Presents for my creative self: new magazines, flowers from the grocery store, ribbon and vintage oilcloth for future projects. I also signed up for Pam Garrison's Painting Petals online class that starts on January 30th.
I recently bought the magazine "Flow", issue 11. Do you read it? Its a lovely compilation of articles on creativity and mindfulness, celebrating artists and doers of all stripes (in this issue: an interview with Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post). On the editorial page the editors were talking about how sometimes we reach a milestone and forget to acknowledge it because we're so busy with the next deadline or project. Their point was that life is richer when we occasionally step away from our work to celebrate how far we've come.
This sentiment resonated with me because I have been sewing continuously since I opened my Etsy shop, PinkGingerKitty, last September. I enjoy making dolls and their accessories so much that I sometimes forget to stop and just breathe in inspiration from the world around me. This past Saturday was wonderfully springlike here so I treated myself to a morning of moseying around town in the sunshine. Here's what I noticed:
I stopped in at this beautiful hat shop which always inspires me. Goorin Brothers has outlets in Denver and Boulder. The felt and straw hats available here are top quality in a beautiful array of colors. I love that there are both contemporary and vintage looking hats to try on and see. Its research and pleasure rolled into one for me!
After trying on several hats just for fun I moved on to Two Hands Paperie for gingham ribbon and to look at their wonderful stationery and art books. This store has a wealth of handmade papers, charming journals, pens, cards and fun finds for artists. I buy Uppercase magazine and quirky art technique books here. Their window displays are always a treat to see - this month's windows feature a paper castle and 3 mast schooner (see photo below).
Then it was on to Spruce Confections for lunch. I enjoyed a veggie sandwich and bottled water outside on their patio (in January!). I was joined at my table by an adorable ginger cat (above). He was content to lay under my chair while I ate lunch and read my book. He got a lot of happy smiles from people at nearby tables. You can see in my photos he's sending us a kitty kiss via a slow blink.
My friend Vickie at 8th and Pearl Antiques store across the street said the cat lives in the house behind Two Hands Paperie. He is a shameless flirt. I bet he gets loads of snacks from people eating at the bakery.
At the antique store I found a sweet vintage doll's tea set for just $13. It is from Japan and features children in hats playing ping pong. The teapot and sugar bowl still have their lids which is unusual for these older sets. I bought it for a photo prop because it is the perfect size for my Garden Party Girls.
I also had fun sewing doll hat and stole sets from this fabulous ruby red faux fur I found at Art Parts Creative Reuse Center. It had just been put out on the sales floor and I was lucky to nab it before anyone else spotted it. There is enough fabric to try my hand a making a doll coat or cape. It will take some thinking to figure out how to make one luxe enough for the Garden Party Girls. Its the perfect color for Valentine's day and beyond. Here's a photo of my dolls enjoying tea with their new tea set while wearing ruby red furs:
Don't they look like they're having fun? Hillary and Myrtle are wearing awards given to them by their WI friends for culinary excellence. The "medals" are actually vintage jewelry pins found at Art Parts that I embellished with ribbons. So regal for tea. These ladies are the talk of the neighborhood :)
If you have been working hard lately do think about taking a little break to enjoy something uplifting. A movie perhaps, a bouquet of flowers, a phone chat with a friend? For me, there's nothing quite like lunch with a kitty purring under my chair to put things right with the world.
To those of you digging out from the weekend's snowstorm, may sunshine find you this week. Ruby faux fur doll accessories available now in my shop. New dolls and accessories will be arriving this week.