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Women Who Create / Chloe & Abigail Baldwin

Welcome to the first instalment of Women Who Create Things Their Way series series 2. This year we are moving forward with the project and growing as we go. Adding new faces, skills, areas of expertise and experiences and inspiration to the fold. After a short break over the festive holiday we are back with a fantastic mix of interviewees!

Let’s kick things off with the creative duo Buttercrumble, a design and illustration company who aim to make you smile with their gorgeous playful design and super on it work ethic!

Tell us a little about your background…

We grew up in the sunny seaside town of Scarborough and have always loved art and design. Our Granddad worked as a printer in the town which meant we had a surplus supply of paper to scribble and paint on! From 2013 to 2016 we worked towards and completed a degree each in Graphic & Communication Design at The University of Leeds. We fell in love with the city and here we gained valuable experience working for marketing and PR agencies, and design studios. All of these experiences have enabled us to work on our passion – Buttercrumble!

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! It’s really important for us to plan and manage our workflow to ensure we can achieve the best possible results for our clients. We believe that great design can only be built on strong foundations.

What two things can’t you live without?

Chocolate (sweetness is our weakness) and beautifully designed visuals!

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

We take inspiration from all around us. You can’t force inspiration; you just never know when it’ll strike!

What does ‘creative’ mean to you?

To be creative, be prepared to think outside the box. Be wild or go home! It’s always easier to rein back a bonkers idea than build up a safe idea. Take these ideas and then be inventive.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

We love to collaborate with people from other disciplines as it’s interesting to see the different harmonies design can create.

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

Our diary – the most effective thing to organise our design work.

What is the best thing about running your business especially as a duo?

It allows you to reach out to clients on a more personal level. We love getting to know others and hearing their stories and how we can help them!

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Graduating together with a creative degree has been one of our proudest moments. Being the first people in our immediate family to have degrees made it a proud moment for them too.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey

It’s so important to be sisterly to one another as supporting another’s success won’t ever dampen yours. This said, don’t be afraid to shout about your own success and celebrate every tiny victory!

You can find more from Chloe and Abi over on their website or via social media x

Super+Super Creative Seasons

The idea of Super+Super Creative Seasons has evolved from my ongoing aim to do less better in life and business to allow me to share more in depth creative skills, projects and ideas with you folks AND to spend more time honing my craft as a creative/maker/designer and small biz owner. I’m excited about this new way of packaging up what I do to make it more lovely for you guys to see and share!

Over the past 5 years I have worked on some brilliant projects as a small creative business owner and also had opportunities to collaborate with like minded peers and companies to create some very special projects and workshops. Now don’t get me wrong, they don’t always go to plan, and my goodness have I learnt some lessons along the way. So I decided that this year I am going to plan my projects to fit in with the way I have come to realise I work/create and succeed the best. And that’s by looking at all my creative offerings in terms of seasons. Trying not to overload myself and leave space for things to come to me and grow naturally from what i’ve planned. Some of you may have seen my post on IG about my word of the year which this year is ‘Evolve’. Well It may sound pretty woo woo but I am going to try and embrace that this year!

So back to this creative seasons thing…

I will be running creative and crafts workshops as I always do, but this year I am going to work on really focus on skills based projects and things that have some kind of seasonal or practical relevance. Whilst re introducing more intermediate and higher level classes and courses that run over several weeks.

I want to work towards connecting people with hands on crafts and creative skills as a tool for relaxation, storytelling, overcoming social anxiety and sustainability.

It’s an exciting way for me to develop ideas and expand my own creative skills set, whilst developing in-depth / intermediate and higher level workshops which I can create along or in collaboration with other awesome peers!

I’d also love to work on some collaborative workshops & diy design based projects this year! As I mentioned on fb last week I am planning to re introduce craft diy project tutorials to the blog, eep. And I think these will follow the same kind of idea as workshops. i’d also really like to collaborate with other designer-makers here and create large scale craft based projects and events!

a group of young people sitting around a light wooden table with bright coloured soft yarns and modern weaving looms learning a new fun craft skill

I am also going to get back into creating free diy craft tutorial projects for the blog that fit in with this whole creative seasons idea. This sits really well with me and feels way less daunting than trying to publish a project once a month to fit a schedule. There’ll be more to come on the blog diy side of things… as I get some ideas down!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this, i’ve spoken to several creative peers recently who are really embracing the idea of seasonality in their creative process and desigs,. AND if you’d like to discuss a collaboration project for the revived diy tutorial section on the blog OR an in person project drop me an email to hello@supersuperhq.com

