inJoy Summer Days
“I meant to do my work today
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree
And a butterfly flitted across the field
And all the leaves were calling me.”
I’m in the studio creating with paper, paint, fabric, and thread.
Today is a disconnect-from-distractions day.
Splash paint on paper.
Sew some seams.
Piece by piece, I’ll be lost in the zen of creativity.
Happy Friday, fellow makers.Read More
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
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
Lately, I’ve been crafting with cool blue snowflake fabrics. They’re beautiful, but it’s time to heat things up. So before winter blues take hold, let’s spin the color wheel to bring warmth to our tables. In this season of giving…
Here’s some apple cider inspiration to kick off your holidays.Read More
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?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