An Artistic Journey

I meet so many people who say things like “I could never do what you do! I am not artistic.” “I am not creative”. Usually with that sad tone to their voice that tells me they wanted to try but never had a comfortable opportunity. I always say “That is exactly what I thought. It just isn’t true”. Maybe it wasn’t a focus in school or you didn’t have a relative who could teach you the basics. Now you have the internet with copious options, maybe too many, and you just wouldn’t know where to begin.

My journey began when I was little. My earliest memory is finger painting. I love the bright colors and how they blended together. The simple joy of mixing, swirling, making a mess or a flower. From there I created scenes from cut paper, my favorite being the stage from a ballet I saw when I was about 4. Midsummer Night’s Dream in leftover bits of paper, boxes, paper dolls, stationary and glue. Then life got busy and the most I did was create collages of anything and everything.

I learned to knit, crochet and weave about the same time. I joined 4-H which brought me sewing, wood fiber and silk flower making, cross stitch, and other artistic opportunities. After high school I didn’t do anything with art or craft for a couple years. I think knitting popped back up first as a way to relieve the tension of college. I think I always had collage as a medium though. I love putting photos together, eventually taking up scrap-booking. Design and layout became useful as I created albums of  wedding photos for a photographer. Fast forward and here I am constructing books and playing in Art journals.

So what are 5 things you can do to get started on your creative journey?

  1. Search Pinterest, google the types of art or craft you think you are interested in trying. Art journaling is a great place to begin as you don’t need to be able to draw, you can start with recycled items and build from there.
  2.  Budget! Yes, that is the dreaded B word. Art can get expensive! If you know your limits and budget an amount for supplies it will make decisions easier. If, for example, you go with Art Journaling find inexpensive paint, maybe purchase a stencil or make your own, paintbrush and paper or an old book to get started with.
  3. Plan your time. Most of us are very busy on a daily basis. It doesn’t take a lot of time to play in your journal. If you dedicate 15 minutes here or there to the craft you choose that is enough time. If you have 2 hours on a weekend GREAT! Just as you plan life, plan time to relax and try something new.
  4. Don’t beat yourself up. As a new artist you want it to be perfect, or for the item to be finished right now. It takes more than a couple hours to knit a scarf or sweater. It takes time to get used to a new medium. It isn’t going to look like Van Gogh immediately. It takes time. Just let go and have FUN with it.
  5. Start! Don’t put it off. The longer you wait to try, the more regret you will have later on. Collage photos from a magazine, doodle your day, write a poem, pick a famous quote and paint around it; all great ways to begin!



Surfin Sunday!

Hi and welcome to my first Sufin Sunday!  I want to show you some of the wonders I have found all over the internet!

It has been below zero here this week and all I can think about are hats, blankets and warm weather gear. I was excited when I found a new post from one of my favorite bloggers, LittleMonkeysCrochet.  She has some adorable patterns on her blog and this new pattern is perfect for this time of year!  You can never have enough slouchy hats!  Find her newest Sandy Slouch here! So cute! (there is a matching cowl too!)

Since I am surfing for hats, here are 5 other hats for you to try out! Just follow the links to see what I mean.

1.  Calleigh’s Clips has a basic crochet beanie, Sunset Slouchy Hat

2.  Looking for a knitted version?  Try Penelope Rae’s Perfect Slouch Hat.  I love how chunky it is!  Perfect for beginners too.

3.  Another of my favorite bloggers is Zooty Owl. Her crocheted Roxi Slouch is gorgeous and thick! Definately needed in below zero temperatures!

4.  Feeling fancy and want to knit and crochet?  Well RAKJ Patterns has a great hat for you!  The Dana Cable hat has the band knitted and the hat crocheted. I haven’t made one yet, but it is on my list!

5.  Not a knitter or crocheter but you sew?  You want to hit up Fleece Fun and her lovely FREE hat patterns.  I quite enjoy the Rocker Trapper Hat. A wonderful unisex hat for the winter. I hope to make one soon! Be sure to look over her other fleece sewing patterns.

If you don’t already know about Mikey and his group The Crochet Crowd, you really need to check them out! The Crochet Crowd has many hat making videos on their youtube channel and free patterns on their blog page.  If you are looking for something other than a winter hat, or a style other than slouchy, check out their site! Mikey is funny and very talented. He has mostly crochet, but also knitted, loomed and woven patterns and tutorials. So many things there, it is worth a look–daily!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Surfin Sunday!  I will be back next Sunday with another edition.  Don’t want to wait till Sunday? I will have Wacky Wednesday post for you!  Or you can join me on Facebook at TinkerTailorSweaterSigh!

Welcome to Tinker, Tailor, Sweater, Sigh!

I am a lifelong crafter who knits, crochets, sews, makes jewelry and so much more. I can be consistently found with implements of creation in my hands at all hours of the day and night. Whether it is yarn, beads, needles, thread or spatchula, I am constantly cooking something up.

This year I have decided that I want to use the books, magazines, articles and online patterns I have accrued to create a project each week. I need to use the “good yarn” and the “nice beads” and my “fancy dishes” so here I am. To tinker and sigh over luscious materials and share my review of various patterns and supplies.

I will post every Friday a finished project from now till the end of December and see what I make throughout the year. My first project is for all those new to knitting, or those who want a lovely, quick, yummy item to make them sigh with warmth!

See you Friday!