Posts made in April, 2014

Welcome to our favorite day of the week – #MakersWednesday! – where we take a moment to show + tell about our creative endeavors.

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This week I’ve got a finished quilt to show off! My Lumberjack Attack quilt showcases a lot of my favorite things – quirky fabrics, clean/modern lines, and the colors orange + grey!

I designed this quilt top myself (aka, I made it up as I went along). I wanted to showcase my awesome Lumberjack Attack fat quarter bundle from Joyful Roots, so I decided to use those as the main fabrics and then frame them in semi-solids and add the charcoal grey for a nice, neutral background. The quilt is backed with an all-0ver orange and white print and bound in that same fabric. It’s a nice, cozy throw size and it has become my regular evening companion while I sit on the couch and knit, watch TV, or snuggle with the kiddos (usually some combination of those three). For more details on this quilt, visit the Storied Yarns blog.

What about you, what have you been making this week? We’d love to see – post a photo on Instagram or Twitter and use the tag #MakersWednesday!

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If you spend most of your day hunched over a screen or a work table of some sort, it’s time to stretch your muscles! Taking a break to stretch every 3o-60 minutes will give you a moment of relaxation + clarity in an otherwise busy day. Plus, by the end of the day you should still be able to move in all the right directions (bonus)! So go on, give it a try!

Stand up, right now, and give yourself a 2-minute break. That’s an order.

Begin by clasping your hands and interlacing your fingers. Raise your arms so that they are straight out in front of you with your palms facing toward your body:

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Invert your hands so that your palms face out away from your body:

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Now raise your arms up over your head and stretch them as high as you can, while maintaining the position of your hands:

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This quick stretch will open up your chest muscles, stretch your arms and back and keep you from slouching and slumping through the rest of your day. As an added bonus, if you can step outside to do your stretching you’ll also get in a much-needed daily dose of sunshine and fresh air. Try it out!

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Welcome back for another round of #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a moment each week to inspire your creativity, your business, AND your life!

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This week’s prompt:
Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in workworkwork that we forget to take breaks for ourselves, OR to spend quality time with the people who matter to us. Right now, make a list – things you could do just for FUN with your significant other, your best friend, your mom or sibling, or your children. Then make a commitment to take time once a week to do something off this list, from now on. Your relationships will thank you!
Feel like sharing something from your list? Post it to Twitter or Instagram using the tag #ThinkCreateReflect so we can all share!
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#MakersWednesday: Quilt Blocks

#MakersWednesday: Quilt Blocks

Posted By on Apr 23, 2014

Welcome back for #MakersWednesday, where we celebrate the past week of making! Won’t you join us?

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This week I’m sharing another quilting WIP (if you’ve been following along, I have mentioned my recent addiction to enthusiasm for quilting). In this photo the quilt is just a few blocks that I framed with coordinating semi-solids:

If you’re swooning over that lumberjack fabric – as you should be – you can find it here, in the Joyful Roots Etsy Shop. That bundle isn’t exactly the same as the one I used (which was a debut exclusive), but it’ll get the job done, for sure!

At the time I’m writing this, those quilt blocks have grown up to become an entire quilt top! I’ll get finished photos of it after I sandwich and quilt it, and re-post it here for another round of #MakersWednesday.

In the meantime, share YOUR creative works-in-progress with us on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #MakersWednesday so we can all see what you’re making!

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This week we’re rounding up some posts from around the Web about a very hot word: success.

We all want to be successful, right? In life, in business, even in our hobbies and families? But the problem is, MY definition of success might be very different from yours. So how does either of us know if we’re successful?

photo credit: aloshbennett via photopin cc

photo credit: aloshbennett via photopin cc

The answer lies in coming up with your own definition of success, and then setting your goals and measuring your progress against that definition. To get started, let’s find some help from these places:

  • Small Biz Trends set out to figure out what “success” looks like to the small business owners of the world. In case you’re wondering, most small business owners surveyed said they did feel successful; here’s what success looked like to them.
  • Tara Swiger gets asked one question more than any other: “How do I create a successful business?” Ahh, but the problem is that she can’t really answer that for you, because you need to answer it for yourself. Here’s how she does that, with actually two answers to that Big Question.
  • In case you’re feeling stuck, Prolific Living has a set of 10 questions you can ask yourself as you work to define success in your life and in your business (because separating the two doesn’t really make sense in this context).
  • Jeff Haden for Inc. argues that as you create your own definition of success, there’s really only one question that matters: How happy are you? Can you answer that question? Read his thoughts on the subject here.
  • Dumb Little Man says that you have to define your own success, and that in doing so you should really listen to yourself, instead of following the crowd. They also advocate keeping a success journal so you can celebrate the smaller steps you take on your way to the big goal.

What about you? How do you define success in your life or your business? Share with us in the comments below!

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