Glimpse Inside: Introducing New February Titles

February 3rd, 2014

We’re thrilled to share this month’s new titles you, each one bursting with inspiring content to accompany you on your creative journey. Follow along with me as I open up the pages and explore inside each issue, here [On the Blog].

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We want to offer our blog subscribers an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any February title of your choice. Copy and paste the discount code BLOG0214 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

 

 

Altered Couture

Altered Couture Glimpse Inside

This spring, how will you wear it? Our fresh, new issue of Altered Couture features a bold array of spring styles.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Apronology

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True apronologists pour so much of their passion and affection for this garment into their work, and it shows on the pages of our latest issue!

What’s inside:

  • Unconventional styles like two-piece and convertible aprons
  • Trish Vernazza’s flirty and flouncy signature aprons
  • A gorgeous, mixed-media-inspired apron by Leeann Pearce

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Art Doll Quarterly

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Welcome in spring with this inspiring and informative issue.

  • Our Doll Artist Profile features Alana Tibbets, who creates dolls derived from her previous work as a biologist
  • Don’t miss the article on Dolls of The Masquerade Ball from the Houston Quilt Festival
  • Teeny-tiny dolls created from wood turnings by Margaret Crossland
  • Metal sculpture dolls by Lynn Wartski
  • Cute clowns, animals, strong men, an illustrated lady, aerial dancers, trapeze artists, and more.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Artful Blogging

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Who’s inside this new issue?

  • DIY blogger Amber Kemp-Gerstel from Damask Love
  • Scrapbooker Tina Walker
  • Mixed-media artist Michele Lynch
  • Cathy Ward from The Xtra Suitcase
  • Milynn Luong from Love and Whimsy
  • Lisa Clarke from Polka Dot Cottage

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

GreenCraft Magazine

GreenCraft Magazine
GreenCraft Magazine is back for another installment, and this issue brings with it some of the most inventive and unique projects to date.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Stuffed

Stuffed

Sweet and stitched: This issue of Stuffed has creative softies that you cannot find anywhere else.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Where Women Create

Where Women Create

Have you ever wondered what inspires extraordinary women, how they got started, and where they create? This issue of Where Women Create takes you behind-the-scenes and reveals the personal stories of influential and artistic women like June Stocking of Laughing with Angels, Karla Nathan, and designer Kellie Montana.

*Click here to glimpse inside!

 

Your Chance to Win!

We’re giving away one brand-new February title to one lucky winner! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue. 

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see. 

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below which issue you find most appealing and why.

Good luck! With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

*Winner is selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following (February ’14 titles) issues: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Stuffed, Where Women Create, Apronology. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 02/28/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 02/28/14 at 11:59pm.

 





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We’re thrilled to share this month’s new titles you, each one bursting with inspiring content to accompany you on your creative journey. Follow along with me as I open up the pages and explore inside each issue, here [On the Blog]. We want to offer our blog subscribers an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any […]

Guest Artist Vanessa Valencia: 6 Handy Ways to Rediscover Your Creativity

January 27th, 2014

Please join me in welcoming creative artist, doodler, doll maker, and painter, Vanessa Valencia, to Somerset Place. Vanessa has been published in Stampington’s Somerset Life, Somerset Studio, and Artful Blogging to just name a few. Today she unveils 6 easy steps to recover your creative power before it has a chance to slip away:

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Creativity and inspiration are two elements that not only go hand in hand but are crucial to each other.  I am not sure if one can even exist without the other. There is a fine balance to keeping the fire of both stoked, and it’s much easier than we think.

When I think of the word creativity and how one works to keep it alive, I do not think of one specific creative activity, but more of an array of activities that keep the whole of inspiration flowing.  Almost like a recipe for rediscovering your creativity every day.

As we know, creativity can not be found in just one facet of life.  It’s important to incorporate varied bits and pieces of creative elements into one’s life in order to create a balance, but how?

As human beings we need a certain amount of food from different food groups a day, to have good nutrition, to feel well and to thrive.Yet as creatives, we do not often afford ourselves the same concept of taking bits and pieces of creative elements to nourish the soul, and in turn, keep the flow of overall creativity healthy.

In order to be inspired to paint or sculpt, I often do other creative things that balance my desire to create and also fuel my inspiration: digging in dirt and gardening, going for walks and playing with my dogs, cooking and baking, cleaning my house, decorating, reading books, hunting for treasures in antique shops, watching good movies, crocheting, doodling, sewing and more. The point is, doing all those things that I “enjoy” are in fact part of my creative vibe, and they infuse my soul in a way that then inspires me to create art.  They are the elements I enjoy and incorporate into living a creative life.

