Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Morning After

Someone left me a giant bag of my favorite gummy bears beneath the tree yesterday- I'm trying to pace myself. One handful at a time. Ok, I'll admit it I bought the 3lb bag of Haribo candy for myself.

While I hope the day after Christmas finds you will your feet propped up, kindle fire on hand, and a frothy hot cocoa nearby- it's time for me to get my hiney back to work. It's kind of exciting too- December brought me a slew of welcomed distractions and a few curve balls but not enough time for creating. Is there ever enough? First things first though- I need to do some studio-keeping. Then I need to respond to emails. I've already wrestled with the serger earlier this morning. Ack!

The next few months I'll be meticulously sewing and writing and sewing some more as I'm putting together samples for my upcoming book and readying the copy. Which I've been having mild panic about, since it seems my writerly muse has left me. I let myself watch this TED Talk from Elizabeth Gilbert a moment ago for the umpteenth time. (It's that good ya'll)

Go on. Give it a watch. I'll still be here when you get back. While I'm sharing a bit of awesome today-
my pal Luke had a nice write up in the LA Weekly. He's a dude, who quilts. But even cooler Luke uses a mixture of old/new fabrics to make his designs. My favorite are series of people portraits. He first photographs them, then using the clothes they wore at the time the photo to make the quilt.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Goodness Gracious Collaborations


It seems like many moons have come and gone since I first ventured into the handmade market. And in some ways it has- but honestly I know that there is still so much more for me to learn. I am constantly reading, connecting, and soaking insights when it comes to environmental movements, business, sewing, and marketing.

Communities like Oh My Handmade, Handmadeology, Etsy Forums, Build A Lil Biz, and Create & Thrive have offered me fundamental foundations to grow. Trust that there have been some lessons learned the hard way too. The beauty of it all is that there are no right or wrong way to be successful. We each have a unique definition.

It's an honor to join Danielle and Jess on Create & Thrive today answering questions and talking about teaming up for creative collaborations. I hope that you'll join us there for discussions on stepping outside of your comfort zone and making magic.

What are some of your favorite sources for businessy goodness, how to's and inspiration?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

DIY Gifts for Boys

You're not surprised to know that I love giving handmade gifts- whether they're made by me or someone else! The people I surround myself with love them equally as much- but I learned the hard way that not EVERYONE appreciates the gesture.

2 years ago Sam's kindergarten teacher hosted a $5 gift exchange. Five dollars, we all know doesn't go very far and I wasn't about to send in a chintzy dollar store gift. Instead I opted to support an Etsy mama who made the most delicious holiday scented/non toxic play dough around. (Sad to see that she no longer offers it in her shop!) Packaged pretty with a few additional sweet treats- we headed to the holiday party at school. I can't recall how the gift exchange went but seared into my memory is the utter disappointment smeared on the little boys face who got- handmade play dough and not a knock off action figure. #momfail Maybe I'm being too hard on myself- but I have no doubt that these 15 DIY Gifts will to impress your son, neighbor, nephew, or grandsons.
Build A Fort Kit // Bloom

Matchbox Race Ramp // Pretty Handy Girl
Soft Rock Guitar // Makezine
Rollie Pollie Bean Bag Chair // Dana Made It
Tiny Legends: Big Foot // Small World Land
Washi Tape Car City // Le Jardin de Juliette

Cut & Sew Lumberjack Plush // TrashN2Tees
Lego Travel Box // Finley & Oliver

Wolf Mask // Oh My Handmade
Monster Wallet Cuffs // Spoonflower
DIY GAK Gift // Lil Luna
Build Your Own Monster Applique // Jenelle Montilone for We All Sew
Super Hero Cuffs // TrashN2Tees
Lego Gift Box Template // Lines Across

Have you been working on your handmade holiday gifts this year? Tell me more about what your making/giving in the comments below and please be sure to share links to any other great ideas!  
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