Saturday, June 28

Yesterday Pam and I went for a day of window shopping and fun in Franklin TN. It's just about 20 min from Nashville and the down town area is very cool. Lots of nice little shops and I do think we went into at least every other one. Then we had lunch at Merridees Bread Basket which was oh so good. I couldn't eat all my yummy but it's in the fridge and may get polished off tonight. (curried chicken salad on viking bread)


Saw this in one of the shops we went into and it cracked me up.
Of course we hit the local quilt shop while we were in the area. 
I got fabric for 2 lap quilts I need to have done by Christmas.


We are selling this chalk paint at JoAnn's and I needed to
learn how to do the technique so I can teach some classes. 


I started off with this box which
is on display at the store


 Then I attacked this little table which Angel picked up at a yard sale for
next to nothing and I'm going to use it as my bedside table. 

I used one of my quilt stencils for the design on top.
It took longer to sand it than it did to paint. 
Over all a pretty quick little fix er upper.

If you haven't seen this paint before it's to age/distress furniture
and other little things. I put the yellow paint on first, then the oatmeal color. 
Then I added some dark brown in the creases for an antiqued look. 
Then you sand and sand and sand. Over an hour to take tiny bits
of the top coat of paint off so the bottom coat shows threw in places.
In some areas I sanded down to the wood. So the edges look
worn and old. It was fun and I think looks a bit 30's now.

So even thou my creative zen hasn't returned for quilting and
jewelry making I am doing something. I have started doodling
again too. 




Saturday, June 21

Recapturing Creativity

I'm sure all of us have gaps where the creative part of ourselves just runs off and leaves us alone and in a sad non creative state. I have been in that state for weeks now and miss that part of myself so badly. If you are a creative person that part of yourself is needed for your total self to be whole. When I'm not creating something I feel that whole and want it filled. But there are times when you just for what ever reason have no creative energy. I've tried to fill that gap with looking at Pintrest, thinking of things I'd like to do but it seems that just nothing is moving me into creating something - anything.
I think that it would help to to get threw this time to be creative - still nothing happens. It's as if a part of me was lost - just wandered off and left me all alone in this big world filled with...nothing.

So today I decided that I would park myself at my bench and if nothing else I'd make some mindless -  clasps or something just to get my hands working and my mind into that wonderful blissful place where it's the happiest. I kept waiting for it to return to me, but now think I might just need to go out and hunt that creative self down. So off I go to find it once again. Sometimes when events happen in our lives we loose a part of ourself for a time. It's natural I know but I won't let it go on any longer.

One little step at a time I will get this back and there is no time like right now to take that first step.