Saturday, December 14, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Another walk through Fern Dell. Today I saw a few families, several older couples, one daughter helping her mother walk, a photography student with a huge backpack, and a father and daughter with their rabbit. And these giant leaves. I took a photo of myself in front of them so I could show the size of the leaves.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Seems like it's been months since I have gone for a stroll through the dell. Today I started listening to Shantaran, which I have not read, and took a hot and dry jaunt through the ferns.
It's the first day of November, and feels like it inside of my house. Outside, though, the sun is broght and the dust is dancing, and everybody seems like they are moving sort of slow. At 3:30 in the afternoon, the light was sideways through the trees and vines and making things glow and other parts shadowed.
There are always so many little goldfish there. I think people must bring them from home. Once I saw a little plastic aquarium with a missing top, but I am surprised by the consistency and quantity of fish.
Monday, September 30, 2013
I will make a point this week to get out into the park and take some photos for this blog. I have new projects (among them, a pieced quilt made of 2.5 inch pieces) and lots of excitement for everything I'm doing. Just not a lot of time has been spent documenting them.
In the meantime, if you are in the area - please come to the 3rd Annual Backyard Bazaar on October 20th. It's in Long Beach, CA - and should be a really fun and low-key event (bbq, handmade jewelry and jam and other awesome things for sale...)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In my work as an MFT Intern, I get to really delve into one of my passions - using art in therapy.
A few weeks ago I went into a classroom of adults with intellectual disabilities to do an art workshop. We created masks. I was pleased with the outcome for several reasons -
1. It was an adult form of expression. Too frequently, these students are given really child-like craft tasks to do - pages from coloring books, stringing pony beads, things like that. Now - I love me some coloring books, but I take issue when they are given as the only option, and because of a perceived lack of ability or skill. They met my level of expectation, which was high.
2. It was an open-ended art form. Creating a mask from mixed-media is a very different thing than "follow this pattern and color inside these shapes." Doing something this open-ended requires imagination, perseverance, creativity, problem-solving, and a certain amount of courage.
3. They filled the time and the space. We had a certain amount of time to fill and 30 students in the class. A lot of times in that situation, a handful of people will finish really fast, and then be bored, while the rest take longer. Going beyond the time it takes - a lot of people will glue two things on a piece of paper and then decide they are done. I really wanted to push the students to do more - to use layers, depth, and a lot more materials. They did. I made this happen in a few ways - a) I rotated supplies, so every 10 minutes they'd get something new. b)I showed examples of masks in museums for some inspiration. c)I demonstrated how one material could be used in a lot of different ways. d)I used art vocabulary - such as dynamic, energetic, depth, layers, complexity, repetition - and they kept going with it.
So I wanted to share some photos - for obvious reasons, photos of the actual students have been left out. But their work, I think, speaks for itself.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
|itty bitty crocheted bows, these are for your hair, but I'll be doing rings and earrings too|
|large heart rings and earrings are a big seller of mine, but these have the americana twist :)|
|these are earring holders made with lace, burlap, and embroidery hoops. They are light, lovely,and a great display for your jewelry, and mine....|
|In the vendor hall, some of my earrings on display!|
Thursday, June 13, 2013
- Imagine that you are staring deep into a body of water. Perhaps it is the ocean, with its predictable and calming repetition of waves crashing over, and over. Maybe it is a river, splashing over rocks and branches. Maybe it is a favorite lake. In any case, think about the water, whether it keeps moving on, determined and never-ending, or a still and flat surface that you can stare at forever. Use water-color paints to capture that feeling. Use a lot of water, and as you paint, take away the lessons from the ocean, river, or lake that are helpful to you.
- Imagine a place outdoor where you feel safe. Are there trees? Flowers? Is it in the mountains, the desert, or forest? Is there water nearby? Close your eyes and picture it, imagine what the air would feel like on your skin. Imagine the smells. Picture the light as it shines down on the plants and landscape around you. Use pastels to draw this place. Pastels are pretty messy, and smear very easily, which is why they are great for this. You are not trying to draw a perfect representation of what this place looks like, but get the calm and safe feeling across.
- Charcoal is an incredibly messy medium. It’s a great tactile experience for getting your stress out! For 30 seconds, use charcoal on paper and write words associated with your panic, pressing hard with the charcoal. After you are done, take a few minutes and think calming, helpful thoughts as you use your fingers to smear the words on the page. Take deep breaths while you do this, and watch as the harsh lines start to soften.
