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a creative year ahead…

26 Feb
February 26, 2016

my goal for 2016 is to MAKE with a little more intent.

yes, yes… but it’s end of february you say. we’re like, a quarter in, where have you been??? 

AMEN TO THAT. but, i needed to wrap up some projects, keep myself alive through january (january is the worst– holiday buzz kill, wettest month ever) and then february happened, and it was pretty whack.

whatever. whackness aside- i’m on it. here’s the deal.

a year of making with intent. finish one project a month. that’s it. start to finish, one month spent working on one item. planning for: birthdays, holidays, and of course, a handmade christmas. which has been a goal for FOREVER. i’m never so organized to execute. and i do believe to actually accomplish it- for every person on your list, you have to start well ahead. DONE.

so. if you want to project along with me- here’s the short list of some of things i plan to do- (not all included- check the sidebar soon for a complete list, with links and tutorials)

make a dress– i used to sew clothing with a lot more frequency (fashion design school, and whatnot). i thought when i had a daughter it would be a no brainer to make her summer dresses. that has NEVER happened. it’s going to happen this year. here’s the dress i like for me, here’s the dress i like for her.

yumiko higuchi embroidery– i found yumiko on instagram, and became… stalkerish? i don’t know. i just love her style. i’ve never seen embroidery so modern/retro. i love it. so i bought her book (in japanese) and have spent some time deciphering it’s contents. i want to complete 1 full pattern of hers. maybe something decorative for thanksgiving, maybe one of her adorable coin purses…

rope bowls– i see these posted pretty often. they look relatively easy, and i bought one in target that i’m pretty sure i could have made. laziness. plus, in a month, don’t you think you could make like… 10, and have them for gifts? (christmas! birthdays!) also, instead of rope, these clay ones are pretty adorable.

painting nesting dolls– you can easily purchase blank nesting dolls on etsy, and pinterest (of course) is a trove of the cutest little designs. i haven’t painted in YEARS. like for real painted. my daughter was in LOVE with a nesting doll set she got for christmas from a friend, i thought i’d add to her collection by painting some myself for her.

finish a quilt– ok, by far the thing i’m worst at (hello nearly 3 tops sitting around, gathering dust). i currently have several tops that need finishing, and frankly, i’d like one quilt to call my own. since last year in our guild was a block/border-a-month medallion, i’m going to finish that top, and quilt it. that’s like a border-ish a week, and then a week to baste and bind. which is quick, but not impossible.

design a quilt– by far the most ambitious item on my list- this might be a two monther. i’ve had this idea for a christmas quilt for FOREVER. i really want to make it, snuggle under it, watch my favorite christmas movies, and drink hot toddies. it might be a pipe dream? but i’m willing to risking a month figuring it out.

that’s 6 months of ideas. adding in kid’s costumes, random kid’s art projects and fun holiday treats… i’m probably covered for a year. i’ll update one of the icons in my sidebar to reflect year of making. also, i’m going to use a hashtag, and if you make any of the things i’m covering, you’re welcome to tag them. how about… #needleplusthreadYOM

YAY! it’s written… let’s do it. xoxox- k.

photo credit for above– bandit matryoshka and geometric neon matryoshka both by sketchinc on etsy, diy clay jewelry dish by hello glow, coil rope bowl kit by lost property hong kong on etsy, user felicia’s photo- girl’s dress on flickr, christine hayne’s emery dress made by pintuck and pearl on instagram, and last- yumiko higuchi’s amazing embroidery from instagram.

make it – pineapple mini quilt

03 Jul
July 3, 2015

i think sometimes i think i have more free time than i actually have. last count i think i was somewhere around 361 started projects. i kid! but seriously…

i joined this mini swap forever ago. and had finally nailed down what i wanted to do. actually, i knew exactly what i wanted to do, but couldn’t figure it out. think kaleidoscope, meets fractals, meets… ZZZZZZzzzzzzz. no sleep. so- i had also been eyeing lots of pineapple blocks, and thought since i couldn’t button up that kaleidoscope business, that this idea would work perfectly with the colors i wanted. then i went to art walk (at the start of june) down in pioneer square, and found the most amazing solids at dry goods in a bundle with some more cotton and steel… even better!

