January 30, 2012

i've moved

well, my blog life has continued into a new world of wordpress.
if you would like to continue reading please let me know either though the comments or through email and i will send you the link!

maria

November 27, 2011

Craft Sale and thoughts…


It has been a busy few weeks getting ready for the craft sale. Interesting though, I only created 7 pieces, 2 of which weren't even completed. I had a lot of fun playing with fabric and letting my imagination run wild. I don't think I've felt this much creative energy in a very long time!

Leading up to the last few days, the procrastinator artist in me was left with a lot to do. My good friend Heike and I stayed up working together on our machines. It was quite the sight. Fabric all over her bedroom as we both frantically pieced together our last bits. Our families were both gracious and kind to take up the slack. It's quite the rush!

We went to this sale, nerves flying high. This, Hieke's 3rd year and my first (last minute at that) we were both not sure what the day would bring.

Here are the pieces I put in:

Hanging Star (dreams and promises)
Silver Simplicity
Purple Haze
Golden Flight

Forest Greenery (sold to Heike)

I spent 6 hrs standing at my table as over 1000 people passed by! It was an incredible turn out. Incredible exposure to an art form, that in my opinion is still just budding! I however did not sell a single piece until the end when Heike graciously wanted one.

In many ways it was a roller-coaster for me. I had high hopes…the self-confident part of me did. I also thought my work was beautiful. But, against a backdrop of crafts from cute owl decorations to fine jewellery, framed art was not on the forefront of people's brains. Just as Emma's massage last year was completely overlooked. Going anywhere above 30.00 was probably out of the question as this was not marketed as a "One of a Kind" show.

All to say, it was a difficult first run for me, but a great learning experience. I received a lot of positive comments and know that next year I will focus on smaller items and things people can use rather than hang on their wall. Any suggestions?

I am currently working on a large black and white piece showing a winter forest. Every piece I make gets more detail and changes slightly in style. I have so many ideas I can't contain them!

What I am feeling today though, the day after, is immense longing for home. I am at the end of the roller-coaster. My family is tired. I am tired. What I need most are those who know me best. There really is nothing like that. And so, Christmas can't come soon enough, nor will it last as long as I would like. We all have days like that. I hope to connect with you all soon.

Love Maria

November 23, 2011

Crafting


Well, it's been a busy house these days. Getting ready for the craft sale and Christmas all at the same time. It has been a lot of fun. Very colourful and whimsical. With the studio in our dining room and the kids fully into it…Mika painting and cutting and Iona singing and playing on her own, it has been a very joyful home to be in for the most part. Coffee in hand and sun shining in makes for a happy mom!

I am so thankful for the chance to have such a relaxing life. To parent the way I feel is best for my kids and have all our needs met. We are getting super excited to be celebrating the holiday season together with the Epp family here and then Klassen's in Ontario. As much as I'm not a snow person, I love the warmth it brings inside. We've already enjoyed some white fluffy stuff, along with squeels of glee as the first thing Mika says when waking is, "I want to go outside!"

I'm on a new journey health wise. I've realized the negative impact white SUGAR and flour has had on me. It's crazy how widespread this processed food can alter the quality of our life! So, I am slowly eliminating it from my diet. I know, right before sugar-plum fairies and candy canes. But, I know it will do me good. Less arthritic pain, less depression and less weight (hopefully). It will be slow and gradual, but that's how we do most things these days! Reno's being no exception!

Perhaps the next month of crafting will be a little more secretive!
Hope you are enjoying the coming winter as well (unless you are surrounded by glorious heat!)

November 8, 2011

Creating

Well November is here and so the indoor life commences. If you are an at-home mamma and you need a bit of extra cash for the holiday cheer one must look inward to find new ways of earning such cash.

For me, it has always been art and the making of things beautiful.
Most years, I simply make gifts and avoid the shopping malls if I can. But this year I thought I would take a hack at the craft scene and put a few pieces in the WCV CRAFT SHOW!

I don't have my pics up yet so I can't show you what will be going in but let me tell you it is quite inspiring to be sewing again. This is the time of year I wish I could just ship my kids to Ontario (St. Catharines or Ottawa) and get to work!

For now, you can take a look at this one. It's a terrible shot of the real thing. It is in memory of my friend Christina who passed away last month. The whale represents death and the sun represents the fragility of life (lace). Death is wearing a party hat (which reminds me of Christina who always wore a new hat). Death is always a double edged sword. Both sad for those left behind but for the one moving on, a joyful endeavour into a less painful life.
I find I live with a lot of fear of death. Both for myself and the ones I love. I often feel like is lurking under the water, waiting to jump up and bite.

I know that's a terrible view of it but when you have lost someone in a traumatic way, (as I did as a child) life and death are not at all that separated. I am continually aware of its presence and the reason to be thankful for life.

Happy Creating!
Maria