Be Kind To One Another (And Yourself)

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So I am walking around Tekkoshocon in Pittsburgh, the Convention Center is filled with creative and talented people. I am always amazed by the time and effort folks put into their costumes. In Artist Alley, I make sure to compliment as often as I can. These people are putting their hearts out there for others to judge. Kindness is worth it. 
I sit in panels listening to people share their passions. Here I am a bit less kind. I want to shake half these people and say, “hey, you’re the expert here. We want to hear what you have to say. Share your passion. Don’t apologize for it, rely heavily on technology (because it always breaks), and practice what you are going to say. I don’t, of course. I also don’t “correct” cosplaying panelists, who haven’t taken the time to learn fabric, sewing techniques, or ironing. And I get asked why. It is because I am direct. Direct hurts feelings. And I never want to take someone’s enjoyment out of what they are doing. It isn’t my intention, but direct isn’t always received in the manner it is intended. 

And so, when I see a dealer selling their handmade bags – their artwork has been printed on fabric – and I see their seaming needs major work, or they should have pressed, or they left the salvage on their edges, or their stitching is uneven. I say nothing. 

It was looking at some pillows today that I wanted to stitch rip, iron, and then sew again, but didn’t say anything to the vendor because that would be unkind that it occurred to me that kindness should be extended more to myself too. 

The picture above is my most complimented piece, and generally when someone likes it I mumble my thanks while thinking of all the things I see wrong with it. There’s a seam edge that is a centimeter larger than the one on the other side. I wish I had interfaced the back with – the word escapes me at the moment – padded interlining. The strap double stitching is not even enough for my liking. And I don’t really like the slider I used. 

There is no reason for that except I haven’t learned to be kind to myself consistently. I am sure I am not the only one. We are our own worst critics. 

So what I am saying long windedly and typing on a smartphone, which I hate doing is take it easy. Be good to yourself. Now that you are creative, talented, and be happy with your work. 

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Frustration

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I have to admit to some frustration. I want to show off some interesting and fun things I have made recently, but the weather and camera are not cooperating. Anyone who has been to my house knows that some weird person put it together to repel light no matter the source. Grrr… I am going to try to do something else. Maybe, I’ll have something to show later today. Or tomorrow.

In spite of frustration, have a great day.

Should I?

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Welcome to western Pennsylvania and what we like to call Second Winter. It usually comes after we’ve enjoyed a bit of warm weather and sunshine – though not a lot of that in western PA at any time of year. But it is just as the doldrums and SAD start to subside that it hits us again, burying us in snow and bitter cold for anywhere from a few days to week. I can’t drive in snow. Not being a native, and coming from the beautiful desert weather of the American Southwest, I have no idea how to drive in the snow. Nor do I really want to. So I am stuck inside until it clears a bit.

So I have time on my hands work on things and be a bit experimental. I was playing around with some leftover jump rings and ended up with a box chain. It was wiggly, as box chains are, and I thought wouldn’t that be a nice snake. Well, I also had scales left over from various projects, which got me doing some simple weaving with scales. I ended up with what I am calling a Larval Dragon. I am wondering if I should make more?

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Should I make more? Yea or nay?

It’s been awhile

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been here. I was dealing with things. Still dealing, but better. So I’ll be doing more. Creating, discovering, learning, all the things I enjoy.

Cluttered Cables No More: Make A Cable Cosy

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I like things organized. If an item doesn’t have a proper place, it gets lost, broken, or just ends up in a cluttered pile. This leads to collecting patterns that will help keep things in their proper place. On Pinterest, I found a picture for a cable cosy and decided to make a few for upcoming travel commitments. I ended up usingĀ  the tutorial as an inspiration point and creating a pattern of my own. Along with varying the pattern, I changed up the closure as I disliked the buckle. However, that doesn’t mean someone else would love it: Make It Cable Cozy.

In the end, I made quite a few of these including adapting them to hold action figures and a larger one for Barbie dolls as my youngest nieces and nephew are going on a long road trip this summer.

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