November 20, 2009

Wool, twigs and the zen of art

Sorry for the long absence, but my fibromyalgia has been kicking my butt for the last month and I decided to curl up and have myself a pity party. Needless to say, I'm over it. I don't do well wallowing in self pity. So I decided to pick my self up and get back to life.

I picked up a couple of books at the library on Zen and Buddhism. I am fascinated! When I first started reading, my mind kept saying, it can NOT be this simple. I was sure that there was no way I could meditate either. Wrong! I love it! My new mantra is "Events are just events, YOU label them good or bad. So if you have a bad day, it is totally your choice. Why not choose to be happy?"

So, I chose to be happy. Things in my life that would normally have sent me into a massive depression or at least a panic attack have come and gone. And I chose to be happy. And it worked!

You don't have to be Buddhist to apply this to your life. Just make a conscious decision to be happy and mean it. You have no idea the changes it can make.

In my effort to enjoy my happiness to day, I went to a lovely little shop near here called the Kissel Country Tin. They have floor to ceiling collectibles, dolls, country items, shabby chic, and seasonal decorations. And in the have the most exquisite selection of fibers for those of us who are craft inclined. I buy most of my wool doll hair there. Today I wandered through all the glittering antiqued snowmen and beautiful hand made decorations and made my way back to the wools and yarn and I found the most lovely rough wool pieces!!

They were the size of a CD or bigger and were only 2.50!!!  Yep, you bet I came out with some and a few felting needles. I can't wait to get started making something with this.

As I was checking out, the owner asked what I was making. DOLLS! I said in a tone that was perhaps a bit too excited, since she backed up a bit from the counter. *giggles* What kind of dolls she ask in a very hesitant voice, probably wondering if I was really a deranged individual that had escaped the police and was terrorizing shop keepers.  Art dolls, I said a bit quieter this time.
OH! She says, a bit too excited herself this time. Perhaps you could bring some by for me to look at?
I could bring them back later this afternoon, I said a bit in shock.

So I took my dolls back this afternoon, thinking they would be a bit too, extreme for her. She loved them! She asked me to make her three of my little twig fae and if I would consider doing one, a Santa or an ice fae or angel. Sure! Of course! ABSOLUTELY!

I am SO glad I chose to be happy today. Happy just keeps coming!!!  Now I'm off to the studio to see what twig fae are going to show themselves.

Moonbeams & Blessings!!
~~~We are the authors of every next moment~~~