Being an artist can be very isolating. Long hours in your studio creating can be wonderful, but also lonely. But podcasts can help with that! They can help you to feel connected with other artists, gain some insight and maybe even some inspiration!
Now, you might remember that I have a serious love of podcasts. I’ve talked about it a couple times (hereand here), but today I want to focus solely on podcasts that I feel are helpful to creatives. Creativity in all its forms, it’s ups and it’s downs and how we gain inspiration has been on my mind a lot lately. I plan to talk more on this topic soon, but I thought it would be fun to start off with this!
I have been looking forward to announcing this for MONTHS and it’s finally here! Guys, I have launched my Etsy store!
I started dreaming about making gorgeous glass fusion and wire jewelry 1 1/2 years ago and, after gaining access to a kiln a while back, have been hard at work designing and creating just that! It’s been a great experience so far and I am so excited to start this next step and being able to provide these beautiful pieces to others!
I have 20 items available right now, but I will be adding a couple every 1-2 days, so make sure to check back in!Read More
We all love to make our homes our own. To display the things that we love and create spaces that welcome us. That can be done a lot of different ways…thrift store shopping, antiquing, DIY, just regular shopping and more! And I would guess many of us like to do a mix of all of those. I know I do! For this project I decided to go the DIY route 🙂 It’s no secret that I love DIY decor. What you may not know about me is that I absolutely LOVE coffee! So when I realized I could make a space that combined those loves, I was all for it!
Our kitchen is one of the last rooms in the house that hasn’t really been remodeled. A few changes here and there, most of which were caused by changes in another room, but not an actual remodel. And well…my kitchen is not the prettiest kitchen ever! It’s stuck sometime from the 60s or 70s, with some of the weirdest wood paneling I have ever seen, no windows and dark cabinets. But we have made a few positive changes to it so far and one of them (recessing the refrigerator) opened up a space that I could play with!
Creativity is fickle, isn’t it? Sometimes you can feel on top of the world…mind racing with so many ideas you can barely keep up with them! It’s a great feeling and, at least for me, can make me feel like I’m this super-creative person. I don’t need anything to inspire creativity! Just look at all the ideas I’m coming up with! Then comes the downfall. The times when you desperately want to create something, but nothing seems to work. If you start a project you can’t seem to figure out how to proceed. Nothing seems to flow, no matter what medium you use. For me, that is the worst feeling. I feel like I am not creative at all and maybe I should just give up. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but you get what I’m saying.
Everyone’s creativity ebbs and flows. So what are some things you can do to inspire creativity when you are on the ebbing side of things?
Break your routine – Most of us have our daily and weekly routines. They form without even really trying. Sometimes this can cause things to stagnate. So break that routine! Go someplace you don’t normally go, or at a time you aren’t normally out. One recent example of this for me is going to a coffee shop solely to work on my blog. I will sit down with my headphones and a cup of coffee and write. Another that has helped me before is going for a hike, or even walking through the Main Street district in my town.
Step away from technology – This is one I have found to help me a lot. Yes, there are a lot of things out there in the technological world that can inspire creativity. I’m not discounting those. But sometimes we can get so sucked in to what others are creating and find it hard to create things ourselves!
Go to a museum – Or an art show, or craft fair, or something. Try to find something that is not the same medium that you use. You will be amazed at how many things can be inspired by viewing what someone did in a completely different form! I can’t paint, at all. But there is something about paintings that can inspire so many things in me!
Just do it – Whatever it is you are trying to do, just start. Keep trying at it. Sometimes, all that is needed is just to get going and suddenly all the ideas are there. I have this happen with writing sometimes, and my jewelry a little more often. I will go down to my studio feeling like I have no ideas for a new pendant and just start looking at the colors of glass, playing with different pieces. After a little bit, the ideas usually start coming and next thing you know, I have eight new ready-to-fuse pendants! This doesn’t always work, but it can at times and is worth trying.
Set the tone – Sometimes things can just get overwhelmed. One of the things I do on a regular basis that I have a hard time with is writing. Writing does not come naturally to me, though it has gotten a little easier with practice. But one thing I have found that has helped inspire creativity and get me in the right mindset is setting the tone. I have music that I use almost exclusively for writing. I try to always write at a table (usually my desk) with as few distractions as possible around me. It’s taken a while to set this in my mind, but now when I turn that music on it helps get me focused on writing. I am currently in the beginning stages of doing something similar for working in my studio.
So those are my top tips to inspire creativity! I know that being stuck can be frustrating and difficult, but just remember that it doesn’t last! You can find ways to get yourself back to creating! I hope this list will spark an idea or two on how you can do just that!
What do you do when you are stuck creatively? Do you have a tip that I didn’t think of? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!
Hey everyone! I can’t believe March is coming to a close already! It feels like this month has just flown by! Is that just me? Anyways, this month was really busy for me, and some of that was being busy creating. There are some projects that I hoped I would get to that got sidelines for the month (my mosaic), but I did get one really pretty DIY piece done and a decent amount of jewelry! So without further ado, here is what I made in March!
