Creative Journey

When I first started this blog page, I was learning to sew. Creating..period…gave me such a thrill. I couldn’t imagine not sewing….hence the name SewCrazi. Somewhere along that timeframe, I picked up an old sketchbook, and began to doodle. A flame was ignited in me like no other. Since then, I have filled a couple of sketchbooks. Mixed media and collage pieces have crept onto the pages. The exhilaration I feel while creating truly brings healing to my soul. Here are some of my recent journal entries. This one started off with some Distress Oxides on the page, some splatters, and then some collage. IMG_4096-1

The spiral bound journal (Canson Mixed Media) above is now full! What a feeling of excitement that is. A YouTube video of a flip is in the works…crossing my fingers. Get ready for a southern accent y’all. lol

The following notebook (Strathmore Mixed Media) was one I began using in an online class and didn’t complete. This page is one I used black gesso on to cover a page I didn’t like, then collaged over. And as you can tell by the size of it, the stabillo all pencil in black, is one of my favorites!!

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This next piece is on canvas…which is a rarity for me. I am learning that layering, is not a waste, and the backgrounds, when layered, are soooo marvelous! When I first began watching other artists, I used to wonder why they “wasted” so much material, just to cover it all up. Lesson learned. 😉

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So…in 2018, I hope to blog more and maybe, share some on YouTube. If you are interested, leave me a comment below telling me what you would like to see the most. May your 2018 be full of inspiration, creativity, love, health and happiness! Happy Holidays to you all!

 

xo

Pam

I’m a Cover Girl!!!

Nope…not that kind…this kind!…

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In April 2016, I had designed two quilts using EQ7. With no expectations at all, I submitted them to Modern Quilts Unlimited. Less than a month after that, I received an email…my Lemon Drops quilt was accepted! Then it hit me…I have absolutely no clue how to write a pattern. I had just learned to sew in August 2015. What was I thinking?! I know I can make the quilt, but…will it be good enough? Oh the self doubt and inner critic hit me hard. I put the whole project to the side for several months. My inner critic can be my worst enemy. Procrastination sets in..then I really stress because time doesn’t slow down for ya! Any who…I finally faced my fears. While piecing the quilt, I took notes for the pattern. Hmmm…I may be able to do this. As I quilted it, my inner critic kept telling me, “they will laugh at this work”….”Your lines aren’t perfectly straight”…On and on. Pushing forward, I finished it, mailed it to the editor…and I waited. I waited for the emails and/or phone calls that would tell me how horrible it was…or what I had missed….and nothing. No calls. No news is good news, right? I think it was February 2017, the editor, Laurie, called me…with good news! Not only was my quilt going to be in the magazine, it was chosen for the cover!! Over the moon ecstatic!! I couldn’t believe it! One thing I’m learning, and have to keep telling myself is to just do it! What is the worst thing that could happen? If you don’t ever try, you will live with regrets. Sometimes….a lot of the time…we all need to tell our inner critic to shut up! Maybe one day…I will learn how to do just that. 😉 Until next time…happy sewing, happy creating…never stop learning.

Pam

Watercolor LUV!!

Sewing….has taken a back burner. I absolutely love the process, and I still take time to pull my machine out occasionally. But, because house renovations are taking a bit of time, space and location is an issue. To satisfy my creative needs, I have started art journaling. This past August is when I created my first entry. Most of the time, everyday, I find time to doodle, to art, to create something in one of my journals. Yes…I have several. When I first began to journal, I watched endless YouTube videos and thought, “what in the world do they have so many journals for?” Now I am one of those. Haha. The smell of a new notebook, of a leather cover…yum! The feel of the paper, the sound of the crinkle some of them make when add watercolor to it…makes me happy. I tried adding acrylic to some of the pages, and I love it, but…the space I needed to break out the acrylics made it inconvenient. So…I tried watercolors. Holy moly, am I addicted to watercolors?! At first, it was just convenient. A travel palette with a water brush and a journal, or two (or three), made it uber easy for me to use in the recliner or at my desk at work. The more I play with them, the more I learn and the more excited about them I become. Mixing colors and working with a limited palette is one thing I am playing with now. And…painting whimsy characters and faces!! I am just addicted I tell ya! My family should be loosing weight now, cause I sure ain’t cooking as much! LOL

Here are a couple of my whimsy girls. These are in a cheap grid notebook (Miguel Rius-you can get for $9.95 at Barnes and Noble) that handles the watercolor pretty well. Part of the techniques and ideas used in these were learned from an online class I took under the instruction of Danielle Donaldson, whose work I absolutely adore. She is a wonderful instructor and I HIGHLY recommend her courses. If only I could take one of her “in person” classes!!

