Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Getting on with life.....



   Well, this evening seems like as good a time as ever to start getting on with my creative life again! Its been well over a year since my mother passed away and my part-time employer pulled some shenanigans and made my life a hell of a lot more difficult than it already was. I've spent a lot of time dancing with depression and then giving myself the most outrageous pep talks! It worked... sometimes. Not often enough though. 
   But.... there was a shift last night. Probably brought on by the death of one of my outdoor cats. Everett was his name and he was one of the most loving little guys I've met. I found him collapsed in the grass barely breathing, but he managed to meow piteously a time or two. When I wrapped him up in a soft towel and told him it was ok, that I was there with him, he opened his eyes a little bit to try and see me. Then softly closed them and meowed three more times..... he lasted a few more hours... then slipped away quietly into the night. His Spirit free from earthly confinement. He is the third cat I've lost to death in the last fifteen days. The losses have wrung me out and draped me over a limb to dry in the breezes. And they have breathed fire back into some little ember that I had buried deep inside my heart.   Its time I swung off that limb and started walking in the starlight again! Watch some sunrises and listen to the birdsong with joy in my heart.... not pain and longing for what was.      
   So. I'll see what happens from here! No big plans made, no forecasts of what I think I'll do or want to do. I'm going to let it flow like the wind through the tree leaves.  

I see it! Peeking through the rain clouds!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

THE Easter hat and Greta!



   First things first: Meet Greta. There are two reasons that she has come to stay in my home. The first one is that I have so much trouble trying to coordinate with friends that can help with photographing my hats for the blog. The second reason is that I've decided as part of my down-sizing to sell some hats on Etsy and raise a bit of money to help care for all the strays here... and I also needed a model for that.
    So after perusing quite a few internet sites I stumbled across this gal looking for a home. Her complexion has faded to a strange hue and she has a few dings... but then, don't most of us have a dent here and there?  She has that slightly intense look that store mannequins had when I was younger, but she isn't unpleasant or mean looking! (Trust me, I found plenty of those! )  I think Greta has a nice proper look to her. Unfortunately, my dogs don't share my opinion. They are both, well... FREAKED OUT! hahahahaha    We've had a few sessions of short term visual exposure and even some sniffing on the last one. I do believe they have a good grasp on the fact that Greta is an inanimate object and does not pose a threat. BUT her face still unsettles them. So much for my brave guard dogs!!!

 
 
 
 

    *Well  I've skipped down because this is the only place my computer will let me type and not center it automatically. Yes, it has it's glitches. Yes, my friends tell me its time for a new one. But since they aren't paying.... I will continue to wrestle with this beastie!! chuckle

    ANYWAY onto the hat. Back in the day, this was someone's crowning Glory! The large tag says Gene Doris  New York. It has a Union Made tag as well. Quite the hat!!! The crown is covered in green leaves and the upturned brim is loaded with flowers and two small peachy-pink velvet bows up on the left side. All on pink netting with a pink velvet headband. The photos speak for themselves.
   This lovely has quite the visual impact!!! Reminds me of a floral kokoshnik. I think this is just a perfect hat for the Style Crone's April Hat Attack!!!
http://stylecrone.com/2017/04/01/hat-attack-45-amina-marie-millinery/

And there are more Spring and Summer hats to come!
   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Standing at the Crossroads.......

  
Rarely get to wear any of these beauties. Seems such a shame!

   Well, things inside my mind have been interesting to say the least. And I can't just put on a hat and cover them up. Though that does indeed cheer me up a little!  
   No, realization can be a real booger and this is one of those times for me. Of late I have been able to see more clearly just how bad the disarray in my life TRULY is. And let me tell you... it ain't pretty!!!  Its shocking actually and depressing as hell. As I stand at this crossroad I can see my choice of paths and since only one makes any good sense... that's the one I'll be taking. Of course, its the one that is covered in big rocks and sharp shards! But they just need to be cleared out... as do sooooo many other things.
   Yes, I'm talking down-sizing. At first it seemed like a defeat. That I hadn't been "good enough" and now I had to "lose" things. But I found that was just another phantom I'd created by losing my mother to dementia and having to place her in long-term care. Reality is, I did the best I could and nothing is ever enough against a disease that!
   So as difficult as its going to be for me, I choose to start shedding objects and other less tangible things that are quite frankly, in my way. I'm taking it beyond my previous post about organizing. I'm beginning to birth a Whole New ME.... and I don't need or want any more obstructions than necessary.  
    My strategy is to proceed in layers! That way I won't get overly anxious about my decisions. The truly sentimental objects will stay. My art supplies need to be organized.... and USED!! I need to create!! Now that's more important than ever. Knick knacks, old books, clothes and hats (gulp!) will be sorted and sent on their way. I just don't have the room nor the energy anymore.
   I chose to approach this as an adventure...... and that's what it should be. Blessings to all.


