Monday, February 9, 2015

Pattern Camp

Last year, for my birthday
my hubby gave me the gift of "Pattern Camp"
- an e-course by Jessica Swift.
I have always wanted to design my own pattern, 
order it from Spoonflower
and then sew clothes for my kids.

Unfortunately last year, I didn't get far.
The camp was on a really busy weekend
and it was my hubby's birthday.
And, although I was given a whole Saturday morning to start the course,
I quickly lost momentum afterwards.

No matter though.
2015 is a new year, right?

I paid for an extension
and I finished the course 
and managed to create 2 patterns that I really like already.

Life is good :)

Ironically though, 
I would not use any of them to sew clothes for my kids. 
I have to rethink this Spoonflower and sewing idea!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A bit of crocheting

This year I eased into my creative life by crocheting flowers.
I enjoy following simple instructions
and creating little pretties for my daughter.

I sipped on hot chocolate,
crocheted flowers,
and made bracelets.

It's absolutely satisfying to start this year with something simple!

Oh and I thought it would also be cute to share the little cape I crocheted
for my son's beloved "Fletch" last year for Christmas :-)
(using the exact same yarn. lol.)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hello 2015!

Well, this happens every year.
At the beginning of every year,
I'm on fire with my creativity,
and then I fizzle out towards the end of the year.

It's not that there is no desire to create,
it's just that I'm running out of steam ...
with everything ... 
home management, family life, home schooling, creative expression ...
I have a lot of goals/plans/dreams/ideas, 
but they all come to a head.
And instead of doing things one at a time,
chipping away from the long to do list,
I tend to get overwhelmed and do the minimum.
My creative wishes tend to be at the bottom of the list,
and my ideas tend to slowly accumulate,
getting restless in my brain,
knocking violently at my conscious, 
desperately trying to get out.

Fortunately it's a new year.
A fresh start.
Full of new possibilities.

I have finally determined my word of the year.

I am hoping to manifest all that is whirling around in my head right now :)

PS. The above artwork was created with a watercolor background I painted,
then imported and embellished using the Rhonna Design app on my ipad.