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Sunday again….that means a Craft or Bust Update. I am going to attempt to keep this post short and sweet.

  • I managed to do several more repeats of the pattern on the Pine Forest Baby Blanket but I discovered that those lace knitting muscles were still in need of some recuperation from Ravelympics.  Must need more red wine and massages!
  • My big news is that I finally tried spinning on a spindle.  You can scroll down a bit on this page to see the post & pics or just click here. I am so very grateful and so frillin happy too!
  • Joined in the ColorBomb Spin-a-long on Ravelry(under COLORBOMBers group on Rav).
  • Took my first batch of photographs of some polymer clay pens for my Artfire shop….but that was as far as I made it on that project.  I am proceeding very slowly on the Artfire shop but I know it will happen when I am fully ready to make it happen.
  • I also ordered greeting cards with some of my art on them.  I wanted to see the quality of the cards from Fine Art America, the on-line company I am using for prints.  I am very happy with the quality.

I was also having some major withdrawals from the ending of Ravelympics.  I found I really missed it in a way I had not expected.  The Spin-a-long helps though.

I want to express my gratitude for Craft or Bust. EXTRA BIG THANKS to Silver for organizing all of us and also thank you to everyone participating. I am finding great inspiration being part of this group.  I am expanding my horizons in ways that I had not expected.  Knowing that the updates happen on Sunday has enabled me to give myself a nice little kick in the @ss when I need it! I love seeing what everyone else is doing or, as is the case some weeks, not doing. The fact there is no real pressure, other than self-imposed, is truly freeing.  Time for those massages, red wine and a good book!


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I must be honest and say that I did more meditating than crafting this week. Lots and lots of meditation actually, which is a good thing.

  • Here is a link to my on-line gallery of recently uploaded sunsets along with a few older favorites.  These are the pictures I have been sorting through for the last few weeks.  I feel like I am at the eye Doctor’s office with the phrase “Better like this? Or better like this?” going over and over in my mind. There can be such subtle differences between two shots.  If you like them, please let me know 🙂
  • Read more about lace knitting and am thinking I might be developing a mild addiction love for it.
  • On the Ravelympics front I am working on a Pine Forest Baby Blanket(Ravelry link), which is another lace piece.  For those not on Ravelry I will post a picture on my blog when it is finished.
  • I was awarded to medals in Ravelympics so far.  You can see them here.
  • I made the best Gluten-free flour chocolate cake I have ever tasted in my life!  Yum! Yum!  I tried to follow it up with a GF flour sugar cookie cake but that recipe got tossed after tasting the finished cake.  It wasn’t a bad cake but it paled drastically in comparison to the super-moist chocolate cake.

That sums up the productivity for this week.  How was your week?

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Where has this week gone? Just that type of thought makes me laugh.  I have been here for the entire week.  New things keep entering my life and I am finding it very exciting yet it makes the days go by so fast.

I am still on my spree of clearing(a.k.a cleaning of) space and I am seeing and feeling a real difference in my space and in my mind.  When inspirations strikes an artist, it is best to go with the flow. If that means dumping everything off the lazy Susan that holds all you miscellaneous bathroom type items in your hall closet because you want to use the turn table for a still life set-up, well that is what you do.  Needless to say that is what happened to my closet and so it has sat, a complete jumble of items that I was not ready to undertake.  This week the time finally came to undertake the task and it felt wonderful! It felt great to clear out two shopping bags worth of things that I no longer needed in that closet and in my life.  I desire to clear out the things in my life that just take up space.  Sometimes I look at some things and think, why am I keeping this thing?  The more I get my living space together the more my life feels like it is coming together in a new found synthesis.  It is a beautiful thing unfolding like a flower before my eyes.

Craft or Bust Update:

  • I completed the square I was knitting for a RAK member.
  • My Traveling Woman seems to be traveling by foot, lol!  She is gaining ground but it is slow going.
  • I found a wonderful assortment of books at the library on Making lace and also on felting. I have been reading about needle felting techniques and also felt-making in general. I see the potential for using felt pieces in some of the new mixed-media pieces I have in my mind’s eye. I was ecstatic to see they had a book I had really wanted to buy  when it was first coming out.  What made me want the book, Little Felted Animals by Horvath, was the picture on the cover.  I wanted to make a little black cat(the one on the cover is white) but at the time didn’t have the spare cash.  So I tucked the memory into the back of my mind and was so happy to find it at the library.  I sat down eager to read it but as I made my way through the book I discovered it was not what I expected.  Basically the first two pages I found very helpful with the basic needle-felting techniques.  The rest of the book is beautifully illustrated with step by step guides of how to form each animal and I believe it would be very helpful for some people.  I do love the illustrations and photographs but I was hoping for more on techniques because I am not short on ideas or creations that I want to make.
  • The next book I opened  Complete Feltmaking easy techniques and 25 great projects by Gillian Harris seems to be just what I am looking for with loads of knowledge for a newbie.  I am only a little way into the book and am very happy with the information I am finding in this book.  I look forward to reading more!
  • I have narrowed down my latest photographs to 207 and am sorting through them.  I find the best thing to do is to narrow down, then walk away for a bit.  I will be uploading them to my on-line gallery sometime this month(hopefully sooner rather than later).
  • My clearing process has restarted my Inspiration Book again.  What do I mean by an Inspiration Book? Some might call it a journal but it consists mainly of visual images. Some people use vision boards too.  Sure I have some images pinned up on a board as I find some that inspire me but I also have several books going.  I had a somewhat intimidating pile of magazines and various images that I had ripped out of magazines and such that I decided to look through. So all those images and photographs get glued into a book.  I find inspiration all around me.  I see more hearts and inspiration coming into my life and hope to share them with the world.  Wondering if I should blog more about these books?  Let me know if there is an interest.

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This week has just flown by as I have been creating and crafting/arting away. Lol!  I said arting! Yeah, I know I am silly and that is okay.  Spending too much time being so serious has not exactly benefited me in the past so why carry it with me into the future?  That’s not to say that I do not have a serious side, believe me it is still there, but I am finding a balance.  I am learning what I need to let go of from my life and I am finding it to be a wonderfully profound experience.

I do not hide the fact that I find great inspiration from the beach. Last Sunday I was looking at the Yarnista blog post that was called “What will become of me?” It was a picture of some beautiful yarn that immediately reminded me of the shoreline in San Clemente.  I was so inspired that I left the following comment and I wanted to share it with all of you.

“I walk along the sandy shoreline and see your beauty filling my eyes and my heart. Taking off my shoes and socks my feet are covered in the embrace of your sparkly caresses. As I soak in your beauty not only through my eyes but with each step I take I am so hesitant to leave your companionship. I hear the roar of the waves as they momentarily alter out union, rushing in but unable to break our connection. I wander along feeling alternating kisses of warmth and cool upon my feet. What will become of you? I sit down with you and pull forth your loving colors, the colors of the shoreline, the colors of nature, the colors of the beach. You are not the colors of the sea, you are the colors of the earth as it meets the sea. My heart is open and embraces the beauty that resides within you. I work these colors into a beautiful shawl to wrap around my body as I envision the sandy shoreline hugging me in a lover’s embrace. A tear rolls down my cheek as we depart but I find my heart warms as I know I am embraced by your love.”

To see the photograph of the yarn that inspired this comment in me then click on the Yarnista link above.

Sometimes I forget that the beautiful beaches in San Clemente require maintenance.  Some of the walk ways to the beach fill up with beach sand and need to be shoveled out periodically.  Other areas need more heavy equipment to rearrange the sand.  Here is a prime example.

Time for my Craft or Bust update:

I am continuing to work on my 12×12 inch square.  Should be done within the next week and mailed by next Friday.

I am slowly making some progress on my Traveling Woman shawl for the TwitterKAL.

I took about 500 photographs that I need to sort through to upload to my Fine Art America Gallery.  Depending on time constraints it will take me a week or two to sort through them all and pick out the ones I like the best.

I finished my Art Card Exchange for Imbolc.  I have some pictures to share from that but not until it is received.  So later in this week I will post some pics and share more details about the process.

Well that is my update for now.  I am off to spend a little time with my family.  Have a great night.

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I wanted to let everyone know that there is a sale through Fine Art America for 15% Off All Frames, Mats, and Stretched Canvases. “Fine Art America is pleased to announce our first-ever online sale.   Now through November 8th, all frames, mats, and stretched canvases are 15% off.” For more details on the fine print of the sale click here.  To visit my on-line galleries directly, click here. Don’t forget to enter the promo code FALL09 (see details on the sale link).  Happy shopping!  Sales everywhere….can you tell that December is just around the corner?

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Who is this costumed couple? Mr. & Mrs. Darensbourg

It is Varuna & Michelle Darensbourg! This special moment was captured by Steve Magana(thanks Steve!). I will be busily working away on the computer this week.  Not only do I have many updates regarding the Netherworld Art Show but I also have a few changes in store for this website. I have a large new body of work some of which I will be making available on this website as well as adding different images to my Fine Art America on-line gallery.  I just returned last week from a photography trip traversing New England. So for those that love photographs from New England, particularly this time of year, you are in for a treat! The timing of my trip seems perfect as I just heard they had snow, wind, and rain  there the other day knocking down many of the leaves!  I was able to capture the quintessential New England Fall Foliage.

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As I slowly free space up on my computer, I get closer to October 16th.  That is the day or should I say night that marks the Artist reception of The Netherworld Art Show.  The show is taking place at the San Clemente Art Supply’s Green Flash Gallery. The shows are up and down in a flash…literally!  The show opens on Friday the 16th from 6PM-11PM featuring a catered artist reception. Additional hours for viewing will take place on October 17th from 10AM-5PM and then the show comes down. With the show being the main thing in my life and on my mind right now, there will be many blogs about the show and updates between now and then.  Only two weeks to go! Sneak Peak at the Emerald UniverseI am figuring out the final touches on my costume for the reception.  Maybe not as crazy as some of my costumes of the past but still a fun one. No frozen pieces of ice hanging off my face and hair!  I might post a few sneak peeks of my costume before the Artist reception…..maybe…..  Hope you can join us that evening!

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