Getting baaa-ack

One would think I’d be used to it by now, but I always feel sheepish when I write my first post after being MIA from my Sandblog for months.  Always.

FeelingSheepish2

But ya know what?  Updating this little lamb for this post made me happy.  Hopping in my Sandblog and playing around a little bit felt good (albeit a little sandy)!

So here’s to more hopping in and getting sandy!  Fingers crossed for semi-weekly-ish updates.

I’ll be baaa-ack :)

Amy Creates in the AM: Wallflowers

Hello, hello!  I’m here to share the first project I made as part of my new go-getter initiative: #AmyCreatesintheAM.

Wall flowers in progress

A morning project + morning sunlight = happiness.

It’s a decorative wall hanging that was made with some random fabric flowers that I had made for last October’s Art Nite.  The flowers enjoyed an encore appearance at this past September’s Art Nite.

Fabric Wallflowers

If these flowers look familiar, it’s because I actually shared them in my Sandblog last January.  The best part? In that post from months ago, I said (and I quote…): “I plan on attaching them to some burlap and either putting it all in an embroidery hoop or a shadow box.  Not sure which yet, but whenever I get around to it, I’ll be sure to share it here.”

Wallflowers - close up

I’m proud to say: “mission accomplished” friends! :)  Thank you for stopping by!

Slaying the SLUMP!

It’s here.  My totally unintentional, yet somehow unavoidable tradition of going MIA from my Sandblog has arrived.  It is…The SLUMP!

It’s a little early.  Last year it arrived in May and it quickly morphed into a SUPER-Slump, because I didn’t return until this past January!  Whoa.  But not this year!  I’m here to nip this Slump in the bud!  I’ve been doing a ton of creative things and I am eager to share it all.

I think the best way to keep the Slump at bay is to do my best to keep my posts short.  I’m not a writer…just a creator.  So, I’ll do my best to swing by, share some pics and some (hopefully) witty banter, and then be on my way.

Which brings me to today’s picture: I recently carved a stamp!

Carved leaf stamp

Left (black): my original drawing. Bottom (pink): my carved stamp. Right (green): the resulting stamp!

I was inspired after drawing a smooth-lined leaf that I was extra pleased with – so I decided to turn it into a stamp so I can easily reproduce my chunky little leaf wherever I want.

Stamp carving - process shot

A snapshot of my process: trace, transfer, carve, test stamp, carve some more.

I’ve actually been practicing drawing a lot recently.  I bought a book that is SO simplistic yet SO inspiring!  I’m looking forward to sharing more about the book, as well as my progress with it.  But that’ll be in an upcoming, Slump-slaughtering post.  Until then!

Embroidered Owl #2

I have another embroidered owl to share today!  In case the title didn’t give it away, this is my 2nd embroidered owl.  Click here to see the first one.

Embroidered owl #2

I didn’t have any blue thread that matched this owl, so I decided to use purple thread.  In all, I plan on embroidering about 7 owls before I turn this tea towel into a throw pillow.  Hopefully I’ll have a good mix of owls with contrasting thread and coordinating thread so that this little blue & purple guy doesn’t feel left out :P

Embroidered owl #2

I like the stitches on the wings – they look like chocolate sprinkles :)

This is all I have for today.  I have lots of creative goodness going on right now & I’m looking forward to sharing it all here, so I hope you keep stopping by.  Until then, have a creative week!

Saturday Morning Doodle

Saturday Morning DoodleMy Saturday morning consisted of getting lost in a world of colorful, patterned mountains…or fish scales, depending on how you look at it.

It was incredibly relaxing to spend some time with a cup of tea, my little sketchbook, some markers, and absolutely no pressure to get it “right”, good, or finished.  It’s how every morning should be spent, really.

Saturday Morning Doodle

I’m hoping that this post is the first of many like it.

I want to come back to blogging – but in a very different way.  A way that’s similar to this doodle: simple, colorful, fulfilling, and most importantly – absolutely no pressure.  I am not a writer – I am just a designer that wants to share.

So, that is my newest commitment to this space.

Happy 2015 :)

Puppy break!

I  am super busy at work right now. I have a deadline in the beginning of March, which was all well & good waaaaaayy back in January – back before I remembered that February is the shortest month of the year. Needless to say – it’s crunch time!

While I don’t really have time to write, I do have something I’d like to share… Adorable sleeping Misha pictures!!

Misha, my love

Let me tell you something – it is TOUGH to get a good picture of a black dog! First off, she’s still a puppy, so she’s usually on the move. On top of that, unless the lighting is juuuuust right, I typically end up with a black, batman-esque silhouette.

Misha, my love

So, I lucked out last week when I was working from home and Misha decided to take a nap in some amazing natural light! She had finally tuckered out after defeating one of her toys and was too tired to care that I was in her face, snapping away.

Misha, my love

This one is my favorite! It’s currently our computer’s desktop background :)

For those of you who don’t know, Misha is our 10(ish) month old puppy that we adopted back in September. I said it then, and I’ll say it now: she is a wish come true. I had wanted a dog my entire life and she is bona fide proof that good things (or dogs) DO come to those who wait. She is an extremely well-behaved, easy-going, super-snuggly pup – and I swear I love her more and more every day.

Alrighty, off I go. I hope you enjoyed your puppy break! Have a great week! :)