The new issue of Stuffed is coming out in Feburary!!!

ImageThere are so many reasons to look forward to February. First, on the 9th, is the return of my favorite TV show of all time, The Walking Dead! Ohhhh I can’t wait to find out what happened to everyone!

Then, There is Valentines day. My husband I don’t really do anything anymore. However, I love to help the kids pick out there Valentines Day cards and this year will be my daughters 1st School Valentines Day. Last year she was so sad that her brothers came home from school with boxes of treasures but this year she will get her own box and I am so excited for her.

Then, sometime in February, I will start called Barnes and Noble on the February 1st to see if they have it yet, is my favorite magazine of all time. When I first found this magazine it came out quarterly, but now it is only twice a year. That makes me rather sad, however I do get incredibly excited when its time for the new issue. It is the ONLY magazine I read cover to cover, every single page. I love seeing the unique creations and the stories that go along with them. My dream is to get one of my creations into the magazine someday. Oh I can’t wait!!! 

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Artful Blogging

Artful Blogging

I bought this wonderful and inspiring magazine at my local Barnes and Noble just a few days ago and I have read it cover to cover and loved it! Though I have hardly blogged at all this summer ( my children have held all three computers hostage during the summer) this magazine has given me a lot of inspiration and a lot of blogs to find and follow. I especially loved the very first article ” Batches of Hearts” by Vivienne McMaster and I strongly encourage everyone to read it because it touched me deeply, much more than I expected it would.

The only magazines I buy anymore are from Stampington and Company. I especially loved “Stuffed” and ” Art Doll” and though I have not bough “Prims” yet, it is definitely on my wish list.

From now on, I am a big fan of the Artful Blogger and I am really going to work on building a better blog for myself ( once my kids go back to school of course ).

Going back to what I love to make

For the last few weeks I have been working to improve my sewing skills. I have been working hard on a baby blanket that took two months and the finished product I have deemed not worthy of giving as a gift. I just can’t get the binding straight. Well, I was so frustrated by this and upset at myself that for the following days I put away all my sewing magazines and just played on my new iphone and watched TV.  I thought about all the time I had invested and for a few days, my disappointment in myself kept me down. 

Luckily, it didn’t last long. I sold another one of my creatures on Etsy, a returning customer actually that bought her second one! Also, I found my old issues of my favorite magazine that got me inspired to begin with, Stuffed, and started looking threw them again. I decided to stop trying to teach myself to quilt and go back to what I love, weird creatures. Last night I started making the first in a new collection and though I am not positive I will call them this, I have come up with the name The Trouble Keepers. They are weird creatures that each have a pocket and in that pocket you can write down you’re troubles and put them in the pocket and the Trouble Keepers can stash away you’re anger, you’re worries, you’re heartbreak or anything else you can think of. And, if you so choose, you can use a pin and stab the pocket and you’re trouble, ( that’s mostly for the angry troubles) away. Not to worry, they are tough and they can take it!

I have developed the pattern and the body of the first one and is put together, but I am choosing not to post a photo at this time until I can bring out the personality they have hidden deep within themselves. 

I have decided that even though quilting is an amazing art, perhaps it’s just not for me after all. Perhaps creating one of a kind monsters to brighten someone’s day is more my style. I don’t think I truly have the patience for large projects anyway. So, I am going back to what I love, weird things!