Learning to Draw, One Happy Day at a Time…

This weekend, I decided to start a happiness journal, because sometimes I need to be reminded of all the happiness around me. At the same time, I’ve decided that I will also learn to draw. Why not? I like to dabble, in case you hadn’t noticed. It all started when a “learn how to draw a turtle” pin came across my Pinterest feed….

I started out by finding the templates for my journal.

For my cover and my weekly pages, where my goal is to briefly list 3 things that made me happy each day, I used the free templates at World Label: The Harmonized House Project.

My Cover (World Label):

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My Weekly Happiness check-ins (World Label):

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My Daily Happiness Journal/Sketchbook:

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Page made by me, though I’m no graphic designer! Daily happiness questions came from Self Magazine. “Take Charge of Your Happiness” by Sarah Eckel. 2004. (Get yours here: HappinessJournal)

As for the drawing lessons, I’m giving Bob Davies a try. I would love to get a sketchbook and some professional pencils, but since I am in the process of buying a house and I am too new to know whether I stick to it, I probably shouldn’t be spending money right now! For now, within the happiness journal is just fine.

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How’d I do on my first sketch? I’m happy with it! Thanks Bob 🙂

How about you? What is something new you are trying out?

Information overload…

If you are learning how to sew on your own, where do you start?

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I felt like I was at a loss. I kept grabbing the flyers at my local craft stores and I just couldn’t find the time to commit. I wanted something I could do online, on my own time…

 I came across this amazing compilation of tutorials by thediydreamer. It is almost overwhelming! It is filled with so much knowledge, I didn’t know where to start. So, I didn’t. I glanced through, and noting its value, have saved it, as well as kept it open in my browser for future research. Then I found the thinking closet, where Lauren shares her experience with RaechelMyers.com‘s sewing 101 class. Gold mine! All from one source, all the important basics to know when starting out on this adventure. I will definitely be going back to enhance my knowledge with thediydreamer’s list, but for now, this is where I am at. I need someone to hold my hand along the way! 😛 There is still so much to take in! Right now I am in what was the first week of lessons and I really hope that, even though I’m about 2 years late to this class, I’ll still be able to access it all and follow through. I’m excited to try this class out. I just ordered the recommended supplies that I am missing from Raechel’s list and they should be here this week sometime. This week also contained the lesson on the different parts of the machine, which inspired me to finally reopen my official operation manual. When I first got my machine, I tried to read the manual but, at the time, I was completely new to sewing and was frustrated with what seemed like a foreign language. I am less overwhelmed this time around, but I still have a lot of reading to do. (I’m on page 8 of 64!) I have to admit, I had no idea what the feed dogs were, or that I have a switch to change its directions. Do I have that right? Surprisingly though, I also didn’t realize, or at least forgot, that I have a thread cutter on the front of the machine. Thank goodness! Using the scissors at the end of each step seeming like it was more work than it should be… and apparently it was. User error. Oops!

I was also unaware that I am supposed to turn the handwheel toward me and not away from me, which is what I have been doing so far! I was also unaware that I have a button that will do that work for me easier… of course, I’ve seen it… I just didn’t know what it meant and hadn’t bothered to find out. All of this I learned from Raechel’s amazing step-by-step explanation of basic machine functions. I am forever grateful, Raechel! Thank you!!

I still have about 20 sewing 101 tutorials open in different tabs on my browser right now. At the moment though, I am starting with, and sticking with, Raechel’s sewing 101 class. I almost finished all of week one’s lessons. I still have to do “happy feet.” I can’t wait to practice some basics and get more comfortable with my machine. I’ve neglected it long enough! Wish me luck, and if you are learning, I recommend checking it out. If there is another one that worked for you, please share it! Although much of these tutorials will be repetitive, I learn something new with each one, at least, I have so far.

Happy sewing! Have a great week and I will see you next Monday.