Thursday, January 31, 2013

A work in progress

This is my new work space.
I went to the habitat for humanity store and found a perfect "newish" door
( no holes drilled for the door knob)
 and a closet door.
I had 3 cubby book cases from Target from a few years back.
 2 on the bottom - one on each side ( for legs)
Excellent for holding art supplies
Chef cut the doors to size
 Voila  a most excellent table top!
Super wide and lots of space.
 I put the other cubby on top for more storage
My red bench
perfect height!
 Plenty of storage underneath for bins too.

Some shelving for books etc and my trees
( love vintage Christmas trees)

Vases and jars for pens and brushes

Working on some prints
I started with Linoleum
 but found a wonderful new rubber product that is much easier to carve thru
Yesterday I even found something better
Eco printing plates- can't wait to try them!

Some books and such

More of my art supplies

a few sketches in the works
a cork board- can't live without it
haven't had time to fill it up quite yet...but it won't be long.'s a work in progress getting my art space together.
It has shifted from a large drum carder and spinning wheel and dye pots.
I am a work in progress
 as I am slowly carving out a little new creativity in my soul.
Love to all
 Peace out bean sprout!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winter at Lake McDonald


A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. 
It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
  ~Henry David Thoreau

Winter greetings from Montana
hope you are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Creative Courage

 When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl

This is what describes my past year the most...change.
Many things in my life happened last year that really took me off guard "unexpectedly" -too many to list, although tough to deal with and some pretty hard to swallow.... hence I lost myself.
For over a decade I have amerced myself in fiber, from custom knitting, knitting teacher, creating children's sweaters from recycled sweaters, spinning art yarn, dyeing yarn etc.
 I saw it all coming to an end.
Like Forrest Gump ...after running across the US so many times day he was just finished.
I was finished
 Done with wool fiber...the pain of spinning and knitting made it also a pretty easy decision.

 Home schooling came to a halt last year as well- tough one.
 Something that had been also part of my life for over a decade-
 It was time.

It was wonderful, creative and such a blessing to connect and bond with my children
and give them a safe environment to learn in.
 But it was time for them to move on
 experience other teachers and friends.

Feeling a sense of loss and mourning of what was...
I couldn't seem to go thru that door that life held wide open.
 I really became depressed.
Deepak Chopra tells us to be human "beings" and not human "doings"...I get all that, but I feel alive when I create....
so when I get the remark "Why don't you relax?
- well, that is because I am relaxing when I do...create.
 I get stressed out if I don't have projects going on- my brain is working.
Love that!
Searching etsy- websites, books, blogs seeking inspiration.
 Realizing how afraid I was of trying something new-
putting myself out there
...what if I failed?
I just needed to take the blinders off and give myself a little time.

So lucky me
 I came across Stephanie Levy's blog again
  remembered her course that I took last year and how it set me on fire.
I needed to learn- not just do.
That was it.
I recommend her class to anyone out there that might feel like they are in a slump.
.... that is exactly what I need right now.
A little courage to be creative and try something new- and let other artists inspire me.
I am already feeling better.

I also missed blogging 
in ways it documents the good things and maybe the not so good things in my life
sort of keeps me a little accountable for my days here on earth and what I do under the Big Sky.
Your sweet and positive feedback made me also realize that there is no pressure here-
Thank you!
It's just me
This is my little space in the world.
 If it flows.... it flows.
If it doesn't ?
I guess it just doesn't.

I am learning to embrace change.
Change is good.
I can't knit any more...
but I have 2 amazing horses and have taken up dressage that I thought I would never do again- and now actually have the time for it since I am not homeschooling.
 Funny how things work out...if you just let them.
Having an open heart.
I no longer feel like I am taking this old dusty road to no where.
Same old same old.
I am not who I was.
Exciting to make this a year of learning
 exploring new things & new mediums.
Something I haven't done for well...a decade
- it's time!
Good-bye 2012
Hello 2013
~ I am to ready to bloom ~


Monday, January 21, 2013

...lost my way.

Finding myself a little lost these days.....each time I show up to write something - I don't what to say. Four months away from this space gave me time to question why I had a blog- what was the purpose?
What do I have to say that is worth reading? In what way can I contribute?
I lost my "mojo"- what inspired me so...being creative, writing- designing, photography etc. My horses, cafe and family just took up so much space in my life - there was little time.
I'd come back to this blog and try to write something but choked-no words. 
Looking at your images posted and feel the enthusiasm in your words.
Inspired but froze up- it used to be so easy.
No longer spinning or knitting, have to save my hands for riding- so that part of blogging is gone. Other interests have taken it's place, my horses- skiing.
Want to be creative again...but not sure how to get there?
Maybe this is it for me, with blogging. it true, not all who wander are lost?

What does blogging mean to you, why do you blog- what purpose does it have in your life?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Our new additon

Her name says it all....

Fiona was SO happy to get her early Christmas present!

Bella is a 6 yr old Frisian

Don't let her size fool you ..if she could, she would crawl up in my pocket

Fiona loves to "wear" her food...
Like Fiona- she changed my life.
Horses lend us the wings we lack. 
~Author Unknown

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