I don't travel super often, but I enjoy exploring new places and cultures. From my travels I've found that people resonate with and bond over art, even if there is a language barrier. On a mission trip to Nicaragua, I gathered a small crowd by doing portraits. (Pen or marker sketches). For the past few … Continue reading Art Abroad!
Thus far in the process, I've mentioned beading for this dress in a mostly off-handed way. Like "Ah, yes, that will happen." I thought it was as simple as "That, but just add some beads..." Honestly, this has been one of the most challenging aspects of design and execution. Here were some of my decisions and … Continue reading Beading Woes and Odes
I'm a math nerd. LOVE it. In High School I was on the math team, meaning I took math tests outside of school. For fun. Knitting has so much math behind it. To just make something it is mostly counting; but to design or adjust fit of a garment... so much math. Mostly geometry, a … Continue reading The Math Behind the Dress
I cast on the first stitches of my wedding dress today. I want to let that sink in for a moment. Whew! As I start this endeavor, I have no idea how much, or how little time I will have to work on it. With that in mind, it's important to have stopping points that … Continue reading Approach + Stopping Points
I have always loved to dye Easter eggs. I'm sure you've seen the little dye kits that come with dye tablets, a little wire egg "dipper", a white crayon, and some stickers. I went all out with those. I mixed the colors, specialized in rainbow eggs. I was never happy with the results from the … Continue reading Not Your Child’s Easter Egg Dying
I have an amazing dress. It fits me in a flattering way when I gained 15 lbs and lost 15 lbs from where I am at right now (30 lb range at LEAST). It is modest yet flattering, hides my flaws. I always feel fantastic when I put on this dress. I put it on every … Continue reading Pattern Drafting
As I day dreamt about my dress, I would ear mark patterns or start pinning things on pinterest. You may remember, I'm not super in to weddings, so thinking about a dress is as much girly future planning as it gets for me. My secret "wedding" board has been like 2 pins for years. Since … Continue reading Dress Design
I love hand made cards. I feel the paper, heavier than the shiny printed card stock of a printed greeting card. It evokes all the feelings I want to express with a card beyond the words on it; I thought about you, this is intentional, I care. I also love that they are little works … Continue reading A Foray into Card Making
I was sitting in a waiting room this week, working on a knitting project and conveniently wearing at least 2 items I'd made myself. It sparked conversation and I got the question I get every once in a while. After "Did you make that?"is sometimes "Do you ever sell your work?" I love artists, artisans, … Continue reading Would you sell that?
This fall I embarked on a goal to write a 50,000 novel. The end result: I wrote 9000 words. I got sick, I lost motivation, I switched tenses, I started to edit instead of write... It was great! I actually mean that sincerely. I started something that I want to see through to the end. I … Continue reading Novel Update; What happened?