I've been cruising Etsy and art blogs looking for interesting pieces to decorate my home with, but I've gotten side-tracked with all the ideas I'm getting for holiday decorations. I'm particularly excited about decoration for the holidays this year, and when I say "holidays," I'm starting with Halloween.
There's something about decorating for the colder seasons that just makes a house homier and more personal. And I'd love to add my own artistic touches, of course! But with all the traveling I've been doing and will be doing this fall (can you say IQF Houston?), I'll have to keep those projects short and sweet.
When I'm looking to make a quick project, I turn at once to my fabric scraps. The fabrics alone often inspire me, but on my trips back to the Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors offices back in Massachusetts I've spied some pieces of artwork being shot for the latter mag that I put on my list to make, including these cute spiders and needle-felted boxes.
1. Do each project in stages. It's sometimes hard for me to find a big block of studio time, so I'm going to set myself up for success by creating a little at a time.
2. Gather all the materials needed for each project. For example, for a needle-felted box, I'll put a small bin of fibers, a cache of embellishments I want to use, and a few skeins of embroidery floss and ribbon together in either a large bin or a tote bag. This way, the project will be ready every time I am and clean-up will be easy between studio sessions.
3. Prepare the studio for productivity. Before diving in, I'm going to do some routine maintenance on my machines, install new needles (with spares at the ready), make sure all the studio light bulbs are in working order, and stock up on basic supplies like thread, batting, fusible, and Fiberfil. I'll probably stock the fridge with the necessary beverages, too. (Hey, it is the holidays!)
4. Give myself a break. Home, holidays, and art are all things we should enjoy, not stress over. So, if I don't make as much art as I planned or don't finish a project, I'm giving myself permission to shrug it off–at least until it's time for New Year's resolutions!
How do you make time for small art projects? Let me know in the comments section below. And be sure to check out Cloth Paper Scissors for some scrappy fabric projects.