Monday, February 9, 2009

WEEKLY CHALLENGE (and awesome crafting!)

What's better than a soap? A soap shaped like a Playstation controller! (Raymond says you have to watch out for the analogue joysticks when you're bathing!) Check out Digitalsoap's Etsy site for more awesome geek inspired soaps (and I use geeky as a compliment!) like calculators and cell phones! (And her fragrance choices fall into the category of serious yum!)

If you've taken a look through this blog, you'll know I'm a big fan of the chemistry, and Molecular Muse (check out her Etsy shop for molecular awesomeness!) If you wanted to get me a gift, this caffeine necklace would be the epitome of excellence (ironic, considering I don't actually drink coffee) or the theobromine earrings!

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and cross-overs from things you love that aren't crafty make that craft your own. (And as Raymond says, everything's an opportunity for crafting!) Molecules and video games aren't usually what comes to mind when you talk about crafting, yet look at these beautiful examples of amazingness when you cross life with crafts!

What has meaning to you? Is it a saying you could stencil (I think about Melissa's "Lion and Lamb" tote bag - beautiful!) or a joke that only you and your friends get that would make an awesome cake (that is not a lie!)? When we're learning to craft, we need patterns and tutorials, but as we learn more, we can find inspiration in pretty much everything and drawing from that inspiration makes the project yours! We craft because we want something that is uniquely ours, something no one else has, and these two examples show you where others find their inspiration.

So I am offering you a challenge! Craft something that is uniquely yours this week. Something someone else could immediately identify as something you've made. Ask yourself some questions - Who are you? How do you define yourself? What adjectives to you use to describe yourself or your interests? Are you a 21st century crafter or are you a fan of the retro look? What is your crafting style? Do you like to purchase patterns and follow them to the letter or do you like to see something and figure out how to make it? Choosing your fabric or colours or flavours or scents with these thoughts in mind will make the crafting your own. (You know if you see a 50's font, a lime green anything, a sushi purse, or something that smells like cake, it has to be mine!)
  • Create a purse with a funky fabric you love...
  • Stencil something on a shirt that only a few people will get...
  • Sew a stuffed animal that looks like a friend...
  • Create a pair of earrings and give them a name that only a friend will understand...
  • Bake a cake and decorate it...
  • Find something to use as a mold and make a soap (try very very clean food containers for new ideas!)
  • Create a new eye shadow colour!
  • And as always, try making marble magnets with pictures you love..

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