Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Update: Elly Nelly will be adding more colors in the new year. I'm voting for lime, anyone else?
The first one is titled "Winter Wander". The next is "Lake Solitude". The last one is titled "La Lune Et Moi".
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The entries are in. Voting takes place between 12 noon on November 26th and midnite on November 28th. There's one in particular that has caught my eye. I find it very striking and it reminds me of ink blots or spider webs or "ants gone wild"! Vote for your favorite at PCAGOE.com. You will automatically be entered to win a prize pack valued at over $150!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
As to my new life . . . the polymer clay community. I'm thankful of many things. For the great people I've met on and offline. Kindred spirits. We're all in this together. Pushing each other, supporting each other, admiring one another's work. learning from each other, teaching each other and blogging to one another. I'm thankful I took the plunge and entered the Bead Dreams this year. Through that competition, I've met many, many people on-line. It gave me exposure that I would have never had. I'm also thankful for entering two additional competitions that I didn't win. Life isn't always about the winning, but the process of learning and growing. Hopefully, I'll take what I've learned and continue to grow in my work. And last but certainly not least, I'm thankful for all my customers who have supported me in this venture. Through them, I am continually validated in my work. Their feedback at shows has been wonderful. I've met some wonderful people who I would never have met. Not just customers but the vendors who are there displaying their work as well. It has been a great community of learning and sharing (staplers, pliers, tape, etc.) There's nothing better than going to a new show and having a booth next to an "old" neighbor. And I've been fortunate to have some great neighbors!
So, thanks for stopping by, for posting comments, for letting me know your out there. Have a very happy Thanksgiving with your families!
Monday, November 19, 2007
And as you can see, it is reversible. I like the simple forms, the random dots w/color and the texture. Nice touch!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Which brings me to my point. Procrastination. Why do I bury myself in making beads, ez bead changers without lifting up my head and doing what probably most people would do . . . like take inventory on supplies? It's called planning. Why did I avoid planning? Referring back to my list of the top 9 reasons people procrastinate. I think it's #6 again. I'm making a HUGE mental note seeing as this lesson keeps rearing its ugly head. Just to let you know, I do have a number of my necklaces out being plated. So, I'm hoping (not a way to run a business) that they are on their way to me as I write this.
So, I'm saying a prayer, crossing my fingers and toes and hoping for the best. Oh yeah, and I am visualizing them coming to me . . .here they come!
Monday, November 12, 2007
So, do I really see her going there? Time will tell. But, it's really funny how you react to college acceptance letters. It was like a celebration was in order. And I promise I won't blog about this every time we hear from a college! But, being the first, and still in the spirit of celebration, I just had to. There's such a feeling of relief knowing that she got into one. The college application/acceptance process is such a crap shoot. One never knows why someone gets into one college yet not the other. But for now, we can breathe a little easier knowing that she will be going to college!
I've blogged about to do lists and time management in the past. Here's a woman, Sasha Cagen, who is writer, editor, and to-do-list-ologist. She started collecting to-do-lists and has written a book titled "To Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soulmate, What our Lists Reveal about Us". She recently had a book launch party where some contributors read their lists. You can read here blog at http://www.todolistblog.com/
So, what's on your list today?
Friday, November 9, 2007
And finally, I have this little guy. Seeing this makes me think about how we use things in everyday life. Here, the colored pencil was reversed in the sculpture. (Sorry, I wish it could be larger). That was it. Yet look at the effect it had on the overall piece. Funny, because my initial reaction when I saw the wall art above, was to reverse every other piece to be "inside out". (This piece makes me think of animals and how they don't have as much fur on their tummies.)
