Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I'm an Artist

I am an artist. I have always been an artist. I consider myself an artist no matter how many pieces I've sold, places I've displayed, or fame I've achieved. Being an artist involves passion. I have that passion. It burns hot and sometimes over takes all other things. To me, that is what makes you an artist. Do you love what you create? Do you love the time you get to have creating? Does what you create make you/others feel something? Then you are an artist. Even if you never show another living human what you have created. I have been creating for as long as I can remember. Always making something. It makes my heart happy and my mind sing.

Landing on a medium has never been my forte. I love to try everything! Even if I fail at it at least I gave it a try! I know what I am strongest at and tend to migrate towards those types of things. Over the last four years as a parent I have yearned for things that don't require a billion supplies, long dry times, tons of heavy materials to drag around. I've transitioned from doll making to strictly quilting and occasional clothes for the kiddo. I haven't dabbled in paints for a long while because of the mess. A joy came to me 4 years ago as of February 2nd (Facebook informed me). I began to explore Zentangle. I used a book at first and then found a class taught by a certified teacher. I explored on Pinterest. All that is needed is a pen and paper! How perfect is that! It is a project I can work on and set aside at anytime to attend to the kiddo or whatever else needs my attention. I fell in love with the meditative pen strokes.
My very first tangle! 

Intergalactic Triptych 

I have been doing these pieces pretty consistently for the last 4 years, taking more classes when I can and exploring further on the internet. I have started experimenting with my own style in the last year. A pen obsession began! Gelly Roll pens look amazing on black paper and I started toying with them first. Then a couple weeks ago inspiration hit and I began tangling on hand painted galaxy back grounds and photos of the beautiful North Dakota landscape. I've come a long way!

I've had secret aspirations to show these pieces. Share them with the public. Thoughts started swirling about getting them into a gallery showing. My confidence was a bit shaky. The time involved with each piece varies, but is usually a considerable amount. Could I create enough pieces to accommodate a showing? I just put my mind to creating some each day for 2017. At least starting one somethings even if it wasn't completed. Maybe my dream would come true. 

Across the Universe

Then it happened. A message from a gallery owner on Instagram! It just so happens to be my favorite gallery in Rapid City, South Dakota! She complimented me on my art and asked if I would ever consider showing some in her gallery. I was stunned. I'm not even sure how to describe what I felt. Overwhelming is all I can think of. So tonight I sat down and took stock of what I have made to start framing pieces for my very first (showing at the gallery I volunteer at doesn't count) gallery showing! 
Selected pieces will be delivered to the gallery over spring break. If you are in the Rapid City area stop in to Shaviq Studio & Gallery (626 Saint Joseph St. Rapid City, SD) to see and purchase my works. Like the gallery on Facebook too. I am so over the moon that someone saw something in what I create to ask me to share my work. This is a huge life milestone for me. I am beyond proud of myself for daring to dream. 

Gallery Website: http://www.shaviq.biz/

My Instagram where I post all of my art: https://www.instagram.com/alwaysinspiredmomma/

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Why Not!

Just before Christmas I was able to cross off something big from my "bucket list". It may seem silly to some, but all I wanted was to be in a room with a person I admire. I admire him for the things he has created, all the laughter he brings, his can do attitude, the way he creates what he wants knowing that someone out there will love it as much as he does. This man is Kevin Smith. Most think of him as the master teller of dick and fart jokes. The stoner who makes silly movies. I think of him as a creative genius and all around wonderful person.

This is us seconds after making it on the plane 
The husband and I made a journey to Denver that was fraught with peril. Bad things happened before we even started the journey. We braved awful winter weather to see a friend laid to rest. An unexpected and unwelcome start to a journey that was supposed to be full of joy and fun. Many tears were shed, hugs were given, and re connections made. Even though this terrible thing began the trip we were determined to make the most of it. Upon arriving at the airport and being told we were late and they wouldn't take our pre checked baggage we were in panic. A phone call to the angel of the trip who swooped in and snagged our luggage as we dashed through security and made it to our seats seconds before they closed the door. 

