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what becomes a legend most
So look what I got in the mail the other day….

sister kinderhook

Rasputina’s new album, Sister Kinderhook – yay! After Tori, Rasputina is my favorite music artist. Rasputina is really Melora Creagor – singer/songwriter/cello player. These days she usually has one other cello player and a drummer on the albums as well. She has a penchant for the past, particularly the 1800s and early 1900s. Her albums always have a historical bent to them, in both the artwork and the songs themselves, and this is one of the reasons I love Rasputina (some of the artwork even features embroidery – like this album cover – pretty cool!). Melora is an intriguing storyteller as well.

Through Rasputina I have come to love the cello, and I must agree with Melora when she says that the cello is the saddest instrument. I call her music Victorian/goth cello rock. That’s the best description I can come up with. Other words that come to mind – beautiful, weird, humorous, piognant, fun, poetical, intelligent, haunting. If this sounds like your kind of thing, check it out Rasputina.

this artistic mother
I finished reading The Artistic Mother and I loved it – I think it’s a wonderful book, very informative and inspiring. I didn’t do the projects although there were certainly some I’d like to try. My favorite parts were the chapters on Motivation and Planning and the sections about digital photography and poetry.

I think it’s pretty cool that Ms Cole included a section on poetry and encouraged her readers to give it a try. The suggestions she gave make writing poetry seem doable, and I’ve decided to give it a try, and have even received inspiration for two poems.

Ms Cole’s Art Action Plan is great – I’ve been diligently writing mine every Sunday for the coming week, and I find it extremely helpful for staying focused and on track with my goals.

Throughout the book were profiles of other artistic mothers. I always love reading about how other artists manage their time, but I felt a bit frustrated because it seemed like none of them work outside of the home. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but I would love to read about other moms who have outside jobs and how they manage to still find time to create.

I’m thinking perhaps I need to write my own book for the working-outside-the-home artistic mother!

scrapbooking away
I’m working on a scrapbook for Julian, to commemorate his journey in life up to this point. I’m planning on having it done in time for his graduation party which is at the end of July. All I’ve done so far is scan some photos, come up with a concept, and order an acrylic album. So I have a lot to do still, but I’m planning on keeping it very simple, clean, and modern, which hopefully will help keep the amount of time under control. Here’s one of my favorite photos of him, when he was one or two months old. So cute!



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it’a been a while!
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted. I don’t know what to say other than that I’ve been….busy. I strongly dislike that word – busy. When people say they’ve been busy I bet they can’t really even say exactly what it is they’ve been doing. I’m not really sure what I’ve even been doing – taking care of Lily, housework, my job, stuff – but I certainly haven’t been creating anything or posting on my blog.

But all that is going to change, mainly because I’m about ready to go crazy! It’s been at least three weeks since I’ve worked on any projects – and that is simply unacceptable. No wonder I’ve been feeling so frustrated lately. I was put on this earth to make stuff and post on my blog – two of my most favorite things! So let’s get back to business, shall we?

a little help from my friends
I’m very excited about a new book I bought last week: The Artistic Mother – A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, by Shona Cole. I first heard of this book a few months ago in the Postscript newsletter from Stampington. As soon as I read the title I knew this was a book I needed to get.

artistic mother

I had stopped in Barnes & Noble last week to see if they had Jewelry Affaire (which they did, and more on that in a minute). I’ve been trying to find some crafts that Lily and I can do together so I decided to check out the craft books. As I was perusing the shelves my eye suddenly came upon The Artistic Mother sitting on the shelf right in front of me.

Considering how utterly frustrated I’ve been lately with trying to find time to create, I felt this was a sign that I should get the book.

So now it’s mine and I can’t wait to get into it. Miss Cole covers some foundational topics (motivation, inspiration, creating your own space, planning) as well as some basics in digital photography, mixed media & collage, and poetry! (a forgotten art these days but one that I’ve always enjoyed)

I like how she uses an “art action plan” for each project, which breaks the project into small bits that you can fit into your day. I’m the kind of girl that loves a good action plan!

I decided to dedicate a half hour a day, at least, for creating. If I don’t create, I get downright ornery! Creating keeps me sane and at least a little more balanced. An unbalanced mother is not a good thing.

a jewelry affair

jewelry affaire

So I see the jewelry I submitted for the first issue of Jewelry Affaire was not selected for publication. Looking through the magazine though I can see that I was off in the jewelry that I made. I think my jewelry was lacking in imagination and creativity. The pieces I made were very pretty (and I’m looking forward to getting them back!), and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I need to ramp it up a bit. At least now I know better what they are looking for. The next submission deadline is May 15, I think, and while I’d love to send something, I’m not getting any concrete ideas and time is so short. Might have to wait until the next deadline!


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