It’s All in Your Head
You may not do everything you imagine, but you will imagine everything you do. Seeing, hearing, feeling in your mind is the first step to accomplishing any goal.Read More
The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.
- Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
If you make handmade gifts, you’re already planning and creating autumn projects. What surprises will you make for teachers, friends, and family? Do you have favorite fall colors, images, tools, and techniques you love to use year after year? I do. As the hot sunshine days of July wind down, my table is set with:
My favorite fall fabric collection, Flourish
Appliqué linen, hoops, floss, and Lori Holt’s Nifty Needles
Look closely. What inCider Secrets to new fall products can you find in today’s post?Read More
How do you plan for a new month? a new day? a fresh start?
As you write your monthly goals and action plan, use photos and prompts to EMBRACE…
who you are right now in this moment
who you are becoming as you open up and welcome whatever may come your way.
I don’t have a green thumb, but I love flowers. I don’t have a garden, but I appreciate the artistry of gardeners who know each bloom by name and how to create the conditions each plant needs to grow.
Like flowers, creativity needs open spaces and attention in order to flourish.Read More
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….Read More
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?
Dare to face a blank canvas or blank page.
Splash color on it with ink, pencils, markers, fabric, paint - whatever medium you choose.
Add spring inspiration with florals, words, and/or quotes.
Be inspired to create in courage and in joy.Read More
Need a little bit of Monday morning inspiration? I know I do.
I’m starting my day with a blank canvas, or two, or ten.
I will be splashing color on mini canvases, art journal pages, tags, and cards.
If I DARE to want less WINTER and more SPRING, I’m gonna have to bring it - to my craft table.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Most of the time I use fabric paper when I print sentiment panels for mug rugs. Starting with white, I can leave the panel clean and simple or paint and ink it up with color.
For the Winter Song sentiments, I knew I wanted to print them on snowflake fabric.
Want to try it? It’s simple with the right tools and supplies.Read More
It’s another day in the studio for me so I’m popping in with a bit of inspiration for you. It’s a video from Kristina Werner from her new holiday card series.
Freezer paper, fabric, Creative Grid rulers, rotary cutters, and an iron. Can you guess what I’m doing?Read More
Autumn is winding down and winter is coming. It’s time for snowflake fabric, hot chocolate, wool sweaters, and a joy-filled playlist in the studio. To welcome in a warm and wonderful season of crafting, we’re releasing a new collection called Winter Song.
Lyrics that evoke the magic and memories of snow days were the inspiration for Winter Song, available now in the shop.
You’ll have plenty of time to make handmade gifts for holiday celebrations using new sentiment panels, Print & Quilts, and paper piecing patterns. Stay inspired with a blizzard of Winter Song projects we’ll be showcasing on the blog all month.Read More
Oh the weather outside will be frightful,
But the fire will be so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let us sew…Let us sew…Let us sew…Read More