5 Key pieces for creativity and life

Have you ever thought about all those links you click on that market big ideas and plans to boost your creativity, but they all want you to pay for their publications? Or signing up to be bombarded by a series of emails to your inbox everyday… doesn’t that just irk you that you can’t just have all of the information right now for free?

Welcome to the Digital Age! Also, why are you looking for a list of things to tell you how to do something when you already have everything it takes to be that person?

Think about it for a moment. You are online searching for key pieces of information to solve a problem your currently facing. It could be that you’re looking for motivation to do something. It could be that you’re experiencing writer’s block. It could also very well be that you are on a journey to discover more about yourself.

You just need to know where to look to unlock the information you already have.

First of all, You are a wonderful human being and you are smart!

You have the ability to figure things out and you have the resources right at your fingertips. You have been using your body and brain every day already to accomplish things and discover new ideas. Using your past set of experiences you can accomplish everything you set your mind to! Your past experiences drives your knowledge today and sets the precedent on how you need to act to solve whatever lays before you.

Second, you are your greatest motivator!

You are the subject matter expert when it comes to all about you. There are no trick questions and you know all the answers. You can and will find it in yourself to accomplish exactly what you want to and are meant to, every day.

Third, you are also your own greatest critic.

Don’t let the nagging voice in your head tell you “You can’t do it!” Because you CAN do it and you will. Once you have worked past the things holding you back, you will drive forward your own success. Be fearless in your endeavors and you will have no regrets. Don’t worry about making a wrong decision in life because the best thing about life and living is you get to try again.

Fourth, You are not alone.

You always have at least one other person or resource at your disposal to help you along your path. In this digital world we now live in there are actually millions of people globally who want to help you. Some ask for money, other’s don’t. Just because your set of knowledge and past experiences don’t have all the answers you are looking for doesn’t mean that you don’t already have access to someone who does. We are all living life here on our planet Earth together and we all survive together no matter the distance.

Fifth, Your imagination is your biggest supporter.

You can do anything and you will do everything you set your heart on. They say “the world is your oyster”, well not everyone likes oysters like I do but the world is whatever you want it to be. Be the change you want to see and be the example for others to follow. Using your unique ideas, tools and knowledge can forge ahead your creativity to make and be whatever you want. “Writer’s Block” is temporary, there will come a point for everyone where you find your muse and your creativity will flow like a river onto your plans. Everything has a path and everything will come into focus. Use the pieces of the whole picture to build up your focus and your plans will succeed!

“Don’t worry about making a wrong decision in life because the best thing about life and living is you get to try again.”

Imagine all of the things you will accomplish in your life if we all just had a little less stress going on. How many things do you worry about in a day? I personally worry about a lot of different things all the time. Part of life is the things we stress about, some of these stress protect us from harm and other will hinder us from our full potential. One personal motto I would like to share for those who it may help is this:

If you want to get something done but are worried about the actions or effects from it, stop worrying about it and just do it. The sooner that you get it done the sooner that it is over and in the end you will realize that all the worry over it in the beginning was for nothing. Having done the action or task made me realize that it was not so bad after all. The end result made me stronger and more likely to be able to do other things. It can be hard to put yourself out there, but if you give it all that you are with everything that you are you can never fail. Be You and do everything as who you are. Make what ever you are doing as unique as you are and people will love it. Ignore the haters as they just want someone to be as miserable as they are.

And as one human to another, whatever you do, do it for good. Do it so that it benefits you and do it so it can benefit others. Be the example for others to follow. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Drive a positive impact and let your creativity flow onto others so they too can be wonderful like you.

It Arrived for Curbside Pickup!

I was so excited to see the missed call from “Ann Jo” to find a voicemail from Joann Fabrics that my local store had finally received my new Sewing Machine!

I placed my special order for the sewing machine as they were SOLD out of inventory in store but luckily shipping was free. I got an amazing deal on its purchase and waited so eagerly for that phone call. I remember calling a few times over the course of waiting in the hopes that they had it but they are very persistent at Joann that if you don’t get a phone call or email, its not ready yet.

There were other order attempts to get more interfacing, several order cancelations but I have not given up.

And just this past Monday I got the phone call that it had finally arrived! I finished my normal career work at 4:30pm and RACED to town with about 2 minutes to spare before the store closed and got my sewing machine in hand to take home!

I was so excited to try it out but first I had to get a picture and I knew I wanted to show off its first use. This is me on my journey to starting video blogs too. So thank you for reading and hopefully you will continue to watch my future videos too.

I have been able to sew more face masks far more effectively than with my previous Brother Sewing Machine and I love that it is quieter and smoother also. This is the best to date purchase of my crafting life!

Keep a look out on my Etsy store for more finished projects for sale and I will be sewing more face masks through the rest of 2020 and into next year also. Joann Fabrics has some amazing deals going on right now so I will have a big variety of fun fabrics to choose from.

