Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Witches Stitches - Spring Cleaning - Mind Body and Soul

I find that when I am at my most creative my mind, body and soul are all sync. With Spring almost here, (I know the calendar says it is, but until I can wear sandals all the time, it is not officially here for me),  I like to do some spring cleaning. Not only do I do the entire studio clean up and out, I also do a mind, body and soul clean up and out. Everything I create comes not only from my mind, but also my soul. Art is just like that.

If you have never done, (or it has been a while), a cleaning out of your soul I am putting forth a challenge. No, don’t worry, It does not involve any yoga or anything like that. I wear yoga pants while working, but I can assure they have never seen a yoga class. I am going to put a link to a pintrest board I put together for this. It is all inspirational sayings. Pick one every day, can be the same one if need be and live it for that day.  Do this for a week and you will see a difference. A month and it becomes a habit and you are doing it without even trying. It just happens. I have added all different ones for different situations. Only you know what needs to be done in your life to make your true creative-self shine through. The one thing you do have to do is to be honest with yourself. It is just you talking to you, a very safe place.

Here is the link

In case you need a good laugh while you are cleaning, here is a board I made with some funny stuff

I have several things I live my life by and it seems to keep my soul uncluttered. First there is the…”Do un to others” rule. That is a must and then there is this one. It hangs in my kitchen.  It is a take-off from a quote from Mark Twain. I hope you to live it too. The first half of the ride has been great and I am looking forward to the second. Here is a picture of it:
Next week I will post some natural easy cleaning items you can make to clean out your studio or work space. A good clean always gets the creative juices going and if you are like me you will find a whole world of things you forgot you had. Thanks for reading and have a great week. Faith
Look at all these adorable spring primitive handmade items!! Aren't they just too cute!? To get a closer look at all these items you can click here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: EASTER BUNNY AND LIFE

I got this out of a paper I was reading the other day….yes…..can you believe it..... some of us still read a paper newspaper! I thought it would be appropriate for the holiday this weekend.


       Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

    Everyone needs a  friend who is all ears

       There is no such thing as too much candy

    All work and no play can make you a basket case

        A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention

      Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day

     Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits

        Some body parts should just be floppy
       Good things come in small packages

     The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket

       An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare

         To show your true colors you have to come out of your shell.

Keep your paws off other peoples jelly beans

I thought this was cute. I especially like the one about all work and no play……I can relate to that and becoming a basket case. J

So wishing all of you a very 

Colleen :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: A Vintage Easter

 Set a perfect table this Easter using the original up-cycle: vintage goods! Floral plates, vintage silver, and playful decorations sweeten every celebration .  Shop these Etsy stores, or shop local antique boutiques, to add whimsy to your spring festivities.

The charm of vintage decorations is undeniable and sparks the imagination of young and old alike!  This wee rabbit, dressed in her paper finery, is available at IndustrialBlonde.
Easter is the perfect time to bring the spring dishes out of hibernation.  Say farewell to winter with these antique Dresden plates available at aquamarinedream.

Add Easter hues to the table with these aqua flower shaped doilies from katrinshinesupplies. Splashes of colorful crochet look well-placed under clear glass serving bowls.  This Etsy artist hand-dyes vintage doilies to restore their handmade magic.

This bronze bunny is not vintage but is destined to be a treasured heirloom! Scott Nelles hand crafted this wee hare perfect for keeping watch at the dessert table. He is so tiny, no one will notice if he nibbles a little.  Visit this artist's Etsy shop and be prepared to be amazed!
Vintage paper eggs can be reused year after year to hide sweet treats! Grab this playful set at EastLemon and let the egg hunt begin!

To shop more fabulous Easter vintage goods search vintage rabbit on Etsy.

Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck