Art

Look Out For This One

I’m really excited about this post because I get to talk about a family member! I really should do that more often.

Anyways, my cousin Hanah is an incredible person, a breath-taking beauty and a stunning actress. Last year she graduated from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and right now is studying at the Chicago college of Performing Arts and majoring in Musical Theatre. If I can make it through this little blurb about her without crying, it will be a miracle because I’m just so darn proud of her! She’s been in countless plays and shows since she was I believe in elementary school (or maybe middle, I can’t remember) and I think people quickly started to see the talent that was boiling inside. The first time I had that feeling that I would be seeing her on Broadway someday was when she played a major role in Seussical the Musical. I was looking forward to this play because I knew she had a singing part, and I had never heard her sing before. Well… I was floored.

I’ve enjoyed watching her first year of college go by via Facebook and Instagram, and one of her classes is especially fun. She gets to put makeup on for a class! So jealous. Some of her creations are stunning, and I wanted to share them with you. Check it out!

Current Projects.

Now that my craft room is a place where I enjoy sitting and making stuff, I’ve been working on some new projects. I’ve been branching out of just the hair/wedding pieces and trying to come up with some other goodies. I’ve gotten requests for things that little boys can use, accessories for men, and a bunch of other stuff.

Elephant Painting

This is a painting I’ve been working on for my sister as a house warming gift. She just moved into a new apartment with her best friend Kelsey. Kaitlyn loves elephants, so I figured I would use that as the theme for the package I put together. I thought about just leaving the painting like that, but I would really like to add some words into the silhouette part. Something really encouraging and motivational without being cheesy. Any suggestions?

hairband

Here’s a wedding piece I’ve been working on. Again, it seems finished but I feel like something else needs to be added to it. I really love the dark coin in the middle of the flower. But there’s just something missing.

fabric wipe holder

So here’s something I thought about doing as a way to tap into the baby boy/girl scene. Up-cycling used wipe holders and covering them with fabric. Maybe even adding custom stitching for names or initials.

There’s some other things I’ve been working on like boys/men’s bracelets and up-cycling old t-shirts into tank tops with meaningful designs. What do you think I should do? What are the projects you are working on right now?

My Creative Space.

Our house is pretty old, and with that comes many interesting repairs. In fact the list almost seems unending.

But I really do appreciate my house for one big reason: SPACE.

We have lots of space, and there are only three of us. Daniel has the privilege of having his recording studio in the once garage turned den.

I get to have my craft room which is an open area (that was once a bedroom) next to the dining room and kitchen. That still leaves a living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

I am so glad I get to have my own space to create and kind of get away from the rest of the house and it’s constant demands. Here’s my trouble though (which you will see in the following pictures)…. I am having a hard time with organization. The space isn’t huge and I’m just not sure how to utilize it to it’s full potential.

work deskThis is my work table, where all the creativity happens. As you can see, I’m not the cleanest gal on the block which tends to really overwhelm me and makes my space feel repulsive. All of those boxes underneath the table are full of different fabrics, yarn, scraps, tools, etc. I hate them.

peacock scarfThis is the best thing about my space: a vintage peacock scarf. It hangs above my work table and is a nice visual that keeps me focused. Once I learn how to make clothes, I want to turn this into a shirt.

picture and clutchesThat painting is very special to me. It was painted by my Great Grandma specifically for me when I was a little girl. I also am a big fan and collector of clutches, so I decided to have some displayed.

deskThis is my disaster of a desk where bills try and get paid and mail is lost forever. I really need to figure out a system of order for this thing. But the desk itself is awesome. My friend Genie gave it to me after we moved out of our apartment back in ’08. It comes with a hutch which I removed for more wall space.

wall artHere’s some wall decor (or lack of) that I have up on the wall across from my work table. The pink and yellow thing is my 2012 Goals. The painting on the left I made as an encouragement and a reminder of why I love to sing, cause sadly I forget sometimes.

creation holderThis jewelry box was Daniel’s Great Aunt Loise’s. I don’t have a third of the jewelry it would take to fully use this thing, so I decided to use it to store all of my finished hair pieces and accessories. As you can see I have run out of room.

So there you go. That’s my creative space. I am really looking for suggestions here on organization, so please feel free to chime in. Do you have a space in your home that you create in? What do you love about it? What would you change?