Social Distancing and Crafters

Face Masks I’ve been working on as one way to pass the time after all the kids have gone to bed. I’ve been keeping very busy.

As a crafter and Mother to 4 kids, I know the most productive crafting time is after they have all gone to bed. I’ve been doing this long before Covid-19 came along. I have found things that help the quiet (or a quiet a sewing machine can be) time pass alone not feeling so alone. It’s more than being alone, as a parent its time to actually spend with myself and my thoughts. There are many thoughts and self-conversations I would think would make for an excellent Vlog or Podcast but until I get the gumption to actually put my face and voice to digital media, printed word it is.

I live life as a passing of one project at a time, like remember when I was making [insert project] and [insert event] happened?

I am not the fastest crafter by any means, but I do get it done!

My first go to when I’m in my alone crafting time is rehashing all the projects I have currently in progress. Right now there are many. A blanket for my Mom’s BFF in Virginia. Another blanket for Basil to match her decor in her room, everything in turquoise or mint. Sewing many many face masks, but this project will span the whole of 2020 and onward. I’m eagerly awaiting some hand spun wool yarn from my Husbands co-workers wife who spun it herself. I would love to make the best sweater ever from it! And, once I get my new Singer Heavy Duty Sewing machine, I am going to then make bowl cozies. All because I am so tired of having to find a way to take a hot bowl of food out of the microwave.

If you have a problem of any kind, I bet you there is some kind of crafty person out there who can make you a solution of some sorts.

Blanket for Kaola

I live life as a passing of one project at a time, like remember when I was making [insert project] and [insert event] happened? Whenever I think about this question as it leaves my mouth I think back to how long it took me to complete that said project… I can say a blanket is pretty heavy on time it takes me to complete it.


15 Minutes Later…

I just finished watering all my house plants as I remembered it is Saturday and that is the day I chose to water my plants. To make sure that I don’t over water anything and nothing is forgotten that is why this day is the one day for watering only. It’s harder to forget that way to.

During this time Theodore has also been put down to bed for the night as its 7pm local time and he’s not yet 2 years old. He was ready for bed, rubbing his eyes and all. Little boys are the most adorable when they are cuddly and sleepy. Those are my favorite parent moments.


I have found in my own personal way of crafting that it is impossible to have only one WIP (work in progress) at a time. If I don’t feel like I’ve got too much going on then I start to feel idle and restless until I find another project to work on too. I’m not saying that everyone should work on everything all at once because there are those out there, and I’ve met a few, who cannot have more than one thing going on. It just doesn’t work for everyone. So please, work on your own projects at your own pace and preference.

The next thing to help my solitude during alone crafting time is Audible. I love audio books because it allows my hands to be free to craft. Audible has not paid me either to put a plug in for them, I really just love their service. So far Game of Thrones has kept me going for over 60 hours of audio time, 5 hours remaining of the second book now.

The last thing that I’ve been working on during my alone time is creating videos and working towards my goal of having a Vlog entry and even a podcast some day. Some day I am going to get there, some day.

I have read a lot of articles where Covid-19 has had a big impact on others who are not getting their needs for social interaction met. So the biggest thing as a crafter I want to advocate for is that no matter what, no matter how far, and no matter who, please reach out to your friends, family and co-workers. It doesn’t have to be a super long conversation, even just a check in will help. Pay them a compliment, find something nice to share maybe. Let’s still enjoy each other’s company even if we are not face-to-face.

Thank you for your time and thank you for supporting the Arts! Check out our Family’s latest creations on Social Media and shop us on Etsy.

I Ran Out…

I can’t believe it almost, my first set of face masks all sold out! There were not too many of them but enough that they sold quickly. I have more supplies on the way to make more, shipping is the longest part.

My Etsy shop has received many many views and I hope other items catch the eyes of viewers.

I have purchase more interfacing that should arrive by this Friday, I am working hard to prep more fabric ready to sew when it arrives.

The fun part is after our little boys go to bed, we have uninterrupted time from 8:30pm to midnight to craft away, other than any fun crafts we do during the day.

My First Sale(s)

I have had myEtsy shop now for a couple of months and it finally resulted in its first actual income! Now it is all related to face masks as they are priced cheap and it’s a high demand item. But, hopefully soon aight more foot traffic and other items sell also!

Hard at Work

Happy hobbies during a quarantine make all the difference for me. I have been fortunate to continue my career working from home for my regular full-time position and my crafting hobby along side it. I have found that having a hobby has been more anxiety relieving now than it has ever in the past. Let me share with you how Knitting and Crocheting have helped me during these difficult times.

Large Reusable Market Bag

I do have an Etsy shop where I list almost everything I have made for sale. If you are interested in checking it out, go to my social links menu to click to it or click here -> https://etsy.com/shop/MrsVogels to visit it too.

