Sunday, August 30, 2009

Getting back in the swing of things

Those who know me well know that I have a lot on my plate right now. I'm one of those people who loves to have a million things going on all at keeps life interesting. But when you have a lot of different things you do, inevitably, something gets left aside for awhile. It seems that blogging is one of those things which, though I enjoy doing, unless I put it on the schedule, I never get around to it. So I've decided that I would really like to make more time for it, and in order to do this, I need to schedule it in.

I recently received an email from the Crafting in Color team leader, who was looking for volunteers to help out with their blog. They are planning a weekly schedule of posts, for instance, every Monday is Mulit-color Monday. I will be doing Thursdays, which will be Team Theme Thursday. I get to pick a new theme each week, then feature items from Crafting in Color team members that fit that theme. Fun!

This got me thinking, why don't I do a weekly schedule for my own blog too? I don't want to overwhelm myself by setting up a strict regiment of daily posts, but I thought it might be nice to have some themes set up for a couple of days a week to get the blogging flowing again. So here's what I'm going to start with:

Toddler Tuesdays
Theme Thursdays
Flower Fridays

Setting a schedule is the easy part...sticking to it is where the challenge often lies. So I'll start there, and hopefully this will get me back in the swing of things!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Learning about life through floral design

As I mentioned early this year, I won a scholarship to take a floral design class at teleflora headquarters. The class I decided to take was Creative Edge: East/West Fusion with Hitomi Gilliam. I just returned from the trip last week, and the class was completely amazing! I am thrilled that I got this opportunity to gain experience and grow. I expected to learn a lot about floral design, but this class went far beyond learning a few new techniques - it was learning a new thought process.

There were many things that Hitomi said during the course which at the time were in relation to floral design, but they could easily be applied to virtually anything in life. For instance, she was talking about how sometimes the materials you have may not be exactly what you need to achieve a particular design, b
ut rather than giving up on the design completely, you should try to think of a way to make the materials you have work for the design:

"Nature gives you a lot, but sometimes it doesn't give you the right stuff."

How true is that? I'm sure we all have some little thing that we wish nature would have done differently for us. But instead of being down about not having "the right stuff" and giving up, isn't it better to take what you have, and make it work for you? Don't worry about what you don't have, and make the most of what you do have. So simple, yet so brilliant.

Another time, she was talking about how sometimes you keep trying and trying to make a design work, and it's just not going right:

"If something's not going right, perhaps you're doing it wrong."

It's so easy to to just give up, or to put the blame on someone else (or something else) when things aren't going the way you wish they would. But instead of taking either of these routes, perhaps it's better to take a step back and see what you can do differently to change the way things are going.

Not only was Hitomi full of such tidbits of wisdom, but she is also very clever, and gave many helpful technical tips. The class was truly inspiring! Now I'll leave you with some photos of the lush array of flowers we got to work with:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Premiere issue of mhc out now!

I'm so excited to announce that the premiere issue of modern handmade child has arrived! It's jam packed full of the latest handmade fashions and decor, as well as crafty tutorials and fun activities you can do with your kids. So take a peek...I'm sure you will love it!

Now I think I'll go do one more happy dance, then go get some much needed rest.


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