It amazes me what a few vacation days can do for my spirit. I feel bursting at the seams with creativity right now but I'm not sure where to direct this creative energy. It all started with a visit from my mother. We both needed some down time -- some girl time -- some anything-but-the-same-old-thing time. On Wednesday our first stop was to a book store. I found a publication called "Artful Blogging" which is giving me some inspiration (the photographs in it are lovely). Mom got "Where Women Create" which showcases artists' studios.
We then went shopping in Frankenmuth. We visited Those Nature People -- a wonderful smelling shop full of lotions, soap, oils, teas and spices, etc. I found an oil blend to help me deal with my daily headaches that I get at work. I also found more inspiration to get back into blending essential oils and making bath products. It is something that I used to do, but have neglected for a long time. Perhaps it is time to revive some of my forgotten interests and see where they take me.
We went to my mother's favorite shop -- Rapunzel's. They have lovely home decor items, jewelry from local artisans, clothing and hats, and yarns/patterns for knitting and crochet. She found a blouse and earrings for herself and I found a funky, eclectic purse which she ended up getting for me for my birthday (thanks again Mom). I debated for a long time about whether I wanted it or not. The purse is bright and has a variety of fabrics and textures. It has some spirals, peace signs and some ॐ symbols (Om). The purse resonates with me, but still I hesitated. Mom said I needed to express my creative side more and I realized she is correct. I have been becoming dull -- I need to liven things up in my world and get out of this rut that I am in. Due to the nature of the internet (open to everyone and permanently out there) I cannot really go into my dreams and schemes that I am thinking in my head. Let's just say that I am working toward de-rutting myself.
On Thursday, Mom and I enjoyed good conversation over coffee and a muffin at the Harvest Coffeehouse and Beanery. More ideas swirled in my head. Finally we went to Healthy Habitz -- my local health food store. It turns out that they are opening a new space for a wellness center. I am considering returning to doing some Reflexology on the side and that space is available to be rented for sessions. Just one more idea to toss around for a while.
Eventually Mom had to go back home. I still had a couple of days left of vacation and a husband willing to take me anywhere I wanted for my birthday. Friday we went out to lunch together but I could find little energy for much else. I think my body was trying to catch up for a lack of sleep from the long hours I've been pulling lately. It was nice to take a day to just relax -- I even took a nap in the middle of the day. I pulled some old photographs out and scanned them and posted some of them on facebook for friends to look through. Yesterday, I worked outside. I planted two blueberries, one raspberry, one blackberry, six sand cherry, two elderberry and one mulberry tree. My knee is a bit sore from all that shoveling, but I'm feeling accomplished. Charlie made a platform for the chicken coop to keep the chickens elevated above the wet floor (I think I mentioned that we regretted not having done this in the first place).
Today we are going to go out and enjoy the lovely weather after I finish this post. First, I felt like using a bit of my rediscovered creativity to produce some art. The photograph above was an image I made of some wildflowers and foliage I found in our yard. I cut the flowers and arranged them in a small vase -- and I was pretty proud of how the arrangement turned out. I used to arrange flowers in a previous job, another art that I would like to delve into again. Anyway, I added some texture to the photo and de-saturated the color a bit. I'm pretty happy with the result. I am open to any and all critique of the photos. I have been considering printing some of my images and matting them to sell. Please let me know what you think.
Thank you for listening to my ramblings today as I strive to store up some of the "juices" that are flowing through my blood right now (to save for days of drought to come).