30 Days of Creativity, Day 9

June 9, 2012 at 23:45 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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Today I made a headband using some lace trim my aunt Melissa sent me.

We went to a Sand Castle and Sculpture contest today. It was fun and the weather was gorgeous. Here are some of my favorite.

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London


30 Days of Creativity, Day 8

June 8, 2012 at 22:55 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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Zoe came to play with us today. She was very curious about the sewing machine and all the fabric  around. She discovered the box where I keep my sparkly fabric.

She and Paloma had fun taking them from the box and looking at the sequins. To show  how the sewing machine works, I made them cuffs. I wasn’t fast enough and didn’t take any pictures while they were wearing them (they kept them on for like, 5 minutes). But here they are:

 “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury

30 Days of Creativity, Day 5

June 5, 2012 at 22:27 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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Today I made a racer back dress for a 3 year old. My best work NOT 😉

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” -Rita Mae Brown

30 Days of Creativity, Days 1-4

June 4, 2012 at 21:16 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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I got into a car accident on Friday on my way to Art Murmur. Luckily everyone that was involved is fine (including Paloma) but the situation was very scary and I am still not recovered mentally. Saturday I was feeling crappy all day but Sunday I put myself together (a little) and did some fun stuff with my family. I managed to do my projects for the challenge though, but I was not in the mood to really post my projects.

Today I am feeling a lot better. Life goes on… with trashed cars and all. I realized there is not point worrying about something you can’t control or know with certainty how it will resolve.

So here are my projects:

Day 1: I covered one of the drawers of my craft cabinet with chevron tape. Chevron. I told myself I would never use it because I am so tired of seeing it all over Pinterest… but here I am. I’ve sold my soul. I am planning to do the rest of the drawers over the duration of the challenge in different partners.

Day 2:  I made a custom apron for a painter. She was next to me at my last Craft Show and ordered one from me with shorter pockets. She also picked out the fabric from my stash.

Day 3: I made a quilt block! YES! My first quilt block!!! I just made it up, no planning at all. I like it, and it was fast! I just grabbed scraps in coordinating colors and sewed them together. I am so excited about the beginning of my quilt journey.

Day 4 (today): I made a “create” sign inspired by this. Check out the rest of the blog, I became obssesed with it as soon as I discovered it a couple of weeks ago.

What have you been making? Show me!

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

Make something. Anything. {30 Days of Creativity}

May 31, 2012 at 23:36 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | 1 Comment
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  • Create stuff you’ve been wanting to do anyway.
  • Exercise the creativity we’re all born with.
  • Break the monotony of not doing anything creative.
  • Make your mom proud.

These are some of the 30 reasons you should participate in 30 Days of Creativity. Launched by ad agency Carmichael Lynch, it is a initiative for people to make something (anything) every day for the month of June. In its 3rd year (2nd for me), they are encouraging people to stop putting off their creativeness and jump in. Their motto is: “Your brain is like a muscle. When you exercise it, it gets stronger.”

Here is the 2012 Inspiration Calendar:

You can also check out the projects I did last year here for more inspiration.

So… are you in? Join me and other creative minds! To be part of it, you pledge to make something every day from June 1st to June 30th and let them know on Twitter. Or visit the 30 Days of Creativity website to share your creations, see what others are making, and encourage others/be encouraged to finish the month. They also created a Pinterest page where they will upload the projects of the community.

“Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.” -Vida Dutton Scudder, The Privilege of Age.

Before and After: Bookshelf to Planters

July 15, 2011 at 13:08 | Posted in Before and After, Crafts - DIY | 6 Comments
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Remember the Seed and Grow planters I painted on the last day of 30 Days of Creativity? Well, they used to be a very old and forgotten bookshelf  we had in the corner of our backyard not being used. Until this Spring, when we realized we could re-purpose the wood and make planters out of them. It was actually Michael’s idea, and he built them in a sunny afternoon.

Of course, Juancho and Paloma had to help him too.

We planted some tomatoes plants.

I painted them later with some left over paint we had from when we painted the kitchen and bedroom, and they look so much nicer!

I can’t wait to start eating our tomatoes and veggies!

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties.

30 Days of Creativity: My Reflections and Round Up

July 3, 2011 at 20:05 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | 1 Comment
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30 Days of Creativity was really fun. I am a little sad that is over, but I am also enjoying the free time 😉 I can’t wait until next year!

It really helped me to stop procrastinating and gave me the motivation to start doing what I like the most – making stuff. I used it as an outlet after a long day, as a way to boost my happiness and surround myself and my home with meaningful objects created with love. When I look at these objects I can smile and remember the joy of creating them.

Here is the round up of all my projects. Do not forget that some have tutorials too (like the Japanese Tree Pincushion or the Yo-Yo’s Curtain).

Thank you 30 Days of Creativity! See you in 2012.

Before and After: Seed and Grow Planters – 30 Days of Creativity, Day 30

June 30, 2011 at 21:47 | Posted in Before and After, Crafts - DIY | 1 Comment
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Last one! Last project of 30 Days of Creativity. I am so happy I made it! And also a bit sad that it is over.

Last month Michael repurposed an old and tired bookshelf into two planters for his tomatoes and veggies (I will post about the process soon).

Because they were too plain, I painted them with the words Grow and Seed on them.

I think it is the perfect message for the last project of 30 Days. Seed and Grow… everything you want in your life.

Chin Chin for a completed 30 Days of Creativity!

Fresh Strawberry Pie – 30 Days of Creativity, Day 29

June 29, 2011 at 22:20 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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Don’t you love  strawberry season? Especially when most stores have them on sale? Buy one get one free. That is why I did over the weekend. And since then I’ve been craving strawberry pie. So here it is! (Thanks to Michael for running to the store to buy the whipped cream)

Twenty nine. The day before last… Tomorrow 30 Days will be over. And I am going to cry, tears of both joy and sadness. Now if you would excuse me, my pie is calling me!

Paloma’s Mosaic – 30 Days of Creativity, Day 28

June 28, 2011 at 22:16 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | 2 Comments
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I played around with Andrea Mosaic software and a picture of Pali when she was a newborn. I used 1500 tiles and about 95 pictures (of her, of course).

Pretty cool!

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