March 31st, 2011 § § permalink
I absolutely love organization units and storage units. If you’ve been following this post, you’ve seen my storage unit for my embroidery floss. I’ve recently found a storage solution for my seed beads. Last weekend, I went to the closing sale of Brantford’s Fabricland. I scooped up $116 worth of seed beads for $26. Yes, I’m still squealing over the massive 75% sale. But I digress, I intend to integrate these seed beads in my sewn works. Rococo Cinderella will be the first to integrate bead embroidery.
This is a storage unit I purchased from Etsy. I have another coming in the mail. It’s pretty small and perfect for travelling measuring around 4″ x 4″. When it came in, I noticed the jar lids came off easily. This is a big no-no for seed beads. I used sticky tac from the dollar store and smeared it across the lid lines and it really did the trick. It holds enough beads for projects and I just have to refill when it runs low.
Now if only I can pick up embroidery scissors with a cover that doesn’t cost over $20.
March 30th, 2011 § § permalink
Another birthday has come and gone and I always spend it in a somewhat depressive state of contemplation. Each year I tend to bring out the personal meter stick and realize how short I’ve fallen against it. I’m trying to break this bad habit and actually make goals to achieve my dreams. Three of my goals this year is to be published for my fantasy romance novel, The Scent Enchantress, to exhibit well in my artwork and continue to improve, and to revamp this site.
Goal 1: The Scent Enchantress
Before I had my baby, I finished a novel, gave it to friends to read, and left it on the shelf. It’s a 75K manuscript about a quirky librarian who comes into her magical powers as a Scent Enchantress. It’s set in a fictional suburb of Toronto and is infused with much humor as well as romance. Robert brought it out recently and reminded me of its existence. With the baby around, I pretty much forgotten all about it. I’ve submitted it to three literary agencies. If I don’t hear from them by May, I will go with the self-publishing route and have it up in the Amazon Kindle Store. Whether it be through conventional methods or self-publication methods, my book will be out there by June.
Goal 2: My artwork
By the end of this year, I want to have completed enough pieces to have healthy body of work. I want to be proficient and have enough art to have an exhibition within two years. I already have pieces I’m hoping to submit to the local county fair this year. I’m going to be exploring a few more new techniques before settling down and establishing my style. This is all pertaining to my needlecraft. As for my illustrations, i hope to do them as well in conjunction to my sewing just to keep pace.
Goal 3: This website
I am not happy with the way this blog looks. It bothers me to no end and I know it’s affecting my creativity levels. I hope to remedy this soon. I want to add a custom header and get everything to look the way I want it to. It’s a weird compulsion but I like having everything in order before getting anything done. I acknowledge that it is a horrible habit. I tend to do this with my art. I have to get all the supplies so my mind can start a project. Sometimes one just have to get off their ass and just get it done.
I’ve also been thinking about the frequency of my blogging. How often should I blog? I deal with embroidered works so it takes a while to see any progress. I’m hoping to blog either Monday, Wednesday, Fridays or Tuesdays, Thursdays. It’s one or the other. I think a weekly blog is not enough. I haven’t decided yet what schedule to keep but this should be settled soon.
March 23rd, 2011 § § permalink
I chose a busy urban/city inspired fabric for little Drew. This particular hoop is full of colour. I will be making a miniDrew tonight and perhaps the boom crane which the monkey and Drew are hanging on.
I’ve been keeping busy editing my novel and finishing up my list of gifts. After Drew’s hoop is done, I’ll be back to Cinderella in full force every other night. I’ll be sewing on nights when Robert watches sports. He’s currently caught up on the Leafs playoff race for that last lonely 8th spot. My husband is a a poor eternal suffering Leafs fan.
I’ve also been making a list of supplies I’d like. DMC floss is on top of the list. I’m also interested in getting more seedbeads but I’m really particular about what kind I get. I need to see it in person and see how the light affects it. This means I’ll be scouting for bead stores in the area. There used to be two but they are now both out of business. I swear running a small business in a small town like Simcoe (pop 30K) is touch in ago. Most barely survive their first year. If I can’t go local, I’ll have to figure out where we can drive to that’s not too far for the baby. She hates car rides.
On another note, this website is still under construction. I’m not quite happy with the overall look yet. It’ll be customized soon by the husband. After I’ev finished editing my novel, it’ll be his turn. The title of the novel is “The Scent Enchantress.” It is a quirky fantasy. I’ll post links and more info when the time draws near to launch it in the Kindle Store on the Amazon.com website.
March 20th, 2011 § § permalink
Yes, that is a cupcake I made today! My in-laws were over and we celebrated my birthday early. 🙂
I finished Dragon Age 2 and I’ll be back to work tonight. I will be working on Drew’s hoop. Afterwards, I’ll be editing my novel for launch in the Kindle Store. It’s busy busy!
March 10th, 2011 § § permalink
I am deeply involved in Dragon Age II now. It’s my downtime in between projects. I will be starting Drew’s soon. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do and how much I want to do. I love creating projects and learning new techniques. My problem has always been “too many fingers in too many pies.” I have creative ADD. I just love doing too many things at the same time. A jack of all trades! Realistically, I need to focus to get better on some things because being great at a million things is impossible. I’ve narrowed it down to three areas: drawing/painting, sewing, and writing. I really want to do well in these three areas so I can’t go off and make baby clips like I want or do other things. It’s a realistic and logical goal. I’m going to stick to it and try and hone my focus.
In the meantime, I’m returning to Dragon Age II when night falls and the baby is asleep.
March 8th, 2011 § § permalink
Carmy’s hoop was finished last night! I had to redo the mermaid tail once because I didn’t like how it looked. It’s done! I’m pretty happy at how whimsical it looks. I hope Ashley and Carmy love it. Next on the docket is Drew’s hoop in between gameplay of Dragon Age 2.
March 7th, 2011 § § permalink
The letters are done! I worked through the weekend. I hope to add the bases for mini Carmy and her friends tonight.
March 5th, 2011 § § permalink
It’s done!! I hope to start Carmy’s tonight! I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
March 4th, 2011 § § permalink
We all have one. If you’re a craft/art addict, your list is miles long. Most items can’t really be justified and some say the list is indicative of hoarding. No one can ever have enough craft supplies, yes? When you craft, it’s so easy to cross the fine line of hoarding. I’m trying to be logical about mine- the key word here is trying. Here goes!
- DMC Light Effects Metallic embroidery floss – the full range
- More blues
- More browns
- dark oranges
- teals and aquas
- Lighter violets
- A sturdy reinforced bag to hold my current projects
- Embroidery Scissors
- Various colours of tiny seedbeads
- A tin from the dollar store to store said vials of seedbeads
It is so easy to make a mile long list. When I see supplies, all I see are endless possibilities of future projects. Therein lies the trap.
N.B. Leah’s hoop is 95% done, Carmy’s and Drew’s hoops will be prepared this weekend. I hope to get Carmy’s done by Tuesday night.
March 3rd, 2011 § § permalink
It’s almost done! It just needs the embroidered embellishments. Leah’s hoop should be finished by the weekend.