Tuesday, September 29, 2015

craft confession - september - micro macrame

micro macrame owl

Whooooo is ready to find out what this month's craft confession is? 
It's micro macrame! This little guy is the final result and I am okay with how he turned out. 

micro macrame owl

I have a craft challenge for you now. Watch this micro macrame tutorial and try to NOT think, "oh yeah, I can TOTALLY do this, it looks so easy and beautiful" That's what I thought when I watched it. Well... it was a little tougher than it appeared and this guy is actually owl attempt number 6 or 7 - I lost count. He still could use some improvement but overall he does make me smile when I see him and he looks WAY better than owl number 1. I hoped to try some bracelet or necklace patterns this month but didn't quite get there. As you can see I have about 5 miles of cord left so I think I will have the materials needed for a future project, don't you?

Why micro macrame? My twin sister was actually the macrame pro growing up and she could knock out a toothbrush holder or plant hanger in no time. It was fun to see what she could create with just some knots. My sisters and I were also fans of the friendship bracelet back in the day too so I had some experience with some of the techniques. I was also drawn to the completely hands on aspect of this project. It's good for me to be pulled from the computer and besides watching the tutorial (again and again and again) I kept myself in the tangible world for this project.

I hope you will find yourself getting your hands dirty with a creative endeavor this month too!

Friday, September 4, 2015

craft confession august - wouldn't you like to know

August's crafting adventure was one that I have wanted to try for years and I am thrilled to have had a chance to do it. There are no photos to share this time and I cannot even share too many details so you will need to use your imagination a bit. This project....is a secret.

This month I gave guerilla art a try. (sneaky grin). I have loved this concept since it was first brought to my attention way back in my post college/ pre-baby days. Keri Smith explains it brilliantly as this:
Guerilla art is a fun and insidious way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to send out good karma, or just for fun. My current fascination with it stems from a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. To do something that has nothing to do with making money, or listening to the ego.
You would think with the freedom of anonymity one wouldn't worry quite as much about the appearance of whatever it is one decides to make. But that was not the case and I worried quite a bit about it. But I powered through my doubts and ended up with several nice little bits that I could distribute all over the city/cities.

Actually I am still in the distribution process - I am not used to being 'sneaky' and it turns out I am pretty slow - and I am probably thinking about it too much. Hopefully what has been put out there so far has been found by someone who needed a happy surprise right at that moment they found it. Of course I realize there is a good chance that these bits may make their way to the bottom of a trash can and that's okay. You have to accept that once your art leaves your hands you cannot control what happens to it.

It's so rewarding to watch creative projects move from my 'want to do' list to my 'did' list and it confirms my suspicion that this year-long crafting confession undertaking would be worth the effort and dedication. There are still 4 more installments to go and I am looking forward to sharing them all with you.

This month I hope that some unexpected delight will find YOU out there in the great big world.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

new stitch sampler buttons from septemberhouse

I'm stopping in today to share a little something new from the shop shelves.

Hand Embroidery Stitch Sampler Buttons

A new color/stitch option for the SeptemberHouse sampler buttons is now available. This one is called "Pinwheel" and it is the brightest of the bunch. It includes four new stitches: stem stitch, split stitch, seed stitch and cross stitch. 

Hand Embroidery Kit Stitch Sampler Buttons DIY kits

These are available as a DIY kit and also as completed sets of two or four. Thanks for taking a peek at this new option!