A Year to Come

I start thinking about the end of the year just before Solstice, on my birthday, as we all do. It seemed especially labyrinthine (new word!) this year, with my new year, the Solstice, the Christmas holiday-travel and the New Year feeling like they all happened at once.

It's a time for reflection, self care, beginnings and endings.  Excitement, shedding of the old and well known, nurturing of the mysterious new... This year how I create changed in strong, spark-starting ways.  This year was perhaps, about finding myself within my art. This year, my goal is to take what I've learned and run with it, scattering it like seeds into the world.

I'm ready to trip over scary things, leap with joy with new skills and connections. I want to hone my craft, to tool, stitch, and weave with confidence and share what I create with you, the world.

It's going to be huge.

These are the things I hope to accomplish in this new calendar year, in addition to continuing to do what I've found this past year. I split them up between art and self, but we all know it's really the same list.

for my Work

  • Be in the Studio every day. Even if it's just sitting in the quiet in my grandmother's chair.
  • Write more about my real world of creating. The balance of creating what makes my soul sing vs. having a day job, paying bills, learning new methods of moving through my art, sleeping enough while trying to make enough art.
  • Explore different options of photographing my work
  • Make the clogs
  • Paint more, on leather and paper
  • Practice for practice's sake
  • Collaborate with patrons to make belts & bags
  • Weave more custom scarves (this is going to be exciting!)
  • Explore wet felting as a cocoon making option
  • Teach those who want to learn

for my Heart

  • Move my body more often. Be it at the gym, yoga class, or on the living room floor, I found myself missing the quiet of physical, blood-pumping movement this year.
  • Bake bread, eat it with cultured butter
  • Cook more dinners, and try new recipes
  • Keep my heart open
  • Remember to breathe
  • Drink hot tea (and whiskey) slowly, savor the moment
  • Putter about the yard
  • Take trips
  • Nap in the hammock
  • Visit with friends, near and far (dessert dates, letters, phone calls)

I'll continue to explore my mediums, work with intent. I'll snuggle the kitties and humans I adore, drink lots of water, and bake cookies.  I will continue to learn to listen to my true-self, and to ask for help when it's needed. 

This is just the base of the mountain.  I am ready.

What will you do this year?

An Update

On Giving

Sharing has always been a part of who I am.

A natural penchant to 'make people happy' and four younger siblings will do that. 

We like to joke that I got all the gold stars for sharing in preschool.

(... that is a joke, right Mom?)

 

I've realized lately that I want-need to share my art with the world.  Local art markets and the online shop isn't enough. I want to truly share what I make.  To say thank you to the universe for bringing me inspiration, be it from nature or my fellow humans (Hello there!).

The Gratitude Cocoons you've seen here on the blog are how I'm acknowledging and fulfilling this internal drive. It's scratching the itch, but I want it to grow into something larger, more love-filled. I want to help others reach out.  Here's what I'm going to do:

Trust.

I'm going to trust you.

My next three Gratitude cocoons will be for you to claim for someone else.  Someone in your world (real life or internet life, as long as you can send me their mailing address) who needs to know that they're seen, heard, loved, held. It can be anonymous, or you can let them know who sponsored their cocoon.  Let me know if there’s a message you want included in the package. You pick the base color, and I do the rest. I create a cocoon in honor of your message to the receiver.  I'll make them in the order they are received, one going out each month until they're done. You'll get the tracking number when it’s sent, so you know it’s been done. 

So here’s the tricky part (at least, it's the sticky/tricky part for me).

I'm balancing on a double edged sword.  I need to share this work with the world, while at the same time be able to support my own world as well.  Every piece I've ever put into my shop helps build momentum to the goal of supporting my little family with my art.  In that respect, while these are "Pay What You Can', I'm asking that the minimum given is $30. That helps cover supplies and shipping. I’m giving the time and good vibes. If you're called to share more, know that it’s going right back into the studio.

Technically this is how it works:

There are 3 listings for Gratitude Cocoons in the shop for 'free'.  Check one out with the shop follow the normal purchasing steps, and then head back here and click on the Gratitude Project button below to complete our agreement.  I trust you. 

Gratitude Project

 

Selling art is a business, sharing art is my privilege and gift. 

 

The Summer

Lush, with greens growing every which way. 

Bright, with sunlight filtering through the leaves of the trees that shelter our home. 

Deep, roots digging down in search of water. 

Growing tall with the summer, the plants grow with abandon. 

 

Wool & Silk yarn, knitted, felted and dyed. Embellished with cotton thread, glass and stone beads, with a dangling piece of sea glass plucked from the shore of the Irish Sea years ago.  

 

Just for fun, I've started weighing the cocoons.  This one started out just 8 grams (0.3 ounces).  Now finished, it weighs 35 grams (1.25 ounces)!

Into the Wild

A series I visit every so often, to revisit and enjoy my work out & about in its home.

This time- cocoons. 

photos provided by Brandi