Bound to be Creative is ready for you in 2022, but first….Let’s Get Cozy in the New Year! After settling in to the Holiday Season and then again into the New Year, it’s been a whirlwind of meals, movie watching and fun at the house. In the next couple weeks some my children will trickle back to their lives and meals will resume to their normal recipe size.…
Until next time….
The Patches Hat
The Patches Hat is wearable art that not only is well constructed and handmade hat sewn with the utmost quality but is also handmade with a carefully selected process of marrying fabric palette of hues has you in mind! From colorful hues to the more subdued – there is a one of a kind for every hat lovin’ woman.
The nitty gritty on this lovely hat is that I like to call it a fitted cloche hat with unique colors. It’s reversible with flannel panels arranged randomly on one side and the reverse side looks great with a solid corduroy and accent band. A generous amount of elastic is sewn in the back for ease of wearing and comfort. A crowd pleaser by many!
In her own words…
Went on vacation. Came home from vacation waiting for that a’ha! moment of creativity that I always get when I return to my shop. I waited….and waited….and waited. Honestly I’ve been home for a week now and nothing is stirring my friends. Yes, I’ve created some new burlap bucket/boater hats (BTW adorable – check ’em out). I’ve been trying to chip away at some new hats for the Fall and Winter season…and to be completely honest peeps….I’m not getting very far. Call it still summer, college kids moving out, post-pandemic slump or simply the ticker ain’t tickin’. There’s no justification for it and it occurred to me that I’m just keeping it simple and not even knowing it. God has a way of doing that doesn’t he?…yes.
Planning ahead is always been a bit of struggle because I live by the seat of my too-tight pants. Quite fittingly my motto this entire summer has been: SIMPLE (ask my family). All you seasoned moms and g-mas out there know that a person reaches a certain age and life needs to be simplified #amiright? And if you’re a new mom or g-ma and know this S%$# already – then good for you, truly. At the beginning of the year some will choose their ‘word’ for the year (I’ve done this trendy thing – blah blah blah), but for me it’s so much pressure because the year just began! My word didn’t float to the surface of my alphabet soup bowl but rather I did a little bit of living and it choose me based on what I was already feeling. And like I said – the planning thing isn’t my BFF.
Curious?…cliffhanger (or you’ll have to read the bottom of the cereal box to find out) #sorrynotsorry. Regardless if it’s the rising of morning sun or the closing of the nighttime sky – it’s simple. Enjoying it for what it is and keeping it simple is where it needs to be and stay. Sorta like my pajama yoga pose that my daughter snapped….yikes, to all you yoga posers out there – I’m so sorry.
Wear the Opportunity
When the moment is in front of us – keep it simple. We try hard to make it just right and be on our game at all times….okay maybe just me, but ya know what I mean. I fretted for some moments and beat myself up over not bringing products for a photo shoot – like duh?! right? You’re at the lake Shelly! I mean…really – we wear handmade bucket hats at the lake, we use our handmade big bags and small bags at the lake…seriously, Shelly – okay, I’m over it now, sorta. I kept it simple and my daughter was in her I’m-already-in-my-cute-clothes-not-sick-anymore outfit and was eager to get the job done…just for you!
How are you keeping it simple this summer? Here are some tips:
- breathe in and out and feel your breathing
- keep a thankful list
- journal it out – I recently revisited this and wow, so good
- read your old journals about the younger you – it’s funny actually
- make a realistic list of things to be done
- be in the moment and only the moment
- clean out that junk drawer in 10 minutes
- give chores to your kiddos so you can enjoy your coffee
- delete an app on your phone – I nixed a big one and it never felt so freeing
Recycled Coffee Bean Bags turned into Adorable Bucket Hats
Taking something that has an expired purpose and turning it into something C.U.T.E is a summer project that keeps me persistent and excited. You ever get that feeling of persistence and excitement?…thought so – can we be best friends? In the back of my nagging creative brain, for nearly a year, I was convinced it wasn’t possible to take some stiff burlap bags from a coffee shop and bend them into these fisher fashion women’s bucket hats. They’re even a winner with my young nieces!
From phlox to chocolate mint, there’s a lot of planting that’s been going on in Bound to be Creative gardens. Today I’m giving you the dirt on what is perfect for the garden and I find super handy when I need to research my flowers.…
A Textural Dream
These new colorful and reversible totes are just the thing to give you Spring Fever without even packing away the winter gear. These handmade market bags are a super colorful collection of eclectic upholstery fabrics that scream…”please don’t leave me at home!” Because I sometimes struggle making things that are non-reversible these tote bags are beautiful on both sides giving you not just one awesome bag, but two!
While I LOVE making your awesome handmade hats this new line of spring bags for 2021 has been a welcome change not only visually but also texturally.…
Your brisk morning walk just got an upgrade and you can start to show your true colors!
In between distance learning with the kids, virtual work meetings and baking it may be tough to get outdoors and breath in the fresh air. Getting outside clears the head, refreshes the soul and jumpstarts the day. While I shirk on the everyday walker chart finding any time of the day is good to get out and take in the landscape…even if it’s not that pretty of a view. (heck, anything is pretty outside my house right now because I’m living with seven people).
SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS WITH A WINTER FLEECE HAT
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When someone asks me…why? a lot of times I follow-up with… why not? I’m not gonna beat around that paint brush…I’m thrilled to announce a….
Shop Opening October 2020 in Lake City, MN
Over the years watching you stroll around my show booth has been nothing short of a cool experience. Not only has been so great to meet you but to also get to know you and know your story. You inspire me!
You inspire me so much that I’m thrilled to announce….
A shop•tique experience awaits you!
Have you ever felt a little rough around the edges or a slight bit edgy – okay a lot bit edgy? Raise your hand if this fits for you (by the looks of the virtual hand-raising you’re not alone). Read on to see my new adventures and how Upcycling through Handmade stitches new life with frayed edges and threads. Find out how you can tackle your “‘maybe someday” project, too.
Rough Around the Edges…literally
Allowing for a bit of self reflection on what was, is and what will be has been things as of late. Not only do we need to do a self-check every now and then but also self-reflect. We’re not perfect and life is not perfect. As a result we can maybe finally accept ourselves flaws and all. Moreover letting go of things that we can control vs. the things we can’t is what makes us well rounded and acceptable to ourselves and others. The future is somewhat unknown and all I know is the now and thank goodness God takes care of the rest.