Hello!  I am writing to you all today to announce a new item, and section in my shop.

Recently I have made another cell pillow – this time for sale!  I love making these pillows because the top is entirely hand sewn.  I love just sitting at the kitchen table and puttering away at the stitches with my coffee and snack.  There is something so soothing about hand sewing.  The top is machine pieced onto cuddly felt and then the whole thing is sewn shut and stuffed.

As a scientist, I really think cells are incredible things.  They are absolutely so complex that I feel we may never know all their nuances.  Cells are these amazing little machines that make up each and every one of us.  I think they are beautiful works of art and it facinates me to study them.  Probably thousands of people, or more, study these little units will all our hearts and still we are so far from understanding their secrets.  Then of course there is further complexity where the cells assembly into tissues, and tissues into organs, and then into whole humans!! And then there are studies of human interactions, population studies!!  The excitement never ends!

Anyway,  here is your chance to bring a little excitement of science into your home.  Check out my Etsy shop for this brightly colored interpretation of a common mammalian cell.

Hi everyone!  So today I started my first treasury on etsy!  I wanted to share my experience with you.  First of all – it is really hard to pick a theme.  This might seem easy, but there are so many things to choose from and whatever theme it may be needs to include items that all flow together.

I think it takes good design skills and color theory to make a really good treasury.  You need to understand what looks good and which pictures to place next to each other.  What colors should the treasury be, and which colors look good together is a big question for me.  I pretty much love every color and am known to just mash everything I like into one work of art, which sometimes works but sometimes doesn’t:

Fail: I made this with a beautiful charm set I bought on etsy.  I didn’t think through the color arrangement at all and just slapped things together.  I guess it looks okay, but not my favorite.  Here we could use some good color theory and design skills to improve!

Win: Other times the rainbow thing works beautifully and I love the results!  Maybe you will too..


For my treasury I decided to play it safe and go with a rainbow theme.  All the colors in each picture!  I love rainbow everything, and glitter, but that is another topic.  I think a rainbow can be interpreted as a sign that the storm is over, and things are bright again.  So here is my rainbow treasury.  Have a look and leave me some comments!  This is my first treasury so I might need some improvements =)

Hay guys!  This is just a quick post before I am off for the day, but Fresh Squeezed Fabrics (All I have to say…) is doing a great fabric giveaway!

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c52ef53ef0153900ecf09970b

Check it out and I will be back later with some more info about the great goodies available!

Being in a creative business is hard work! I have found that I absolutely can’t be creative on demand. This is part of the reason I don’t take custom orders for my work. As soon as there is a deadline I get anxious and I think it shows in my work. I have to pick up the needle and thread when I am inspired and hit the potter’s wheel when the clay calls me. It’s a bummer to get in a rut and loose this creativity, maybe even for weeks at a time. What do you guys do to get inspired?

Here is a list of my personal favorite creative slump busting activities!

1. Go outside – There is so much inspiration out there. Whether you live in the city or the country. I personally live in a big city, so I love seeing street musicians, or the beautiful murals around town. I also like to just sit on my balcony and take in the few. Looking at the color combinations that are attractive helps with color choice. Things that look good to you look good for a reason – take notice!

2. Go to a museum or art gallery – Looking at other people’s work can be really inspiring. Not only from the “oh I like that and maybe I could use that idea” standpoint, but also getting motivated to get some stuff done yourself. When I see a big gallery, I think, boy I should get crackin’!

These are paintings from a show I did in NYC, I am sorry but I can't remember the artists or gallery!! Please forgive me!

3. Do something other than your craft – Just take a break! Maybe it is for a day, or a week, but somtimes time apart does make the heart grow fonder. I am a fan of gardening or tanning by the pool. These things can decompress my brain from either my day job or my crafting business.

4. Look at other blogs – Check out people doing the same kind of stuff you’re doing. Look at other beautiful crafts and get inspired to make your own. You don’t have to go to a gallery or craft fair because so much can be found right here on the web!

Here are some of my favorite blogs:

Attic24

Anna Maria Horner

Fresh Lemons

Red Pepper Quilts

Now my question for you is, how do you get creative? What motivates you to keep churning out your craft?

Hello everyone!

I’m Amanda and this is the first post!  Thanks for visiting!

Regular Day Company is a small arts and crafts business run by myself, Amanda Robb, with a little help from my husband, Jason Robb.  Here at RDC I strive to make the best handmade goods possible.  With my art I hope to make each regular day fantastic!  My ceramics, pillows and quilts are made with the utmost quality and love.  I have been doing art as long as I can remember and it is a major part of my life.  I believe art is a beautiful part of life and is meant to be appreciated and celebrated.  My goal is to bring art into apartments and houses to make them feel a little more like a home.   Here is a colorful fleece blanket I made for my husband, although it seems our kitten has claimed it for her own!  My plush pieces are loved by man and animal alike!

I sell my goods on etsy, so please have a visit if you are interested in finding something for you own home!

In my day life I am a PhD student.  As much as I love art, I also love science, and I believe the two are strongly linked.  Science is a creative process and everyday I am presented with new challenges and design puzzles.  I think my creativity in art brings a new perspective to the lab and makes my work more innovative.

As with art influencing science, my science also influences art.  Many of my hand sewn pillows have biological themes and I frequently use the color schemes found in fluorescence imaging and biology to guide my quilting choices.

I am also a painter and the complexity of living systems frequently appears as a theme in my painting.  I think biology is beautiful and intricate and really the most awesome art there is.  I hope to merge the beauty of science and biology with the expression and comfort of art.  This is a piece that I made for an art show in New York, kind of an in progress shot.  But this series was influenced by the layers of complexity of biology.  You can see the full set here.

I create wheel thrown and handbuilt pottery at my local studio with a variety of clay.  Here is a sneak peak at my workspace:

I hoped you enjoyed the photos and will look for some more on my flickr stream and visit my etsy store!

Thanks for coming, and have I hope your regular day turns fantastic!

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