I’m sure it’d have a lot to say!

Close up of the embroidery details and the delicate lace.

Spring Bursts Forward and Easter Greetings!

A nest with Easter eggs and tulips for spring.
A spring nest full of eggs and adorned with tulips.

Spring has Sprung!

It’s finally arrived!  Spring!  All of the goodness that one can expect from this time of year has come forth with a wave of warm air and blossoms ready to burst open!! Being filled with the joy of the season, I took to my new studio space to create some still life photographs inspired by the freshness in the air and the Easter holiday. Bouquets of flowers, farm fresh eggs, and collections of rustic tidbits provided plenty fodder for the imagination!

DIY: How to Make a No Sew Vintage Inspired Pincushion

A vintage pincushion inspires your own DIY project.
The Original Pincushion that Inspired this DIY Project.

A fun DIY Pincushion Project

I have a thing for vintage items and antiques.  It seems like everything from ‘back in the day’ was well made and beautifully designed.  Even something completely utilitarian, like a pincushion, was decorated.  And why shouldn’t it be?  It would serve us all well if we surrounded ourselves with beauty.  Something simple like a cheery pincushion could make a task a little bit better or perhaps provide some inspiration!  We all need more inspiration in our lives, don’t we?

Planning the Garden

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A Zinnia flower from last year’s garden

It’s that time of year again!  Time to start dreaming about what you want to plant in the garden!  I have a few small raised beds by the house that I’ve unsuccessfully tried to grow vegetables in. I say unsuccessful because any veggie that I plant in them is doomed once the free-ranging geese and chickens discover them.  What I  really need is a fence, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon!  This year I plan on filling them with annual flowers.  Hopefully, the birds will be able to control themselves.  I’ll find another place to grow my veggies far away from roaming fowl.

Sunday Thoughts: February 19, 2017

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“Winer Barn”

I’m hoping to make a habit out of this blog thing!  It’s easy to fall away from it when life sweeps you away, but I feel like it is a good creative outlet that I can’t ignore any longer!  So Sundays are for blog posts!  Observations of the week! This week: change in the air….literally!

Today was the most glorious of spring days, except it’s February and this is the North Country!  We still have quite a bit of snow on the ground here, enough to make you burst out in a sweat when trying to walk through it.  Today, however, it did not radiate its usual cold up back at me on my morning dog walk.  No, the sun was shining and I could feel a distinct difference in the way it felt on my face.  It was warm & inviting.  It felt close.  So much different from just two weeks ago!

Space

Food Photography from the Studio

Today as I gaze out of my snowy window, I keep my mind fixed on the arrival of spring.  Currently, a winter storm rages outside with the possibility 16 inches of snow. It’s hard to believe we only have 5 and a half weeks left until spring!  My creative mind is racing with the promise of delicate lilac flowers wafting their scent through the yard. Oh, that smell!  I’m filled with visions of apple blossoms blowing in the wind, raining down their petals, and covering the ground much like this snow that’s happening now.  But!  I must digress!  The subject at hand is space!  I have a lovely studio space within my home, but with all of the props that I’m hoarding, I’d like to move this space out of the house!

Where the Heart Is

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“Mountain Reflections”

“Home is where the heart is.”  We’ve all heard this before.  But what if your heart is torn between multiple places?  I live in a beautiful land.  The Adirondacks.  Forever wild.  But it is not where I am from.  I have to say, however, that where I’m actually from never felt like home.  I have no sadness for what I left behind there.  There is a place between where I grew up and here that tugs at my heartstrings though.  It has an ocean and stone walls and antique homes and old cemeteries.  It also has dear friends.  I’m often torn when I go down for visits.  I miss everyone terribly, but I’m not sure if I even fit in there anymore.  Funny how the heart sometimes does not know what the answers are.   I also happen to feel quite at home in Vermont.  It’s no surprise as I have family roots there. Let’s not even bring up how I feel when I visit the Quebec province!  Talk about feeling at home!  There’s also many family ties up there.  It’s hard being torn between so many beautiful places!

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