Grateful for: the path

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I’m grateful that this beautiful path is just 3 minutes from our front door.  It’s a walking path that serves as a shortcut between two streets of our subdivision and it is absolutely beautiful.  This particular view from the west end of it looking east fills me with the peace that comes from being surrounded by the beauty of nature.  I took this photo when a gentle rain had just ended and the sweet smell of rain and wet dirt was in the air — lovely!

Texture

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Found these on the Anthropologie website. I like few things more than taking my time meandering through Anthropologie. And I tend to touch just about everything I see there. It is a weird habit, compulsion almost, of mine. I just love to see how things feel.  If I saw these in the store I’d stop and lightly touch each one of them — just lightly pass my hand over the tops as I walk by.  Can’t you just imagine taking a nap under one of these?  And the colors!  Love them!

When I make a textile collage (or fantasize about making a real quilt) my favorite part is choosing the fabrics.  It takes me weeks to choose just the right textures and colors. And then more weeks to find just the right layout.  Those weeks of planning/dreaming are my favorite on any project. I currently have a small piece that is 70% sewn. That means the planning/dreaming phase is well in the past and now I’m in the tedious hand sewing phase.  I find it relaxing but time consuming so I tend to put it off.   I guess I need to work on that if I’m ever going to have a large enough body of work to sell.

I find it so inspirational to read about artists who have their own quilt or fiber arts businesses — people like Denyse Schmidt and Janet Bolton.  My dream is to be like them someday — maybe when I retire from my day job….

Today is one of the few hot summer days we’ve had in the last few weeks here in the upper mid west. I’m looking out the window and everything thing is my favorite color — GREEN. The sun is dancing through the leaves and it is just gorgeous!

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Creativity

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Our son is creative and a builder. I think maybe its because he is an only child — playing alone leaves space for the imagination to run wild. This is part of a big Lego cruise ship he made, The Majesty.  I like watching his process as he comes up with his designs. He doesn’t use instructions — he’s stubborn and independent like me in that way. gets that from me.  Its fun to watch the wheels turning as he tries a variety of color combinations, shapes and sizes before settling on the final design.

I didn’t realize, until I saw this photo, how the legos can look like a patchwork. A new place for inspiration perhaps.

Retreat

I have had the urge to go on a silent retreat for quite some time now.  I went on one about 10 years ago for a just weekend and I still remember the insights I got and the peace I felt at the end.

So back in April I did it. I went on a fabulous four day silent contemplative retreat. It was here:

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I had been longing for this time away by myself and it was everything I’d hoped it would be.  A time of rest, peace, tranquility, insightful contemplation, and spiritual renewal.  I want to do this annually. I came back feeling renewed and now several months later the feeling is still with me.  Blissful sigh.

 

I’m back….again

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This is the 3rd time I’ve started this blog.  I just can’t seem to stick with it.  If you read down further you’ll see that the second time (or was it the third and this is the fourth??  gah!) I started it I only blogged once.   I clearly intended to stick with it but…didn’t.  Oh how I wish I would have!  For the sake of my art but also for to have memories of those days documented.

My intention for this blog is the same as it was when I started it the first time back in 2010: to rediscover myself as I continue my awesome day job but now pursue my art as well.  To document that process –  the good the bad and the ugly.  And, while I’m at it to maybe help others who are also on a path of discovering and pursuing their dreams.

So, back to this piece of art.  This is the first textile collage I created and it is still my favorite. I love everything about it.  My goal is to get this blog more functional and then, before October 1, to open an Etsy shop — eek!