Monday, May 7, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. While clicking through my Instagram feed the other day, I read this..."Beginning is easy - continuing hard"... shared by Bookbabie...aka Lilli Day (www.lilliday.com). It's true, I've been so focused on beginning..crossing things off my list - many "firsts" - that I haven't stopped to think about the continuing part. But here I am. Ready to try again.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
It's times like these where I want to just get away from it all. Head off on a little holiday and have a little time for self-reflection and FUN. It's times like these that I pat myself on the back for having the foresight to actually schedule in some planned fun!
That's right. I'm heading off on a little holiday tomorrow. It's a quick trip - but I know it will be a deep one. I've been looking forward to this for months now. Can't wait to see a handful of my scarf sisters...and meet this amazing artist...at this awesome looking corner of the world. Good times, good times.
But before I leave, I feel the need to update you on my massive painting that was inspired by Flora Bowley. It started out like this.
I actually kinda like the 3rd painting the best - but whatever! It will be interesting to see what becomes of my canvases after being immersed in Flora's techniques for a full 3 days.
A funny story about that finished product though. It would probably still be a half finished project were it not for my better half. He said I couldn't go on this trip - or Artfest at the end of March! - until it was done. He gets me. He knows what motivates me.
But just between you and me, I probably still would have gone anyway. :)
Sunday, March 4, 2012
|check out the vintage maple leaf ski pole!|
Saturday, March 3, 2012
...and I blew my own mind when I actually followed through and applied for this craft fair.
The one I've been dreaming about for years.
Well guess what? I actually made it into Make It!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I have a dream.
I dream that I will one day live off of my creativity.
I dream of working for myself. Of filling my days doing what I love. And getting paid for it.
I have another dream.
Of opening up an Etsy shop.
Now I know some of you are thinking, "Seriously? It's not that hard. Just do it." Well, I'm here to tell you that it is that hard. Maybe hard's not the right word. But it certainly takes a lot of work, time & attention to detail. Every little step seems to take a million other little steps. I've come a long way, but I'm not quite there yet.
The other night, after a tireless day of prepping & organizing for my shop opening, I realized that it just Was Not Going To Happen that day. So in an act of desperation & frustration, I decided to breathe. (sigh) And then I had a conversation with my wise self:
"Am I really meant to go down this path? Am I really meant to live off of my creativity or am I just meant to live creatively?"
And my wise self said to me, "Yes, of course you are dear. Live what you love and the money will follow."
"Well then, why does it seem so impossible? Why does it seem so impossible?"
"Because it is. If you make it so. And besides, you wouldn't appreciate it so much if it came easy. Now would you?"
"So what now?" I asked.
And my wise self wisely said,
But most importantly, FINISH THINGS."
And with that I went to bed.
Today’s post is part of a brave blogging link-up LIV LANE is hosting for the courageous students in her How To Build a Blog You Truly Love e-course.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So in 2011 I decided to bring the art retreat to me! One Sunday afternoon out of each month, "the girls" gathered at my house for a creative adventure. People came when they could make it; it was a no pressure, no experience needed kind of thing. We did everything from rock painting to xmas tree decorations...but the end result wasn't the important thing. It was about creating, it was about community...and turning a dream of mine into reality!
In honour of each and every one that joined me along the way - and to all those that really wanted to come but just couldn't get the stars to aline - I put together this little video of the monthly projects. I hope the rest of you will enjoy it as well!
And now, on to 2012 dreams. What are you dreaming about?
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
"I just blew my own mind."
That was the subject of a recent email that I received from a friend.
Isn't that awesome?! Doesn't it make you want to do something that just blows your own mind, too?
I think I will vow to create as many mind-blowing moments for myself as possible in 2012. How about you?
(Another friend reminded me about this photo this other day...thought it was appropriate.)