Read more about the one little word project for inspiration on finding your word for the year over on Elise Get’s Crafty podcast – episode 117 

Amy x

 

3D Christmas Star Decoration DIY

Its almost the end of Advent but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make lovely crafty decorations and get festive, find our collection of random treasured decorations and make cards, gifts and plan for the Christmas holiday! This paper craft project was taught to me by my Danish Aunt Mona when I was about 12 years old and has remained a seasonal favourite. its pretty simple but a little bit fiddly… a great project to make with friends. I’m super happy to be passing down a family favourite with you all this year!

3D Christmas Star Decoration DIY

You will need:

Paper strips from Tiger or Sostrene Grenes

Scissors

Needle + Thread

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3 – Fold back one length of strip of 4, then fold back one length of strip 3….SAMSUNG CSC

4 – Across 4, fold back 2 across 3, fold back 1 across 2, then push it under strip 4.SAMSUNG CSC

5 – Fold strip 1 over into a point.SAMSUNG CSC

6 – Next fold down into a triangle.SAMSUNG CSC

7 – Push the strip under 4, but take care! It can be difficult to get behind the strip. SAMSUNG CSC

8 – Repeat with all four arms of the ‘mill’ until they are all points.SAMSUNG CSC

9 – Turn over and repeat on the other side.SAMSUNG CSC

10 – Lift up a strip and thread the adjacent one loop around and thread under the strip you have lifted.SAMSUNG CSC

11 – Pull strip through until a start point begins to pop up! Turn your start 1/4 anti clockwise and repeat this lifting – looping – threading method to create 4 points on each side.SAMSUNG CSC

12 – Trim off the excess length of paper…
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13 – thread your needle and sew through one corner of each star.
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14 – Display in your favourite spot at home or in your studio!
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Why I Choose A Handmade Christmas

For many years I have chosen a handmade christmas in part or full. Most years I have good intentions to start creating gifts for my nearest and dearest around October but then December comes and I have to speed things up a little to catch up! I wouldn’t say panic, but my plans become a little less elaborate that’s for sure! I guess its easier for me to go on about why a handmade Christmas is such a brilliant thing because I am a maker… so it just makes sense. But for those of you who are new to the idea or less confident in your creative skills there are still a wealth of simple and lovely projects to make to get you started on your creative christmas journey. You never know by next year you might look forward to origami decorations and knitted sock making!

I thought i’d just bullet point a few of my favourite things about creating a handmade christmas in the hope that inspires you to think about even the smallest things you could do.

Thrift and consumerism Lets start here – I am OVER the bombardment of adverts and consumerist BS trying to sell us pointless, useless stuff that has been created from the latest fad trend which will be yesterdays news as soon as the January sales begin. Don’t get me wrong I love a little treat now and again, but as a creative small business owner I have gotten used to working with and supporting small business and seeing from start to finish how thoughtful and beautiful hand crafted items are created. So in short I just cannot support this crazy consumerist trend of buying for the sake of the latest must have gift. It puts so much pressure on families to earn more, spend more, work more and more. more more more. Don’t even get me started on giving gifts because you received a gift! In short I’m sure I am preaching to the converted but it just feels like this time of year can quickly become about retail rage and money stress. Lets not support that craziness, save some of our hard earned pennies and try and find small ways to stay happy, healthy and calm this holiday season! Rant over :)

Mix things up

Why not keep the cost of gifting down this year by setting yourself a small budget for those in your family you need to buy something for and thrift or make gifts for the other nearest and dearest on your list? My Mum for example is desperate for a new pair of slippers that she can take the dog out in the garden in every morning – I can’t make those so have bought her a pair, but the rest of her gift is going to be handmade. You see!

Pop into your local charity shop and see if anything exciting catches your eye. Not only are you supporting a local charity and keeping your costs down, but you literally have no idea at all what you might find! Last year I got a couple of amazing retro board games for my best friend and avid collector and said games came to £2!

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Personalise your treasure

Making a small item is a super easy way to personalise a hamper or stocking. You can add a message or paint their initial on the item making it special just for them! Buy a sweater and add patches or fun cat shaped pockets, order some blank notebooks and print with ink stamps on the front, cut out triangles in some old fabric and make a string of bunting with their favourite saying on it… there are some fun and simple things to make with a little crafty skill.

