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Top 10 takeaways from Alt Summit

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As a second year attendee to Alt Summit, and this time as a speaker to boot my time there was terrific and insightful in so many ways. I like to give myself a few days afterwards to soak it all in before I dive back into my notes, otherwise it is easy to get overwhelmed and dizzy with excitement and ideas. So after carefully looking back here are my top 10 takeaways and A-ha moments.

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After pages of notes, dozens of handshakes, hours of smiling, loads of hugs and incredible supportive lady-prenuers I always walk away with the assurance that so many of us are in this crazy creative boat together. We all may be paddling up stream, but we are doing together and it feels so good. I know I’ll be back for more.

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On my way to Alt Summit

Last year I attended Alt Summit at their first ever summer event. It was so refreshing to find my people there and I told myself I’d be back next year, and speaking at a future Alt to boot! Well next year is here and so much has happened in the last 360 days (5 more days until Alt begins).

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Not only am I speaking at Alt (whoa dream come true!) about hosting events offline but I’ve also moved back to my home state, celebrated 3 years since my company launch, interviewed dozens of creative women here, worked with brands and companies I would have never have dreamed of approaching before, learned Adobe Illustrator and last but not least I started drawing again!

It’s this doodling thing that has really reawakened something in me. I used to draw all the time, but life gets in the way. While drawing I find that my mind opens more to new ideas, wanders, and I’m constantly looking for patterns and details to draw. I’m also reveling in research, botanical gardens, libraries and, museums. This isn’t a new thing, but by spending a focused time everyday and carrying my sketchbook and pencils with me it’s stirred my soul and has developed into a full portfolio! Again, whoa! I haven’t made a real deal portfolio since I was applying to my degree program in college… but it’s so pretty…  really. I cried when the final product was delivered and as we speak is on it’s way to art directors!

Reversible Apron Pattern with Going Home To Roost Ribbons

Studio-Apron-PatterncoverFind this FREE pattern here.

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Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost invited me to partipate in a beautiful bloghop to showcase her gorgeous ribbons from Renaissance that coordinates perfectly with her fabric lines.

The Bonnie Christine line of ribbons were inspired by a love for nature and sunshine. They represent working in the garden, growing flowers and watching the bees, birds and butterflies take flight. Bonnie most enjoys using the ribbons to add cheer to everyday objects like notebooks, bags, key chains and clothing. Her goal has always been to create patterns that are organic and natural, joyful and lovely. She believes patterns are one of the ways we can express ourselves and make our spaces beautiful.

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I love the little red honeybees and honeycombs in aqua and gold! I paired it with swiss dot coral, yellow, and berries I had in my fabric stash to create a reversible apron to use in my studio. When I’m sewing I need my tools at the ready! Otherwise I tend to set them down on my table and bury them in fabric and doodles. There are several pockets just below the waist that can easily be customized to suit your needs. Unlike a kitchen apron, this apron is much shorter and offers rounded corners.

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The ribbons were the perfect additon to the pockets to give them an extra pop! Easy to sew through, ribbon also has two edges already finished, so they just need to be top stitched and the raw end edges get encased in the seams.

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The ties are easy to make and have a sweet end detail that takes it up a notch without getting complicated. The length of the waist ties and neckline can be adjusted as needed, if your not as petite as my beautiful model Raven.

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The other side of the apron is a sturdy cotton canvas trimmed with ribbon at the top. There is no pockets on this side, it would be just my luck to get paint in the pocket and drip into a mess. Yet again the length is just perfect since I’m always painting on a surface and don’t need the apron tails getting in the way. This pattern is FREE to you! Thanks for stopping by!

You can catch yesterday’s butterfly pillow post:

Thursday, April 2nd Jayme Christensen

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FindingSweetLand  findingsweetland.blogspot.com

Tomorrow’s post:

Monday, April 6th  Caitlin Topham www.saltyoat.com