♥ Wishing you a weekend filled with many lovely moments. ♥
Friday, January 20, 2017
When my kids were in elementary school they had an art teacher who constantly put them down. When they would come home saying that their teacher criticized them for not copying her work perfectly it broke my heart. I still wonder if she understood the concept of art and how her behavior would impact young children. Completely took the joy out of expressing themselves artistically. So, with all my might, I have tried hard to erase the damage she had done and show them how art is personal, can bring so much joy, and not everyone will have the same taste or vision. This is where I tie in the fact that they enjoy certain video games that I don't (only Mario for me), and that is ok. Always a go to example.
As I get closer to finding my artistic niche, I find more peace and joy in diving into the creative process. This time around...it's full steam ahead and there is no looking back.
Note: I am now on Instagram. You can find me @andreascreativepapertrail . Also, next week I will be sharing some exciting news with you, yeah!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Tiny living, tiny crafting, tiny everything.
Something that is appealing to me is the tiny house movement. Not sure if it is the small organized space, the freedom of not being attached to one place, or the lack of a mortgage. Maybe a mix of all three. Whatever it is, the thought of living tiny peaks my curiosity.
This year, while back in Oregon, I truly thought I would see a tiny house rolling down the highway. Unfortunately, I did not see one. Still keeping an eye out at all times.
I love the idea of tiny. Tiny spaces which are filled with things you truly love, need and even want without feeling overwhelmed with having to fill walls and rooms with things that are unnecessary. It has taken me almost 40 years to realize that the basics are satisfying, enough, simple and make my life just as full.
Although I desire to live in a tiny house one day, I have been told by my hubby that he will require two just for himself. One filled with his music studio equipment and not quite sure why he would need a second, but maybe that is his way of saying it's not going to happen. Oh well, just keep dreaming away.
Even though that may not become my reality, I will still watch, plan, and dream about our future tiny home when the boys are off to college. As long as I could still create and my husband can play music we will be happy anywhere.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Last night, as I made a complete mess of my work space...again, spent time planning out my fourth piece of embroidered wood. It was the first time I drew out a pattern, drilled a couple of holes and realized that my plan wouldn't work. So that piece was put aside and will be used another day. Grabbed the next piece, a ruler, and started drawing.
Preparing for our first day of archery lessons, moving on after the boys growing disinterest in fencing. Need to think of a backup if archery doesn't workout. Not sure I am thrilled about tromping around Florida fields (I have a complete fear of snakes). Hoping I see nothing slithery today...please, oh please.
See you tomorrow with a brand new project I started on yesterday, if I survive an hour in the countryside.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Following one day of cleaning and one day with friends, I think my creative block has lifted. Beginning to assemble my next piece of framed art this morning, little by little.
Wishing you have very lovely, peaceful, creative, and just all around happy day!
Sunday, January 15, 2017
So before I dive in, settle myself into a day of cleaning, clearing, and hopefully some organization, I wanted to share these pansy flowers which was the only thing I seemed to create yesterday. It has been fun using a variety of old die cut shapes to assemble new flowers and critters. For example, these are made using mostly an old quickutz egg die cut. Can you see it?
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Working on filling the shop this weekend between cleaning the house, watching a new show on Netflix (which is quite entertaining and quirky), and taking a much needed walk with my little pup and the boys. All in all, a pretty great weekend ahead and even the large stack of dishes in the sink isn't bringing me down. Although, can someone please tell me why kids choose new glasses each time they have something to drink that by the end of a day the cupboards are empty and glasses are scattered around the house. We have even gone to color glasses, each of us having our own color, and that has not worked. Still fine tuning this, but I think our dishwasher was made just to wash cups at this point.
Have a wonderful weekend and see you back soon, as usual :)