Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year, New Inspirations

It seems that whenever I am elbow deep in projects, I drop everything I am doing to start something new. I picked up this darling book, This Is Sadie, by Sara O'Leary, with illustrations by Julie Morstad. I am an instant fan of the illustrations in this book (they reminded me of Heather Ross' fabric collections, which I obsess over) and decided I needed some hexies with similar prints and colors for a mini quilt project. 

It's been raining a lot in Tucson and with the cloudy dreary weather, the only real thing to do is focus on making, while staying dry indoors. Of course this is why my photos are not excellent. I couldn't get the lighting just right with the clouds rolling around outside.

I simply adore this book, and the illustrations make me want to play make-believe all day long with a fox doll in tow. In my case, I'll have a rowdy miniature pinscher who wants to steal my breakfast going on adventures with me. 

Incidentally, I am in love with this other children's book, Julia, Child, by Kao Maclear, also illustrated by Julie Morstad. My friend, Nadia, and I sort of look like the illustrations of Julia and Simca, and I am seriously considering adding neck scarves as a wardrobe accessory.

I am a total fan of Morstad's. Her illustrations really inspire me to make, create, and have daily adventures. 

For now, this adventure is a little hexie making while I wait for the sun to peak through the clouds. 

What is inspiring you to make and create in the new year?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello 2016

Having some time off for the holidays allowed me to slow down and catch my breath after a very hectic year. I can't believe that the last time I posted here was in May! I am very grateful for opportunities I had in 2015, and even more thankful for the lessons I learned from helpful people... and not so helpful people. One thing is for sure, after how busy this last year was, I realized that slowing down and clearing different things out that weren't beneficial or productive, is essential to my overall happiness. 

That being said, hand embroidery and sewing makes me oh so very happy, so my commitment is to keep doing more of that in this new year, and share it here with all you fellow makers. I also adore hiking, I took the photo above when I completed my favorite in-city Tucson hike up Tumamoc Hill. I am hoping to do more stitching and hiking in the new year, as well.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I post with more frequency over there... I know, it's horrible that I would have abandoned my blog in that way. I have so many ideas and a new schedule for this year, so I am hoping to share more about what is being created, made, and dreamed up in the Bobby Pin Bandit lair. For now, here is a little year in review of the most loved photos from my Instagram feed from 2015. 

Here is to a new year filled with happiness, joy, and only good things for each and every one of you! Thank you for visiting my blog, my instagram feed, and staying in contact with me. I am so happy to know that I can reach out to the crafty community and always find inspiration in all of you, and I hope you all find inspiration here, too.

Cheers to 2016! Sending you all my best! Big hugs all around!