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30 Jan

The Crafter’s Devotional: A Book Review

51hoWkXR1tL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_THIS BOOK isn’t new; it was first published in 2009. But I’ve just found it, and I’m in love with it! If you (like me) are the kind of person who needs a little direction and inspiration to get creative everyday, The Crafter’s Devotional is for you. With 365 days of tips, tricks, and techniques for unlocking your creative spirit, you simply cannot go wrong.  Barbara R. Call has made each entry (for fifty-two weeks of six entries per week) a little blossom of potential, encouraging your creativity to bloom.

Some of the entries are simple, like opening a new box of crayons and coloring to your heart’s content, and some require things from your craft stash, like beads or paper. There are even profiles of artists that give you goals and ideas to strive for, inspiring your creative juices to flow.

The week is broken down into categories so that you have some continuity in your creativity. On Monday, the focus is on journaling; Tuesday, recycle, reuse, or revive; Wednesday, collection, stash, and materials; Thursday, personal history; Friday, non-craft inspiration; and Saturday/Sunday, collaborate, gather, and experiment. There’s a wealth of information and inspiration and you will find  paper crafts, textiles, fiber, mixed media and beading. Additionally, you’ll find miscellaneous bits, artistic rituals, quotes, techniques, exercises, brainstorming prompts, and more.

From the great outdoors to household trash, this little gem will give you ways to jump start your creative energy and keep it going full throttle from the first day to the last. Sometimes my fingers itch to create, but my well’s run dry of ideas. If you suffer from crafter’s block, you’ll find more than enough prompts to get you going again.

I give The Crafter’s Devotional an A+. I’m enjoying using it, and I hope you’ll give this marvelous book a look, too.

What do you do to stay inspired?

18 Jan

Establishment Sign DIY

Establish your beginnings.

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to make and display an establishment sign, don’t you think? Mine is a piece of 13″ x 7.5″ pine board painted red and then embellished with a painted W and our last name in vinyl across it with the date we were wed beneath.

Here’s how I did it.

  • Lightly sand a piece of wood so that the paint adheres well. Paint the background color and sand the edges when it’s dry.

 

  • Cut your initial (ours was W) into your vinyl or contact paper, weeding out the letter and leaving the background intact.
  • Using transfer paper, lay the background of your initial in the upper center of your board. You can measure to find the exact center (I eyeballed it).
  • With a credit card or burnisher, make sure the stencil is adhered well, especially around the edges of the letter so your paint won’t seep underneath.
  • Use a stencil brush and pounce the paint onto the stencil. Let the paint dry a bit before you lift the stencil, but don’t let it dry completely.
  • Let the paint dry completely.
  • Cut your name and establishment date from vinyl and place over the stenciled initial. Once again, I eyeballed it, but you can measure if you want to. The ruled grid on the transfer paper should help you line up the letters straight.
You could attach picture hangers to the back if you want to hang it on the wall; I chose to lean mine against a basket.

05 Jan

Two New Printable Posters for the New Year

fall-flysoshedidI LOVE making printable posters. My craft room walls are covered in posters I’ve made and today I have two new printable posters for you. Print them out on 11×17  (17 x 11 for so she did) or reduce them to 8-1/2 x 11  (11 x 8.5 for so she did) for a more compact size.

These two memes are ones that I’ve always cherished, because I grew up with a mother who had these as her mottos. She instilled in me the belief that I could do anything I wanted to do, and all I had to do was act on that belief. And you know what? She was right! I’ve accomplished everything I set my mind to accomplish, and I’m far from through now. 2016 looks like a year in which I’ll be doing everything I set my mind to, also. So can you! Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Click on the image to download.