buttonheartsmlSince the accident in May, we haven’t been able to access the computer that held all of the WhipUp data.  We still can’t access the WhipUp net email accounts.

If you have been trying to contact us, please accept our apologies for the lack of response.

We know that some of you have submitted ideas for posts, or agreed to be part of the  WhipUp Guest Blogger series for 2013. We wish we knew who you were!

We would love to hear from you.  If you have an idea for a post, or if you have agreed to write for WhipUp, please email us.  Part of what makes WhipUp so rich is the vast range of skills, experiences and creativity of our contributors.

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Guest series 2012: I asked fellow bloggers, makers and creators to write on their creativity and focus their essay on one of four topics: creativity and health, creativity and business, creativity and parenting or creativity and process. I am very excited to have a wonderful lot of fellow creative folk guest posting here at over the next couple of months. Please welcome…

Erin Dollar is an artist who focuses mainly on printmaking and textile arts. Her most recent project, Cotton & Flax, is a line of natural, hand printed textiles and works on paper using hand drawn patterns. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she visits art museums with her boyfriend, and tries to keep her cat from walking on wet silkscreen prints. Her new blog is here, and she pins her inspiration here.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the internet has shaped my art making process, and how much (or little) inspiration I get from surfing the vast expanses of the internet. I’ve been feeling something recently, something I can only describe as “visual overload”, and so I have been trying hard to limit my screen time, and get back into “real life”.

It’s tricky, though, because the internet is always trying to suck me back in. More than ever, artists and creative-types are able to quickly find inspiring and beautiful images online. Pinterest has been a huge blessing for me, in that I can visually bookmark things that inspire me so that I may review them later. But the huge wealth of amazing images online can sometimes overwhelm me, and I’ve found that when I get caught up in skimming through these images, I often close my laptop feeling discouraged, and even less inspired than when I began. I’m sure many of you relate to that feeling of endless scrolling, always finding more wonderful things to read and look at online. But lately, I’ve been trying to pull away a bit.

I’ve been trying to get out more, visit museums and galleries, and to actually meet other local artists and learn about their habits and practices. Seeing what people are making in your own community can be incredibly inspiring, and seeing work in person reminds you of the human connection, something that is often lost while looking at other artists’ work online. As a printmaker, so much of what I appreciate in making new work is the process, rather than just the final image. Seeing other artists’ prints (or paintings, sculptures, etc.) in person means that I can look more closely for clues about how a piece was made, and in that way, can discover new approaches for my own work.

Recently, I’ve found it helpful to think of all the media I consume (books, magazines, movies, TV, blogs) as “input”. If I try to vary the input (for example, spend equal time surfing the web and reading books), I feel more balanced in my process of gathering inspiration. Nurturing different parts of my brain seems to help keep my creativity flowing. Listening to music, or sometimes even science or storytelling podcasts like Radiolab or This American Life, help open up my brain to new ideas as I sit at my desk and sketch.

The thing is, once I manage to sit myself down at my desk, and maintain a consistent working schedule… the inspiration just flows. Now if only I could get myself to sit still and create new work more often!



Come and join us

1. Viewmaster Blanket: all done, 2. Miss Cathie’s raffle doll 126, 3. 362/365, 4. Embroidered tea towel for Cecily, 5. Quilted Bench, 6. holiday handknits, 7. Felted Wool Pincushions, 8. Pochette – détail, 9. Just Caught Two!, 10. Purple!, 11. class sample-Charming Patchwork Quilt, 12. The best hat!, 13. Drawstring Bag, 14. ready to mail, 15. Twinkling Stars on couch, 16. New fish baby log cabin


Kelley has been addicted to quilting for 14 years and absolutely loves piecing and quilting by hand. She lives and works in Northeast Ohio with her wonderful husband and two spunky kids. You can visit her at her blog where she podcasts and records her quilting adventures.

It all started with my owl quilt. I made it for a woman in my guild who had challenged us each to make a child-size quilt for a local charity. Unfortunately through a series of misunderstandings, which were totally on my part, I thought that I had missed the deadline to turn it over. I still wanted it to remain in the spirit of giving so I re-dedicated my owl to a cause down under that benefited victims of the floods in Queensland. Later I learned that in fact the deadline had not passed. I also learned that another woman in my guild had announced that she was rising to the challenge by making a kid-size quilt per week instead of just one for the year. This made a definite impression on me. It was such an impression that I woke up in the night thinking about it. (Also, while I still felt terrific about what I did with the quilt I felt pretty bad about flubbing the challenge.)