We see things the way we were taught, the way things make sense. Sometimes it is necessary to think out of the box to create a spectular piece of art. Today is "out of the box" day. How can we "reverse our colored pencils"?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I recently had to have a number of Rachel Tribble cards. It was a pretty extravagent purchase but I admire her work so much. The cards have such a fine finish on them I feel like I have several of her paintings. They have such a luminescent quality to them. Take a moment to view her work - you won't be disappointed!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
For anyone out there who is learning to solder, I've got some advice. This is what has helped me tremendously - it's called repetition. Yes, the boring, monotonous task of doing the same thing over and over and over. BUT, it can be exciting, really, I swear. That excitement comes when the learning curve gets easier. But, it also means those frustrating moments are now behind you and it's a mere memory. I've had one of those experiences recently. I swear, everything I soldered went bust. There's nothing worse than having to sand that solder off, clean everythign up and start again. So, I started reviewing in my head what exactly it was that was going wrong. Flux? Got it. Cleaned metal? Got it. The solder I use is paste solder so I know it was clean as well. And to be honest with you, I've seen examples of metal being soldered that was purposely filthy just to prove a point. That being, dirty metal usually isn't the problem. The problem usually lies with the heat. OK. I realized I had changed torch tips because I was now working on a thinner gauge metal. So, you have a smaller tip with less heat coming out, right? Yes. But, you can make the flame hotter. But I was so used to the sound of the torch with my bigger tip, that I hadn't realized I was getting less heat with the smaller tip. Once the light bulb went off, it was magic. I was now "one" with the solder. And now, I can "hear" when the tip is at the right heat. Why? Repitition. That dirty word. But sometimes in life we have to repeat ourselves more to "secure" it in our brains.
So, if you're trying to learn any technique in metal, the best thing to do to help you move forward and really set that skill, is to repeat it over and over. You want to fuse fine silver jump rings? Set up 30 or so on a charcoal block and start moving that torch around - over and over. Do this until you "learn" why some work and others don't. Take a break. Think about it. OK, I'm talking to myself again. That's usually the thing I don't do is take a break. So . . . I guess when I'm not procrastinating, I'm not taking a break. Go figure!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Meet Tyson, the skateboarding bulldog. While other dogs are catching zzz's or eating crocs, this dog's on the move. He never seems to travel without the skateboard as he runs, hops on, turns, and yes, sometimes wipes out (where is this dog's helmet?? ok that was the mom in me). And yes, of course, he has a website - http://skateboardingbulldog.com
Thursday, November 1, 2007
1. False Beliefs - Many (myself included) feel that they work better under pressure. But honestly, do our bodies need this additional stress?
2. Fear of Failure - procrastinators fear they don't have the requisite talent or skills. Better to be lacking in effort than ability. No comment. Okay, just one. I don't like #2.
3. Perfectionism - okay, I guess I have a little of that. But, to my defense, I'm not a perfectionist across the board. I do draw the line. I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.
4. Self-control. Or as I call it - the "Give a Mouse a Cookie" disorder. Things are getting done, you're in control. Then, realizing you're thirsty, you go to the refrigerator to get a drink. As you're taking the bottle off the shelf, you realized it needs to be cleaned. And then you realize after you've cleaned that shelf, the others don't look so good, so you continue cleaning shelves. There, you're all done now. But now you notice your counters look pretty terrible where you put all the shmutz (drippy bottles, etc.) Once you've done that, you notice the floor needs to be cleaned because you dripped shmutz there too. Finally you realize it's the end of the day and what was it that you started, and where did you go wrong? Naw . . . never had this problem!
5. Punitive parenting. Children of authoritarian parents are prone to procrastinate. It's all their fault! I rather like this one.
6. Thrill seeking. Some procrastinators enjoy the "rush". Some, like myself, play little games as to how much we can put off to the last second and still get it done? Kind of like the eBay skype technique. Wait till that last second to put your bid in and win (well, not always). This thrill seeking is just about as close to a roller coaster as I get.
7. Task-related anxieties. Humans avoid the difficult and boring. Yawn.
8. Unclear expectations. Ambiguous directions and vague priorities increase procrastination. I did a blog about time management. After learning about #8, I had a light bulb moment. Okay. As soon as I'm done with this list, I'm making my list for the day!
9. Depression. The blues can lead to exacerbate procrastination and vice verse. Nope. Not me. I just hit the refrigerator. (Okay, which may lead to cleaning shelves, countertops and floor).
So, that's the list. Can anyone relate to this? Are you procrastination challenged? Any other insights that Psychology Today might have missed?