I do have one piece of jewelry I’m currently halfway through wrapping, some glass ready to be fired, and some more glass pieces done that I haven’t gotten back yet! Plus hopefully I will be able to get some time down in my studio on Wednesday to work on my mosaic! Overall, a pretty productive month. And that’s what I made in March!
I’m loving this current focus on creating, though I do wish that I had taken the time to work on a couple more non-jewelry based projects this month. Oh well…sometimes one particular type of art eats all your focus, leaving nothing left for the other creative outlets 🙂
Do you ever have that happen? Get super-focused on one project or type of project? Do you just flow with it or do you try to split your focus some so it’s more moderate? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!
Are you all as excited for spring as I am?! While I’m never all that thrilled about winter, I have been going a little stir-crazy the last month or so waiting for the weather to warm up. And yeah, while Iowa isn’t quite done with the cold weather yet, (seriously?! Snow expected this week?!) the beginning of spring does give me hope that eventually we will get to the warmer weather again…hiking, outdoor events, no more coats…I can’t wait!
With anticipating the warmer weather, and the official start of spring, comes the desire to take down all the winter decor and bring in some more color! Only one problem…The only spring wreath I made last year was this one for my mom. So I had no wreath for our front door! (I am also seriously lacking in other spring decor, but that will be a post for another day) It’s a good thing that I absolutely love a chance to try a new DIY project!So, I did what any aspiring DIYer does! I made one for myself!
If you have been with the blog for a while, or on my Instagram, you’ve noticed I tend to stick to the same style of wreath, at least for the base. Pretty much a straw wreath base, wrapped in burlap or yarn. This time I decided to experiment a bit and try a new base! So this is my first attempt at using a grapevine wreath. Overall, I think it went pretty well!
Estimated Time for Project: 1 hour
1 grapevine wreath
fake flowers – I used 3 bunches of tulips, in 3 different colors. All but 3-4 individual flowers were used in this project.
1 roll of burlap, any color – I used brown, but a pink or yellow could look really pretty too!
wooden inital – Both Draz and my last names start with H, so that seemed like a good choice!
paint for initial
Not pictured: glue gun, twine
I started by painting the initial. You want plenty of time for that to dry before you add it on at the end! While that is drying, you can assemble the rest of the wreath. I painted ours a light purple, which sadly didn’t photograph very well. Just trust me. It’s purple!
Trim flowers off of the bunches. I started out with pretty long stems (6+ inches), thinking that would be easier to weave through the grapevine. It ended up getting pretty stuffed pretty quickly! I started trimming them shorter about halfway through, ending up with 3-4 inches being a pretty comfortable length. This leaves you enough to weave through the grapevine without filling it too much. I trimmed some, added those, trimmed more and added those, repeating until I was happy with the amount of flowers on the wreath.
Move on to your burlap. I made two bows first. Then I wrapped some of the rest of the burlap loosely around the wreath, adjusting until I liked how it looked. I did tie down one part behind the flowers with twine to make it lay a little nicer.
If you feel the need to, this would probably be the point to glue any of the flowers that you want to. I considered it, but decided they didn’t need any. (I actually turned the wreath upside down and shook it around!)
Using the hot glue gun, add your bows to the wreath.
Using the hot glue gun again, attach your wooden initial.
That’s it! It’s a pretty simple process, but the results are gorgeous! I am in love with how this wreath turned out! I did learn a few things during the process as well:
Burlap bows are actually much easier to make pretty than I ever realized! I have actually tried to make things with bows before and I could never get them to look pretty. This time, I had a realization that made them so much easier with a much better looking result! (I am sad I didn’t get pictures of this. I will try to get some next time!)
I made a loop with the length of burlap, putting the seam at the middle in the back. Pinch the middle of the loop together and wrap twine around the pinched area a few times, tying in the back to secure. That’s it! It’s so much simpler than anything I tried before.
Shorter stems are easier to work with than longer. I know I said that above, but it is definitely worth repeating. SO. MUCH. EASIER.
Wire cutters for electrical wire can be used to great effect to cut the stems of fake flowers. I could not find my usual scissors anywhere…nearly dented my nice kitchen shears trying to cut the stems. I then called my dad, who saved the day (as always)! He suggested using some wire cutters, which we had just used in another project a week ago and I knew where those were. They were even easier than the scissors I normally use!
I am so happy with how this DIY project turned out! I was a little nervous trying out a new base, but it was so easy to work with and the result was beautiful. I may be making a few new grapevine wreaths in the future.
How are you decorating for spring? Do you like using DIY decor in your home? Are you planning on any new DIY decor for the new season? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!
