(photo from laybabylay)
The past little while I have felt a gentle pull to cut back on my commitments in the area of paper-crafting. I have fought against those feelings for as long as I could, but lately have found myself completely worn out creatively. I still have this incredible desire to be creative, but in my own way and for myself. Right now my attention and passions are here at home, with my little girl...giving her the best "me" I can be. Although she isn't a baby anymore, she will always be my little one and I want to be more present in every aspect of her life. She has her own schedule...we have our own schedule...when daddy is home, we are on another schedule, and I just can't seem to keep up with any other schedules at the moment, so I'm cutting back. I have said goodbye to a few design teams over the last few weeks and am so thankful for the opportunity I have had of working with these amazing companies, and will continue to love and use their products. But, it's time to move on and move over. I hope this will help me discover that creative passion I once had, but more importantly, have time to just be "mama".
Another little something I am doing for myself this summer, along with my friend Mish Wooderson, is to begin an Art Quilt. I was inspired by Tara Anderson's beautiful Art Quilt several months ago and the idea to create my own has been floating in my mind for some time. Tara's sweet quilt is shown in the photo below.
Over the course of the next few months, Mish and I will be creating Art Quilts of our own, in our own style and color combinations. I'm so excited and would love to have you join in if you'd like. My mind is spinning with ideas and I think this will be just the treat I need to get going down the creative path again....to remind myself how it felt to create just for me without limitations, and to make something for my craft space.
Mish and I have gathered a few supplies together to share with you...you'll get a peek at what our color combinations will be and what favorite bits and pieces we'll be incorporating here and there.
Here are little snippets of things I can't wait to use from my stash.
Of course, some vintage buttons, rhinestones, tiles, and baubles...
A peek at a quilt block I've started...
Vintage trims, bookprint, tea stained fabric, and such...
Vintage wallpaper, postcard, etc...
Mish and I exchanged goodies and packed each other up supplies we though the other might be able to use...here are a few photos of the sweet things she sent me. I adore each and every morsel.
I've collected a few photos of beautiful art projects that inspire me and hold elements that I hope to incorporate somehow in my Art Quilt...thank you to all of the amazing artists who so generously share their talent with us.
I hope to share a completed quilt block with you each week, so come back on the 10th for my first. Mish and I will try and maintain the same schedule, but this project is all about relaxing and enjoying the process, so we're taking it nice and easy. We'd love to have you join in if you'd like.
Mish has a post all about the quilt she'll be creating ready for you on her blog if you'd like to visit.
Have a wonderful day!