Sunday, July 31, 2011

Open Markets are Awesome

I had the pleasure of hitting up one of the best open markets in my area, the SOWA Open Market in South Boston, which has an amazing selection of farmer's market items, food trucks, antiques, handmade goodies and some randomy fashion stuff (YAY!). We had a great time, besides how friggin' hot it was. If any of you have the chance to buy from markets, I highly recommend it. There is such a great sense of community as well as such a great selection of super fun stuff. Some of my favorites goods are below. (Pssst. I tried not to make this too image heavy)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rippin' and Braidin'

So in my quest to be ever craftier and try new things (and having the massive urge to braid) I decided I was going to take an old bed sheet that I picked up at a consignment store and do a little reconstructing. The beauty of an old bed sheet is #1 they are super soft #2 they tear into strips so unbelievably easy (with a little snip to help of course) and #3 the little frayed edges are adorbs and hard to create otherwise. So anyways, there was a full night where I watched my programs and tore the flat sheet into strips, which would eventually be uses to braid... can you dig? And so begun my process... the braiding...

Once I had braided ever last strip into, well, a braid, I then decided I was going to sew them all together to make what you would assume would eventually become a braided rug (here you are wrong). I sewed each piece to the next, using only one side of the braids... you know, to keep things clean. I tell you that it took the biggest needle that I had in my battalion to combat the BRAID.

So anyways, after many evenings of work on this creation, we finally come to a stand still... what should I do with this braided flat piece of braided braid chunk. Yes, I said braid multiple times yet braid is the recurring theme here, yes? Anyhoo... I let this creation sit for many weeks, this is no lie... you ever just lose the motivation mid-project? And now I am stuck.

What should I do?! (and don't say "have direction before you start a project")

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lacking, how do you say, Inspiration...

So I find that I have been without crafting inspiration lately. Or fashion inspiration. Or any inspiration really. I write for another blog, The Fashionable Housewife, and I have been putting in a lot of my blogging time in over there because it is a more established blog, where I would ideally get more experience doing high visibility blogging, dealing with PR companies, using social media in a noticeable type way. You get the picture. I really like writing over there because it's different from my blog. It's geared towards fashion, cosmetics, deals, you know? And to boot? It's sort of mindless. Well, I guess I shouldn't say mindless. I do put my own thoughts and opinions into those posts but I am generally given a topic or a product to review or a giveaway to post. So while I don't get to sink my teeth in totally creatively, I still am getting something out of it. So that is where I have been, and where I am putting about 20 hours a week in. That is all my creative time. (insert sadface here)

So where to I find crafty inspiration? Where must those who are lost, find themselves? Guh, can anyone help me? I know I am not the only person who has ever been in a rut. Don't get me wrong, I love to craft, I love to create but sometimes it does not come easy.

Does anyone have any advice on how to jumpstart my battery? Advice taken freely, candy taken only if I know you.