Sunday, July 20

Searching for the Creative Zen

Each day I try to do something that is creative - it's my happyness. It is not as easy as before but I'm seeing changes in the art I draw and the jewelry I make. My first fiber piece was very different than anything I've ever made before. The colors and subject were "not me" at all but I did enjoy the process. 
So how my art will evolve is a path I'll take and discover what I will see along the way. This new path I think will be branching off into new directions that I might not have taken before. 
This little mini quilt was done just to play around. The quilting was done just to get my groove back. I changed patterns as I felt like it and no pre thought was given to any of it.
See how un Royce the colors are? My friend Stefanie said I didn't think you even owned such colors! Well I didn't but now I have a new set of dye pens and just wanted to try them out.  

We had 2 work benches in our hobby room (which I am now trying to learn to call my studio). So with one of them gone now I have replace it with a new desk work area where I cut fabric, cut out my note cards and draw.



Friday I took down my old kitchen curtains and have picked out
this fabric to make new ones. More on that later. 


Now for a flash from my past (about 40 years past) I thought I'd give
macrame jewelry a try. I'd not forgotten how and found it very 
relaxing and soothing to make the small knots. This is a long
way from the even smaller thread I used in the 70's. 


And here is a few of the jewelry pieces I've made recently. 
Found this tiny caliper in Bobby's tool box and
thought it was so cute I made myself a necklace from it. 

This sand-dollar fossil was picked up at Red Dog Beads 
I just couldn't wait to play with it. 

A segment from another fossil

That's all for now. Have a creative day


Friday, July 11

Life's Changes

Very often in life changes come alone that will end one part of your life and start another. In May I had one of these changes. I'm not sure what will happen next - I don't know from day to day how I will react to tiny little things not to mention bigger bumps in the road. I do know if not for my faith I'd be rolled up in a ball in a corner someplace with little light in my life or in my soul. All I know is I miss my husband so much there are no words to tell you. 

During this time my creative life has slowed to a near stop. My drawings are sad and my quilting is non existent. 


I know things will continue to change and evolve
but for now it's hard to see past the hour I am in. 

Saturday, July 5

A Beautiful 4th

Yesterday - the weather was perfect - I was with my family 
Here are some of the beautiful things I saw at Rock City

Yes I bought a bird house - my mom always had
one in her back yard so soon I will too






Saturday, June 28

Yesterday Pam and I went for a day of window shopping and fun in Franklin TN. It's just about 20 min from Nashville and the down town area is very cool. Lots of nice little shops and I do think we went into at least every other one. Then we had lunch at Merridees Bread Basket which was oh so good. I couldn't eat all my yummy but it's in the fridge and may get polished off tonight. (curried chicken salad on viking bread)


Saw this in one of the shops we went into and it cracked me up.
Of course we hit the local quilt shop while we were in the area. 
I got fabric for 2 lap quilts I need to have done by Christmas.


We are selling this chalk paint at JoAnn's and I needed to
learn how to do the technique so I can teach some classes. 


I started off with this box which
is on display at the store


 Then I attacked this little table which Angel picked up at a yard sale for
next to nothing and I'm going to use it as my bedside table. 

I used one of my quilt stencils for the design on top.
It took longer to sand it than it did to paint. 
Over all a pretty quick little fix er upper.

If you haven't seen this paint before it's to age/distress furniture
and other little things. I put the yellow paint on first, then the oatmeal color. 
Then I added some dark brown in the creases for an antiqued look. 
Then you sand and sand and sand. Over an hour to take tiny bits
of the top coat of paint off so the bottom coat shows threw in places.
In some areas I sanded down to the wood. So the edges look
worn and old. It was fun and I think looks a bit 30's now.

So even thou my creative zen hasn't returned for quilting and
jewelry making I am doing something. I have started doodling
again too. 




Saturday, June 21

Recapturing Creativity

I'm sure all of us have gaps where the creative part of ourselves just runs off and leaves us alone and in a sad non creative state. I have been in that state for weeks now and miss that part of myself so badly. If you are a creative person that part of yourself is needed for your total self to be whole. When I'm not creating something I feel that whole and want it filled. But there are times when you just for what ever reason have no creative energy. I've tried to fill that gap with looking at Pintrest, thinking of things I'd like to do but it seems that just nothing is moving me into creating something - anything.
I think that it would help to to get threw this time to be creative - still nothing happens. It's as if a part of me was lost - just wandered off and left me all alone in this big world filled with...nothing.

So today I decided that I would park myself at my bench and if nothing else I'd make some mindless -  clasps or something just to get my hands working and my mind into that wonderful blissful place where it's the happiest. I kept waiting for it to return to me, but now think I might just need to go out and hunt that creative self down. So off I go to find it once again. Sometimes when events happen in our lives we loose a part of ourself for a time. It's natural I know but I won't let it go on any longer.

One little step at a time I will get this back and there is no time like right now to take that first step.