Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Signed, Sealed and (nearly!) Delivered...

WHEW! I put my postcard through the postal system this afternoon and it's making it's way to Australia as I write this...unfortunately, since there were some "loose threads", the postal worker informed me that it would have to travel in an envelope. I asked for a hand-cancellation, but no way.

Here's an image from yesterday to refresh your memory of the "loose thread":



Ooops!  There's also a tied knot at the bottom of the card, which is ANOTHER reason I asked for a hand-cancellation. Since the loose thread is a part of the over-all design of the card, I put the postcard into an envelope since the United Stated Postal Service wouldn't take it otherwise. DARN!!

In the meantime, here is what the final postcard looks like:

"Stitch in Time" - mail art

You may have to click onto the image to be able to see everything. I tried to get some detail shots but it's hard to get good close-ups from my NIKON CoolPix  and there was no time to have my dear boyfriend make a scan since this postcard should have been sent last week! But if you're interested in the wording here's what's happening:


written around the watch image:

"If a stitch in TIME saves NINE, how many stitches were lost?..wait - how many stitches were there to begin with??..10? 27?? 99??

in upper right corner:
YIKES! i'm losing a stitch!..

at bottom of card near the knot:
I'm tying it together or it falls apart!!

attached 'typed' piece at bottom left of the card is the "Formula":

1(T)= 9
--------
 X

and above it is the "formula" explained:

1 stitch in (TIME) = 9
(with X being the unknown quantity of stitches, of course!)

and finally, written next to the 'formula explained' is this:

How much TIME do we have to solve this problem?!
If we solve it, will we have the solution to TIME management?!?


If ONLY Time Management was that simple to solve...! ;)

OH! so many, many thanks to Beth for creating this swap and hosting it! I do hope there is another swap in the future since so many folks were having such fun, including my friend Margarita, and many others were sad to have missed out on this opportunity...maybe it can be an annual event?? Like Tinniegirl's Blogtoberfest!!


BTW: have you sent any postcards in the mail recently? Why not send one to a friend today? =-)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Running out of TIME...

YIKES! I'm still working on my postcard for The Great Big Stitched Post Card Swap! But it's coming together...

I began work on it late last week since I've been embroiled in the big project of clearing/cleaning my creative play-space and my regular collage table has been covered in clutter but I managed to get started with a painted background and a rubber stamp image. I worked with some colors I don't normally use and have come up with an interesting color palette that I've grown to like as I've worked on this postcard...


using my awl to pre-punch holes to make the hand-stitching go quickly and smoothly...

I then inked the edges and had to wait nearly ALL weekend before I could handle the postcard without getting the inked edges all over me! Now that it's dried I could add the hand-stitching around the edge to create a border...

hand stitching on the postcard with a few loose ends...on purpose!

Now, all that is left is to add a quote about time and stitches which I will turn into a crazy 'math' problem and then the postcard will be ready for mailing to my swap partner*...

the back of the postcard with my own specially made rubber stamp for postcards - the dividing line reads "Mail Art Rules!" three times =-)


Can you guess what quote I'm using for this postcard?? =-)




* -  If my swap partner is reading this blog post: i apologize for sending the postcard late! i'll e-mail you when it's been sent which will be TOMORROW! =-)

Friday, June 25, 2010

less messy...

Things are still a bit messy for me but it's getting cleaned up...

here is my cluttered work table in my Creative Play-Space on the first day I began renovations with a friend who is helping me redesign my space...

 ...and here is the table since last night - you can actually SEE much of the table top now!

Thank you all SO MUCH for your wonderful responses to my show idea!! I thought it was a GREAT idea but I will not be acting on it at this time and here are some reasons why:

  • I only heard about the contest less than two weeks ago and when I looked into the application process, it really felt like a daunting task to attempt to make a polished "audition video" in such a short time - the deadline is TOMORROW (June 26) for submitting videos; voting continues  until July 3...
  • Looking over the 16 PAGE application form, I wasn't comfortable reading that anything I submit to the production company and the network becomes THEIR property, to do with what they choose. As an Artist, I prefer to have some control over my work and I think my idea for a show about creativity is a good one that can eventually find the right home and I think I can start with having a few video blogs here on my own blog direct to YOU!
  • I believe that this network would be a great home for my show idea; in time I will figure out how to pitch it to them and I think having some video blogs will be helpful so they can really "see" what the concept is about...

Now, since it is a part of my Mission "to share and ENCOURAGE creativity with others in a heartfelt and meaningful way" I want to share some of the videos that I have viewed and would love for you to vote on!!

