Rebellious Introspection

In my journey as an artist and blogger, I have leaned toward the rebellious side, seeking out ways to make my work different, breaking the rules, in my own way. Finding content that inspires, yet challenges.

I’m persistent in everything I do, because I keep practicing. That’s the key to anything consistent.

People love to see that I’m not perfect, that they aren’t perfect. They love to see the real me. So, I give it to them.

As a blogger, I have been random with my posts. Rebellious again, in not following any rules. As a creative, I often find myself being real; putting it out there. Embracing imperfection comes naturally. So, I encourage you, do it with all your heart, do it every day. Be the best YOU, you can be.

 

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Blogging is hard work. I used to think it was as easy as pouring a cup of coffee in the morning.

It’s not.

It’s a lot of work. Disciplined, dedicated and creative come to mind. There are times I feel frustrated and not motivated. I often felt it was a struggle to find content, so I’d just put anything out there.

This blog is about to change. It’s a good change. With the reintroduction of my books, a new line of handmade products, and a blog that will be consistent.

I need a new challenge. One that is scary.

So, I ask you to join my tribe, my village. Embark on this journey with me. Take a seat, because it may be bumpy at times. A good bumpy.

Blogging as a creative can only be that.

{Hugs}

Deb

 

 

Grow Your Art

Hi Creative Friends!

As a creative person, I’m always looking for outlets that will put me in a happy place, or happy space.

I mean, who doesn’t, right?

I wanted to show you a creative space I walked into today…

Grow Your Art is a phrase I noticed as I walked into this beautiful, creative space. Heartseed Studio. It’s a place one can go to be inspired with paint, pencil, marker, yarn (I will be teaching a knitting class there soon), and just about any other medium you can think of. It’s a place I would love to own. My brain went wild on the drive home. That would be my dream, to have a studio space like that. I felt instantly in my (new) happy place. My happy space. They have it all figured out.

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They believe artistic expression and creativity is vital to a happy life. You know what?

I do too! Now, more than ever. It’s a way to find YOUR happy. It’s a place you can go to find what inspires YOU. It makes life infinitely more fulfilling. Imagine YOUR life without a bit of creativity. Boring, huh? Imagine working a 9-5 job, coming home to kids/husband/chores, bed, then doing it all over again without squeezing something creative into your day. Fortunately, for me, I don’t have to punch a time clock, but you better believe, if I did, I would certainly have a creative outlet that would release tension, allow me to pull back from a stressful day.

Art makes you happy

Art is a true form of happy. It’s the expression of human creative skill and imagination. Doodling and drawing are my new art forms. Really new. I’ve began “coloring outside the lines” and am very proud of that. My friend said to me last night as I was taking one pattern and making it new, “Way to color outside the lines, Deb.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. I’m a left-brained thinker, coming from the nursing field, and have learned that both sides of my brain can, and do work well together. Most days, anyway.

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So, what’s your creative happy? I’d love to know. Please leave a comment below and lets chat about it.

CoLoR OuTsIdE ThE LiNeS and Find YOUR happy!

Deb

 

TKGA Recap

Hi Knitters & Crocheters!

Well, it’s been a week and some days since I’ve been back from conference. As much as I looked forward to getting away, I looked (even more) forward to coming home. Getting back into my routine is always a good thing. 

So, I wanted to take some time and give you some feedback. You know, the things I loved and the not-so-exciting parts for me.

I arrived Wednesday, July 22nd. The shuttle driver was so cool, and explained to me that the previous week the sewers and quilters were riding in his van to the Town and Country Hotel. Must be quite the spot, I thought to myself. 


And let me tell you, the hotel was charming, full of character, and the rooms were inviting. The guy told me I was on the 8th floor. Well, those that know me, know that heights aren’t my thing. *eeek*  But, the views were beautiful. The movie, Pretty Woman, quickly came to mind. I viewed from the slider, as close to the slider as I could get. 🙂

See the green umbrellas just past the pool? That was my spot every morning for coffee, every afternoon for tea, and most evenings if there was someone down there to talk with.

After putting away my things, I ventured downstairs to locate some coffee and conversation. The people I met were so friendly, as all knitters and crocheters are, right? 

Well, I sat there for awhile, found the coffee, got out my knitting and people watched.

By now, you’re probably asking yourself, where is the conference stuff. I have to be honest…here it comes…I wasn’t impressed (at that moment). I know! I should have been, it was TKGA for goodness sake, but for me, the wow factor wasn’t there (yet).

I’ll explain…

Knitters and Crocheters were very friendly as you would expect. Yes, I was able to sit at any table and chat. Yes, they always asked what I was working on. Yes, I gave out a lot of cards.

Being Wednesday, there wasn’t a lot going on. A few classes had started and the conference was underway. But, where were all the people? That was what was most surprising to me. There didn’t seem to be a large crowd.

