Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mrs. Claus for StitchingPirates Contest

Hello stitchers,

I haven't been able to do quite as much beading these past two weeks as I'd like, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy! Last week I missed my blog post - I looked up at it was around 2 AM and said, "Well, guess I'll double up next time." So beware a large helping below...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Not Skipping A Beat

Hello delightful,

This week was a great sign to me that even with the lull in things that I'm able to pick the ball back up and go running as if nothing ever got in the way. I finished a dress and started a second, finished three steps in mysterious mysteries, and created the first in a series of custom spool bead patterns.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rejection Letter

Hello artists of all natures,

It's no secret I've been in a slump for the past month or so. Before I headed off to California for my magazine photoshoot with my cousin (to send photos off to the editor in England!) I was feeling a bit unmotivated to continue, but as my friends and family assured me I had been working nonstop for so long that it was natural to burn out and have a break. I've spent the time flailing about, staring at my art supplies and feeling almost entirely unwilling to even pick up a needle. Then I did a bit of re-reading in my notes...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Another Unproductive Week

Hello hello,

My motivation is still evading me despite all the ideas I have swirling around. I actually am sitting and thinking about how to tackle Princess Peach but as far as actually starting it goes I don't have a lot to show for it. The long and the short of it is that I ordered some more pink beads to fill in the missing portions (and have a few more on the way) and should have the beading for the bodice started this upcoming week.

This is also the first time I've created and posted from the iPad app, so we'll see if this comes out ridiculous looking or not.

Hopefully I'll have something to show for all this,
Ashley Mae

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Not exactly back in the swing of things, but feeling better

Hello fellow artists,

I've been absent the past few weeks for a handful of reasons, the top one being that I've had a bit of artist's block or, as I've been told, worn myself out from it. All my friends, my mother, and my brother said I needed a break. As my brother put it, "You've been working on art every day for years, let yourself have a vacation!" Well, so I have. Every time I so much as looked at my beads or patterns I was suddenly way more interested in cleaning or going back to bed. It was downright awful even thinking about sewing.

For the first time since this began, yesterday I looked at the beads I have gathered for Princess Peach and actually wanted to do something with them. I got online, hunted down through fierce determination the two shades of pink I was missing (one was marked as "salmon", feh!), and was even excited to start working on her pattern again! Like, I'm wondering how I'll be able to get all that gold detail in on her bodice without it becoming clumpy - that's going to be a lot of fun to figure out!

With that, I'll bring you up to speed.