Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hey, Thanks Generation Q!

What a lovely bunch of people they are over at Generation Q.  I had the delight of being interviewed this past spring by Scott Hansen, their Community Editor.  We had a lot of laughs (mostly at my expense - haha), and the interview felt more like a conversation than anything else.  As an added bonus, I met Scott at Quilt Market in May.  He was everything I dreamed of, and more!  And, hi to all of you who are visiting me for the first time from Generation Q-land.  I'm tickled pink to welcome you to my quilt-y, art-y corner of the world.

You can see Scott making me look fantastic over here.  Thanks Scott, it was such fun. xo

Friday, August 23, 2013

For What It's Worth, I Think About Blogging Everyday

But then I get lost on Pinterest...I lost hours there just today!

I become entranced by my little treasures...

I doodle...

And then I have to have a snack...uh oh...where did all my popcorn go?

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Doodles + Scraps of Fabric = Big Fun

While playing in my art journal, I had some lovely inspiration and some fun ideas.  Don't you just love it when that happens?  I wish I could bottle this feeling, so that the next time the I-don't-know-where-to-start, I-don't-have-anything-to-do blues start up, I could uncork it and sip the inspirational eau de vie!  


I digress....

As I was saying, I was doodling in my journal and thinking up new ways to translate drawings into quilts or stitchery or whatever.  

My play has moved from my art journal to my sewing table.

I'm doodling with my sewing machine, and piecing everything together in an improvisational log cabin block with bits of fabric from my scrap bins.

Then wrapping the whole thing up and around a canvas.  Happyhappy.  Joyjoy.

I'm having the most fun scrapping my little doodles together in these quilt-y pieces.  I can't seem to stop.  But why would I?   So freaking fun.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Doodles

I'm carving out a little time each day for playing in my art journal.

Very satisfying.  I'm committing to an hour everyday.  In the past, my art journal sort of resided on the back burner.  It feels too much like playing, and not enough like working.  But, then, that's the point, right?  As I once heard, "in our play, we reveal what kind of people we are" (Ovid, Roman poet).  So, really, play is essential, isn't it?  Without it, I know for me anyway, I do become a bit blob-ish, uninterested, and therefore uninteresting.  Haha.

It's such a small thing, really, making time to create just for the sake of creating.  Just for the sake of playing around.  But it's hard for me to give myself permission to do that.  For a whole host of reasons.  For now, though, I'm quieting those limiting thoughts, the "you should be doing fill-in-the-blank-here", all of that noise.  For the sake of reintroducing myself to my muse.  For the sake of play.  For the sake of becoming interesting again, if only to myself.