Hi I am back again. I am a true believer that we each have a purpose, a path, a journey here, that we are each watched over and that there are no coincidences.
Two weeks ago today, my stepfather Stan had an Aortic Aneurysm the size of a grapefruit that began to leak, the aorta is the primary artery that carries blood from the heart to the body. There were a string of perfectly coordinated events that came together so that he is still alive, to list them all would create a long read so I will share the big ones. First amazing miracle, Stan and my Mother Susan were suppose to be in Korea, their trip was canceled 5 days before they were to leave! 50% of all people who make it to the hospital with an Aortic Aneurysm, die at the hospital, once it bursts there is nothing they can do. They brought in a priest, pre-surgery. They had him in the operating room within two hours of arriving at the ER, they were able to get in a specialist to perform a new surgery. When Stan left for the operating room, my Mom started making phone calls to ask their close friends for their prayers. He is recovering, he survived! IT IS A MIRACLE. There are follow up CAT scans at 4 weeks, 3, 6 and 12 months to make sure that there are no leaks. We have a journey ahead but at least there is still a journey.
A reminder that when a trip is canceled, plans fall through or change you never know why, you might just have an Angel watching over you, keeping you safe.
I love doodling. I doodle all the time, flowers, loops, dots and patterns have been a constant theme since I was a little girl and used to make a flower on top of the i in my nick name Cammie. I had an doodle thought that I wanted to play with so I grabbed a piece of graph paper, girly doodles. We all have a personal doodle style, expand on yours, it is important to play and experiment not being focused on the end product. Have fun and doodle.
This page was a challenge, I kept passing over finishing it because, well it was jut a bit blah, I didn't like it. Seems to be a theme in the process of creating for me. But then a little light went off and I had been doodling this organic mod vine and the rest is history, it saved the page for me. I am really attached to this mod little vine. My advice is to always push though the places that you don't like in a journal page, painting, or something creative, it may not be your favorite piece in the end but it is the process that is important and it may end up a favorite!
I have been organizing this last week. Filing, sorting, grouping, purging and placing 'some' of my treasures in notebooks. Notebooks are such a invaluable tool, they are a place for me to organize and bring visual clarity to all my papers, tears and gathered scraps. I found that once I started categorizing all of my collage ephemera it became much easier to search and find that perfect little gem.
I decided to spiff up my plain, boring white ring binders with a collage for the end. I had a bunch of colorful scraps lying around, snip, cut and paste and now they are fun. If you have a boring ring binder around grab some paper and fun it up!
Etcetera etc. Creating beautiful interiors with the things you love. by Sibella Court.
I found this copy at Anthroplogie but I have been unable to locate it online so if you feel inspired run on over and purchase a copy in store.
This lovely book has been on my night stand for the last month, I have been relishing bits and pieces of it pre-sleep. The book itself feels like a dream to me. The paper and printing style of the book give the images a soft satin dream like feel. This book is a delectable visual journey through Sibellas creative thoughts, collections and inspirations. Her color palette sources the natural wold, her travels and treasures gathered. Below is a small tatse of this eye candy filled book.
"MY HOPE IS THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR POSSESSIONS FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE AND BE ENCOURAGED TO CONFIDENTLY RESHUFFLE, PIN, PAINT, PASTE, SCRIBBLE, AND ORGANIZE YOUR INTERIORS SO THEY FEEL SHINY AND NEW. IT IS ABOUT BECOMING THE CURATOR OF YOUR OWN STYLE". Sibella Court
Studio Stories Inspiration Board. Patterns that inspire me to create, paint and design.
In the process of making this board I sat on the sofa and spread out all the images that I had gathered on the floor and began forming groups with the images. Patterns, styles, color groups stated to appear, very fun process. I have always torn pages from magazines and catalogs but creating small inspiration boards helped me see the styles that influence me in a new way when I started grouping them. I found it helpful to limit my size so that I could focus in more. Great way to gather inspiration, get out of a slump, do something creative when you are not feeling inspired, a very helpful stress free tool. Plus you might be surprised at your own discoveries.
I am currently taking the "Blogging Your Way" e-course from Holly Becker at decor8 and Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint who is co-teacher the class with her. If you are interested in refining and defining your blog, your inspiration, style and direction that you would like to take your blog, then I whole heartedly recommend and suggest taking this class when it is offered again, Blogging Your Way. Below is the assignment for this week, creating an inspiration board.
I have been in an organize, simplify, balance and create stage as of late. "Balance" is the constant word that pops up continually in my life in all areas. Balance, when I have been working on a piece and deciding when to stop, when I have reached the balance between breathing room and yummy design in a piece. I can overwork a piece so for me, the space in this inspiration board represents that balance of space. This inspiration board also reflects my desire to have my blog organized, clean, and still be filled with eye candy. Simplify, reducing down to the essentials, for me this image is simplified and brought me clarity and direction in the process of working on it. Fun.
Sometimes when I am creating I can hit the "I do not like this stage". I almost cut this fabric into pieces to use on another journal! But as I kept picking it up, adding bits that I liked I decided to just keep on. As I have often found, unloved projects can end up loved by just revisiting the piece and pushing through it. Now I like its carefree scrappy, patched look. This journal is going to be home for my pastel signature pages below
I have been stitching in a flurry of paper creating interior pages for my fabric journals. I am in a less is more mind set and creating pages that have enough free area to journal, draw, collage and create on. Below are my "soft palette" page set, I am working on another set blooming with color, be posting those soon. I used my scraps, recycled paper, post it notes, stickers, paper that has sat for to long with no purpose or home and Japanese Tape! A handful of pages in the early stages of creating.
P.S.-there are not animals on every page of this journal, just worked out that way in the photos!
After some soul searching, looking at my life, how I spend my time and how I "want" to spend my time I have decided that "CREATIVE WEDNESDAY" would create a healthy balance for my life. So until Summer on Wednesdays I will be sharing my creative adventures and inspirations on "Wednesdays". When Summer comes I will review the process and decide from there what is next.
Mary Ann over at Dispatch From LA has an online class, "Remains of the Day" (Journal).....just the class I needed for a jump start after the holidays. If your feeling the need for a creative jump start, take a look-see at Remains of The Day. Mary Ann, is a Fun, Authentic, Creative Soul and I have enjoyed taking this class with her.
I own a sewing machine and can count the number of times I have used it! I am loving playing with fabric, the colors and patterns. I have been so inspired that I have been on a journal sewing binge, 4 in the last 3 weeks, I will be posting more. Time to stop sewing and add some interior papers this week.
I have been purging, organizing, cleaning out all the bits that no longer are relevant and finding a clarity of mind with it, breathing space and renewed energy. It is amazing what a good house clearing can do for my being. If change, subtle or grand is what you are looking for, I highly recommend a top to bottom, every drawer, closet, box and corner clear. Lighten the load!
(my collage/painted pieces)
We live in Portland, Oregon and Spring has yet to arrive this year. It is the spring of Snow & Daffodils! Cold, cold weather and blossoms trying to wake up. March 28th I awoke to snow falling! Quiet, white beautiful clumps. Some part of me wanted to run outside and stand there as it fell but, Greg had made me a warm cup of coffee that was to good to let go of. I always feel that little tingle inside when I see snow, even thought I grew up skiing almost every weekend of my childhood during the Winter, I still get excited by its magic.
So I am longing for good weather.
Images from, Martha Stewart Living.