We arrived in Denver with the clothes on our backs and my purse! It was a fast trip through the airport with no baggage in tow. Luckily the angel was driving to Denver with our bags! 

The day came for us to see Kevin Smith live! With friends in tow we enjoyed a wonderful sushi dinner and it was time for the show. Our seats were amazing! The first show was a live recording of a podcast I listen to called Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. There they were my heroes since I was 13 years old and saw the movie Clerks. The local video store used to call me with new releases and I'll never forget the day they called and said they had a new movie in they thought i'd enjoy. I rode my bike downtown and it changed my life. With Clerks and a bag full of gummy worms I went home to watch a movie that shaped my thoughts on comedy. 

We had tickets to see the 2nd show as well. We were moved up closer to the stage! Kevin Smith was standing less than 10 feet in front of me, mic in hand. I wasn't brave enough to get up to ask him a question, and I knew he wouldn't have time to answer many. Sitting in that seat with my husband and friends around me my life changed for the better. He spoke of surrounding himself with "Why Not people". People who encourage, support, and help you accomplish all those silly dreams. Stop letting the why people make you feel like you don't have anything to contribute. As I looked over at the face of the person who has now become my biggest Why Not person I knew this was the beginning of something great. 

I have adopted Why Not! as my mantra for the year, and hopefully the rest of my life. Why Not try something new? I put an exclamation point behind it because it is a statement not a question. It just is. It is a way of life. Why Not work hard on the things you enjoy the most. Why Not think of new ways to create. Why Not spend time doing what you love. Why Not make those dreams come true. 

I have repeated this phrase to myself and have used it to encourage others. Why Not make something, Why Not try it, Why Not make yourself better, Why Not begin a new journey. Why Not has begot some pretty amazing things for me lately. Some opportunities I never dreamed possible. 

Try it! Tell yourself Why Not when you think of something new. Tell someone else Why Not when they come to you with a dream. Stop asking Why and start saying Why Not. See what happens.

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Been A While

Ok so maybe a little more than "a while". More like 4 years! Where has the time gone? Well many places I guess. Time has been devoted to raising a little girl, creating much more art, volunteering, being a wife, working, trying to be a better human. You know the usual. Recently I wrote a piece to contribute to a new blog a friend started. I did it on a whim. The subject matter inspired me and I couldn't help, but sit down and tap something out. After it was posted I received overwhelming positive feedback to it! People were inspired! People were proud of me! People were asking why I don't do it more! Want to read what I wrote there hop on over to the blog and take a look.  http://whathappenswhendotdotdot.blogspot.com/

I was inspired to once again dust off the blog and start posting! I won't bore you with a long story of the last 4 years. Instead how about a picture?

Remember that little 4 month old in the last blog post? She is now 4 years old! So grown up! In preschool and flourishing. Want to know something that makes me insanely proud other than the fact that I made her? She is an artist! I can't wait to share some of her art here along side my own. One day she will look back at these posts and know just how proud I really am of her. The kiddo is stubborn, smart, has a wonderful sense of humor (she is my kid for sure as she enjoys a good fart joke), talented, and kind. (I'm probably a bit biased.)

Sometimes she is a zombie. 

Sometimes I am her victim. Most days she is just a super bright eyed little girl. 

If you read the linked blog post up top you have figured out that I've went through a pretty big change too. Sometimes I'm a Timelord. Most days I'm just a Mom trying to be the best dang Mom I can be. 

For the next few posts I'll be catching people up on some milestone projects I've done over the last couple years. Maybe I'll share some musings if I get inspired. My mantra of 2017 is "Why Not". These 2 little words have become a very important aspect of my life over the last couple of months. Stay tuned to hear a little about "Why Not". 
If you want to browse some photos of what I've been up to find me on Instagram as Alwaysinspiredmomma. I've been posting my art and life daily there for the last several years. Lots to catch up on. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Witches and Stitches!

