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What I Know About Everything Signifigant

Above all else it is about leaving a mark that I existed. I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a great purpose and that is why I make works of art.”~ Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Today I know now that life itself is a work of art, one in which we all have a great purpose in. We create art in our life on a daily basis. Do you know that You are your own masterpiece?

I have been conscientious of late for the need to try and remain mindful of today, of the “now” in my life. It is not a new belief concept for me, but it requires patience and focus. My patience is being tested lately.This has made me forgetful and has helped me to lose my focus of just the here and now. Staying mindful to enjoy just what I have now.

I am realizing that to also be grateful for the things I don’t think about as often would go a long ways to the gentle reminders I need to be able to remain in the now . Reminders to not to get caught up in the problems of yesterday or the worries of tomorrow. Instead, simply being mindful of all things significant in my life is far better than snapping a rubber band against ones wrist. Don’t ask. Just trust me on this.

I ask myself what about the little things? The things in my life I take for granted, What are those little things that serve to be reminders for me. And why are they significant if they are such little things?

There are things I take for granted that if my life was suddenly was spun to another world and was left without the things I am used to where would I be?

I am a grateful person usually by nature. I believe in gratitude and expressing thanks. I am often aware of feeling grateful for the obvious gifts in life. Gifts like my Faith, my Hopes, my Dreams, on being loving, on being loved, on peacefulness and contentment. These are the things happiness can be built on. I am thankful each morning and night for these gifts. And for those in my life who are my gifts.

Yet there are those small, seemingly unimportant things in my life I would not want to be without. They are significant to my style of home spun happiness.

There are a few others in my life I’d like to be more aware of how significant they are to me in a mindful way. Making a point of being grateful for the “small things” and not taking advantage of or assuming they will always be there.

A few honorable mentions I am grateful for from my world

Cyberspace:

For one immediate stand out I look no further than the very keyboard I type this on. And the magic of the Internet I do not even pretend to understand. Ironically for a lady who is m not a fan of technology it has become important form of communication for me. I know what it is like now to be without again even though even for just a couple of days. I’ll not take it for granted, instead I will be mindful of the gifts it brings to my life each day.

Journaling.

I am grateful I can journal, and feel good about the cathartic expression as well as the personal growth I gain from my introspective reflections. Journal writing started early for me but it was not until my 19th year of living did I take my cues from a philosopher of life.

Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist, suggested the idea of “self observation” by making a daily self-inventory of ourselves, by asking as we bring our day and evening to a close the questions of yourself. His suggested questions work for me.

“What bad habit have you cured today?

What fault have you resisted?,

In what respect are you better?”

This ritual of asking and answering for that day’s behavior & actions helps me to be reminded of the times when I am not living as graciously as I could. I am able to sort out the day’s events and process any feelings through my journaling.

Cloth Napkins

I know, threw you for a loop there did I? Cloth napkins are an indulgence I feel good about. I rarely use paper products, specifically paper napkins or paper towells. I have both in my home but prefer cloth napkins and cloth hand towells. It feels like a luxury with every meal to use a cloth napkin that I adore. I’m an extremely texture oriented person and am not a fan of the feel of paper napkins. I am most grateful for being able to use cloth napkins.

My Neighborhood:

One of the things I know I take advantage of and am rarely mindful of is when my neighborhood is quiet. There are times when the I just want the solitude and false misconception that I am all alone in my ‘hood. That the absolute quiet means that everyone has left for the day. (weekends in the Summer) and I have this whole world to myself. This is my favorite time to walk about in the ‘Hood, and meet the neighbors pets, look at the gardens, yes even in winter most have some architectural designs that I admire and are only visable when the foliage has gene into hibernation.

Water & Music

I love a hot bath with music at the same time. Candles are optional.

There is a restorative calm that seeps into every muscles, tendons, and my body’s entire set collection of nerve endings. I am magically transformed from the moment of stepping into the hot & fragranced water and the first few chords of a tune such as  Snowy White singing his blues when both his guitar and his voice starts to fill the room.

I think I am in heaven on earth then, Yet I take it for granted and never give it a second  thought. I have this music that will melt away anything negative that is hanging about. I take for granted having the clean abundant water that can be easily heated, and assume  my stereo that I can move about the house at will is always be there for me. I have this gift of being sent  a new artist’s  name & music from a close friend that can take away the worst kind of day.  The musician is  Snowy White  and his song I speak of is called  “Midnight Blues” I will say you certainly do not only use this song for a bath at midnight. {It works any time of day or tonight I have discovered.} But a word of caution: If you are like me and like to watch the artist play the music, and are wanting to watch Snowy White play the blues,  Do Not Attempt this in your bath. It can be hazardous to you health.

It is a soul grabber, and I am grateful to and for my dearest friend who knows what kind of music it is that moves me.

I know that you can not create happiness out of nothing at all, and that it takes a “Whole Lotta Love” and everyday significance. I know that I have been remiss of being mind-fully appreciative of many of the small things in my world that hold great significance, I hope to now have reminders that will prompt me to stop, take a deep breath and realize where I am at this moment in time.

Lastly,  I know I am able to touch my happiness because of these small things in my life that are very significant to me. They help create my own masterpiece.

Signature 2013

A few Hand Crafted Cards

These are two images of an embroidered card I did in blue tones. One image is meantto be a more close up shot of the word ” Hi”  and flower to focus on the embroidery.

Creating hand made cardsis one of my passions and I am looking forward to creating my gallery of my work here justso I can watch my progress from time to time.

 It was easy to just write my word “Hi”, draw my flower,  then I pre-punched the holes around my word that then made embroidering a piece of cake. Even for this lady who does not sew, not on cloth anyway. Been known to  buy a sewing machine just for paper though.

Thanks for looking!