Monday, November 16, 2015

Where do you find your inspiration?

        I used to be an active artist, and couldn't wait to get my hands dirty in any variety of materials, loving it all. Problem was, I could never decide on only a few mediums~ no! I had to try it all and experience how it worked. Lack of training, though, would soon produce frustration, and I'd move on to a new pretty, shiny way to create. Hardly an ideal way to go about the process, but it was mine, and in a way was very beneficial. It got me to the point where I was no longer trying but doing. Some art forms stayed, and the longer they lingered, the more they were loved. It helped to finally narrow down what I was meant to be as an artist. Sigh, it left a lot of crap in my house, too, that I had to invent a use for. But this had its purpose in refinement of destiny. It taught me to keep at it until the materials were used up, and further cemented the ones meant to continue.

          Oddly enough, it was school that eliminated most of the desire to create. I "took the leap" and enrolled in an art academy. It was here that the desire was all but squashed. Don't get me wrong, I learned more than I ever expected to while attending; all useful and necessary skills. But joy was soon replaced with tedium, and desire faded around repeated criticism and bad reviews. All of the professors were artists themselves, but some weren't skilled as teachers and their often harsh attitudes began to wear at enthusiasm. I was working harder at art than I ever had before, amid worsening critiques, and by the end had stopped caring at all. The best thing that happened was that financial aide ran out, and I was forced to quit.

          It has taken several years, but the old itch is slowly returning. I AM an artist, and that will never change. Now it isn't new mediums that battle for attention, but dread and fear. Those critiques whisper whenever I start something new, but to replace those negative attitudes, I am blessed now with friends who encourage. They are my inspiration.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has three giveaways to enter for the holidays! Please go check it out

 Happy Holidays to you all! If you are interested, Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is running three different giveaways for you to enter! One is what you are thankful for, one is  Favorite things, and the third one is a floss contest for a Christmas collection of colored hand dyed floss. I'm so excited, I love giveaways AND the Christmas season!! Links for the three are below, good luck!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Today I received the Halloween Floss collection I won at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I was totally surprised when I found out I had won, and even more delighted and surprised when it arrived. It is even lovelier in person than in the photos! This is the best Halloween treat ever!

Thank you Nancy again!!!


Monday, October 19, 2015

New Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe is giving away more goodies, so I am entering again. I Love entering giveaways, so this is a Banner Day! Her posting is below.


Hand dyed fabric give-away, enter now!!

Heaven only knows why I buy so much fabric.....and I don't even have time to stitch these past couple years. If you like hand dyed fabric then you are going to love this give away.

I have 32ct linen in a dozen shades......or if you prefer aida or rustic fiddlers cloth I have that in 14 and 16ct....I need to check on that....maybe 18ct too.

If you like linen I will give you 1/2 yard (30x36") of your choice of colors! I will post colors on the day of the drawing and the winner.

If you like aida....I have 12x18" pieces and you can have three! I have a few larger pieces and need to go through them. I have a dozen colors available and I will be dyeing more in the next couple weeks before the drawing.

You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by faithful friends.
You must post a comment here. Post on your blog or facebook and get 50 more entries! Send a friend to follow and get 50 more entries! I like to give lots of stitchers a chance to win.
Help me move some fabric! I just moved a tub of linen in my storage area....over 100 pounds of linen! I need to start my own stitching marathon and use some of it.
I will have a drawing several times over the holiday season so keep checking back and enter.
Drawing to be October 30th and you must check back to see if you are a winner! You must follow!!

Good luck to all who enter!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

There is a new fall assortment of floss being given away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe! Lovely fall colors, and I would love to win it! Wish me luck please!!