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I was cleaning up my desk at work (because yes, I do have a day job!) when I stumbled upon some craft projects I chose to do over a period of time, but which I had set aside for later. Okay, I confess, I sort of forgot about them. They’re the long term projects which were really more about stocking up for something bigger rather than being the project itself. Like my pressed rose petals.
My Paper Flower Garden. Two years ago, I had thought to start a postcard project that would have meant sending out hand made postcards. I am still seriously considering redoing this but there are a lot of things in the way. I had created backgrounds or “blanks” to work on which had been piled together. Part of the design were this doodled flowers which I have a ton of, both at work and at home– a bunch of colorful layered and doodled flowers I need to cut and draw further. I am almost afraid to pick up a pen and start drawing again or even a pair of scissors to cut the ones that need cutting.I had found the whole exercise very calming way back when and I long for the repetitive and no-pressure doodling. Then I remembered, I had cards to make which maybe I will make using these as embellishments. That’s a new purpose for a project I had started with different intentions.
The only thing is that’s can get deeply engrossed and distracted by the project when I’m into it, but I’m trying to use my time wisely.
Bag idea book. I have always loved bags and a current interest is making fabric clutches. I actually joined the sewing class at Mood University hoping to be able to sew one together using an electric sewing machine. The idea has been brewing in my head for almost a year now but has been slow getting to fruition. I stumbled upon a year old edition of Harper’s Bazaar (click here to subscribe) which was almost half riddled with bag ads. I had actually started tearing off the pages when I realized that the whole magazine was seemingly dedicated to bags. So I cut the pages clean with a xacto knife and put them aside to ringbind as a glossy idea bag of sorts.
The idea is to make this a notebook of sorts. I haven’t quite gotten past the first few pages and am still trying to write around the blank spaces in the ads. I have always found it helpful to have my ideas in writing. It might and it might not work. I might yet transfer selected clipped images into a real notebook in the end, but it’s something I’m working on.
Finally, my first attempt at a purse! This actually came from a failed attempt at wrapping a plastic canvas “mold” with fabric and fleece interfacing. It didn’t quite work, so I started to undo it and I was left with a cut piece of fabric with interfacing I couldn’t remove. In the midst of experimenting and fiddling with my sewing machine (which is pictured on the left), I decided I would try to work on creating a mock purse, or a model, or prototype and just see if I can work this contraption the way I want to. And voila! It did work… but that’s another post altogether.
So I’ve been trying to do my own bit of crafting the last couple of weeks, but as always, there just aren’t enough hours in a day to do as much as I would want. The sewing classes in Mood Fabrics have helped me to refocus on crafting and have sparked a new interest in exploring other channels of creativity. I try to do it a day at a time. Like trying to keep this corner of my web presence going.. baby steps, I say.