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Friday, February 26, 2010

FFF Presents the "What Would Project"

For this Fun Feature I had the pleasure of interviewing Lindsay and Matt, creators of the What Would Project. They have come up with, what I believe to be a really cool new idea to get people thinking creatively. The most interesting thing is, anyone can do this! You do not have to be an "artist" at all! EVERYONE can be creative and they have given you a chance to show off your creativity! Read our interview to find out more! Make sure you read all the way through to the bottom! You have a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card! Who could not use an extra $25 in their wallet?
Look at some of the beautiful submissions for last week's question "What would be on your bucket list?" submitted so far as you read through our interview. The rest are available on the website!

Q: What is the What Would Project?

The What Would Project is a community art project where everyday people have the opportunity to contribute there ideas based on the ‘what would’ question of the week. We encourage everyone to participate and embrace this opportunity. Being an artist is not a requirement, just be yourself and have fun!

The beauty of art is that there is no right or wrong. Everyone has a different interpretation of art which is embraced and encouraged. We provide an open canvas to all who dream, love, fear, regret and so much more. At the end of the day if you find yourself inspired then we have accomplished an amazing goal.

Q: Where did the idea come from?

The idea evolved from general conversation between the two of us. We thought it would be interesting to see how people would respond to all the different questions revolved around the ‘what would’ scenario. People respond very differently to situations that life presents and something about that is very intriguing.

The more we talked about how we could make this idea work, the more the project grew and became what it is today. Both of us are creative and artistic in our own way. We have spent many years of our life enthralled with different art forms and appreciate all of them equally. With that, the What Would Project was born.

Q: How did you get started?

The project was launched just a few weeks ago so we are still in the beginning stages. We’ve taken a multiple approach to reach out to as many people as possible. Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and online forums have been a great place for us to start getting the project out to people.

It is also important for us to make a presence in the community. We leave our postcards for strangers to find in multiple places around our hometown and take them with us when we travel.

Q: What do you hope it turns into?

The most important thing to us is that the integrity of art, the project and those who contribute to it is not compromised. We’d like to instill a rejuvenated appreciation for art of all forms. Whether a submission is from a famous artist or from a school student, it will all be appreciated the same to us and to our project.

Our vision for the future is open. We would like to be able to branch the project into other forms of media and art that can be admired by everyone. The long-term goal is to inspire others to think creatively and maybe differently than what they are used to. In a world that is ever changing, for better or for worse, art will continue to play a critical role of self-expression and we hope to play a big role in that.

Q: What else would you like to share?

Do you have a ‘what would’ question that you would like to see posted on our site? Send us your best ‘what would’ questions for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. We will review all submissions received and select a winner and have that question posted on our site. Please feel free to submit more than one!

The deadline for your entry is 3/4/10 and the winning question will be posted on 3/10/10 here on this blog and also on the What Would Project Blog . Email your question to contact@whatwouldproject.comcontact@whatwouldproject.com or leave a comment here on my blog for your chance to win!

Be creative. Be yourself. Be inspired.

The project continues at www.whatwouldproject.com

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If you are interested in submitting your masterpiece for this weeks question "What would you like to find at the end of a rainbow?"
Submissions are due by 3/9/2010 and they will be posted on 3/10/2010
This is the link to the FAQ's on the web page with the address to send in your creation! Go get creative!

Thank you Lindsay and Matt!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fun Feature Friday Presents Trendie Treasures and a LadyBug Bow Tutorial

For my very first Fun Feature Friday, I interviewed Remma Matai. She is the mama behind Trendie Treasures, and WOW is she talented! Her designs are fun, bright and beautiful! The fabrics in her designs just scream happy! This is my favorite item in her shop:

Everything in her shop is fabulous, and picking just one item is very difficult! Along with children's clothing, Reema makes gorgeous drapes. This is what she says about the fabric she chose for them: "For my new drapery panels, I’ve used 100% linen with velvet print because I love the look and texture and I appreciate how linen softens and wears over time. Also, flax (the plant which becomes linen) requires fewer pesticides and fertilizers than many other crops." Go and see for yourself! They are LOVELY! Here is her shop. 
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the interview for a LadyBug Bow Tutorial!

