I have been terrible about consistently responding to the comments you leave for me. I got behind, then more behind, then more behind, then I’m a jerk. I’ve gone back and reviewed all my comments so I can respond and beg your forgiveness. I will respond promptly from here on out.
I had quite a few questions, so this week, I’ll focus on questions about my creative work. Next week, I’ll answer all the other questions. Let’s get started:
Puddles of We 3 Doxies asked me where I find the time to do all the projects I work on.
I have to say that creating things is a priority for me this year, so I try to work on something every day. It brings me a lot of joy too, so that makes it easy (or at least easier). My blog keeps me motivated too. I like to have something to “report.”
Georgia Little Pea of Little Dogs On Long Leashes asked me what I do with all the stuff I make. Do I give them away as pressies (that’s Australian for gifts).
I’m saving some things to sell. I just have to decide whether I want to have an Etsy shop, participate in art shows or sell to local boutiques. I’ve sold a few things (very few). If I don’t like something, I toss it out. I really don’t give things I make as presents because I don’t think anyone would like to receive something I made. Hmmm…I really hadn’t thought about that until being asked this question. I need to get me a little self-esteem.
Speaking of gifts, Patty of Two Greyhound Town asked me if I handmake my holiday gifts.
I present a pretty pristine image of myself on my blog, but I’m actually one of those people at the 24-hour drugstore on December 24.
If you read my blog even a little bit, you’ve probably noticed that I love to make fabric flowers. Jay from The Depp Effect asked me what I do with all the flowers that I make.
I like to use them on my yarn vases, and I would like to do more canvas bouquets like the one in the picture. I keep the ones that are not currently involved in a project in a large shoebox. I like to have a nice variety available to play around with when I’m creating an “arrangement.”
The answer is “yes.” All the flowers I made for May’s “Try This” posts were made on the Hani-Ami Flower Loom.
The flowers are beads. I made this vase as part of the Creative Color Challenge. I plan to sell my yarn vases; I just haven’t figured out where I will sell them.
Carrie of And a Bowl of Oranges Too asked me if a the yo-yos I featured in March were sewn by hand.
I do sew them by hand. In fact, I sew all the flower I make by hand. I like handsewing the flowers because they usually require only a running stitch or a tacking stitch. Also, I only make a flower or two at a time, so handsewing is the quickest and makes the least mess.
Pauline of Journal Illustrations and Musings asked me if I made the cards I feature “In My Studio.”
I do make all the cards I feature. I belong to two card clubs. One of my clubs meets every other month. We alternate between Stampin’ Up! and Close To My Heart products. My other club meets once a month and we just use Stampin’ Up! products. The main reason I’m in these clubs is because I love being with the other club members and I get to try things I wouldn’t fiddle with on my own.
Pip from Pip Gets Back In The Game was interested in the little paper purse I made at card club.
I learned how to do the type of decorative painting that was popular in the 80’s and 90’s. I even taught decorative painting in a local craft store. This type of painting relied heavily on following a pattern. That was the big difference for me with the How to Paint a Girl E-course. It was much more original and freestyle.
Kat from Dog Gone Right asked if I took the picture that this creative color challenge is based off of.
This is not one of my pictures. The picture and the color breakdown is provided by Louise Gale of the Creative Color Challenge. For the challenge, you can do whatever you want with with the colors…photography, painting, fiber, anything.
Pip from Pip Gets Back In The Game asked me if I knew of any good online photography courses.
I took an e-course by Susannah Conway called Photo Meditations and enjoyed it very much. It was not a technical course as much as a “heart and story behind the pictures” course. I thought it was very good. I don’t spend as much time on my photography as I should. I am often shooting things at the last minute. I say that because the course is better than my photography reflects. There are TONS of e-courses out there, and I really enjoy this type of learning. If anyone knows of a good course, please let Pip know.
Penelope from The Cat From Hell, after seeing a picture I took of some tulips for a “Daily Inspiration,” asked if they were mine.
I don’t enjoy cooking, gardening or any type of outside work. I like what results from cooking and gardening, I just don’t like to do the work. Hey, I think we found where all the time I spend on creative pursuits comes from!
To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.