Archive for July, 2011

Where Bloggers Create

When I posted THIS POST way back in March, with this photo,

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the thought of participating in Where Bloggers Create hadn’t even crossed my mind.

But, almost 4 months later, I am happy, happy, happy that this formerly bleak little corner of my house has been transformed into my very own space for creating!

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I love my colorful little work space because Joey was able to turn my ideas into reality.

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My biggest goal in organizing this space was to be able to see all of my “stuff:” paper, pens, paint, fabric, floss, brushes, crayons, patterns, adhesives. I want to see my stuff so I will be inspired by it and use it. The only stuff I can’t see upon entering my room is my paints. I decided that the best place for them was in metal desk drawers.

I also want to be able to see my ideas. So often, I forget about good ideas because they are hidden in my ideas notebook. So, inspired by a project in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, I made these fabric-covered bulletin boards from homasote.

Another goal I had in organizing my space was to make all of my stuff easily accessible. I love the shelving and racks that Joey made me for my paper, pens and brushes. I also have easy access to my floss.

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I can access an additional supply shelf while seated at my workspace.

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AND I have a nearby shelf for fabric scraps. (I left all of the big tubs of fabric in the craft room with the sewing machines and supplies since several people in the family use those items.) I’m also storing canvases on that shelf.

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The bonus area of this new space is some shelving that I can use for storing on-going or finished-but-homeless projects–plus my light box.

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I still can barely believe that I have my own space for creating. I can shut the door and I know that everything will be where I left it when I return! I can look up as I’m working and easily see what else I might add to my project.

I am so blessed to have such a supportive husband and kids. Thanks for taking me seriously, Joey! And for turning my ideas in reality.

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Ten on Ten

I feel like I have spent a good bit of time this summer preparing to be creative (wait a couple of days for my Where Bloggers Create post and you’ll see why…), but not actually doing anything creative. So, I decided to participate in Rebekah’s Ten on Ten photo project yesterday. My day looked like this:

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(I just have to add that those are newly 11-year-old, newly pierced–by me–ears!)

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Little Books

A little while ago, Michelle hosted a Little Book Swap and I got to participate! I really spent a lot of time thinking about my Little Book. I wanted it to reflect what I have been contemplating and learning lately. So…

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my Little Book was called The Gardener and featured a poem I wrote:

In the frosty heart of winter,
Bleak and dead and cold,
The Gardener begins to prune
With knowing strokes and bold.

So that in Spring tendrils appear
And soon new branches grow.
The vines extend, develop, spread.
Then buds and flowers show.

At last, once-pruned branches flourish
To abundantly bear
Sweet fruit the Gardener harvests
With tender, loving care.

(copyright 2011, Lisa Hajda)

I also wanted my Little Book to reflect the media I enjoy the most, so I used felt, embroidery floss, crayon and paper to illustrate it. Before it was folded into its cute little self, the book looked like this:

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Amelia had the grand idea of adding a bunch of glittered felt grapes to the wrapped up books. She’s so clever.

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I sent off a bunch of them to Michelle and eagerly awaited all of the Little Books I would receive from her.

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It was a like Christmas opening up the package!

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Michelle had thought of everything.

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I took my time opening each Little Book’s packaging. Hope’s was the first package I opened. And, at first, I thought, “What a BIG Little Book.” Ha! The Little Book was inside.

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Along with Journaling Supplies!

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Rachel’s book was next, with a sweet birthday theme.

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I “recognized” the packaging on the next book.

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I knew it had to be Lynn’s! (And we’ve been Jazzercising to that song lately, too.)

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Wanda contributed TWO books.

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Ilene’s was next.

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Then Michelle’s Little Book.

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Next came Wendy’s book.

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Jill’s Little Book featured Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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I recognized Laurie’s “style,” too, when I saw her book. Isn’t it fun to be able to recognize your friends’ work?

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Speaking of recognizing friends…I knew I had seen this before.

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Yep, it was Karla’s.

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Julie’s “Journey” was next.

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“She Knew” was by Cristina.

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Terri’s contribution was next.

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And Cassie’s.

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I have to admit, after watching the royal wedding this summer, I got a kick out of Maureen’s book.

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Julie’s book had a sweet Christmas theme.

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I love hearts, so Jessica’s cover really caught my eye.

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Catherine’s book came out of the package next.

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Stephanie’s book was “Old Fashioned Elegance.”

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Up next…Terri’s.

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Then Cassondra’s.

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And Heather’s.

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Marlene created this Little Book.

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And last, but not least, Stevie’s Little Book.

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Thanks, again, Michelle, for hosting this fun, fun swap. So much inspiration. So much fun!

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