Saturday, November 22, 2008

Enough Said

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Here's to you!

This post is for my friend, and she knows who she is. She came over and told me how interesting my house was for pictures. So here you go! I went through the next morning and took a couple of pics.

So here's to you!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Lil Monster

I made this little guy over the weekend. I think I am in Love. If you would like one of these is a different color, leave me a comment and we can work something out.

I apologize for the terrible pic. I could not get a decent one thanks to some horrid light in my house.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Art as healing

When I started this blog, I was personally going through some things. As the year has progressed I have learned a great deal about myself. I found that I could use art and specifically the process of working to let go of alot of the stuff that I was dealing with.

I also discovered many new things about myself and my personal goals. It seems to me that we have lost so much community connection that not only is society fragmented but our own homes are as well. Few things that we seem to be doing connect us as groups. I would love to see that change. And I am pretty sure I know a good starting place.

When I was young, my mom belonged to an art center. It was in the old library of the town I grew up in. We spent alot of time there, I woudl take dance lessons, mom would be in plays. We attended openings and shows on a very regular basis. THe key here, to me, is that we were a part of a community that came together on a regular basis. I know that when my mom was very ill, I stayed at the home of the director of the art center.

My long term goal is to create that same sort of community. A meeting place where members, participants, drops ins, what have you can come and create and share the art that they are using to heal.

i am sharing pictures today of my Angry Book. I made it during a time of struggle. I was very angry about the way I was allowing people to treat me. And felt silenced by these people. I had tried to express my feelings to them and to those that would convey my message. But each time, my message was ignored in some way. It is a very complicated story whose outcome was personal growth for me. I used the Angry Book to put the rage in and then I tried to leave it there. Didn't always work but it was better then nothing. The book itself was a big break from my standard work. It could be ugly. It needed to be ugly. And for me that was a big break from my definitions of what I do.

I am also throughing in some pictures of this weeks project. Christmas tags!!! I am making a ton of them. It is nice quiet work that really feels like I am getting something done.

Have a wonderful Week


Sunday, November 9, 2008

November already,Time for Christmas

Since it is November, I need to start thinking about Christmas. Which means I am thinking in terms of how to make it awesome for the people I give the gifts to. Last year I thought it would be really cool to make handmade tags for each of the presents that I put under the tree. But I, of course ran out of time to do individual tags for each gift.

So I thought I should get a head start and now have five tags for Christmas.

There will be more to follow for sure. Up next will be the Christmas cards.

I also started a scrapbook page, the first in months and months. I am not sure where that will go. The desk is clean enough that I could totally take off working.
I am going to leave you with an old project. I have long had an attachment to old school address cards. Like the type you have with a roledax thing or something similar. I like the address cards because they have the cut out shapes for the holder and they seem more formal. I find them all the time at Goodwill. And I was looking for a way to use them. I decided to make little motivational cards out of them. They could be used as bookmarks or just little things to tack up at work. I love to make these because they take so little time and could be added to a card as an embellishment or to a page in the same way.

And with that I bid you good night.