THIS VIDEO is created by a woman who lives in a neighboring city! I do not know her personally* (though she seems like a Kindred Spirit to me!) but I love, love, LOVE what her show stands for: Creativity and Art for Children, with a dose of Environmental Responsibility. She has a lovely spirit (and singing voice - watch the video!) and I believe her show deserves a chance to be on TV...

THIS VIDEO was recently sent to me by an acquaintance and it comes from the East LA Latina playwright who wrote the play which became the movie "Real Women Have Curves"- Josefina Lopez!! I love her idea of not gossiping for one year and when she states in her video:

"...self-esteem pays a price for gossiping...it's the language of the dis-empowered" 

I nearly shouted - YOU  GO CHICA**!! I do not know Josefina Lopez personally but I am approximately one degree of separation away due to the performance art circles I run in! I loved the movie that was made of her original stage play and she is not just a "real woman with curves AND courage", but her work is meaningful and thoughtful and I believe she also deserves a chance to have her show on TV...

THIS VIDEO was sent to me by a woman I DID meet - at a Joann's Craft Store! We struck up a conversation in the notions section about crafts, creativity, recycling/renovating clothing and ecological concerns and she told me about the work she does with Whole Children, Whole Planet. We exchanged contact info and I told her about my blog and helped her decide on some trim she would use to renovate some sweaters. She was a very sweet woman and I love her concepts for health/wellness, conscious parenting, and bringing awareness to ecological sustainability for adults and children...

I urge you to view each video and to vote on them if they truly resonate with you, which I think they will! You can vote once a day for each show and you can leave comments about what you think of the videos.

In the meantime, I will begin to work toward creating some blog videos to share here and some of them might be tutorials! I have begun a massive clean-out of my Creative Play-Space so I can start to really create in that room and share how it looks with you all. Here is a hint of the theme I'm planning for my Creative Play-Space...

mmm, pretty satin ribbons!


Can you guess what the theme of my space might be??


* - I may not know her personally now, but since she lives close by, it may be possible that I can meet her!
** - "Chica" = girl in Spanish

Thursday, June 24, 2010

messy...

Sorry I've been out of touch here lately but things have been messy in my life recently and I'm trying to sort it all out and clean it all up...

I usually create collage here...but not lately!



I won't bore you with the details (unless you REALLY clamor for them!!) but the Beast in me has been growling a lot and I thought it was best to lie low until it passes...except I'm worried that might take longer than I'd like!!

here's how I'm feeling these days ;)

So let me share a big project I'm trying to attempt in the midst of this mess:

I'm hoping to submit a brief video to the Oprah Winfrey Network for my idea of "The Creative Beast" show...



Am I crazy for doing that??!?!?


My show idea is not about me as much as it is about Creativity and Encouragement and sharing stories of creative success. In fact, here is my basic pitch:

Hello! I am The Creative Beast and I'd love to share my concept for a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network...

I would love to host a show about creativity in all its forms - arts and crafts, the performance arts and creative ways to approach Life and Work. It's a show about amplifying creativity and abundance in your life as well as releasing blocks to creativity and prosperity. It's a show about encouraging, celebrating and unleashing the creative beast within YOU.

I strongly believe in creativity in all its forms and I believe we need more of it in the world!


Would you want to watch a show like that??? 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's a miracle...

It's a miracle when I have a moment to blog...

It's a miracle when I can load a picture onto my blog...

It's a miracle when loading a picture actually WORKS...

It's a miracle when I can add a gadget or badge to my blog...

It's a miracle I am able to do any of these things when I do not have high-speed internet at home and very limited access at the office...and the fact I'm a bit of a technological dork to boot...

 
It's a miracle that I do not break down in tears every day that I am UNABLE to do these things...

It's a miracle that I keep trying every day, instead of giving up...


 ..but then I remember these words and keep going:



"We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself, the means of INSPIRATION AND SURVIVAL" - Winston Churchill




UPDATE: I've just read today's post at Kelly Rae Roberts blog and I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one who has had to play the "Denial of Reality" game lately!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Things I'm loving this Monday...

I'm loving the comments being left at my blog these past few posts - you are all so AMAZING, BRAVE and GRACEFUL with your words and I'm so glad to be in such great company...

I'm loving the haiku and stories being told by blog buddy, Kat these days that I'm inspired to share some of my old haiku's here, when I can find them =-\ ...

I'm loving the idea of "Summer of Love" - what a great way to begin one of my favorite seasons of the year...

