reverse applique cuff by gina sekelsky studio A few months ago, I met up with a colleague and the advice she shared that day is still (still!) ringing in my ears. She questioned why my blog had sewing on it. And books. And recipes. On the one hand, I understood her point perfectly: I'm a handwriting artist, after all. So I've been dutifully trying to focus on that here on the blog over the last few months. For me, it seems to have ended up as a litany of Look what I've made now! (And frankly, that feels a bit boring.) I'm still finding my legs with this new focus (because I do see her point). But at the same time, I love stitching. I love reading. And my blog has always been a home for those pursuits. So I hope you'll bear with me as I figure out the context of sharing those passions while trying to reinforce that what I really am is a handwriting artist. Meanwhile, I keep stitching. I remade an old skirt into a new skirt on the plane to Massachusetts last week. I wear something handmade almost every day. So what if I took that one step farther? What if I returned to the intention I had years ago, and committed to wearing something handmade every single day? I'm starting today (with the cuff above). Maybe I'll dig some things out of my closet I've forgotten about. Maybe I'll cut things up and make them into new things. Follow me on Instagram to find out! #the100dayproject  #wearhandmadeeveryday better than never stamp by lettergirl on etsy In honor of National Letter Writing Month, I invite you to enter this week's giveaway! Enter to win one of my new snail mail stamps: your choice of the Better Late Than Never stamp or the Love You stamp. love you stamp by lettergirl on etsy Personally, I'd choose the red rubber option because I like the flexibility to change ink colors. But I'd happily make one of them for you in self-inking if that's what you prefer! To enter, comment on this post & tell me the last thing you wore that was handmade. Did you make it or did someone make it for you? Was it yesterday or the winter you turned 12?  This week's giveaway runs through Tuesday, April 26th, with the winner announced in next Wednesday's post. Don't want to miss the announcement? Be sure to check the box when you comment. Good luck!
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18 Responses to NLWM Giveaway No. 2

  1. sharon stanley says:

    oh my gosh, i so get this post. my friend told me once i had a scanner personality and it’s so true. i am constantly on the look out for new projects to try….mixed media, writing kids books, quilting, remaking clothes, jewelry…there are just so many interesting things to try, i can’t just stick with one. last week i tried air dried clay and made a cute little wind chime! and i bought a loom to try weaving a wall hanging! i’m a scanner! i see you that way gina…a real craftsperson who enjoys lots of things and enjoys sharing them. i totally get the need to focus, but please don’t stop stitching….it’s my fave! love the cuff too! i wear home made every day too…today it was a bracelet! tomorrow, who knows!

  2. Megan says:

    A handmade scarf that a friend of mine made. She passed away a couple of years ago and every time I wear it I always remember her and the good times we had. I would definitely pick the better late than never stamp.

  3. Mary says:

    It’s been a while, but years ago my cousin made me a winter scarf.

  4. Aine says:

    I buy most of my purses and jewelry handmade. It’s just so much nicer than what you can find in stores. I’m a knitter, and I have quite a collection of scarves and socks. I have knits on me quite often. 🙂

    About 4 or 5 years ago, I knitted my mom a black tank top. She wore it quite a bit, and I found it in her closet when I was going through her things for my dad (she passed away recently). I asked my dad if I could keep it — there’s something about it that’s very comforting.

  5. Dawn says:

    Interesting comment by the colleague. I guess I don’t see your blog as limited to the scope of your store…I see it as an extension of YOU, not just promo for the work you sell. Does that make sense? It makes your space here that much more intriguing to me!

  6. Dawn Y. says:

    I love wearing a colorful, felted flower pinned to my denim jacket. It’s a great sign of Spring, celebrated when we finally put away our winter jackets for the season! I bought the flower from the artisan at an art fair, with the hopes of learning to felt one day soon.

    I truly understand wanting to share so many artistic passions, Gina! You have so many interesting talents that inspire us all! I ‘found’ you several years ago on Pinterest and began following your amazing lettering talents. It’s always such fun to read about all of your creative interests throughout the year. Creative people always seem to ‘blossom’ in so many ways!

    Your newest Snail Mail stamps are both beautiful. The ‘Love You’ stamp would be lovely on envelopes and on the back of handmade cards, too! Can’t wait to see what’s next!!
    Dawn

  7. Shirley Nygaard says:

    I’m a knitter, so I wear something handmade almost every day in the fall, winter and spring, until it gets too warm. It might be a scarf, a pair of socks or a sweater. I love to wear those special items.

  8. Catherine says:

    My daughter makes loads of rubber band bracelets and other jewelry for me. I buy lots of handknits from Etsy and have several pairs of beautiful mittens–everything made with so much love. I admire all of the hand sewing you do.

  9. Lisa says:

    I love the “love you” stamp. My mom made me several dresses when I was a child. They had puffy sleeves and big skirts with fabric that floated up in the perfect twirl! I bought a sewing machine at an estate sale and hope to make similar dresses one day. I find all your projects interesting and enjoy seeing all of your work. It feels like I’m exploring through your beautiful work.

  10. Ingrid weaver-ameiss says:

    My mom made( knitted) me a purple poncho when I was 10years old! It was awesome and warm! She made a lot of things, with lots of love. We didn’t have much, but when she made us things it meant the world. She can’t knit anymore despite us encouraging her, so that purple poncho means more to me now…even though it’s long gone, than it did when I wore it! I love the love stamp! I too love red rubber! I love colors! Esp purple!

  11. Jayne friedman says:

    I wore one of my hand knit lace shawls. I usually knit them, have them finished and put them in storage. So fun to wear and enjoy

  12. Kathy Crawford says:

    People who are not “scanners” do not understand us. You should write about what you want to write about and if you do not want to stick to one topic then don’t. I like your blog and its different topics. It reflects who you are at this point in time.

  13. eiLeen swaney says:

    A good friend of mine loves to make her own jewelry. I had lunch with her today. I made sure I wore a beaded bracelet she had given me as a gift.

  14. Suzanne says:

    I think the last handmade thing I wore was a lace shawl made by one of my dear friends. It could also have been some jewelry I made too though. I love handmade things since they have so much more character than mass produced stuff. Your new work is charming as ever Gina! Love it!

  15. Beth says:

    The last thing that I wore that was handmade was a pair of earrings. I didn’t make them myself, I purchased them on etsy. I love finding or making unique jewelry.

  16. Susan says:

    Last hand made item I wore – a pipecleaner bracelet made by my 4 year old. Matching pony bead and yarn necklace 🙂 Love it!

  17. Randi says:

    I think the last handmade item I ware was a pair of silver wire earrings shaped into little umbrellas. I get a lot of wear out of them during the Pacific NW winters and springs.

  18. BarbaraMae says:

    I wore a handmade hair tie last week. Does that count? Haha. I tend to make home goods – decorations, paper crafts and dishes. Crafty, but not too wearable. 🙂

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