this is the mini i made. my partner said she liked orange, so that was a starting point. this pattern was with red pepper quilts, and i used a tutorial from a little bit biased for construction. it was by no means super easy, but… i don’t know. there was something methodical and relaxing watching it take shape. also, not super quick. but really gratifying when all done. i wish i had the commitment/TIME to make a whole quilt of this. an oatmeal shot cotton with some dreamy soft plaids….maybe someday.

happy weekend and have a safe fourth!

monday motivation (on tuesday) – watercolor

19 May
May 19, 2015

i got a wee bit behind this week. i’m still not sure how. i’ve forgotten all sorts of bits, and i think my brain is still unsure that it’s nearing on late may. really? how is that.

this was a watercolor that i did for my mom for mother’s day. i also did this same phrase using masking fluid. it must be an acquired taste, because i absolutely thought it was awful, and achieved horrid results.

but this? i did like how this turned out. another phrase using just one color.

up tomorrow, voting begins on the spoonflower mermaid print. that’s kind of fun. i know any of the contest things i’ve done have been hit and miss (mostly miss), but they have been fun to do, nevertheless. i’m excited to see if there’s any feedback, and it’s always nice to see something you’ve done getting actual votes.

to your inspired week! k.



monday motivation – calligraphy + watercolor

13 Apr
April 13, 2015

another of these, since i had so much fun trying my hand at last week’s. this one had an actual destination and purpose in mind. a friend i haven’t seen in ages (because she lives abroad) having a birthday, and when i saw this quote, it was just too her. on top of that- the colors! very jennie. i hope she agrees.

i think i’m going to try one more done this way, and then switch to all watercolor with white ink+nib pen. anyone have a saying or line of words they want to see? a phrase you find truly motivational? ‘just start’ has always a been a fave of mine, but it’s so short… i’ll be giving the next one away, so get your comments in here or on IG, and i’ll be choosing one lucky recipient.

make it – handmade christmas

14 Nov
November 14, 2014

i keep telling myself i have time. i keep getting annoyed that there are christmas commercials. but really… it’s coming. and although i am a one-holiday-at-a-time type of girl, it’s time to start prepping and cutting and sewing. especially since i think i’m going to hand stitch all this business (HA! my inner naysayer says). here are 5 items to get you inspired to make something special, even if realistically it’s just 1 tiny gift for that very special someone. get the break down (and links)after the jump… Read more →

how to make it – fitted crib sheet

12 Nov
November 12, 2014

i’ve always wanted to do a tutorial. and then i start compiling the photos, and i think… ugh. i hate this. i would not want to look at this. so i started noting which tutorials i loved. they were usually beauty related. they were very tidy, pretty, and brief. so… that doesn’t always lend itself to describing how to sew something. but, i’ve tried. i’d love to hear what you think! more tutorial after the jump!  Read more →

take a poll – quilt layout – make it

27 Jun
June 27, 2014
online poll by Opinion Stage

i’m pretty sure i could sit and do this forever, and honestly, it’s time to start cutting.  i have my favourite, but want to see what other people think.  so tell me, which design speaks to you?  what would you change?

i posted my inspirations here, but things have slowly evolved.  can’t wait to hear what you think!

seattle wedding – a few helpful links – getting hitched

26 Mar
March 26, 2010
seattle wedding trophy cupcakes thornewood castle
From needle+thread

i’ve seen a lot of write-up recently about weddings… gearing up to be that time. since i’ve been through it myself, i thought i’d do a post with some links to things i wish i’d had or things i found useful (and include some photos of our day to boot…) Read more →

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