Creative Obsession #1

Obsession is essential to creativity
— Danielle LaPorte

A few creative things that I am obsessed with this week!

Man oh man I just love a dance challenge and Gregory Hines is one of my all time favorite tap dancers.  The smooth jive in this video just makes me feel like dancing!!!

I just can not get enough of this one!  For a real life belly laugh (which we all need) just watch this!

Who doesn't love a cute dog bopping to the beat?!

I was devastated when I heard the news about Prince...his music was the soundtrack for my life in high school and college.  I just love this dance tribute..this video has me wondering....is 50 to old to learn how to tap??!!

Art Heals.  If you do not follow Special Books by Special Kids on FB you should, his short little videos bring a smile to my face each day.

 

Lucky Day

Every once in awhile each one of us has a lucky day and today was my day!  I had a few minutes before a meeting so I ran into a local thrift store that I had not been to in a while.  I have a normal route that I take through the store and the dishes and glassware are near the end.  I was thrilled beyond belief to find this set of Currier and Ives dishes and salad plates!  You see growing up my Grandma Mursch and Great Aunt Marion both had a set of these dishes.  After my Aunt passed away I was given her set, but it is quickly dimishing as the dishes chip and crack from 60+ years of use.  I have so many happy memories of family gatherings for every occasion you could imagine that surround these plates!  So I grabbed them up before anybody else could and was able to walk out of the store with 10 dinner plates and 4 salad plates for a mere $7.30!  What??!!  I am one happy girl today!!!

Every once in awhile each one of us has a lucky day and today was my day!  I had a few minutes before a meeting so I ran into a local thrift store that I had not been to in a while.  I have a normal route that I take through the store and the dishes and glassware are near the end.  I was thrilled beyond belief to find this set of Currier and Ives dishes and salad plates!  You see growing up my Grandma Mursch and Great Aunt Marion both had a set of these dishes.  After my Aunt passed away I was given her set, but it is quickly dimishing as the dishes chip and crack from 60+ years of use.  I have so many happy memories of family gatherings for every occasion you could imagine that surround these plates!  So I grabbed them up before anybody else could and was able to walk out of the store with 10 dinner plates and 4 salad plates for a mere $7.30!  What??!!  I am one happy girl today!!!

Tie Dye Love

I am a hoarder....there I said it!  I  can not bear to throw things out that I know I can use.....someday!   I have amassed quite the supply of painty paper towels from the classes and workshops that I have hosted at The Craft Shack over the past 2.5 years.  Have you ever really looked at the paper towels that you wipe your brush off on when you paint?  The patterns and color mixes are so organic and beautiful.  Most people wad them up and toss them in the garbage without a second thought, but not me, I gather them up and put them in a box for that special someday!  (I have been known to rummage through the garbage can to pull out the discarded masterpieces)!  I always get asked "what are you going to do with those yucky wet paper towels?"  Well today I decided to show you exactly what you I can do with those "yucky wet paper towels! 

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This stack of yummy paper towels was gathered up from workshops over the past two weekends!  

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I created Tie Dye Love by taking the painty paper towels, cut them into strips, sewed them together and cut out a heart.  I used gel medium to adhere it to a 6x6 canvas that I had collaged with old music paper, stamps and gesso.  I then attached some vintage lace and scrabble tiles.  This piece makes me so happy....I hope you like it too!