I have been at work finishing up before vacation starts at 4:00 tomorrow. Yippey Skippey! I have pretty much completed wrapping up things before I leave. With that said, I have been...dare I say it? Surfing the net and finding so many talented and exciting folks! My goal for doing this? I want to re-kick start my creative life. No more putting things on hold. No more putting my creative life on the back burner. I am struggling with how self focused that sounds but frankly, I have been a pillar of salt for everyone but me. So, finding balance is what is I must achieve. It is my Capricorn nature to be of use to others - my practical nature puts business before pleasure. However, there is a side to us that is down right mischievous and playful but we often lock it up. Open the door and throw away the key! I am out and ready to shout to the world I am a CREATIVE person and I will live it, dance it, sing it, love it and enjoy it.
Okay, who did I discover in my wondering around in the electronic ethers? Well for starters: http://annekata.blogspot.com This is a great site with tutorials and all but unfortunately she has stopped blogging. She will be keeping her site up for reference. If you are into creative handsewing - check her blog out.
Then there is, http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/ I love vintage clothes and styling and this blog is loaded with images and ideas. She provides tutorials for sewers and crafters all with a vintage lens!
Through MollieMakes Magazine http://www.molliemakes.com I found, http://cocorosetextiles.blogspot.com/ What a lovely site - all things bright, sunny and fun.
I have been inspired by these wonderful people and hope to let the juices ebb and flow naturally. One thing I am working on is a studio space in my house. I am all over the map in my house when I am sewing and crafting, baking and drawing. Too crazy for me when I start tripping over materials, bags, the cat and all. I like things to be organized and methodical so I am trying to reorganize my house so that I can have a permanent space for being creative. I checked out: http://www.home-designing.com/2009/05/craft-room-home-studio-setup where I found some other links and ideas. I have a small 10 x 10 foot square space - my dining room is open to the living room and kitchen. It has two walls on is all window. No carpet but hardwood flooring. Though I have been planning to convert a corner and wall in my living room, I am thinking more and more that the dining room (where I usually end up anyway) has better lighting, no carpet to stain or mess up and space to house furniture, et al. What will I do for a dining room? Well, the living room is big enough that I could set up a double drop leaf table that can be whipped out for dining at any time. I can't seat more than 6 at my table in this small place anyway so dining entertainment is limited. I hope to post pictures of my pre and post organizing and decorating as I go.
I think good lighting, organized materials and a table surface at least 31" from the ground is the start of a good studio whether sewing, crafting or whatever. What do you think?