Saturday, January 13, 2018
I actually love doing this kind of thing. It's inspiring to go through all your stuff and weed through it. Also exceptionally inspiring ~ finding work of your own that you love that you haven't seen in a while. Work you want to go back to, in terms of genre, and pick up again and move forward with.
There's a 30% OFF Sale going on right now in my Etsy Shop, on Art Quilts and Paintings. Through Wednesday, January 17.
Anyhoo, I'll leave you with my collages for the week. xx
Saturday, January 6, 2018
And it's very apt, because last year I finally put to rest issues that have been dogging me for eons. And now I truly am free.
Free to live the rest of my life unimpeded by old crap. Free to create every day exactly how I want it. So free that I truly love, honor and respect myself, everything I am, everything I do, how I do my life in every way. I'm who I've been waiting for.
I'm on a creative roll again. I've taken up painting again, both watercolor and very soon acrylics. I'm doing it now purely for my own enjoyment and pleasure. I don't need to show or post my new work anywhere. It's all for me, now.
I've reorganized and rearranged things in my studio, and after the couple of things I've ordered arrive, I'll be able to keep my easel set up by the north window...instead of the ironing board, which has been in that spot since I moved in nine years ago (sorry, BeeGee), being there.
And more storage for acrylic supplies so they're handy and accessible. And more storage for lots of other stuff so I have more room to store finished canvasses and panels.
I've also been getting rid of stuff I don't need, my continual-downsizing practice. Every time I let go of something that no longer serves me, there's room for new, more appropriate stuff.
I feel in my bones that 2018 is going to be a great year. I hope it is for all of us.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
The two on the right in this photo are tall and narrow ~ they have virtually the same size paper as the Midori Travelers Notebook inserts I've been using to collage in. I like that size ~ each spread is 8.5 x 8.5 (actually the Midori insert spread is 8.25 x 8.5).
The pages in the third journal are 8.5 x 5.5, a standard half-letter size page. This is slightly bigger than the handmade journal I'm also using now for collages (see last two photos below). I also like this size to work in.
That handmade journal I just referred to, A Hermit's Wild Friends, that I made in a workshop a few years ago, was not designed to do all that collaging in. The bound spine is/was not wide enough to accommodate adding all that ephemera, which has caused the fore edges to fan out to about four inches already...and I'm not finished with it yet.
Consequently, because the book was constructed with only heavy two-sided tape holding the covers onto the rest of the book, the covers started to pop off the book. So I just pulled them all the way off a few months ago.
When I'm finished with this journal, I'll glue the covers back on with PVA. Or, I'll fashion covers out of something else, and use those cool vintage covers for another journal down the road...probably the latter.
Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend, whatever you celebrate. xx
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
And that's the gift of hearing. By virtue of my being a MediCal recipient (that's Medicaid in California), which provides a full range of healthcare services, for low-income people, not normally covered elsewhere, I was able to see an audiologist and then have hearing aids custom made for my particular hearing loss.
I got them on Tuesday, and other than when I'm sleeping, I'm wearing them all the time now.
Previously I had a pair of hearing aids that were reconditioned devices, matched as well as possible to my hearing loss but not made expressly for me, through the Hearing Foundation in CA, which is part of the Lions Club...that outfit that collects and distributes used eyeglasses to people in need.
I hated those hearing aids and rarely wore them. They were an older technology, didn't work well, and were uncomfortable. They were more trouble and pain than they were worth (and did cost me $400 at the time I got them).
So I kind of assumed I'd rarely wear the new ones, because I spend so much time on my own. Now that I have them, though, now that I'm hearing the normal sounds of life being lived, I'm hooked. It kind of feels like all of my senses have come alive again because I'm running on all burners.
Just a few of the delightful everyday sounds I'm enjoying again ~~ my wind chimes outside. BeeGee talking to me, and he's quite vocal, especially when he's hungry. BeeGee purring. The birds outside. The sound of my own voice.
I'm really looking forward to the next rain we have, because I haven't been able to hear it unless I had the window wide open or was standing out in it.
I'm feeling extremely grateful. You can't take anything for granted in life, especially when you're poor and older and it seems like things are routinely being subtracted from our lives. And then a true gift arrives.
Happy Holidays to you all. Have a blessed week. xx
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
In other words, there's nothing I really want that I don't already have. There's nothing I'm lusting for, nothing I absolutely need to have other than what I already possess in my life.
And that makes me feel very secure, insofar as one can feel secure in these turbulent times. This state of no-want lets me live my life day to day, just doing whatever the day asks of me...without the sense that I have to get somewhere or be some place else.
I'm really thankful that I've been gifted with peace and simplicity.
Have a great week. xx
Saturday, November 18, 2017
So the holidays are upon us now, and it'll be a quick slide into 2018 from here.
I'm having a 25 Percent OFF Sale in my Etsy Shop, from now through Sunday December 3. Everything in the shop is 25 percent off. Sale prices are listed on every item, so there's no need to use a code at checkout.
If you've purchased from me recently and received a 10% discount coupon as a Thank You, you can use that coupon on top of the 25% off during the sale!
In other news, I finished another fantastic novel this week ~
Life or Death by Michael Robotham. It was so good that I'm planning to read all his previous books.
Otherwise, life just keeps rolling on, with me reading, collaging, writing letters, and generally tending hearth and home.
Have a really wonderful Thanksgiving, all you folks in the States.