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Friday Favorites // 04.08.16

Sunflower Paperie - T-shirt Quilt Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I hope you had a nice week! I am back with another edition of my Friday Favorites. I would love to hear about what you are loving – leave me a note in the comments!

On of my favorite Creatives, Artist & Illustrator Lisa Congdon, is having a pre-Mother’s Day sale in her Etsy shop (enter MOMRULES at check-out for 15% off through April 12th). I have been loving this archival print for months, so I might get it for myself!

Last weekend I was home in Kansas working on a t-shirt quilt with my Mom. My Mom has been quilting for several years now (and sewing most of her life), but this is only the second quilt I have worked on. We watched the t-shirt quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company several times before we started my first quilt last December (pictured above). We have since ordered fabric from them and my Mom subscribes to their magazine publication “Block“. I could go on and on about what an awesome company MSQ is – all sewist’s should check them out!

I don’t know why it took me so long, but I have recently gotten really into podcasts! I listen to them when traveling (flying), commuting (no headphones, just the speaker) and when working on Sunflower Paperie orders. My current favorite is The Way I Heard it” with Mike Rowe. Mike is crediting Paul Harvey (who I also loved) as his inspiration for the program. All of this, plus the historical nature of the stories and short length make this series perfect!

Other favorite podcasts include: “Build a B@d@ass Business” with Diane Sanfilippo, “Serial Season 1” with Sarah Koenig (I know I am SUPER behind the times on this one!) and “Undisclosed” with several attorneys looking at all of the evidence from the case introduced in Serial. If you are an iPhone user, look for the purple “Podcasts” icon – it is SO easy to search topics and subscribe!

Happy weekend, friend! I hope your days are filled with love and fun! 🙂

If it Makes you Crafty

“It can’t be that baaaaad…” I figured since this is the last in the unintentionally lyrical 2015 goal posts, “crafty” was an o.k. substitute for “happy,” right?! 🙂

Let me tell you a little secret. When you open an Etsy shop, everyone automatically assumes that you are super creative and / or very crafty. As a History / Higher Education Administration degree earner, I can tell you that this isn’t always the case (sadly!).

While I LOVE making paper party items and could spend hours looking at paper supplies at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, my creative talents are somewhat limited to paper crafting. I want 2015 to be the year that this changes!

Sunflower Paperie blog - Becoming More Creative

Mini goals for becoming more creative:

Create a digital line of products for my Etsy shop. See also: Taking Care of (My) Business post. My super scary (because I have a lot to do before then) goal – list my first digital product in my shop by February 1 (of this year!)! Eeek! I have no formal design training, but I would like to use the Adobe Creative Cloud to make these items, so I have a lot of learning to do.

Learn how to use my sewing machine. My sweet Mom (Hi Mom!) is a talented seamstress and graciously gave me a new machine several years ago. It is still in its box (so sad!). I want to learn how to use my sewing machine and create something useful.

Learn how to sew paper. I think paper garlands that are sewn are simply darling. I want to make lots of them.

Learn calligraphy / hand lettering. Again, I have all the supplies, I just need to sit down and practice. Think of how pretty all those letters I am going to mail will be then! 🙂

Now that all of my goals have been written out for the world to see, I am going to continue working on them! As I work on projects and finish them, I will post updates. I also plan to post a more comprehensive check-in each quarter of 2015, so stay tuned!