When I was younger 2017 seemed more than a lifetime away...and here we are. As I always seem to do this time of the year (and I'll do it again around the time of my birthday), I look at my life and think, "Well, this isn't where I expected to be." Life is like that, I think it's a big part of the beauty of living. At least, as long as you can let go and allow it to happen.
Speaking of letting go...
Cosmic Smash Books (originated by Catt Gellar). It's definitely an interesting process, one I could fully embrace. As a matter of fact, I loved it so much I made several journals.
So, there you have my 2017 creative adventure so far.
What are your creative goals for the year? What are you going to do to extend yourself creatively? Did you choose a word for the year? What was your process to pick it? How do you plan to use it?
08 January 2017
22 December 2016
I'm going to leave you with one last project from the archives before I take a break for the year. It's paper, go figure...I never work in paper. I'm taking a break to enjoy the holidays I celebrate at the end of the year, and will return in the new one.
Until then...May light and joy fill your world, may you shed the old that is holding you back, may you learn from it as you move into the new. May you ever move forward on your path...and may love always surround you.
I find that people tend to make things far more difficult than they need to be most of the time. Especially when we are trying to create things. Normally, I try to ascribe to the KISS method of things (Keep It Simple Stupid), but sometimes I just cannot do it. Every year I make these stars, and every year they make me crazy. Ok, crazier. I can never, in spite of the fact I made them the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that, remember quite how to do them. I try to make them far more difficult than they really are.
This is a Froebel star. You may have heard them called a German Star, a Moravian Star, or other names. It's attributed to Friedrich Froebel, the same man who proposed the concept of kindergarten. What it really is, is a mathematical principle disguised as a star. (That's how I like my mathematical concepts...disguised.) I think they are beautiful...simple, sweet...just perfect.
They also fit perfectly into this KISS theory. They take only four strips of paper, a bit of weaving and folding, and ta-da..a star. I breeze right through these, until the last step. The *&()$#*( folding (bending?), curving part that makes the point. I don't know why, but I try to make that point far more difficult than it is. Drives me nuts.
Luckily, I found a great video on Origami Nut that makes it easy. They make the perfect last minute package decoration, or do a whole bunch and hand them out to everyone!
20 December 2016
For those of you who are into this adult coloring thing... why do you like it? I have picked up a few of the books and thumbed through them, but I don't find an entire page of the same pattern particularly interesting, so I'm curious.
And... here's an elephant for you to color. Let me know if you use it and what you think of it. (Right click on the elephant and copy, open in your word processing program and paste. Enlarge to full page.)
(The fine print: you cannot use this elephant for anything other than personal enjoyment. It may not be published in any way, and may only be re-posted if it includes a link back to my original post. you may not remove my name from the drawing.)
19 December 2016
So, besides abandoning things this weekend, I got the rest of my Christmas shopping finished, most things are even wrapped, lots of baking done, and two ornaments finished.
So, time to think of the new year... anyone participating in choosing a word for the year ahead? What have you chosen?
17 December 2016
Christmas shopping is finished (whew) and I'm thrilled that I'm out of that fray. But, as often happens, I do need to run to the grocery to get more supplies to bake goodies. So, while I'm out today I will be abandoning ornaments...
Are you guys doing random, or not so random, acts to surprise and make others smile?