I have been designing a lot of Penny Rugs that past year or so. I have had a couple other things but I was getting a little tired. I was introduced to a sweet little free pattern with instructions on youtube. Wow, what more could I want. Cute, Quick and Easy. Well, cute and easy they are but I’m not so sure about quick. I had ever so much fun though. Picking out the color coordinating fabrics and buttons. I made 6 different designs and planned to sell some in my Etsy shop but something happened…. I loved them all so much I had a hard time putting them out for sale. I did manage to get 3 of the 6 out there. What is this little gem that brought me so much happiness. An Accordion style pouch purse. They are kind of small and I know it doesn’t sound like anything grand but the stuff you can put in them. So practical and very cute. Check them out.
I am slacking again. Here it is May already. No matter I guess since I’m not sure how many people actually read my blog and see my patterns. It seems like it was just cold and snowing a month ago and cool with rain a few days ago. Well, actually I guess that is true. I have many ideas for Penny Rugs and need to get them down on paper before I forget them. That does happen often. I get a great idea and before I can get to making it, I lose the idea. I wish I understood my brain a little better. I am looking forward to some travel and inspiration for some great ideas. Now, just need to remember to write them down and draw them out.
If you haven’t noticed I’m a slacker. I haven’t written a new post since September. But, I have been extremely busy finishing and designing new things.
I belong to three different clubs. A quilt club, a wool club and an embroidery club. Well, over the course of the year I have felt very overwhelmed. I did finish all my projects but some with much stress. So… for the new year I dropped one of my clubs. The quilt club. I do like to piece quilts but I would rather do wool applique or embroidery. I find much more joy in those two things. I have done a couple new Penny Rug designs and I am currently working on a seasonal wool applique wall hanging. I needed something different from Penny Rugs. I had a friend ask me if I could design something for her and she would pay. Wow what an honor. I did and the ideas just kept coming. It took me back to my first post about how once you start creating, the creativity just continues to grow and get bigger. Sometimes to my own frustration because there just isn’t enough time. So I am excited to finish the project I have started and excited to start a couple new projects in my clubs. It is a brand New Year with 361 days left. Wahoo!
Here we are on the verge of Autumn with Halloween and Thanksgiving. Yikes, Christmas isn’t far behind. I stared to feel panicked today. I need to create some new designs. I was excited but scared because I think I have creators block, if there is such a thing. I tell myself I just need to relax and find the zen and it will happen, something will drop into my head.
Recently I have started to always seek and find the positive. I can’t believe what a difference it has made in all aspects of my life. Why haven’t I done this before? Hopefully I will get inspiration soon. No, I will get inspiration soon. Oh, I just can’t wait to see what comes. Happy Fall. Enjoy the beautiful colors, the cooler temperatures and the crunch of the leaves.
A few weeks ago my friend and I participated in the Utah Quilt Shop Hop. It was 15 stores and about 150 miles. We accomplished this feat in 2 days. We started at 9:00am and finished at 6:00pm each day.
Every store was wonderful and had beautiful quilts and projects, but those that I loved the most were those that not only catered to quilting but had wools, felts and threads as well. I saw many wonderful patterns and quickly realized that there are many talented people out there with great designs. I, of course purchased a couple of patterns that I just couldn’t resist. I also found myself inspired with so many ideas of my own. Sometimes it is just hard finding the time to develop my ideas into designs and patterns.
When I do find the quiet time to design and draw up a pattern it brings such contentment and peace to my soul. After I design and make a pattern the best and most fun part begins. I get to create the finished design. Oh how I love to cut the felts and wools and stitch the many different stitches with my beautiful flosses. I hope they have fabric and wool and thread and floss in heaven.
Several years ago I read a book called, “A Whack On the Side of the Head” by Roger von Oech. It gives information on how to get outside the box and be more creative. I really only remember one concept that stated, “The more you create the more creative you become.” I have experienced this to be so true with almost everything in life. I also know that the more you “do” the better you become.
So…. the other day my friend asked me how I could have so many creative ideas for Penny Rugs. I hadn’t really thought much about it but the concept from the book just popped into my head. Do you ever wonder why some things stay in the brain and others just won’t stay in even if you’re trying?
Anyway, I told her I just started looking at life and everything in it that I do or experience and taking inspiration from all of that. Bingo! I would get ideas. I said, “The funny thing is, the more I do this the more ideas I have and they won’t stop coming now.” I laughed inside myself and was sort of amazed that my subconscious had pulled this piece of information that had apparently been stored there many years ago and applied it. The best part is, it was actually useful. I don’t know about you but my brain stores a lot of useless information.
Think about this concept and give it a try. Whether it is for creating original designs or anything else you are interested in. Good Luck!