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As you can see it’s been busy  over here on the rock. My head is swirling with inspiration, imaginations and images.  I am over at Studio Jru again for show & Tell. Participating in this Friday engagement keeps me on my toes and definitely makes me more cognizant of my work/s in progress. 🙂

Thread, needles, beads, findings, embellishments and curiousities are abundant. And I dare not show you a wide angle view of the work area! Scary. But I will be doing some scooping, storing and organizing in the studio this weekend to make it more roomy and bearable. Sometimes I am so overpowered by the muse/s I actually forget where I am and what I’m doing. Moving from skrap to skrap, objet to objet, image to image. It consumes me. Perhaps too much.

Honestly, sometimes I just can’t turn it off. I need to learn how.

Nonetheless, it’s been a relatively productive week. I am gaining momentum and excitement about the potential for said new line of hair adornment/s. I am stuck on the name. I would love to enlist you to help me and give some feed back as to which name you think best suits this pursuit?

So far I’ve come up with with:

 

blüm by ila blu


or


flora by ila blu


Of course the blüm is pronounced bloom and flora is pronounced flora.

Which do you prefer? I like them both and think either could work. So???……

I am wishing you an oustanding weekend. I hope you start or continue something you love, preferably creative.

One Love, walk good, gone to get some sunshine…

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It’s studio Friday. And I’m over at Studio JRU again sharing some fab photos of my beloved creative space. All in a weeks work. In joy these macro and beyond views.

I am participating in Get Your Paint On! A wonderfully, inspiring and encouraging e course designed to support you (in this case me) in getting your paint on. It is a five week course. I have yet to complete my first assignment but I’m loving the homework. I should wrap up by saturday (so more photos soon). As you can see paint has been the focus in the studio. Yes, the beads are wining and chiding me for neglecting them and the metal. Fret not, I’ll get to them soon enough. I love moving across mediums. It infuses me and keeps my perspective fresh. A big thanks to Mati Rose and Lisa Congdon for putting together this class for folks who’ve never picked up a brush (but always wanted to) experienced painters (that need a kick in the pants), and a few of us in between (like me).

Have an ilaful day and a gorgeous weekend! Do something you love.

One Love, walk good, off to paint…

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Life on the rock is bold, bathed and saturated in color.

But how does it look in black and white?

Challenged, once again, by the dear shutter sisters, I am experimenting with black and white. I gathered a few images that inspire me lately and arranged them in shadow and light. A bouquet of photos. in joy!

One Love, walk good, altering the view…

 

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When there are no words…

I wish for you the infinite presence, comfort and love of the Divine Feminine.

Where my Queens at???

One Love, walk good, reveling in my maternal instincts this fine, family, day…

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My daughter is a budding cubist. And although I am generally not fond of “ists” and “isms”, I am encouraging her exploration of of this radical and revolutionary art form. As of late, her style of artistic expression is leaning more and more in this direction. I am blown away by some of the images she produces. Complex beyond my comprehension. She has opened my eyes to forgotten flames of art history.

Today  I post this image, Mila’s drawing, De Wirld, (The world).

A reminder to keep looking at the world around me in new and surprising ways. I am deconstructing and reconstructing my own ideas and images in divine and delicious fashion. I am so much more aware of how art and creating an artful life completely consumes my being, intentions and expression in physical and cyber space.

All because of my darling, artist babes.

All because they accept nothing less than wild, creative, passion and abandon.

For years now, we have drawn and cut out animals, and the occasional character (more show and tell on this later). To a tune of hundreds and likely over a thousand paper creatures. At some point they were taking up the space, spilling out of doorways and windows, swept away by the breeze and the broom.

I have since corralled them in ziplock bags and houses that we’ve made from recycled oatmeal boxes. But the zoo has finally grown beyond capacity. We had a talk about this the other day and decided to incorporate all drawn and cut out animals, superheroes and characters into a large painting. This way we can preserve and injoy them while freeing up some valuable shelf/storage space.

Now, it occurs to me how dramatically the King (my husband, baby fadda) and I have improved and honed our sketching and animal drawing skills. The joy, frequency and mild frustration associated with such tasks has crossed over into our routine in colorful ways. I think the King would not have admitted to being an artist a couple of years ago. But now my babes refer to him as the best artist in the family.

Awesome.

C’mon, you know you’re an artist! How have the little people in your life inspired you to be more than you imagined you could be? How do you express your creative passion in the physical or cyber world. Have you turned up your creativity lately?

One Love, walk good, parenting artfully…

 

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Recently, I had the pleasure of creating these one of a kind Charm Lura™ pendants for a long time classmate and friend (from the high school years). I love making Mommy necklaces as they carry a special vibration and purpose. I incorporated Jamaican limestone inside of the charms and added swarovski pearl, amber and czech glass for “sparkle”. A huge fan of yellow, Melissa naturally gravitated toward the warm, yumminess of copper and amber.

It is especially good fortune (krafty karma) to design and create pieces for creative folks. As a mom and crafter, Melissa, knows the significance and value of hand made, intentional, lovelies. Melissa is the owner of  Lullababes, Hip Blankies for the Next Generation. If you know any expecting mommies or toddlers who’ve recently lost their blankies, Melissa’s handmade hipster blankets rock! Lullababes blankets are thoughtful, unique, loving gifts. You can learn more about Melissa’s crafty success and purchase her handmade blankets here.

Charm Lura™ pendants make fabulous Mother’s gifts and necklaces, or bracelets. Here is a photo of the alternate sides of Melissa’s charms. She chose to include the birth years as well as names in her one of a kind ila blu piece. Melissa, I wish you the best of everything (especially crafty aspirations) this coming year. In joy!


One Love, walk good, Happy New year!

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In the end, Love is all there is… What an amazing year! Full of creativity, connections and custom adornment. This is the last post of 2010! The picture above says it all. A recent commission for a dear friend’s mother, Love is all there is. If we practice nothing else let us practice love. May love be the foundation, and fountain for every word, choice, thought and action this coming year…

I feel blessed beyond. I am grateful for the fabulous folks that light up my days and life. Thanks to all of the readers who come here for building something blu into something real. Stay tuned for the next phase of branding (site and blog overhaul). For now I leave you with a list of a few of my favorite posts this year. In joy.

What’s your favorite? I’d love some feedback!

Finding one shoe in the dark: From the 33rd Parallel

Ode to Moms and Housewives

Never Go to bed Angry: Lessons From the Rock

Ten Reasons Every Day Should be Father’s Day

You Are Never Alone

Ghetto Love

Five

One Love, Walk Good, in to 2011…

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