Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Victory Against the UFO Bin!

Finally!  I finishing SOMETHING!! Ok, so it only took two days, but nevertheless it is a small victory in the war against my UFO bin.

Crocheted Stash Bag - pattern is by Purl Soho, yarn is Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Solids
Ok, I'll back up.  For those of you who do not knit or crochet, UFO is short for unfinished object.  Often fiber crafters, like myself, get all fired up and want to to make everything new and fun they find online.  Ravelry is good like that.  It provides us scores of lovely patterns to choose from and often they are just a click or two away from arriving in our hot little hands or email inbox.  More patterns are more better I say!

So, you can see how easy it is to fall into the habit of starting something and then finding something even cooler to start a few days later.  Sunday I finally scored a victory against my pile of UFOs.   It always helps when the project is quick and easy... only 12 more UFOs to go!  Sigh....

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Creative Crossroads

In mid-July I took a really fun art journal class at my LSS (local stamp store) Ink About It.  I take quite a few art classes throughout the year to learn new techniques and hopefully find inspiration to be creative at home as well as during my classes.  All too often when I attempt to let my creative juices flow at home, they seem to fail me.  I get all excited, pull out a whole bunch of fun paper, stamps and ways to add color and then... nothing. I'm stumped.  All the possibilities for materials and layouts are totally overwhelming.  I can't even think of where to begin.  After my most recent class, I have found a solution.

Music art journal page
My first completed art journal page - Music
The class I took was Art Journal Pages with Nancy Lefko, a mixed media artist who currently lives in New Hampshire.  She offers both online as well as in person art classes and her teaching style is fantastic!  She walked us through the process of creating these journal pages layer by layer and gave us plenty of time in between each section to play with the materials as we went along. There was no need to rush; I just played with the different techniques and created.  The whole process was very satisfying.

Nature art journal page
The second page - Nature
While I left the class without any of my three pages technically "finished", I still felt really good about them.  What's even more telling is that I went home and the next day I worked on the pages some more... Bwah?!?!?  Yes, I kept creating!  I happened to have the day off and probably spent a couple hours finishing up the details of the Music page and then attacked the Nature page with gusto. 

Inspire art journal page
The third page - Inspire
It didn't stop there.  This Friday I spent the day crafting with my mom and we made three  background pages together.   After she left I completed the Inspire page that afternoon.  I'm so happy that starting this journal has allowed me to be creative at home and use all the awesome art materials I already have on hand.  As an added bonus I have been using a lot of my own photography for the collage element of the pages.  It makes the pages so much more personal.  Each one reminds me of somewhere I've been or an experience I have had.  So, by using my own photos I'm telling eve more of my story than by just using words alone.  Wicked cool!

If you are local to Westford, MA and would like to take a class with Nancy Lefko, she is teaching art journaling at Ink About It again on September 7, 2013.  Click here to see the class description.  If you are not in the area, check out her other teaching venues here.

Friday, June 7, 2013


Trickle trickle little drops
Falling thru the air

Gentle wind she makes you fickle
Descend without a care

Tell me now your part in nature
From where did you depart?

Sea or lake or stream or ocean,
Renewal is your art.
~ "Drops" written on 6/7/2013 by jjphotoftw

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Look who came crawling back....

Hi!  Remember me?  At this point probably not... let me reintroduce myself.  The name's Jo and I like knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, cycling, rubber stamping, photography, reading and all types of music.  While I haven't blogged in a long time, and who knows how much time I will find to write now, I have been and will continue to be very active on Instagram.  You can check out my feed by clicking on the widget below.  



What's keeping me busy...

I've been working on a lace shawl, or should I say NOT working on it.  It is the Vermont Shawl, which was very nicely gifted to me by a fellow knitsib.  I'm doing the last three pattern repeats now, but they are very long and intricate, so who knows when this will be done. 

Vermont Shawl Pattern Link:

I was able to take a nice bike ride today.  I'm trying to be more active and am fortunate enough to have a lovely rail trail not too far from home.  I can just ride down a short hill to it, it's great!  I did almost 9 miles today, which is pretty good for my first ride on it in a few weeks.  Hoping I can do the whole thing later on this week if the weather holds.

Well, that's about it for now.  I know my life is completely riveting and you obviously can't get through the day without hearing about mine... so I'll try not to wait too long to post again :-)

Behave yourselves...