Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quotes That Inspire You To Create

Have you ever had a crumby-no-good kind of day and stumbled upon a note/image/sign that sort of just turned that all around? I love surrounding myself with positive and inspiring quotations (and real life people too!) It's most important when I feel myself slipping away- creatively, emotionally, spiritually, hell even logically. I've compiled a short list of quotes that inspire me to create. Hopeful that it finds you at the right time and lights a spark in your head. heart. and hands. 

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”  ~Ray Bradbury

“Be silent, or say something better than silence.” ~Pythagoras
Free Printable // BasicGrey

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ~William Faulkner

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
"Make visible what, without you, might have never been seen." - Robert Bresson

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. ~Michael Jordan
"Dance first, think later” ~Samuel Beckett

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." Sylvia Plath 

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~Stephen King

Via // Next Step Editing
“Go where the silence is and say something.” ~Amy Goodman

“Creativity is a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.” ~Arthur Koestler

“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.” ~John Updike

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” ~John Maynard Keynes

"Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too." - Isabelle Allende

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” ~Ray Bradbury

"Slow progress is better than no progress." -Unknown

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ~Anne Sexton

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~Emerson

“Find something only you can say” ~James Dickey

via // Girls Guide
“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.” ~James Russell Lowell

“Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite–getting something down.” ~Julia Cameron

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams

If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it -- teach yourself to be impatient. ~Gurbaksh Chahal

"The best way to get something done is to begin." - Unknown 

Do you have any favorite quotes that inspire you to get creative? Please share them in the comments below.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Soccer Ball Team Necklaces // Free Printable

As if my calendar isn't full enough, I volunteered to coach soccer for not just one team but two! No need to remind me how crazy I really am. I already know. Truthfully, I love being on the field and interacting with the kids. They make me laugh and remind me to have fun. Most importantly it's a chance for me to spend some time with Sam and Tristen. Oh and of course I get to play soccer again!

Sam on a breakaway!

A few weeks ago our co-ed U10 Renegades played in a 12 team tournament. I wanted surprise the kids with a little something to get them excited & and build team spirit. (It's an ongoing process!) Using some metal washers Nick brought home from work and a few things I had here in the house I whipped up these sweet soccer ball necklaces and personalized them with each kids jersey number. The entire project cost less than $6.00 to make if you're purchasing things from the store.

You'll Need:
1'' Metal Washers
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Waxed Cording 1mm
Free Soccer Ball Printable 
Card Stock White Paper
Xacto Knife
Sharpie Marker 

1. Print out the free soccer ball printable onto white card stock paper on your home printer. I choose to include a soccer ball on both sides of the washer.
2. Cut out soccer balls using scissors or xacto knife. Place washer on top of soccer ball to trace and cut out center hole.
3. Using sponge brush apply light coating of Mod Podge onto one side of washer.
4. Place soccer ball onto washer and apply top coat of Mod Podge. Let dry & repeat same process for other side.
5. Once your soccer ball charm has dried feel free to personalize with name or number using Sharpie marker.
6. Measure and cut 20'' of waxed cording per necklace. Place ends together and slip closed end through center circle of soccer ball. Now feed your two ends of waxed cording through the hoop that was just created with closed end.
7. Finish your necklace by attaching lobster clasp and O rings to ends (or simply tie knots)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thread Spool Halloween Costume DIY
Smashing my love for sewing, autumn, repurposing, and kooky costumes we're kicking off October with some of my favorite halloween inspired DIY's. Stumped on what costume you'll be wearing while handing out treats later this month? Transform an old lampshade + cardboard box + white t-shirts + large knitting needle into an awesome spool costume (project can be altered to fit an adult)

 Head over to C.R.A.F.T. for the Needle And Thread Costume Tutorial now. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tipsy Tuesday: Sewing Spool Caps and Foam Discs

Every Tuesday I share tips to sew (#tips2sew) on Instagram. We've talked about investing in a walking foot attachment, adding moisture to brittle thread, and how to store rulers & cutting mats. This week I thought I would talk about those dohicky spool caps and foam discs that you might've noticed when unpacking a new machine. Of course every machine and package are different- but I'd take a guess that they could've been found in a plastic bag tucked in a table drawer or along with any additional sewing feet. 

Happy #tipsytuesday! When threading your machine do you use a foam disc & spool cap? It's importante to utilize these bits as they help reduce vibration and prevent your spool from moving around. 
1. Place foam pad on horizontal pin first (foam cushions spool) 
2. Next- the thread tail should come up over top of spool like a waterfall 
3. Then choose your spool cap depending on what size spool of thread you're using. 
4. Finally place the flat side if cap against spool on pin.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Make Fabric Using Washi Tape

I feel like I am seeing washi tape everywhere, and to be honest if my darling friend Marisa from Omiyage hadn't introduced it to me a few years ago- I probably never would've given it a second thought. Washi tape is a high quality masking tape made of rice paper. But more than that, washi tape is a material which is beautiful yet useful at the same time. You can tear it, stick it, reposition it, write on it... The low tack adhesive makes it extremely easy to use (and reuse).

Last year at the Craftcation Conference the entire hotel was decorated with washi tape elements.  I've even seen it used as a sewing tool- but never sewn on. So while I was putting together my mixed media sewing journal class for BERNINA University I began tinkering. My hope was to introduce the amazingly talented quilters to a new mediums where they can apply the same vision and challenge them to create outside the box. Today I'm sharing with you a portion my class-

You'll need:
Washi Tape
Medium/Heavy Weight Interfacing
Mod Podge (optional)

1. Cut medium/heavy weight interfacing to size needed for your project. 

2. Next, cover the interfacing with washi tape in any pattern. (We even experimented making quilt blocks in class!)

3. No pins are needed to hold tape in place- so you can move onto sewing the raw edges down onto interfacing. (When sewing on washi tape I choose to use an old needle and remember to change it before your project.)

Tip: I taught this class on a Bernette Chicago 7 which boasts more than 200 decorative stitches! We had a lot of fun experimenting with designs and creating our own with mirroring and elongation options. You can also do free motion stitching, zig zag, or a combination of any or all of the above. 

4. Have fun with mixing patterns, creating layers, and even applique!

5. Use your finished fabric to sew up your favorite projects- make an iphone case, wallet, notebook cover, reusable snack bag, luggage tags, mug rugs and more. Waterproof your creations by adding a coat of Modpodge.

What will you make with washi tape fabric? Tell me in the comments below-

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BERNINA University 2014

This past summer I traveled to Nashville, TN along with hundreds of BERNINA associates, dealers, and brand enthusiasts to take part in their annual dealer event: BERNINA UNIVERSITY. The event was held in the Opryland Resort, a spectacular space that includes secret gardens, waterfalls, eateries, boat rides, and was home to fanatical sewing enthusiasts for an entire week!

Are you wondering what happens at BERNINA University? I wish I could tell you but what happens at BU- stays at BU. Just kidding! BERNINA University is part convention, part class, and full on fun. With cocktails, fancy swag, and plenty of new products- it's an event you don't want to miss! While there I sat in on some sewing classes instructed by the most experienced and entertaining teachers, hung out with my industry friends, and taught 2 classes of my own!

 Getting there... well that was another story. I missed my flight- had to buy a second ticket, take a cab to Trenton, take the train to Newark, and catch another flight South. The whole ordeal cost me 15 hours in the airport and missing out on my first day of classes. But hey! I got there and that's what matters most.

Nashville is known for a few things- country music and BBQ are the first to come to mind. My son is a HUGE fan of the TV show American Pickers and their Nashville location along with the Johnny Cash Museum were on my list of places to see while in town. Unfortunately I didn't get to visit either, but discovered the World Famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. 
I'm lucky to be apart of this amazing family- and you better believe I'm already looking forward to next years event in Scottsdale, Arizona. Later this week I'm going to be sharing some of the techniques I taught on the Bernette Chicago 7 a combo embroidery/sewing machine- including how to turn washi tape into sewable fabric!

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