How am I ever going to pick out my favorites? Yikes!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th...... and I'm busy, busy, busy!

   Coming off a full moon on Friday the 13th! No wonder things are going so well today.  Got my major chores done and took Blossom to the vet! As it was getting overcast by the time we arrived home I changed my plans on photographing jewelry for Freyja's day.  Started sorting through boxes of clothes I had stashed in the back room.  Oh my!
    Looks like I am going to have to get some new boxes and start truly organizing!  One for all the men's shirts I've bought at the thrift shop for altering into sleeveless tanks. Maybe TWO boxes for those.   Another for the blouses that just don't quite fit.... mainly because they're too small in the bust. Or perhaps I should say "I'm too large" ! Anyway, they are all lovely and I don't want to part with them quite yet. Then I'll need several good sized boxes for all the off season clothes. Whew! This is getting to be a bigger task than I thought it would be. Need to put up a couple of those old shelving units just to maintain a little floor space. hahaha
    Oh, did I forget to mention all the fabric? For sewing into clothes, for piecing quilt tops, incorporating into art projects, etc., etc..  The way my life is right now I often wonder if I'm ever going to be able to do any of those things again. But heck, I can always hope!!  And with Spring on the way my spirits are starting to run high and optimism is rampant!!!
    Perhaps 2017 is the year I finally start getting my life together!  YAY!

Friday, December 30, 2016

I'm wearing peacock feathers now! So 2017 will be just fine!


    After the month I've had, I deserved a little treat! And since I love peacock feathers so much (who doesn't ?) I couldn't resist this little headpiece. Its definitely home-made! It sits on the head in a clumsy manner, so I will have to reshape it. The veil is  in a weird position as well. But heck, its lovely on and the colors in the sunlight are an absolute delight!  I even think its worthy to go over to Style Crone's Hat attack.  http://stylecrone.com/hat-attack/    Always such a delight!


   The funniest thing about this is that the long feathers used to frame it are just about the color that my hair USED to be! chuckle!
    Oh well, a lot of things have changed in my life..... and that's just the way things are supposed to be. So here I stand at the end of 2016 waiting to welcome in a New Year.... and wondering how my life will shift and grow in the coming months. Though sometimes its uncomfortable or even frightening I always remind myself that Life is an adventure! We are here to experience and learn to live our lives as fully as possible.
    As for me, a whole new stretch of my life path is now before me and I can hardly wait to start taking my first steps on it! May it be a wondrous path!


         The sunset this evening.... and so begins a new day. The last day of the year. Wow, where did the time go? May 2017 be happy, prosperous and kind to all.

Friday, December 2, 2016

A shock and a twist.


   The shock: Freak accidents happen and usually at the most inopportune times. A cracked lid on a toilet tank broke and sliced open Archimedes leg. Upon examining the ceramic edges is was apparent that he was lucky he didn't lose that foot! Of course Archimedes was extremely unhappy with the cone! And he learned to remove it rapidly!!! Oh well, I'm just relieved he came through surgery so well. Heres hoping he leaves the stitches alone long enough that his foot can heal properly. 


   The twist: Since I'm having such a difficult time getting my life back together I decided to try something fairly simple that gives quick results as far as creating goes. And wire wrap jewelry is what I chose. chuckle   I have LOTS of supplies! Beads, shells, wire, buttons, what-nots and thingamabobbies!!!  Things that are still tucked away... just waiting to be unearthed and made into something lovely.
   It "sort of" fulfills my desire to do metal jewelry again. At least it will do for now. Will be combining it with wooden pieces in the future.  And of course there will be some coins and belly dance bells included! hahaha   Actually some small projects are just what I need. But if I keep adding things the pieces will just keep getting bigger. Oh my, its just Fate!
   This little pendant is my first effort. It measures just under 1  1/2 inches long. I know, I know! That's an earring for me! hahaha  But I want to try doing delicate objects for a change. And I think this medium will do just fine for that.
    So remember to take care of your furry children AND keep up even those seemingly minor repairs! And try something different... even if its just a little bit so. Its a good thing to expand your knowledge and experience!   Wishing everyone a wonderful night!
  * Hope you've gazed westward and saw the crescent moon with Venus! What a lovely pair.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Big Siam bracelet!


   Well, this is FUN! Received it in a small lot of belly dance repair items. Preliminary research hasn't gotten very far yet. Have found examples of the same bracelet...... but the info with each one is different as to the era it is from.


    People identify these as being made in the 1930s and 40s OR the 1960s! Quite a range there. chuckle  And I also need to check out the metal content. It just doesn't have that "sterling" appearance to me. I've made sterling silver jewelry off and on for decades.... it just has a certain "look" to it.
    The faux 'stones' are actually a bright rich red instead of the ruby that the photos are showing. Someone had tried to bend it a bit so that it would fit their wrist better.... but its not too bad! All in all, and really cool bracelet to wear whenever I'm in one of those vintage tribal Bohemian moods!