The Addled Creative – It’s Official!

So, like I don’t have enough going on right now, but I decided I wanted one place to document all my creative urges…or urges to create…or spurts of insanity. Anyhow, this is what I came up with. I know. Totally unique, right? (NOT!). Drum roll please…a BLOG! Yes, just what the cyperspace world needs, ANOTHER blog. So I obliged. ūüôā

Here are the guidelines I am setting for myself, and if you are agreeable to them, you may want to stop in every now and again. If not, well, I figure if I am the only one who ever sees this then I accomplished my primary goal already.

First, I’m not gonna require myself to post with any sort of regularity. There are several reasons for this. I actually have a day job which takes up about 30-35 hours a week. I have a spouse who works crazy shiftwork hours and never has regular days off. I have kiddos who keep me busy with school and afterschool activities. All our extended family live anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours away so we are weekend travelers at least once every month or so. I am a HUGE procrastinator with perfectionist tendencies…a MAD combination that makes me crazy most of the time. With all those obstacles, I am already seriously regretting this blogging decision…!!

Second, you never know what you may find here. The title says it all. I am addled. I might sew today, draw tomorrow, knit the day after that. I might even blog something I have cooked. My interests are widespread and I never know where my crafting will take me depending on what I have read, heard or seen that day.

Thirdly, no more guidelines! This is probably the least thought out blog you will ever come across!

Now, so you will have something to look at in this post (I LOVE pictures in posts!) I am including a pic of me today…realizing that what I was wearing today was all me-made is what started me thinking about a blog to begin with.

me made outfit

I am also doing something I HATE, which is putting in a selfie. However, I’m not set up to take¬† professional pictures just yet so this will have to do. (I¬†AM thinking of working¬†out a deal with¬†(read bribing!) my friend over at Claire Drummond Photography, though, so maybe things will improve quickly on that front.)

I made the jeans last year following the Angela Wolf Craftsy Sewing Designer Jeans class. I learned so much about pant fitting and about fitting my body in particular. They are sewn in a¬†98/2 cotton/lycra denim which is very comfortable but does still tend to stretch out over the course of the day. It wasn’t a high quality denim…I purchased it to make a wearable muslin so they serve their purpose.

The cropped sweater I knitted last month from a lusciously soft cotton yarn. The original pattern was for a 3/4 sleeved regular length cardigan(pattern from Amy Ross’ My First Sweater Craftsy class) which I seriously hacked to make this version.

Lastly, the tank is made from a knit I bought online at girlcharlee.com. I used a RTW tank as a pattern, added¬†about 4″ length, and ruched the sides with elastic sewn into the side seams (which you can’t see at all in the pic, sorry!)

I have several projects in the works that should make it into blog posts in the near future: my first pair of knitted socks, pajamas made from a bedsheet (so soft!), some graphite portrait practice, and even some fabric design — I just got myself a spoonflower.com¬†account. If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower, you need to check it out! It is this site where you can upload your own designs and have them printed onto fabric (they have around 9 different types), wallpaper, and even wrapping paper. So cool! They even pay commission to you if you choose to sell your fabrics to others (and somebody actually purchases it, of course!)

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4 thoughts on “The Addled Creative – It’s Official!”

  1. Wow, I have yet to wear an entirely me-made outfit. You are ahead of the game if you’re already doing that in your first post! Welcome to blogging, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It has become an integral part of my creative process. By the way, I just wrote a couple of posts about taking pictures of yourself. I hope they are helpful to you.

    http://cupandpenny.com/2014/08/27/tips-for-modelling-part-1-styling-a-photo-shoot/

    http://cupandpenny.com/2014/08/28/tips-for-modelling-part-2-how-to-pose-your-face-and-body/

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    1. They were very helpful! I was directed to your blog from Sew Well, and I have already taken some of your tips and practiced…I got a remote for my camera last week. Can’t wait to take some better pics; I have been sewing regularly for a couple of years now so I should have several items to photograph and blog. I just have to find the time…it is football season in our household and that keeps us all busy.

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      1. Wonderful, I’m so happy you found my posts useful. You’re right, every photo shoot is a time commitment. I always have a few outfits that never see the limelight because I just never got out the door to photograph them.

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