Lots of blog posts run through my head throughout the weeks, but it seems when it comes time to actually write one, I don't follow-through. Some topics that have almost made the list are things like; How there's a camaraderie amongst drivers when there's a snow storm going on, How I decorated my tree to show tunes this year instead of Christmas music, or how everything I've been reading lately all relates to the same thing - what we give we receive. Also, I've been wondering about the correlation between what we create as art and what is most on our hearts. I've been making houses out of clay for a couple of years now. Could it be that that's what I desire the most? A home. Probably. I've realized lately that it's not about the physical, but more about the emotional that makes a home. It's that place in our hearts where we feel safe, happy, and a sense of belonging. It comes from a variety of sources - we all know them - friends, family, spirituality, etc. The underlying theme is love. I think if there is love in your heart, there you will find "home." So if I look closely, the common theme to all those unwritten posts is love. Give it to receive it, and feel your heart swell, just as the Grinch's did.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Simply put, I've been in survival mode for a while. I realized the other day that I can choose to change from surviving to thriving mode. Part of it comes from re-connecting with my roots, and the other is re-framing my outlook on life. I believe that difficulties will come into our lives, but that we will always be able to handle what comes. I believe the more I can be at peace, the better the environment around me will be. I am choosing to live in thriving mode.
How about you?
How about you?
Friday, November 1, 2013
One of my favorite artistic outlets during the year is at Halloween when I get to carve pumpkins. Normally I plan in advance and have my carvings done several days in advance. This year I thought the day would come and go without the chance to carve, but I did manage to squeeze it in between lessons, trick-or-treaters, and getting myself into costume. Here are the creations from Halloween 2013. Check out the Primo Art Spa blog for costume pictures, and a re-cap of the night. Hope everyone had a fun!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
We had our first snow of the year this morning. I was actually excited about seeing it. It was the wet kind that sticks. It feels way too early in the year for this kind of thing, but I decided to embrace the beauty of it anyway. I'm sure I won't feel this way when we're still getting snow in April, but today I felt just like a kid does when they see the first snow of the year. A fun side-effect was the inspiration it provided for my art. Here are the two houses that I made today. I believe they are truly weather-inspired.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
These are the latest coffee houses I've made. I sell them in a couple of coffee shops around my area, but I'd like to think more globally, so I am taking orders for these cute little guys. They are all hand-made and each is unique. They can be personalized if you'd like. Dimensions are approximately 3" square by 4.5" tall. They are $40 plus tax and shipping. Feel free to spread the word. Thanks!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I want to share feedback I recently got from out first Art Saturday at the Primo Art Spa. Among those who were here was a 10-year-old boy. When we got out the clay he jumped right in to creating all kinds of great figures. There were animals of all kinds, mini horns on a background, (like you'd see hanging on a wall), and replicas of his dad's guns. Others were making fairy houses, and all others were female. What I saw unfold was how after some positive feedback from myself and others, he started giving praise to others as well. Everyone was encouraging each other throughout the morning. It was so great to see that kind of positivity spread. Then the icing on the cake was when a few days later I was at a workshop with the boy's mom and she told me that on the way home he said, "That was the best day ever!" How incredibly wonderful that was to hear. It really was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning. Here's to having many many more!
Have you ever been witness to positivity spreading like wildfire?
Monday, September 9, 2013
Some things are meant to be. For example, a few days ago I was drooling over the pasta attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer in my Herberger's flier. A couple of hours later at my sister's birthday lunch here someone asked if I have ever made my own pasta. To which I replied, "No, but I was just thinking about it..." Then, the next day I was at my boyfriend's parents house and his mom happened to have a pasta machine she's never used (in 10 years), so she sent it home with me with the instructions to learn how to use it so I can teach her. Fun! So last night I tried it out. There seems to be a slight learning curve I'll have to get through, but all in all I'm pretty happy with my first attempt. The meal came together like a puzzle too. My sister had made some sourdough bread that was coming out of the oven just at the right time. She also brought over some left-over chicken that we added to some white sauce. Add to that some red sauce I made earlier in the week, left-over birthday cake, roasted garlic in the oven, and three of us rolled away from the table in a bloated state of bliss.