Messmatz Creativity Mat for Kids & Adults Giveaway!

Love this little mat!  I wish I had them when my kiddos were small, just think of all the places they could be used;  cookie making, play dough, bead crafts, so many ways.  I would absolutely use one in my art studio.  One Winner will have their choice of an In-stock colour!  Best of all…open to US and Canada! US/Can 10/19

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CTMH – Layouts

When I am not working on the computer or painting in the studio, I love to scrapbook.  I have made cards for years, but the 12×12 layouts are fairly new for me.  That is what I love about Close To My Heart, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  They are great for beginners to get started or for the more experienced to use as a platform to expand with their own creativity.

This double layout is from the Hello Lovely kit; using the instructions to create with other CTMH papers.

With the amazing contest I won last month, included was a subscription to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  In there I found a CTMH page with this sweet layout.  There was no instructions but I figured I could make it work.  I have been wanting to do some pages for our sweet unicorn and now was the time.  Using some papers and embellishments from the contest and maybe a few things from my stash, this is how it turned out!  Not exact, but then where would creativity be?  Are you looking for inspiration for your scrapbooking or card making, drop by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and give them a thumbs up and a comment on one of their post.  I know they will appreciate it.

Happy Scrapping!

 

Saying Thank You

Some of you may know that I recently won an amazing contest.  Creative Scrapbook Magazine and forty five different sponsors, (that’s right 45!) held a nine day contest called Taste of CHA.  A creative wonderland of treasures.

The delivery company arrived with a giant box today.

It was crammed to the brim, can you have a brim on a box, very full!

As I stared to pull treasures out I laid them on my ironing board;

then around my sewing machine; then on top of my printer; 

then moved over to my desk and finally piled the last on my chair and sewing stool.

It is overwhelming.  The generosity of the sponsors and the hard work that it took for Creative Scrapbook Magazine  to pull together and organize the giveaway.  If you choose, it would be wonderful to have you all to drop by Creative Scrapbook Magazine  and give their page a thumbs up.  Tell them you are looking forward to entering TASTE of CHA next year.

I know I can’t wait to get playing with all the goodies!

Quick Sew Headband – My picture!

In my little post about A Quick Sew Headband it was pointed out that I did not post any pictures of the finished product.  So I had my sweet handyman take one.

This is with my new wrap apron to keep my clothes paint free too and my quick sew headband.  I was doing the whole “inside out” thing with my serger.  I loved my little headband and I’m sure it will be useful with so many projects, like gardening 🙂  What do you think of the final outcome?

Quick Sew Headband

 

Renew a Favourite Shirt

We have heard about recycling, reducing waste and re-purposing items; and one way of helping is to renew your old clothing.  Back in the day it used to be called “mending”.  

My mom taught me this little trick for prolonging wear time out of an older shirt.  Cut off the sleeves and turn the collars.  Mysweet Handy Man loves his old shirts, ones that really have seen better days; but I thought perhaps I can try this out and save his favourite shirts.

Back or Under Collar

 

As you can see, the top of the collar is pretty worn and frayed while the bottom looks new.

The first thing to do is to carefully remove the stitches.  I used a small ripper.  Slip it between the collar and the band and gently start to pick or slice the stitching.   I only opened the seam as much as I had to, to remove the collar.

Once the collar is completely separate, iron it to straighten the seam area.  Fold the band and pin the center to mark it.  Do the same with the collar.

Mark the Middle

Using the pins as markers, pin the collar back into the band making sure you turn it around so the bottom is now the top of the collar.  Stitch closed with a narrow seam.  Give it one more ironing to fold in the right direction.

Now the shirt looks new again, as long as no one peeks underneath 🙂

Do you renew your clothing?  What have you done to reduce clothing waste?

Quick Sew Headband

When I get involved in creating, I don’t worry about where paint is going.  The fact is, I should!  My clothes, my hair, my face, pretty much everywhere.  As an artist, or painter, can you relate?  While this isn’t too bad for watercolor: acrylics and oils are something that you don’t want to get covered in.

