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Magnet Giveaway

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Blame it on spring fever, but I just realized I forgot to post my Magnet Giveaway here on the blog. Just head over to my Facebook page and tell me which of my new quote magnets you like best and you could win 3 magnets from the new line. Added bonus? You get to choose which ones you win. Pretty fancy, eh? You have until 6 pm tonight.

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Slightly Obsessed

So, as with any new crafty project I jump in feet first and immerse myself to the exclusion of most other things. My new obsession is the quote magnets.

Here are some of the latest bunch…

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Now I am looking for new quotes to use. Do you have any favorites? If I end up using your quote I will send you a sample.  How is that for exciting? 🙂


I can breathe again!

Nearly 2 months of being sick are almost over. *knock on wood* I have actually been able to make it in to the craft room to work on some new projects. The first of which is a some new magnets. I have collected quotes for a long time and now I am ready to finally find a use for them. I am really having fun picking quotes that I think will be fun in magnet form.

John Lennon

e.e. cummings quote

Mae West

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I am also planning on making some of these in to button form.

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A couple of odds and ends …

A few weeks ago Crystal from Flint Handmade came and interviewed me and took pictures of my workspace. The giveaway is over, but you can  go over to their blog see my awesomely organized craft room!

 

Also if you are in the Berkley, MI area on March 5th you can stop by Yellow Door Market for their Art Fair Fever event. Many of the artists (including me) will be offering 15% off all their items. There will also be giving free stuff away with purchases of $30 or more.

 


Inspiration Wall

I do best with lots of color around me, but because I live in an apartment I am stuck with white walls. So I have to put color in some other way. One of the things I love about my new crafty space is my new Inspiration Wall. Over the years I have collected a ton of little images and art pieces, cards and quotes. I purchased a magnetic dry erase board and started throwing up some of the pieces I loved most. (I could probably have a couple more of these and still have stuff I still want up on the wall.)

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

The “cult” sign is from my job at a video store and the “Handmade by Theresa” labels are from my grandma.

Inspiration Board

The “Be Nice” sign used to hang on the register of a bookstore where I worked. The lady with the big hair is hilarious, even more so because I know that inside it says “Nancy always had big ankles, but no one noticed.”

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Wall

Each time I look at this I get a little giddy.


Books to Inspire

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Yesterday I promised you a list of some of the books I find inspiring. Over the years the books art books I hold on to changes, but there are some core books that have remained.

Nick Bantock

Nick Bantock’s books have been with me since the early 90’s. I loved the act of taking a letter of an envelope. Fantastic story and amazing art. They just make me happy.

Journey

The “Journey is the Destination” is another book that I keep going back to. I am always moved when I look through the pages and I wonder what Dan Eldon could have accomplished had he lived.

Lab books

I love this series. It has a series of labs to help you try. It has easy to read instructions and great pictures. What is also nice is it gives ideas for things you can try. The Drawing book is by Carla Sonheim is a fellow Etsy artist. I have one of her prints in my craft room. She offers a Silly Workshop that sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

Muppet

How can you go wrong with the Muppets? I often have a couple kid craft books handy to fall back on if I can’t find my creative muse. I like them because they encourage you to be let loose and be messy.

Writing

I also have a few writing books on hand too because sometimes you just have to mix it up. Technically the Observation Deck isn’t a book, but put it in the same category.

Tomorrow I will be back with some of my favorite inspirational websites.


Not Creative

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Last night I hung out with some of my favorite crafty people at Blue House for one of the Makers Mark seminars they have been putting on in recent months. One of the topics we kept coming back to was the people who say “I am not creative”, but then show us amazing things they have made. There is a big difference in being creative and running a creative business. And while few may  be a Leonardo da Vinci I think everyone has the ability to be creative.  For some it comes naturally, but most of us have to nurture it and help it grow.

Here are some of my tips to helping to tap your creative side. They may seem like common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to say them again.

  • Have fun! This is probably the most important tip. If you try knitting and don’t enjoy it try something else. If you don’t like collage move on.  There is a lot of trial and error in finding the craft you like. If you aren’t having fun don’t force yourself to continue.
  • Finish a project. This may seem like a contradiction to the first tip, but trust me on this. If you find something you enjoy, but don’t think it is turning out the way you want to push on through  to the end. Some of the things I have been the most unhappy with have been the ones that get the most positive reaction.  Very few of us get it perfect the first time out, but you need to learn from your mistakes. If you don’t make mistakes then you can’t grow. An example is that I have taken lots(and I mean lots) of bad pictures to get to taking good ones, but I had so much fun with the camera I kept doing.
  • Surround yourself with creative people. The more I am around other artists the more I want to get home  and get in to the craft room. Creativity inspires creativity.
  • Take a class. If something sounds like fun see if any of the community colleges, art centers or community centers offer art classes. The ones in my area offer everything from bookmaking, sewing  to glass blowing.
  • Hit the books. Still not sure where to start? Check out the library for art and craft books to see what you can find.  Flip through the books  see what calls to you.

As you continue it gets easier. Finish one project and it may spark ideas for a new project, sort of like kids building blocks.  Tomorrow I will put together a list of some of the books and sites that inspire me.


Grab Bag Topics

Giveaway

The above is the photo I took of the prints from my Giveaway right before I handed them over to the USPS. Thanks again to everyone who took part. I really enjoyed seeing what people chose as their favorite image. Odd little fact is that only one graffiti photo was chosen, but when I do shows the majority of what sells is graffiti.

I am a sucker for charts and graphs, in fact I Love Charts is one of my favorite websites. I can spend hours on there. So, for my own amusement I created a graph of my shop views for the last 15 months.

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Not sure what it means, but I think it looks cool. It will be interesting to see how it plays out over time.

As someone who spends a lot of time with a camera in her hands I have to admit I loathe taking product pictures. The lighting is all wrong, Moose gets in the way, so much time spent trying to get the right angle. That being said, I took a few pictures of my new photo notepads this Sunday while at Market and I am pretty happy with how they turned out. What do you think?

Keep Swiming notepad

Love Notepad

Now I have to work on a way to present the bowls and coasters and I will be good to go. Any thoughts?