 

This one is of my mom at her birthday dinner this past November. ❤️ If you squint your eyes, or stand back to look at it, you can see her better. 😉

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One last one…this was a favorite of mine from December. Almost trashing this one several times, I pushed through my frustrations. It came out ok I think. 😉

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None of my work is perfect, or where I want it to be. BUT….I absolutely love the process. I love learning, discovering, and having those ah-hah moments. Until our house is finished, who knows when that will be, I will continue to art. I am positive I will fall deeper in love with watercolors and need an even bigger space by then. Sewing, I still love it! Will make time for it soon, and guess what???…..Shhhh! I have a secret!! The only hint I can give you is the word “Spring.” More info coming soon…..

Until next time,

Pam  xo

Buh Bye October!!

October was a doozie for me to say the least. I think I may have sewn one day last month on a project I have to finish this month. Other than that, Pearl stayed covered. At one time, I thought we may have to take Pearl from her resting place, pack her up and head for higher grounds. The last week of September, my town was soaked by 10 inches of rain. On Saturday, the 8th of October, hurricane Matthew came through and dumped another 15 inches!! Once the rain finally slowed up that evening, my hubby and oldest son, in very light weight attire, rushed to get some gasoline. Little did they know, the water would rise so fast. They were not able to find any open pathways into our home, and had to sleep in the office of our store. That was a huge inconvenience, but….no complaints here. Many people not far from us lost everything, some lost their lives. We were fortunate to say the least.

The surgery that I mentioned in my last post..yep, that happened. My youngest son went through sinus surgery. It took the surgeon twice as long as expected. As any mom can imagine, I was a wreck. Any who…he is fine and loves the fact that he can now breath and smell again. Allergy testing will begin for him soon.

The end of the month approached, and I looked forward to November. On the 28th, as we were getting ready to close our store, we heard a motorcycle engine rev up (as if he had clutched in) and then boom! The most horrific sound that we are too familiar with. A car pulled out in front of a 25 year old motorcyclist. My hubby and I rushed to him, as I called 911. People were already standing around him, wondering what to do..should we move him? We certainly didn’t want to hurt him anymore than he already was. The dispatcher directed us on what to do. Long story short, the young man didn’t make it. The sights, the smells, the sounds…it all haunts me. We discovered he was an only child which makes my hear ache even more so.

One word that sums up October for me would be “think.” Life is too short. The song by Meghan Trainor, “Like I’m Gonna Loose You,” is stuck on repeat. This painting came from these thoughts…

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If all of these negative events cause me to think…think before I speak…think before I act…think of how my actions and/or words will impact others…maybe something good came from October after all. Now…to put those positive thoughts into actions….

Much love ❤

Pam

Creating Much Lately?

I can’t believe two months have zoomed by since my last post!! Time stands still for no one and flies by! Prepping for another year of homeschooling, running our business, and remodeling parts of our home have really zapped my time. On top of it all, both of my sons have had doctors appointments lately and surgery was mentioned for each. Minor surgeries, but still heartbreaking and stressful for a mom. 🙁

Creating something everyday is my goal, it is my therapy. With my alarm set for 6:30, (unless the snooze is smacked) before everyone else is forced out of bed, I put coffee on to brew, and get out my sketchbooks/journals. Sewing, takes a back seat because it is such a chore to set up. Once our renovation’s are complete, I will have a permanent studio where I can sew, quilt, paint, and create my eyeballs out!! So…until I make time to sew…I will share my other creative projects with you. The two following photos were created following an online class that I am taking called Lifebook 2016. The one on the left is acrylics on canvas. My altered art journal was used for the watercolor painting on the right.

While watching a youtube video recently, a book was mentioned that I had to look into. Surprisingly, my local library happened to have it. After checking it out twice, I had to purchase a copy for myself.

