Weekly Round Up #1

Hello!

Thank you for sticking with me while I figure out what I want this thing to be. For the time being, I’m going to focus on a weekly blog post rounding up whatever I’ve done creatively. Some weeks it may be filled with projects, other times it may just be filler photos of Georgia. I may add additional posts throughout the week, but I will for sure be posting some form of a weekly round up. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to!


Last weekend I started working on another floral bouquet painting before getting side-tracked by  some different projects throughout the week. 

Yellow floral bouquet painting.

Yellow floral bouquet painting.

For the bouquet paintings I typically look to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve tried working from life, and I’m not opposed to it, I just can’t really spend money on flowers and I definitely don’t have the skills to create the flower arrangements of my dreams….

I’ll do a future post of all the floral paintings I’ve done recently. I’m thinking about getting prints made of a few of them, so if you would be interested in one drop me a line and I’ll send you more information!


Sunday was definitely my most productive day. Along with the above painting, Marc and I went to the River Market, ate some beignets, and then I met up with a friend to check out the Print League KC. One of the larger projects I’d like to do is get back into screen printing and while I was living in Brooklyn, the ladies of Two Tone Press opened up a public printmaking studio. Once I get some more concrete projects planned out I am going to buy some screens and some ink and get to printing. Idea #1 is some screen printed ribbon maker shirts ;)

Print League KC brochure. Definitely check their space out if you’re in KC and looking for a place to do some printmaking.

Print League KC brochure. Definitely check their space out if you’re in KC and looking for a place to do some printmaking.


Probably my biggest success of the week was my new sleeveless top! Let me tell you, it feels really good to make something that turns out exactly how you wanted it too. This is the first garment that I’ve sewn that I am 100% proud of. I’ve worn it probably 5 times in the week since I finished it and I have a red one in the works as we speak.

Back view (because it’s more interesting). Once I convince Marc to snap some photos of me wearing it, I’ll add them to the post.

Back view (because it’s more interesting). Once I convince Marc to snap some photos of me wearing it, I’ll add them to the post.

For those interested, I took the Wiksten tank top pattern that I learned to sew on at the Textile Arts Center and modified it. I cropped and straightened the hem, flared it out at the bottom so it’s more flowy, scooped the neck, made a deep V back, and made the arm holes a bit larger. Full disclosure, I don’t fully know what I’m doing when it comes to changing patterns. It’s mostly intuitive and a lot of trial and error… like, a lot of it. I feel like I’d find more success in my sewing journey if I didn’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel every time I went to make something, but I guess I love to set myself up for failure. It makes the times I succeed feel like I’m invincible… until the next project :)


I want to leave you with probably the healthiest thing I’ve started doing this week. In the morning I sit down for a few minutes and write a recap of the previous day in my journal. I did this a few months ago when I was feeling myself slip into a funk (aka anxiety and a general depression… I don’t do well in the winter) and I don’t know about anyone else, but this practice has really helped me become more aware of how I spend my days. I find myself looking back at all of the positive things I did the day before, which makes me want to fill the current day with positivity and things to write about the next morning. I also use it as a way set my intentions for the day with a list of 1-3 things I want to get done. Sometimes I get everything done, sometimes I get nothing. But I have it to fall back on if I’m sitting around looking for something to do. I give morning journaling 4 out of 5 stars. 

Journal from  Papier Tigre , Pen from  Kaweco , fiddle leaf fig from  Family Tree Nursery .

Journal from Papier Tigre, Pen from Kaweco, fiddle leaf fig from Family Tree Nursery.


I’d love to hear from people in the comments! How was your week? Did you make anything? Did you start the new season of Stranger Things yet? Wanna get together and make something? Wanna meet Georgia and me at the dog park?

Anyways, until next time!

xxjamie