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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:
Here are the things I’m doing right now:
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.
Ok…I admit, I am a little behind on this story, BUT…I need to share. It is THAT amazing. I want to say I have heard of Vivian Maier before, but I can’t recall being this inspired by another photographer. EVER. If you don’t know how she got “discovered”, please do your research. It is worth every second.
I just want to know what she said to the people she got close to. Like, a lot of her photos look so posed, but something tells me she didn’t say “Look this way…now cross your legs…fingers together…no smile.”
Please enjoy some of my favorites.
School bus drivers. Do we really think about how important they are? I was thinking about them a couple days ago when Gavin hopped on the bus from our house. We are trusting them to care for our children, without our supervision…someone we do not know. They take on such a HUGE responsibility driving that gigantor bus…with who knows how many kids. I know one thing: I could never do it.
Do we give them enough credit? I bet they get paid peanuts too. I truly appreciate all the bus drivers out there. And for helping in that SMALL way…taking a load off me, by taking my child to school for me. That is MY responsibility…making sure my child is at school each day. So, I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
While we are on the topic of school, do you collect Box Tops for your school? You really should! It’s a great program that donates $.10 to your school that participates. Most school do participate in this program, but if not, you can be a coordinator. They look like this: (pulled from the Internet)
And here is my stash that I need to actually send with Gavin tomorrow.
This week, my baby turns 2. I can not believe how fast time goes by. I know we say this all the time…but its crazy true. Happy 2nd birthday (Saturday) to my baby…Gabriel.
(complete with nacho cheese on his face…LOVE)
Where do you go when you need advice/a get-away/vent/etc/etc? Is it a person, place, thing, activity? I’m curious to see how others get away mentally. I know that my camera brings me a calm that I’ve never experienced before. I’m pushing myself to try new things and create new projects. It keeps me busy. I’ve always believe in the saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s playground.” It is so true. The great thing, is I can take my camera anywhere.
Why take pictures? Why is everyone a photographer these days? Why is it so important to document life? WHY WHY WHY??? LOL. Well, I think our memory only lasts so long. I love the fact that so many people are embracing the art of photography. There is no rule saying who can be what. If you want to be superwoman…then be it. If you want to be a rockstar…do it. If you want to take pictures for a living…make that money honey. I feel that if I’m gonna have a fairytale life/story like “The Notebook”. I may as well go along with it. My “notebook” is my photos. If my memory ever fails me, I can look back on those images and remember. Thats why.
Until next time,
I found this idea on Pinterest (no! really??). I love the old vintage look and the ease of switching out photos.
I picked up this frame from Hobby Lobby a while back as a prop to a photo session. Their frames were on sale so I got it for a pretty good deal. This was very simple to make and didn’t take long at all…given I had a 2 year old trying to work a drill and grabbing screws the entire time. 🙂
1. A drill
3. Wire, or some sort of cord or string will work too. I used this dark wire from Lowe’s.
4. Craft paint to give the clothespins a worn/distressed look.
5. Wire cutter
8. Of course, PICTURES! Which ironically, aren’t pictured. LOL!
Put 6 screws into your frame. You can make your own version. Maybe just 4 (2 rows) for bigger pictures? Just an idea. Wrap your wire around the screws and secure.
Make a hanger for your frame. You can also just put hooks on the back, but I like the hanger. 🙂
Paint your clothespins and let dry. You don’t want to ruin your prints!
Now hang your pictures! Viola! You are all done! Simple right? I love simplicity! And I love when it involves simple DIY.
Until next time,