You know how sometimes the creative juices just aren’t there, and then other times you can’t catch up with all the ideas racing around in your head? Do you experience that too? Last month was a bit…stalled creatively. This month on the other hand! This month has been awesome! And a lot of the awesomeness has all occurred within the last week! ❤
Some of this is due to taking a short post-birthday vacation. I had 5 glorious days to spend on blog improvements, a few DIY projects, an art piece and some new jewelry, both finishing pieces and pieces to be fused!
Sadly, even on vacation I have more ideas then time, but that just means that I won’t run out of projects any time soon!
I feel like I really made some progress on my jewelry this month. I have been putting some extra time into improving my wire wrapping skills and I think it’s starting to show! After some great advice from Michele over at @tigerlilywraps on Instagram, I headed over to YouTube and checked out a few channels for tutorials: Go Art Yourself and OxanaCrafts. A few of the pieces on here were actually done using the tutorials, specifically this one.
While I still feel like I have a lot of room for improvement, I’m excited to see what I have gotten done this month!
Along with my jewelry, my vacation gave me a bunch of time to work on other projects! I stained the backboard for my next mosaic and cut the sheet of glass I need to start it. This project has actually been in some stage of progress for over around 2 years, so I’m looking forward to getting some glass laid down on it soon! I also have some more pendants to be fused (and I’m waiting for some that aren’t pictured that I’m getting back today!)
Since staining that backboard seems to have gotten me in a mood, I actually stained a bunch more boards for 2 DIY projects. The “Love & Coffee” is part of one of those, so be looking for posts on those projects soon! I can’t wait to share them with you 🙂
And for what is possibly my most exciting DIY project of the month. I have sanded, primed, and started painting some furniture for our bedroom and closet remodel! Now, these are all pieces I’ve had for years…The dresser for around 10 and the side tables since I was a kid. These things have gotten pretty beaten up over the years, but I think they are going to turn out great!
So that’s what I’ve been working on this month! I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my studio and home. I can’t wait to share the new DIY projects with you soon!
Have you been working on anything new lately? Any projects you’ve had on hold that you finally got to get started? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave me a comment below!
When I started this blog I honestly wasn’t sure how well I would do. (Sometimes I’m still not) I’m not great with putting myself out there, plus I was worried that I would give up or only post sporadically. Instead, I found out that I love blogging! This blog has already improved my life, introduced me to some amazing people online and pushed me in some unexpected ways. I can’t wait to see where it continues to take me!
Now, I know that 100 followers is not a huge milestone to a lot of bloggers, but it definitely feels like a big one to me! And I appreciate all of you! So, to celebrate this milestone, my first giveaway! I hope you like what I have for you all 🙂
Be a follower of Nymph In The Woods (if you aren’t already, you can follow now to enter)
Leave a comment below stating which one you would like to win. That’s it!
The giveaway will run from Feb 9th-16th, 2016. The winner will be contacted privately and also be announced on here. I can’t wait to see who wins and which one they choose! (Also, the 16th is my birthday and I can’t wait to celebrate it by giving one of you a gift!)
Edit: The giveaway is now closed! Congrats to Teresa over at Mama Muse Me on winning!
Hey all! Welcome to a new monthly series “Currently Creating.” I’ve been focusing more on creating my art lately, especially my jewelry! At the end of each month I will show you what I made, including in-progress shots. This month is all jewelry, but next month I plan on having some progress on my next mosaic to show you too! 🙂 I hope you will enjoy the look into my studio!
I would also like to highlight other artists, so if you have anything you made that you would like me to link to, send me a picture, description and your website and I will include it in a future post!
Have you been making anything new lately? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave me a comment below!
Are you working on your photography skills? I know that I am constantly trying to learn and improve on my skills in this area. I still have a long long way to go, but I do think I’ve been doing a bit better. One thing I realized I needed was a portable neutral background for photographing smaller objects. So I found this DIY Macro Studio and decided to make one of my own!
large plastic white tablecloth
pop-up laundry bag
staples and stapler
1 sheet of white poster board
This project was really inexpensive and I already had the pop-up laundry bag at home.
I started out by roughly tracing the sides of the pop-up laundry bag on the tablecloth. Keep the tablecloth folded over once to increase strength. You need to trace the top and both sides, totaling in 3 separate pieces.
I then cut out all three sides, leaving the ends intact.
Cut out all three sides on the pop-up that you are replacing with the plastic tablecloth. The laundry bag in this picture is upside down.
Then insert the poster board and staple it into place, trimming down what you don’t need on the sides. Then staple the tablecloth to the sides and top of the laundry bag. I forgot to photograph this part, sorry. I will admit that I had a bit of difficulty getting this part down. I ended up stapling in the middle first and then working out towards the sides.
And it’s done! I still need to work on some better exterior lighting, but I’m really happy with how this turned out. Especially for such an inexpensive project!
I think that this will allow me to really improve my macro photography! I’ve mostly used it for photographing my jewelry so far, but I can’t wait to use it on some other projects as well!
What do you use for your photography? Have you built any backgrounds or props that you love? I would love to hear about your experiences, so please leave a comment below! I’m always looking for new projects!