Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fast is Fine Too


Hello!  I hope you are enjoying a lovely January.  It has been crazy chaotic as usual for me.  I have decided one of the things I am really going to work on this year is finding an hour here and there to complete a quick project.  I am always happy to tinker on things, even when I only have 15 minutes to do so.  This year though I am also going to look for ways to complete projects in an hour or so.  Working a full time job, a part time job, developing my classes, taking care of a family and hoping to go back to school leave me with little free time.  In the past I have done bits and pieces of projects (and will continue to do so) but since I am kind of anal about having my projects look just right, I haven't given myself permission to do things in a quick way.  Don't get me wrong, I am all for other people doing so, I just have a hard time giving myself permission to do so.  So I am digging into my stash of fabric, scrappy, and crafty supplies and creating things that make me happy, even if there isn't a lot of detail or time in each one.  This weekend I stitched together a Valentine's Day wall hanging.  Normally I wouldn't dream of doing this without quilting it, putting a binding on it, making sure everything is exactly square, etc... but I do not have time for that right now, and I have been holding onto this fabric panel for about 5 years.  Enough I say!  Just stitch the dang thing together and be done with it. It looks lovely hanging in my hallway, even though it isn't quilted, and it has no binding. Instead I used some of my favorite favorite fusible fleece for a batting layer, and plain batiste fabric for the backing!  Less than one hour later it was hanging on my wall and looking absolutely fine.  So if you are like me, and have a hard time giving yourself permission to take shortcuts or to make something that is less than a 150% effort, get busy.  No worries, just make something!

Don't forget, my upcycled snowman class starts next Saturday at The Art Studio!  I'll post a link to the class as soon as it is available.  Talk about addicting, these fun little sparklie peeps are totally addicting to make.  Consider yourself warned!  :)

I wish you a joyful and creative week ~ Pam

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How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!