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
Friday is here, finally. It’s been a storm-tossed week that blew most of my to-do lists out the window.
This morning I’ll imagine sitting by a lake as I reflect and try again.
Breathe, just breathe.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
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
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.
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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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:Read More
Grandma was a maker. She baked. She sewed. She crocheted.
Doilies adorned every shelf and table. They showcased every potted plant, lamp. and vase.
Grandma was a planner. She created BIG days. She brought a quilt-factor to ordinary moments: homemade, wrapped-in-warmth, and treasured.
I remember days with grandma.Read More