A blend of creativity and marketing for artists who also love the Lord

2:01 PM

"Tomato Crops"

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"Tomato Crop"
Debbie's work in progress on a Tomato Crop...
stay tuned for finished slice!
1:57 PM

"Mother's Apron Strings"

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"Mother's Apron Strings"

This is an image of Susan's work in progress. Lovely and nostalgic the ticking drew her in, along with the simple freshness of the vintage flowers, and some remnant lace. Bits and pieces of her mother found it's way into this piece, including buttons, and finishing it off with transfer images of her mother doing laundry. And some real live clothes pins!!










1:54 PM

"Summer Nostalgia"

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"Summer Nostalgia"
Laura's weekend started slowly with a nice blend of conversation and color. She carefully and deliberately chose her fabrics in a quiet manner of a genius among us. Then seeing them all together on Sunday, we know that Laura's gift is color and bringing fabric into dimension.
1:50 PM

"Fireflies"

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"Fireflies"


She's calls it "Fireflies" because the lights glimmer off the pendents that are woven through the fibers.   I love the way it sounds! A great compliment to wearable art!
Edie's mark on the weekend has been to blend fibers and jewels into a lovely scarf, or belt, however the mood strikes.

8:32 PM

"White Buttons"

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"Excuse me, do you have a jar of white buttons?" 

In our companionship we often find those connection points that are small AHA moments of who we are,  and what we have in common.  That happened at nearly the entry point of our Creative Challenge event. One hour in, and we entered into the conversation of our crafty creative stuff, and discovered that (to the number) each one of us has a collection of white buttons.

It was noted that perhaps we should begin qualifying our relationships, budding friendships, and perhaps even casual encounters with the question, "Do you have a jar of white buttons?"
9:35 PM

Thinking, thinking, thinking

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Getting ready for a creative weekend...
Having made the decision to commit an entire weekend to working together in a creative endeavor can be intimidating. 
I question myself, and my ability, and I think that might be natural. I am, at once, both scared that no creativity will emerge at all, and excited and thrilled at the prospect of spending time in pursuit of that well deep inside of me that houses the realm of “possibility.” 
I have been thinking about what my 12” x 18” of space might convey. A tribute? A memoir? A color story? Should it be fabric? Canvas? What will my focal point be? 
I find myself looking at distinct patterns, colors or objects that draw me in during routine shopping, and even walking my dog! While searching through my closet for a pair of shoes, I found a old case that holds my 45-rpm records (remember those) and thought that might be a fun starting point.

And that is where the questioning comes in? Am I in my right mind? What kind of artwork would use 45-rpms? But it’s that kind of odd thinking that opens some sort of mind portal that allows the creative to emerge. Why not? What else goes in that direction? Run with me on my thoughts, roaring like a freight train; records, 8-track tape (just the tape), CD’s, silver colors, jukebox push keys, Elvis, velvet, old ticket stubs, leather, fringe, and all of the sudden...I am designing a mixed media project in my head. 
So then I start another...and another. Pretty soon, I am more excited about the chance to start the story.  I am even more excited about working together, and fueling the creative possibilities.  
7:22 PM

The great unwind..creating with friends

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There is more to this idea than just getting together to have a good time and create. The fact is, that creative endeavors soothes what ails us. Women, and the fast-paced, break-neck speed of life need a way to just 'be', but often we can't get there. "There" being that place where we allow ourselves the experience of just doing, just being, just creating. 
There is scientific evidence that creating just for the sake of creating takes off the edge of our systemic stress, and when we relax, and do what comes naturally, without judgement, we can actually increase the dopamine effect (pleasant feeling), and when we can do a repetitive action, like sewing or beading, then the relaxers fill in the create a calm. 
Simple tasks, for me, like gardening, cleaning, cooking, when we disassociate ourselves with the stress of the outcome, can be pleasure experiences. Particularly if we just enjoy the movement, the immediate pleasure, the joy of being in that space where we are creating. 

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