Our world has come together during the past few weeks like never before seen. While much of the world is closing down, each of us has moved to the internet for our work, education and personal connections. We all need those connections and communication. With that being said, let us all allow ourselves to have time to self-reflect and let those creative juices flow!
My plans are to begin really learning Procreate, Illustrator and Photoshop. Why??? Because I want to be able to design with my watercolors to create sublimation designs to be printed on T-shirts. I will keep you posted how things are going with that.
Now, what about YOU???
What hobbies have you been putting off? What craft have you wanted to learn how to do? NOW IS THE TIME!!!! I spent the last four weeks painting miniature watercolors and exploring PINTREST for Easter ideas.
Craft with your kids that are home from school. Visit Glued To My Crafts and make some mermaid puppets. Do some old fashion play outside with your kids building forts and playing the old games like duck-duck goose or ring-around-the-rosie.
Let us know what you are doing during the down time and what you wished you had help with!!!
If you really want to have fun and spread the word go to our Facebook page and post your pics
It’s that time of year! School Field Days are being planned all across the country. My design came about after a grandma didn’t want her grand kids to go without school shirts because they were a day late in ordering. What grandma’s don’t do for their littles!!!! Designing began with trying to be similar with colors and design. But, not exactly to the design so there is no infringement. Here is the design I came up with.
So, for all of you cricut users the design is free of charge just by following my blog. I am hoping to start doing more designing and offering free designs monthly at this point.
You wonder where this designing comes from…..hahahah…..well I have been drawing since I was little, sitting in the back yard at my Bushia’s house (Polish for grandma). I would go there every day after school while my parents worked. From there I started my education in college toward a mechanical engineering degree that turned into an art degree. Yep, a BA in painting and now, after retiring I am finally enjoying the ability to use what I learned. However, if you are any sort of artist, you know you never really stop being one, you just don’t always have full attention to the one thing that you must have in your life to be fully fulfilled. So…now I will be able to share and do what I love. I hope all of you Cricut users enjoy this design. Please like my Facebook page and share your creations.
The flowers and trees are blooming in Michigan giving a sense of rebirth, renewal, and regenerating. Everyone needs this time to renew soul, obtain new knowledge, renew friendships…….what comes to your mind? For me it is becoming re-energized after a long cold winter. It is time for learning something new and spreading our wings to new challenges, to growth.
Last week I posed the question to my FACEBOOK friends at EighthAvenueDesign what they would like to learn how to do. What a fun question! What would you answer? Take a minute and write it down on a piece of paper.
I’m waiting to give you some time……………..do it!
So some of the answers I received included the following:
ANY crafts 🙂
Creating SVG designs
So……now what you ask. What am I going to do with this information? (laughing) Time for designing some classes for my followers, friends and family. It has been over ten years since I’ve taught a watercolor class or any other kind of class. WOW – that makes me feel old (guess that’s what happens when you do a major career change from art to higher education and wait til you retire to return to what you love).
For myself, the challenge and regenerating is going to be educating others and still learning as I go of new ways to teach, getting to know my clients, and hopefully filling a gap in other’s lives. Teaching has always been so rewarding for me in an intimate, small setting. It allows others to take time for themselves. It doesn’t matter if what they are doing isn’t a masterpiece, it is the journey. Are you getting ready for a new journey?
Well, time to begin developing and creating! It has been almost six months since my injury and rehab. IT IS TIME to get back in the saddle and grow. Come along on the journey with me.
What a whirlwind of a summer it was! My granddaughter turned one year old and we are now expecting our second granddaughter. But, this time it is our son’s little one. She will become part of our family sometime after Thanksgiving. Yes…….it has been an exciting summer and start of fall for us.
I retired to be GRAM and that is exactly what I have been doing. There has been limited time in the studio. But, what time I am there it is productive. Right now we are designing ornaments for Christmas giving and also some holiday stethoscope covers. Our steth covers are actually our best sellers on Amazon. Who would have thought? Here is our latest stethoscope cover for Halloween. It has been fun using my newest purchase for the studio – a heat press. If you look closely the Happy Halloween is heat pressed vinyl.
Continue visiting the site as I add new listings to the gallery.
It has been a while since we have posted in our blog. But, the studio has been quite busy! Our feature photo promotes the heat press shirts that were completed for the 4th of July holiday. Yes, of course, I had to do one for my grand daughter……lol…….and excitedly, my son and girlfriend are expecting in December. Needless to say, this momma bear had to made something special for the new addition to our family. I ended up making two designs for expecting mommas and gave one to my nephew’s wife. It is such a wonderful time for this retired grandma for sure.
How many of you have grand children that are reading this post? I never thought I would be so impacted by the arrival of a grand child. But, they melt your heart. The feel of their little hands in yours, their arms reaching out to you, or burying their heads in your chest……need I say more? This is the best time of my life right now and I am trying to absorb as much as I can.
For those that follow this that would like the designs please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you access to the designs for the three shirts.
Today I took time to begin reorganizing where my fabric and yarns are kept. There has been a bit of a lull in orders on Amazon and Etsy so it is giving me time to make things hopefully a bit more efficient. My orders have been evolving into more and more personalizing and embroidery. So……all this fabric needs to be out in front instead of stuck away in bins. You know how that is right? Keeping the juices flowing.
So…..I did some searching on Pinterest, of course, to see what everyone was doing to store fabric. I found many people were wrapping them on custom made boards. But, the DIY’er that I am, and with a stack of foam core that I had stored from my watercolor painting and framing days, I cut boards to fit my cabinets perfectly! AND WA-LA! ORGANIZATION IN PROCESS.
Through the day I realized I had an added benefit to cutting, folding and wrapping the fabric. Can you guess what it was? Yep! Thoughts and designing in my head. Now I can’t get this fabric organized fast enough so I can start on some new projects that will be just in time for the holiday shopping. I am so excited!
When is your best thinking and designing time? Normally mine is first thing in the morning before I get up or while I’m laying in bed at night trying to fall asleep. I don’t think we allow ourselves the quiet times during the day to really think about things that are not right in front of us screaming. Unfortunately, this is what our world has become. Hopefully, you have a daily job that you enjoy and are challenged to improve yourself each day, not one that just drains every drop out of you. So, I share with you, take time to think and reflect as often as possible. I know it is hard. But allow yourself this time, even if it is only for 15 minutes a week.
As I spent today reflecting, I also want to send a shout out to all our veterans out there and say THANK YOU for serving us and our country. Happy Memorial Day to all.
I have been able to learn a new medium while being part of my grand daughters growth and part of the photos. I have be assigned the responsibility of creating her monthly boards that are included with her monthly photos. I started out using dry chalk markers and just this week purchased a set of chalk markers by VersaMarker with a finer tip. I have to tell you – I LOVED them! The color is richer when they dry and I was able to get more detail. You should try this.
I have been so thankful that my daughter has wanted me to be such a part of their lives as our first grand-baby arrived. I remember I was so thankful for my mother and she was a big part of my daughter’s life. All I can hope is that my grandchildren want me to be around and allow me to teach them fun things.
Here are a few of the boards! It was fun to change with the holidays and seasons. The top three are with the dry chalk markers and the bottom two photos are with the liquid chalk markers. Love Love Love
Two weeks in paradise every February is what this girl needs. Sun, water, no alarms, and no planning! Just time for my brain to rest and explore shapes, color and nature.
Now it’s studio and design time, which there is never enough, between my granddaughter and family requests my life is pretty busy. I thought I would have so much time after retiring. Little did I know that my daughter would loose her job and need mom more than ever. How do I balance everything? I have so much that I want to do on my blog and designing, But, I can’t resist getting on the floor with Ava. She is growing so fast. Yesterday was her 6 month birthday. REALLY!
So…..visit my Facebook page and Etsy page in the next few weeks to see new items. Hopefully, after I have completed listing items in my new Amazon Handmade page I can start doing some tutorials for watercolor as many of you have been asking for.
Things have slowed down from Christmas orders and Valentine’s Day. I have gotten tired of the snow in Michigan so I am spending a few weeks in the wonderful southwest Florida sun. Now is my time to design and to bring fresh, and new items to you. You will see more items with embroidery as well as designs for those Cricut and hot press users. All new items will be featured here on our blog and in our product page then you will be available to purchase here and on Etsy.
We are also excited to announce that we will be selling on Amazon Handmadewith all of our embroidered and heat press items. Watch for our announcement that we are up and running. We will focus on a lot of personalizing and custom designs initially. Send us good vibes! Hoping this out sells Etsy.
So here is my question to you……..What would you like to see in my shop? Do you want to see more designs that you can purchase; do you want to see more baby gifts, or more embroidered gifts in general? Help me out here ok? Can wait to get your feedback.
This week was a bit challenging as my daughter was reorged out of her position after 12 years at a large international corporation. For the second time this year the company has eliminated hundreds of jobs in the name of reorganization while their job postings continue to increase. Hiring new lower paying employees you ask? What do you think? I have owned a number of manufacturing companies and watched the equity firms come in, buy up thriving companies, only to close them because they aren’t profitable “enough” for their stockholders.
But, then I hold my granddaughter and think “SO WHAT!” We all have our health and families close to us. My husband and I came out better on the other side of our diversities and my daughter and her husband will too. She will get to spend some valuable time with her sweet little girl and research what she wants to do with this next stage of her adult life.
What diversities have you gone through? Have you had change in careers? I think we all have a couple times. Where our parents often worked for a company for 30-40 years, now our kids are being told to expect 4-6 job changes in their life time. Thinking about everything with the half full mentality…..lives sure don’t get boring do they!
So……this week I am holding my little Ava a little closer and giving more hugs to my daughter……you do the same.