Planning & Dreaming & Learning, Oh My!

Lately, I have been focusing on planning and product design and have not done very much making. I enjoy all of the facets of the creative process and embrace the importance of each; but the hands on actual making is my favorite part and I think I may be going through withdrawals. (Maybe I should break out some craft supplies this afternoon and scratch the itch a little.)

Currently,  my inspiration is coming from mid-century modern design and nature. Weird combination, right? I love the clean lines, vivid colors and graphic designs of mid-century modern but I also love the textures, shapes and ruggedness of the great outdoors. (My idea of the perfect vacation would be a camping trip in a vintage Airstream travel trailer) So while my current interests seem to be somewhat at odds with each other, I’m determined to find a way to marry the two. I’ll keep you posted on the success and/or failure of this endeavor.

I’ve also been practicing my pyrography and wood carving skills. It’s challenging and a bit frustrating to produce items that aren’t what I consider beautiful. I am not what you would call a patient learner, but I’m improving so I just need to stick with it. Eventually, I will like what I am producing…I hope!

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Mid-century modern, oh how I love you!

That’s a quick and pretty unexciting update of what I’m working on right now. I hope to have some actual projects to show you soon.

What have all my creative friends been up to lately? What’s inspiring you right now?

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New Toys For Christmas

Now that the hubbub of the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to get back in the swing of things and start writing and creating on the regular again. I haven’t done much writing, but I have been creating because Santa (my hubby) was really good to me this year. I got new tools! I know that some girls would think tools are a terrible gift, but I couldn’t be happier.

The two most exciting items are a set of wood carving knives and my wood burning pen.

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I have been wanting to experiment with these two mediums for a while, so I’m super pumped to finally have the opportunity. I haven’t done much yet, just a little playing around with some of my own designs and very basic techniques, but I’m looking forward to learning and growing this new skill set.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. I also have some other projects in the works that I’m pretty excited about and I can’t wait to share them with you as well.

Keep creating!