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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.

example of earrings with necklace

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.

green-earrings

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.

earring samples

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.

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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.

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.

 

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.

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!

Today’s Adventure Begins With WordPress

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jewelry 9-14 013This a picture of a Storyteller that I created. I love them because they represent one of my passions. Writing. Truth is, I’m writing a book. In order to write the book, I have to read books. The book I’m reading is, “WordPress for Dummies,” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. While I read it, I’m suppose to do what is being explained. There is hope on the horizon. I am going to learn how to make my page function like I want it to and to help people find me.

The things in life that bring me joy are (in descending order): family, friends, dogs, writing, creating art, reading,  hiking, cooking, yoga, gardening, camping and movies. Which means that I am enjoying the process of creating something that will, I hope, be an inspiration to people to be the best human they can be. While it’s true that nobody is perfect, we can allow our “reach to be greater than our grasp.”

I tell my yoga students that it isn’t about the end result, it’s about the journey towards it. Sure, it’s nice to have a great outcome, but is it necessary? Joy is found in the doing, in the being. I believe that’s why we’re all here: to actively create a joyful experience, or not. Maybe there are those who are here to create a miserable experience, but the fact is, at some very deep  level, you get to choose. Of course, I believe in a free-will Universe in which we are all just “experiencing.”

That being said, I intend, to the best of my ability, to share this little journey with you. Of course, you can buy the book and do it alone, but what’s the fun in that? So, here’s to WordPress and ” WordPress for Dummies”.

The Adventure Turns Out to be Life

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When I started this blog, I really had no idea how to do it. I just wanted to promote our art and share it with those who might appreciate it. Now, I’m reading books about blogging, and it is even harder than I expected. Everyone says to write about your passion. Unfortunately, I have many. Among them would be creating my art, reading, spirituality, cooking, nutrition, activism, grammar and fitness. That’s the short list. And it’s not just what do I write about, but how do I plug in the time to do it while actively pursuing all that stuff. I create, I write for the local paper, I’m writing a book, I teach yoga and strength training and I have a home, a husband and two dogs. Since I believe in eating close to the source, I even make my dogs’ cookies. (Not their food, though.)

I thought I was crazy busy when I was raising my kids. Little did I know. And as I age, I’m not able to do as much as quickly as I once did. Add to that the fact that time compresses as you age and you understand my conundrum. I really would like some thoughts on this one.

Meanwhile, I’ll just start writing and see what happens. I might even have to have another blog, but again, the question is, how? Well, I will need one when the book is complete. But that’s a different problem altogether.

I do think I have some wisdom to impart that was acquired while becoming human. It takes time to become a fully functioning human being. Some never get there. That’s pretty evident when you watch anything on the television. It seems the world is going to hell in a hand basket–and if you know what that means, you know my age. But, my heart tells me there is more good in the human race than bad. We just have to look for it. I see it every day on the faces of my people in class. I see it in the posts of ordinary people on Facebook. I watch as ordinary humans help one another make it through this life a little more easily. Just look a little more closely and you’ll see it too.

That doesn’t mean we don’t have to be vigilant. Greedy opportunists are busily raping the planet until I fear for future generations. And outspoken activists are busily trying to undo the damage. Let’s hope we have time. It begins with us. I guess that’s the message I want to send out there. It begins with you. You were born into a free-will universe. You make the choices that determine your path. You have to stand up and be counted if you want to change anything. What do you stand for? What do you believe is important? How can you help? Can you speak up? Can you sign petitions? Can you donate? Can you actively help your fellow humans? Of course you can. You get to choose. You always get to choose. And that’s the adventure you came here to experience. Life. Wonderful, joyous, beautiful, full, voluptuous, exciting, interesting life.

Never forget that it’s short–make the most of it. Don’t fill your life with regrets. Get out there and enjoy it. Find joy in it. Joy is hiding in plain sight around every turn in the road. Be grateful for that joy. Do other animals experience it? Maybe more then we do. I know my dogs experience it. I see it every time we take them for a run in the desert. I believe it’s one of the things they live for. That and food.

Maybe that’s the answer. I can write about joy!

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