Details. You never know where you’ll spot them.
Look around. But don’t forget to look up.
Or, the vivid colors in a Disney sunset.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
This was the reflection of lights on the ceiling on a nearby water bottle. Everyday stuff, but better.
Creativity is a way of seeing those everyday things in a way that you haven’t seen before. Sometimes the creativity I experience is funny, and I love those times. Sometimes it’s precious, like a certain angle in one of my (SIX!) grandchildren’s faces, and I love those times. Sometimes it’s the reflection of lights in a plastic water bottle and it causes you to stop in your tracks, and I love those times...
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
So, my "manufacturing" process is unpredictable. I am often at the mercy of color copy attendants, messy tabletops and availability of my favorite materials.
When I refer to my products as "handmade", they are indeed just that: made by me, with my hands, and usually glue and scissors.
I have a customer who requests journals for her children's teachers at the beginning of each school year. She usually wants something a bit different, and I try to accommodate. This year, she wanted lace and burlap, and some shabby chic images. I get set in my ways with what I like, so I look forward to being pushed in other design directions.
I was so pleased with my designs for her, and decided to add them to my shop, BabyBlackDog.etsy.com
Different papers require different techniques, and assembling is always a bit of a challenge...
But today, the glue was the issue. It was everywhere.
When the glue turned ugly on a final product, I decided to get creative...
and cut an embellishment to cover a spot...
And sprinkled glitter where hot glue was excessive...
Accidents make my creativity brave.
Friday, March 18, 2016
I have a need to create. Every day.
But when creativity alludes me for one reason or another, I can always jump-start the flow by wrapping a gift.
Gift-wrapping is my original purpose, my passion and one of my favorite activities.
It begins with the present, of course, but I'm a firm believer that the packaging is a huge part of the perfect gift.
I prefer boxes to bags. Maybe because I'm such a fan of wrapping paper. I can't get enough of a beautiful paper. There's a room in my house dedicated to rolls of it. Technically it's a closet...
...and also contains poorly-folded linens, but I digress.
Once the paper has been chosen, next comes the ribbon. I love beautiful ribbon in casual fabrics, but the organization of said-ribbon?
I find that too much is often just right, but should be tastefully done. Obviously. And hot glue is used for attaching the baubles, carefully avoiding finger contact...
And never underestimate the power of a well-placed chenille chick. With a flora added, when possible...
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I spent some time this week with some ideas and new listings for my shop, BabyBlackDog.Etsy.com, and, as always, I get tickled by how low-tech my creative process is. I love letterpress and modern or clean designs.
I, however, am of a cluttered-taste and very old-fashioned in my creations. I am a literal cut-and-paste artist...
A cutting board is my favorite tool and black card stock & glue sticks are my trade secrets.
I try to create on the computer, I do! I try to think different, but my ideas always come back to vintage and black borders.
So, I'm going with it! I'm sticking to it! I'm dancing with the one who brung me, or sumpin like that...
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
I recently ordered some Thanksgiving catering from someone I admire, and I wanted to send a little thank-you (along with my payment!).
I have a stash of Weck jars because they make great gift containers-they're inexpensive and respected and come in unusual shapes. I put one of my mini Santa journals in a cello bag tied with black bakers twine...
Merry Christmas Giving!