Well I’ve been quiet here at Wild Creative Soul for the past few months. The holidays have come and gone and I was feeling unsatisfied with how my 2014 ended! Nothing tragic… just life! I wasn’t sure how to continue being creative, writing about it and still enjoy it. I contemplated hanging up my blogging hat and just continuing to create at my own leisure when the muse struck.
Then I looked back at why I created this blog to begin with. I needed a way to keep myself motivated. I have always had a creative soul but would easily let my life get in my way of executing it. This blog was my way of keeping it on the forfront of my brain… to keep me thinking about it and celbrating the creative things around me.
So, I will not hang it all up but refocus my efforts here in 2015.
I have done some goal planning with ALL of my ventures (personal, creative, business etc). This was meant to be a productive but somewhat boring project, but turned out to be a wonderfully creative process and in my next blog post I will show you why and how! (HINT – I found a lovely book online from a crazy… funny… lovely Austrailian lady! Stay tuned and I will show you more next post!)
So long story short… I am challenging myself to continue my blog (s) and share my “creative – ness”. And who knows, maybe this year will be the year I make it GROW!
Watching the spring mix plant grow brings hope for my 2015 year!
I decided I needed to work on some projects for Christmas. I would like to share this experience with all of you but… as the person/people I am making them for make up the majority of followers for this blog I decided I best not reveal too much. But I think I will document my work and then post after the fact because I am finding some of the work challenging and fun!
Top Secret Projects Ahead
The first secret project is a sewing project. Not a quilting one, but a sewing project! I am not a sewer, seamstress! Technically I CAN sew but I am not very good at it. For some reason quilting doesn’t count. So this could be an expensive mistake. I drove half an hour out-of-town, spend and hour and a half hunting down the perfect fabric, thread and other tools required (no comment on how much I spent!), drove a half and hour home, started cutting the fabric and realized I may have bitten off more than I can chew! Here is the fabric I chose… I love it and hope I have leftovers to use for something else too!
The new fabric for my secret sewing project.
The 2nd project is a quilting project. It was an impulse buy at the fabric store where I bought the above fabric and I am really looking forward to starting this one. BUT I made myself a deal, if I want to work on this I have to finish the sewing project. No sneak peek pictures of this one for you… I don’t want to give it away.
I also have a 3rd secret project that I have had in my “stash” of projects for a long time. It is also a quilting project but also an applique project. I am pretty new to the applique thing so it could be interesting. No sneek peak of this one either.
With any luck, I will have all three secret projects ready for Christmas!
With even more luck, I will have them finished for THIS Christmas!
About two years ago, my husband’s aunt and uncle took a trip up to Alaska. While visiting they purchased a flag, one that represented the rail travel they did. Casually, when they returned, they asked if I could make a table runner for their dining room table. Of course I was flattered they asked and said yes!
Let the procrastinating commence!
You need to understand that until now, I have been a follow the pattern kind of sewer seamstress (sewer is a crazy word)! I didn’t have a clue how to take a piece of fabric and turn it into something without instructions. But – after sitting on it for a long long long time… it is finally done.
I chose some complimentary fabrics that I had on hand in my fabric stash…
This is the material I had on hand that matched the flag.
I then measured the short side of the flag and made pieces to fit. It wasn’t rocket science by any stretch… nothing fancy. I just cut fabric to fit the ends of the flag. Then I sewed it together.
Sewing the fabric onto the flag.
I had a large scrap of dark blue fabric that I cut to fit the back. I was going to “quilt it” with fancy designs but I am very new to the QUILTing part of making a quilt, and I was worried about messing it up on someone else’s table runner… so I just stitched in the ditch to complete it.
Finished table runner.
Full table runner. Simple!
And that was it.. no fuss not muss! Just simple. I don’t know why I procrastinated that long! Silly!
And they liked it! They were having a late Thanksgiving dinner with friends the following day and she sent me pictures of her new table runner while she was setting the table! I looks lovely!
Table runner at Aunt J’s house!
What have you procrastinated on only to realize that it was no big deal?
I was nominate recently by a friend to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop.
First off – What is Around the World Blog Hop? Basically, it is a “Tag, your it” kind of blog. Someone nominates you to participate – answer a few questions about why/how you create and then you tag someone yourself.
I was nominated by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts. Anita and I have been following each other around the country (Edmonton AB, Oromocto NB, Wainwright AB). Not on purpose – although it has been a happy coincidence – but because both our husbands serve with the same unit with the Canadian Armed Forces. We always end up overlapping in the same place eventually! Anita is an amazing quilter – I would say professional quality – who has an ETSY shop to sell her amazing creations. To top it all of she just became a mother for the 3rd time to a beautiful baby girl, to go with the son and daughter she already has. Where she finds the time to create, never mind POST about, it is beyond me! She is truly inspirational at it all.
So, imagine then, her asking me to participate in this Around the World Blog Hop!
At first I thought… she must have sent me the invite by mistake. After all I am NOT a professional quilter! I am not a even a professional “creator”. But, after I figured out it was not a joke… I decided, what the hay! I can figure out how to answer a few questions about my creativity. That is in fact why I wanted to blog in the first place!
Easier said than done I am afraid! But here goes anyway.
1) What am I working on?
Too many to count! And I want to do them all.
The true question should be “What am I not working on”? As I said in one of my lastest posts (read it here), is that I have too many projects all going on at the same time. Part of being a “wild soul” is I sometimes lack focus… I end up starting things and never completeing them. I don’t even stick to just ONE type of creating. I quilt, crochet, cross stitch, card make, sew and write. So to answer the question… I am working on everything. I have a crochet wrap I am going to finish first I think because I want to wear it! But when I read other blogs (like Daydreams of Quilts), I get inspired and want to stop what I am doing and quilt. Then I read about NaNoWriMo coming up I want to stop my quilt and write! See – I am a bit scattered!
2) How does my work differ from others?
To be honest – I don’t think it differs. I don’t have a style yet… in my quilting or my writing or in anything really! I just see something I like, or get an idea and do it! And if I don’t know how, I learn. I am going to guess that this is very similar to MOST other creators! We do what makes us happy!
Maybe I will get my own style once I do this long enough… until then I am happy doing what I like!
This is a Japanese Jigsaw Quilt I made for my sister a few years ago.
3) Why do I create what I do?
Hahaha! Ahh – well this questions makes me laugh. I wish I had a brilliant reason why I create what I do, but the truth is I don’t!
I choose quilts by pattern… patterns I think are pretty! I did this quite consciously at the beginning so that I only bought fabric for what I needed. I knew to many fabric hoarders and thought I could avoid this! I was wrong! As it stands now, I have 2 totes of fabric with no “project” yet to go with them.
These are bursting full of fabric… not related to a project.
For writing I chose a Romance novel to write first because that is what I know best. Do I love the novel? Yes! Will I continue to write romance? Yes! But to be honest I have a wonderful idea for a dystopian fiction novel… they are all the rage right now. Will I write it? Uh… well maybe.
For crochet I choose a pattern mostly based on need – hence the wrap I am creating now. I wanted a wrap – so I am crocheting one. I wanted a cat bed, I crocheted one!
See the pattern to choosing my work? I kind of just choose what feels right for the moment!
4) How does my creating process work?
Well this is tricky. I work mostly from home these days. I try to spend some time working on all my jobs – I have a few. I tend to get on a kick with one thing – like creating and blogging about it, and then move on to the next – set up for the Storytime program I coordinate at the Public Library, etc. This happens with my projects too… I tend to work on creating what feels right now, and then everything else fall by the way-side. I don’t have a set plan and to be honest this gets me in plenty of trouble because I may spend oodles of time on one thing and not any on another! In my opinion, all are equally important to me but I don’t tend to spend enough time on anything!
I am working on this though. I have said a dozen times I am a work in progress! I am hoping to solidify some sort of process… how I carve out time to do what I do and a method to get it done. This is tough for me. I think I am flighty and tend to only work on what is going well. The harder projects sit on the back burner… So in actual answer to the question, how does my creating process work? Well, it doesn’t. Not yet! But it will.
So that is it… all about me “creating”!
I now nominate…
1) Beginings In Writing I ran across this blog when I started blogging and writing. That was the beauty of wordpress dot com sites… there was an easy way to get followers to your blog and make some connections (now that I moved to a dot org, I have lost that). Anyway, I have never met him – he lives in the US, but we have chatted a few times on comments about getting work published! I believe he is excited about the prospect and actively works toward that goal… where as me, I am scared to death about it! I love his blog and you should check it out! I contacted him via email to see if he would participate. To date I haven’t heard back from him yet. Hopefully he will still participate when he can!
2) Handmade by Hannah I also ran across this blog several years ago when I started blogging. I like her style and her projects. I have never met her – I believe she lives in the UK. She does lots of different styles of projects and I like her stuff! I also did try to contact her via email so that she can participate, but at the time of writing this I haven’t heard back from her yet either. Hopefully she will participate… I would love to hear more about her too!
3) Anyone else who creates! I challenge you… if you write a blog about writing, about quilting, about singing, about anything creative, I want you to spend a few minutes looking at your creativity! Let us all know what makes you tick!
I now urge you to google “Around the World Blog Hop” to find your inspiration! I know I did!
The quote “If music be the food of love, play on” from by William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is ringing in my ears!
I am trying to be inspired today to create! I have not been having much luck, when all of a sudden it hit me…
I need music!
(picture from http://www.whimsandfancies.com/garden-party-blog-hop-music-notes/)
Now, I have to be careful with music. As a musician and singer, if anything is too well known to me, I sing along. Not just the latest ditty on the radio, but also any song from the ’80’s (did I just date myself?), and sometimes even a well loved piece of classical music – yes I CAN sing along to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons: Spring”! Sometimes this is fine, like while I am quilting for example. But when I write a blog post, or something for my novel or whatever it is I am writing, singing along can make things difficult!
But music can certainly bring out the best me creatively.
Many writers now include at the back or front of their novel, music that help inspire a scene or character. Jay Crownover did it in her book “Rule” and I’ve seen others write about their musical inspiration on their websites! Laurell K Hamilton writes about it on her blog post “Some Writers Smoke, I do music”. Also I believe Dale Partridge wrote about it in his blog The Daily Positive but for the life of me I can not find the post! (Regardless, check his blog out… he is WONDERFUL!)
Music is not a new concept… but one I forget about in the midst of things!
So here is what I am listening to right now… to help inspire me! It’s the Albinoni: Adagio in G minor perfomed by Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. I love it!
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