Monday, December 5, 2016

Breakfast at Epiphany's

Here's to my semi-annual quandary as to why I even bother blogging. So much for 2016.

But I am renewed and gosh darn if I didn't go and meet people for real this time. I did! I really did! I re-entered the social world in real life. I joined a local polymer clay guild. It consists of a small group of fantastically creative and friendly ladies (and a few guys) but mostly ladies. It has truly brought joy back into my life via my favorite medium in the world and in the company of fellow clayers. Polymer clay. Yep. Nothing quite like it. It's bizarre. I feel like I've known these people for longer than I actually have.

So I have a new project and creative goal I want to "write in stone". Inspired by Lisa Pavelka's  Carmex lids, I recently become obsessed with Altoid tins. What started out as a handy tin to store my pin drill, bits and blades and a few other small supplies became  a surface to cover in clay!  So I did.  Then I found more empty ones (I apparently favor the cinnamon ones)  and covered a few more at a recent clay day with the guild. I think I'm hooked.  Then..... when a few people offered their stashes I had quite the epiphany.  Why can't I do a 52 week Altoid Tin Challenge for 2017?!

           So there it is.  Of all my goals for this year- (or lack of obtaining them)v I think rejoining humanity (despite it's bumps) was definitely a big one to accomplish and therefore setting the stage for an even better 2017. Who know's what in store?

Saturday, February 27, 2016

What is this space?

     Well- quite a few months have flown by since my last post. I have survived another winter in the Pacific Northwest. Yay!  The winter is not without it's dark days. We lost our beloved elderly cat to kidney disease. Our house is a lot quieter now- he was definitely a mouth piece.  Life seems to go on regardless. I think I've definitely stayed more creative this winter - I attribute that to swaps.  My polymer clay creativity seems to ebb and flow based on my neck and back issues.

     I don't think I can use the excuse of we've just moved since it's been 2 years. But I have to acknowledge  that my creative space is my detriment right now. Okay- so many months ago I found my den/art studio/creative space/ hobby room/ really anything but a craft room- downright  overwhelming. I think it's the layout. I need an ergonomical solution- I'm thinking one normal desk and one elevated one I can stand at.  I also think it's the over cubicle-ized-ness of the IKEA  Expedit furniture from many years ago. But it's not working. I hate being in there. So I pulled everything out- it had become a dumping ground. Disorderly at that. Well- I pulled everything out thinking a clean palette would help. My desk is still cleaned off. Nope- doesn't help at.all. I got sick in December and then the holidays struck and then I moved to the dining table.  I still have boxes of everything I pulled out of my room- in my front hallway. Yikes. I'm in clutter overload.  It's all art paraphernalia. *sigh*  I don't feel I need to purge anything because I got rid of SO MUCH when we moved and had stuff in storage and then got rid of more when we cleaned that out. But I want to simplify.

     But how do you simplify when your interests are wide?  I love papercrafts- stamps, inks, papers, oh my.  But I also love mixed media and art journaling-acrylics, watercolors, markers- it doesn't end!! As well as polymer clay, jewelry, altered stuff... There's so much cross over!! HOLY CRAP!!!   I'm not a one medium creative. That's for damn sure!

    I don't believe in traditional New Year's resolutions.  But I DO have goals. I failed last year in my creative endeavors when my neck and back issues flared up. They left me frustrated and helpless. If you can't sit at a desk and fiddle or create- what else is there?  Luckily I got the pain managed with the help of my chiropractor.  I need to learn better time management skills- no marathon creative sessions because that exacerbates said neck/back pain. But this year- while December sucked horribly- the new year hasn't been too excruciating.

My goals- such as they are:

1.) Time management

2.) Tweak creative space for aesthetics and ergonomics... Form and Function.

3.) Creative pursuits-
    a.)More polymer clay- I can't deny it's my one true love- has been for over 20 years.

    b.)Painting- watercoloring and acrylic (take the damn class already)

    c.)Calligraphy, typography, decorative lettering- I've always been drawn to this- why not?

4.) Socialize!!! As much I prefer my dog to humans- I need to seek out some form of creative group in moderation.

5.) Weekly or at least bi-monthly blog post.

So that's where I am.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Getting back in the swing of things!

      Hopefully this post will get me back to regular blogging.  I had been a bit derailed to a recurring pinched nerve in my neck/back and into my left arm. But I do believe with the help of an amazing chiropractor... I am on the path of NEVER experiencing that again. Oh and the only reason it was recurring is because once the pain was manageable- I stopped going. This time I've kept going and have seen further improvements in my lower back and am amazed how good I feel. Which just improves my overall attitude. It also makes me realize how much pain I was dealing with and how it affected pretty much every aspect of my life.  I've had to really pick and choose my creative therapy since I had a limited time before the pain overwhelmed me. But I'm doing so much better. I'm working on making my desk a bit more ergonomic and that should also help.
     Then we went on vacation last week to Baltimore/DC and it was HAWT!!! Having acclimated to my state of Washington for the last 10 years I am a complete pansy when it comes to anything over 70° with that hot orb baring down.  It was waaaaay too hot for this girl. I have not sweated so much just standing there doing nothing in probably 10 years!

       I will share my most recent project. This was for a swap on my favorite art charm group. The theme being "Traveling with Friends".   It was based on your state or city...  Seattle is sooooo much more interesting than anything else I could have fashioned so I went with the coffee theme. I lucked out and had found a state die at Impress stamps - and then used it on shrink plastic after stamping my image and punching a hole. I then made a coffee bean out of polymer clay. Assembled it all with a few glitzy baubles and Voila!



      The altered tag is a couple of tags glued together. One of which I textured with a Tim Holtz Sizzix folder and inked up. The front I applied an additional piece of scrapbook paper which I had stamped with an image from Impress Stamps. All the stamps I used were from at least 10 years ago and may not be available, however I do know they always have some amazing Seattle themed stamps of some sort, as well as skyline dies.  The location I frequent is the one in Tukwila and lemme just say... it's an AMAZING store. Always chock full of current samples and boatloads of inspiration. They seem to keep an active class calendar too. I love them not only because it's one of the few stamp stores left, but because they also have their own line of product as well as carrying local artists stamps and product lines.  It's probably a good thing they are just far enough away to not be a regular visit. HA! 

     As for vacation...
Here is a photo montage from a surprisingly interesting item my history/architecture loving husband dragged me too. Okay- so it was clean, air conditioned which was fine by me!  This is the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception.  Stunning, beautiful and Byzantine inspired- what a site to behold!

    

That's it for now.  

Happy Weekend!!!