interwoven :: make : thread : craft : art is back!!!

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Early last year I undertook the first ‘hands-on’ course I have undertaken since probably leaving school – interwoven :: make : thread : craft : art. From the moment I signed up I was completely hooked (literally – yes, crochet was one component). Two super-dooper talented ladies – Lisa Solomon and Katrina Rodabaugh – whipped a bunch of us in the creating action.

I shocked myself by just how much I could learn, absorb and create in such short bursts of time. I attribute undertaking all the other courses I have been discussing lately to feeling the creative sense of achievement I did when I completed this course.

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It has influenced how I undertake some of my design work – yes I have hand-stitched ‘love’ into 60 invitations and hand painted 760 love hearts that were individually sewn onto cards for another invitation. Some say ‘crazy’ (well mostly my hubby) but I have loved it! My first thought with every project now is what part of this can I create by hand.

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But the sweetest part about this is these lovely ladies have decided to do it all again – yay! You should have seen the excitement from those of us that had completed the course last year – I admit I thought I might wet my pants when I saw the news – and many have signed on again (not a bad recommendation I think!).

So now I am sharing the news and even more splendid news that they are offering all my special friends a discount – simply enter the promo code SPECIALFRIENDS at the checkout for 10% off. Enjoy! (I know I will be as I have just signed up again!)

 

*I have been asked  if these posts about ‘learning’ are sponsored posts – these are not. I am simply sharing my experiences on this little journey of learning I have embarked on because they have all offered me something as a creative that may or may not appeal to you also.

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learn, learn and learn some more…

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About six months ago I developed an itch – not in a physical way but more in a creative sense.

Perhaps you are familiar with the feeling? From the outside your life is pretty much awesome but from the inside there is this ‘deep-inside-you-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on’ feeling (aka the itch). And no matter what you do or how you try to ignore it there is simply no way to scratch it.

So in an attempt to sooth the ‘itch’ I have embarked on an insanely demanding creative journey. I have completed or am in the process of completing six courses (all creative/inspiration/design/making/crafting/blogging based) and I threw in a little creative business coaching as well.

It has been an insane rollercoaster but what I have learnt has been boggling. And not one to keep a secret I want to share some of my insights with the world (well my small little blog world I love). So hold on tight (I am completing two more courses right this second) as I will be sharing some the insights I have found invaluable.

crochet crazy

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Crochet is one of my new favorite things.

Since partaking in an interwoven : make : thread: art : craft earlier this year the enthusiasm to get back to doing more things by hand has pinnacled (sadly I think as a designer it is easy to become reliant on only the computer to create things).

So I snapped myself out of  the hole I had fallen in and gosh what fun have I had!

This year has been full of projects that feature my new found hand-crafty skills including this small gift created for a very dear friends birthday.

The list for future projects is growing rapidly as is my desire to learn more techniques and incorporate them into projects. I’ll try and share as many as I can. Enjoy!