Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Working hard with much determination

I am very determine to open my online store with enough item so that I do not open it and sell the one item and them close it all in the same day.   Silly thought, pretty good nightmare.   I am still deciding what I will put in my store.  Most will be handmade by me and some items will be  up cycled. 

One of the items that I have been working on that will be in my online store are  Satin Sleep Caps…. I have made some along with a travel bag to store them in .  I really like the way they look and I am sure I should bring enough money to finally get my computer.   Well that is the short term goal at this point.   I started making these when my hairdresser asked If I could make some so that when a client is finished late in the day she would have them in stock to sell.    That sent me to my sewing machine.

I took apart an sleep cap that I purchase at the store and decided to use it as a pattern for the satin sleep caps that I make.  I want to make some much bigger for the times when you have rollers in your hair or when you have  hair extensions . 

My mistake was thinking I could make them out of scraps of satin fabrics that I have use to make  slips, whole and half; tap pants and camisoles but the size of the caps makes this impossible unless it is a  satin sleep cap made from strips of fabric that have been pieced together.  Hum  that could work also. 

I just created a drawstring pouch because it was simple and the fabric looks rich….   I used the fabric to make a dress for my anniversary and I had enough left over to make some of the pouches.    I would like the continue to make the pouches in the same manner with the black fabric and the color of the cap used as a strip on the pouch. 

Sometimes despite having a lot to accomplish I cannot get myself motivated so I took the time to do something that I do not have to think too deeply about.   I cut  up old Jeans into strips to make a quilt.  Our bed is a queen-sized however the  denim coverlet will be king size so it will hang over the side so no need for a dust ruffle. It should be nice and heavy and there nice a warm…  toasty.


This will keep me sewing even when I do not feel like thinking about sewing.  If I stop oh boy  sometimes that could lead to weeks, months, years of inactivity.

I wonder how many items I need when I open an Online store.  I do not except people to see my item and they become the must have item. But how much is not enough?

My other projects include crocheting a baby blanket.  This is taking much longer than it should because I have never crochet with 4 ball of yard at the same time.  When I saw the pattern I thought “ I can do that”  well when I started the baby was due now he is 2 months old. Tsk tsk…..

I have an idea for a collage.  My little designer had a fashion show and I want to make  a college of her working at the sewing machine.

I saw a picture of a grey dress by Billy Reid.  I fell in love with that dress so I decided that would make my own rendition of it.    I sketched it with a little red triangle at the hem and I will make a red belt.   I have some nice red heels that will look fab with it.   So excited.

This is my ideal of the dress!   

Monday, September 23, 2013

Art is not a Spectator sport.

I has been a long time since I took the time to post anything and a lot of things have happen both good and bad but I have decided to return to blogging.

“Art is not a spectator sport.” I read this in an email and this jump started me to action. I have wanted to do so much with my art work but I start and stop. Once I stop it is very hard to get started once again.

I am aware that I have to work on it every day, it does take planning to get the materials together and make sure you have what is needed to create what you have floating around in your head. Often that search leads to reorganization of supplies and leads to delay in getting started on your work. Add to that you need to work in the 9 to 5.

I love to sew and create things, crocheting, scrapbooking, writing, photography and cooking are all things I am so into. But I can lose hours drawing and painting. I remember as a child often being punished for not paying attention because my imagination would take over and all I needed was a pen and paper.

It takes effort to be creative. Getting into the creative mode can be such a challenge when you just get off work and have to clean house and worry about things such as “did the payment go through.” Life can force us to put this artistic side of ourselves in the unimportant pile. When it actually it is very important because it is a part of who we are. I have to figure out how to put art into my daily life. Therefore I am back to blogging.

I and not certain how this will help but keeping records of any endeavor is always helpful. My computer is not working at it best so my first goal is the create something with my sewing that I can sell online store and earn enough to get a new computer.

Today is September 23/2013 so I will create and then make items to sell in my online store that I should open on October 23!

I will do some creative everyday so that it will keep the creative juices flowing so when I have to time to make the major art piece my skill will be at the pretty good. Maybe I will have something for the Art spectators to see.