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turquoise in progress

I have started a new adventure in creativity. This soon-to-be necklace has been a real challenge. I have taken it apart at least three, and maybe four, times. I don’t usually work on anything so structured, but here I am jumping in with both feet. I wonder what prompts me to take on these challenges and to stick with it until I am satisfied.

The above photo is not my latest. I took out the beads around the neck and I have decided to embroider all that shows through of the backing. This is no easy task. I am using Brazilian embroidery floss: it tangles and twists and makes me crazy. I can’t do regular back stitches as the surface is too rigid. So, it is one stitch at a time. The upside is that I’m using floss that was given to me and which would have been thrown away.

This time, I’m taking notes on the process. It’s hard for me to be organized, but I realize that it makes my future work easier. I have cataloged all my beads and labeled all the boxes my fabrics and trims are in. That alone was an adventure. You just never know what will happen when you try something new.

The following picture is one of those new projects I took on without a pattern. Common sense is a good quality to have. I had the earring pattern, so I did have something to go by, but I was worried it wouldn’t work.

Macrame necklace for Pat

In the past, I’ve been very successful when I’ve learned a new technique. I get books and tutorials and go from there. Sometimes I just incorporate a technique I already know. Sometimes I take hours determining what a rock or piece of wood wants to be. Once this piece is finished, I’m going to make dolls and purses. I need a new adventure.

I do love what I am doing and hope I can continue to share my adventure of art with you.

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It’s Hard to Know When to Quit

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Sometimes others don’t love what you have created as much as you do. Maybe they even hate it. But that’s part of the challenge and the fun of creating art objects. At present, we are trying to create a buzz on Etsy for my stuff. In working the process I realized that I had a piece I’d put about 50 hours into that wasn’t going anywhere. This is the piece:

Butterflies and roses

I love it, others love it, but no one wants to buy it. So, I thought I’d remake it and see how that went. I discarded the butterfly and several of the flowers. I think maybe it was just too much. It’s hard to know when to quit, and that’s what separates the great artists from the mediocre. Here’s the beginning of the re-creation. What do you think? I’ll post it when it’s completed.

Re do butterflies and roses

As you can see, it started out as a beaded collar. I intend to use the green pearls to make the necklace and incorporate the focal piece I’m now working on. And, of course,  I kept the beaded leaves. My method of creating is rather organic and sometimes I work myself into a corner. The best thing about creating that way is that I have to discover my own way to make everything work. I can safely say that creating wearable art is the adventure. It always keeps my mind active as I try to figure out how to turn my vision into something beautiful.

While looking for those pictures, I came across others I had created. I was doing craft fairs then and sold almost everything I made. Going through the pictures reminded me of those I loved the most. They tend to be ones created with found objects and textiles.

Story teller 2

As you can see, it isn’t always jewelry that comes to mind. I love rocks and wood and this happened when a friend gave me the driftwood. It was another of those projects where I had to figure out how to bring the idea into fruition. She is a Storyteller made from the driftwood and flat river stones and textiles and beads. At some point I want to make a dragon from wood and tattered fabrics. I guess I’ll have to live a few more lifetimes to make everything I have in my head. But it is always an adventure.

I also want to give a shout out to a really nice guy. I made a comment on his blog and he had the good graces to send me some marketing tips. Check him out at:  https://affililatelife.blog/. (…and thanks for all the fish.)

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.

leather leaves

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.

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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72 pixels new pendent

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.

Spring Has Sprung

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I know, I promised to share my adventure with learning WordPress, but I got distracted! I get distracted a lot. This time it’s a script treatment that caught my attention. I have the script written although it needs work, so I’m writing a treatment. Maybe someone will want it. It’s a murder mystery, which is no surprise. That seems to be my choice in novels these days. I don’t read often because once I start, I don’t stop until I finish the book. I love Lee Child!

So, my next project will be a new blog page about writing a book. That and the script are my major focus, but I must pause for Spring. It’s here. I live in the desert Southwest and the Laural bush is in full bloom and the cactus have multitudes of buds waiting to pop. I want to go to Death Valley and see the wild flowers. What a sight!

So, today was a clean the yard day, one of many to come. I hope you are all as lucky as I am where the weather is concerned, but I fear many of you have great adventures ahead. My prayers go out to all who will face flooding when the thaw hits. Blessings.

It's look at that sunset

Just look at that sunset!

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