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There is a lot of people that know me or are my friends that don't know much about my blog and whenever the subject comes up, I like to share what this space it's all about, but only if they ask =] and when that happens the question I get the most is “why would you want to have a blog anyways?” and to me the answer it's really simple It's all about Inspiring. I've been crafting and sewing ever since I can remember and to be honest I am always working on something, so now the only change is that when I make or sew something I like to share and blog about it. Hopefully, my projects and ideas will inspire others and give them a little extra push so they can also explore their creative side =] To me, it's an awesome thing, I love exploring new techniques, new materials, and new projects all the time, even when they don't work. All the fun is on trying because many times it just takes a few tries to get it right =]

I think one of the most rewarding things is when I hear (or read in this case) from all of you my DEAR readers. That just makes me smile, every comment and every time I check the stats and see how many people are reading and visiting my little blog makes me warm inside, it's just awesome.

That is why I wanted to share images from E. Duygu, she emailed me a while back to let me know that she loved my halloween mail order bride dress and that she wanted something exactly like that for her graduation party. I told her how flattered I was that she wanted to make that dress and a few weeks after that she emailed me pictures of her graduation party.

She looked absolutely gorgeous and totally rocked the dress =] I am so happy my dress inspire her to make her version.

See, It's all about Inspiring!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

10 replies
  1. Laura Baker
    Laura Baker says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. This wonderful new technology allows those with the same loves to share and collaborate no matter where we are on this small planet. I love it. It allows those of us who are adventurous to try new things that we would not have tried otherwise. Your sundress from the 6X man’s shirt inspired me and my granddaughters to try in. We went on a quest to find the perfect shirt. We finally found it and now we are ready to cut. I will let you know the end result and send a pic. I would not have attempted this without your expert photos for the tutorial. Thanks for being out there.

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Laura thank you so much for your lovely words, I am so happy that technology allow us to share our interest in such an amazing way =]
      I would love to see the dress you and your grand-daughter are making, a warm hug XO

  2. Shanea
    Shanea says:

    I totally agree. I want to let you know that your blog is inspiring and even if I never make a quarter of the things that you make, I depend on blogs like yours to keep me thinking creative thoughts. My BFF calls herself a Creative and I am drawn to all things creative so that makes me a Creative too. I love peaking into your creative world. Thanks!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      I totally think that everyone is creative and sometimes all we need is a little push and inspiration to explore that side of our imagination =] I am so happy you feel inspired with my blog and keep on creating! XO

  3. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    I have to agree here too, you really inspire me every time I see a new project and makes me want to try them, even tho sometimes I don’t make it very far. I really enjoy the process, Thank you for the hard work you put into your blog, we all appreciated it and love it Joy!

  4. Janie
    Janie says:

    I adore your blog even though I have yet to make anything. It helps inspire my dreams, my fashion (shopping, not creating yet), and just makes me smile. That’s a really great gift all on its own. I hope you keep writing your blog forever and ever.

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Thank you so much Janie, I will for sure keep blogging for as long as I can =] So happy it inspire you =] XO

  5. graciepie
    graciepie says:

    WOW, what a great compliment to inspire fashion like that! I often get asked about why I have a blog as well. I guess if you doin’t follow blogs or like to write… you don’t really “get it”

  6. Anna
    Anna says:

    I love your blog and its so nice that she made her dress based on yours and even better that you are so happy to show hers in your blog. You are such an inspiration!

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