I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to start my first post of 2016. Actually, I’ve been thinking about it for several weeks now. I spent the last few months studying, researching, and learning the ins & outs of blogging & the online world far beyond Facebook & Instagram. I sat here last night and it hit me.
I will never learn it all. Ever.
So I just need to get started! I want to take you along with me, as I learn how to do this in some sort of organized mess. I have a lot going on in my creative life right now. If you know me, and hopefully you’ll get to know me, you know that I am always stirring many pots at once. (This may be half of my problem) I’ve heard people say, “I’m starting to say ‘no’ more.” Sounds great to me! Until something comes along and I’m like, “OMG I want to do that!” or “I need to do this class…” or even better “I HAVE to make this quilt.” Relate? Next thing you know, I have 15 WIPS (work-in-progress), 4 classes I’m behind in, and no groceries. So, in an attempt to get my life back on track, I am going to put my blog first in my creative life. I really want to make this happen.
My goal is to connect with other creatives just like me.
My other goals include:
- getting deep into EQ7 and really cranking out some patterns
- learning the process of fabric design & production (This has been super fun so far)
- collaborating on projects with other creatives
- not buy AS MUCH fabric as I did last year (I have enough for several years)
- staying organized and manage my time better (Have you seen the super cool Quilter’s Planner? I’m loving it!)
- draw, sew, blog, repeat.
Here are the things I’m doing right now:
- The Bag of the Month Club – basically there are 12 designers, 12 different bags…new territory for me, but I enjoy the process of bag making.
- 13 Spools Tribal Block Club – I came across this club on Instagram. LOVE the style of Amy Garro, so I’m stoked about putting together some cool designs.
- #100happydays – This has been the only thing I have actually stayed on top of. I have absolutely dedicated my recent days to being happier and grateful. Being happy is a choice. And we ALL have something to be thankful for every single day.
- Craft Industry Alliance – If you are in the crafting business, I HIGHLY recommend getting into this community. It was started by Kristin Link and Abby Glassenberg, a couple of very creative, smart ladies who I admire greatly. There are different forums where you can converse with others (amazing people I need to add) & ask questions, or share your knowledge. We are currently reading & discussing “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. Right now its $6.74! It is SO worth it.
- Daily Drawing Challenge with Lisa Congdon – Can I just tell you how much I adore this lady? I’ve had so much fun with these drawing prompts. You can see them on my Instagram. I’m behind a few days…but I plan to get caught up. Key word: PLAN. Creativebug has some really cool classes. Right now, you can get your first month free PLUS a free class! Use this link to sign up! Use the code: MSTAR
- Instagram mini swaps – I only have 3 left and I’m taking a break from the mini swaps. They are SUPER fun…but as you can see, I just don’t have time for any more right now. I’m working on getting my pictures gathered to post. I’ll be updating my finish quilts soon.
- Stitched in Color online classes – I went ahead and signed up for both classes “Angled” & “Color Intensive”, since you can work at your own pace. I’m always wanting to further my quilting education, but with children…well you know the deal. So online classes just work for me. I had to put together a couple mosaics for the “Color Intensive” class using fabric from Gotham Quilts. The theme is SPRING. I REALLY enjoyed doing this. I feel like I got those Springy colors, yet with a touch of Shayna. Here are the mosaics I did…
Mosaic 1 –
Mosaic 2 –
I think that’s it for now. Yeah. I know. It seems like a lot, but seriously…I don’t do all of this every day. I have a ton of great things to share with you. Hopefully you’ll stay with me and get inspired in 2016. I did something yesterday…I came up with a mission statement for my blog. I’ll leave you today with what I came up with. I think it is perfect.
I write about modern quilting, quilt & fabric design, and personal style & growth in order to help creatives by using inspiration, collaboration, and my own learning process & story with my down-to-earth, humorous, and empathetic personality. I do this because I want to inspire others to be fearless, motivated, and empowered to accomplish their creative endeavors & wildest dreams. I also want to establish a sense of acceptance & community for those who are new to expressing themselves creatively.
Perfect, yeah? I think so too.