Now I am a working mom and besides spending my spare time on quilting I take care of all after-school events and practices, supervise homework and reading time, keep the house (kind of) clean, make meals, pay the bills, etc. I’m a pretty busy gal, as most moms are. I manage to complete maybe two quilts a year. But this stuck in my head and I woke up that night excited with an idea. I couldn’t make a quilt every week, or even every month. But could I make one every other month? Since it was already February I decided for the rest of the year I would challenge myself to complete a kid-size quilt every other month. So five quilts in ten months.

To make my challenge more interesting and because I have a quilting blog, I further decided that my quilts would be documented on the blog and must be fun, interesting, and original. No nine-patches allowed! I have been writing up tutorial-style instructions for how I made each quilt, complete with photos, templates, and yardage requirements.

So far I have reached my goal. I haven’t always delivered exactly on time but I’ve delivered. I have two of my five quilts completed – Rainbows from the Heart and Pinwheels Aplenty.

It has been enormously satisfying to make these quilts. As a quilter I feel like I’m scratching every itch: buying new fun fabrics; using up stash fabric; knocking out something fast; trying things I haven’t tried and bringing my vision to life in fabric. But by far the best thing is the feeling that maybe these quilts will make a difference for a child somewhere. These quilts aren’t going to solve world problems. But they are going to (hopefully) give a hug to the heart of a little someone that needs it.

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A few months ago, I was invited to contribute a recipe into an ebook to benefit the Red Cross. The girls at HowDoesShe did all the hard work organising this and they came up with the idea after the devastation in Japan earlier this year. Missy, Shelley and Alison introduce the project…

After literally MONTHS of creating, the “50+ Top Blogs All Time Favorite Recipes” cookbook is HERE!!! You may have seen a sneak peek of this gorgeous recipe book this past month. We hope you have been anxiously awaiting it. :) Now, until the end of August, it’s available for purchase. But wait, scratch that, it’s not a purchase. The best part is…

it’s a donation!

100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cross to help the many people who have been affected by recent natural disasters around the world.

After seeing the devastation in Japan, several top blogs teamed together wanting to somehow make a difference. More than 50 blogs donated one of their favorite recipes to be compiled into an incredible cookbook designed by chickabug (design talent was 100% donated as well). Basically a lot of people worked really hard to make something extraordinary. Now, it’s in your hands to make a difference.

This one-of-a-kind cookbook was originally only going to be offered as an E-book for a $10 donation. But after receiving feedback from readers, we realized that many of you want a physical copy. We approached our favorite publisher, Paper Coterie, who was willing to donate 100% of the supplies, and 100% of the cost of printing for this amazing cause. Are you feeling the warm tinglies yet?! We are!!! This started out as one person having an idea. Now over 50 blogs and an amazing publisher are involved and now it’s YOUR turn.

Together we can will make a difference.

The E-book is for sale here for a $1o donation. If you have a computer in your kitchen or an electronic reader, (ipad, kindle,etc.) this is the copy for you. You can just click on the recipe you want from the table of contents and it will take you right there. It’s sweet.

The hard cover cookbook is also available, (wait for it…) for only $10. You will be amazed at the quality of this book. The only extra expense you will have will be for shipping ($4 or more depending on where you live and how many copies you order).

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You can smile knowing you made a difference to someone, somewhere. And you can smile because you will have a beautiful full color recipe book with gorgeous pictures and delicious recipes to try. We truly hope you love the cookbook. We think you will. You might just want to buy one for your mom, sister, and mother-in-law for Christmas. ;)

Please share this post with your friends and family on your blog, facebook, and twitter. Let’s make this go VIRAL! How cool would that be? Here is a button to put on your blog:

and the link: - Remember 100% of the proceeds will be benefiting the American Red Cross.

*The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual or political position. For more information about the American Red Cross, please email books be available for a little over 2 weeks – starting Monday and continuing for the rest of August. The last day to order will be August 31.

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