Monday, January 24, 2011

So here are a few more of my creative ventures:

1)  For Christmas we wrapped all of our gifts using newspaper (because it was free material) so I decided to try and get a little creative!  This one was for my nieces who are 12 & 13 and are in to playing guitar and writing their own songs, so I emphasized the picture of Taylor Swift :)  I made the bow out of the mulit-colored portion of the newspaper.



2)  Also for Christmas, we made everyone candles out of thrift store tins, which I mentioned in a previous post.  This was my favorite tin candle that I made, which was gift to my sister Heather.  I just think this tin is so beautiful!




3)  I was on my favorite blog and saw where THIS, and decided to try my hand at it.  It's not exactly what I envisioned making, but it was my first attempt.  I used scratch paper (old flyers from work that were going to be thrown out) and stitched the word "THANKS" on the front of the card.  I put two together so that the print from the flyer would not show.  I kept the two papers together by punching holes around the edges and threading yarn through, tying a bow at the top.



I know I am not the most talented artist or creator, but these crafts are truly therapeutic for me and even when they're not exactly what you'd hoped they be, you just feel good for having made something!

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

So, I discovered this really great website: www.wordle.net, which allows you to enter in an obscene amount of text and it analyzes it and creates a word picture with the words used most.  The larger the word, the more it is used.  I decided to do this with all of the text in my blog to see the result.  Well, here it is:

Click on the picture to see it full size!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pip's

So, awhile back my friend Miha and I decided that we were going to start making and selling jewelry, accessories and maybe eventually clothing.  Our online boutique will be called Pip's, a nickname I gave to Miha on a day where we were being particularly silly, which is not too unusual for us.  We've been dreaming, brainstorming, and buying materials for some time now, but last night we finally made our first product...Button Earrings!  They turned out great making it all the more difficult for us not to just want to keep them for ourselves.










One of our goals with Pip's is providing unique, handmade jewelry at a price WE would pay (and lucky for you we're serious bargain shoppers!).  Our next step is to work on packaging and displays and I think we have some really creative ideas that we are so excited about...now we're working on making our dreams and ideas tangible! 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Years' Resolution

Noah and I decided that this year we would make a very different New Years' Resolution than we ever had before.  Yes, like everyone else we are going on diets because of the toll the holidays have taken on physiques, but that is not our resolution.  We have decide that this year we will strive to be more creative!  We want to shift ourselves towards creating more than consuming.

Christmas was actually a great start for us!  We had no money to buy gifts this year so we decided to make gifts rather than not give at all.  By doing this we were actually able to give to more people than we ever have in the past and it was so much more rewarding to see people really love something that you've made especially for them!  This year we made candles.  We went to Goodwill's, Salvation Army's, and every thrift store possible buying up unique tins.  I got soy wax and wicks at an affordable price online and learned how to make them here:  http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/11/diy-project-ashleys-vintage-tin-candles.html

This website has become one of my favorites as far as inspiring creativity.
For Christmas, Noah bought me a book on how to make my own journals.  It teaches you different bindings and gives many ideas for materials to use for different looks.  I already created one:


The binding isn't technically correct and the materials I used were not quite what they recommended, but it inspired me to CREATE!

I am loving this journey and I am going to try to begin posting my creations as I can and I hope you will share yours as well.  Let's inspire each other to live creatively!