Sunday, August 3, 2008

this is my trade secret

My tip for making or taking or crafting is don't be afraid of things evolving away from your original idea. I have had to learn that shaping the idea throughout the process is okay and this has stopped me from being disappointed all the time. Work with the failures. As an example I was trying to draw a simple girl for a card this morning and the closest I could come up with was oscar the grouch's wife up there! A few sketches later there was something I was happy with on the paper that I wouldn't have thought of off-the-bat.

As for techniques, mine aren't too consistent but Eb taught me to score cards along the middle with my knife for a crisp fold.
Sewing Stars explains here how to sew up a softie with a hidden stick. Very helpful.

Theme from this lady.


Annalisa Backlund said...

Cute! The best ideas come when you're in the middle of making things. And I'll try the knife tip. Thanks!

one little acorn said...

Great trade secret and very true. It's always good advice to go wherever the creativity leads you and be happy to change from the original direction. As we all know, not everything goes as planned and happy 'accidents' happen all the time.

Moiface said...

Fabulous advice! Thanks!

Hoppo Bumpo said...

Love your trade secret. This would help me avoid constant disappointment!

Love the tip for the hidden ladder stitch too.

ashley said...

i like oscar the grouch's wife! great post- like that old saying; if at first you don't succeed try...again

Katie said...

great trade secret! If I was to throw out all my disasters instead of keeping them I wouldn't have thought of half the things I have. Anyhoo, what I'm trying to say is *high five* right on!