Hello Again! I've been trying hard to keep on top of all these blogs, sites and other things, so bear with me while I give a short version of the past weeks!
I wrote about FaceBook the last time, but here I am several weeks later, deciding FaceBook is NOT THAT BAD a place for the multitudes of Crafters, such as myself, to be putting their ideas out there for the world to see and understand the mindsets of the artistic peoples! Sometimes, it is very, very hard for my family, friends, neighbors and others to understand that creative process, and how it can be sooooo difficult to be creative, yet have so many things come in between me and my brushes, paints, and ALL that is required of me, physically & mentally, to turn out wonderful things for them to be facinated by! Everyday things that we all have such as, Bills, Housework, Gardening, Errands, Laundry, Meals and all those things that people tend to think is SOOOooo much easier for Me, since I get to "stay" home everyday. That's the Problem!
They are EXACTLY the same demons that take away from my ability to separate "work", pleasure, creating and crafting! Adding to those issues, PAST health issues, and trying, still, to get back what was lost, just adds to those demons!
What amazes me are the multitudes of creative people that I have discovered on FaceBook, and of those that have "allowed" me to be their friends, are letting me, a perfect stranger in most cases, peek into their day to day lives as a Homeowner, Car Owner, Gardener, Bill payer, and sometimes, someone else's Employee, yet they manage to be creative! Who'd of Thunk It!!! To those peoples, I bow! Learning there ARE other sides of their stories, and seeing their creations posted and the ways that process unfolded, are so encouraging, inspiring, and just plain AweSome!
Days and days ago, on one of those FaceBook days, I had decided that I had the energy and where-with-alls, to get into cleaning a bunch of gourds that I had the fortune of acquiring thru a new friend and fellow crafter. Mind you, cleaning gourds doesn't sound like that big of a deal, and it really hasn't been, until I got these! They were HUGE...one of them, a canteen gourd, didn't hardly fit in the sink! But eventually, they all got their shells scraped and scrunged, till they were smooth! Here is what they looked like halfway thru that batch! Click pics for Larger views! And look at THAT canteen gourd on the top!!! WHEW!!!
Look at how HUGE this one was!!! These were also very hard to get a grip on while all wet!
Well, that was fun to do, and more fun was to start that Imagination flowing as to "who or what" they were telling me they needed to be! Yes...every artistic & creative person will tell you that their projects Speak to them....but it is sometimes very hard to hear them over the other noises in your head like, put toilet paper on the shopping list, or did I make that payment or not? when WAS the last time I scrubbed this sink? LOL! There is a fantasy of walking on the beach that comes to mind....it was sooooo hot that day I was working on these, and the AC was BARELY able to keep up with the amount of heat we were experiencing. Again, it always amazes me WHERE creativity even has the room to get into a brain that is so full of other thoughts!
With that said, I have to go find a place to put all of these monster gourds and start letting them talk to me a bit more, when I find that I have my mind cleared and ready to actually LISTEN to the voices!!! LOL! No, I am NOT ready to be put in a rubber room, yet! At least not if it has to do with creativity!!! Economy, political happenings, and other nonsense MAY get me into that rubber room a whole lot faster than a gourd trying to tell me if it is to be a Santa, a Pumpkin, or a Snowman!!!
Have a great day! Come back and see me real soon!
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