Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Constant Companion

My Dear Blog,
Today is our 5-year anniversary...can you believe that we have been collaborating together for 5 years ??!?


When I wrote my first words of intention, I had no thought of how long you would be in my life, especially since I was so shy about starting to write about my creative adventures at all, but I am so happy I finally chose to jump in and share my creative adventures with you here.

Because of you, I have met many wonderful creative adventurers through so many blogs, and some of them I've even met in person! I have forged some wonderful online friendships through our collaboration together...

A few weeks ago, I found and read this post about online friendships and it made me think of what we have been doing here for the past 5 years, while making me reflect on how some of my 'real-time' relationships have been waning, but you, Dear Friend, have been ever constant, whether I stop to visit and share my creative pursuits or not...
  • You are here when I share about my challenges in creativity and you are here during my struggles in creating a self-sustaining creative career.
  • You are here even when I leave for weeks or months a time, patiently waiting for my return.
  • You allow me as much time and space needed to share my creative pursuits, letting me blather on for as long as needed to get it all out.
  • You allow me the space to vent my frustrations when things are not going as well or as quickly as I would like them to.
  • You allow me the space to continue forging a creative career, free of judgement, free of criticism, free from advice to follow the well-trod path of corporate life.
  • You allow me to be ME, whatever that is, day or night.

And I want to say Thank You, dear friend, for being here as I share my creative life with you and I thank the many others who stop by to take a peek at what is being shared here.

It has been a wonderful 5 years walking the creative path with such a constant companion as YOU...


And I hope this collaboration continues for 5 times 5 more art-FULL years to come!


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Return to Sunday Shorts...

It's been awhile since I posted any 'short films' here on my blog for my little "Sunday Shorts" series but after watching this TED Talk, which was linked in a recent post from an artful blog buddy, I felt this TED Talk needs to make the rounds among women everywhere, since it seems that so many of us are STILL suffering from "Trying to Please Everyone Everyday for Approval" syndrome...

I began my long journey toward ending this syndrome in myself around the time I turned 30 (almost 20 years ago!), but there are days when I realize I am still suffering some form of this syndrome, one way or another, but at least I am now able to catch myself doing it. And while making myself my No. 1 priority isn't always easy (those pleasing and approval 'bugs' can take a LONG time to purge out of the system!), I am always reminded how important it is to my MENTAL HEALTH to continue making myself, and just as importantly, MY CREATIVITY, a priority in my life.

I hope, dear friend, that you enjoy it:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lamenting My Creative Chaos...

Dear Friend,
How do you create a fun, coloful, pretty and ORGANIZED creative space to work in that makes your sing?

I am still struggling with making an organized and functioning studio space to work in...

My 'creative studio' at the time my boyfriend and I first moved into this new place together...

For months now I have been working on my dear boyfriends very nice dining table, which means that we do not get eat our meals on it most of the time...

My sewing machine and a pile of projects taking up table space...

What is supposed to be my studio space is still a room full of unpacked goods that are patiently waiting for a home to stored, instead of taking up the floor space...

How the creative space looks today - I guess unpacking the supplies before having a place to put them in was not the best plan after all...

Trying to squeeze a whole home of a creative studio into one small room is wearing my own patience thin and some days I just want to chuck it all out onto the street and start afresh...

I keep trying to make this closet look organized but it just isn't working!

I keep going through all my supplies and fabrics and ideas for projects not yet started and pass many of them along to others who can use the supplies, and I try to work on the many project ideas I have to clear them out, but it doesn't seem to make a dent in my overabundance of goods...

File folder books in process, piles of paper for book-making and a fabric bag I forgot I started are in this pile waiting to be completed...

Try as I might, I just can't seem to make a fun, pretty, colorful and ORGANIZED creative space happen...

Found this pretty creative space HERE

And this colorful space was found HERE...

A few years back, when I asked a workmate who did set design to help me configure my old space into an organized creative space, she made this statement that has haunted me ever since:

"Maybe you're just not meant to have an organized studio space"

The idea that I might never have a 'picture perfect' creative studio brings tears to my eyes, but maybe it really is true...

Found this pretty and rustic creative space HERE...

Maybe it's just not in my DNA to have a fun, pretty, colorful and organized space but to work in Creative Chaos...


But at least I can take some pride and solace in the fact that my craft books will always be organized!!