Welcome to Whit Makes!

Hello! Hello! I have recently picked up quite a few new followers here, on Instagram, and on my youtube channel. I’ve been thinking and planning for the next few months and want to be more intentional about what I post on all three platforms and how I want them to work together.

So,I’m going to try something new for the next two months. The posts I have planned center around sewing/making, sustainability, styling, organization/tips and tricks, and art.  I’d love to really hone in on what it is that I want my online spaces to be and when I think about what I’m passionate about sharing in the online world, these are the things that pop up the most!

Moving forward you should see posts here on the blog every Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  This month I have Youtube videos planned for almost every post- I don’t know if that’s sustainable in the long run, but right now it’s what I have planned. My instagram grid will be mostly sewing and blog related posts but I’m sure I’ll still get personal in my stories!

I still love books and food and exploring and I’m sure those things will sprinkle in, but I know that my passion is making and uplifting other makers. I’d love to be a voice that you come to for inspiration on how fashion and creating can impact the world in a positive way. I’ve been thinking so much on how racial justice, the fight for environmentalism, and sustainability all link together and I think art, and making in general, fit in with all these things.

I hope you’ll follow me on whatever platforms you prefer and I hope you leave my space feeling uplifted and ready to go out and make something yourself!

Trying Something New

Over on my sewing blog I’m sharing the somewhat humbling process of trying something new. I was thinking the post would be to links and tutorials, but turns out this project is holding a bit more meaning for me. If you’re interested go check it out! Whit Makes is linked up in the right hand corner of this blog if you ever want to see what I’m making!

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month and there is an entire organization designed to help you get your novel out of your head and onto the page. If you haven’t already, check out the website here. You can create a profile and keep track of your word count as well as set goals, get involved in a community, and just generally find motivation and inspiration to write.

I started working on… something, not sure if it’s a novel yet?, last year and made the decision to carve out time again this month to finish it, or at least some version of it. As you can imagine, I don’t have a ton of time to sit and type with a newborn around, but I have found that I have a lot of time to write in my head and new ideas have been circling around.

My goal is to write at least 750 words a day. I love this website, literally called 750 words , and have been using it for years. If you want to make a daily habit of writing, it’s a great resource. I pay $5 a month and it’s enough to motivate me to use it but not so expensive that it scares me off from keeping it. Again you can set goals and find community and all your work is saved and kept private.

Even if you’re not an aspiring novelist, just making a habit of journaling can have a pretty profound impact on your life. Sometimes writing is more a meditative process and less a journey to tell a story and I notice when it’s not a part of my life.

Do you have any writing goals for the month? I’d love to know about them or any resources you have for building daily habits!

Inspiration

I found a few things this week that had my mind buzzing with inspiration and I thought I would share them here! What better way to start the weekend (after a weird week with a   holiday in the middle?) than with some pretty links to get your creative juices flowing?

I love love.print.studio’s color boards. This one with all the pinks and shots of lime green are really appealing to me at the moment! Check out my color board on Pinterest if colors inspire you! I always love looking at what I’ve pinned there.

Fall/Winter Couture week is happening (happened?) and Go Fug Yourself has great pics of all the shows. I loved the textures in these Tony Ward Gowns! Also I would like to be in a movie and wear all of Dior‘s stuff here!

The online sewing/artist community is my favorite community. There have been so people raising money, donating, holding auctions for all kinds of good causes this past year. Most recently people have been banding together to support children at our borders. It always amazes me that people want to use their gifts and talents for causes they care about, in big and small ways. From small business owners donating some of their income to people taking precious time to make things for others. Right now there is a #makersforfamilies auction. 100% of funds raised will go to the ACLU, Raices Texas, and Together Rising. There are still a few auctions up as I type this if you want to have a look at some of the amazing stuff they are putting up!

Hope everyone has a restful weekend with plenty of time to do what you love!

Do You Keep a Journal?

I love journaling as writing is how I process my thoughts. It’s why I love putting together a blog post! I have gone through periods where I journal, scrapbook, write one line a day, whatever is easiest or feels right at the time.

This year I attempted bullet journaling. I love the idea of mixing efficiency/list making/planning with pretty paper and maybe a few embellishments. However, I found I didn’t have the time or patience to make it a regular thing. Instead I bought myself a physical planner (I like the Get to Work Book) so I can have a calendar and plenty of room to scribble lists and thoughts. This month I decided to return to my bullet journal and use it more as a simple journal. It won’t be daily, although I have space for a daily gratitude list, but I would like to get in the habit of jotting bits and pieces of our lives down and not have them shared anywhere else.

I love Instagram, but of course don’t want to be the girl that overshares there and I also don’t want to project a perfect life. I’m also feeling so many things (all the hormones! all the change!) and having a private space is much needed to reflect on this time for myself.  I would love to make it a habit so that when baby comes, reaching over and writing  about the small moments that change so quickly won’t feel like a chore. I remember nothing from when the twins were little, but I journaled so much! I love looking back and seeing all the funny details I wrote down. It’s precious to me, even if no one else ever takes a look!

The picture here is a look at how I started July. A page of colors that I love, a page of calendars to track a few habits I hope to cultivate, as well a quote that I think speaks to what I would like this month and summer to be about. Memories live longer than things.

 

 

Raising Creatives

I subscribe to Poetry magazine and lately Harper has taken to carrying the latest issue around when it arrives in the mail. She likes the different art work and colors on each issue and she is almost reading so I think she feels very grown up attempting to read the poems. Sunday she found a blank journal and declared it her poetry book, moon poetry book to be exact. She also is constantly finger knitting, drawing, just always making things.

Charlie likes making things too. He finger knits and draws and loves extra large paper to sketch out very complex stories that he will tell and act out for me later. Monday I caught him doing this.

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Both kids take piano lessons from a wonderful man that has been coming to our house for over a year to teach them. For Monday’s lesson Charlie had left him his own composition ready to play. And do you think our beloved piano teacher batted an eye? Of course not. He asked to hear the song and immediately began accompanying him on the guitar he had brought along. Here’s Charlie’s original composition ‘Up and Down’ (start over 10 times!) if you’re interested.

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Both of these things have me thinking about what it means to raise creative people. I was telling my husband how important it is to me that not only do they want to make stuff, they feel no qualms about sharing it with us and other adults that they trust. It’s all at once completely innocent and incredibly brave and I take it as a great task to earn their trust, to cultivate the love and wonder of self and others that comes from making something out of nothing.

I don’t know that there’s any magic formula to allowing this kind of creativity to foster. I do think a big part of it is allowing time and space for it to happen. To clear out parts of the day or the week where there is nothing that has to be done and no option of turning a tv or iPad. I leave out bits and pieces, blank journals and paper and scissors and glue. I try to say yes when they ask to use certain materials. But mainly I think I try to model what I believe to be true, that creativity is a part of all of us and we all deserve the time and space to experiment and try new things for no other reason than it makes us happy.

I do not do that perfectly, but seeing them being creative completely on their own these past few days, without any push from me, made my heart soar and made me want to contemplate how better to facilitate this love of creating that is inside all of us. A reminder that I can follow their lead and worry less about the outcome and just enjoy the process.