- People frequently describe anxiety as a monster that lives inside of them. Use clay (or play doh) to create your anxiety monster. Take a good long look at this monster, and think about what you need to defend yourself from it. Make that out of clay, and use it to defeat the anxiety. Bonus: you can smash clay, throw it, roll it into a ball and flatten it. Try taking action against your clay anxiety monster!
- If you’re facing a situation, event, or project that is contributing to your anxiety, it can help to create a visual “to do” collage. Use magazines, glue and paper to create a collage of things that will help you accomplish this goal. Forgo the scissors – rip the pages from the magazines. You’ll find that is a stress-buster in itself!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Right now, I am working very hard to get my own private practice off the ground. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist intern, and I have two locations. One is in Los Alamitos, and one is in Arcadia. I just started at the one in Arcadia. I have two supervisors - in the therapy world, a supervisor is not a boss, but as someone who is willing to put their license on the line for you, meet with you weekly, and sign your paperwork. I also have two etsy sites, where I sell my jewelry. I have a job-with-a-boss as well, but at the moment I work from home.
It only recently occurred to me that all my life I have been striving to get to a place where I am my own boss. And I've always liked the bosses I've had. I am still friends with most of them, in fact. There was only one experience that I had a boss who I thought was sabotaging me. I was not the only person to have a really terrible experience with her, and I was lucky that several months later, she ended up leaving the company. So it's not that I can't get along with someone "in charge" of me - but it's just not how I want to work, long-term.
I like the idea of working for myself and have never been afraid of the fact that when you are your own boss, you don't get 8-5 hours and then leave the work at work. I always liked to throw myself into something, and would want the thing that made me money to be included in that. I want a flexible schedule, and to be able to use all the different tools I like to work with - get to design flyers, use social media, meet with people, and do art. Working for myself means getting to do more of what I'm good at, while finding resources to help with my weaknesses. I like this idea. I like being accountable to me, and frankly, I like being in charge.
Today, however, is a day where I am trying to take deep breaths and re-focus, because I am starting to get overwhelmed. I am realizing that getting my practice up and running also means there are no limits to what I can do - so there are NO LIMITS to what I am trying to do. So it's a lot. This morning, for example, I had all my paperwork scattered over the coffee table, my phone was ringing, and I have at least 15 tabs open on the computer. If I don't reach out and market myself, I won't get clients, and I won't succeed at having a private practice. I won't get a paycheck. It won't work. I suddenly got the other side of not having a boss. It's. Up. To. Me.
I love all the side-projects that come along with this business - I love making my website, making business cards, speaking at conferences - but it takes up a lot of time, and at the moment I don't really know which things are the most effective, so I am trying them all. I stay up late at night putting together blogs and email newsletters... it sort of reminds me of when I'd stay up all night collaging my journal or making a zine. Except I'm trying to make a living at this.
I am sure there is a connection between unschooling and my desires for my career and profession. I have a lot of drive and passion - fostered by my parents and the decision to unschool. I know how I work the best, again thanks to unschooling. I have high expectations for myself and a really supportive and responsive community to work within - thanks, unschoolers. I do not think that this connection is true for all unschoolers - because I know plenty who work for other companies very happily. I just know that I want a life full of projects that I get to decide how much energy I invest. Right now I am investing a lot of energy in a lot of things. Some of the things that give me the most energy have nothing to do with making money -- like the 30 Day Challenge Group I run on facebook, working with the board of HSC on their conference and newsletter, this blog!
So that's all for this post. No huge revelation or anything - just another glimpse into who I am, and some connections to unschooling.
Do you work for yourself? What are some things you've learned along the way? If you work for someone else, any stories to share on the topic?
Sunday, May 26, 2013
|Handmade earrings, available at www.showyourcolorz.etsy.com - made by me!|
|a beautiful example of Sposto Photography's wedding work|
Also happens to be a photo of my cousin and his new wife :)
|a mini-shop set up, just like I have when I sell at craft fairs and festivals|
|Bird and Zoe|
|That's a chicken.|
|Brand new earrings, I especially love my classic granny squares!|
|Big dangly heart earrings - one of my best sellers :)|
|One of my favorite photos - simple, clean, and beautiful|
|Hey look! Those are my actual hands! Actually crocheting!|
|What do you do or make that makes you feel connected to your past? Tell me in the comments!|
|Some of my little owls - magnets and keychains|