Slow-Stitching and Ponderings

Last week, I was able to get a few projects finished up, you know, the one’s you just trudge through to get done.

So, I decided to reward myself by indulging in a project that has been sitting on the shelf of procrastination for quite a while, my fabric journals.

I received this book by Mandy Pattullo, of Thread and Thrift, for Christmas. It’s so awesome! I can’t say enough about how much I love it! This book is already giving me the much needed nudge to finally get some work done in my fabric journals. (At present count I have four, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few more lurking about.)

I would love for my fabric collages to look just like Mandy’s, because that would be super awesome, but not very authentic. By following the pointers and lessons from her book, I’m already seeing great improvements in my style.

I made this cover out of some canvas fabric I had painted onto a few years ago, the collage is a definite improvement.

The fabric pages looked bright and crisp and I wanted to “age” them, so I gave the whole journal a tea bath. Now, I would highly recommend that you over dye your fabric before assembling your journal. But if you decide after the fact, like I usually do, you can always throw it into the dryer after it’s bath. (Truth be told, I have now done this to two other journals.)

The goal with these journals is to have a quiet, creative project to work on in the evenings, and to use up an abundance of sewing notions.

That tag is something I found in my mothers sewing things. She had a little coin purse with various clothing tags she had collected. I love using bits and bobs from her collectings.

I absolutely love doing beadwork. I’m almost sure my skills will improve over time.

This page is a work in progress, that embroidery was taken from a project I scuttled several years ago, waste not, want not.

I’m just trying new things here and there, like pop-up flowers. When the pins are removed, I’m thinking about sharing this with my grandson, he might like all the tactile elements.

Sometimes I struggle with the idea of “Creativity for creativity’s sake”, I don’t know why. Probably just that judgmental voice in my head from people that don’t get the idea of creating just for fun, and not profit. You know “That’s really pretty, you should sell those!” Ya, that’s the first and best way to take the fun right out of creating sometimes!

Well, if at the end of the day, my children have to struggle with whether or not they should chuck all my creations into the bin when I’m gone, that’s their hard cheese! Creativity for creativity’s sake. Yep, I like it!

Until next time,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great day,

~Patty

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

This has been an interesting week. I have offered up some great deals in my shoppe with only one sale. So, what does this mean? This means I need to reevaluate why I started a business in the first place.

Stay with me, this gets better!

So, over the last few days, while feeling sorry for myself, I did some reading and a lot of soul searching.

I had to ask myself, “Why do I even bother with my shoppe?”. Selling on social media is a pain in the neck, I hate all the hoops I have to jump through to get noticed! Don’t get me wrong, I love getting sales, but there has to be more to it than making money to keep my heart in it.

So what is my motivation?

After asking all the right questions, and finding what I hope is the answer,

It’s You!

When I thought about closing up my shoppe because my ego was a little ruffled, I thought about what I would miss the most, my connection with this community and all the wonderful people I have met through it! And I just can’t bring myself to do that.

My goals in the beginning were to inspire and provide materials for art journaling, and they still are, I just let the whole idea of what having a business “Should look like” get to my head.

Honestly, If you feel as if you can’t live without one of my journals, you know where to find them. Or, If you like looking at photos and listening to me blather on, I can help you with that too.

But, in the meantime, I just want to keep calling you my friends.

It’s that simple!

So, if you see me going off the rails on the Pity Train, please pull the emergency break and tell me to grow up!

Until next time,

Have a wonderful day,

Much Love,

~Patty

Another Batch of Postcards

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! BUT PLEASE DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM ENJOYING MY BLOG POST. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. I’LL BE SURE TO  HAVE ANOTHER ONE SOON!

My last postcard giveaway was a lot more successful than I thought it would be! As a matter of fact, because I neglected to put a stop on the offer to send one to anyone that emailed their address to me, I have fallen behind on sending them out.

And, because I can’t just make one or two at a time, I’m having another giveaway. Yay!

I want to give you plenty of time to think about it, so I wrote a super lengthy blog post. A process post for this latest batch:

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First, let’s start with the base layer. This is an experiment I did with layered painting from an online class I took. I’m not going to beat around the bush, I don’t like it! I don’t know if it’s because this is just not my style, or I just need to practice more.

It has been stuffed in my closet for a few months, and I think this is the perfect project for it. First, I adhered it onto heavy card stock…

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…then I started the layering process. My favorite tissue paper and matte medium. I always use Liquitex matte medium because it’s very smooth and doesn’t dry too fast, so the tissue paper won’t tear too easily.

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As you can see, the background is still visible, kinda.

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Next, a little doodle coloring. These pens said waterproof, but they still smeared a bit.

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But it looked pretty before it smeared.

