Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inspiration Sunday



 Photo credit: Lamb and Lark found on Bridal Guide's Most Popular Wedding Photo

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Monday, November 17, 2014

#iMake Monday

The Christmas holidays are practically at our doorsteps and it's now time to start working on our gift giving.  For the most part, we try to gift homemade during this special season. I believe gifting homemade during these holidays shows how much you care for that person; that you're willing to put in effort to make that person happy. 

A benefit of gifting homemade is helping to keep the expenses in check during this frenetic season.  On a personal, more selfish note, I love the satisfaction I feel when I make things that look pretty and taste good.

Yesterday, I made the first trial batch of the Hot Chocolate spoons we plan to give away this year.  I am using the recipe from Giver's Log.




These turned out great and I am very happy with the result.  Now I need to work on the packaging and my production schedule.

Currently on my knitting needles is the Lis slouchy beanie, which is our gift to my sister, Nicki, who lives in Vancouver.  It doesn't get as cold there as it does here, but I'm pretty sure she'd enjoy the warmth during the cool evenings.


In this picture, I'm about 60% done.

My brother, who will be celebrating his 30th while visiting my sister for Christmas, is also getting a hat to keep him warm.  I still have to find the right pattern for him.

I am secretly jealous that they will be together during this holiday.  I wish they were celebrating here with me. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Inspiration Sunday




 Mermaid by Tie Minn via Behance.

Shown here under CC By-SA-3.0

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hivemind

Last week, I had a quick Twitter exchange with my dear friend, Camille DeAngelis, and it went some thing like this:


I am at a point in my novel where things are muddled. I know where I want to go, but the path isn't clear to me just yet. Brambles and overgrown weeds cover the ground before me. I can't turn back because I'm too far along the journey; but I know I'm not yet halfway.

At times like this, the only way to get through is to take one step forward, then another, then another. Eventually, I will get to the other side.

Interestingly, some of the authors I take inspiration from are sharing their thoughts on the same thing:

"That last one is key. Momentum. Really, it’s everything. Because once I have momentum, I don’t care so much about the internet, and I make way better use of my writing time because I am so very FOCUSED.

The way I get momentum is to force myself to write every day. Every. Single. Day."
- Nova Ren Suma on what she needs to finish the first draft of her fifth novel.

"You come a long way in a relatively brief period of time—you look back, gauging that distance with no small degree of satisfaction—and then you find out just how far you have yet to go."
- Camille DeAngelis on completing revisions on her next novel, Immaculate Heart.

It occurs to me that it might be a good idea to ask for some directions.  However, I know my process well enough that it is too soon for me to let someone in on this trek I am on. Of course, another pillar of inspiration for me wrote about just that:

"Nobody else has stepped into this world yet. You long for visitors, for others to discover this world. And yet you also savor it, this precious time when it is all yours, unspoiled. When everything is possible, when the magic is undiluted and intact." 
- Jennifer R. Hubbard on savoring that moment when you it's just you and your story.

Now, isn't that just the perfect example of the hivemind of authors?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Inspiration Sunday





You know how, by torpore via Flickr.  Shown here under CC By-NC-ND 2.0.


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Monday, November 3, 2014

#iMake Monday

I've been rather productive lately in the crafting department.  Here's a collection of things I made over the passed few weeks:


My own winter cowl.


A lunch bag made from plastic yarn ("plarn").  Can you guess what store the plastic bags came from?


An iPhone sweater. 

I'm planning to play around more with the phone sweater concept, ie., different stitches and patterns.  I have a fundraising project I have in mind for it.



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Inspiration Sunday



This photograph is shown here with explicit permission from Candy Reyes - Alipio.

Candy was my classmate in high school, and is a distant relative* of mine.   She is a Freelance Production Designer in the Philippines and is a fellow maker.  Thank you, Candy for allowing me to use this image.

This prompt is yours to draw inspiration from. If you use it, and decide to post the resulting piece on your blog, or other online forum that hosts your writing, let me know in the comments section. I'll make sure to drop by and share my thoughts.

*In the Philippines, there is no such thing as a distant relative.  If the bloodline can be traced, even at the faintest vein, we are "cousins".