A Flood of Creativity…

April 26, 2011

 

For a long time I was really struggling with creativity – it was like pulling teeth trying to come up with new ideas.  The stream was dried to a trickle.  Between working full-time in a job that utitilized every brain cell I possessed, being a single mom to two busy teens, bills, laundry, cooking, groceries…well, the well had run dry.

Now, however, it is like a flood and I can’t get one thing done without a hundred other ideas crashing over me like waves! It’s awesome and overwhelming and I just love it…I just have to figure out a way to live without sleep, because my mind will not shut down at night. 

I think being laid off has been similar to a dam breaking for me.  I didn’t have time to pursue the creative side of me, so it got dammed up and now I’m experiencing the flooding of all that backed up inspiration.  Contrary to the damage when a flood occurs in nature, this flood  is re-creating me as an artist.  I am rejuvenated and filled with optimism I haven’t felt in a long time.

Although my studio does look like a natural disaster, that much I must admit.  It’s even messy by MY standards, and I like to work messy!

But I am enjoying the awesome force of my creative nature, and I am sure there will be times in the future when the well runs dry again.  So it is as an artist.  For now I will ride the force of the creativity flood while it roars – there will be time to sleep another day.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;

establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”

   Psalm 90:17

Photo via http://www.geology.ar.gov/geohazards/othergeohaz_floods.htm

Spring Fling…

April 24, 2011

Tutti Fruitti

 I am busy getting prepared for my upcoming Spring Fling at Trends and Traditions, a local shop that carries my jewelry and a ton of really fabulous stuff.  Another artist and I are doing the event together next Saturday, April 30th and I am really excited to debut lots of new jewelry!  I love events like this with great music, fun snacks and lots of interaction with people.

Gaye of Bag Lady Originals makes fabulous painted silk scarves in wonderful bright, bold patterns.  The color blocking she does is so very current in fashion right now.  She and I are combining to create a day to really promote accessorizing – how it’s not only about clothes, but how you bring it all together with accessories that really makes you stand out.

Trends and Traditions is a happy place for me.  There is a lot of unique, wonderful stuff there that fits right in with my philosophy of fashion – it should be FUN and FABULOUS!

Tutti Fruitti Earrings

The Queen of Scarves…

April 19, 2011

 

I absolutely love the way Hilary Duff does scarves.  I think she singlehandedly has brought scarves back to prominence after they fell by the wayside for a couple of decades.   She wears them with everything, and in so many ways…it’s really inspiring. 

I read that she has even cut up a tablecloth she liked to make a scarf out of it…now that is DIY repurposing!  I swear she could take an old granny square afghan from the 70’s and make it look like the coolest scarf ever!

 

Divorce-a-versary…

April 18, 2011

In honor of the 4 year mark since my divorce, I am going to re-print the poem I shared on the occassion of my 2 year divorce-a-versary:

World’s Shortest Fairytale…

Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl, “Will you marry me?”  The girl said “No” and she lived happily ever after and went shopping, drank margaritas with friends, always had a clean house, never had to cook, had a closet full of shoes and handbags, stayed skinny, and was never farted on.

The End.

Flower Girl…

April 16, 2011

photo from perfectgardeningtips.com

I get to have the most fun for the next 6 weeks!  A friend of mine owns Marinette Farm and Garden, a local Feed & Seed (and everything else) store, and they always put up a garden hut in the Spring.  Hearing I was laid off, she contacted me and asked if I would be willing to help in the garden hut primping the flowers and plants, planting planters and hanging baskets, and helping customers.

Does it get any better than this?!!

I have missed my gardens so much since my house had to be sold in the divorce.  I had worked for years to create those gardens, and to me they were like my canvases.  Leaving them behind tore a piece of my heart out…well, what was left of it, anyway.  I mourned the loss of my gardens, and since I now live in a rental duplex, I couldn’t start another.  I stopped looking at gardening catalogs and thought I needed to stay away from that part of my past.  Last year, however, my Dad tilled a portion of earth up outside and I stuffed it full of perennials.  After 3 years, I was gardening again, albeit on a much smaller scale.

