Meet George

I recently participated in a tea towel swap on Craftster.  My partner asked for Yeti’s to be the focus of the towels.  Man. You should have been in my brain when I read that.

WTF?! YETI’S ARE WHITE! TEA TOWELS ARE WHITE! WHAT THE HECK AM I SUPPOSE TO DO?

…was just one thing I thought during the beginning of the creative process. I searched high and low for something to spark my creativity and was really having a difficult time of it. I mean, I found a bunch of stuff. There’s no lacking for Yeti/Big Foot/Sasquatch stuff out there. Much of it very cutesy, gorey, ferocious…but that’s just not what I was looking for. I wanted something different.  Something that would just make me go…OH. You know?

I finally found it. A picture of Big Foot in a suit. I swear you never know when or why those creative synapses are going to fire!  My partner received today and so now I can post my pictures. All three are done on 100% cotton tea towels. Two of them were embellished after stitching using watercolor paints. The third one is embellished with acrylic felt.

George Sasquatch

Big Foot Xing

The Yeti

As is the norm, you can find more pictures on my Flickr.

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Monsters and Things

I mentioned before that I was working on making monsters for my niece and nephew from their drawings.  Well, I’m still working on the monster for my nephew, but the one for my niece is finished so I thought I’d post it.  I’m learning ALOT about how to put things together by doing this.  It’s a great exercise AND the kids love the one monster I’ve made so far!

It’s funny because I wasn’t sure if my niece liked her monster, but the day after I gave it to her she came back to me with more monsters to make!! I swear they have a list of things for me to make for them.  Not just monsters. It’s great and helps me to continue to be creative on a daily basis.

I’m only posting the original drawing and a full body picture of the monster.  If you’re interested in seeing more detail please check out my Flickr! photostream.

Original drawing

Monster in real life

I’m also posting the last ATC that I was unable to post before because it had not been received.  Unfortunately it STILL has not been received and I had to make a new card.  I’ve completed the new card and hope to mail it tomorrow.  I can’t post the new card yet but I hope you’ll appreciate the one that was lost.

Where I Am Today

Last night I was bouncing up and down in excitement.  Why?  Well, you see I frequent Craftster and am involved in a couple of swaps and last night I finalized the patterns for my first ATCs ever.  They are SO adorable (if I do say so myself!)!

I’m involved in two swaps right now.  One is for the ATCs, specifically for ATCs using the letters P, Q and R as a jumping off point.  The other one is for a Christmas ornament.  I LOVE Christmas ornaments and wanted to try my hand at making some this year.  Also I recently finished my first swap and wanted to do more without getting myself into too much.  I figured these two would be perfect.

Since this is my first time doing ATCs I wanted to ease into it by using a method that I’m familar with rather than trying a new technique my first time out.  So I picked embroidery for my medium.  I recently completed my second embroidery piece and, after brainstorming for ideas, I knew that my ideas would translate well to embroidery.  Unfortunately I can’t share any more about this as it’s more fun when a swap is a surprise!  Later I will take pictures and post them for you to see.  As for my other swap, I have one planned out but am still trying to narrow down my choices for my other partners.  I have three total and can’t wait to see what I get in return!

The thing about all of this is that I just look at what sorts of things I am trying to accomplish today, versus what I thought I could do six months ago…and the change (to me) is astonishing.  For instance.  I carry a sketch book and pencil in my bag every day.  Not only do I carry it, but I use it.  I pull it out at random moments, brain afire with an idea, a concept, a picture of something that I want to do…

And to me that’s just amazing. Wonderous.  This place where I am today.

Finding My Feet

My whole life I’ve never believed I was creative. My mother and brother were creative.  I was the intellectual one. They picked up a pen and out came an actual picture.  They sat down at the piano and out came actual music; but me? Me not so much.

I thought, for a long time, that writing was my thing.  My space to be creative.  That thing that came naturally, that made me happy, that gave me an outlet.  But I finally realized that it’s not that thing. That thing that pulls something unexpected out of you.  That thing that truly makes your soul sing.  You know, that thing.

I’ve “crafted” in some way or another all through my adulthood.  I think it began with the nesting instincts that came along with the birth of my daughter. Even though I “crafted,” and my family believed me “crafty,” I never quite found anything I felt comfortable with.  Nothing that made me feel as if I were expressing myself creatively.  But then, I never gave myself permission to actually believe that I could go beyond basic crafting to be creative.

Recently something changed within me.  Don’t ask me to define it.  I don’t know exactly when it happened or what caused the shift; but I finally gave in and thought that I could be creative.  I gave myself permission to try new things to find a creative outlet.  Explore new mediums, experiment, fail and hopefully to ultimately succeed.

And thus this blog was born.  I hope you’ll find me, and my journey, interesting enough to follow along.