When I am crocheting something simple like the market bag, it is such a simple stitch that I get lost in the motion and its relaxing tempo. Chain 2, double crochet into 3rd stitch, repeat until the end of the row and so on and so on. The “mindless” crafting places a brief hold on anything complicated outside of my field of vision and touch that I truly am relaxed and comfortable. Until of course I split the yarn and lose the beat for only a moment.

When I am creating more complicated things like this baby blanket where I am carrying three colors of yarn there is a little more involvement and thought that goes into the craft. Like which yarn carries over the the top of another and do I crochet the carried yarn in or allow it to hang back so that I may weave in the ends later in post work. And more importantly, did I switch colors at the right stitch and place.

Posting a section here as the finished project has not been delivered yet.

I have grown to love crocheting more than knitting at this time in my life but I will return to knitting too, it’s in my title and all anyways. But knitting has the same great benefits of crocheting, you just carry all your work at once so there is a weight factor for larger projects.

I can say that one of my reasons I love crocheting more right now is because of the AMAZING deal I found on Clover comfort crochet hooks that are normally $75 online and in store and I was able to snag a set on Amazon for $35! Yes, it was totally worth the wait too as it was the real deal.

But other than good deals, shopping for supplies, the craft itself is what matters. When you make something with your own hands there is a sense of pride into what you make. I am happy in knowing that I made something. I made something with a skill and trade that has been in use for centuries. My skills grow every day that I use them. My projects get better each time that I try them. My for sale items show quality even now when I can make them for quantity too.

There is one drawback to comes to my immediate attention. Time. If you are not a fast crafter or if you do not have patience for a in depth or larger project, it makes it more difficult to maintain focus on finishing what you started.

Take for example the Latch-Hook Anchor above. Believe it or not I started this project when I was only 3 month’s pregnant with my first son. Leander is now 3.5 years old. I only finished it this last January, 2020. The finished project is maybe 1.5 feet square. I finished 90% of it within less than a month than what took me 3 years to do the first 10%!

So if you want to get into any type of crafting keep aware of the time requirement projects have. I can make one of the Airpods cases listed in my Etsy shop in less than 20 minutes. It takes me the better part of a day to make a market bag if I am mostly uninterrupted. And I can make a blanket in about a month if I make enough time to get it done. Now my particular case is that I do all these projects simultaneously… I hate being tied to just one project after all. I love my WIPS! (Works in Progress)

I encourage anyone and everyone to find a healthy hobby to help make the best of what we have at any time. Check out my social media pages for inspiration or something to try I prepared custom.

How We Met… 2010

September

     I met Eston at Groat’s Bar in my home town. My cousin Tawnya had brought me out for drinks. I had just moved back into my dad’s home after my first year of college, it was Summer Break.

     Tawnya was friends with all of Eston’s friends that were at the bar and so we all drank together. By the end of the night, they had all left but we were still chatting away. As the bar had then closed up, I drove Eston home. The very next day I went back to his house to visit some more. After that, I never really left.

November 21st

     Eston and I had been hanging out for a couple of months by now. I remember I was watching a movie with his little kids Riley and Basil that I then heard a familiar ping on my phone. He texted me “Will you be my girlfriend?”

     I had to pin him down to get him to really say it out loud but I said “Yes” to his question with enthusiasm anyways.  

November 24th

     This was Eston’s 26th Birthday! It was also our first date as a couple, I drove him to Marshall, MN and we enjoyed food, shopping and then ice cream from the local Cold Stone Creamery! The ice cream ended up all over the side of my car at 60MPH as we were traveling home later. We also slid into the median of a divided highway by Granite Falls, MN as a cop tried to get me to slow down by swerving in front of us. In his defense, I was speeding a little bit but that is no excuse to attempt a maneuver like that on icy roads.

     Eston made fun of me for quite some time for that and still loves retelling the story to people who will listen.

December

     I finally moved into Eston’s house! Our first home together.

Daily Creations, ongoing works

Daily Creates have been a lot of fun to get engaged online. This one challenged to create a secret name using the last thing that you ate or drank. As I just had a tasty drink of peach flavored water, this seemed like a really good spy name, now I have to think of a new one for my real secret name.

Just over two years ago now I started my current day career. In my role, I fell in love with the snipping tool app and I use it all the time now! It’s so perfect for capturing just the right piece of something or a snippet of an email to forward to my coworkers. It’s the best tool I’ve found and I discovered my personal PC has it installed to which made it even better!

As a child, I read this book maybe a dozen times or so, the imagery is spectacular in the words I would read every time. I did also learn how to pronounce the word “Abalone” and have not forgotten it since. I recommend this book to everyone young and old for a story of finding yourself and your place to know that everything will always end up OK.