Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Introducing TAFA!

For all you textile and fiber art lovers, I'm pleased to introduce you to...

The Textile and Fiber Art List

I'm proud to be a new member of this incredibly talented and vibrant community of artists who use fabric and fiber as their medium of choice. Rachel Biel the creator and organizer of this group works tirelessly to bring textile and fiber artists to the forefront.  With over 300 members and growing, TAFA is proving itself to be a force to contend with.  Here's just a small sampling of the incredible talent within its membership.

"Henry The Octopus" $1500 bbusbyarts.etsy.com

Crochet Daisy Brooch Blue Green Teal in Fine Thread $20 by Nothingbutstring.etsy.com

Handbag OOAK Freeform Crochet - Guru - Deep Water $250 by rensfibreart.etsy.com

Tree of Life Quilt - Custom Designed $200 by OhMadeThreads.etsy.com

Burlap Journal: Repurposed Rice Bag Burlap Chalkboard Eco Friendly $16.15 DharmaKarmaArts.etsy.com

Forest Collection Quilt Art Handmade Wall Hanging $225 cimdyrquilts.etsy.com

FEATHER LYRICS -Peacock tail- reclaimed fiber earrings $15 Hagarae.etsy.com

Black, White and Red Petunia Style Sweater Coat, Size Medium (10-14) $350 Brendaabdullah.etsy.com

Felt Wall Hanging / Bright Eyes $350 CloverleafFibreArt.etsy.com

Handmade Fiber Art Bracelet Beach Glass $55 pdlugos.etsy.com

Sunflower Garden silk art quilt, original art $225 by AsianArtAndQuilts.etsy.com

I'm so inspired! If you'd like to know more about TAFA or to join, here's a few links you may be interested in.

TAFA's Website: http://www.tafalist.com/

TAFA's Member Blog: http://tafateam.blogspot.com/

TAFA'S Etsy Team

Check out my new TAFA profile!

Go to TAFA's Website for a complete list of links.

Creatively yours,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

5 Ways To Add Creativity to Everyday Living

Creativity is our birthright! It’s part of everything we do and whether we realize it or not, we create our own reality everyday. Artistically speaking though, there are times when we may need a little inspiration to help us reach our goals.  For me, the key is to do at least one thing everyday to satisfy my creative needs.

But with busy lives, families and multiple commitments how do we find the time? The answer is to carve just a few minutes out of each day for our inner child to play. Expressing our creativity breaks up the mundane aspects of life and can even add a little magic when you need it most!

"Creativity is our birthright!"

Here are 5 tips that don’t cost money and only takes a few minutes. Pick one and get started!
1.  Pick some fresh flowers from your garden or go for a little hike and collect pinecones, twigs, fallen leaves etc. Arrange them yourself in a new creative way.  Play with color combinations, texture and size.  Add unusual embellishments or ephemera from around the house. If this sounds too complicated, try going very stark and simplified i.e. a single flower in a vase partially filled with stones and water.

Wooden Striped Circle-Shaped Flower Vase $15  by JillianJonesEnt.etsy.com

 2. Take a small sketchbook to work everyday.
Sketch for 10 minutes at some point during lunch or break time. If you can’t think of something to sketch, choose simple images or photographs and paste them on the opposite side of the page.  Over time, your observational skills will improve along with your results. Most importantly, keep it simple, use any ordinary pencil and stop after 10-15 minutes. Don’t worry about the quality of the sketch; simply try to enjoy the act of creativity and the rejuvenation it can offer you. When I used to work in a stressful corporate job, this activity totally switched up my energy and mood. It changed my day!

Mini Rustic Suede Sketchbook $20 by christinemarieford.etsy.com

Pencil King $30 by katsiki.etsy.com

3. When you make a meal, use your creativity to make the presentation interesting. Adding a garnish like parsley or arranging foods on the plate in a pleasing way can make an otherwise ordinary meal into something exciting.

Ceramic Tapas Plate Set $36 by artsielady.etsy.com

4. Take some time to enjoy your favorite craft. If you don’t have one yet, start by reading. There are many craft blogs and books available. By browsing through, you may just find something new and exciting to try.  Reading fiction can also stimulate your imagination rather than simply watching a movie. Try using the search word "Tutorial" on Etsy and just see what comes up! Here's a couple that look great to try.

NEW Tutorial 8 How To Create Perfectly Textured Multi-Dimensional Focal Beads $15 available at SCDiva.etsy.com

Clutch Tutorials & 6 patterns (10 inch, (2) 8 inch, 6 inch, 4.5 inch, 3 inch) - $8 by whilebabynaps.etsy.com

 5. Get outside! Take a little time each day to be outside. Breathe in the fresh air and really take in your surroundings. Listen to the sounds. Look closely at what’s around you. You might even see or hear something that inspires your next art or craft project!

A Place to Be - 8x8 Art Print - A soothing blue ocean view on a sandy calm beach. $30 by donnageissler.etsy.com

Here’s a bonus tip you might like to try too!

6. Start a journal. Spend a few minutes each day to record your thoughts. If you don’t know what to write just keep going and you may find that in fact you do have something to say.  The very act of writing is intrinsically creative and you may be surprised at what’s inside just waiting to come out.

30% OFF Steampunk Handmade Journal and Free Bookmark - Ready to Ship $30 by keilantra.etsy.com

These are just a handful of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  The most important advice I can give to anyone looking to become more creative is to do your best not to judge yourself during the process. Persevere and be persistent. Rewards will come to you, though not always as you might expect. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are AOK. In fact, they can lead you to your most brilliant ideas. Focus on the process, not the result.

"Mistakes are AOK. They can lead to your most brilliant ideas."

How do you stay creative? Share your tips here by leaving us a comment

Creatively yours,

© 2011 Christine Marie Ford
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