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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Blooming Sisters – A New Direction

Blooming Sisters will be taking a new direction.

 You may have noticed that we are not posting as often and that some of the authors you have come to love are no longer posting here.
When I began this blog it was intended to be a ‘group’ blog, there were 8 of us and we were excited to begin this new venture, something some of us had never tried before.   At the same time  we were also working on developing a new venue for Artists and their handmade items, called LotusMade.  We have already discussed what the delay in that venture has been, (refer to our Archives of “The Lotus Connection”).

Working with-in a group of Women teaches you a lot, in the last year there have been many hard lessons to learn. When you are the one financially responsible, that puts you in the ‘hot seat’ or the “boss” chair, so-to-speak, and being diplomatic is not always possible.  Keeping the peace in a group of creative people, who have very different opinions on any given subject, is an incredible challenge.

We lost several members due to a  difference of opinions and hurt feelings, that was tough on all of us.    Not making promises of financial gain is easy enough, but allowing group members to voluntarily take on an unequal amount of responsibility is a BIG mistake and will lead to hard feelings in the end.  It was, by far, the hardest lesson that I had to learn.

I had always heard Oprah say never-never give away  any of your financial  or business control in your own company.  So true and advise I shuld have followed completely.  There are times when you may think these rulles don’t apply to your busines, as when  you are  working closely with others, and building  personal relationships that you believe you can trust.

There came a time when I needed to take a step back from BloomingSisters due to an increase in my personal business, an ailing parent and other family obligations.  Several members offered to step up and cover the needs of BloomingSisters, after numerous emails stating their willingness to do so, I agreed.  BIG MISTAKE!!

Once you give up control, for any length of time, it is extremely hard to get it back with out stepping on someones toes and having hard feelings.  Once you give someone else control to make decisions for your company, it seems to be hard for them to consider it ‘your’ company, they forget that they need to consult with you about decisions that will affect your company’s reputation.  Ultimately this was my biggest mistake and hurt the group the most, for that I am very sorry.

So  now our group of 8 women has separated to go in different directions.

Karen, Louise and Bridgett can be found at Indiemosaic.com, where they have begun an interesting new venue for Artists and buyers and will continue to blog there.

Charlie can be found at  her personal blog Clayspace.com.

Mary, Nancy, and Diane, have their own personal and family concerns to take care of.

I wish them all well and much happiness and success in their future endeavors, they are all very creative and talented women

Blooming Sisters will continue to celebrate and inspire creativity.

The schedule as well as the categories will change.

I, like other Women who wear more than one hat; wife, mother, daughter, business owner, and blogger, have a busy life to manage, so I will not be able to blog every day. I will do my best to maintain a 4 posts a week schedule.

The categories I will focus on are:

For the Love of it- What we do creatively, for the shear enjoyment of it.

Re-Make it –  recycling, reusing and repurposing items we have or find

The Creative Process   —  what inspires us, and how we create something new

The How and Why of it – learning new techniques or crafts

Where we Create – our creative spaces and studios

Business Tidbits –  for those who wish to turn their passion into $$, or increase their
existing business.

I will be inviting many different Artists, business owners,and the casual hobbyist  to blog here and tell us about what they do and how they do it. So keep checking in, because as informative and helpful  as this blog has been, it is only going to become even more inspiring.  Encouraging you to explore your  own creativity!

Kerry ♥

Creating your own printed fabric

Stamping Toile print on Roman shade
Stamping Toile print on Roman shade

Stamping a Toile print

Have you been searching for just the right print, with the right color combination for your next sewing project?  Scoured through all the fabric websites, local fabric stores and even local yard sales?  Frustrated after all that searching and only finding something similar, but in the wrong color or fabric?  Believe me I have been there! More times that I care to remember! What is more frustrating is that I saw just the item I wanted only weeks before, but now it is nowhere to be found!  After confronting this issue several times, I decided to try making my own printed fabric. I had been searching for a navy blue printed toile, for a roman shade that I wanted to make for my Dinning room window, The only blue I could find was not navy but a teal blue and on an ecru background, when I wanted a white background.  So I purchased the white fabric for the shade, cut it and sewed it together, then went to search through my rubber  stamp collection.  I found a set of stamps very similar to a toile pattern, poured some navy blue acrylic craft paint into a disposable plastic plate and began to play.  I started with a scrap piece of the fabric used for the shade and started testing how best to achieve the look I wanted. I was very happy with the results as were my family and friends, who could not believe that I had done the printing as well as the window treatment.

Blue Toile Roman shade

Dining room Toile Roman shade

A few months later, a friend wanted  Umizoomi costumes for her son and daughter for  a birthday party. Well Geo is easy just solid colors, but the girl – Milli has a specific flower pattern with light pink on a darker pink background. Well of course there was nothing similar to be found, so I went searching through my rubber stamps and found one that would work. This is how I prepared the material:

* Wash and dry material
* cut out all the pattern pieces
it is less time-consuming to “print” just these pieces rather than all of the fabric

Pink Milli hood

Printing the hood peices

* Lay out all the pieces flat on top of freezer paper or wax paper in case any paint bleeds through.

* I mix the color of acrylic craft paint with a fabric medium according to instructions on the bottle.

* Pour the mixed paint and medium into a disposable plastic plate that has a large flat surface.

* Test your technique on a scrap piece of the same fabric you will be printing.

* Use enough paint to cover the surface of the stamp but not to run down into the crevices

* Try varying the pressure you apply when stamping down onto your fabric

Pink Umizoomi Milli costume

Flower stamp and material for Umizoomi costume

* Remember to bring your stamp straight up and down onto  and off of the fabric

* Once you have your technique down, you are ready to print on your pieces

* I start in the center and work my way out, even overlapping on some edges

* Once all the pieces are printed, I leave them to dry for several hours.

* Using a pressing cloth and dry iron on the hottest setting your fabric can take,

Pink Milli Umizoomi dress printing

Printing the dress peices

iron the wrong side

of the fabric to set the paint.

* Now you are ready to assemble your project.

I enjoyed this process so much that I am constantly looking for more projects that I can print myself!
I guarantee that if you try it, Not only will your family and friends be impressed by the project you made  but in awe of YOUR handmade printed fabric!

Kerry

finished Milli dress

The finished costume!

WELCOME!

WELCOME to Blooming Sisters, where creativity is celebrated and explored.

I was born into a creative family and have inherited my creativity from both sides.  My mother is a very talented Painter, and Seamstress. My Father – a Musician, and in our family lines, I am distantly related to Frank LoydWright the Architect.  I inherited gifts from both of my parents, I sew, paint, do needlework, crochet, scrapbook, refinish furniture, and decorate- a lot!!  Though I don’t play an insturment, I did sing professionally for a few years.

I love to explore different outlets for my creative energies, and am always trying something new. Several years ago we renovated our house and I just had to try tiling and laying the wood floof myself. Well I guess you could say that was inherited also as my Granpa Jake was a carpenter!  As most creative people do, I always have more that one project brewing at a time, and am ususally looking for another!

I love to know Why and How creative people do what they do. Where did they get the inspiration?  How did they learn their Art or Craft?  What are the various methods they use and why?
These are all questions  we will explore here at Blooming Sisters.
Join us and explore your creative side!

but most of all – HAVE FUN with it!!!

 

 

 

Kerry ♥