It’s a balance of all those things that are nutritious for my own creative well being, and that allow it to thrive.  They are all creative elements, arts and crafts, in their own right. But what if, by chance, you have misplaced your creativity?  And you find yourself confused and frustrated, not knowing how to re-find the creative magic you long for?

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6 Handy Ways to Rediscover Your Creativity:

 

1) Don’t Force, Just Be

One of the most important things is to stop forcing the issue, and do something else.  If you are standing in front of a blank canvas and you don’t know how to begin, step away.  It is your soul’s way of saying, please take me out to play.  Take me on a walk, or to the bookstore.  Take me out for ice cream.  Let’s do something fun.  You see, it all begins with a good frame of mind.  And we all know that, creativity does not respond to demand.  It responds to feeling good, being well rested and content, so go do something that feels good.  Creativity will smell the good stuff baking, and turn up for the party.

 

2) Set the Mood

Create a mood board, tacking up all sorts of things you love and have collected onto it.  From photos to notes, to jewelry, to a pretty piece of textile you love.  First of all, creating a mood board is utterly inspiring and fun, and second of all setting the mood for your creative vibe with a space that houses all that you love is an instant way to get the creativity flowing.

 

3) Enjoy the Outdoors

Spend some time outside.  The most important way that I refuel is by digging in the dirt.  I also keep house plants, which really inspire me (and are wonderful if you don’t have a garden).  Being outside or digging in pots is one of the most invaluable parts of my creative spirit’s health.  Whenever I need a mental health day, or hour even, you will find me planting or seeding or rooting something.  You may find that your garden is just like a blank canvas, waiting to be painted.

 

4) Jam Out

Dance, throw a party, dress up, be silly!  Whenever I feel down or stuck in a rut, I crank up the music, get out my good tea cups, and throw a tea party, even if it is just for one.  Changing up the scenery is fun and necessary.  Adding a light happy spark always infuses creativity.

 

5) Stage Your Creativity

One of my go-to tricks is to create vignettes for inspiration.  I might set up an old sewing machine with pretty things, and take photos.  Or, decorate a corner of my coffee table with flowers and books, crystals and little statues.  I find inspiration in doing little décor projects as such.  I love it as much as painting and sculpting, and it inspires me greatly.

 

6) Let it All Go

Let yourself create “just because” items.  Doodle like mad or take a big canvas or board and go crazy painting it.  Just splattering paint for no good reason other than because it is fun.  Not worrying if it will be good or bad.  Literally painting emotions onto canvas.  Let it out, and go crazy.  If that doesn’t work – don’t worry, it will!

 

Vanessa Valencia Self PortraitA special thank you to Vanessa Valencia for walking us through the ways to uncover creativity that existed all along.

If you’re interested in more of her work, check out her blog A Fanciful Twist.

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer

 





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Please join me in welcoming creative artist, doodler, doll maker, and painter, Vanessa Valencia, to Somerset Place. Vanessa has been published in Stampington’s Somerset Life, Somerset Studio, and Artful Blogging to just name a few. Today she unveils 6 easy steps to recover your creative power before it has a chance to slip away: Creativity and […]

Teacup Twine Organization Idea

January 23rd, 2014

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We already know that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but how do porcelain cups “stack up”? In this charming teacup craft project, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer uses her creativity to transform thrifted chinaware into an organizational unit for her favorite art supplies.

 

How did this organizational idea come about?

“It’s funny, really. I bought the cups with the intent to use them for tea. I quickly realized they were not microwave safe, which prompted me to think of other ways to use them.”

 

How do you keep the plates and cups in place?

“It’s very simple to do. I used Gorilla Glue to adhere them together, but any strong adhesive will work. Just apply (according to the label’s directions) and let dry.”

 

What art materials do you suggest to organize using the stacked cups?

“Based on the size of the cup and saucer, it’s best to organize small items. I chose to display different colors of twine on spools, patterned washi tapes, and little mini jars of sparkles.”

 

Thank you Vanessa for sharing this easy (and adorable!) DIY. Looking for more artful storage solutions? Click here to find more free organizational projects at The Studio.

