Backpack: Done with Detours?

I sewed a backpack out of recycled trash from Uganda and Germany. The backpack contains parts of a yoga-mat, many plastic bags, a plastic lid, recycled African fabric, and a bunch of other "trash". I am not a seamstress, most of the sewing is rough, and some things are not…

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New Year, New Ideas?

What are your hopes for 2021? Do you have dreams, hopes, possibly a list of goals? Or have all those things become pointless amidst a pandemic and other worries? A goal can be intimidating, even insinuate arrogance or the illusion of "I can do everything I set my mind to".…

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Recycling Fabric: Cardigan Cat!

School started two days ago. Time for reading and writing academic stuff. But on Sunday, I still had time to do a creative project: my favorite cardigan was falling apart around the elbows, and I wanted to give it a new purpose. So, I took up my sewing supplies and…

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When it takes many tries…

I've been working on my children's book sketches. Every few days I try to get one sketch done. But at lucky number 7, I hit a roadblock: the original layout felt boring, so I tried again. And again. And again. Finally, I had to let it sit before I could…

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Concept Art: Trucker Ryan
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Concept Art: Trucker Ryan

It's been quite hot this week (up to 40°C/104°F). So, I spent part of the week watering our garden and getting rid of dry brush. We have a large compost pile, so I stacked parts of the old plant matter there. Compost may not look that interesting, but it's an…

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Back to the Drawing Board
concept art "Ryan's Truck of Eggs"

Back to the Drawing Board

Last Friday was my last day of school and I will not start up again until October. So, what do you do with all this free time? Relax, have fun, and do some things you haven't gotten around to. In my case, I had been very tired, so I started…

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Creating when you’re stressed?

We still have one more week of school, but the exams are over. So, I finally have some time to be more creative! To be clear, we never stop being creative, even when we are studying or working. We are always gifted with some level of creativity. However, depending on…

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