Thursday, April 4, 2013

a little making...

 I have been enjoying taking special requests for small sewing projects from friends, and other artists. Those tiny camera stamps were created for strap covers for a photographer I know and love.
 I made an assortment on linen (surplus from a local manufacturer) with some soft recycled fabric as the backing.  Clean, simple, and sweet ways to personalize and soften the standard strap that your camera comes with.

Ok, so no one really holds their camera with jute twine, like the picture below... but I had been wanting to make a paper camera with my larger stamp for a while!
 My sewing machine was so happy for a little workout... it's felt quite neglected in the last few months.

As I go through my each room of my home purging and decluttering, I've been avoiding that overstocked studio of mine. I often stand in the doorway overwhelmed. So many good friends have seen me as the perfect recipient for their unwanted, but still loved fabric. It's been a blessing and a curse. This weekend I will finally tackle the piles, and I think the empty spaces left behind will be filled with the inspiration to get making again. Thank goodness garage sale season is beginning in these parts, because I'm going to have a whopper of one in the next few weeks!  Who knows, maybe an etsy de-stashing sale is in order, as well.

Has the spring cleaning bug bitten you yet, after all of my excitement around it?  I'm really enjoying this book, Throw out 50 Things, that was recommended by a helpful reader. It's giving me the courage to keep letting go... Pin It

10 comments:

  1. Yes, we have been doing some big time purging as some changes may be afoot in our life, but even if they don't happen, it sure feels good.
    Happy Spring to you Maya.

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  2. I really want to try printing fabric this year. I also have so much fabric. We're moving to a house with built in closets next month and I can't wait to finally have space for everything.

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  3. I have just put that book on hold at our library, sounds like a good read. I need to declutter my craft stash as well!
    Happy cleaning this weekend!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

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    1. Hi again Maya!
      I just wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying the book taht you recommended and and have officially started a journey of "making"...!
      http://madebyjoey.blogspot.ca/2013/04/making-garden-toadstools.html
      xoxo
      ~ joey ~

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  4. Just waiting for the children to go back to school next week, then I will purge, purge, purge. Far too many old toys here that are hardly ever played with. This time I am going to be ruthless! And you are right, it really does make you feel fantastic.

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  6. Love those camera straps, Maya! Funny you should say that nobody 'holds their camera with jute twine". I sorta do for my homemade crochet camera strap -- not twine, per se, but a thin piece of vintage lace ribbon! I find those plastic store bought quick-release tabs are otherwise pretty expensive. I think ribbon (or jute) works just as great and is easily replaced!

    Have a happy day spring cleaning and creating!
    ~Karen

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  7. I found that book very inspiring too!

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  9. Wonderful!! I'm pinning this to my wish list. I quite like your paper camera too :).

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