Paint on fingers and glasses

Here is a sweet headband that looks amazing and is a practical tool.   It’s perfect for long or short hair.  It holds your hair back or ties it up so it doesn’t get in your face, and it will protect your hair from any stray paint that is flying around.  It looks pretty cute too!

Material and Tools

For a Rosie The Riveter headband you will need 2 long strips of material 7 cms (3″) wide and long enough to wrap around your head with an additional 7 cms (3″) on either side to tie the bow with later.

You can make this two different ways.  One with fibrefill for a chic and lux look or, for something more sleek and lightweight, skip the fill;  This tutorial will include the fibrefill so just leave it out if you don’t want it.

Tools:

Fabric scissors, thread, a knitting needle, an iron, pins and a sewing machine. If you haven’t got a trustworthy sewing machine, then look at something like this review here to help you decide on what to purchase.  A good sewing machine is invaluable.  You can take hours off projects like this if you use a machine rather than hand stitching all your crafts.

Step One:

Place the two long strips back to back with the patterned side facing each other (right sides together). Then sew a 1/4″ seam around the sides and at one end leaving one end open.

Step Two:

Turn the fabric inside out, so the pattern is showing.  Press the fabric.  Cut a piece of batting  a few millimeters (1/4″) smaller than the width of the band.

Step Three:

Using a long knitting needle, push the batting into the headband, making sure it reaches to the bottom seam and lies flat. Iron again to make sure all fabric is flat and straight.

Step Four:

Tuck remaining edges under by 1/4″ and sew shut with your trusty machine.

With your headband on, it should both keep your hair out of your face and protect your hair from any stray paint while you are being creative. Also because of the batting when you tie a knot in the headband, the ends with stick out and look like a decorative bow.

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Expressing Your Creativity

It doesn’t matter what age you are, exploring and expressing your creativity is good for the soul. Best of all, it doesn’t matter how you do it. You might enjoy arts or crafts. Perhaps you have a musical instrument you pick up from time to time. Are you a secret cake baker, or perhaps a wannabe photographer? It doesn’t matter whether you think you’re any good at it or not. It’s about relaxing, expressing, enjoying, and creating.

Some of the most creative people in the world have mundane nine to five jobs. Perhaps their creativity is just bursting to get out. And those that get to work in creative roles probably love their jobs more than most. It’s part of who we are as humans. We need to express ourselves through art, music, and other activities. How long has it been since you spent any time doing your favorite hobby? Why not make this weekend the start of a lifelong interest that you’ll prioritize some time for each week. After all, there are plenty of studies to show that we need these creative outlets for good health!

Sketching and Painting

Working on a new design

Some people knit, others sew. Either hobby is very creative, even if you’re following patterns or instructions. You’re making something and sometimes even designing something. There is something tangible to show for your efforts, and when it’s finished, it’s a job well done. That sense of satisfaction that you get is really good for the soul. If you haven’t dusted off your machine for a while, don’t panic. There are plenty of sewing machine parts still available to get you going at full speed again. Start with something small like a scarf. Then explore more intricate ideas.

Sketching, drawing, coloring, and painting are so therapeutic. They relax the mind by focusing it on the small details. Best of all, there are so many different styles, you can experiment to find your preferences. If you haven’t had a chance to draw for a while, take an hour this weekend to sit down with a sketch pad. You can free-draw. This is when the mind relaxes completely, and your hand just wanders the pencil across the page until something forms. Or maybe you have a subject in mind. Give it a go.

Almost Done

Almost Done

Before you throw out the trash or pile up the recycling, reclaim a few bits of cardboard or containers. Sculpting with trash is cost-free and freeing for your creative soul. You don’t mind your creative projects not working out when you’re manipulating trash instead of clay, art card, or metal. Build something, shape it, nurture it, and express your feelings within it. If you’re not planning on keeping it, be sure to take a photo for a social media pinboard. Keeping a record of your creative activities can be very rewarding.

Finding the time is never difficult when you commit to taking it. Let loose, go wild, and be free to express whatever it is you feel with your arts. Then make it a hobby you can commit to forever.

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming at Skimmerhorn Studio.  These glass ornaments will be going to a gallery in Okotoks, AB in time for their Spirit of Christmas show.

 

 

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