Cards-I don’t make them very often since I stopped teaching classes in NYC. I have so many and still love sending them out. Sometimes, I get asked to make a special card for someone. This card is for a colleague who is retiring. She is someone that is special to me for a ton of reasons. We have a beautiful garden in front of our school and this fabulous lady tends to it with love and kindness. The card packed with gorgeous Prima flowers seemed perfect for her. I hope she loves it. She will be missed but she touched my heart–you can’t take that away. That lasts forever.
LifeBook 2013-as you know I love it! This is a lesson from LB 2013 but I didn’t do the whole thing. There was a self-reflection part of the lesson but I just couldn’t connect with that segment. I am working so much on my growth in my drawing. This girl ended up looking so somber and self-reflective…I felt that this quote suited the feeling of this drawing. I have noticed a trend in the colors I use. I can’t seem to move away from the purple hair-it just makes me smile!
A few Summers ago, Marty & I discovered this amazing vintage printer’s tray. I knew it was just perfect for embellishments. I guess I didn’t realize how much of a mess it was until I started this organizing process. I also didn’t realize how much “junk” was being stored in there. (ugh) So, I moved quickly-I didn’t spend time over-thinking each bit & bauble. If it was something I “might” use…I got rid of it!
Here is my newly organized vintage tray! It makes me smile to look at it. I was able to clear out so much stuff. I had things in random containers around my room so now everything is here (and in little drawers in a system on my wall-more about that later). I have some additional things to fix up on that table and will be doing that. My room is really taking shape and I can’t wait to get in there each day! It feels peaceful and an amazing place to create art. Happy 2014!
Marty laughs and says that I LOVE organizing! He’s right. But, my lens for organizing has changed drastically. I used to move, organize and reorganize the “stuff”. Ya know, the stuff I “might” use someday or the projects that I “might” make. But, as an artist…I NEVER EVER do that. I tend to create what is in the moment. What makes sense for my creative soul at the time. Like right now, I have been flip flopping between my art journal and scrapbooking. On January 1st, I will take the plunge and start Project Life. So, you see…I never go back and make those “maybe” projects.
With that in mind, I have been off from school for the holidays and I have been a PURGING machine. I have taken garbage bags (yes, plural) of nonsense out of my studio. I even organized my Prima flowers! If I look at something and think “maybe”…it goes! It has been such a liberating (and very time-consuming) process but I know exactly where everything is. How freeing is that?!
Now, am I done?! nope! I have some small areas to tackle and one HUGE closet that tends to be the dumping ground. I can’t wait to get in there and clear out the “maybe” stuff and the swaps from different groups that are just in there taking up real estate. I keep things from others that are significant in someway. But, honesty, how many Convention Swaps does a girl need in her closet? (you know what I am talking about if you have followed me for a bit)
My first battle of this big war was this shelf! I know many of you have one. This whole purge started with looking at all of the FLOCK-yes, bottles & bottles of the fuzzy crap. Most never used. I used to rearrange it by color but now…it is far, far away. Gone. From there, I opened Pandora’s Box and started organizing this shelf with all of the things that I use and love…
This box of yummy glitters and embossing powders was stashed away. It was barely used. Why?! I had no desire to dig through it. I don’t operate like that!
But now…here is the finished product! ALL things I love and will use. I can find everything. Look how it sparkles and shines! Now, instead of being distracted by FLOCK…I am distracted by the beauty of everything on that shelf.
I love making jewelry, well…ok, I must confess. I get stuck when I attempt to make jewelry. Sometimes, I just sit and stare at the beads and hope that something magical will inspire me. I created this necklace at one of Marty’s gigs over the Summer. Yes, it has taken me this long to post it. (not sure why)
I went to a bead show with some friends a few months ago and picked up this kit to create this necklace. I’ll tell you it was so much easier to create a necklace when I didn’t have to pick out the beads and other goodies. This came with all the stuff I needed including directions and it was done before Marty was done tootin’ his trumpet at the gig!
I created this little gem a zillion years ago and just noticed that I never published this post. Well, better late than never, I guess.
I had this little shadowbox in my stash for a long time and it was screaming for some color, sprays and flowers. I grabbed a Swirlydoos kit out of my stash (they have all been “de-bagged” since then and all of the goodies are organized into my stash) and started creating! The heart in the center is made from that neat Crayola clay-it is made for kids and air dries in a few hours. I painted it, sprayed it and added bits of a rub on. Now, it has a beautiful spot living on the shelf in my art studio. That reminds me…I should add new art, change out some pictures and liven it up a bit. BUT, I just love most of the things that are on display. Decisions, decisions…