I was asked that over dinner a few weeks ago when I was sharing how excited I was to have finally completed the first five of our eBooks. “Why would you work so hard to teach people how to make things when you can just make the art and sell it?” The answer is simple, I love showing people, especially those who don’t believe they are creative, how truly awesome it can be to create something with your own hands. It’s as simple as that! Of course I am still creating art, but every time I get started on a project I start thinking how I would love to share the process with you.
With the abundance of flowers everywhere, I thought it would be a good time to create a fun floral presentation using a selection of glass jars, wire, and a handful of flowers leaves and branches. Visit our site to learn more http://tinyurl.com/d22ffke
As we go through our day, with so much coming at us it is understandable that we would become desensitized to the simple things -the things that don’t blink, buzz, or flash; those beautiful, quiet things that sit on our shelves or our kitchen window sills. Take some time out of your noisy day and find a little slice of simple beauty that you have in your life.
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Nothing thrills me more then an arm full of flowers - whether from the garden the farmers market or the local florist shop!
I am a certified floral designer, studying at the Portland Floral Design Institute. I contemplated throwing myself into floral design 100% but I have never been able to dedicate myself 100% to any of the delicious art medias I work in, so I make arrangements for my home and studio.
We are also working on a really fun book full of DIY arrangements that you can make using found objects as vases; look for that next spring! Meanwhile, I will continue to celebrate the floral abundance until fall comes upon us - my absolutely favorite time of year!
Wool In The Summer Time
Working on our first line of eBooks, “Felted Wool Crafts”, makes me wonder how the people who work on magazines do it-shooting photos of Christmas in July, or surrounded by Halloween decorations in August, while everyone else is running around in summer dresses and flip-flops! I do love working with this material and as long as my models (my teenage daughters and friends) don’t mind being wrapped in thick wool scarves for a few photos, it’ll work just fine! Then we start in on spring designs this fall!
Look at these dense green, mossy images - can you believe this is what it looks like outside my studio door the first week of July!? Oregon is known for its rain but I think it should be known for its moss!! Lush green moss and ferns everywhere… it reminds me of when I would go to England to visit my dad. Streams with ancient trees and huge boulders all covered in moss and ferns, it had this amazing smell of nurtured earth. The moss will be gone by August, turning into a golden dusty wool, clinging on until the rain comes back, then it will start all over again.
The studio was buzzing with three projects at once this last month so of course it was torn to shreds! It felt so nice to get it all cleaned up and ready for our next project. Art can get messy- When my girls were small I used to do all my work in our dining room; I would feel so bad when my projects would destroy the house, but to this day when I drag a project into the house and create a bit of creative chaos they always tell me how much they love when the house is covered in art, that it makes them feel cozy – so sweet!
June was such an amazing month of creativity, I can't wait to see what July brings!
Take a moment and see where you can bring a bit of creativity into your life, a fresh flower arrangement, rearrange your book shelves or a new scented candle for your desk. You don't have to know how to paint or make jewelry to bring a little creativity into your life!