Friday, April 17, 2015

The Last Two Posts for April Moon...

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,
I have been participating in Kat McNally's writing challenge, April Moon 15. Even though these are the last two days and prompts of April Moon, you are invited to join and play along however you are moved to do so at whatever pace you choose! You can still find all the details and sign up HERE...
 
There are only two prompts left for April Moon and I will now share my thoughts on these final prompts:

DAY 14:
 
"LUCK is what happens when PREPARATION meets OPPORTUNITY" - Seneca

I continue to prepare for the opportunities that lie ahead and insure that I will be ready to recognize them as opportunities when they cross my path by having an open mind and open heart...it often means living in uncertainty, but such is Life, isn't it?

 
DAY 15:

To have more fabulously creative opportunites cross my path
To pass along my sewing knowledge to enthusiastic students
To share my love of creativity, book making and art making to yet more enthusiastic students
To earn a good income with my teaching that will allow me to travel to visit my creative friends near and far
To teach at an art retreat in another state, near a beach or near a forest
To have a colorful and well organized creative studio that inspires all who see or enter it, including ME
To be able to read every morning for breakfast in the loveliness of our garden patio
To have a FIAT car and to travel to Paris in the next two years...and finally...

I wish to have a wonderful 50th birthday in November!

 
Many thanks to Kat McNally and to Alana Lawson for hosting this wonderful writing challenge!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Catching Up With April Moon...

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts!

I have been participating in Kat McNally's writing challenge, April Moon 15 and you are invited to join and play along however you are moved to do so. You will find all the details and sign up HERE.

It's been awhile since I've posted because I have been SO BUSY, but the April Moon prompts are SO GOOD, I really want to write with these prompts! Since I'm now a bit behind on my April Moon journaling, I will be playing with them a little bit, as some of them dovetail into each other...so without further ado, here are my writings for the following prompts, slightly out of order:

DAY 9:  

I immediately feel my body tense up whenever I hear YOU come up in conversation, because it means that I will have to hear yet one more story of your selfishness, manipulation or idiocy and having to hear such stories only means that once again, I am being held hostage to YOUR self-centered crap...if only the people who continue talking about YOU in my presence could understand that all they are doing is reinforcing my experience (and opinion) of YOU and YOUR foolish, immature behavior, which I have long resented.

I am working VERY HARD hard to release this resentment in my life, which is why...

DAY 11:

...which is why I am trying not to talk about YOU anymore, especially as it gives YOU more air time than YOU really deserve, for all your selfishness and manipulation and idiocy. YOU are welcome to hold others hostage to your self-centeredness, but I'm tired of hearing about it, tired of being held captive to it, and tired of being resentful about it because, frankly, YOU do not deserve so much attention, especially on MY time, on MY blog, with MY community - you get more than your fair share of air time elsewhere, with more than enough 'captive audiences' (the operative word being CAPTIVE!) so you don't deserve my community! And my community most certainly does NOT deserve to be held captive to such a person as you...

Enough! I'm DONE!

DAY 10:

...I feel a great many things depending upon the time of day, or day of the week, I enter the kitchen:

FRUSTRATED...
about dirty dishes that have piled up
HUNGRY...
for my lunch, which I will prepare
TRANQUIL...
as I clean up in preparation for my dear Man of the House to begin cooking a lovely Sunday dinner for us
HAPPY...
to see a clean kitchen first thing in the morning, when it's actually clean first thing in the morning!
INSPIRED...
to bake some cookies or cupcakes or pound cake, which I don't bake because of the work it takes =P

DAY 12:

I am watering before the sun begins to beat down upon the blooms on our ledge, while our little solar fountain is running to keep me company. The hummingbirds are also keeping me company as I move from watering to sweeping our little garden patio space, which is blooming with more flower varieties then last year (including a cherry tomato plant!)...




How I love hearing our little solar powered water fountain as I tidy up our little garden patio!




How I love watching and hearing the hummingbirds come to visit our little feeder!

Tending to our little garden patio each morning is the BEST part of my day, because it means that I will be enjoying the view of our little garden patio for the REST of my day!

DAY 13:
 
Have enough money to travel to PARIS...
Be in a position to move to Northern California or Portland, Oregon...
Teach at an art retreat in another state, like North Carolina*...
Live in a house, instead of an apartment...
Own and drive a FIAT...
Read all the books that are growing in my library list...
Stop buying BOOKS altogether...
Be someone who knows a lot about plants and flowers, like a GARDENER...
Get tired of taking photographs of FLOWERS...
Be a decent cook...
Take the time to create botanical watercolor paintings...
Bake another pound cake...
Bake more cupcakes...
Bake my old go-to chocolate chip cookies again...

And I wonder if I will ever get tired of eating cake, cupcakes or cookies??!?


 * - North Carolina has been coming up around me a LOT lately, and my favorite jewelry and book artist, Nina Bagley, lives in NC, so it would be great to be in NC!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Day 7 and Day 8 of April Moon

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,

I am participating in Kat McNally's writing challenge, April Moon 15 and you are invited to join and play along however you are moved to do so. You will find all the details and sign up HERE.

And today, there are TWO writing prompts, since  my day got away from me to write on Day 7...

DAY 7:


While it's not exactly the FIRST thing I think of when I wake in the morning, I DO use it as 'my happy place' when trying to fall back asleep in the wee morning hours, as well as when I officially go to sleep......and it's been on mind a LOT since I recently heard about the line-up of instructors for not ONE but TWO retreats coming in 2016!

The Presentation Center located in Los Gatos, home of An Artful Journey Retreat!

How the dining hall looks as the sun is setting at dinner time and fellow artists are gathering to break bread - this scene ALWAYS feels welcoming as I approach the dining hall for dinner. Is it any wonder I love to use this as 'my happy place' to relax myself??!?


Day 8:


The first thing that came to mind with this prompt is a blog post I wrote about my collection of scissors and shears, my 'Tools of the Trade' for all the sewing I do...


Personally, I wouldn't call this a 'collection' though it certainly appears that way. I did NOT set out to 'collect' so many scissors and shears because I like collecting them, and isn't that how a collection works?

I wound up with this many scissors and shears by accident, for the most part...

Many were bought during my training as a Pattern Drafter in Fashion Design...

Some were bought for art-full workshops...

Some were bought strictly for paper cutting and such scissors don't always need a pointed end...

Some, like my snips, were repeatedly bought when I thought I lost them, only to find them hiding in my big tool bag...

Some were bought becuase I like the look of them, such as the 'embroidery' scissors, and they can cut into tiny areas that large scissors can't always reach...

Some were bought for specialty work, such as the scallop and pinking shears, only to be doubled when I came across my grandmother's scallop and pinking shears and brought them home with me...

No, my scissors and shears are not an 'intentional' collection, as my hats and handbags are collected, with an eye for color and shape, as are the many trays I collect for their look and function, or my collection of nearly every Prismacolor colored pencil ever made that I began to collect when I was just 13, discovering that the wonderful look and texture of those color pencils was MUCH BETTER than the drug store color pencils ever were!

But I have to admit that all my scissors and shears DO make a collection and, I suppose, it's an interesting collection at that.