Beautiful Budapest

Hello there!

I hope the holiday season has been a joyful and rejuvenating time. I know in my house, it’s one of the best times of the year. Good food, good friends, good times.

This year, however, a dear friend and I decided to do something a little different and head to Europe. We visited Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Absolutely amazing. We wished we had more time in each city, since we only had about two days in each place. But I guess that just means we’ll have to go back and explore more. *Sigh* If I must.

I’m beginning to edit some pictures from the trip, so here’s a series of my favorites from Budapest to start. Have a wonderful holiday season and New Year!

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Finished Project: Kimono Sleeve Shirts

So remember that fabric I bought a few weeks ago? It has now officially become a shirt – actually, more like three shirts. The pattern is a sketch I made after laying several shirts on the floor on top of each other and haphazardly tracing. I’m trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe, as I looked in my closet the other day only to realize that I could really only wear some variation on the color gray. Although all three shirts were made from the same pattern, the different colors and textures lends a unique feel to each shirt, in my opinion. I love their loose, slightly unstructured feel. Until next time, be well!

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A close up of the pattern on the fabric. Super cute!

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The Point

I’ve been thinking lately.

Those of us in the creative community often use our talents for personal gain and creative expression. These are both good things. But we don’t think always think about the implications of our creations. Are we perpetuating harmful systems of manufacturing through our creations? Do we seek to further the common good?

As I’ve come to embrace and hone my creative spirit, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can use this creativity in light of the changes I want to see in the world. I love social change and healing. It brings life where there was none, like water to a parched plant. But there are different gifts and ways to do this.

My goal in starting this blog is to explore this intersection of creativity and social justice. I want to know my artistic heart better and use my gifts to make the world a better place, and be accountable to my impact on this world. I’d love it if you joined me on that journey.

Procrastination Day

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean fall, or the holidays, or anything that resembles anything even remotely joyous. I’m talking about:

FINALS.

Yes. The dreaded tests and papers that move like an iceberg through your life, slowly flattening and crushing it with soul-sucking destruction until there is nothing left.

Am I being too dramatic? Probably. But sometimes it’s just too much and you need a break. When that happens, I do what all sane, rational people do:

I buy fabric.

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I’m excited to get my hands into some sewing again. It’s been a little busy around here lately, and I’ve missed my evenings of sewing with some chill jazz playing in the background and a glass of wine next to the sewing machine. Drinking wine while using fabric shears and sharp needles, isn’t that a terrible idea, you might say? Well, I guess I just like living dangerously.

I’ll post back as soon as I get some lovely shirts made out of this fabric. Until then, happy holidays!!