Friday, September 12, 2014

On Making New Connections...

Hello Dear Friend,
For some time now I've been marinating in the effects that writing for August Moon has had in my life. Magic is starting to happen and it is getting exciting!

One of the things I expressed a desire for was this:

My intention is to continue with my creativity AND to search the company of other creative souls, because I know that those who serve their creative impulses are people of kindness, generosity and humor, things I need in my life right now since I'm having trouble remembering how to treat MYSELF with kindness, generosity and laughter

...and here is what's taking shape since I wrote out this wish:

I joined a private Facebook group to provide inspiration to a woman named Lauri who also needed some creative support of her own in the year ahead. She was NOT related to August Moon in anyway, but she is part of the Inspiration Deck Swap group I joined and that is how I learned about Lauri's year-long project...

There is a swap of mail art each month and the first mailing has already been sent out. I had an idea of something to do for Lauri throughout this year-long project and she wrote on her blog about the mini-book project I sent to her.

The feelings she conveyed regarding my project for her moved me immensely and it warmed my heart to read her words at her blog. I plan to share how I made the small booklet with you soon,  but it was the instructions of what she is to do with the booklet that really captured Lauri's imagination...

Small handmade book, made and sent to a new friend...

I have also begun making a new connection with someone who IS connected to August Moon, who expressed her need for creative companionship at her fledgling blog. I read her post about her desire for a 'close support system' of her own, so I reached out, as I have a habit of doing, which Kat (the hostess of August Moon) can certainly attest to!

We are now beginning with weekly emails to get to know each other and we have plans to do our own monthly mail art exchange as well...I am getting excited about these new connections! Not only do I make new friends, but I will receive art-full goodies in the mail as well!

And who wouldn't enjoy some bright cheerful mail art instead of bills or junk in their mailbox??!?!

A few mail art postcards in various states of progress which I plan to complete SOON and eventually mail out!

All this mail art is starting to form an idea in my head of something I might be able to provide as a service to others. It is just an inkling of an idea that I need to ponder on for awhile, but you can bet that I will share more with you when the time is right, my friend!

I'll be back soon to share more news on these emerging friendships, as well as my inkling of an idea for a mail art project. Until then, I hope you are making time for some creativity in your day to feed your soul!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My 10 Inspiring Items

In my last 'letter' to you, my friend, I wrote about Amelia Critchlow's fun series "21 Free Creativity Tips and Ideas", which I'm getting in my email and the first tip was a fun one:

'Collect 10 items that are visually inspiring for you'

This was what I collected while going through my creative studio:

Today I thought I'd write to you about just what it is about these items that I love and what connects them, if there are any connections...but I have a funny feeling that there WILL be connections!

I thought I'd group a few items from the larger group to smaller groups, and this grouping I call "rustic vintage":

This group of items include a vintage cigar box with crumbling paper, a jar of vintage laces and trims and a hat made from burlap fabric with a scrap of tea-dyed silk tied to decorate it.

This group of items certainly has VINTAGE in common, and vintage is something I love: vintage laces, buttons and trims are always sought out when I make a trip to a flea market and I love the look of rustic faded things, such as the paper of the cigar box and the holes beginning to appear in my burlap hat.  I do get inspired when I look at these things in my studio space...

Other things that inspire me are BOOKS, especially art-full, handmade ones:

The 3-dimensional book is made by me using a variety of papers, many of them VINTAGE! The other book was made FOR ME by a lovely woman who wanted to show her appreciation of a giveaway gift she received from me. The journal she made includes some vintage papers and LOTS OF COLOR, which I love...I do plan to add to this journal one day, but it give me so much delight to look at the pages, just as they are!

What else inspires me visually? Here is peek at that:

COLOR inspires me a great deal and here are two items that inspire me when I look at them - a VINTAGE set of water-COLORS and an old set of mini-pencils. The watercolor paints were given to me many years ago as a gift but I felt too intimidated to use them at the time. However, they were so beautiful to look at that I kept them and kept them and I eventually began to use this set about 2 years ago. It feels special to use this old set of watercolor paints with my creative projects.

The set of mini-COLOR pencils I bought at an old Woolworths store over two decades ago, which I guess makes this set of pencils VINTAGE! The box eventually began to fall apart from frequent handling so I made a linen and cotton pencil holder for them. I love that they are small enough to carry with me, if I choose to bring some art supplies whenever I'm out on a trip, and I also love the carry case I made with linen and cotton fabrics.

Here is another visual inspiration:

Leaves collected on my many morning walks, which I gather and save to dry for use in nature-based projects, or possibly to be assembled into a 'hortus siccus'* one day...these items speak to my love of NATURE and TREES.

And finally these last items in my collection of visual inspiration:

COLOR-full fabric of linen/cotton blend with embroidered COLOR-full FLOWERS made into a head kerchief, something I've been wearing lately to keep my hair out of my eyes! Also, an inspiration card given to me, featuring a FLOWER in rustic tones...

While looking at this grouping before receiving the next creativity tip, it dawned on me that there are some connections among these items and there are themes that stand out for me:


I think there is a message here that I need more of these items in my life to keep me in a cheerful outlook...but we will see what might come of gathering these inspiring items and what creative projects might emerge from them as the "21 FREE Creativity Tips & Ideas" continues. Be sure to stay tuned and see what happens!

* - I learned of the concept of the 'hortus siccus' while watching this movie starring Ewan McGregor . The example of the 'hortus siccus' and planning of a large garden quite grabbed my attention - not to mention Mr. McGregor's handsome face! ;)

Monday, September 8, 2014

21 Days, 10 Items and 1 Cluttered Work Table!

Things have been simmering here for me as I allow the magic of August Moon to begin working and there is much magic taking place, but for now I just wanted to share something fun with YOU my dear friend...

It's been awhile since I've heard from blog buddy Amelia Critchlow of 101 Bird Tales, but she recently began sending out new issues of her newsletter. It seems that she too has been 'hibernating' (as have I) but she is now emerging with a fun art series called "21 Free Creativity Tips and Ideas" and you can have it delivered to your email!

The series began today but there is still time to join in and get a fun tip to get your creative juices going - you can read more about Amelia's series at THIS BLOG POST and you can sign-up straightaway with THIS LINK.

I don't plan to post my versions of each tip for each day, but I did want to share what I did with today's inaugural creativity tip, which is to choose 10 items that are visually inspiring to me:

I will share just what I love about these items in my next post, so be sure to stay tuned!

And I can't wait to see what other tips are in store for me as Amelia's series continues in the days ahead!

More Creative Projects to Join or Follow
If you like the sound of Amelia's project, you might find this project from Seth Apter of interest: 'Studio Table'. On September 18th, Seth will have several bloggers sharing photos of their creative studios in what Seth terms "uncensored, unedited, and most likely unkempt."

If you have been following along here lately, you will know that I am frustrated at my attempts to have a 'dream studio', but Seth is determined to bust the myth of the 'perfect dream studio' and I'm willing to help bust that myth too! On the 18th, I'll share my work table and studio space, in all it's cluttered glory, with fellow bloggers and, hopefully, I will no longer feel alone in having an 'unkempt' studio table...

My recently set up work table appears uncluttered, but it took only a few days to be covered with creative STUFF - be sure to tune in on the 18th for more 'unkempt' studio pics =\

With these 2 projects happening, there will be much to share here on the blog so be sure to stay tuned!