One thing Michael and I regret about our trip to California is that we didn’t go on a whale watching cruise. I have always had a fascination with whales so to see one in the ocean has always been a dream of mine. This video made me so envious. One day I hope to fulfill this dream.
Flora Bowley ‘s prompt for #bloomtruebootcamp yesterday was Art Abandonment and before I was even past the first paragraph of her explaining it – I was recalling the happy notes Michael and I have planted around town a few times. I knew that is what I wanted to do for this prompt. Michael and I went to Denver for the day so I knew I didn’t have time to do art and leave it, but the notes would be perfect.
I took a handful of Project Life cards and decided to use them for my notes. Many #projectlife cards have designs or sayings on one side and lines for journaling on the other. I scribbled things like “enjoy your life. every minutes of it.” “Hello beautiful soul. Have a good weekend.” “You are amazing. Smile.” Every place we stopped from Denver back to Grand Junction, I left a little note.
Cards in photos are are from We R Memory Keeper’s Chalkboard kit and Captured kit and the one with the yellow hearts in the first photo is from Becky Higgin’s Project Life Midnight Core Kit.
I am going to be make this a regular part of my blog: Inspiration Ripple and have it once or twice a month. I love when I come across good things other people share so I want to pass it on too. My first thing to share is the black marker that wrote on the piece above.
Sharpie Professional – I picked this up at Home Depot, but what caught my eye was the package. It is blurry above as I forgot to take a photo of it before taking it out of the package. It says it marks on oily or wet surfaces. I am so impatient when it comes to writing on paint. I have ruined so many pens and markers that way. Well, I can tell you this one writes on wet paint! Yay! It wrote on that top piece when the paint was slightly wet still. I tried using it over oil pastels and it wrote, but not as well as it did on wet surfaces. It isn’t a fine point, but it is easy to write with on rough surfaces as I had texture to the paint. I am going to have to buy a few more as I see myself going through them quickly. I can’t remember the price on them, but I believe it was under $2 which is nice in comparison to some of the Sharpie brand markers. I have always wanted to try their Paint markers, but they range from $3 to $5 each. This is a nice alternative for now.
Art of Everyday Photography – A book by Susan Tuttle. Susan takes amazing photographs and is a great teacher. I have a photograph in it so I am especially excited about this book by Susan.
wish list: inhale love exhale peace necklace from Liz Lamoreux
Fall Intensive Class – Kathie has always been my go to guide (read expert) on Homespun Seasonal Living. I took Kathie’s summer class and it was so inspiring and informative. Kathie is knowledgeable and open in teaching people to connect with the seasons. I am not really what I would call an outdoorsy person, but I do like to connect to nature and the cycles of each season so Kathie’s class was perfect for me as she taught me more ways to infuse the summer season into my daily life. I believe all levels of knowledge and interest would find Kathie’s seasonal intensive classes encouraging as well as useful in connecting with the season and making it a daily lifestyle.
I am excited to read and page through this book by Susan Tuttle. I love her photography. I always enjoy and learn from her books so I know this one will be no different. I can’t wait for my photography to grow from the lesson I will learn.
Another reason I am excited to read it as she chose one of my photographs for the “photo wall” in the book.
To buy this book, go to Susan’s website at the above link or click on the cover left.
Book review of PhotoCraft another of Susan’s books.
Today’s prompt is to prepare my space to be creative. Something I have learned in the last year is to not wait for the perfect space to create.
My studio had at one time become just a storage room. Anything that didn’t have a home was placed in it. My work table was covered not with art supplies and art work instead just “stuff.” My love Michael told me it needed to stop. Which of course was easier said than done as there was a reason it had become that kind of room and we are outgrowing our home. So that meant a time to purge throughout our whole house. I am still in the process of purging. Hanging on to those things we really use or have sentimental value.
My studio isn’t quite where I want it yet. But it is closer and I did find some items at Ikea that I picked up to help with organizing it better. In addition to organizing it to make it usable for me – I needed to make room for another person as my kindred spirit Wendy is going to use it as her creative space also. So together we are working on making it a useable and inspiring creative space. Our intention to get it set up this autumn so it is ready for the winter to create and enjoy it.
But as I said above I have learned to not wait for the perfect space and that was good for me to allow myself to create where I can – even if it is at the kitchen table, in a coffee shop, or in the car on the road like I needed today. Today’s creative space comes from the beautiful Colorado landscapes outside the car window and my phone camera. See that heart in the cloud… Magical creative and inspiring moment.