I have started my decorating! Woot! My amazing Hubby and his Dad helped me out to make this super fun witch for the front yard. I need to get a broom for her empty hand, but other than that she is haunting my yard. She looks really neat at night with the spot light behind her, but it doesn't make for a good photo. I'll try again tonight.

I also finished another 3 D star table topper! These are so fun to make! This is another Day of the Dead inspired one. I added rick rack for a festive touch, and I just adore rick rack and think it is highly under used.3D Star Day of The Dead Table Topper
Here is a close up of the fussy cut center!Close Up of Star

Can you believe my little girl is 4 months old!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

WIP Sunday: Hauntingly Fun!

Fall is upon us! I woke up this morning to the smells of fall coming in my bedroom window! I was so inspired I had to bake some cookies. My special only for fall and winter time cookies, Great Grandma Hurley's cookie jar favorites. That is what she called them, to most they are molasses cookies. Yummy!

Here they are in my favorite cookie jar!

I also got started on a new yard decoration for Halloween! I'm going a bit nuts since it is the baby's first Halloween and of course my favorite holiday. I found an awesome witch via pinterest. It is from Martha Stewart's website. I taped my printed pattern together today so I can go material shopping tomorrow! Squeee! I'm trying to talk the Hubby into running the skill saw so I don't chop off any fingers. Witchy Pattern

I also finished up one of my 3D star table toppers! This is the one I was working on in the class. It is already on my dining room table. This pattern was so fun I have 2 more in the works and one planned for a Christmas gift.

Camera dump 388

Here is a close up of my fussy cut center! I adore this fabric and it was hard to cut a piece out.Camera dump 390
Off to have rueben's with the in laws and watch last nights episode of Doctor Who! Have a lovely Sunday!

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm Back!

New computer, new computer, new computer, yea yea yea! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!
I feel so much better now that I have access to my stuff!
The Hubby had surgery on Thursday so my crafty pursuits have been limited as I've been taking care of him and Avinell! (What a job!) I did start working on Halloween costumes for my Sis and Avinell! I can't wait to complete them! I'll give you a hint: BRAIIINNNNNSSSSS!

I haven't really managed to craft much. Things just got slow. I've made some drooly bibs. (Yes, my little girl digs batman!)

Happy Friday! Batman drooly bib!

A little ATC sized painting.Little owl

And a piece for the annual art auction held for the art center. (This isn't a pic of the finished piece. I just realized I didn't get a finished photo. I'll take one Thursday.)A Dream Of Whimsy

I have a class tomorrow night with my favorite quilting instructor! I'm super excited to get out of the house and sew with my friends! I have my fabric all cut! It is an amazing 3 D star table topper! I'll share it as soon as it is finished now that I can use a computer for reals!

I need to catch up and figure out what I have and haven't blogged! Yikes. I've missed this!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I'm Still Around!

Sad news my friends, my desk top computer is dead....
The old girl had a great run, she was 8 years old! This explains my absence. I have been only using my ipod touch and the notebook computer I have for work to acess the internet. I hate using the netbook as it is super slow and I hate typing on the stupid tiny keyboard. Also I don't have access to most of my photos and such to do my blog posts.
Good news though, we are going on a trip to a magical place with a computer store so I can buy a new one! It is my 7th anniversary gift from my amazingly wonderful Hubby! Next week I will have a new computer! I can't wait!
In other news, the Hubby and I spent the day trying to recreate some cookies. My Hubby worked at our local bakery for a few months before it closed. In case you don't know, my Hubby is a trained chef who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. He doesn't cook for a living anymore, but he is still an amazing chef. These cookies were famous. Big sugar cookies with glaze and goofy frosting faces. They were known as "face cookies", of course. My Hubby was promised the recipie, but didn't get it when the bakery closed. We researched and found a cookie we thought was close, made a few modifications. Next came frosting research. We found a glaze that needed a lot of modifications and then the perfect frosting recipie for the faces and ta da!
We nailed it! They taste amazing!
Look for my welcome back blog post when I get my new computer!