“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

— Joseph Chilton Pierce

Flashback Friday - Logan's 10th Birthday Party Invitation

Archive post from August 2009...

Today we are celebrating my son’s 10th Birthday…
A few weeks early so that my husband can be here.
I LOVE planning and crafting for my kid’s parties, as we usually have some kind of fun theme.
This year Logan decided on an improve, "Lord of the Rings" party.

For the last month or so, I have been busy making weapons, cloaks and satchels for the kids to wear while they perform their improve skits.

These are the finished invitations for the party…photos of the other components will come soon!

Don't Forget About Yourself...

You yourself,
as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.

- Buddha

Flashback Friday - Playing in my Web

Archive post from June 2009

I periodically go through creative bursts of energy where my website is concerned...

I am currently having one such burst.
I am feeling the need to edit, update, add, etc...

Above is the project I was working on today. It is a new banner template to give my web pages (actually separate blogs) a more uniform look. When I originally constructed them several years ago there was so much work to do just compiling content and images that I didn't have much brain energy left over for the details and finesse of the site.

Now I am starting to look at the details.

It has been fun discovering the new applications, upgrades and tools Blogger has added since my last surge of web updating. Some are unfamiliar to me so there will be a bit of a learning curve.

I have let this whole web creation process unfold and move at it's own pace. I believe that I will be given the skills as I need them. Sometimes I feel "behind" everyone as far as technology but then I remember that there are no accidents. I am right where I am supposed to be and that brings me a bit of peace.

My website (like myself) is a work in progress!

Art & Soul

"Art washes from the soul
the dust of everyday life." 

- Picasso

Flashback Friday - Inspired by my Dad

When I had to design a piece of jewelry that represented my dad (who was a singer) I was stumped.

I didn't want the obvious but I wanted to design something someone could wear even if they didn't know who he was. A design that would stand on it's own.
Above is some marketing material for the finished piece.

I loved how the necklace turned out. The design was inspired by the 45 records my dad recorded and the paper sleeves they slid into. Each sterling silver and 14K gold piece incorporates my dad's fingerprint as the pattern on the record.

It took some finesse in the construction but was well worth it.

It’s Ok to Cut up Your Clothes

I bought this dress a while ago. I wore it a couple of times but didn’t really feel great in it.

Then one day when I was cleaning out my closet I took it out and threw it in a box we keep items we want to donate in. It was between seasons and it took a wile for the box to get filled…mostly with clothes my son outgrows.

Not long ago I went into the donation box to bag up the stuff to drop off…and there was this dress. Summer was coming and I thought maybe I had been too hasty getting rid of it. After trying it on, I had an observation and an idea…

It wasn’t really the dress I didn’t like…it was the thick (rather unattractive) black straps.

I thought, what do I have to loose…I was getting rid of it anyway. So I snipped off the straps.
I went to a fabric store, bought some trim and sewed new straps….voila!

It was like having a brand new dress. The trim was light and interesting and all it took was a needle and thread.

Look at your wardrobe and see what you might have that could be given new life with a tiny bit of trim or an embellishment.

Get to Work

"Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy."