Monday, January 14, 2013

January Kick-Starts My Creative Mind

My brain has been in overdrive lately, coming up with ideas for new craft projects. I've made lists, notes, and sketches for clothing, quilts, bags, sweaters, and home decor. Everything I see triggers another brainstorm and my magazines are full of sticky notes. Sewing and crocheting relax me (except when I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea). I love the creativity of designing, the fun of choosing colors and supplies, and the satisfaction of completing an item that someone will use.

During the holidays I crocheted a simple vest that I named Carnival, and made a simple knit top to match it. Last week I finished a new granny square vest called Teal Then. I didn't have a pattern, just started crocheting and designed it as I worked. With the warm weather we've been having in Tennessee, I hope I get to wear them more than once or twice. 

Teal Then
January also makes me want to clean, get rid of clutter, and organize. It must be all those magazine articles, or possibly a side effect of taking down Christmas decorations. Whatever the reason, the result is a neater house. And I find things I knew were here somewhere. So far I've tackled two closets, the pantry, the laundry room and several drawers. In the sewing room, I put away bits and pieces from end of year projects, filed magazines, and sorted fabric. I'm sure a trip to the Goodwill donation drop-off is in my future.

Oh, and yesterday I sewed a cute black and hot pink wallet for my mama.

“A design isn't finished until somebody is using it.” --Brenda Laurel

"Anyone who has ever cleaned out a closet and taken stuff to Goodwill knows how liberating it is.  You feel lighter, your mind feels clearer." --Cecile Andrews


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