Ebb and flow
Week 34 has flowed into 35 and as I wrap up final pieces and prepare for the opening, I find that my head is still brimming with ideas. There are more hats I want to make!
The sensation of inspiration overflow is certainly joyous. There are moments when my whole being is completely receptive, when everything is alive and clear, when balance and beauty align and I am overwhelmed with gratitude at the amazingness of life. My life.
It is also kind of scary because I don’t want the bubble to burst!
Well, this lucky ducky is as ready as she can be.
The reality behind the glorious creations is my spread out chaos!
As previously mentioned, I have lots going on at once and am only too aware of the days flashing by!
Working in the studio during the day is great, but with the cool weather, I usually migrate to my cosy loungeroom in the evenings. Self discipline and time management are continually challenging. I dont like rushing. I like to savour the moment and enjoy the process. I am quite certain that indulging regularly in the things I love doing keeps me happy, healthy, sane, positive and full of gratitude.
There is so much inspiration out there on creative living, work ethics and processes; Pip Lincoln's Crafting for the Soul or The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron to name a couple. I often wonder how other creatives do what they do. Apart from the obvious elements, the finished product is no real indication of what happened to achieve it. All those polished surfaces rarely reveal the rough edges.
With time and experience, I have discovered that everything is interesting.
There is always more than what we can see and hear.
Be curious, ask questions, look deeper and think a little harder. You never know, life may reveal some of its mysteries for you.
I took a mini pause from hat making while preparing for our local makers and growers market. It is a fairly small event, still in its growing stages and was a lovely day. I am inspired and pleased to see and be part of this little creative hub. What a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and fellow creative souls. Being able to network with with others is a blessing, so many interesting people!
There was fairly frequent passage throughout the day. Artemis made some up-cycled jewellery and I made a small selection of textile pieces - brooches, bookmarks, correspondence packs, hair clips, magnets, notebooks and bracelets. The response was encouraging, many thanks to those who bought our creations.
Embracing my procedures includes:
Working with distractions
Staying up late
Spreading myself out
Doing too much at once
Time management (what’s that?)
Not forgetting; kids, work, books, housework, writing, eating, sleeping...perchance to dream.
Recently I have met some lovely, interesting and inspiring people. Strong women on rich life journeys, full of joy and despair, who are reinventing themselves in creative and mindful ways and then sharing their colours with others.
It is a truly wonderful feeling when you find kindred spirits.
Those special people that you connect with immediately and that connect with you too.
People are super interesting when you take the time to scratch under the surface and get to know them. Usually you discover a hidden trove of personality, skills, quirks and humour. In fact, you are probably surrounded by gems. Look a little closer, smile and chat, maybe some of their colours will shine through. We all like to be acknowledged, so be present for those around you.
A big shout out to all my soul sistas. You add sparkle and shine to my days. Thank you for finding as interesting as I find you!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.