Happy Friday the 13th!

It is Friday the 13th of December! [Where has 2019 gone?].

Aside from being a glorious day of the 13th number under the joy of a Friday, it is also the last day to order a gift for someone (or for yourself!) in order to get it before the 25th within the USA.

poetrybooks

At sablequillcreations.com, there are several of my autographed poetry books, art, and other delightfully dark & enchanted items. And at patchworkchickenstudio.com, there are drawstring bags, art, and assorted handcrafted housewares. All items include Free Shipping in the USA.

Thank you for support artists and their small businesses during this holiday season!

Mosaic Monday – Scorpio

Scorpio: Water, Deep Red, and Steel

It is Scorpio season!

Scorpio is the 8th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between October 23rd and November 22nd are Scorpios. Scorpio is represented by the element of Water; the colors of Deep Red and Black; gemstones of Onyx, Jet, and Opal; the metal of Steel.

Scorpios are loyal, passionate, resourceful, observant, intense, ambitious, persistent, determined, and dynamic but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are jealous, obsessive, suspicious, possessive, manipulative, and unyielding. Scorpios are fiercely independent and moody deep thinkers which gives them an air of mystery. They are able to accomplish anything they put their mind to and they won’t give up. They are perfectly suited to being on their own which they prefer so they can have absolute control of everything.

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Mosaic Monday – Libra

Libra: Air, Indigo Blue, Rose, and Quicksilver

It is Libra season!

Libra is the 7th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between September 23rd and October 22nd are Libras. Libra is represented by the element of Air; the colors of Indigo, Ivory, and Rose; gemstones of Green Aventurine, Opal, Agate; the metal of Quicksilver.

Libras are charming, diplomatic, energetic, stylish, and balanced but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are indecisive, lazy, strict, vain, and apathetic. Libras are very extroverted and enjoy culture, communication, and beautiful things. Libras are hard workers who want the best for all especially if achieving that outcome utilizes their dedication, decision-making, and creative strength.

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Mosaic Monday – Virgo

Virgo: Navy Blue, Earth, and Quicksilver

It is Virgo season!

Virgo is the 6th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between August 23rd and September 22nd are Virgos. Virgo is represented by the element of Earth; the colors of Navy/Sapphire Blue and Earth tones; gemstones of Sapphire, Sardonyx, and Agate; the metals of Silver and Quicksilver.

Virgos are dedicated, resourceful, helpful, hardworking, witty, practical, intelligent, curious, and introverted but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are overwhelmed, self-pitying, uptight, critical, and moody. Virgos are deep thinkers with rich inner lives and a passion for life-long learning. They love and are inspired by beauty in all its forms. Ideal hobbies and activities are ones where Virgos can work alone on tasks that bring knowledge and/or beauty into their lives.

Art, Simplicity, and Joys

This week was the release of Written & Whim. I am very excited and grateful to have it done and out there. Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact I have published 23 full-length poetry books since September 13, 2011 aka the day The Heart of Autumn was published.

There are only 8 more books until I complete the A to Z theme. That is a bit baffling too. When I started on the A to Z journey in 2011, I thought it would be crazy to write 2600 poems over 26 books. I have less than 750 poems left to write now. Overall, I have written 2615 poems since 1994-ish. The bulk of which were written since I started publishing my work. Publishing my work has been a powerful motivator to write more which is fantastic.

No rest of the artistic. Already a quarter of the way through on writing the next book, Doll & Discarnate. At the beginning of 2019, I had this grand plan to write and publish 4 books during the year. I didn’t count on, foolishly, life things and other creative pursuits slowing that progress. Despite the error in judgement, I forge ahead with the words.

For several years now, I’ve been work on and toward a more simplistic life so I can spend more time with my passions and joys aka creative pursuits. I neglected my passions and joys quite a bit for many years prior which brought much sorrow into my life so simplicity is very appealing. Never want to feel that destructive, bone-deep sorrow again.

I keep coming to points where it seems I have finally reached a nice level of simplicity to only see it falter later. No. In fact, I have more to work to do. The chaos that ensues has been getting less and less chaotic over time. Yay for progress! But the fact that chaos creeps up and in so quickly tells me I have more work to do.

I’ve been neglecting such work this year. I think this has been to the detriment of my creative process and myself. Have to take time in the coming weeks to really clear out things weighing down my environment and triggering chaos. Cleaning up my apartment on a weekly basis, even though it is a deep clean, just isn’t enough to stop the creeping.