Thursday was a bit nicer with more people arriving, but still not to the level I would have expected. The coffee line was now longer. 🙂 That told me many more had arrived. This hotel had only one Market where you could get a sandwich or salad, coffee or tea. The little restaurant next door served Breakfast and Lunch, which I did most mornings. Breakfast anyway. As for dinner, well, the main restaurant had closed down just the week before. We did discover a mall within walking distance. Score! We ate dinner there. 

You can definitely see the charm, can’t you? The food was awesome. The fruit was fresh cut. I found this to be my every morning breakfast spot. 

I went for a walk around the property and found some fun plants and trees…

I met some great friends who I think I will remain connected with for a long time…From top right: Gloria, Barbara, Sharon and myself. These ladies made me laugh the entire time. And our server was adorable. He escaped before we could snap a picture of him.

So, what about the shopping, Deb? 

Glad you asked…

I wasn’t thrilled. Though, honestly, I think this conference is very heavy on the crochet. That may have been more of my issue. Though, the amount of vendors was lacking, in my opinion. I’m guessing 50 or so vendors. Not a lot when it’s part of a conference.  

I walked into the room and Red Heart booth is right there. Very impressive actually. Some very cool people were hanging around that booth. You know, it was in the hotel’s conference center, right there on the hotel property. Convenient? Yes!

This is a Marly Bird and Myself. Pop over and visit both of our Facebook pages, we love to interact with our peeps.

Here’s the funny part…The minute I turned my camera around to do the selfie, my comment was, “OMG, look at my hair.” She busted out laughing. This is the picture after I got over it. 🙂 I adore Marly. She’s so genuine, happy, and loves to talk with you.

Now, I did watch a fashion show. It was fun. There were a lot of fun pieces, though the two that caught my eye were:


Both of which were crochet.

BUT…The Best thing EVER for me was the YARNOVER TRUCK!!! OMG! Here are some pics. These are not from the conference. I think I was so in awe of this truck that pulled right into the room, I forget to get a few pictures. 

YARNOVER TRUCK– pics courtesy of google images

I mean, who thinks of things like this? Maridee and Barbra. Read about their story here. These two women are so friendly and inviting, you can’t help but step into the back of this truck. 

So, you can clearly see the things that appealed to me and the things that did not. I’m not sure if it was because I’ve been to two very large conferences, Stitches and VKL. Both of which had hundreds of vendors. This was a smaller scale type of event. Though, I had a great time, met some fun women, and made some business contacts. THAT was worth it for me. 

Would I go again? If you had asked me that on the last day of the event, I’d probably  have said no. But, after recapping the event, I would have to say, YES! It was worth every cent. I think I also realized I made a quick judgment based on the number of people attending and the lack of vendors. This isn’t enough to keep me from going again.

I chose not to take any classes because when I signed up, the choices weren’t there for me as a knitter. The ones I would have taken were sold out. The class sizes were too small according to my peeps. I’m wondering if it was the lack of space that kept them smaller. Just a guess, though. 

That’s my take on the whole event. I stayed the length of the conference, though I did leave before the final event Saturday night. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On! (and don’t be judgmental of an event until you’ve re-thought all the details.) 😉

Hugs!
Deb

Book Review: Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

With the help of Interweave, I’m thrilled to do (yet) another book review for you.
Are you a Crafter? I am. I believe that most knitters are also crafters of all sorts, well, in my circle of friends, anyway…

Paperback: Molie Makes Woodland Friends: More handmade projects for the home

Publisher: Interweave Language: English
It sells for $12.95 US
That’s a steal. For 18 knitted, stitched, crocheted, and paper-crafted projects, all with a modern take in their signature styles, with a touch of “quirk thrown in.” Why wouldn’t you buy this? 
I truly believe the cover of the book can make or break your decision to pick it up/buy it. Am I right? 
Look at it! 

The cover is truly your inspiration. The cute Woodland Walk Quilt, the Tissue Box Cover, the Animal Pictures on the wall, the Badger Pillow sitting on the chair…

This book is part of their squirreled-away collection of nature-loving ideas from their favorite Mollie Makes designers. How fun is it to create something fun, modern, yet a bit quirky for your home? Sit down for an evening or take a weekend and create one or more of these fun little projects.

You can use your sewing machine and create the Woodland Walk Quilt. It measures approximately 35 inches x 43 inches. The perfect size for snuggling on the couch with, or wrapping up to read a good book. Maybe your child needs a cute accent to their bed. Or you have a baby shower coming up and need a fun, quick gift. Oh, that reminds me…I do!

