July 9th, 2012 § § permalink
Yes, I am back to embroidery land after a lengthy hiatus. I still want to do artwork but I am under the gun to get this piece finished in time to enter the County Fair this year.
I also wanted to share this find! I was in desperate need of self-containing storage for my embroidery spools. I prefer using rolls instead of hanks now. It is much more convenient for me. I found a train case for cosmetics at Walmart and it definitely did the trick! This case holds all my embroidery floss balls, needles, pin cushion, etc. There is also room for growth (more balls) in the future. The price point for this case is $25 which is totally decent.
I hope your summer is going well!
June 13th, 2012 § § permalink
Curiouser & Curiouser
I have new artwork! I hope to have prints available at Etsy soon and I have a secret project planned for sale as well. I’ve made all this art on the Ipad using Procreate. I am currently working on a dragon and a prince. I’ve been doing a ton of painting in my spare time when I’m not sick. I still have a road test coming up. I hope to get everything rolling soon. Thanks for being patient.
Have you stumbled on some road blocks lately as well?
April 13th, 2012 § § permalink
The Professor & Cutie
I have the plushie sweatshop underway! I need to cut about 100 pieces this afternoon then I can start assembling everything.
I will have these octopi available at Doll North. They will sell for $20 each. I hope to have even more styles posted soon. Right now, there are five styles: Sailor, Professor, Pirate, Nerd, Nerd Girl, and Cutie.
What’s been cooking in your kitchens creativity-wise?
February 5th, 2012 § § permalink
I learned so much from customizing her. She has a slight worried and scared expression which I love. I did gaze correction, boggling, sleep eyes, hand-painted eye chips, carving, and the faceup. I really loved the process and am saving for another doll or two. I have two in mind- Snowflake Sonata and My Little Candy. I want to get a stock one last which I want to reroot with strawberry red mohair.
In other news, I’ve finished my doll quilt and am starting to work on Coraline again. I’ve been pretty sick recently and haven’t been able to do much.
Keep the germs away, my friends!
November 16th, 2011 § § permalink
Dorothy Still in Progress
I am still alive but very busy with Nanowrimo and Skyrim. I am addicted to Skyrim and am still trying to push through the writing. I’m near 20K. I also am in the process of trying to get my artwork into an exhibition. I got Mini Moo cards done up just for the occasion. After November is done, I am back fully into sewing for dolls and embroidery. I still have a huge list of to dos. I’m definitely itching for Dorothy needs to be finished!
Oh! I almost forgot. If you ever want to contact me about my art, etc. My email address is: email@example.com
November 2nd, 2011 § § permalink
It is underway! I am on day two and I’m fairly on pace. If you want to add me on there, I am tempurashrimp.
Because of Nanowrimo, I have Dorothy stalled. However, I am playing Demon Souls at night when I have spare time if I meet my writing quota. It’ll be a quiet month of November. I will try and post more regularly. To be certain, Craft-plosion will occur in December.
October 22nd, 2011 § § permalink
Fishie's Baby Mobile
It’s done and the shower is today! Thank you to the husband for helping me anchor those pesky fishing lines. I hope Fishie likes it.
October 17th, 2011 § § permalink
What's on Tap?
It’s that time of the week again!
- Bird-Mobile for a friend’s baby shower (I need to make four more birds, dry brush the hoops white, and put it all together)
- Dorothy (on hold temporarily until my bird mobile project is done)
- Novel ( got Chapter One done and a sweet friend has helped edit it- Chapter Two is underway)
- Blythe Carrier – (planning out the design for now- I’m leaning towards circus-y fonts for “sushi candy”)
I hope your week is productive!
October 12th, 2011 § § permalink
Fat Quarters for Fishie's Baby Mobile
My dear friend Fishie is having a seamonkey (baby)! I wanted to make her a baby mobile from the colours she has picked out in her nursery design board. I chose this tutorial to follow but I’ll be modifying the birds and their pattern to suit my taste. I’ll be starting tonight. I want to modify the pattern a bit and I’ll be embellishing. I have the two hoops needed: one 10″ and one 12.” I still need to pick up the clear fishing line. I can’t wait to get it started! Fishie’s baby shower is on Oct 22nd. I have a little under a week and a half to get this done.
September 21st, 2011 § § permalink
Perfectionism can be both an asset and a liability. First, the good! Perfectionism incurs a high standard of work to achieve for and encourages one to get better technically and to create better work. I find myself getting better when I push and push for that greater result. I’m constantly trying to see what I can do with beads and embroider and how I can push the medium further.
Now, the bad! Perfectionism can get you stalled starting a project. There will be this irrational need to have all the supplies on hand to do a project and to have an ideal environment and state of mind before starting. I find this crops up especially when I try to write. I get caught up in world building and having the proper character sketches before I even want to commit a word on a page. I know many writers have spent years just world building and not producing a single page. It’s dangerous. Fortunately, I don’t have this mentality when I embroider or draw. For me, this problem is exclusive to writing. When I draw and embroider, I’m like a locomotive building up steam. It just gets done unless I lose motivation. That is another issue all together.
The second big bad- Perfectionism can get you stuck in a never-ending project. The project will never get done because it needs this one last thing or it just constantly doesn’t look right. There were times in the past I looked at a piece and I just can’t finish it. This is rare for me though because I don’t have open/unfinished projects lying around the house anymore. The only unfinished/stalled thing in the house is my novel. I have many issues with my writing that I have to deal with. I feel I don’t have the writing ability/style/skills to commit my ideas on paper. This same feeling prevents me from starting in the first place. In contrast, my artistic pursuits just magically get done unless I run out of steam.
Creativity is a marvelous beast with Perfectionism as the harness. You’re in control.