Here is what Reema had to say:

I grew up with fabrics all around me in my mom’s boutique. Now, I’m mother of two kids, love to design kids clothing. This is what I always wanted to do.. have my own line of handcrafted clothing, accessories and all beautiful things I can imagine…Thanks to Etsy, I’ve been able to make it happen.

When I’m not working, I’m usually enjoying with kids, love the outdoors, playing tennis, swimming, sledding, hiking or biking. In summer, we love to go to beaches, parks and farms for day trips. Winters, we go skating, skiing or bowling. 
 My inspiration;

I like designs to capture different moments of life, often inspired by kids themselves and their lively nature, leaving a bit of space for the quality fabric to be admired. 

My Etsy shop http://trendietreasures.etsy.com offers handcrafted children’s clothing and drapes/curtains designed with simplicity and creativity. All children’s clothing is designed for comfort, style and a some fun.
For my new drapery panels, I love the look and texture of linen with velvet print. Also, flax (the plant which becomes linen) requires fewer pesticides and fertilizers than many other crops.

My favorite item from my shop The Ruffled Pink Polka Dots Dress

I’m a member of Etsy Kids Team and Etsy Treasury Team.

Reema was kind enough to share this great tutorial with you! Please leave a comment here for her telling her thanks, and maybe let her know what your favorite item from her shop is!

LadyBug Bow

Making Little Bug Bows as seen in my shop listing

SUPPLIES: The supplies needed – scissors, needle & thread,
lighter, ribbon, glue, etc.

A. How to make antennas –
1. Using 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon cut your ribbon to the size ONE INCH cut. Notice that on each side of the ribbon there is a “woven” type edge – where it’s a little thicker than the middle part of the ribbon.
2. Using sharp scissors, cut both “edges” off. You can just throw the middle part of the ribbon away – you won’t need it.
4. Hold one end of the antenna with the alligator clip or tweezers. Using your lighter, quickly brush it along the cut edge of the ribbon – sealing it.
PRACTICE THIS over and over until you get it. It shouldn’t take too long.
5. To get a CURVED antenna – just concentrate the lighter’s heat in one spot. The ribbon will naturally curve. PRACTICE this as well.
6. Now repeat with Antenna # 2 and you have a set.

B.MAKING the Ladybug Bows---
1.Using 3/8” Red with Black Swiss Dots - Cut your first piece of ribbon to FOUR inches.
2. Now take one edge of the ribbon and either hold it down on a flat surface – or you can hold it in your hand -- whichever is easiest for you. Take the OTHER end of the ribbon and bring it around – both edges will be flush with each other. Both edges should overlay on the same side of the ribbon to make a loop.
3. Either GLUE or SEW the two edges together. I prefer to SEW the edges because it’s not as bulky as gluing. Plus, I think it holds together better.
4. Now take your second piece of ribbon and cut it to THREE inches. Seal both ends. Repeat STEPS 2 through 4 with this piece of ribbon.
5. Now you have two loops. Turn them over.
6. Place the smaller loop inside of the bigger loop. You can either have the pointed tips FLUSH with each other – or have the smaller loop slightly higher. GLUE or SEW these two loops together.
7. After the two pieces are put together (sewn or glued), then turn the body back over.
8. Cut a piece of black ribbon to approximately ONE inch. Seal the edges.
9. Now place a dab of glue at the tip of the bug body – do not use too much.
Place the black piece of ribbon over the tip of the bug body. Try to make it as even and straight as possible.
10. Turn the bug body over and place another dab of glue at the point. You can put a little glue on the black ribbon as well – just not too much.
11. Now fold both edges of the black ribbon down and press firmly. Turn the bug body back over.
12. Now you will need your antennas, your bug body, and a lined clip – I use a double-prong alligator clip, but you can use whatever kind of clip you want.
13. Place a dab of glue about a quarter inch or so from the top of the alligator clip. Remember not to use too much glue. Now carefully place your antennas onto the glue and position them at your desired angles.
14. Place another dab of glue over the antennas and slightly down the alligator clip – about a half inch.
15. Place your bug body onto the clip and press firmly to secure.