I'm loving the amazing accessories created by these "Environmental Entrepreneurs" and the fact that this duo is recycling stuff that would otherwise have ended in a landfill somewhere - many thanks to Beth for the great interview about them...

I'm loving that a co-worker has an interview tomorrow for a job with this showroom due to the cover letter and resume renovation I did for her - I'm sure she'll be hired on the spot...

I'm loving my lunchbox for today of roast beef and broccoli made by my dear boyfriend for our dinner last night - YUM!

I'm loving Kelly Rae Robert's e-course "Flying Lessons" - so much wonderful info and I'm savoring the ideas it's all inspiring for me...

I'm loving how this clock design really reflects the truth about TIME, especially when I'm in CREATE MODE!

"WhatEver!" clock found at a Ross store...I may have to make a PINK one for my creative play-space!

I'm REALLY loving that fellow creative artists are living their dream lives and calling their own shots...if these fabulous artists are living their dream lives, can my dream life be far behind? =-)


What things are YOU loving today? I'd love to hear about it!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

...grace...

I'm a bit quiet since I caught a cold, but I found this image of a gift I made for a friend I thought you might like to see...


"Gift for Grace" made in June 2009

I made a little banner of her name and found words to match each letter of her name, which were really qualities she embodies. These are the qualities:

          G is for giggles...that's show she STARTS laughing
          R is for rambunctious...she has a rambunctious streak in her!
          A is for action...she is action-oriented and no foolin'!
          C is for courage...she has it in spades though she may not know it
          E is for evolve...she is always learning, always evolving...


I love the idea of gracefulness, having been a dancer in my life and there are many definitions to the word "grace", which is why I love this quote I found:


Grace is a multi-purpose word...

contemplative and positive...

share...show...say...GRACE!


I think we all share the same qualities of each letter in that word "GRACE". Though I'm quiet with my cold these days, I know this is just part of my process of "evolving" as I claim my True Nature as an Artist and begin to rid my body and soul of old unwanted and unnecessary mind-sets. I'm sure I'll be rambunctious and full of giggles as I begin to feel better =-)



What qualities of "GRACE" are you embodying today? I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, June 7, 2010

"Bolder and Braver" - more thoughts...

I have had a comment firmly in my head, left by fellow Flying Lessons classmate Stephy Baker on my post "Growing Bolder and Braver":

"You are SPOT ON! Making is art is NOT just a 'hobby' but a way of life! reading that line inspired this thought: Making is art is NOT just a 'hobby' but a way of life*! A life that is dependent on creating because it's the only form of nourishment we can give our soul - it's NOT A HOBBY but a necessity! It's like saying the hobby of a bird is to fly. IT IS THAT absurd. Sure, the bird doesn't have to fly, it has feet, but for a bird to be grounded would be to deny it's innate ability and there's nothing more painful than living THAT lie!" - Stephy Baker

Did you catch that phrase?

"It's like saying the hobby of a bird is to fly. IT IS THAT absurd"

I LOVE that analogy!

It IS absurd to think a bird should get around using only their feet when they were given wings to fly and that IS their True Nature - to FLY...

"birds of a feather, flock together"...AND they FLY together!**


It reminded me of a conversation I was having with a friend recently who talked about some ivy coming through the fence into her backyard. She told me her husband has been trying to cut it back, but it just keeps growing through the fence, the nature of the plant to keep growing, despite being cut back all the time. We laughingly talked about how Nature will rear itself, despite anything we Humans may do to keep it in check and I'm now realizing this discussion could be applied to the Nature in each of us. So many people deny themselves what their True Nature is telling them and it makes for a great deal of unhappy people...

"for a bird to be grounded would be to deny it's innate ability and there's nothing more painful that living THAT lie! Denying who you are so others can feel more comfortable or so that you can "fit in" - will kill you, often slowly through despondency." - Stephey Baker

OMG - does Stephy speak TRUTH or what?!? Please check out her blog - she's just wonderful!

Denying who you are can be painful...for years, I felt as though I had to be an "underground artist" because admitting I am an artist only got me weird looks or dismissed as a 'flake' because, you know, ALL artists are flakes ;)! But when I've tried to "fit-in" that never worked for me either, so instead I learned to go "underground" as an artist and I learned which people I could trust to my inner circle of friends so I would always have a place where I could be myself. I guess I created a "double life" for myself: "muggle" by day and "Artist" by night...and weekends!



Recently, this "double life" has gotten to me a little bit (Artist at home, "Muggle" at work!), but that is only because my True Nature will rear itself since that is what Nature always does. And though I am a bit hand-tied by a lack of decent internet technology in my life, I am still finding a way to continue blogging because it is a part of my True Nature to want to SHARE my creativity with others, in the hopes that it ENCOURAGES them in THEIR CREATIVITY. I know these difficulties are just a part of my personal journey as I begin to "come out" FULLY as an Artist and strive toward self-sustaining self-employment and I am so grateful to have met so many amazing art-FULL bloggers and fellow artists on the Journey***.

It is not always easy, but it is SO worth honoring your True Nature! What will YOU do today to honor your True Nature? Who do you have in your Inner Circle that you can trust to be your True Self with? I would love to hear about it!




* - BTW: there is a tiny typo in that sentence but I do not believe it alters the thought behind it as I wrote it ("Making art is not just a 'hobby' but a way of Life for many of us" is how it should read - and probably has been!)

** - I'm not sure the image I added here is showing up - if not, please let me know and I'll have it corrected by this evening

*** - I would link to them all but the list is LONG! I am in process of creating a special page to link to the many fabulous artists I have met and admire - stay tuned!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Positively blooming...

My dear boyfriend was kind enough to buy me some peonies while at the grocery store this past weekend and look at how they have bloomed!

They have been in my creative play-space all week and so lovely to look at...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Growing bolder and braver"...

I've had these wonderful earrings for sometime now, given to me by the sister of the creator of these earrings. Of course, you can find the creator at Etsy now, but at the time I received these lovely earrings, Etsy didn't even exist...sadly, these particular earrings no longer exist for purchase.


 "growing bolder and braver" brass earrings with word art by Zoey March

I have been wearing them off and on these past few months as I have worked toward the launch of my own Etsy shop and I love wearing them. They are such a great reminder to BE bold and brave! And they remind of how bold and brave I already am...sometimes I forget!

I've been reading at the class website for Kelly Rae Roberts class Flying Lessons and there is much to absorb! This week is all about facing fears and I've been moved to respond to fellow classmates who find themselves surrounded by family who can not see that making is art is not just a 'hobby' but a way of Life for many of us...

My own mother has always encouraged my creativity but always with the caveat to "have something to fall back on". She does not see that it IS possible to make a living at one's own art, let alone making a living at anything you love doing. I understand that is really her own FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real*) talking and sadly, she is not the only woman in my life who has doubted the possibility of making your own living doing what brings joy to your heart, which in turn brings joy to others, as I have discovered.

I'm not sure how I've managed to gather the courage to begin acting on my dreams, but I'd wager that surrounding myself with like-minded folks who CHOOSE to ENCOURAGE me probably has something to do with it! It may not always be easy, but sometimes you have to distance yourself from nay-saysers when you are attempting to accomplish a dream that others may not believe in and sometimes that may even mean distancing yourself from family. I've had to do this for many years now and though it is not always easy, I know if I didn't do it, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I am today in my creative life. And when I found this interesting article on managing creative types in the corporate world, I really appreciated the message of "Keep the seed in the ground". Please give it a read - I think you'll like it even if it IS aimed at the corporate world ;)

I recently bought a copy of a movie: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont with Joan Plowright and I just LOVED the underlying story of "chosen family", which I have always created for myself. My Wise Woman is like the mother I should have had, and I like to think many of my blog buddies, knitting buddies and costume buddies are the sisters I always wanted. I can not stress the importance of creating a support team** and community that truly encourages you and your wildest dreams, because when you feel that you do not have the courage to attempt your dreams, your support team will be your biggest cheerleaders and remind you of how wonderful you are, that you really can take on that dream and best of all, they will tell you that you DESERVE your dream. (And they will probably take you out for a huge slab of chocolate cake if it didn't work out, all the while telling you how very BRAVE you were for even trying!)

Are you feeling bolder and braver this week? Do you have a fabulous support team and if so, who is on that team? I'd love to hear about the cheerleaders on your team!

***   ***   ***


Meanwhile, back at the office...
I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but there was NO INTERNET service this morning at the office when I arrived after a lovely long holiday weekend. So much for catching up on blog reading! ;)



* - this little acronym gem was found at the site of Jared Matthew Kessler, who I met at the Art of Non-Conformity meet-up in Los Angeles last year; I'm not able to access his site at the office most days, but I like his message at his blog and he now has a free e-book to offer. I've already downloaded my copy and can't wait to read it during my lunch break tomorrow! 

** - of course, my dear boyfriend is certainly on my support team, and what a wonderful support he has been =-)