Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Feeling Accomplishment and Gratitude for Creativity...

Oh, my friend! Once again, I've been so busy with creating, that I have been neglecting sharing my creativity with you!

But there are many creative projects that I have accomplished in the past few months that make me thankful for Creative Inspiration. Let me share some of these creative endeavors, so you can join in the fun I've been having recently...but I warn you, this is a long post, so you might want to settle in with a cup of tea and some biscuits as you read through my creative doings!

The Sewing Projects
To begin with, I sewed up two new recycled t-shirt skirts for myself, both of which I've shared on my Facebook Artist Page, but have yet to share with you here, so here are some pics of these skirts as they were in process and completed:

Recycled t-shirt skirt, cut, pinned and ready for sewing...

 Recycled t-shirt skirt COMPLETE!

Old t-shirts laid out as I planned the color blocking for visual impact and balance...

T-shirt skirt COMPLETE and ready for wearing!

I helped a performance art buddy sew up her background set for a stage show she's in process of mounting and the set is a recreation of the Wall Street trading floor...IN FELT!

 The 'NASDAQ' panel that would be added to the larger background panels of 'ticker tapes'...

One of the 'ticker tape' background panels - two of these measured 4' by 10' and the main one measured 6' by 10'!

 The "New York Stock Exchange" logo, recreated IN FELT!

That's me, sewing madly to get the largest panel sewn together. I gotta say, large quantities of felt get HEAVY to work with!!

After the felt project, I finally completed the 'mock-up' of a tunic garment for a long distance client, whom I connected with during August Moon - this garment has been mailed and happily received by my client who is now choosing fabric patterns to make the final garment, but here is how the mock-up turned out:

Front view of the completed garment to test the pattern for fit and accuracy; the fabric was part of the clients stash of craft fabrics that she was happy to use for testing the pattern made from her original tunic garment

PROCESS SHOT: sewing the pockets was tricky, due how they were designed into the garment, but I figured out how to sew it all together!


The Jewelry Projects
Due to all this sewing work, I fell behind in my monthly mail art project with my new friend that I met through Facebook. However, I quickly thought of using some of my jewelry supplies to make earrings for my friend and this began a 'trend' of completing many of my 'abandoned' jewelry projects:

Revising my old rose quartz chip earrings by adding pale pink faceted stones - so pretty!

Finally putting together some vintage millefiori beads from my grandmothers stash with some pewter charms to make new earrings

Assembling a pink bead 'charm bracelet' using beads that have been patiently waiting to be made into this sweet bracelet - it will go great with my revised pink quartz earrings!

As I was sharing these 'abandoned' jewelry projects on my Facebook Artist Page, and bemoaning my problem with unfinished projects, my long distance client sent me a message on how she looks at her own unfinished jewelry projects, that she leaves on her creative studio table:

"...you never know when the Muse will call, so while awaiting her visit I like to think those trinkets are little encouraging offerings"

I really loved this way of looking at unfinished projects! I plan to keep this concept in mind from now on, instead of continually berating myself for having unfinished creative projects piled up - it's pretty clear that berating myself is NOT working for me!

Birthday Baking and Some Knitting
WHEW! As if that wasn't enough creativity happening, all of a sudden, it was my birthday! And since I've been doing a lot more baking after moving into a new place with central a/c, I chose to make my own damn cupcakes AND homemade frosting, all without an electric mixer!

And I used a freezer bag to frost the cupcakes since I don't have frosting bags or piping tools...but I think some frosting tools might be in my future after this baking adventure ;)

Not a bad frosting job for a frosting beginner like me, eh??!?

A lovely mid-day break of coffee and cupcake...

With the holidays on the horizon, I've brought out my knitting needles to use up some yarns in my stash, as well as some items from my grandmothers craft stash - you could say it is 'inter-generational' Projects in Process!

Knitting little hats and scarves for some wood 'snowmen' ornaments I found in my grandmother's craft stash - I'm sure she meant to make ornaments of these little cuties...

WHEW!!! This is a WHOLE lot of CREATIVITY going on!

You can see that I have not been idle, but it is tricky to make time for SHARING my creative projects with you here, while I am in the midst of MAKING all these things! But I do love sharing my creativity with you, so I will endeavor to find a way of sharing while creating as I continue on my path as a Creative Beast...

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Some days, I just don't know what I would do without Creativity in my life. It is not just a source of inspiration, but it provides a great support and comfort for me. I've been looking at Creativity a LOT these days and looking at the huge place it has in my life. Grateful doesn't seem to cover how much I appreciate having Creativity in my life, but I AM grateful that it is such a big part of my life...

And I am grateful for the feelings of ACCOMPLISHMENT I get when I finish my projects, whether they are new projects or old ones! All the accomplishments add up to some pretty strong "identity capital", which gives me a very strong sense of SELF, and that is something we all could use in our lives...

Yes, my friend, I have a lot to be grateful for and one of them is having YOU to share my creative accomplishments with!

I hope you are making time for a creative project in the days to come and that you enjoy a lovely holiday being thankful for the things and people in your life!

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