Category Archives: Uncategorized

Just when I think

Just when I think I have it, I find that I don’t. I probably never will.

Waiting for magic to happen is the worst thing you can do, because while you’re waiting, magic is springing up all around you. You have to allow yourself to see it. Ask for it.

Is this a dark time in history? Or, is there more light shining on who and what we are.

Magic is in birdsong. Listen all you can.

Strategy for Being Human

The prompt is strategy.

Being human ain’t easy. We suffer at the hands of others, and we cause a lot of our own pain. You’d think that since we have such big brains and opposable thumbs, we would be able to figure out a way to alleviate this situation.

I imagine that a lot of people enjoy causing others to suffer, and there are some who don’t like causing the suffering,  but they do like to watch it, or just know that it’s happening. This must be normal because it’s been going on since people got started.

I need a strategy for keeping my suffering to a minimum. I would also like to help a few other people along the way. Some people use religion for this purpose. Some seek pleasure in sex, drugs, food, and shopping. We all do what we can to get through this life. I will probably keep doing the same things over and over with a few variations. Is that a strategy? Maybe it’s the opposite.

You can start writing a blog post thinking you’ll come up with some answers, and then only generate more questions. I go around in circles, and probably will until I leave this life. The trick might be to keep my body and mind occupied with the world’s mundane wonders.

Digital collage image. Elephant suspended by hot air balloon over ocean water.

A surreal digital collage by me. 

Looks like we made it

The prompt is finally.

2017 has been some kind of crazy year, hasn’t it? There was bad stuff. We were faced with events that we’d like to wish away. Some believe that reality split in two with one person becoming president in this universe and the other person winning in an alternate universe.

We were told to be fearful of so many things. Some of us faced true danger; others were privileged enough to have never been at risk.  If you got to December 30 without developing a drinking, drug, or food problem you are to be commended. If you had enough food to be an overeater, you were luckier than those who went without.

In 2017 I got a better job. I became a better jewelry and art maker. My health improved, but I also gained weight.

I lost a dog and a parent in 2017.

Annie small page

Beloved Annie

Does moving into a new year have any real significance? Sure, things will be the same tomorrow, but we can decide to change ourselves. We can, at the very least, change our attitude.

Let’s move forward and be better human beings in 2018. That’s my plan.

 

I’ve been meaning to…

I went to see the Passion of Joan of Arc at the IU Cinema a few weeks ago. It’s a silent film made in 1928 and directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. My good friend Jason Fickel accompanied the film on guitar. It was an artsy flick, and the accompaniment was fantastic. If I had written something upon returning home from the theater, I might have been able to offer a decent critique. I will say that I was inspired to keep making art and to learn more about Joan of Arc. I’ll need to get around to that.

Motion picture poster for The Passion of Joan of Arc

Motion picture poster for The Passion of Joan of Arc

The world is going mad, so my job is not to be afraid. I will not fear all of the things that the media warns me about. I’m a liberal kind of gal, but I’m not going to panic about the tax bill or the end of net neutrality. I won’t fear the racists either.

I’m coming to learn that I am eternal.  I’m not sure if my consciousness has always existed, but I think it can never end. When I was a child, I told my parents that I picked them before I arrived. I must have known that. It must be true.

Did you know that both Edison and Tesla separately worked on inventions that would allow them to communicate with the dead? There’s a book about it.  I learned about the book from an episode of Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast.  On the podcast, the book’s author talked about the competition between Tesla and Edison, and how industry bigwigs made sure Tesla’s inventions that wouldn’t make them money were quashed. Too bad Tesla was a racist.  Anyway, Tesla is said to have fared better than Edison in the talking to the dead department. I got the impression that Tesla created the first EVP machine, but there is no mention of him in the Wikipedia article.  Further investigation is warranted.

During the two weeks I have off,  I plan to get a lot done. I would like to get the “treadmill room” de-cluttered, but I’m not sure if that’s possible. I can do some cleaning. I will do some cleaning! I will blog, and cook, and make art, and do yoga, and overestimate the number of things I can do during this period. Thinking about it overwhelms me.

Don’t be afraid!!!!!

Also

I thought I might do a daily self-portrait digital art journaling type of thing. I did it once. I took a selfie and traced it in the Sketchclub app. I’m not sure it looks like me.

27338630009_f4cce468b4_h

Self-portrait with flower eye.

 

 

 

 

Hiding in Art

If you spend too much time looking at the world, you’ll see that there’s a lot of awful stuff out there. I’m on Twitter too much. I check the Washington Post online too often. These activities are not helping me or anybody else, and they are diminishing my capacity for happiness. Life is too short to spend it being unhappy.

It’s not like I don’t have things to think about other than the fall of civilization as we know it. I have interests like writing, making art and jewelry, the paranormal, listening to podcasts, and so much more.

Here’s an idea to get myself on a better track. Instead of wasting time reading tweets that make me worry I’ll open up the WordPress app and catch up on those blogs I follow. And when I do that I can begin to interact with fellow bloggers and get that sense of community that I hear so much about. This is a no-brainer.

How about as I get more involved with blogging I start posting more? I have so many things I want to write about.

It’s a shame that it has taken a wrecked world to get me off my butt.

Here’s some art.

Digital art

A few jewelry making resources

A nurse who cares for my dad has a sister who wants to start a jewelry making business.  I thought  I’d share some of the resources I’ve found to help build my skills. It’ll be a list with commentary.  To get the post published as soon as possible, I’ll eschew the pursuit of perfection. I don’t think I’ve ever used the word eschew Pirro to today.

Wirework

Jewelry artists who do wirework produce beautiful pieces, and learning how to work with wire takes some doing. There are so many different materials, and gauges, degrees of harness, shapes, and probably more characteristics that I don’t know about.

The little I know about wirework comes mostly from a Udemy video course taught by Jessica Barst called Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapping for Beginners. Jessica explains techniques in a way that’s  easy to understand.

Wire jewelry piece

Beaded Jewelry

I learned some basic skills for working with stringing wire, wrapping wire, and beads from a Curious course from the O’Neil Sisters, DIY Beaded Jewelry. This is a useful general purpose program. You’ll learn how to make beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and some wire wrapping techniques.

Free Tutorials via Pinterest

You can find tons of jewelry tutorials on the Internet. I collect them on Pinterest.

  1. Learning Jewelry Making
  2. Learning Wire Jewelry Making
  3. Jewelry Making Supplies

pin1

Of course there are books about jewelry making. Here’s a Pinterest board that lists almost 100.

Supplies

There are plenty of options for purchasing jewelry making supplies. I sometimes shop at JoAnn and Michaels. Neither of these stores has the largest selection of supplies, but there’s enough for someone getting started with making jewelry. I need to avoid these stores because when I go in, I want to buy everything I see.

Here are some options for online supply shopping:

  1. Etsy
  2. Fire Mountain Gems
  3. Goody Beads
  4. Artbeads

Many of these stores offer tutorials on jewelry techniques.

Jewelry making tools

 

Time to start learning, and doing. Make something. It won’t be perfect.  Re-do it, or make  something else. Keep practicing and seeking instruction and you will get better, maybe even great!

 

« Older Entries