Here is how to stay in touch with Trendie Treasures:
Etsy Shop

 Thank you Reema! :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fun Feature Friday!

Starting next week on Friday, I will be running a feature on a new business, crafter, artist,  sewer, jewelry maker, etc. each week! I will interview them so you can learn about the face behind the scene. You can hear all about  what they do and why! Sometimes there will be giveaways, tutorials, recipes, or discount codes for their shops :)

YAY! It is going to be really fun, so please make sure you stop by every week to meet our new feature! And maybe learn something new, or have a chance to win something really cool!

If you would like to be featured, send me an email! I would love to hear from you!
This is my random photo of the week. This is my son and daughter having fun in our 3+ feet of snow!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blizzard of 2010

We definitely got some snow this weekend! And now we are trying to dig our way out. But we did take a brake for some fun! I dressed the kids up warmly and we went out to sled!! It was so much fun, and they looked so cute all bundled up. The snow is very deep s it makes for some great sledding! Not so great shoveling, but you gotta take the good with the bad. And I got a GREAT workout shoveling, so I guess I shouldn't complain :) Besides, I read somewhere you burn somewhere around 400 calories an hour shoveling snow. MMMM, maybe I will make Chocolate Chip Cookies later to celebrate!Anyway, here are some pictures of the kids having a blast in the snow!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The DIY Dish

Just when we thought it couldn't get any better than You Can Make This, SWAK Embroidery, and
You Can Quilt This, Kim and Kris, or Kris and Kim bring us this totally awesome Online show ! The DIY Dish will show us how to do all kinds of crafts! It is going to be GREAT! I am a visual learner so I just know that this is going to be incredible.  My girls also LOVE to do all kinds of crafts and now I can bring them to The DIY Dish and we can learn how to make things together! Rainy days won't stand a chance!

Plus, and this is SO great, they are giving away not 1 but 2 Janome sewing machines! Go here to the new "The DIY Dish" site to find out how to get your chance to win one of these babies!! The models are the Janome DC 4030, and the Janome 350e Embroidery Machine.

I have always wanted an embroidery machine! I just dream of how much  adorableness I could add to some of my creations :)
Hey, a girl can dream, can't she? SO, as you can see I am all about this giveaway, and I want you to have a chance too, so head on over here and get yourself entered! Good luck :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Easter Dress

This has got to be one of my favorite dresses! I LOVE the way it turned out!! It took me forever to make it. These ruffle dresses are a killer. I think it was around 10 hours all said and done, but WOW! The colors are fabulous. Bright and happy!

Unfortunately Punxsutawny Phil says winter will go on, but I am optimistic :)
Wouldn't it be lovely if it was actually warm by Easter? Well, I know in some places it will be, but here it is anyone's guess.

Anyway, just want to share the gorgeous colors of this dress. I hope that the mommy I made it for loves it on her little girl!
Thanks for taking a peek!

How Beautiful!

We woke up to a breathtaking view this morning! SNOW!!!! Again! YAY! The kids are super excited because school is canceled for today, so they get to lounge around the house, and maybe go out and play later :)

 Here are my lazies relaxing in the family room. Aren't they cute?? They probably won't be happy that I posted this candid photo right after they woke up. Well, except the smiley one ;)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hot off the sewing table...

I LOVE when I finish a project. I feel so great, like I just did something wonderful! Well, making something pretty IS wonderful!

I enjoy the whole process of sewing (well, the cutting isn't really my favorite but I do it). It is very relaxing (usually, that is unless I sew something backwards or upside down. That is NOT relaxing). It is really neat to see a small cut piece of fabric turn into something.  Something useful, and pretty!

So, that is what I have been doing. Taking small pieces of cut fabric and turning them into these beutiful creations: