Thursday, March 31, 2011

Survival Kit Treasury

I think I'd be really hard to live without writing, looking at the moon, performing magic tricks, coloring, taking a chance, folding paper, thinking, opening our eyes, eating a sandwich, riding time, remembering pictures in our heads, walking under the rain, having a knife under the bed, believing in mermaids, passionate kissing and playing my bass guitar.

So I made the perfect treasury I wish I could carry in my purse.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Get Inspired and Learn!

I thought maybe if I show you what you can DO if  you learn some Crochet, you'd get interested on it and you'd contribute to the passionated-for-handmade community with your own creative crocheted goods; and the love for the hook would grow and everyone would be so chill, because Crochet is SO therapeutic, you will wish you'd been doing it since you were younger.

Of course it's not for everyone, just like with everything else. But if you're reading my blog, you probably have certain interest. If you don't know how to crochet and your excuse is being very busy or not having the skill, get those thoughts out right now. Of course you can make time for yourself and of course you can develop ANY skills.

I am, very soon, going to take care of posting some of my favorite Crochet tutorials online, so you can watch them and get familiar with the idea of learning. In the meantime I prepared a slide of crocheted products that inspire me. Maybe they'll inspire you as well.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Granny Experimental

This weekend I've been more stressed than the usual. I never have a good reason but that fact doesn't make it go away. I'm planning my trip to Mexico and it's driving me nuts. There's like 5 different things to consider before picking the date of arrival and the coming back date. It's actually not in my hands, all I need to do is wait a little bit and things will settle in. That means time to practice patience. Oh, and that means time to crochet nonstop.

I've been meaning to come up with a different Granny Square design. Or with two, or three. The process of creation that better works for me, with music, illustration, writing, cooking and etcetera, is the Experimental. Translation: I have an idea of what I'd like to accomplish. I surf the internet to fill my brain with random photos of things I love (could use a search on flickr with a few keywords of my preference: #cats #circles #rarities #japanese #whatever), I pick a few ideas and I blend them by experimenting. Example: I love how old colors look like on vintage photos (and) I wish there would be simpler crochet patterns that could still look astounding without making my eye feel like it's too much information (and it blends to) a circle to square Granny Square with a flower in the center in colors that remind me of a vintage photo. Crazy?

So I've spent a number of hours this weekend in the middle of a battle between yarns and hooks. Experimenting. Doing. Undoing. Taking notes, making drawings, looking at photos of others. I find a lot of satisfaction doing this. Best is, I think I came up with my own collection of favorite Granny Squares, and I'm going to share that with y'all soon!

Gatos & Tuxedos Treasury

Gatos & Tuxedos = Inspiration. I'm curating this Treasury List on ETSY. Don't be shy, click on any image and it'll take you to the shop that's hosting it!

Amazing People Treasury

Now it's time to put all these together and have a cup of tea, don't you think?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Going Floral

I was never a fan of flowers until my husband got a job working for a florist. On top of that, I just ran into a treasury list on ETSY, and I feel myself like spring time. So I decide to crochet a dozen pale pink flowers, and they're now sitting on my desk waiting to be attached to a beautiful surprise. Now, don't tell me you don't feel like blooming after looking at this treasury curated by BeatUpCreations:

Alright, if you want to know what I'm using these flowers for, stay tuned! This spring will have a good start, I'm traveling to Mexico for a week, to see my family and a bunch of friends down there. I haven't been there in a year! I don't even know if I'm ready for that nostalgia. Although I'm sure I won't want to leave to head back to the US, part of me is going to be very homesick and after a couple of days I'll probably start crying for my kitchen and my desk and most of all, my husband in my bed. Do you ever get those feelings, upside down mirrored heart blues? It's the ultimate emotional state. Good thing is my brain needs a Spanish warm up, cause lately my Spanish sounds like the books I read. (At least I don't sound like the books I write).