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Brave Day (Collage)

Hello everyone.  Another work week begins and I would much rather be at home in the warm, in my craft room, making a mess and creating some new “art”.  I say “art” (in quotation marks) because I’m not yet ready to call what I do Art.  Which is weird, because I follow lots of other artists who make collages and mixed-media pieces and I call their work Art.  But then, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t a bit insecure about everything I do.  And that’s why you love me, right?  Right? *looks insecure and nervous*

This weekend I played hermit and stayed at home and crafted.  It was lovely.
I made quite a few pieces, one after the other, which was so satisfying – normally I faff about for ages on one thing, not even finishing it, and getting very frustrated at my lack of creative oomph (ie talent).  But this weekend I was on a bit of a roll.  If something wasn’t working, I moved on to the next idea, and tried not to get bogged down in any piece that refused to cooperate. Sometimes you just need to put things aside and start fresh on something else so your brain has time to fire up again.  This also stops you from swearing too much or throwing things in the bin (or at the wall, or down the stairs) in anger and disgust.

So, this piece came together relatively easily and with minimal crankiness on my part.  I have used this little bird often, on other projects, and he is a bit of a muse for me.  He just always works.  Maybe it’s because he’s blue (my favourite colour), or because he looks so darn sensible and down-to-earth.  He has a calming influence on me, bless him.  I do curse a bit whilst cutting out those tiny little toes and claws, but he is otherwise an easy guy to work with and never fails me.

He needed a crown or, rather, deserved a crown, so I added a fetching royal number (which I might add some bling to later…) and I think the red adds a nice contrast and detail.  It took me forever to decide on a word or quote – I have so many books that I cut up for text, but it is hard to find exactly the right phrase or word in the right sized font. I have HEAPS already pre-cut, but do I ever find one that is just right?  No, I do not.  However, I felt that “‘Tis a Brave Day” suited this little fellow, and hoped it would encourage me to be a bit more courageous myself.  Maybe.  Basically, I just needed some words and these ones fit 🙂

Anyway, I was pleased with him.  It was a good start to a crafty weekend because it encouraged me to do more and keep up the momentum.  I am enjoying working on canvases instead of cards for change and finding the simple, one-dimensional form (rather than many layers and embellishments as on a card) to be a lot less labour-intensive and time-consuming.  There is great joy in not having to trawl through boxes of ribbon, lace and buttons in order to finish something.

So, ’tis a brave day indeed.  Less is more.  More or less 🙂

Thank you for dropping by x

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Blogging Challenge – Day Three : Favourite Quote

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My favourite quote has been, for a long time, this one from A. A. Milne (as Christopher Robin, spoken to Winnie the Pooh) :

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

It just resonates with me.  I guess it’s something I would like someone to say to me.  I actually made this quote into a wedding card for my ex-husband but I never gave it to him.  It didn’t feel right at the time.  Probably should have paid attention to that little feeling at the time, in hindsight!  I almost use this quote as a gauge for how I feel about someone – if they’re worthy of these words, they’re a keeper.

What’s your favourite quote?  Do you have any words you live by or feel particularly strongly about?

Thank you for dropping by x

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Metal Boogers

Apologies for the title of this post (as well as for the tardiness of said post), but it will make sense in a minute.

So, today, finally, after procrastinating for six long years, I got my nose and ears re-pierced.  I had them done 12 years (nose) and, ahem, 29 years (ears) ago, but had to remove them all in 2010 when I was in hospital.  Because I was in there for so long and then recovering for a full year, I had to let all the piercings close up.  Which was a pain, but not the most pressing issue on my agenda.

I wanted to get them done again.  I didn’t feel “me” without my nose stud and not having earrings was also a weird feeling.  So, today, after thinking about it for a long time, I went and got it done.  Like a boss.  I was nervous – I am not very brave – and did warn the lovely Bree (my piercer) that I am a fainter.  But she was so nice and kind and professional and took the utmost care with me.  No rushing, no pressure to choose jewellery, no looking down on me for being a 40-something old chook who wanted something dainty and non-dramatic.  Having your nose pierced is dramatic enough for most people.

Anyway, did it hurt?  Well, yes, but not as bad you might think.  I don’t know why I was even worried.  It’s painful, but nowhere near as bad as having, say, a vaccination.  It’s over and done with in seconds.  I kept telling myself beforehand “You’ve had thousands of injections.  You’ve had a renal biopsy.  You’ve had a breast reduction.  You can do this…”  And indeed I could.  And did.

My cousin came with me as moral support (she was supposed to her nose done too but chickened out – that’s ok, I don’t think it was the right time for her) and said I was super brave and didn’t flinch at all (although, I think flinching would be a little bit dumb considering someone is pushing metal through parts of your body at the time).  I didn’t even get woozy, which is what I thought would happen.  I didn’t even bleed (when I got my nose pierced previously, it bled LIKE A STUCK PIG).

I chose dainty little silver (titanium) balls for my ears and a slightly blingier diamante stud for my nose.  Swarovski crystal doncha know!  It was all a tad expensive, but at the end of the day I got the best service, best-quality jewellery and excellent aftercare.  I would rather not skimp on any of those things.

Now for the less exciting part – the aftercare.  Lots of “being careful” and not touching the piercings and making sure I use the saline spray stuff to keep them clean.  The hardest part is the whole not-touching thing.  I am a fiddler so remembering not to touch the earrings in particular is going to be hard.

Anyway, it’s all done now.  I hope they heal up well and don’t have any issues or infections.  I haven’t done before but you never know…  Hopefully my little metal booger will behave and not get all crusty and gross (sorry, but it happens in the healing stage sometimes).

So, today I am feeling glad that I was brave and got through it all and didn’t embarrass myself by fainting or throwing up or squealing or crying ha ha.  Not bad for this old thing who isn’t very brave at the best of times 🙂

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