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I am in the process of recertifying for yoga level 1 teaching. The adventure came when we videotaped an actual class. I wrote a short note to the people issuing my certification and I wanted to share it with you. Yoga itself is always an adventure, but my classes are particularly eventful as we are all seniors. Perhaps in sharing this little note, you will understand the adventure just a little bit better:

Dear Marie:
I thought you might be interested in the fact that I only teach seniors–a truly interesting and fulfilling job. They come to the rec center for health and to socialize and we are certainly not a typical yoga class. We laugh and talk, all the while bending, stretching and twisting.
My greatest concern is that no one get hurt while in my class. We will never get the poses perfectly–in fact I tell them that if they don’t hurt somewhere, then they didn’t have much fun while growing up. I am very aware of the replacement parts some of them have–hips, knees, shoulders, and the possibility of high blood pressure. I have had three ladies with breast cancer taking my class as they went thru the process. Now they have some neuropathy from the chemo, but we manage just the same.
They are a loyal group and we form some wonderful bonds. I love them all and they love me (well, they say they do). We hug and share joy and sorrow with each other.
One of my guys lost a son recently to an accident and he has continued to come to yoga for the love and support he receives. Many of them have formed lasting friendships in my classes.
Because it is a government building, I am limited in what I can discuss, but I do share chakra info, mudras, meditation techniques–that sort of stuff. It is never not noisy in the building, so real meditation is not possible, but they are learning to “ignore the distractions.”
I did buy those squishy ear plugs, but they don’t use them either. I say either because they are all type A’s and it is a struggle to get them to use props. Since they are all adults, it’s hard to just insist, but sometimes I do. It is very important to take them all as individuals. I sometimes feel as if I am walking on eggshells. This is a small town and word gets around pretty fast, so I have to be nice–which means I have to pick my battles.
Yoga has been a joy in my life and I try to make it so in theirs. For me that is the true spirit of yoga and I hope I can still teach when I reach 80 (only 12 years away).
Thank you so much for all your help.
I was reluctant to view the video, but I needed to make sure the content was there. I found I did do an adequate job of instruction and that I have a wonderful group of people around me.
Every yoga class is an adventure. Each person is unique in their needs and abilities. As the instructor, I must figure it all out so that everyone has a good time and learns new skills to help them as they age. I love what I do and I will do it as long as I can.
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Earring Obsession

It’s been a bit since I’ve written for this site. I think that’s because it’s been a long time since we have gone on a hiking adventure. Life has been pretty complicated and time at a premium. That doesn’t mean I’m not creating art though. I’ve been obsessed with making fabric earrings. The above picture is only part of it. Our local art gallery is hosting a Christmas Boutique and I have signed up for it. I had already made a ton of earring for a LuLaRoe party my daughter was hosting, and so, I had some on hand. Now I’m making some actual Christmas type earrings.

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Re-purposed trim with earrings

I have been making jewelry for some time now and the earrings were styled to go with the necklaces I’ve created, but they weren’t always in fabric, which is my primary medium for my art jewelry. Then I designed and created those below for my brother’s jewelry store in Ames, Iowa and got hooked on them. No two pair are ever exactly alike and I create them from fabric samples and quilt scraps, so I’m re-purposing things that would go into the trash heap–something I can’t even contemplate.

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Batik, peridot and onyx

That’s where the adventure comes in. I had to design shapes, select fabrics and then figure out how to bond the fabric to an inner-facing such that the edges don’t fray. Even after I worked that out, I found I still might have to run a thin bead of glue around the edges.

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Earrings made from silk and from quilt scraps

The ones I made for Iowa have gemstones on them. The ones I sell locally have Swarovsky crystals and seed beads. It takes me from two to five hours to create one pair of earrings. That being said, it is a labor of love. I love the adventure of finding the perfect fabric and then the perfect beads to go with them. And a good friend gave me her quilt scraps which are most batik. I love batik, as these clearly show. And the scraps are just perfect for earrings.

