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Art in Life

Each day when I wake up it's like waking up to a monster. 
This beast in front of me that I must conquer. 
It's size is overwhelming, it's complexity perplexing and it's depth is monumental.
 What beast do I speak of? 
My house.

I am an artist first and foremost. I think, eat and breathe art. 
If I must do something I want to put all of me into it. 
It MUST be creative. 
I don't think I am capable of doing anything without throwing a touch of color, of design, MY idea of style into it. I realize that that in itself makes life more complicated, but I never said I was simple.

       I am one of those people who can get lost in intricacy. 
I love to delve deep into the making of EVERYTHING. Some of my favorite things to do are the most complicated, tiny, intricate things that a person could imagine. Mastering something like that is more satisfying than anything else I can think of.

       So possibly, you can imagine what a monster my house is.
 It is wonderful with it's little foibles, its funky little corners and interesting elements. 
It is also a mess, at almost every turn there is something else that needs fixing, cleaning, patching, building. This is not creativity, this is not design. This is hard work and simple construction. 
The artist in me feels hampered.

         Some days I dream of what this house will be when we are finished, All the rough spots smoothed, the broken replaced and everything streamlined into a home. 
Then I think, I can go back to doing my art full time! 
I wonder though how true that would be. I have found in my life that my art shines brightest when I am in the middle of intense emotion. I don't care if I am sad or mad or deeply head over heels in love, that is when it chooses to shine. Will having my house all nice and bright and fixed bring about those strong emotions? I doubt it. I think that maybe that would be the time when my art would be it's dullest. 

          And I guess that is where my deepest frustration lies right now. On the one hand my time is needed here, making my house a home and on the other my time is right to make my art, to work now when my passion runs so deep. 
The excitement of living in this place, of making something new...of creating this thing, this home is rejuvenating. It is a strong and powerful emotion, one that could make much art. But who has time for art when the kitchen needs organized? The garden needs planning and oops, Iota made another mess in the front yard. 
Who can make art in chaos like this anyway? 
My studio is overran with things that don't belong there...and too cold to work in anyway. There are not enough hours in the day to do both what I want and what I need. 

          So right now to survive, I try to see the art in little things. Did I just cut out a small horde of little labels to put on my spice jars? Yes...yes I really did. 

Is it silly? Oh that is truly is. 

Was it necessary? As necessary as the air I breathe.

It might not seem like much to most but it is my little mark here. It is my art of the moment, little as it may be. 

Overhead Light Rescue

Overhead Light Rescue

Hello, I hope you are somewhere warm and cozy! Today is cold and gray and I have a nice fire going here next to me. We are having a bit of a cold snap right now but I know spring is hiding around here somewhere!
         Most of you know that we are in the middle of remodeling our little chalet. We built the addition on this last summer and went out quickly the night before our housewarming party to buy lights for it. Frenchie hates lights that you can see the light bulbs through, I can't say I am too crazy about them either. We thought we did good when we bought this light but after we put it up and sat down on the couch...light right in our eyes. *sigh*

A Day Trip to Colmar

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A Day Trip to Colmar
   Hello Everybody, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was a bit cold and gray here but today made up for that with clear blue skies and lots of sun. We took a trip over to the valley next to ours...the Munster valley and I will show you pictures of our trip soon enough but I promised you I would show you a bit of Colmar first.

Remaking the Kitchen ~ Spice Jars and Rack

Remaking the Kitchen ~ Spice Jars and Rack

Hello, I hope you've been having a great week, the weekend is upon us and I don't know about you but here looks like we will be getting some nice weather. We will be enjoying our last weekend with Ryan, my son, who will soon be back on a plane to return across the big wide ocean. I will miss him so but it has been good to spend some time with him! I am almost done with the vest I am making him so maybe I can get him to pose in it before he goes!

Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner

Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner

 I wanted to write to you today about a wonderful application I found last year at Mother Earth News . I don't know if you have ever heard of them but I remember them from way back when I was much younger. My sister lived out on a farm in the backwoods and she was all about raising her animals and living off the land. they had beehives and goats, chickens and rabbits. She used to make her own goat cheese and had fresh eggs all the time. She also always had a huge stack of these magazines laying around. I loved looking through them. They told you how to do all kinds of things. Make your own greenhouses, dehydrate food, the list goes on and on. I earned a healthy respect for them during this time and I have always wished I had that big old pile of magazines now.