Creative Group Challenge SPRING 2019:

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Starting: Now

Due Date: 06/2/19

Theme:

  • Spring
  • Fresh
  • Perseverance
  • Renewal

Details:

  1. Pick a category/theme from the choices provided and design a piece celebrating your choice or that represents how you feel about it/what it means to you.
  2. Jewelry, paintings, sculptures, weaving, fiber arts, even decor…whatever medium and project type you choose!
  3. You can pick one category or if you like pick more and join in the challenge more than once. Or combine categories if you’d like, let your creativity rise to shape your challenge. With any entries it would be really great to see a narrative with the result, to be able to read how you were inspired and follow your thought process in creating but not necessary.
  4. Every member is welcome to participate, but there’s no pressure. The final due date is set to June 2nd, so there’s plenty of time to join in the fun!!!
  5. Starting now (as of this posting) until June 2nd please upload your project pictures to the album created on our Facebook group photo page (Creative Group Challenge 2019) and after our end date the final results will be uploaded on the blog (only after a member has given permission), so get ready for fun, awesomeness, creative and diverse artwork

Additional Information:

Did you read the challenge and are you inspired to create and participate? But not yet a member? Please feel free to join us, but note that this community is specifically for those artists who have a (physical/mental/medical) disability or illness.

 

Not yet a member of our Facebook group? You can join us here:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/615159408506913

Question of the week # 303

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Is there anything you have seen while you were out and about recently that has inspired or is currently inspiring a piece of work or a work in progress?

And if so, what and why?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃

 

Question of the week # 302

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Good morning this sunny (in our area) Monday! I am in a particularly good mood as our household is happy due to the announcement this morning that Craig Johnson is releasing a new “Longmire” novel this coming September. We are all big Longmire fans, also, we have been seeing some sun for about a week and have a couple more days until the next bout of rain starts AND everyone seems to have made the daylight savings time & return to work adjustment without too much angst and no coffee overdoses. (It’s been a stressful couple of months.)

So it’s definitely a HAPPY MONDAY here, hope it is for you all too 😃

So, the question this week is: Who is working on the Creative Group Spring Challenge Project and what are you making?

I know we have some time before it is due ( the tentative deadline is June 2nd ) but I also think it would be cool to get a kind of a “roll call” as to where all of us might be: thinking about it still, planning on doing it or already working on it or ???

Let us know 👍

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions & questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃

Shann

 

Question of the week # 301

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It’s that time of the month again when I get to ask my favorite question!

It was a very busy and challenging week for me last week and I’m sure it was for many of you too. I’ve definitely been feeling the adverse effects of “push and crash” but fortunately I didn’t start to crash until Sunday night, after most everything that needed to be done was finished. Unfortunately that means for me this week is going to be an especially slow start. Yesterday and today I’ve been mostly sleeping, or wishing I was sleeping and not just bed bound. Everything of course is ugly ouchie and I’m just ugh. I am going to try to get up and about this afternoon but  I’m not going to push too hard. Allergy season is in full upswing here and these gorgeous days we’ve been having means all the flowering trees, bushes and spring flowers are going crazy, it’s beautiful everywhere you look but oh it’s hard on us pollen challenged (lol).

I’m going to rest as much as possible though because the weather is going to be awesome for awhile and my son said if I’m up to it this weekend we can go have a family picnic up in the Olympic National Forest & scout for campsites for our upcoming mini trip. OH YES PLEASE!

That’s my Happy this week. How about you?

QTW: short and sweet…

What is your bright spot, your happy, your big smile moment you are looking forward to this week? Or are even enjoying right now?

Please share with us, we’d love to hear it 🙂

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Tuesday to all!

 

 

Question of the week # 300

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I’m asking this week’s question in a bit of a different format:

Fill in the Blank:

For me, the most challenging thing about crafting and creating is ______.

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Friday to all 😀

Question of the week # 299

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We had some gorgeous weather this weekend and judging by all the signs seen while we were out and about, it is officially the beginning of the garage and yard sale season around here.

Sometimes I love to hit a bunch of garage sales for old craft and art supplies to pick up on the super cheap. This “involuntary early retirement” (aka disabled) for me means a very tight budget and limited income. I have to save money where I can and crafting tools and supplies can be a luxury item sometimes, so I don’t mind searching for good second hand items that still have a lot of creative life left.

Beads never “go bad” like fiber, paint and glue can but you can get some great tools for a steal as well if you keep your eyes peeled and have a bit of luck on your side.

Crochet hooks, knitting needles, sewing stuff, rivet/eyelet punches, scissors, scrap booking/papercrafting stuff…the list goes on and on. The key is to keep an open mind and have fun😀 I love finding vintage crafting stuff or “future project” items for little or no money.