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My new postcard making kit. This used to be my “Happy Mail” journal kit, but it sat around untouched for way too long, so I reorganized it. Instead of the envelopes labeled with the sender’s names, I organized them into categories, stickers, vintage ephemera, cards and tags, that sort of thing.

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I have kind of a loose layering system, having my stash organized works much better for me. Because the background is such riot of color, I went with neutral images, then built from there. Some of you may recognize some of the goodies you have sent to me over the years, thank you!

First, stickers, then the image, stars and hearts, the postage stamps last.

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I went over each one with tinted matte medium (I explain that here). After they’re dry, I go around some of the elements with a 9B pencil and eraser. The card at the top left is the before, the lower right the after. I love the shadows and contrast the pencil makes.

img_6806So, there they all are. The last layer is a coat of satin varnish, it seals the layers and saturates the colors a bit.

Now to the giveaway! I’m going to do this one a bit differently than my last one, I’ve made a few rules:

#1. You must follow my blog

#2. You must comment on this blog post

#3. Please email your physical address to me, the link is at the top right

(This giveaway is open internationally)

And that’s it!

I only made 8 of these, and 2 of them are promised to a couple of gals from my last giveaway (that means you Sue and Miss Iowa). So, the first 6 people that meet the above criteria will receive one of these cards, (I guess I’m assuming somebody will want one, geeze I hope so!)

If you have any questions, or if you feel as if I have left something out, please comment or email me. And if you would like to send a little postcard art to me, just email me, and I’ll send you my address 🙂

Once again,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

Let’s Chat, I’ll Put the Kettle On

I have always loved the idea that this is my little oasis of happy. I have actually felt guilty at times for not sharing more of my political, social, or faith based views. I have them, I’ve always just kept them to myself, until now…

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  I share my faith journaling quite a bit on here, but I also strongly believe in learning about, and appreciating all faiths and religions. In other words, reading the bible is very new to me, I have spent most of my life learning about many of the world’s religions, and I hope to continue to do so. I believe we have a lot to learn from one another, and having an open mind with love and acceptance is how we will begin to heal our world.

Hows that for a little homespun philosophy?

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I’m not quite sure what made me become brave enough to open up like this, maybe I felt I needed to give myself more room to share something that is very dear to my heart, mutual acceptance and respect for differences.

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So, welcome to my little world. Let’s walk this path together with love, acceptance, and an open mind.

Thank you for your time,

Have a beautiful day,

~Patty

Making Goals and Changing Names!

I hope I’m not going to be too-o-o long winded with this post, I have a lot I want to cover. There are quite a few things that have helped me set goals this year, and so far I’ve been able to keep up with them.

The first thing I would like to share is my planner.

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I shared about this planner last year, it was my personal care planner then. Well, that didn’t go down the path I was shooting for, so I re-tooled it into my Goals Planner.

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I Bought Lara Casey’s audio book “Make It Happen”, and I loved it! She has a great way of inspiring you to goal set, but has a wonderful philosophy of “Little by Little”. In other words, don’t stress, just get as much done as you can, when you can.

You can see some of the sections for the categories I’m working on this year. Honestly, these are the same as last year’s, and will probably be the same next year too.

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This is in the calendar section of my planner. I have chosen a de-clutter project for each month, until gardening begins, and I needed something different to track my progress. My husband helped me out with this idea, I feel as if this bubble chart will work a lot more organically than a calendar or a list would.

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A page from my “Goals With Grace” devotional. This devotional has really helped me discover what I needed to think and pray about for the this year’s goals. One of my goals this year is to make more videos, so I made one of a flip through of this entire devotional, you can see it here.

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This is where I journal about my progress. Now, I get it if you think this is a bit of over-kill, but this is what I did last year, and it worked for me. There is a section for each category I’m working on: Faith, Home, Family and Friends, Creative, Health and Fitness, and Shoppe. That quote card on the right is my gratitude mantra, not just for this year, but always.

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I didn’t hit the goals on all those categories last year, but I got pretty darn close. Plus, I really got something out of reading my journaling, it helped me set my goals for this year.

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My One Little Word binder. In a perfect world you wouldn’t see the adhesive under the velum, but I decided not to stress too much about it and just get it done.

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A groovy little pocket on the front cover.

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My word and its definition. I’m having fun stash bustin’ on this project too!

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On a side note, taking the time to really think about this word has brought up all kinds of thoughts and feelings related to it that I didn’t foresee. I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but I changed the name of my blog from RadishBlossoms.com to PattyRadish.com. I also changed the name of my shoppe to EclecticArtJournals. I did the same across all my social media. I am amazed at how making this small change affected me, it’s like I’m taking ownership of everything I’m putting out there. It’s a really good feeling!

Well, that just about does it with my goal setting strategy, I hope it was helpful. If you get some time, head over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest video.

See you soon,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty