For me, a good morning is a Sunday when I’m at church, drinking in the beauty of the music, the sanctuary, the words. It renews me, refreshes me, and helps me pack up the week I just had and get ready for the week to come. For me, that’s what Sabbath should be about. Sometimes, though, the rest of the chaos and work I end up having to do on Sundays seems to get in the way.
So, I don’t really have a project to share tonight (but I’ll try to find a cool photo for the end of the post). But, I do have some super cool things to share. First, “I made top 3” at the Shopping our Stash challenge. I have to admit, the challenge was kind of made for me. It was using “hardware” in a card- and I LOVE my hardware collection (they, I think, had slightly more refined crafting-specific hardware in mind but seemed to appreciate my literal interpretation). Here’s the announcement post: http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.ca/2013/08/saturday-shoutout_31.html. I submitted an anniversary card I made for my wife. (Maybe I don’t have to spend as much on a gift now that her card has won an AWARD!) Now I just have to figure out how to put my prize badge on my sidebar (I seem to have to figure it out from scratch every time). Isn’t it perty???
The other super cool new news is that I was nominated for more blogger awards: The Versatile Blogger Award (which I’ve gotten before but one can never have too many nominations) and the WordPress Family Award (which is a new one for me). Here’s her post (which puts me in some pretty awesome company, judging by her other nominees): http://shutupandcreatesomething.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/versatile-blogger-wordpress-family-awards/ The nominations came from a super cool blogger that I recently started following: Krissy from “Shut Up and Create Something”. She has some great art journal spreads, full of color and collage, and just a genuinely fun and unique aesthetic (case in point: http://shutupandcreatesomething.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/hamster-in-a-reptar-wagon/) Plus, I think she has possibly the best name for a blog EVER! So, here’s my newest badge (which I’ll also have to figure out how to put on my sidebar).
So thanks, everyone! What a great day!!
And here, to “borrow” a phrase from Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, is “Your Moment of Zen”.
(A snail trail on a Cape Cod beach.)
My wife said she was going to throw away a bunch of old herbs in a set that I’d had for probably about 10 years- from back when I thought it would be fun to learn how to cook and then realized that it really wasn’t (not my cup o’ tea, apparently). I hated to waste them all (like I hate to waste anything) so I saved a bunch of each to use for some to-be-determined project in the future. But while I was consolidating them (and making room for other goodies in the other jars) I decided to do my mandala.
It was such a relaxing process. My boy was playing in his room and my wife was out shopping, so I had the craftroom/playroom to myself. The herbs still had some fragrance (but I could tell they were nowhere near what they should have been to make them usable in cooking). I used a sleeve to an LP to keep the shape and kind of played around with a strip of cardboard and the mixture of green herbs until I got the foundation shape of the compass.
In looking at the celery salt and noticing that the little shaker top was removable, I thought about using it as a kind of a stencil. It worked perfectly!
I put one of the caps from the jars in the center with some pretty paprika on top and a little mustard seed trinity and then I added some crushed red pepper around the outside of the larger circle and then around the cap.
It was still looking sparse, so I added some more of the green herb mix along the NW, NE, SW, and SE directions. Finally, I sprinkled some caraway seeds in the middle and was done. The whole process only took me about half an hour, but it was so relaxing and mindful- exactly what working on a mandala should be. I took the photo with my Instagram app and used the Lo-Fi filter. I mostly liked the boarder on that one, but it also works well with the graininess of the herbs and spices.
The best part is that I now have 8 empty jars that I can clean out and use for other things and then I can add them back into my pretty spice rack with my “crafting spices”. I wonder what I should use them for to make the most out of this newfound lovely storage. I’ll try to remember to add a picture to this post when it’s all put back together.
I was in a training all day yesterday and came home completely brain dead. I sat at my craft table and making a collage seemed like about all I could do. I have a box of cut outs from magazines that I keep for just such an occassion and just started going through it. This is what came out. I have no idea what it is but that’s half the fun. The words aren’t a quote but they seem to sum up my mood well.
I was having so much fun that I wanted to make another. I used a little verse from a book of children’s poems I got for a dollar. For this one, I used a cut out from a pattern envelope, a cut out Highlights magazine, and glitter glue. Who doesn’t love glitter glue?
The training was on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I’ve been to trainings in it before but this one was free and I needed the continuing education credits. The mindfulness aspect of this technique is especially interesting to me and I did learn a few new techniques. The neatest part was the quotes from Thich Nhat Han sprinkled throughout the PowerPoint. I love readings from him and they always speak to me in some deep way. This one literally brought me to a mindful state just by reading it and hearing the bell in my mind. Sense memory can be so powerful.
Here’s another one that really spoke to me:
This is so important to remember. I see some of these quotes in future ICADs.
Here are another 3 ICADs for your enjoyment. The one, above, is my favorite. I used the “stitching” theme and the “sun” prompt and was completely inspired by that morning’s church service so I used a meditation from the bulletin for the quote. In the background is a picture of my church (a beautiful cathedral next to a big park in our city) that’s usually on the front of the bulletin. I sewed on the round scrap of t-shirt fabric for the center of my sun with a black bobbin and yellow thread (to get some more dimension in the stitching). Then, I put some “rays” in with magazine bits. It was so simple to make but I love the effect.
This one is my second favorite of this bunch. The text is from a great book, Switch on the Night, by Ray Bradbury. In the background, I used security envelope patterns (for the “junk mail” theme) to make a kind of skyline (for the “city” theme). I painted them with watercolors and then added a dark sky with some silver Sharpie stars and the “ice-cream moon”.
My last one in this installment was a bit experiment that didn’t end so well. I had a nice background, using a map, stamps, and pre-paid postage marks on envelopes (“map” and “mail” themes). I white gessoed over them which kind of left it pretty blah (too much of the gesso, I think). The big experiment was with a cellophane window from an envelope that I drew lines on with glue (thinking I could rub them off after painting) and then painted over it with a mixture I had made a while ago with acrylic paint and spices (another experiment). The rubbing off the glue didn’t work so well, so I made some more lines (thinking the “map” theme) with my trusty Sharpie and then just slapped the quote on it. Ironically, the quote is one of my favorites: the title of a book about mindfulness by Jon Kabot-Zinn. Oh well. Sometimes the journey is more interesting than the destination.
This is going to be the best part of today’s blog. I’ve found so many neat ICADs on other blogs that I can’t wait to share:
http://mollylollyloo.blogspot.com/2013/06/just-ride-elevator.html – This one is one of my favorites. The “ride the elevator” phrase spoke to me so much and I love the deep colors and textures.
http://iamrushmore.blogspot.com/2013/06/index-card-collages-made-with-swap.html – I love this blog and her ICADs are so graphic and bold. She’s done them in previous years so she has quite a collection going, too.
http://www.glimmerbug.com/icad-14-polka-dots-pugs/ – I like her style, as well. Also bold and unique, with a great sense of humor. And who doesn’t love a pug???