Plus… I must admit I have a terrible weakness for picking up old smaller furniture, lamps, mirrors etc and revamping them and either re-selling them after a bit or gifting them. I’ve had people come to my house and stop dead at the sight of some particular item and if they are stopping dead from wonder and not dread, if they want it, well, it’s usually going home with them if they’ve got room in their vehicle (LOL). I’ve told my children it’s an addiction that hurts no one and they can’t keep everything themselves so they are usually OK with it.

Where do you like to find your vintage crafting and art supplies…or do you prefer to work with new?

What is your favorite “find”?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😀

Question of the week # 298

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What are you working on this week?

Are you sketching, needling, painting, wrapping, baking, photographing, stringing, writing or maybe just preparing for  Easter (if you or your family celebrates it) or any one of the myriad of other things I haven’t mentioned here?

So what are you doing? Let us know 😀

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Tuesday to all 👍

 

Question of the week # 297

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Mornings are rough sometimes and Monday mornings are usually even harder for me to kick start and yesterday was proven to be no exception. Later on this week I have some other challenges (physical and mental) but right now I’m taking it cup by cup (coffee is always such a good thing for me) and one little bit at a time. With the “Rainmaggeddon” that we call Spring around here currently going on in our area we are staying home as much as we can and focusing on indoor activities, planning future outdoor activities, staying dry & warm and just watching it rain and blow outside.

I’ve heard it said that life is what happens while we’re making plans and that seems to be the rule rather than the exception in my house. It seems like something is always happening around here these days & unfortunately I’ve let a lot of things slide during this last bout of health and household challenges. I’m feeling better but I looked around and my work area has been overwhelmed and overrun with random stuff. I literally found one of my sports bras (sorry if TMI) in one of the piles of papers and projects and stuff…and it wasn’t the sewing/repair pile. I’d been looking for it for over two weeks! Aaaagh! Just  Aaaagh! Sometimes! (lol)

So…My biggest challenge this week is forcing myself to buckle down and spend some time doing inventory and clean up that has been woefully neglected yet desperately needed.

And the question this week is what is the most difficult physical, mental, spiritual or creative challenge or goal/task you are facing today or this week?

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit suggestions and questions to:                         s pdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Tuesday to all 😀

 

 

Question of the week # 296

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 It’s that time of the month again when I get to ask my favorite question!

It was a very busy week last week for me and I’m sure it was for many of you too. Today was so crazy busy for me I’m running a little behind but after Wednesday I think I will actually have a clear schedule for a few days. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited about a clear schedule and a nap right now.

QTW: short and sweet…

What is your bright spot, your happy, your big smile moment you are looking forward to this week? Or are even enjoying right now?

Please share with us, we’d love to hear it 🙂

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all!

 

Bring Spring Already!

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So it’s definitely about time for some challenge fun!

We have gained some new members since our last challenge, so if you’re wondering what this “Creative Group Challenge” is all about, here’s a recap: We’re all artists, we all love creating, designing, crafting, making things. Many of us are jewellery designers, but there are also writers, woodworkers, painters, fiber artists, sculptors and other artists. The basic thought behind a group challenge is: wouldn’t it be fun to make something together? Since we live in different parts of the world, we’ve tried to choose categories that attempt to encompass our diversity but that each member can use to create something from similar starting themes.

The theme for this upcoming challenge is: BRING SPRING! This challenge is all about celebrating things associated with spring! From butterflies to rainy days and bunnies, this is the season to smile, relax and have fun. Yes, I know it’s not spring where everyone is, but this is also a theme about the spirit of celebrating rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. It’s all about looking for fresh ideas and challenging ourselves to occasionally step out of our comfort zones and try new techniques that we’ve been dying to test out. Or, to simply listen to our inner muse and let her/him/it/they tell us what to create next.

Pick a category (see the flyer post for suggestions) and design a piece celebrating your choice or that represents how you feel about it/what it means to you. Jewelry, paintings, sculptures, weaving, fiber arts, even decor…whatever medium and project type you choose!

These categories have been chosen just as a starting point for your creations. You can pick one category or if you like pick more and join in the challenge more than once. Or combine categories if you’d like, let your creativity rise to shape your challenge. With any entries it would be really great to see a narrative with the result, to be able to read how you were inspired and follow your thought process in creating but not necessary.Every member is welcome to participate, but there’s no pressure. The final due date is set to June 2nd, so there’s plenty of time to join in the fun!!!

Starting now (as of this posting) until June 2nd please upload your project pictures to the album created on our Facebook group photo page (Creative Group Spring Challenge 2019) and after our end date the final results will be uploaded on the blog (only after a member has given permission), so get ready for fun, awesomeness, creative and diverse artwork!

Extra information

The (soft) Due Date is June 2nd. Depending on how everyone is getting on, this date might be postponed so we’ll all have enough time to finish and show our work. Submitting results can be done to the Creative Group Spring Challenge 2019 photo album on our facebook group page. There will be a blog post showing the different creations as well but before we do so permission to show your work on the blog will be requested. As always we will not show anyone’s work or details without permission, as we care a lot about the safe and casual nature of our group.

Happy creating!