Hello, happy blog readers. I’m so happy to introduce you to Jordana, the brains behind the beautiful Etsy shop LaraLeib. Won’t you meet her?
When I was 9, I decided I was going to make my mom an original Mother’s Day gift. Biting off more than I could chew was a specialty of mine, so it’s no surprise that I decided that making a shirt from scratch without a sewing machine or the slightest idea how put a shirt together by hand was totally doable.
I collected scraps of black and white fabric from old t-shirts and outfits from the dress-up pile, and I cut them into the closest approximation of 4×4-inch squares that I could manage. Then I started sewing. The shirt stayed together long enough for my mom to take a picture wearing it, but she definitely wasn’t going to leave the house in it.
I could not have been more proud of the way it came out.
All these years later, that creative impulse and determination continues to drive my work. Turning that creativity into the art of creating something new is so rewarding. Nothing is more satisfying than taking a bunch of scraps and making it into a work of art.
While the end result is unique, the feeling of turning nothing into something, spun out of a tiny thought of what might work, is not mine alone. Since deciding to sell the results of my creative impulses, I’ve met so many other fantastic creatives whose work is the result of a similar spark. I am both inspired and energized by the work of others, which might begin in a place similar to my own, but it ends with something completely different and unique to that individual.
The best part about our little crafty corner of the world is that each of us has that story. Whether you’re 9 or 90, somewhere along the way, that spark was ignited, and it spread until it became something tangible. The best part of creativity is creating -– envisioning, executing and actually making it happen.
My mom may not have a wearable shirt, but she has the first Jordana original. I don’t dabble in creating clothing often these days, but it’s that same 9-year-old impulse that more recently led me to believe that I could make — and wear — a bridesmaid’s dress for myself for a wedding I was in (still not knowing how to sew or work a sewing machine). These days I prefer paper, and it’s that same spark that drives me to make collage after collage and never tire of the creative process.
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Jordana is offering up a beautiful collage photo frame to one lucky giveaway winner.
The polished frame has a wood finish with decoupage flower collages and grass made from upcycled magazines and other papers. The frame stands on its own and is 6×8 1/2-inches. It holds a 4×6-inch photo.
How to enter:
- Mandatory entry: Visit LaraLeib, favorite the shop, and leave a comment with your favorite item in the shop.
Really want to win? Here are other ways to enter. Please leave one comment for each bullet point you complete.
- Follow Jordana AND yours truly on Twitter.
- Tweet and/or Facebook about this giveaway.
- Follow Jordana on Pinterest.
- Follow this blog via your aggregate of choice and/or by receiving e-mail updates. You can do this on the upper righthand side of this blog.
This giveaway is open worldwide and will close at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12. Good luck, all!