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Thai silk with quilting

My next great adventure will be making a bag from this piece of Thai silk that I am quilting and finishing with bead embroidery. I intend to combine it with leather, of which I have a drawer full. So the adventure continues.

I’d need another lifetime to create everything that is in my head as I have only a limited time left on planet earth.

My daughter is helping me with an Etsy shop–another great adventure–at silkandstoneboutique. The adventure there is getting people to even look at it, much less like and send it around. It seems people are more and more caught up in their own lives and have little time for anything else. I guess I’m guilty of that too. There is only so much time in the day.

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures. You can see more fun stuff at my Etsy store.

Life is the adventure

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Adventure isn’t always what you think it’s going to be. For me, it always has to do with family, hiking, writing or art. Recently I’ve put a lot of work into an Etsy (silkandstoneboutique) shop and getting earrings done for my daughter to have a LuLaRoe party. That work is in conjunction with finally getting my book written and teaching yoga and senior strength training. All of those I love. So, all in all, life is good.

This is my lovely granddaughter modeling earrings made for the party. The earrings were made from quilt scraps given to me by a friend. I try to make everything from re-purposed items.

Belle in red earrings

All of my jewelry creations are either fabric based or created from things found while hiking. We have some really great rocks, discarded metal, and wood in this area and I find pieces that I eventually turn into something.

My method is to put pieces I love on my work space and let ideas simmer. Another great source of inspiration is Pinterest. I also see metal jewelry on TV and wonder how I can make it out of fabric. I would need two more lifetimes to create everything I envision. I’ll certainly never live long enough.

This is a piece made from leather given to be because a furniture store went out of business. I have all of their furniture samples–a good example of why I need two more lifetimes. I want to make hand bags too! Something is always cooking in my brain.

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It turns out that the greatest adventure is life itself and what we make of it. We are all creative and just need to find out what makes us sing inside. That is adventure.

Another Art Adventure

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I haven’t really had an adventure in a great long time. At least not the kind you’re used to seeing here. My latest adventure is learning to teach chair yoga. Sounds easy? Not so much. It turned out to be a lot harder than I’d ever imagined. I teach seniors. I’m a senior. We all have limitations.

But I am trying some new things in my art world. Here’s a picture of a piece of silk I’m embroidering with floss and beads. It is stuffed in the trapunto method. Later it will be combined with leather to make a bag.

embroidery-for-bag

I am also making a different style of earrings. These are fabric with semi-precious gem stones added. I have them on display at Gilger Designs in Ames, Iowa. He has this great fine design shop and I am honored to have them there. And they are such fun to make. I made a pair for my niece and my nephew’s girlfriend. I made me some too.

Of course, these are in progress here, but they turned out beautifully.

Now, a friend of mine is setting up an Etsy shop for me–another great adventure in the art world. Everything takes time and energy. But creativity is the domain of us all. We are by nature creative and for me it has become a real need. I suspect it is that way with all artists. For this new year I hope you all have lots of time and opportunity to create the things you love and that this brings you great joy and peace.

 

White Pocket Rocks (Pun Intended)

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Finally. An adventure to talk about. It’s been so bloody hot here and we’ve been so busy we haven’t really gone out into the desert, but I freaked and asked my hubby if we could please have a day together. I really wanted about a week, but that wasn’t even an option. So, we loaded up the dogs and a picnic and headed for White Pocket–a round trip of about 350 miles. This old body has a hard time riding that much, but it was worth it.

We arrived at camp and set up the table and chairs and broke out the food. I cheated and bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to save on my efforts. We had ants and this little guy as visitors while we ate.stink bug

My sister loves little things, so I took the picture for her.

After lunch, we headed out for the white rocks. Unfortunately, my shoes hurt my toes, so when we reached the sandstone, off they came. The really cool thing about it was the tanajas that were filled with water. Neither I nor spell check know if that is spelled correctly, but they are indentations in the sandstone that fill with water. Some of them had tadpoles in them and others had had enough water that cattails were growing.

