Yup, the cooler weather has arrived. This morning I was greeted with an angry burst of wind, it was not a gentle good morning, but an aggressive, swirling slap as I opened the door to let the dogs out. There was not doubt that it was wanting to be noticed and heard as it tore across the back yard and through the evergreens out back of the neighbours.
I smiled with a deep satisfaction that yesterday I had found a nice pair of high boots with warm lining for the days ahead. Good morning I called out smiling. “I’m ready for you!” I’ve been slowly brining out my warm vests, and jackets, they’ve been cleaned and ready for the coming months. When we are prepared and ready for expected weather changes, it is so much more fun.
Like the little squirrels and chipmunks that live in the area, I have been busy stocking my larder too. There is a nice feeling of “self satisfaction” knowing that should I want to.. I can just enjoy the comforts of my home, certainly now at my age, and stage in life (semi retired) I can function at a different pace. As you can see I’ve been pulled out my felting “stuff” and have started on a little “sampler” to get my “groove” back.
Always think that “everything will work out” When you allow yourself to be pessimistic your thoughts and actions become sluggish. Approach everything optimistically without hesitating.
Perfect Liberty 2020.2.
The joy of expression is in the process. Of course results are important but let’s not lose sight of the true joy that can be found in the actual process. Face every task with wholehearted enthusiasm.
Once upon a time, I thought I would like to try my hand at doing something different. I had seen some beautiful pieces at an antique show and wondered how it was done. Having a creative streak that just won’t quit, I began to ask around and was surprised that in my circle of friends, no one tatted or knew of anyone who did. For lace, it was also an unknown art to my immediate creative buddies. We were one of a kind doll makers, we sculpted, sewed and worked with totally different media.
This is a picture of a cover from a tatting book from the 1940’s. In my treasure hunting expeditions, I had seen such a tool and had not known what it was and no one around could educate me either. Now of course with access to google search and other such vehicles, information is more at hand. Tatting is a dying art form, it requires a ton of patience, and a love for working with very fine material and following a pattern.
When I reflect back on what I could have done, and what I in the end, have done…. well …. the methods of applying my gray matter, processing information, working with chicken wire, wire,precious and semi precious metals, sculpting materials like Apoxie Sculpt. or the liquid polymers like Paverpol and Powertex, all gave me creative ways to express my ideas, feelings and thoughts in a visual way.
This is a needle felted dancer that i did during my love affair with sheep, fleece and roving. I like form, movement, and a sense of whimsy, I want abstract so that the viewer can find their own connection to my work.
Here a Victorian “mystery” woman walks away, or if she is in your garden, and you are walking towards her, =^_^= you’ll meet her in a different way. This was done with wire, and fabric so that it could withstand Canadian climate, she does come in during the winter months..
Crocheting a hat so I could display felted flowers was the closest I got to lace and tatting. We all express ourselves differently, what is important is that we do so in a way that will please us, and in so doing bring a smile to others. For all of us who love to express ourselves, visually, vocally, (the written word is to me a visual expression) we are given the skills, and the tools, it is up to us to create our own works of art.
When we do whatever it is we are attempting to do, with our full makoto (sincerity) and focus, our results are usually more positive and appealing to us and others. Right… not everyone will like what you say or do, however, if you have spoken or applied love and kindness into your actions, you have done your best. That is really all you can do.
My father in law is as I write this, is in his final days here on earth. He has lived a long and productive life (99) a man who till very recently was totally focused on what he needed and wanted. He gave love, laughter and life to family and friends, now in the quiet of this journey, I visually see his life, like a piece of lace, beautiful in the making, and his memory will be a reflection of the time, patience and effort he put in to his personal pattern that no one else can replicate.
We create art… however we ourselves …. are works of art….. life is art………….
Sometimes I need to listen to something different. Why? because I want to enjoy and appreciate the vocal styling, the emotions of the singer(s) and the music that haunts and weaves a musical thread through my dreams.
We all have our own preferences when it comes to music, when I need to refresh my “tuner” I use music that soothes and takes me out of my day to day.. -photo- needle felted bear sits in your hand – made by Q
Like music, we all have different ways of thinking and seeing the world. People have different thoughts and opinions,what ever differences you encounter today, I hope you will listen and take advantage of seeing /hearing a different perspective.
PL Principle #3 i will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things.j
ditch the commercial, the clip is good, did you see the movie? It puts a smile on your face. Happy Day everyone!
Letting Go of Your Ego Will Make you a Stronger Person
“If you are always caught up with power,status or appearances, you will have a hard time accomplishing anything of worth. Let go and express yourself fully”
How easy it is to fall into the “ego trap”. We are busy living our lives, tripping through life, when suddenly we are pulled up short by the boot straps, “how on earth did this happen” you’ve walked into a wall, or fallen into a pothole. That is because somewhere along the way, we began to believe in or fall into one of the “roles” we seem to be delegated to in life. Not all the roles we find ourselves in are delegated, some are of our own making. An ego can be like our very own personal nemesis. In the church teachings, we learn to “see” and receive help to “let go”
I greet you with love in my heart, and wrap you in a heart felt hug. =^_^=
“Letting Go of Your Ego Will Make you a Stronger Person”
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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--- there are two energies, Yin and Yang = ONE
---to have balance we must live each moment
of our lives.. with Makoto (sincerity)
The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.