Haiku ~ River

Flowing ‘cross the land

Sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce

Life abounds in you.

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Projects ~ Yoda Hat

Yoda Hat

My latest project is this adorable Yoda hat. A few weeks ago, I was approached by someone and they asked if I could make one for them to give as a gift to a friend. I’ve never made something like this, and have to admit that I was both nervous (mainly because of the braids, which I have always failed at) and up for the challenge.

I’ve been wanting to expand my skills beyond standard hats, scarves, and shawls for quite some time but just haven’t bothered to. So, I went out online and looked for pattern ideas and got busy watching tutorial videos because this hat was made using techniques I’ve never attempted.

My first hat, while not bad for a first try was not up to my liking as something that for one was a commissioned piece, and two as something being purchased and given as a gift. So, back to the drawing board I went and I learned to do seamless crochet joins (goodbye ugly travelling line). After I finished the main body of the hat and earflaps, it was time to tackle the braids. Let me tell you, braiding yarn proved to be much easier for me than braiding hair!

I was really happy with the way that the hat looked after all the ends were woven in. Then, it was time for the ears. On the first hat, the ears that I had made were on the small side, not to mention they were on the flimsy side. So, for the second set of ears, I doubled my strands of yarn, and voila…firm ears which were easily shaped. These puppies have some body to them. The final step was attaching the ears, which I was admittedly worried about because spatial perception is not my strong suit…I know…an artist with poor spatial perception…such is the story of my life. 🙂

As you can see in the photo, the ears went on just fine. This hat is adorable. I am going to be moving on to attempt some other projects which will allow me to build even more skills. I’m looking forward to it and will be sharing as items are completed. After working on the hat for two weeks though, I think I just might be ready to take a little break and get into some of the art ideas that have been floating around in my brain for a little while.

Plus, I’m working on a shared story with my best friend Tabitha over at Sisters Of Wyrd, and it’s my turn to write the next installment. This is something we’ve been talking about doing for ages and we’re finally doing it. If you enjoy strange, dark stories, head on over and check it out. We aren’t on a schedule (because we both buck that sort of thing) but please subscribe if you like what you see over there to get notifications of new content.

One last thing before I go. I want to thank all of you for sticking with me while I was on an unscheduled break from things. Things have been on the difficult side in the past year and now that 2017 (the bastard) is over, I’m looking forward to a smoother and more productive 2018.

Poetry ~ My Private Getaway

A hush falls over the city

Snow falls, and Winter wind blows

In the early morning hours

When the air still looks blue

Standing in the cold silence

Before the world intrudes

Hundreds of tiny flakes buffeting my face

Like ice filled rushing stars

Magical, invigorating, peaceful

The sound of crickets, alpha, and beta fill my ears

And heart with wonder and peace

My own private getaway

With nothing but the stillness

To soothe my soul.

Word Of The Year For 2018

I would have normally had my word for the year chosen long before now. This year though has been so full of ups and downs that it had completely slipped my mind until my best friend mentioned it a few weeks ago. Ever since then, I’ve been digging deep to think of what I’d like to choose as my word for next year (which is rapidly approaching).

2017 has been a rough one, and I’m pretty glad to see it going. To be fair, I’ve learned a lot about life and myself this year, but I have to say that it could have been a lot gentler.  I’ve had an ass kicking of epic proportions! Who am I to question though? The way that the past several months have gone has been so extreme that I’ll likely be picking up some of the pieces for a while to come. However, I’ve always been willing to roll my sleeves up and work on whatever needs to be done and this time is no different in that aspect. The good thing about times like these is that the comeback always sees me stronger, and better than before.

So, without further adieu, my word for 2018 is “Trust”. For a while, the word confidence was in the running, but for where I am at this moment, trust is the better choice. Not only that, but I have come to believe that confidence is a part of trust. For if there is no trust in ourselves, in the richness of life, in the goodness of people in general, in love, and in the knowledge that we can always grow and achieve, that there can be no confidence.

I’ve spent the past several weeks in a state of suspension, and have reminded myself on a daily basis to trust that everything would level out and that I’ll be up and creating again before I know it. For a little while, I tried to push myself to get back into the swing of things and found that I simply wasn’t ready. So, instead of making matters worse than they already were, I learned to be still…be with myself…even be depressed…all so that I could practice trust in the process of my own renewal.

There will be some changes coming in 2018, both here and in my life behind the scenes. My art will be making a comeback, only it will be more of a throwback as I’m finding myself inspired to revisit some art forms which have been dormant for a few years. As I cleaned out my art supply area about a week ago, I was flipping through old sketch books and art journals, to discover that there were a few areas in which I was gaining proficiency. Not to mention…I remembered how much flipping fun it was working on those pieces. There will be more poetry to come as well, not only haiku.

As for the other things I have in store…well, we’ll all just have to wait and see them as they unfurl, myself included. I’m in the middle of a major revamp, but due to recent events, things are moving in baby steps. I’m okay with that…it feels good to take my time and flesh things out…to study…to plan. I will say that it’s definitely exciting and unlike anything I’ve ever offered before. How is it all going to look? I can’t honestly say, but…

I have trust! ❤

Here’s to new beginnings