today is the day for the Crafter's Devotional Blog Hop. originally the concept of Elisabeth and Patty, you can find my original post about this awesome book club/book hop right here. today is another of the days a group of us are posting about how we've utilized the book so far.
I'll be honest. while I've read the book on an almost daily basis, I haven't used it on that daily basis. I've picked and chosen and used things sporadically. life in August was a mess of vacations, kids, and decisions. I unwound with the book, every night, reading each day before bed, and let it sink me into a creative spot where I wouldn't necessarily create, but would indulge the creative spirit.
one of the chapters/days that really called to me was Day 5, "The Power of Sacred Places". While I was raised a specific way, I was also raised with a questioning mind. an open mind. an appreciation for every different spiritual path people take. this freedom to ultimately choose our own spiritual path lead to each of my siblings following their heart and leanings in such very different spiritual directions, with none of us following the paths our parents raised us to. my own path is my own, and I'm still exploring it. this chapter brought me to find my own sacred place. outdoors. with wide spaces and roaring waves.
how this has influenced me, creatively, is also something that I'm still exploring. hopefully I'll have something more concrete to show you at the next stage of this blog hop.
another day that pulled me in was the 9th day, "Theme and Scheme". many times when I start creating something, I find that I'm working in a specific direction, towards some unknown goal. I guess, in this case, the piece I work on seems to be somewhat thematic, even though most of the time I'm unaware of it until the piece is finished. the other day, yesterday, in fact, and the reason why this post wasn't ready last night, was that my muse was pulling and pushing me every which way. and this pair of earrings was the result.
copper tags flooded with solder and hammered then stamped.
matte black faceted rondelles with amazing blue flashes. hung on sterling filled handmade earwires.
oh, and another chapter that fascinated me? day 11, "Purse Ephemera". I am now trying to figure out how to use the broken bits and pieces of a car my four year old destroyed while we were out one day. yes. it ended up as purse ephemera. I already know I won't be trying to figure out something to do with the half-eatten lollipop I found in there. I also won't be reusing that particular purse. ewww.
I'll leave you with that image, I suppose ;) Please help me in thanking Elisabeth and Patty for hosting this awesome book club/blog hop! and join the others of us who are participating: