Have you noticed how small the world seems since you started a Blog? It’s almost like you’re chatting with friends over the fence sometimes. I love getting glimpses of far away places through your stories and photo’s. Whether in your homes, gardens or through your camera and travels, your creativity and artful endeavours always amaze and inspire me. My little world seems so much cozier with all of you there, just a cyber chat away.
I was recently invited to Blog Hop around the world by two of my favourite Bloggers, Pam and Sammy at One Spoilt Cat. This delightful dynamic duo call Virginia their home. Sammy reminds me of a kitty I loved for 13 years named Ginger, what do you think? They’re both purrrrrty cute.
Participating in the Blog Hop Around The World, first requires that I answer these four questions:
1. How does my creative process work?
If I’m working with paper for a layout or gift project, it’s normally the colour or subject on the paper that peaks my interest first. Generally, that’s going to involve the colour aqua or sea foam. Ha, now that’s hardly news worthy. Working at The Urban Scrapbook has me wanting everything and I’m afraid I’m not denying myself too much either. Personally, if I’m working with colours I love, I really can’t go wrong creatively.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have the time during my week to focus on a lot of detail. I actually can take a week to finish a layout or project and I enjoy every moment. A dab of ink here, a bit of paper there, until a little voice in my head says, “Stop!” At the shop, we all get a monthly challenge kit to work with. Everyone gets the same product but everyone comes up with something unique to them. I also like to have a little hidden messages in my work, even when I’m sending it to a friend. I like to fuss, take my time until the once flat paper tells my lively stories.
Finally, all the layers of detail will reveal the whole story
3. What am I presently working on?
I’m presently putting together the Boom-room in our new home. The visual appearance of a workspace is important for me. I love to be surrounded by tiny treasures that I’ve collected along the way or that friends have gifted to me. I mostly gravitate to vintage things in soft colours. Well loved things, that have stories of their own past lives. Imagining their story appeals to me in a workspace I use to tell my stories.
4. Why do I create what I do?
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls – Pablo Picasso
True that Pablo! Life can’t just be about what’s happening in the world, the numbers on your scale, what you need to do for the family today or getting to work on time. Art is a wonderful thing to share, yet I can’t help think about the personal gratification one gleams from a project too. A ho-hum day becomes exceptional when you grab your camera and go for a ride or walk. Dirt begat’s gardens beyond breath-taking when your hand plants a seed and a few silly thoughts coupled with some novice photographs can make someone laugh. Creating something will not only make a difference in your own day but someone elses too.
Soooo, blah blah blah.
Enough about me. Here’s the best part of the Hop.
I was to invite 3 friends to join the Hop. These friends will post their own answers to the same questions next Monday on their own Blogs. If you link to their posts today and decide to ‘Follow’, you’ll be able to read what motivates them creatively next Monday, July 14th.
Up first is my lovely Texan friend Leilani from Keeping Up With Mrs Smith . You could try to keep up, but you might faint with exhaustion first. Leilani is one hard-working gal. She makes, bakes and creates with style and writes all about it with belly-laugh inducing posts. I think a hilarious post about stencilling her walls was one of the first I read. Oh, and don’t even get me started on how cute her kittys are. Why not drop by and set a spell? Honestly, you’ll be happy you did. BTW, Leilani built this rock garden by hand, HERSELF! Way!!
Next up, meet Joe from The Visual Chronicle. A fellow retiree, Joe shares his passion and talent for photography of whatever catches his eye on any given day. Be it a scenic spot, an interesting event or places near and dear to his heart, Joe’s love for life shines through his camera right back to you. We also seem to enjoy a lot of the same classic tunes like this ol’ favourite Operator, by Jim Croce. If you’re like me and dig black and white photography, you might also want to drop by this new collaborative photography Blog that Joe also participants in. Prepare to be wowed!
Now we zip half way around the globe (wasn’t that quick?) to visit Pauline The Contented Crafter. An accomplished artist and mom to new puppy Siddy and faithful kitty Orlando. Pauline calls New Zealand home and is able to take her new puppy for walks near the ocean. How amazing is that? The talented Pauline creates artworks with acrylics on canvas and other mediums. She even has her own Etsy Shop too. New Zealand is only far away if you’re a Christmas present (3 months door to door), but at WordPress you can pop in right now. I adore her and I bet you will too.
I hope you’ll enjoy checking out their posts. Big thanks to Leilani, Joe and Pauline for accepting the Blog Hop invite and sharing their site photo’s with me for this post. I’m looking forward to your own musings about creativity next Monday.
Until then, have a boom-tastic week everyone and we’ll see you at their……
‘Blog Hop Around The World’ **
** I wish I could make that last part echo with a booming voice 😀
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