inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

Create with Flourish

April is in bloom. As the last patches of snow melt, I’m thinking about how to plant ideas and create conditions to help them flourish. I’m envisioning paper and fabric florals in my art journal, on wall canvas, and on quilted mug rugs, placemats, and table runners.

If you’re like me, getting started is a challenge. Say hello to….

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Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Spring

This week in the studio I’ve been splashing color on blank mini canvases, watercolor paper, and art journal pages. Piles of colorful backgrounds made with inks, paints, and colored pencils are spilled across the table.

  • How can I add layers to create story art from these beginnings?

  • How can I make something that will make me smile and think spring as I wait for warm breezes, fresh cut grass, garden blooms, and the farmer’s market?

  • What are my favorite memories and moments of spring?

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One Word with Jean: Create

One Word with Jean: Create

The Perfect Mystery

Create, the second word in our “One Word” series, means to produce or make, especially something innovative. I’ve always been curious about the idea of “being creative”. We’re often told creativity or talent is an undefinable, unnamable something. Only a few people are born with “it” and the rest of us “just aren’t creative.” I say baloney.

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How to Sew a Valentine Envelope

How to Sew a Valentine Envelope

Make Valentine’s Day Special with Reusable Fabric Envelopes

Sew a fabric envelope for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Husband, partner, or kids. Fabric envelopes are reusable, simple, sturdy and add a little more love to a special day.

Use them for your children’s paper valentines, make a keepsake for notes and letters from your loved one, fill them with candy, or put a wicked fun note into your special someone’s lunch or briefcase. Spread a little love on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.

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One Word with Jean: Begin

One Word with Jean: Begin

Every Day Is a Beginning

It’s that time of the year when we all make resolutions, or change habits in the hopes of making our lives and ourselves better. Sometimes it even works. One of my old creative habits is writing morning pages as described in “The Artist’s Way.” I’ve been doing it a long time. It helps get the junk out of my head so the creative part can work. In that same vein, I’m working on the “My One Word” idea. You pick a word and consider how it fits in your life and what it really means to you. Here at Sunporch, we’ve decided to do a “One Word” series.

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Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Introducing Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

What do you do on a snow day? Ice skate. Make snow angels. Build snowmen.

Celebrate memories of your favorite Snow Day by sewing paper pieced blocks with our newest PDF package of patterns. With the blocks, create wall hangings, placemats, table runners, trivets, and mug rugs.

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Warmest in Winter

Warmest in Winter

My world is warm in winter.

It may be cold outside, but today in the studio, I’m creating a day of comfort and joy. It’s time to snuggle in at the craft table and make a blizzard of gift tags.

Free Gift Tags

Hot chocolate jars are easy to make for teachers, neighbors, mail carriers, babysitters, etc.

It’s fun to find unique wide-mouth jars and ways to package these popular-on-pinterest gifts.

Get started today with FREE PRINTABLE HOT CHOCOLATE GIFT TAGS.

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How to Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

How to Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

I popped over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog and look what I found: (and couldn’t wait to share)

“Lori Holt and It’s Sew Emma are at it again! Just in time for the Christmas season, Lori Holt has created a new cross stitch pattern, Vintage Christmas Sampler. This Christmas-inspired sampler is filled with everyone’s favorite holiday sights — candy canes, gingerbread men and a gingerbread house, stockings, an ornament and Santa Claus. If a few of the blocks look familiar, you’re right – they are from Lori’s Vintage Christmas Book.”

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December Sneak Peeks

December Sneak Peeks

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You won’t want to miss what we’re bringing to you in December.

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks:

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Up to Snow Good

Up to Snow Good

Stamping with friends….

It’s a wonderful day in the studio, just me, the cat, Lorelei, Rory, and Snow Buddies.

I’m stamping and stitching and painting as I binge watch Gilmore Girls. This show just gets me. And because there’s so much dialogue, it’s almost like listening to a radio show while I craft.

Snow Buddies arrived. Insert happy dance. Want to see what I’m making?

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