Friday, February 27, 2009

Creative Girlfriend Weekend Get-Away

This weekend I am going to upstate PA with my creative girlfriends. Needless to say I’ve been looking forward to this for some time. I belong to a group we lovingly call “Creative Friends”. We get together monthly with a creative project and it’s all about the challenge of stepping outside our own creative boxes, the sharing, and the friendship.

There are 9 of us in the group and we each take turns each month both in an evening of hosting the group, and having the responsibility of providing “the object” to craft – the object could be anything – a sea shell, a piece of ribbon, a gum wrapper, fabric swatches, you name it (and yes we have done all of those items)!!! We have a month to create our project ready to bring back to present at the next get together.

It is absolutely amazing to see some of the ideas and creations we come up with. Learning about the inspiration and process which guided us each through our own creative experience with the object is so inspiring, and it is such fun to unwind with some good food, drink and a few laughs.

This weekend, our first weekend get-away, will be a weekend full of creative energy coupled with good food and drinks. Wish you could all come too!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My First Design

If you read “about me” you noticed that my primary craft is rug hooking (as you could probably tell by my banner too). I’ve been hooking a little over 10 years and designing my own rugs for most of that time. My Lolli-Pop Flower Basket was my first attempt at designing my own rug and I thought I’d share it with you. My style has evolved from the traditional style of rug hooking into more of a light-hearted balance of color, texture and whimsy. My inspiration comes from many sources - art, other textiles, cards, nature, etc., and from other talented friends. Each piece is an original, each piece is unique, and each piece is special to me.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It's Official - I'm Here!

Welcome to my blog. I never thought I’d work up the courage to join the blogging-world and I must give credit where credit is due – I owe it all to my dear friend Lorelei Eurto.

Lori has been such a mentor to me, encouraging and supporting me in showcasing my rug hooking and creative spirit on the web. Lori has held my hand through my baby steps into the cyber world from my first panicked attempts at opening a shop on Etsy to getting me set with my blog - she has been my mentor and friend. Words can not adequately express how grateful I am to her. THANK YOU Lori!

I also want to express thanks to Marie Patterson who has also encouraged me to start blogging and to Karen Gilbert who was my first buyer on Etsy. Thank you ladies! What a wonderful creative world we live in to connect our kindred spirits and share our creative passions.