Radical Self Love Journal: Halfway Point

DSC_0177Hi friends! I hope you’re having good weeks- I know I am! I wanted to share with you the first half of the journal I’ve been working on based on Gala Darling’s Radical Self Love Bible School prompts.
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Radical Self Love and I have a complicated relationship, but working in this journal and focusing on things I love and having a chance to do some guided introspection has been really fun and worthwhile. DSC_0203
Do we not love these bubble letter stickers?! I got them at Michael’s, and I now can’t find them anywhere online but I love them and I bet you can find them at your local Michaels/ craft storeDSC_0200
This is a quote from an Annie Dillard essay, Living Like Weasels, that I cannot stop thinking about. The dancer on the left is from Frankie, the dancer on the right is from an ABC Carpet & Home ad. The garden behind them is from an Australian interior design magazine. The bodega up the block sells the best magazines and they’re all from Australia or New Zealand. I don’t understand why, but I’ll take it.
spirit page
This page wound up being one of my favorites. I think I just like writing on pretty backgrounds. I went back and put glitter on the sneakers with Martha Stewart Glitter Glue, which, let me tell you, is the absolute best.   DSC_0182I don’t love this page but I feel really strongly about sharing our “crafting fails,” so here’s something I feel uncomfortable sharing with you! I just don’t think it’s that pretty, but the process of making it helped me learn more about my process.

Have a great rest of the week, sunshines!
xo,

Whitney

Mini Makerie Recap

Embroidery Thread by Teryn
photo by Teryn (click through for source)

Hi Friends! Today on the blog we have story time (there’s a recap at the end if all you want to do is look at the pictures, I won’t be offended).  

A few weeks ago I packed a backpack, set an alarm for 4 AM, and flew across the country to my beautiful home state of Colorado. Why? To take an embroidery class! If you think a 4 AM flight for an embroidery class is a little… drastic, you obviously have never been to a Makerie workshop. I’ve now been to two, and I am here to tell you that Ali and Emily are nothing short of magical. Ali and Emily are like… these amazing fairies who turn everything they touch into creative, magical, special places and we should revere and/or appoint them world dictators. I would be so down to live in a dictatorship as long as it was led by Ali and Emily. That took a weird turn. Onward! 

At-Hand-Studio-12
Photo by Teryn

This particular Makerie, the Mini Makerie, was held in my mom’s studio! In our house! I didn’t even have to put on real pants to attend! I did, but I didn’t have to, and if that’s not the dream, I don’t know what it. 

Adriana Torres - Miga de Pan

Our teacher, Adriana Torres, makes the most incredible art. She made this sampler for her daughter, and you can really get a sense of her color palette and look from it. Her embroidery is otherworldly- tiny stitches, adorable creatures, and a color palette that somehow perfectly illustrates her. Click over to her site to see more. She’s incredible. 

Adriana Torres - Crochet Elephant - Miga de Pan
Photo By Teryn

Adriana and her team make these adorable little elephants! I’m obsessed. 

Mini Makerie Color Wheel
Photo by Teryn

First things first, we gathered our color wheels. Adriana taught us all about color: hue, saturation, and brightness. This is my wheel, with all the colors and their different iterations laid out. I clearly don’t like pink. 

On day two we made a sampler and learned a dozen stitches. Since I’m already a stitcher, I knew some of them, but Adriana has a really particular way of doing them, so I feel like it was all new information. We were so busy that I didn’t get a picture of them, and Teryn wasn’t around so sadly they are lost to the wind. That’s okay though, some things don’t need to be photographed to be special. 

On the other hand, this wall in boulder begs to be shared. They painted it last summer and I finally tricked someone into taking pictures of me in front of it before we went to dinner at one of my favorite Boulder restaurants, pizzeria locale (thanks, mom!).

Mini Makerie Studio Shot
Photo by Teryn

One of the things I love most about embroidery is that it is firmly rooted in history. The first embroideries were in China during the warring states period, and the art has flourished from there. Almost every culture in the world has some sort of decorative stitching and I have so many thoughts and feelings about it. I have written multiple school papers on it. I’m not kidding. 

 

On day three we embroidered the heads and shells of this adorable little plush armadillos! How stinking cute are they?

Recap: Ali & Emily should be dictators; armadillo feet are cuter detached than on.

xo,
Whitney