Radvent day 13: Making (and a quick and dirty tutorial!)

I keep scraps of fabric in a bag for Alice to cut, stitch or tape together, draw on with markers, whatever. My trash is her treasure when it comes to art supplies, and even I can find value in some scraps when I’m making a project that only needs a small amount of fabric. Enter covered buttons–they’re the perfect easy afternoon project, require few materials, and have so many creative applications. Replace the buttons on your cardigan! Use them as drawer pulls! Napkin rings! And today, pen toppers. When I was in school I loved having a fancy decoration on my nice pens. A bouquet of special fabric button-topped markers or pens would be a fantastic stocking stuffer or gift to a crafty coworker. Lemme show you how to do it.

Materials needed:

1. Fabric-covered button kit, size 24 (I get all of mine from ButtonBiz.com, the best best best)
2. Scraps of fabric in your favorite patterns and colors (lightweight fabrics like cotton lawn or chiffon work best)
3. Thin black elastic cord
4. Scissors
5. Pencil or pen.

Step 1. Using the instructions included in your button-making kit, cover your button with your favorite fabric. Secure the back of your button with the shank button back–that’s the one with the loop.
Step 2. Thread the elastic cord through the shank of the button and knot the ends, using the pencil as a size guide.
Step 3. Top your favorite pens and pencils with your own signature writing accessory!

Pretty easy. Pretty pretty.

“Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.”

-Jasper Johns on Creativity

What do you make? Maybe it’s not a physical thing, but what do you manifest? What do you create? I’m a firm believer that everybody needs a creative toolkit. If you don’t know where to begin, find an empty box–bonus if it’s one with compartments–and begin collecting items that you personally like to use to create things. Mine always contains felt and embroidery thread, scalloped shears and sewing needles, and buttons. It used to have paper, glue, glitter, and seam binding. It could just be a whole bunch of nice pens or colored pencils. It could be as sparse as necessary for you. Get it out once in a while and see what comes of it. Whatever you make, on whatever scale, with however much effort, remember that working creatively makes you smarter. It’s mental exercise. What do you make?

xx
meg

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OOTD: Summer Sweater

That thing where it’s 420 degrees outside and 69 degrees inside. Chilly Day Soiree Dress :: Remember Spring Sweater :: Late Night Platforms :: Hollywoodland Tote

when you want to work as remotely as possible: traveling for business

A: Travel is important to me because it helps my morale. It recharges my spirit. Every month or two? I like to get away as often as I can…probably sometimes to the annoyance of my business partner and coworkers. It’s always important to me to find something to work on wherever I go–a reason to make it worth my while from a business perspective–but there are some places I go just to ONLY work.

OOTD: Office Hours

This summer instead of having our 4-year-old Alice go to her school’s summer program, Dave and I decided to get a nanny. Her name is Kylie and she’s been WONDERFUL over the past two months! I really wish we could keep her all year and just have Alice in this hybrid coparenting-learning-field tripping-coming to the office situation, but I’m not sure I’m up for all the coordination it would take. I’m definitely considering it because I’ve never seen Alice so engaged and happy–she plays all day, does art and science camps and activities all over town, and gets lots of time outside, which leads to nice early bedtimes. Smile. I love having her at work after 4 every day and all day on Fridays.

Letter from a reader: Changes and consistency

I am a long time reader of your blog and have seen it through its various incarnations. I wondered if you might find inspiration one day to discuss the changes, i.e., the changes in you. For example (and these are purely from memory, so I may very well be misremembering things or just plain getting things wrong):

A Long Day

1. Woke up and read Dril’s favstar to start my day off on the right foot. Dropped Alice off at her first day of summer art camp—sculpture making at the Joslyn Art Museum. 2. Quick shower and blow-dry before Rebecca Forsyth’s Vintage-Inspired Hairstyling salon training class. 3. Got my hair set with my good friend and former Princess Lasertron model Caitlin. 4. Snacks on Jonathan Adler dishes under beautiful boxes of hair color. 5-6. Rebecca setting and styling Caitlin’s hair. 7. The “after.”
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