Category Archives: Creativity

Pink Confusion Bag


When I’m at a loss for inspiration, I sometimes go to my ‘starts’ and ‘maybes’ for something to continue. This is a piece of fabric that I do recall using for soaking up unused paint, with no intentional design.

Now I call it ‘confusion’ because only after it was complete did I see that it could have been a pink Peony. I stared at that blob and couldn’t see anything but a blob. Still, I felt like doing some hand stitching so for a few evenings, I poked the needle loaded with pearle cotton in and out to emphasize the lines that I did see.

Still not happy, of course, another day I felt like machine stitching so I did my ‘go to’ stitched grid. Well, at least it makes the hand stitching less vulnerable. Plus, it is now stitched to a firm stabilizer. I find the grid-stitching mindless and relaxing, maybe that’s why I do it.

I was compelled to add another line to the design. Here I am thinking……….but it’s not what I did.

After adding borders with a vintage madras plaid, I pulled out a piece of fabric that apparently I colored with the blue at the same time. I used it to make handles.

Here is the finished bag. A pouch? A little purse? Just think ‘Peony’!

One of a kind and available here in my Art2Carry Etsy Shop.

The story of an aimless creation. Many  – if not most – original creations come about this way. Some work out better. I wish I had stayed in ‘think mode’ awhile. That’s why we sit and stare into space. We creators are busier than we look, believe me.



Blue Denim Bag with Rag


I have a soft spot for this bag! Perhaps because it has been so long since I sewed one, you think? But I really love this utility bag. Paint rag outer pockets that are totally accidental but seemed ready to be seen and admired. Made for stashing your handwork supplies.

Available here in my Art2Carry Etsy Shop. SOLD



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What Working Means

…..from ‘Fearless Creating’ by Eric Maisel, PH. D.

“Working means holding the work.

Working means hushing.

Working means starting.

Working means mastering the disinclination to work.

Working means working in the moment.

Working means entering the trance of working.

Working means appraising.

Working means choosing.

Working means negotiating a maze.

Working means living with chaotic-mind anxiety.

Working means ordering the work.

Working means wrestling with the thing from the sea.

Working means manifesting drive and direction.

Working means reframing the impossible as possible.

Working means making and correcting mistakes.

Working means waking up working.

Working means working on a given day.

Working means silencing distractions.

Working means surviving disturbances.

Working means loving the work, not hating it.

Working means providing your own warmth.

Working means maintaining tension.

Working means working over time.

Working means surrendering.

Good luck!”