How about knitting (now there’s a fun idea) Hanna Hart’s Flying Fox draft excluder. Total Fun! He (or perhaps, she) is on my to-knit list. He’s approximately 35.5 inches long, excluding his tail. And 12 inches around. He’s easily adjustable to fit your door by knitting longer or shorter.


If you’re in the mood to crochet, how about stitching up the Tissue Box Cover. It’s made up of four panels; rabbit, fox, bear and a deer. Each is crocheted seperately then stitched on. Super Duper Cute. This one, I will make for my granddaughter’s bathroom. 

Maybe, you feel like more crochet. Why not stitch up these cute Crochet Shelf Ornaments. Perfect addiction to your desk (I’m making some), or your bookcase. Each cute creature measures approximately 5 inches high and about 6 inches long from the tip of their paws to the tip of their tails.

Ok, I’m always in the market for another mug rug. Have you discovered their simplicity yet? They usefulness? I have one that was given to me, from a fellow quilter, in an exchange. I use it daily when I’m sitting working away at my desk. 

These are cuter than any I’ve seen. Seriously!. Each mug rug measures approximately 8.5 inches x 4.5 inches and are just the right size for a large mug (is there any other size?) and your favorite sweet treat. Did someone say coffee break? The project has a fun technique known as reverse applique. All you need to know is included in the book. 


Ok, the final favorite project of mine in this book is the Badger Pillow. Super Cute! Add a bit of charm to your stack of quilts, or perhaps sit him against your favorite books on the shelf. This project is simple enough to finish in an afternoon and can be stitched by hand easily, or use your machine for speedy project making. 

Of the 18 projects in the book, these are what I’ve que’d up for myself. Ok, let’s be honest, I’ll probably make each and every one of them, as they seem quite easy, or should I say the designers have written the instructions so that anyone will not have a problem with them. 

Each project is accompanied by step-by-step written instructions and clear photography. Something that is important to this Diva. The tried and tested tips thrown in help you feel confident in your skills and give you the best projects ever. 

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends has thought of everything, and has been included in the back of the book: templates for your convenience and instructions on enlarging for best results, stitches used in the projects and how to work them, and a chart for the hand stitched Squirrel Hand Warmers.
 
As you can (clearly) see, I’m in trouble. No, not by anybody but me. Yes, I have things that need to get done, work related, but there’s always time for some project making that doesn’t involve work.

So, I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, fun and informative projects, along with a variety of fun tips and tricks to help you throughout the projects. Go check it out. Order it online at Interweave and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

So, as I always say,

Knit On! (Or in this case, Stitch, Crochet, Sew, Knit On!)

Deb



Top 10 Reasons I Love to Decorate with Color

I’m all about COLOR. Anyone who know me, knows COLOR  is what gets me in a good mood and keeps me there. I’m decorating my loft/work space to reflect me.  COLOR inspiration is something that tickles me to the core. This is the COLOR  palette I’m aiming for. 

 

Wall COLOR, and accent pieces all working together to create a cohesive look. Whether it’s monochromatic or pastel, neutral or complimentary, everyone has their thing. I love to go down into my fabric stash and choose COLORs that work well together. Like this. I love to have one COLOR that just pops. In this case, It’s the pink.

 

Now…what are the top 10 reasons I love to decorate with COLOR?

1 –  Decorating with  COLOR makes me feel like a designer.

2 –  Decorating with COLOR gives me permission to go buy things that I normally wouldn’t buy.

3 –  Because when studying about COLOR, I ran across what it says about someone who likes purple, for example…artistic and unique. Someone who likes pink is happy, blissful, content, artistic (there’s that word again), and quirky. Probably. A person who likes green is balanced, relaxed, humble. (well, not sure about the humble part, in my case anyway) *smiling* How about brown…solid, dependable, stable, realistic, mature. Definitely me, well, unless you want to take mature out of there. I’m definitely a kid at heart. *smiling again*

4 –  COLOR provides the creative inspiration in everything I design from dishcloths to accessories.

5   COLOR gives me that happy feeling. 

6 –  COLOR is something that can change a room or change the look of a whole house. For example, I painted one living room wall a rich red/burgundy COLOR, and yes, it changed the room instantly.
7 –    COLOR is always the first thing my friends comment on when they walk in one of my color inspired rooms.
8 –   COLOR gives me the satisfaction in my decorating than even placing a new accessory on a table would.
9 –  Loving COLOR so much, allows me to decorate “Diva” style. 

10 –   Because I get to highlight the word  COLOR every time it comes up in a sentence. 
What about you? Why do you love to decorate with COLOR? This is where you can share all of your secrets, good or bad. A place to (maybe) learn from someone else. 
Please leave a comment. I would LOVE to hear.
This wasn’t a fiber related top ten list, because I got a little diverted due to my current WIP. Not knitting wise, design wise.
So, as I always say, 
Knit On!
Deb