Joy/sentiment

Sentimental gifts are always a little extra special aren’t they. And they can also be super sweet and cool too! For example, do you have a stash of family photos or are you an avid IG’er? Try and sort out a few snaps and create a mini photo album for a loved one! My friend Ollie makes sure that every christmas he goes through his phone photo albums and Instagram feed choosing his top snaps from that year and prints and sends a couple in a lovely little card to all his besty’s as a reminder of the adventures we have had together. There are plenty of apps and websites where you can get photos printed cheaply in a high quality.

Connecting with like minded creative’s

If you are part of a local creative group or FB forum why not ask what everyone else is up to this year?! You can share tips and ideas with other novice crafters’ and support each other though the trials and tribulations of project making on a tight deadline! Why not organise a craft social and take your xmas gift crafting projects along! Again get advice or just spend an afternoon or evening crafting along to fun festive songs with a mulled wine in hand.

Value in time

When you hand make a gift you are investing your skill but also your time… and we all know that more often than not that is a rare treasure in itself! Choose an item that’s simple and lovely that you can take to your day job and work on in your lunch break! If you have an hour a day that’s ample time to have several yarn or paper goods finished in a week. Failing that I find that crafting along to a box set is an amazing way to manage my xmas crafting time! I have challenged myself to create one item per 1hour episode this year…. ha so far i’ve had mixed results!

Crafting on the commute… follow the same rules as above, choose a small simple item with few materials, pack all your bits into a tote bag or carrier and pop it in your bag and go.

Warning – make sure the programme you choose isn’t too scary/tense or has subtitles because this will most definitely throw you off task!

one of a kind

I can guarantee that even if you decide to choose the most pinned handmade gift project on Pinterest, no one will receive the same lovingly hand crafted item that you are about to make! Crafting has its own hand writing… each person has individual nuances that distinguish their work from someone else’s. And thats the beauty of it! So scroll that board and pick a couple of lovely projects to try.

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supporting local makers

This year I became an Etsy team leader in my home town Nottingham and have been so lucky to meet the most amazing bunch of craft and creative small business owners. So where possible I have tried to buy items from them. There are so many christmas craft fairs going on around the country so now is most definitely the time to hop on board the #buyhandmade #buylocal wagon. And if you can’t find what you are looking for at the fair or market you visit you could always try Etsy! Or just supporting the local makers you have met by sharing their store’s and websites with your friends and family. Every little helps! And with the handmade community going from strength to strength now is that time to find some cool and up and coming designer makers to support.

A great way to spend a winters evening

Back to basics… what the giving season should really be about is community, family, loved ones and feeling grateful for the abundance of things and opportunities we have. Right?! I love spending a cosy evening at home planning and making little treats and gifts for the awesome people in my family and friendship circle. So grab a pom-pom maker, fresh cup of tea and cosy down on the sofa for an evening of crafting… there’s list of gifts that need finishing!

Everybody loves a jar of something home made

If all your best efforts fail or this year you simply do not have the time or brain power to try creating a handmade christmas… you could always try making a pan of fruit or savoury chutney with simple ingredients on a Sunday afternoon, popping it into some (clean) jars from your recycling box and writing the name of your bestie, college or gran on a label then sticking it on the front. Brownie points for tying a ribbon around the top! I used this recipe as a basis for my hampers last year and added a few little extra spices etc. It has turned out great!

Before I get back to it, here are a few things that I have created this year that are perfect stocking fillers for those of you looking for handmade gifts. I am excited to be designing new items for my Etsy store Jan 2017. You can also find lots of inspiration and projects over on the Super+Super Pinterest account!

If you are looking for inspiration or to connect with crafters on IG or Twitter try using the following Hashtags #handmadechristmas #buylocal #buyhandmade #DifferenceMakesUs #craftyxmas #favehandmade #diygifts #etsyUk

 

Women Who Create / 2016 Round Up

Hello! Happy Monday Folks! Today’s post is a bit of a fan-girl recap of a years worth of inspiring interviews and what’s to come for the ‘Women Who Create Things Their Way’ blog series.

When I started this series a year ago I had no idea it would become such a huge part of the future of Super+Super… and would help move my business towards a new direction and inspire so many of you! But it has and I am thrilled at the wonderful response these interviews have had from all who have been following and tuning in on a fortnightly basis to read about the creative businesses, stories and continuing journeys of the women who have so kindly taken part this year.

