Creativity Expressed: in a Hoop

embroidery hoop process

I find the most fluid way to start an embroidery project is to look at color and pattern.

Everyday I am aware of color and pattern and if something strikes me I will take a photo or sketch something so I have it for later.  I use evernote and pinterest to collect things online and a sketchbook for everything else.

Where do I find color and pattern in the everyday?  I’ve noticed that a walk outside, browsing through the items at a favorite store, or flipping through magazines at a bookstore are fantastic resources for new images.  It’s always good to get out to fill up your well.  I especially love nature and architecture.

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Gathered Goodness – Creativity Expressed Edition

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What an amazing week of inspiration we have seen so far in the creativity expressed blog series!  I asked the ladies participating if they would send me a favorite blog post for this weeks gathered goodness.  Check out what they sent me.

Here is a beautiful video of all the pages in a completed art journal.

Creativity takes courage and a lot more, but be encouraged that it will happen all in good time.

Don’t be frustrated by your small space anymore, instead find the beauty in today and settle into the purpose of this season in your life.

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Erase the Word Busy Once and For All

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When you define your life with the word busy, that doesn’t leave much room for change. You can fall back on it easily because everyone else does too. You are probably trapped in a cycle of overwhelm with to-do lists a mile high and a circle of friends who haven’t connected in real life in months. Then you add work or kids to the mix and you are crushed under the weight of everything that needs to be done.

What if you stopped defining your life with the word busy?

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Stitching is not just another thing to add to your packed schedule. This is a chance to redefine your life by relearning how to be in the moment. It is a practice and it will take time, but won’t it be worth it when you realize that you’ve just taken time to engage with your family at dinner, you met a friend for coffee twice in the past month, or you watched the colors merge and shift in a sunset for five minutes?

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Creativity Expressed Blog Series

Creativity Expressed Button Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor.  It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got.   ~Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

When is the last time you allowed yourself to create?

For the next week and a half nine women who create in a wide variety of art forms are sharing a behind the scenes look at how they do it.

If you haven’t created anything in awhile this series will wake you up to the possibilities and the energy that creating can bring.  If you already create regularly, this series will open up a whole new level of inspiring ideas and encouragement to continue on the journey.

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Gathered Goodness

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Create some easy wall art with these beautiful modern black and white prints found on The Creativity Exchange.

We are celebrating my son’s birthday this weekend and discovered this easy, delicious caramel recipe so I made some for a sundae topping.

Then we made salted caramel pretzel crust brownies with the leftover caramel.  And we still have some left that I need to dip some apples in, yum!

April from Blacksburg Belle celebrated her blog anniversary by seeing how well her husband new her site, plus she announced two more creative live courses she’s doing, yay!

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