And now this.  I think it’s really ironic that God is giving me back my gardening passion in this way.  Even though I don’t have large gardens of my own, I get to help other people make their gardens and homes more beautiful.  All of the knowledge and skills I learned over the years can now be put to good use.  Connie, the owner, has started calling me “Flower Girl.”

I get to dig in the dirt, play with plants and talk with people…”these are a few of my favorite things…”

What I Will Miss…

April 12, 2011

from Glamour Magazine

While I am unexpectedly excited about being downsized recently, I feel like I have to acknowledge how much this job has meant to me.

 First of all, it was my first job after earning my Bachelor’s Degree at 46 years old.  It was a huge boost of confidence to know that I could survive – and thrive – in the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years.  I loved my cubicle, my co-workers and my work…it was fulfilling and exciting and I will always be grateful for the opportunity.  It gave me a ton of self-esteem I was lacking, and the knowledge that I could care for my children and support us was empowering.

 Secondly, I will miss working in a field I have always loved.  From the first time I could remember, I was set on being a beautician when I grew up.  The desire to do hair was pushed down for many years, but at 23 years of age I decided to go to Cosmetology School.  I didn’t stay in the industry long, but I have a lifelong love of anything to do with hair and beauty, so working within that industry and putting my knowledge to work was pure joy.

 Third, I will miss the freebies.  As a marketing professional in the beauty products industry, I was given a lot of product to try in order to better market them.  I have had a chance to sample so many great products and add many to my daily must-haves.  To me these were like gold, and I loved being the aunt who gave the awesome beauty bags at Christmas and birthdays! I loved being on the cutting edge of new products and introducing them to the salons.

 So as I bid goodbye to this career, I am sad for some of the things I am losing.  But I really am not losing anything – I learned a lot and I will take those lessons with me wherever I go from here. 

The samples will be sadly missed though…

Re-Designing Me…

April 4, 2011

It’s your life. Design it as you like & feel free to re-design at any time. Always remembering to clear out the junkthat isn’t serving you.

from @beingtricia on Twitter

It begins soon. I am finally going to take ownership of my life and design it the way I want it to look. No more limiting myself thinking “nobody else has done that.” Who cares? I can be the first. And how do I know nobody else ever has done it, anyway? I’m just limiting others with my own doubts. There probably are people doing this all over the place but I’ve been too busy doubting to see.

Areas to Re-design:

• Physical surroundings
• Physical Self
• Work – artistic
• Simplification
• Financial

I know that the longest journeys start with a single step, and that’s what I’m going to attempt to do. Every day I will strive to take a single step. Maybe some days I’ll take steps in each area.

 Other days I might take a nap.

That type of structure feels right.

It’s up to me to design it….stay tuned.

My friend Kari and I came up with this fun and easy project for an Art Camp we were leading at the local UW Campus for their Summer Program.  We purchased a number of empty paint cans from our local paint store. (about .50 cents each for the smaller size, approx. $1 for the large, which are loads of fun, too!)  We punched holes with an awl and hammer in each side near the top, directly across from each other. The rough edges are under the brim of the paint can and didn’t pose too many issues.

 We spent quite a bit of time letting the students cut pieces out of magazines, catalogs and wallpaper books, which we then applied with mod podge and/or hot glue to the outside. Some people chose more substantial things like buttons, beads, etc. that needed to be glued with hot glue first.  Then the entire surface is covered with a layer or mod podge.  The matching lids can be decorated or discarded.

 Then we cut a length of wire approximately 2 feet long.  On mine I started a loose and uneven abstract coil and put large beads along its length.  String each wire end through one of the holes in the paint can and twist to join on the inside near the rim.  Voila!  It’s an easy container that you can use in multiple ways.  My friend Karen and I have since used this idea during the YAM (Youth Art Ministry) program that we facilitate at our church and it was just as popular. 

I have one of these collaged containers holding all of my paintbrushes and another holds all of our multicolor sharpie pens.  These could be used to present small personalized gifts or customized for holidays…the only limits are in your imagination!

It’s a fun and easy way to store things and to express your creativity at the same time!

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