It was nerve wracking at the start reaching out to these super talented peers and inspiring women who I have admired from afar to ask them to take timeout of their busy schedules to be part of such a personal project… but I have been continuously overjoyed when emails have returned with a huge YES! In the past 12 months I have had the pleasure of sharing so much amazing advice, experience and inspiration from them. I hope it has inspired you to continue perusing your passion projects and working towards creating the dream business you are looking for. This series has definitely kept me grounded and helped me realise that continuing to build a solid creative community is central to the future of my creative career.

So what’s next?

Over the next couple of weeks I will be re sharing all the posts from this years series on the S+S facebook page for you to catch up on or recap any interviews you missed. There might just be a little gem in there to help inspire your 2017 plans! I have also begun to email new creative peers to ask them if they would like to get involved in the new 2017 round of interview posts… eep! The format for next year will stay much the same, I may update a few of the questions slightly but on the whole simple seems to work best.

However… I’d love to hear from you! Do you have an inspiring peer or a creative business owner, designer, artist etc that you’d love me to reach out to to be part of our women who create interview series? Someone you know or have admired from afar but haven’t felt brave enough to reach out to ask for advice (heck i’m starting to sound like a dating service now!?!) Anyway you know what I mean.

Another thought… Would you like to see a Facebook group created for the ‘Women Who Create’ Community? Where we can all share advice, posts and information to help and inspire each other’s creative business journeys? Its something i’ve been thinking about for a while but would love to know your thoughts!

And lastly… If you would like to stay up to date with the release dates of the next series (jan 2017 date tbc) or to be informed about the exciting new creative event I am launching next year with 5 fellow creative women in business you can pop your name on this dedicated email list to be the first to know all the info and have access to tickets etc.

Once again a huge thank you to all the amazing women who create things their way, who have made this project such a continuing inspiration to me and those of you who follow the series, by sharing their experience and knowledge with us.

If you’d like to drop me an email about any of the things I have mentioned in this post or other creative business related things drop me a line at Hello@supersuperhq.com

Find all the interviews below!

Quick links to page 1 of the Women Who Create interview series

Quick links to page 2 of the Women Who Create interview series

Quick links to page 3 of the Women Who Create interview series

Amy x

a collage of photos of all the creative women who have taken part in the interview series

Super+Super Online School Of Craft Special Offer. Hello Folks! Its getting cold and grey outside and if you are anything like me you are getting ready to cosy up at home and have begun planning a winter’s worth of new creative projects… which means every night is a staying in and crafting night. This time of year is pretty exciting isn’t it! There has been a big trend for all things Hygge this year aka the Danish art of cosy happiness and all things slow winter mindfulness. Some of you may have seen all the gorgeous little books that are available or some of you might just already do your very own version of hygge. I know for me as soon as the leaves begin to turn and the light goes that’s the signal that UK winter weather is around the corner and its time to prep for cosy evenings in and crafty meet ups with friends!

I am happy to have a brilliant group of friends in my town but also those that I stay in touch with via Skype or email on a regular basis. So for me the winter months are about using free time well to get projects finished and begin planning for a new year! I love crafting at home and working on projects online with friends sharing ideas, inspiration and feeling connected to a wonderful online community of creative peers.

I also love working on mending and upcycling projects during the winter such as darning holes in favourite socks and well worn sweaters, or putting finishing touches to me made outfits left over from the summer… ready for next year!

With this in mind and with the filming of several new exciting crochet and weaving classes about to begin I thought i’d post a little reminder that over on my online school of crafting the Geometric Pop Pocket Tote Bag class & Misty Mountain Wall Hanging class are both now available as separate single project courses. AND what’s more everyone who signs up to either of these online projects in the next month will receive free enrolment onto the crochet i-cord mini course PLUS a free copy of my gorgeous printable planner page PDF! If that wasn’t enough of a treat to get you crafting at home this winter and involved in a super creative online community, the first 10 enrolments will receive a 10% discount code for my upcoming Weaving For Beginners Online Course coming in December.

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To preview all current courses available over on my online school of craft click here. You can join the school now without signing up for a class to be sent notifications when NEW classes are released and to be kept in the know about exciting offers, inspiration, project discounts and how to get all the yarns that accompany my projects at a discounted price. Feel free to drop me a message on social media or email to hello@supersuperhq.com if you have any queries.

