Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nurturing creativity..

A few weeks back my neighbour and her friend asked whether I would be interested in making some fabric flower brooches to sell at our local Breast Cancer awareness breakfast. I, of course, didn't hesitate and agreed to make as many as I could. This was just what I needed to kick start a flicker of creativity inside me again. 

 I was given quite a bit of various types of fabrics to work with but also used some from my own stash to add different textures. None of the flowers I made actually use that much fabric but just take time to complete. Some of the bigger brooches can take up to 2-3 hours work .

 I should have really started making these brooches as soon as I was asked and I really did have every intention of doing just that. However life somehow keeps getting in the way for me at the moment and before I knew it I had exactly 1 week to make something, anything. Once I started though I kept coming up with new ideas on what I could make. Funny how being creative feeds creativity... 
The idea for these hearts came to me when I had just one day left. I have a couple of old brooches that have a safety chain attached to a pin so if the pin on the brooch itself fails and comes undone the safety chain will save it from coming off completely. I made the 'chains' on these little hearts by threading on beads and knotting every few beads. These hearts are quite tiny (the bigger heart is just 6cm) so were a little fiddly but satisfying to complete.

The breakfast itself which was held yesterday was a sold out success and a fun event to be part of. I ended up selling about 1/2 of my brooches so will put the remaining brooches in my Etsy shop if any of them take your fancy :-)

How do you feed your creativity??

11 comments:

Deb said...

Catherine they are gorgeous. What are great effort for a fabulous cause.

Julie said...

Love the hearts - it is nice to have you back again - I've missed your posts.

Second Chance Tan said...

These are beautiful. I'm glad your creative juices are flowing again, nice to see you back here again - you have been missed xx

Catherine said...

Thanks Julie and Tanya! You've made me feel all warm inside :-)

Rafael's Mum said...

Oh Catherine, they are all gorgeous but that first photo! Just beautiful!! I ran to your Etsy shop in case you had any of those left (fat chance I would say, if I were at your event that is what I would have bought!). They are amazing!!

Leslie said...

these are adorable and for such a great reason

Karen said...

Catherine, they are just beautiful. So glad you found some creative mojo.

Michele Pacey said...

Beautiful Catherine! Then again, you aren't capable of producing anything else from what I can tell. :)

Katy Cameron said...

Great makes for a great cause :o)

XUE said...

Hi there! Don't know why I missed this post. I am glad that you are sewing & crafting again !

Videa said...

Oh these are lovely I love the heart ones So glad to see you happy and crafting.Have to say you had some gorgeous fabrics there.

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