today IS going to be SUBLIME!
i hope you enjoy this month’s free desktop wallpaper.
our Allen Designs wiggles clock can be found here.
i like the idea of making that statement as i wake to encounter each day.
my days ARE better when i begin with that kind of attitude.
sometimes it’s fiercely hard. there are people & things that are constantly trying to drag us down.
it’s our CHOICE if we let them.
it takes practice & discipline to keep going back to a happy & thankful heart.
for me, i have to let myself lean into God and trust that he’s got my back.
he’s protected & provided, why should i doubt him now.
MAY (pun intended) you have a wonderful & sublime month! xoxo-m
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yes, i’m here in China again.
at least twice a year.
i can’t believe this is my 10th year of coming here. am i really getting that old?!
i’m working on lots of new designs. pretty darned excited about them!
after 10 yrs., i still get completely blissed out in the development process.
seeing two dimensional art become three dimensional is just downright fun.
table setting: plastic wrapped dishes (that you still end up rinsing in boiling hot water), ashtray (ugh, so many smokers here in China!), toothpicks, tissues (instead of napkins. always) and peanuts (quite common appetizer).
i love the farmland here. small areas with lots of different crops, sustaining the areas nearby.
something new to me on this trip- riding a high speed train. 200 MPH!!!
a little nerve-wracking. glad i’m still here to write about it. 🙂
i love creating art in different places; a friend’s house, an art retreat, etc.
the best way to be able do this i’ve found, is by having a designated art travel bag.
the local craft stores never seemed to have all that i was looking for.
so i ended up going to home depot/lowe’s (can’t remember which one) to find a tool bag.
it was hideous and very manly.
as curly girl designs says, “i am fairly certain given a cape & a nice tiara, i could save the world”-
for me it should read, “given paint and a paint brush i could change the world!”.
as you can see- over time a LOT OF paint has been added!
i also took a box cutter and removed some of the inside separators that I didn’t need and were just going to get in the way.
my friend Janne and i strongly believe that “arting” should be a word. right?!?!
i love all the outside pockets on this bag.
over the past few years i’ve worked it’s contents down to my personal arting essentials.
• blue shop paper towels- love these cause i can use them over & over again
• recycled lids for paint palettes
• washi tape
• art journal or project of the moment
and there you have it.
that’s what’s in my bag.
obviously, you could make a bag like this for all sorts of hobbies- scrap-booking, sewing, crocheting, beading etc.
do you have one? if so, how does it differ? what’s in your bag?
lots of change going on in my life right now.
some of the change has me smiling ear to ear with the cheesiest of grins.
and some of the change is giving me a pit in my stomach the size of a grapefruit.
on the fun side- we’re slowly redecorating our close2myart/allen designs studio! painting some walls, rehanging & organizing clocks.
we’ve been in this space 1.5 years and haven’t really done much in terms of decorating.
so we’re all really excited about cozying it up a bit.
Alexis and her boyfriend… nice hair, eh?… like i’m one to talk 🙂
another big thing… my oldest daughter turned 18 yesterday!
i seriously CAN NOT believe that she’s that old and that i’m THAT old!
finally got me-self a few succulents.
they’re doing their job and making me happy every time i walk past them.
and the not so fun-
my graphic design gal quit and i’ve been scrambling trying to figure out what to do.
i’m holding off hiring someone, which has me taking over her tasks along with my own everyday ones.
all along just trying not to screw anything up!
it’s been a good opportunity to reevaluate our needs in the studio.
as hard and stressful as it is, i feel like it’s going to be a blessing in disguise.
found in our fortune cookie a few days ago.
so true. so true.
i’ve been working hard on and off over the past few months trying to paint the alphabet for a line of small canvas giclees.
i personally love, as most of you know, the letter A. (my A wall)
so i was thinking, there must be lots of people out there like me that love letters…
hence the line of monograms i’m wanting to produce.
i’m halfway through the alphabet now and i’m starting to have major self-doubts- is anyone going to buy these? am i wasting my time? should i be spending my energy elsewhere?
am i the only one who loves/collects letters?
risk is inevitable in business.
some risks work out and others bomb.
not sure which category these are going to fall in.
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd