Does Purpose Stop You From Creating?

There is a lesson to be learned in this post, so read carefully and use as directed! ¬†ūüôā

The Heather Ross Sewing and Craft Weekend Workshop in Palm Springs was a blast. ¬†We had phenomenal teachers as always. ¬†Gretchen Hirsch, Annabel Wrigley and of course the amazing Heather Ross. ¬†These teachers are inspiring, not only because of what they have already accomplished, but because they continue to create….. and think of new and different ways to keep people like myself engaged and wanting more. ¬†We come back to these workshops just to be around their creative aura. ¬†I just want to suck “it” all in, hoard it, take it with me and remember every single inspirational and creative moment.


My Sewing Sisters!  Robin, Margaret and Me!

I feel giddy with sewing sister love. ¬† Silly right? ¬†I saw some remarkable things this weekend. ¬†My new friend Raven worked all weekend on a lovely tank (I am unsure of the exact pattern) made from Heather Ross’s Water Ski Beauties print and an Anna Maria Horner Field Study print in Tomato. ¬†It was so very cute and whimsical. ¬†Raven had my other friend Robin, (known as Robin Bobbin on Flickr) try on that tank and it fit Robin so well that sweet Raven told Robin to keep it! ¬† Now if that isn’t an example of sister love, I don’t know what is! ¬†Kudos to you Raven- you really are quite ¬†an amazing young woman. ¬†So glad I was able to spend time with you!

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View from my hotel room, look at that thick blanket of fog rolling in!

Not only did we sew this weekend, we got crafty too!  Annabel Wrigley had the most amazing color palette of tissue, crepe and construction papers.  She also had all the other goodies that you would expect to see to construct some pretty amazing paper flowers. All available in any color you could possibly dream up.

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Stunning Chandeliers made by Annabel Wrigley

These flowers were used to create some fairy tale like “chandeliers”. ¬†Now I am kind-of a sewer/crafter with a purpose. ¬†One of my first questions I ask myself when I am readying myself to construct something is- “Am I going to wear/use it?” ¬†Followed by “What would I be wearing/using it for?¬†(This type of questioning comes from a portion of my brain that has to rationalize everything). ¬†It does weed out some pretty unnecessary sewing of garments that I would probably never wear and it also helps with fabric choices BUT It does also however, stop me from just having a little fun.

Girls just wanna have fun right?!

I thought to myself, “Why do I want a chandelier that isn’t even going to serve as a source of light?”


Since most of the ladies making these chandeliers had little girls at home to create these for, I felt like, why? ¬†“Why would I make one of these for my kid”? ¬†I am sure Kenny and Will would have thought I flipped my lid if I brought home a pretty frilly pink floaty thing for them to display in their rooms! ¬†I wonder if I was the only one who went through this thought process?

So… It was PURPOSE that was stopping me from having some fun! ¬†How sad is that? ¬†Isn’t the act of having fun purpose enough? ¬†Think about it for a minute…..

Does purpose dictate your crafting?

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Heather Ross explaining the ins and outs of Inkodye

Well, by the second evening of the workshop, watching from afar all the lovely blooms ¬†being produced- I finally caved. ¬†I wanted to sit around the most colorful table at the workshop, chat and indulge in some colorful creating. ¬†With a little direction I was on my way searching for wires and floral tape- I assembled my first paper flower, and then my second and my third….. you get the idea. ¬†My takeaway? ¬†It is very theraputic, quite addictive…




I don’t have a photo to show you of my completed chandelier, because sadly I didn’t complete it and the travel home left it a little shabby- BUT I gained so much more by just the experience of assembling all those papers into something 3 dimensional.

So… Have you learned anything?

Maybe sometimes it’s okay to not have a plan when crafting and just be spontaneous along the way? The worst thing that could happen is you might create something beautiful and have a hell of a lot of fun!

go ahead, try it-

I dare you!

Have a great weekend and do some reckless creating while you’re at it!

8 Is Great, 9 Is Fine and Then it’s 10!

Day 8 of the MM-May 2012 Challenge.  Boy, am I tired.  How about you?  Doing this challenge really makes me realize how many things I have sewn/made/crafted.

Tuesday I left the house in a pair of Iris Shorts and a wristlet that I created. ¬†It’s called the Knotty and Nice Wristlet, ¬†(it has a knot on the strap and I was selling them around the holidays and I couldn’t resist a good pun moment).

Here is Tuesday, Day 8 and it is Great!

Can’t you see the tired on my face! ¬†Ugh. ¬†My wonderful husband better get home soon from his trip. ¬†Those 2 boys of ours are running me ragged.

Here in this photo is the Knotty and Nice Wristlet.

The wristlet has a zipper pouch under the flap that has a magnetic closure and rick rack, who can resist?

As for Wednesday I left the house, looking normal, a pony and a headband!  Day 9 is just fine!  No pressure here, I am just living my Wednesday.

Day 10 Big Fat Hen, ugh maybe I am just feeling a little sluggish like a big fat hen!

Oh whoops!  I got confused.

Here I am! ¬†Down here, wearing the pink polka dot blouse that I finished up last night. ¬†It kind of looks like red in the picture, but trust me it’s a bright pink. This is Simplicity 2211, from the Lisette series. (I met Liesl Gibson in Palm Springs for that workshop I attended back in February).

Such an easy to follow pattern and it came together so nicely.  Everything matched up perfectly.  The only change I made was to make the blouse in a size 10 and sew the sleeves in a size 12 to compensate for a larger arm.

Maybe I eat too much spinach, like Popeye?  I am pretty sure you can never over eat on spinach.

I am surely going to sew more of these!

3 more days down, only 21 more to go?

 Piece of cake!