Happy Sunday!

Amy x

*This offer will be available until November 30th 10pm and is available to everyone! First 10 enrolments will receive a special 10% off the upcoming ‘Weaving For Beginner’s Course’ – 1 discount code per student (not per project enrolment) Please email me at hello@supersuperhq.com if you have any queries or questins about the course, online school of crating or yarns. Offer will be emailed directly to student once purchase complete.

 

Etsy News / Shibori & Pom-Pom Pouches. I am excited to be slowly expanding my range of fun & useful handmade items for crafter’s and creative’s! The idea being that I will only offer items tried and tested by me in my creative business/life. Most pieces will be one off or limited edition and beautifully hand made to last.

This week I have added to the collection of screen printed craft kit & planner bags with a selection of hand dyed shibori style cotton pouches. Featuring a zipper, contrasting cotton lining and a fun pom-pom detail these small purses measure 6 & 7.5 inches and are perfect for keeping all your loose bits & bobs such as cash, keys and crochet hooks safe and tidy.

I really enjoyed making these little beauty’s and hope to add more similar items on the run up to christmas… let me know if you’d like to see larger pouches added too!?

If you’d like more information you can find full descriptions, sizing and prices over on my Etsy store!

#buyhandmade

 

Etsy News / Shibori & Pom-Pom Pouches

Etsy News / Shibori & Pom-Pom Pouches

Etsy News / Shibori & Pom-Pom Pouches Etsy News / Shibori & Pom-Pom Pouches

When Craft Holds You Back. I have been thinking about this subject a lot lately and found, like I usually do, that writing it down in my note book in a quiet cafe helped me put some tangled thoughts into perspective. This subject is very close to my heart at the moment and perhaps some of you will have had similar ideas and feeling too. I am defiantly in an exciting/scary time of creative change within my business and life – and that is ongoing- so as part of a series of more reflective/creative business orientated articles I thought it was important to share and reflect!

For me it really began to become a noticeable thing/dilemma a few months back when I just couldn’t come up with a new craft DIY for the blog. I made lists of projects that fit with relevant seasonal themes and that might work on Craftgawker etc as was my usual routine… but when it came to actually creating the project, photographing and editing, I felt lacklustre and uninspired. And I felt disappointed in the end product, like it wasn’t a representation of my skills, taste or even my creative ethics. As we all know these projects take a lot of time and effort to create, shoot and edit. This repetitive process began to suck the joy out of the making/creative side of each new project idea. This quickly became a recurring feeling which I couldn’t put to one side anymore because I was avoiding doing the thing my business was largley all about… making things/projects with my hands and sharing the skills and joy with others.

I think this is when I first realised that for me ‘craft/crafting’ had become a set of limitations and was kind of restricting my creativity. And that social media was playing a huge part in extinguishing my inspiration.

Shock/horror. Queue some serious anxiety and a fear that I had A) lost all personal style and skill, and B) might not ever be able to create another craft project for the blog or even workshop that I felt happy/proud of again C) that weighty feeling of impostor syndrome.

I decided to take a step back and put all craft projects (not commission work) on hold until I could figure out why I had lost my creative mojo and how I might find it again. Or at lease find a version that fit with where I am in my life/business now…

What has come to light is quite simple to see now… definitely part of an ongoing creative development and by no means down to one thing along. Like I said, simple right!?

1, My passion project has become work/job and therefore my down time which was usually spent crafting felt like work. Which meant no distinction between work and play, more pressure from myself to achieve certain things and be constantly creating new content.

2, The curse of social media and the negative impact that spending too much time looking at beautiful instagram feeds belonging to peers and friends can have. More often than not we compare and criticise ourselves, even without noticing we are doing it, way to harshly. (There is a whole other article here on the inner critic which I may come to later).

3, This aversion to what I am now calling ‘fast craft’ projects coincided with ideas about what my business is about and what I want to be known for changing and shifting into new and different territory. Fears about re positioning myself as a craft based creative and wanting my projects to have more long term meaning/use and interest.

‘don’t compare your real life to someone else’s show reel.’

