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!

Creative Obsessions

I need to get something off my chest.  I’ve noticed a personal …characteristic? …habit?? …flaw???

Hand carved stamp leaves

Just a little eye candy before some babbling…

As you might’ve noticed ’round these parts, I tend to fall head over heels in love with a project. I’ll swear it’s my new favorite thing and envision spending the rest of my life honing that craft. Then, as quickly as I fall in love with it, I abruptly drop it by the wayside so that I can dive into a new creative endeavor.

Seriously – let’s look at this year alone, shall we?  I present to you, 2015’s Creative Obsessions:

  • Weaving! I made a wall weaving and a coaster, and shared plans to make a large wall hanging for our downstairs bathroom. Paul even made a large loom for me!  It sits, nails ready, but empty, because my obsession soon moved on to …
  • Embroidering Owls! I’ve only embroidered 3 so far (I still need to share the 3rd).
  • Paper Garland! I loooooved making it & still love to stare at it.  Right after I finished my first one, I envisioned making 20 more strands, and worried over where I’d put them all!  I even contemplated joining a craft show so I’d have a reason to make a million.  Nope…I just made the one.
  • Art Journaling! Oh boy…I couldn’t get enough of it!  I would scroll through Instagram and Pinterest just oogling over other people’s pages.  I journaled 4 pages, but I haven’t done any since my last (most favorite) one.
  • Blogging! Ah, this one is a roller coaster obsession for me.  Sometimes I’m super into it & I take pictures of everything, just in case I want to blog about it.  True to form, I get obsessive.  Other times, I go MIA…
  • Stamp Carving! Ha, perhaps specifically – leaf stamp carving!  Check out the print I made with my 2 hand carved stamps. This obsession is currently fizzling, although I do still have a couple of ideas that I’d like to carve…
Hand carved leaf stamps

The leaf on the bottom right is new. I quickly carved it an hour before sharing it at April’s Art Nite.

Whew!  That seems like a lot of “OMG THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING TO DO EVER!” for just 4 months. And, I really can’t tell if this is a good thing or a bad thing….or maybe just a thing.  Maybe it’s no big deal?  Maybe it makes me well rounded.  Is this a “me” thing or a “creative individual” thing?  I can’t tell.  Can you?

Nevertheless, I always reassure myself with this: as long as I’m doing something creative, and I’m enjoying it, it doesn’t matter what it is or how long I’ve been/will keep doing it.  Can I get an Amen??

And guess what friends…this post is just a teaser to share yet another new obsession.  This one is big, and it’s been years in the making.  The only thing is, this one is a commitment, so I really can’t/don’t want to/hope I don’t let it fizzle out.

What is it??? You’ll have to come back next week to find out :)  But since you’ve made it this far, here’s another picture:

Hand carved stamp print

Also…I’d love to hear from you.  Do you obsess over projects and then drop them?  Or do you pick something, stay in your lane and never look back?  Let me know!  Have a great weekend & Happy Spring!

What to do with all those Instax???

Ohhh Instax….you sneaky little nostalgia generator!

I am one of those lucky bloggers that owns a FujiFilm Instax (Mini) camera.  If you’re not familiar, it’s pretty much a modern Polaroid camera, except it looks like a cartoon prop. Seriously – it’s so silly, my friend snapped a pic of me using it & then proceeded to post it to Instagram:

Me & my Instax

Several shots of Fireball might have been consumed prior to this photo….

Yes, it’s clunkier than any of today’s camera’s BUT it prints the photo out instantly!  And what’s better than instant gratification?

Alright, if I’m being honest: the film isn’t cheap, the prints are pretty small (although, it is an Instax mini) and the quality of the pics is always a crapshoot.  It’s a good reminder of what it’s like to take pictures with film.  You can’t take 10 shots and then pick the best one…you take one shot & hope it’s good.  There ARE digital Instax cameras – but, come onnnn – this is WAY more exciting :P

I’d estimate that 4ish out of 10 times, the pic is good – not the best odds, I know.  And even when they’re “good”, they always tend to range between washed out or over-contrasted.  But, those “qualities” (heh) remind me of the pictures from yesteryear. And to me, that’s what makes the Instax so fun – you get instant pictures that are chock-full of nostalgia!

Examples of Instax Minis

Some examples of our Instax minis: Paul in the “Kitchen Ninja” apron I made him, Paul and Mischa (& my shadow) at a local park, and me working on the wall weaving I made back in February.

I bring my Instax to every family event, and then leave pics with family members so they can have an actual photo of our time together.  But I also come home with a purse full of pictures.  They’re everywhere.  And at over $1/picture, it would be financially irresponsible to just shove these pictures into a drawer…but what’s the best way to display these mini pictures?  I did a little searching on Pinterest for some ideas.  Sure, Instax wallpaper would be cool, but we haven’t amassed a collection that large (yet).

Fortunately, not long after being inspired by this pin, Paul and I found the perfect backdrop for our Instax shots:

Instax frame

I’m pretty sure it’s repurposed wood.  Best of all, we found it at Redeux, a local store downtown that sells handmade and vintage items.  I then bought some twine & some mini clothespins – and voila: we now have a little Instax gallery!

I love that we can swap pictures out as newer ones come along.  I also love that it’s hung next to our antique window (which is adorned with my paper garland [that I’m still SO in love with] :) )

Instax frame

If you couldn’t tell…I LOVE it!  Our computer is just to the right of the Instax gallery, so I’ve been looking up & admiring it throughout writing this post :)

Thanks 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!