Where we Create – Braving the hi-tech world of Apple

When we speak of “creating” and Artists and their art, crafts, or mediums they use to express themselves, we don’t usually envision a laptop, ipad or even and iphone as a canvas to create on.  A canvas for creativity is exactly what Steve Jobs has given us.

Last year I purchased a new Macbook Pro to help me with my business and blogging, as I was trying to design a blog format and work on other social media sites, I wanted easier access that I could take wherever I went, especially as I have three children to taxi about!  The reason I chose this item was due to the Design colleges my son was considering attending, and they all suggeted the Macbook Pro as he would need it in much of his design work.

I have learned the basics but not even really tapped the potential of my Mac, and  I am already  incredibly impressed by the endless possibilities it possesses.

In the last two weeks I was able to purchase an iTouch, and  then an iPad . I am completely blown away by the creativity in these devices!!  There are apps galore that you can install in all of these, incredible Art programs, and applications for various photo software, movie making programs and music programs – not just one but a variety that have many different aspects to each one, so there is no limit to what you can create in a little hand held device the size of a cell phone!  I spent hours going through and reading what they offer- I was like a kid in a candy store!

Up until now I couldn’t understand why everyone was so wrapped up in their iphones, and frankly considered it so rude that you can hardly get eye contact from anyone anymore.  I still do not have a cell phone, I use my iTouch with the “text free” app and can even make calls that way when in a WiFi area. Today I understand the obsession, not for the games, I am not a gamer, but for the creative opportunities they possess. Even someone who does not consider themselves as creative or an artistic person, can easily become so with the help of a few apps from Apple and other software providers.

I have held out all this time from purchasing these hi-tech devices – especially the iPad, as “not buying into the hype and obsession” – well now I know what I have been missing!!!

I am watching my children’s creativity explode with these devices.  My eight year old daughter is drawing and painting pictures that you would not believe came from someone her age, and yes, she is that good on paper as well. However now she can learn and practice her skill anywhere at anytime, and save it to print or make a project out of it, that she otherwise would not have been able to.  She already has a library of short movies she has made with our dogs.

So, late last night I finally picked out a few apps to try out, several of which are free!  My first pick was one called “brain-stormer” where you can jot down ideas, words, phrases, and  be ispired by a picture or word stream, Then there is “Fabric Stash” where you can take pictures of you fabric- record the content and the amount that you have- This is a big one for me, and though it will take a while to go through my glutenous amount of fabric- in the end it will be so worth it!!  They also have a “Pattern Stash” app!!!  For you knitters, there is one for yarn  called (get this) “Ewe Stash”!  These are just a few that I am going to start with as I work through them I will let you know how its going and what I like and don’t like about them.  This will be coming from someone who really is not tech savy- but slowly learning to adapt to this new world of high tech living.

Please let me know what your favorite apps are and how you use them, even if they are not a “creative” program.  We all need easier ways to manage our everyday lives as well.

Check out s new app today and  get inspired! I sure am!!

Kerry ♥

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My Creative Studio

Lately there has been a big trend in creating your ideal work space, notice it is NOT referred to as an office!!  Creativity in any form or medium is the hottest thing going!!  So of course we must have a place or, as they say, “space” to do it!!  Personally, I have become addicted to the STUDIOS publication, or the Creative Spaces magazine, where I can browse through the pages and see how others have organized  and decorated their “spaces”, many of them make me drool!

When I first started my creative business, I had one sewing machine,  a sewing cabinet and a storage box of fabric. Fast forward 10 years and I had  a sewing machine, serger, a whole bookcase of scrapbooking materials, tools, two closets worth of fabric and a cabinet of craft supplies. At this time we did not use our dining room as we had an eat-in-kitchen, and with the kids being so little- that worked best.  So the dining room was mine and I even built my own work table set up 3 1/2 feet to keep little fingers out of my projects. I had various economical shelf units bought at the local Target and my trusty sewing cabinet/desk, I worked where the kids played and watched TV, but began to dream of my own space- where I didn’t have to always clean everything up – who wants to do that?

Recently, we realized we now need our dining room, so while remodeling our house we enclosed the back porch into an additional room that was intended to be my studio/family room. By this time I have four various sewing machines, a pull out cutting table, several book shelf units and a need for more space as my business grows.  My family and I have decided that this is Mom’s Studio, if I promise to take all the materials, tools, and craft supplies stashed in everyone’s closets and the hall closets and put it all in MY Studio!!

This summer I decided to take the time off from my business in order to “create” my “space”!!  What a journey this has been! All my machines, tools and supplies had slowly migrated out to my Studio but in no type of order, just haphazardly placed  here and there  wherever I could find room, as I was too busy being creative to organize it all. Eventually, I found it hard to be productive in this environment  and had the worse time locating supplies I knew I had somewhere….  It is embarrassing to publicise my mess like this, but maybe it will inspire you to pull your space together.

I decided to start with finishing the walls as they were still bare dry wall, I spent days “mudding” the walls, priming, and then finally painting!! Did I mention I HATE prep work?! It’ s just no fun at all!!

Each day I got closer to my goal I became relentless, we ate a lot of pizza and Subway those weeks!
Once again every room in the house was holding some of my machines, tools, supplies and furniture, we were a construction zone, and the kids just wanted to go to Disney!!

And then….Progress, the Studio begins to emerge….( hear the angelic music???)

Now the whole family began to get excited, surely this meant that Mom was going to be a HUGE success, take her business to a whole new level!!  I began to think I needed to go out and buy a business suit, the only one I had was from the BC era – you know – Before Children?

Have you ever read the book -( to your children of course) “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”?  Well once the walls were done , I couldn’t just leave the ugly concrete floors that horrible brown color, it didn’t go with the color scheme after all.  We are on a budget and couldn’t afford to go out and purchase 400 square feet of tiles, like I wanted, so after consulting my favorite decorating magazines, I decided to paint the floor too.  Easier said than done, I found out!  To paint unsealed concrete you have seal it, paint it, then seal the paint! UHGG!  Well I found a better  – quicker way: concrete paint with sealer in it- designed for outdoor use, so very durable, after all I didn’t want my hard work peeling off the floor.  First time I opened the can of concrete paint I almost keeled over!!   Each time I used it on the floor, we had to open all the windows and run multiple fans, the fumes were so strong, and I had to wear a mask, this was in the summer months of June and July- in Florida!!  Then there is the whole issue of being on your hands and knees for prolonged periods of time –  at my age! ( we won’t go there!).  Those days I felt a lot like Mr. Magoo, remember him?? Ha! you just showed your age!!

Finally, the finished room!! I cried!! (my knees were killing me!)

My family agrees, it was well worth the time and hardship – mine of course!

Stay tuned, because in my next post about  Where we Create, I will take you through the process of bringing everything back in and organizing a workable space – be warned!  It is not for the weak of heart!!

Kerry