Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Crafter's Devotional Blog Hop

I am, of course, a little bit behind the times here this morning.  so please excuse me a bit.  life's been a bit chaotic.  but I should be used to that now, right?  anyway...

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.

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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.

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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:


Holly - you are here!  :)
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9 comments:

My Life Under the Bus said...

LOL!!! I have "purse ephemera AND "car ephemera" hahahaha ironically I can see the ocean in your earrings - the flash of blue - the small wave worn shells of copper - they are beautiful! Happy Hopping Holly! XOXO

CraftyHope said...

It sure does sound like you're getting a lot from the book, no matter how hectic your month has been. I agree with you about the outdoors being a sacred place. As such, I got married outside as opposed to in a building. I definitely feel more spiritual close to nature. Thank you for sharing the bits you are getting from the book!

Sally Russick said...

Wow! Your earrings are beautiful! I can definitely see how the ocean inspired them! Can't wait to see what comes of the "car ephermera"! :)

Jen Judd said...

I love the words you put in here: chaotic, mess, indulgence. So applicable to just about everyone's life, aren't they? haaaaaaaaaaaa

vonna said...

I'm so glad I don't have to deal with the 'eww'ephemera' anymore! Just my own! LOL I really need to get this book we are all talking about! Seems like it's inspiring to everyone! Love the earrings, they are wonderful!

Sandi Volpe said...

Great post and the picture love and I feel relaxed just looking at it. Great job on the earrings!!!

JeannieK said...

The earrings are beautifully sublime. Maybe your muse thought you needed a little pushing around. I have to admit I never read the book. I wish I had the time. I open it up, the page with the birdhouse came up, and I closed the book. I guess that was my muse's way of telling me to get the birdhouse finished.

Kristen said...

LOL I also see the ocean in your earrings and the beauty you find in it. What a great first post for this hop!

Elisabeth said...

Holly - what an awesome post - thanks for participating and belonging to our group! In my journal is a collage of stuff from my purse, but I didn't include it because so many things in my purse have personal info on it. I had to laugh at myself - I got it all cut at interesting angles and glued nicely and then realized that I had my journal upside down. A message from the universe perhaps? :-) I am glad you are getting a lot out of the book!

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