Molly, the black dog, took advantage of the cool water and began wading through all the tanajas she found. But our Max only got his feet wet.white pocket Molly When my feet hurt, I just dipped them into the water. It was a really lovely adventure! We also encountered rain, a welcome relief in the desert, which is ever changing. rain stormSo, I’d say the adventure was a success. I loved it, hubby loved it and the dogs had a great time. The scenery is well worth the drive.white pocket sceneSo, I guess I’d do it all again. Maybe next time we can camp there and explore some more.

Works In Progress

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything here. But not since I’ve written stuff. Not only do I write for the local paper, but I also have nearly finished our new book, How to Win Friends and Influence People in the 21st Century. Now that’s an adventure. Well, actually, the writing is pretty simple. Then we began looking for an agent. My co-author knew one of the best in the business, so he contacted him. The agent sent us a list of everything we needed for a proposal. OMG!

Now, if it were fiction, I’d just send the book, but a non-fiction requires much, much more. Mostly to dedicate your life to it. That being said, we are sending proposals out to smaller publishers even as I write. The book is one that is needed in today’s world and I’m sure it will be a best seller.

But sometimes a girls’ gotta take a break. When that is necessary, I go to the table and make art. The above piece is one that I have in the works. It started as a fringe sample from one of my vendors. I embellish it and when that’s done, I’ll string it onto something. I haven’t got that part worked out yet. I’ve sold a couple of these through a local gallery. Fringe is all the rage right now.

I am also doing a series I will call, “Sticks and Stones.” I am using wood and rocks found in our wonderful desert to make wearable art. I’m not sure I’ve posted this picture…it is the first of the series.rusted metal web imageI sold it at a show and have made another similar. It is a piece of rusty metal embellished. I really loved it, as did the buyer.

The next picture is of the newest in the line. I am also already working on another one. They are such fun!metal and wood sized at 72This one is of rusted metal and a wonderful piece of wood. I have lots of wood and stones because I love it all and just have to bring it home and make art with it.

I will be setting up an Etsy shop for our art, including the cliff spirits and the vision spirits and my storytellers, so stay tuned. That will take some time. Another adventure. I also will have a blog for the book!

Thanks for your interest. I hope to be more faithful with the blogs.

Time To Focus

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When I started this blog, I intended to use it to help market our art. Of course, earning a living quickly got in the way. And my husband sits at the table and calmly says, “YOU need to find a way to sell our art online.” I just nodded. Inside I seethed. “I” need to find a way? I need to find ways to keep money coming in that don’t consume me. But, I agree. I love what we do and I do want to market it.

Right now, though, I am working on a book, which takes up a good deal of free time. I guess that means it isn’t free. I also have an Interior Design business, I teach yoga and strength training to seniors and I freelance for our local paper. Let’s not even talk about the stuff we do everyday, such as cooking.

Anyway, the point of that rant was that I am returning The Adventure of Art to just that. Just maybe I can start another blog or blogs on the things that also interest me. I hoped to do that here, but it didn’t work, and I need to focus. Imagine that!

Right now I am making leather flower bracelets for The League of Women Voters officers. It’s a great little commission and I know the ladies personally, so I’m quite happy to do it. Also, I was able to place some pieces with a gallery in Kayenta, a little red rock community between my home and St. George, Utah. The bracelets are similar to this one.leather flower bracelet

All that aside. It’s spring already in the desert. You should see my cactus blooming. And I’m itching to get out there and have a little adventure of my own. I guess that means a walk up the wash with the dogs. Not really a bad deal. Before long it will be too hot to even venture outside with the intent of spending any time there. I believe I posted a picture of the cactus blossoms, but just in case I didn’t, here’s one for you to enjoy.Cactus flowers 2

While I was looking for a picture, I came across this one I thought you might like too. These guys are wild burros and roam the desert. In 19 years, I have only seen this herd. They let me get quite close, but I was cautious. Burro

Back to art:

My question to you, readers is this: Do any of you use Etsy to sell your products? If so, how is that working for you? Or do you use Artfire? Same question. I know I need to get cracking on that along with all else I do. But I want to make the right choices. I look forward to hearing from you.

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