Friday, August 13, 2010


I am just so dying over Alicia's brand new studio over HERE. I am so so wanty over it. Please go take a look.

Someday, I will have a room of my own where I can leave my sewing machine set up and have all of my supplies organized and accessible. I am grateful to have a dedicated craft closet, but it is currently a disaster. And I have to set up my sewing machine on the dining room table, so it's constantly being set up and put away over and over when I'm working on a project. And all those little quicky projects never get done because it always seems like too much work to set up for one little thing.

I've started saving inspiration photos for my someday studio. I'll share those soon, along with a peek inside the horrors of my craft closet and show you how I set up when I have everything out for a project.

Also, I've completed the first couple of projects from the Home Ec class! I'll have some pics of them soon!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

To Haul Myself Out of a Rut

Oh, hello there, little blog. I am here. Still here. I've been in a rut for the past few months -- creatively, emotionally, physically, mentally. Today has felt like the culmination of a lot of neglect on my part, of myself. So, I've got to pull myself together and get back to the things that make me feel happy and fulfilled (beyond just being a Mom and Wife -- which I don't think I've been doing too well of a job with either, lately). I have definitely been feeling the lack of a creative outlet and in the past few days it's really been wearing on me.

I think I have found the perfect remedy. I've found something that will force me to be creative and to learn new skillz and to be productive. One of my very favorite crafty blog girls, Rachel at Smile and Wave, is co-teaching an online Home Ec class that started yesterday. I am so thrilled to be able to take this class. There is a new project everyday, each one teaching a new sewing skill. Many things I already know, but there are some great advanced things (like pattern reading and alterations) that I just can not wait to learn. I've been wanting to start making my own clothes for so long, but have always been too scared. I'm thinking this will break me into it and give me the confidence to continue.

Each project includes step-by-step instructions, lots of photos and even videos. Questions can be asked and there will be a few live chats with the teachers, too. The private blog will stay up for a year, so the projects can just be completed on my own schedule. I am so so excited.

And, good news, they've extended the registration to August 15, in case anyone wants to sign up! Just go HERE to read more about it, and let me know if you decide to join. I'll definitely be sharing my completed projects on this blog, so check back soon!