A few months ago, I sat down and wrote down everything that brings me joy no matter how small. The list surprised me. Poetry, painting, and creative things made the list of course. (Simplicity and no clutter also made the list which was surprising yet not surprising.) Some of my joys are not things I can do every day as they are seasonal activities. However, a lot of my joys were little things – like having my fingernails painted black, and the scent of sandalwood – that I could incorporate into my day every day but I wasn’t for some reason. As if I didn’t realize the joy they bring, as if I hadn’t forgotten what joy could be within the little things. Since I’ve done this list and started incorporating the little joys more and more into my daily life, I find myself much calmer and happier. As someone who has suffered from severe depression and wild mood swings for YEARS, it is kind of weird to be calmer and happier but it is growing on me.

I typed up all my joys into a word file on my computer. I go back and look at it to remind myself from time to time, especially if I am feeling sad or lonely or upset, then go and do one of things on the list.

So I leave you with this…

What are your joys? Do you involve as many as you can into your day?

Mosaic Monday – Leo

This week’s bead mosaic is Leo. Happy Birthday Leos!

Leo is represented by Fire, Orange, and Gold.

This mosaic ended up, surprisingly, being one of the most challenging Zodiac mosaics to make. The beads were uncooperative as they kept sliding around the box, and I struggled to come up with initial design. In the end, I ended up delighted by the finished design.

Leo

The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood tray was painted with orange acrylic paint. It features assorted glass beads, assorted acrylic beads, metal charms, and a metal Leo charm. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

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I Blinked And…

…it is August. Not sure where June and July went but August is here. Think I blinked in May and, boom, August. I do have vague memories of June and July – most pertaining to dental appointments and pain that followed said appointments. Not the greatest of months for functionality but they have come and gone. I look forward to August and all the things I would like to do.

I haven’t been very attentive to my online presence in the past few weeks. Need to work on that some more. I get busy with and distracted by tasks then forget other things. One track mind, maybe?

I finished Written & Whim in July. That was a big undertaking. It should be published sometime this month – doesn’t have an exact publication date yet as I’m still trying to figure out what the description/back cover should say. Yes, a description is all that stands between me and the publication of my 23rd full-length book of poetry. It breaks my heart just a little to be so close yet so far from the finish line with Written & Whim.

Aside from work on Written & Whim, I’ve been working on inventory for Patchwork Chicken Studio. We have several multi-day Art, Craft, & Gift shows coming up so all of us at Patchwork Chicken Studio have been busy creating in order to bolster our inventory for these shows. Patchwork Chicken Studio is, also, currently running a giveaway. Soon, we’re going to be giving a fabulous denim tote bag that was made by the very talented Susabelle and features a lovely rainbow-colored batik that came from my fabric stash.

My inventory work has primarily involved creating drawstring bags/backpacks in different prints & colors. I had enough fabric on hand for 24 unique one-of-a-kind bags. I have 14 done. 4 more sitting by my sewing machine to finish up this weekend. The rest are waiting to start final assembly. There are so many that I had to create a spreadsheet to keep track of what fabric elements go where and such since each bag features 3 to 4 different fabrics divided among 15 pieces to put together. I typically only make 6 to 8 bags at a time. 24 bags in an assembly line of bag awesomeness has proven to be a significant and, occasionally, overwhelming but worthwhile undertaking.

I have ten mosaic and six painting ideas awaiting my attention too but I’ve been kind of ignoring them. I couldn’t figure out why until this morning. I was gathering my things to come to the coffee shop as I wanted to get out of the house for awhile. I just HAD to get out. This ‘HAD‘ attitude is what tipped me off to my artistic plight. While my home is fairly clean, despite being in the creative trenches, it is just disorganized enough where I am agitated and unproductive among the chaos.

For someone that lived in much worse states of chaos for years and has taken massive strides in correcting such issues, this agitation speaks volumes about the progress I’ve made in improving my surroundings and negative behaviors. Very proud of myself though I am sad I will be spending the rest of today on cleaning. Still not a fan of cleaning. I can think of a million things I’d rather do even though I wouldn’t actually do any of them given the current state of my home. Irony perhaps?

For August: the publishing of Written & Whim, art & inventory (drawstring bags, flannel blankets, mosaics, abstract art, mixed media art, beaded ornaments [maybe]), tagging inventory with the spiffy new logo price tags recently obtained, packing up inventory for the shows, marketing work, writing poems, being more consistent in my online presence, and – most importantly – keep my home from sliding into the chaos again so I can remain productive.

Off I go to do battle with the evils of chaos…..