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This book is fabulous! I cannot recommend it enough. If you want to learn to draw, to silence the left analytical side of your brain, this book if for you!! The methods taught in this book allowed me to create like I never thought possible. It makes me want more!! Here is one of the projects I worked on from this book. It is perfectly imperfect, and I love learning and growing.

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My passion is art. Whether it is with paint, ink, acrylics, fabric or thread, it makes my heart leap with joy. Discovering art journaling has enabled me to play without pressure from myself. It isn’t easy…but I am trying really hard to play, to have fun, to just BE!!

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A few art journals I have started. 

I hope you all have a great creative week!

xo

Pam

My First Longarm Experience

Hi guys!! I am so excited. So many emotions ran through me this past weekend. First of all a tech guy came out and serviced my longarm machine. I learned so much from him. If any of you live in NC, or surrounding states, and own a Gammill, Jerry from Threads Run Through It Quilt Shop in VA, will be of great assistance. I can’t thank the owner, Lori, enough for all her help over the phone. My experience with them surpassed my expectations.

Now for the fun stuff…I quilted my very first quilt on my longarm!!! After prepping my machine, and making sure I had some bobbins wound, I turned it on. I pulled the bobbin thread to the top…..and put my hands on the bars….and just stood there. 😳 So nervous, scared, anxious, and excited at the same time.  My very first t-shirt/onesie quilt was under the needle. That added to the stress level. I stood there for what felt like minutes, but I’m sure it was for seconds. Maybe not? lol I pressed the button on the right of my machine. There was no turning back now. HOLY COW!!! It sewed like a champ. That first row loosened my nerves up a bit. It was a total learning experience. I decided to do a meandering pattern, because it seemed the easiest. And guess what?! I had zero, ZERO thread breaks. When approaching thicker seams, I probably held my breath, and she plowed right through with now hesitation!

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The next photo is of the quilt on the frame as I was sewing.

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And…the back. I used grey and navy fabric on the back.

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It was a learning experience that caused much more stress than I ever expected. To sew through someone else’s baby clothes, knowing there is no replacement, was the worst for me. I am my own worst critic and couldn’t bare the thought of totally screwing up someone else’s memories. BUT…it’s all good. I made it. I loved it. One phrase I heard from an art teacher this week that struck a cord with me, and one that I am going to try to live by is, “It may not be perfect, but perfect is no fun anyway.”

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My next project will be to quilt this quilt top I made (blogged about in a previous post) a while back.

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I was waiting to quilt it on the longarm. Now I am puzzled as to how it needs to be quilted. If you guys have any ideas, throw them my way. Keep in mind, I am a newbie. Plus all the colors on this quilt have patterns in them. 😉

Hope you all have a fabulous week.

xoxo

Pam

Onesie/T-Shirt Quilt and Procrastination

 

Oh, the onesie quilt. Just a warning, this may be a sour puss blog. As much as I LOVE sewing/creating, the onesie quilt…Let me just say, I have procrastinated more on this project than any project ever. The fear of ruining or disappointing the owner of this quilt has caused so much stress and procrastination. Do you guys have projects that you just dread?  I began cutting and prepping all of the onesie’s and t-shirts in mid May. Piecing this quilt was finally finished in mid June.

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I first sewed the rows together and then sewed sashing strips between each.

Here is the finished quilt top:

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It came out much better than I thought. The owner loved the photo I sent to her. Now the dreaded quilting. I promise y’all I usually am not such a sour puss towards sewing. That is my zen, my therapy, but I may need therapy when this one is done! lol With quilt sandwiches mounted on my long arm, I have been determined to quilt this one on it. I decided on a meandering pattern, so I could wander around on this thing and avoid any thick seams. Haha! Here is a practice photo of a scrap piece:

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And what do ya know?! As soon as I loaded the onesie quilt, the thread keeps breaking!! I have rethreaded, used a different thread, checked the bobbin, changed the needle, played with the tension (eek!), and I have no clue what to do. I surely do not want to take this thing off, rip the basting stitches out, cry, and quilt it on my domestic machine. So…it will stay on the machine for a bit until I figure this one out. While I keep having my pity party, I will enjoy my other creative outlet, my art journaling. Here are some pics of my recent play time. 😉

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Hope you all have a fabulous week!

xo Pam