By focusing on ‘fast craft’ in my online projects I’d kind of lost sight of how and why ‘crafting’ brings me joy largely by focusing on the end point. Creativity can be found in everything not just yarn, fabric and felt based projects. For me creativity is inherent in all parts of my life. And it largely comes down to making things with my hands. Cooking & baking, gardening, writing letters, repairing or altering a piece of clothing, making a good cup of tea, imagining a new project, writing a list.

But the most important part of craft and also creativity is the messy, tangled middle ground when we are actually doing the thing we love… not just the end product. And as is often the case with social media and a lot of the projects I myself have whipped up for the blog and also commission work, we only see a polished finished product and a set of curated step’s to achieving that project. That’s not to say they are of less value but are in an area that perhaps I am moving away from naturally.

Reconnecting with craft and creativity

So I decided to take it back to basics… replacing the verb to craft and this new self defined area of my business/creative life ‘fast craft’ with creativity in order to take back my passion for making and see where that takes me. Zooming out to look at the broader picture, the why not just the what and to try to reconnect with the joy of creating fun quicker projects but also to create content that is more authentic/genuinely me and feels valuable again.

‘Craft’ often gets a bad rep for being cutesy, pointless and not related to traditional ideas of craftsmanship. I want to find a middle ground.

Here’s some small activities i’ve been trying out – and will continue doing in small steps – to get back to more frequent joyful crafting practices… and also to help me move my style, projects and ideas/business forward. Some of these things might also be of help when you get in a rut too.

Try some of these…

Take a step back, write down 10 things you enjoy doing, creative or otherwise. Keep that list close at hand and read over when you feel like you’ve lost your motivation. This may help you keep on track and find more clarity when choosing new projects/commitments.

Take a break from social media – or at least limit your use for a while. Break the habit and use it as a useful tool again. Try taking the main apps off your home screen or creating a separate folder. I have removed FB from my phone and try to post on IG max twice a day. I have also stopped looking at my phone in bed when I wake up, now I try and wait until I have made a tea and am sitting on the sofa. I have also turned any sound notifications to silent… don’t let FOMO stop you from actually doing something fun with your own real time!

Sketch it out – grab a note book and a pen and scribble down an idea. Jot a list with it and develop your ideas in paper instead of on a screen or pinterest. Draw out a wonky picture. This is the fun part and no one has to see how messy it looks! Be messy with it! Its all part of creating something new!

Try something different/new or pick up an old hobby. This can be a crafty project or something unrelated.

Try using up old scraps or making something with no plan! Again, no one needs to see this project or hobby it should be all about you having fun and being in the moment! You don’t even need to finish it… there is no pressure.

Make something as a gift – Put some love into the item you are making, it might not be craftgawker worthy but the person receiving it will be totally thrilled that you spent the time on them. You could even start trying out christmas or birthday cards for family and friends! Collaging is super fun or make something different like some chutney? Just keep it simple.

Read a book, listen to an album from your uni days, do nothing… remember switching off is good too!

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Getting back to craft…

Yarn bomb – Create a small snippet or sample of crochet, embroidery or knitting and take it to the streets! Add a simple positive message like ‘have a nice day’ or ‘you are loved’ pop it on a paper tag and attach your wonky creation to a lamp post or tree branch for a passer by to find. Again you could just use a scrap from a past creative project which needs nothing extra doing to it.

Join a craft social or local meet up or even get a few friends together at home and work on a creative project together! (see xmas gifts or yarn bombing for inspiration)

De clutter your materials stash – I am a prime culprit for hanging onto tiny snippets of fabric, yarn and beads. But having a good clear out makes space for new ideas and you might also find inspiration along the way as you come across a half finished project or even craft book you had ‘lost’.

Once you’ve de cluttered you cold organise a craft swap with friends and peers. Though i’d advise trying to only bring one new thing home otherwise your hard work will be undone!

Why are all these activities a good idea? Well, they help us reconnect with ourselves and others on a more personal/in person way. Perhaps this idea of redefining craft and creativity can also help you in smaller ways too such as…

slowing down the pace

less screen time

updating your style and ideas about what is available

make, do and mend

authenticity over originality – moving your thoughts and style forward.

This is a great article to read for some more actionable things to try when it comes to social media.

To end this first post on a positive note i’d say that although creatively this past few months have been more difficult and felt less productive, and stressful at times they have also been amazing because space has now been made for me to explore new ideas, projects to grow into. I can see and feel that this is most definitely an ongoing evolution of ideas, projects and minor freak outs… I am excited to see where my next steps take me.