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer



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We already know that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but how do porcelain cups “stack up”? In this charming teacup craft project, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer uses her creativity to transform thrifted chinaware into an organizational unit for her favorite art supplies.   How did this organizational idea come about? “It’s […]

Insta-Grammys: Our 9 Most Engaging Instagram Images

January 23rd, 2014

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We’ve gathered our newest, most-loved insta-images for your eyes to feast upon. Follow along as we unveil them one-by-one, here [On the Blog], and be sure to join the fun on Instagram.

 

Vintage TruckDon’t miss this gorgeous Bohemian-themed wedding in the new Mingle.

Photography credit – Celeste Shaw

 

 

 

 

Do Good Work“Creating a life that reflects my dreams…living a life that defines my purpose.”

– Stephanie Ackerman

Photography credit – Stephanie Ackerman Artful Blogging, Summer 2013

 

 

 

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“My heart is with art journaling because of the healing and joy-producing power of the process,” Bebe says.

Artist credit – Bebe Butler Art Journaling Winter 2014

 

 

 

Star Ornament Kelly Rae RobertsIf you’re interested in adding mixed-media artist Kelly Rae Roberts’ distinctive designs, brilliant color palettes, unique textures, and vibrant style into your own artwork – then look no further!

Check out the Kelly Rae Roberts Collection

 

 

 

Flora Bowley Photography“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” – Scott Adams

Photography credit – Flora Bowley,  Somerset Life Winter 2014

 

 

Advent CalendarWe’re done counting the days til Christmas, but we’re still thinking up new, artistic ways to create seasonal calendars.

Click here to explore crafty ways to keep track of your days with calendar projects and products.

 

 

 

Gift WrapNeed a little gift-wrapping inspiration? Check out The Studio for free projects like this Graffiti Book Box DIY.

 

 

 

Ophelia ArtMeet this Victorian beauty, Ophelia, fresh from the pages of Somerset Studio.

Artist credit – Auralea Krieger

 

 

 

Tricia Lee WhitmerThe lovely and talented Tricia Lee Whitmer is a brilliant photographer, frozen yogurt fanatic, and guest artist published in Artful Blogging Autumn 2013.

Click here to read her tips on how to leverage Instagram for your photography.

 

 

Comment below: What’s your favorite image and why? What kind of photography would you most like to see on our Instagram page? Any other suggestions, feel free to share!

 

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We’ve gathered our newest, most-loved insta-images for your eyes to feast upon. Follow along as we unveil them one-by-one, here [On the Blog], and be sure to join the fun on Instagram.   Don’t miss this gorgeous Bohemian-themed wedding in the new Mingle. Photography credit – Celeste Shaw         “Creating a life […]

3 Valentine’s Day DIYS You’ll Love

January 20th, 2014

Prepare for the sweetest day of the year with these free love-inspired DIY projects. We’ve narrowed down our viewers’  three favorites to inspire your creativity this Valentine’s Day.

 

#1 Kristen Robinson: Beloved Valentine’s Day Boxes

This lovely packaging idea by Kristen Robinson is perfect for holding sweet treats or even valentine décor!

Click here to learn how to create your own.

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#2 My Love For You Is Beyond Measure by Vanessa Spencer

 

Roses are red, violets are blue, this journal is sweet and can be created by you!

Click here for the step by step tutorial.

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#3 Romance Cards and Mini Banner Project by Vanessa Spencer

Creating romantic cards for your loved one is all too easy with washi tape, a stamp, and a bit of twine.

Hang your mini banner somewhere fun for Valentine’s Day or reuse at another event to dress up the décor.

Click here to learn how to piece together this easy project.

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All these great gift ideas made me a bit nostalgic, thinking about a fun Valentine’s Day in particular that I celebrated years ago. A friend sent me an unexpected card in the mail (like this one) and surprised me with a heartfelt letter about all the reasons why they loved me. With today’s advancements in technology, it was refreshing to receive a handwritten note from a loved one – so simple, yet so thoughtful. Do you have a fond Valentine’s Day memory of your own? Comment below with your story for your chance to win an issue of Somerset in Love.

 

*We will pick 5 lucky winners at random and contact you via email by Friday, January 24th.

 

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer



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Prepare for the sweetest day of the year with these free love-inspired DIY projects. We’ve narrowed down our viewers’  three favorites to inspire your creativity this Valentine’s Day.   #1 Kristen Robinson: Beloved Valentine’s Day Boxes This lovely packaging idea by Kristen Robinson is perfect for holding sweet treats or even valentine décor! Click here to learn how […]