Ciao amici! It’s Day 17 of #100daysofitalianidioms_part2 and the idiom I chose for you today is “vedere lontano”, which means to be forward-looking, to be able to see the big picture. For example: “Tua sorella aveva ragione quando diceva che avrei dovuto accettare il lavoro alla Ferrari. Non l’ho fatto e ora me ne pento” “Lo so, lei sa vedere lontano” (Your sister was right when she told me I should accept the job at Ferrari. I didn’t do it and now I regret it. I know, she is very forward-looking). Wanna try?
DAY 100! 🎉 #100openings
Today marks the dovetailing and completion of TWO of my big projects: #the100dayproject (started just over 6 months ago) and my first queen-sized quilt, (which I began about 5 yrs ago). With the last hand-stitch, today I finished both. This block features fabric I designed and hand-printed, and follows the theme of my 100 day project: Opening, which (it turns out) I often symbolize with circles and spirals. 🌀
I’ve learned a few things during the course of these two projects (beyond honing some technical skills). Most of these learnings have been included in reflections with the posts I’ve made about my work here on IG.
Mostly, my growth has been around vulnerability and about embracing the intuitive openings in my creative ideas and output. My Inner Guide has been having meetings and dialogues with my Inner Critic. Often frustrating, always fruitful. I am hearing myself and healing myself more and more, and letting myself be seen and heard in new ways. As difficult experiences, feelings, and memories arise, this Guide seems to know the way, even when its guidance, at first, looks and feels odd or uncomfortable or even downright wrong. I’m learning to heed it. To Open myself up to vulnerability and let my truth out, whatever imperfections are stitched into it. Thank you for following along 💜
I have two new projects about to launch. One you’ll hear about in the next day or so. The other... still holding close to my heart. ...
I recognized this plant as a coneflower right away but couldn’t figure out which one it was. At that point I was still trying to identify every flower by its head, which is a good place to start--much like looking for the criminal in a mugshot book. Once I moved to the line-up phase I began to realize how many parts need to be checked out to get the right identity. By the time I realized the leaves were the deciding factor for the cutleaf coneflower, most of the petals had dropped, so you will get two photos for this one.
The plant likes sun or part shade and prefers moisture, and can grow to 8’ tall. It attracts a wide variety of insects, including bumblebees and monarch butterflies. The leaves are reported to be poisonous to pigs, cattle and sheep, but if you dare, you may cautiously eat cooked leaves, or munch young stems like celery. Cutleaf coneflower spreads rampantly by its underground stems, but you can dig them up and make a tea for your indigestion. I’ve only seen it in one spot and it was reasonably well behaved.
Block 7/100 #the100dayproject#artandstolewoodlandfriends2#100daysofsewsmaller#100daysofsewing#sewsmaller#Lblockquilt#quarterlogcabinblock#tinypiecing#cutleafconeflower#asteracea#rudbeckia#rudbeckialaciniata
I found this very stretchy knit dress from H&M in a second-hand shop on Monday. I knew I wouldn't wear it as is, but the fabric felt really nice and it looked brand new, so I tried it on anyway and it fit!
So I bought it with the idea of making it shorter. Just chopping some length of and hemming it would be a good way to ease into sewing with knits.
This afternoon I put it on, marked the length I wanted and cut off 27 cm. I then used the bottom bit to practice my zig zag stitches om the fabric. The bottom line of stitches is the last and the best one, but I need to practice some more to get rid of the skipped stitches.
How do you celebrate milestones? Do you celebrate “little” things? How do you decide what is worth celebrating? Recently I celebrated reaching 4000 followers with a milk chocolate Lindt ball at the end of my favourite beach walk (swipe left to see a photo). I’d prefer the celebration be free or cost little money. What is one way you celebrate your milestones?
#25daysoffallbotanicals and a bottle for @lisacongdon’s #cbinktober with @creativebug.
Day 98/100 This drawing is part of #the100DayProject : this time I’m drawing botanicals for 100 days with an iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. Some of my drawings are available as prints or printables in my shop, go to thehandcraftedstory.com or follow the links in my profile.
If you want to join along, you can paint, collage, embroider, take photos or whatever you want and use #100daysofbotanicalimages
See more of my project: #100DaysOfAnikaDrawingBotanicals
Which one is your fave 1-10?✍️Follow @surelysimpleblog @surelysimplechallenge for more art! ❤️
Great work by @conniegg316 🙌
Tag #patternvilla @patternvilla for features ⭐️ 💫
Follow my accounts:
Save and tag a friend! 😍
Comment SEA in your language! 😍 Follow @surelysimpleblog @surelysimplewords for more art posts 💕
✨Awesome work by @cindylaneart 🎨
Tag #surelysimpleart#surelysimple for features ✨
Follow my accounts:
Save and tag a friend! 😍
Day 66: #The100DayProject#ActivistCardsByChava
I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a mentor and more importantly who are my mentors. I smile to think that many of my mentors have never actually crossed my path except through their words and art. And one of my mentors died only two weeks ago. 💔 May we all find the mentors that guide us and be mentors to others.