Sunday, October 24, 2010

small collage cards, fake polaroids and a trip to the market.

I have just returned for a great trip to the market. It was more crowded than ever, and even so, I managed to come back home with amazing finds: a bunny that looks like a pig, a weird lady in a cabinet, a vintage camera and loads of vintage science prints!

This has sparkled my imagination for a dozen art projects. Hope I get the energy to get them going this week. Why this week?

You know what happens in just 7 days? NaNoWriMo starts on Nov 1st!

Besides not writing that outline (because I'm a pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants) and according to my master plan, this week I have to get at least one more Resolutions print out there, and start some more cards, and stock the freezer with homemade food for those crazy NaNo writing nights.

You, dear blog follower, you're my witness. If I come here in 2 weeks and whine about being weary, abandoned by the muse, bored or overwhelmed, please give me a nudge or a kick in the ass. I will need it.

PS: here, take a look at my mini fake polaroids and ACEOS.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Friends spreading the love

I have spent my week with a lot of nice surprises!

Lynn from Tialys, a fellow Etsian, and an expat too, have chosen to feature my work in her lovely blog

Her very appropriate caption is "Life and creativiy in the south of France". Does it sound dreamy enough for you? Go click and read Lynn's blog, it's awesome!

And then Alex from Studio WiG Archer, just shared one of my Treasuries here

Cynthia featured my shop in her blog, Thanks!

Also Mayi from Heartmade included my "Stay Free" print in her awesome collection of quotes :)

And the lovely people at Oh My Deer

So thanks everybody, you've managed to kickstart my week!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A sea of test prints

Yesterday weather was too wet for ink to behave properly, so I just quit my screenprinting session. I had promised (myself) that I would have my screenprinting line by October15th, so I was really keen on having it done last afternoon. Oh well.
But! Today I had a light lunch with some organic veggies + free range eggs form the market with my special savoury/fruity sauce for asparagus (crème fraiche, horseradish, red onions and thinly chopped apples) and then it was, finally, ink time.

This will be my Resolutions line. 12 resolutions, one for each month, with motivation messages that have nothing to do with quitting chocolate or stop swearing.

First two are:

Stay free
Learn to love your inner monster.
(Which is very important, as we all have one)

They will be available from my Etsy shop, as prints (ready to ship tomorrow) and later I'll add them to notebook covers. I would love to make a big screenprinted calendar as well! We'll see.

Now I'll listen to the Spiders from Mars - prints are drying, lightning outside my window, the air is full of electricity. And as we all know, and Lou Reed reminded us, electricity comes from other planets.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Sweet flow

I have just changed the caption under my blog header. Most specifically, I've deleted the "paper goods" bit (because I do so much more than that, I feel it is no longer accurate) and I've added some words. I've added six words, to be exact. I would have preferred there were seven of them, you know, seven, the powerful number. But it's six, and I'm proud of having written them on top there, for everybody to see.

The sweet flow of everyday life.

I'm turning 37 on Friday, and that's how I want my life to be.

And today is a great day, because I have just made something big & scary. Or maybe small and equally scary, but it was big for me.
Let's say I've just taken the first step of what will be a big leap. And this first step, when it was just a tiny, paranoid, obsessive lump in the middle of my brain, was like an annoying brat who just kept repeating the dreaded words:

"You just can't do that. You just can't. You won't get away with it"

You know what? I just did. And that little angry, annoying knot untangled to reveal something that was there all along.
Sweet. Flow.

So there you go.
Now, if you want, do something small and scary. Of course you can. Go out and shine.

PS: Please check my new list of friends on the right. Some very talented people there, lovely artists and crafters. And also two über-inspiring bloggers who nurture me with every word:
Danielle Laporte (and I will link to a very specific post that I love, and it's this one) and Bindu Wiles
Thank you for the inspiration, girls.
Now go check'em out.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Sunday market!

This morning I went to the open-air Sunday Market in Santa Maria, a little village in the centre of the island.
It always cheers me up. I love the market vibe! It even has a corner for local organic produce.
People from Arc al Cel were there as usual, with their lovely organic baked goods. They use a certain old, local variety of spelt, called "xeixa", way more digestion-friendly than wheat. And no animal grease but olive oil!
The smell of roasted peppers filled the morning air.

Then back home I started working on a collage for the cover of a very special record we have in the works.
And some other projects. In complete black and white? Can't decide yet. Let's see what the evening brings.