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100 day project…progress

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100 day project…progress

I’m loving the new studio! It feels so grown up to have a space like this.  One that doesn’t have my personal projects and paperwork strewn on the tables, one where the storage is down stairs and out of the way, one where you walk in to a beautiful storefront before you walk through the classroom and storage are.  This move was a long time in the making and I’m so very grateful for every part of it.  It is a huge validating reminder of how important it is to wait on Divine appropriate timing rather than pushing my own agenda!  Coming to a place where I am (was and will be) willing to wait and rest in the unknown has been one of the greatest lessons and blessings in this whole process.

As I started this new adventure of 176 Race Street I knew that it would be important to document the first days in a creative way.  I started the #176RaceStreetfirst100days hashtag on instagram to keep myself motivated to make something every day.  I am doing the projects on 3.5″x3.5″ cards (a.k.a. zentangle tiles) that I have taped to my office window in a 10×10 grid.

It has been really fun to see the empty cards get filled up.

here are a few of my favorites so far..

and here is what the wall looks like 39% complete

So far I’ve learned a few things  1.  It is easier to make something when I have scheduled the time  2. on days when I don’t feel particularly inspired I give myself permission to  just throw down some color with the premise that something is better than nothing and done is better than good (sometimes) 3. it is incredibly rewarding to see a project take shape by having the blank pieces up ahead of time it is keeping me on track.

I’m already thinking ahead to what I’m going to “do” with my pieces when I complete them.    Honestly they will probably just stay there for a while..then maybe make it into a binder of some sort or maybe sell them?  What do you think? A few of them would qualify to be part of my 1000 houses project…more on that in another blog post!

One of my favorite pieces was done during a session of “truth cards” I lead at my church.  I want to do more of that!  Anyone interested in a session of “truth cards” join me this Sunday (sept 10) from 1-2:30.  Click here to register.

 

 

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Miscellaneous Monday – Treasures from the Weekend

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Miscellaneous Monday – Treasures from the Weekend

Julie Valentine and I get away together 2 times a year to create and dream about creating.  It never fails that when I remind my family that I’ll be leaving for the weekend they say “didn’t you just do that?” You’re kidding, right?  Last time I got away was in AUGUST…I’m happy to report they did survive without me (even if dear old dad did NOT maintain the 17 year old’s restriction from ‘adventures’)

This weekend Julie and I dreamed up some new ideas for blog posts.  I long to be more consistent in this area of my creative life.  If for no other reason than it gives me something to look back on and track what I’ve been up to in the previous months (because who am I kidding…August DOES feel like yesterday)

One idea will debut on Wednesday (yes, just two days away!) but the other just struck me this morning…Miscellaneous Monday…often I come in to the studio with an agenda for the week but am easily sidetracked by the miscellaneous “stuff” that is leftover from the weekend..  Today, as I was unpacking my travel bags from my adventure I couldn’t help but dig through my scores from the Antique Market (2nd Sunday of every month in Santa Cruz!) Julie and I meandered through yesterday.

So here you have it, the first (of hopefully many) Miscellaneous Monday.
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Funky buttons found in my $12 box!
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Treasure… No such thing as “enough” buttons… I may have a problem…

 

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But seriously how sweet will this bracelet be for the right person? And the vintage paper doilies.. Oh my..

Now BACK TO WORK!