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    Sunday
    Feb242013

    What's Up

    There is always a lot of art going on in my world.

    Maybe your world is like this too.

    I've been getting happy mail from Poland ⬆ and New Zealand ☟ and Maryland ↙↙.

     

    Making a lot of something is a really incredible endeavor. So many thoughts and feelings go through your mind, as you question your sanity yet roll up your sleeves and dig in further. Every few days I make a bunch of stitched index card collages.

    This is a glimpse of my sewing space {aka half of the guest room} after making a bunch of index card collages. It is creative madness while I'm working.

    I finished this stitched journal and added it to my Etsy shop. There were four handmade journals in the shop... and three have already found new homes!

    I think everyone knows about the Zine! I published Issue #7 of the Daisy Yellow Zine in December, with articles + journal prompts galore. Perfect for a blueberry scone and a pot of tea. Or three. And I'm writing a post about writing the Zine!

    I cannot tell you how wonderful it feels to paint. Paint. Paint. Paint. I finished a 36x36" canvas over the winter holidays and a 24x36" canvas in January. 

     

    After gathering an amazing team I stitched Phase I of the Millennium Mail Art project and mailed the postcards off to New Zealand. Natasha completed Phase II of the project. You can read about how she interpreted each of the 7 themes with paint. Seeing the idea come "to life" is warming my heart. Natasha mailed the postcards to Sweden where the creative Hanna completed Phase III of the project with beautifully lush colors and textures. They are looking brilliant for yet another trans-oceanic voyage back to the states. Our team = NatashaKarenMichelleRoben-MarieHanna

    I'll be teaching at 21 Secrets with a cadre of amazing artists. workshops officially open on April 1 and registration is open at this very moment. Folks in the facebook group are getting quite excited to get started. If you register through Daisy Yellow at THIS LINK ---> 21 Secrets <--- I get a small payment and do a happy dance.

    Thank goodness this workshop doesn't have an "end" date because I am so slow at taking workshops! Diana Trout's on-line workshop. Longstitch, 2 Ways is really motivating me to get some journals officially BOUND. I've cut my paper and the next step is to attempt the bindings. I know it sounds like cutting paper isn't much progress, but for me it really is!!!

     

    In the kitchen, I haven't been cooking anything too exciting other than JELL-O! I've been making gel plate prints the old fashioned way. Learn how to make a DIY plate here. And now I am using little clippings from the prints in my collages.

     

    I was happy to be part of a fun blog hop to celebrate the launch of Dawn's new journaling book Art Doodle Love.

     

    I've been getting so many happy emails and good feedback from folks about their art journal prompt cards.

    A really good decision that I made earlier this year was to leave more blog comments and I've finished 7/21 random acts of kindness, including letting folks go ahead of me in line at the grocery, chatting peacefully with the pharmacist when she was stressed out, treating the person behind me in the starbuck's drive-thru to an afternoon coffee, sending happy birthday notes, etc.

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    Reader Comments (7)

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post!!! Love to read about what is going on in peoples art spaces!!! Today......Jello printing!!!! thanks for a great blog Tammy!!!

    02.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

    Awesome post Tammy!! So full of fun stuff! I'd love to see the whole canvas featuring your toes!! And the Millennium post cards are wonderful, can't wait to see what the other 3 spots end up looking like!! Thanks for all of the inspiration!!

    02.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Jones

    Thanks for the update post. I loved it.

    What type of tea do you drink?
    I'm always trying to like tea but have yet to stumble across something I enjoy.

    {Tammy}: Kim, I drink three different teas - green tea with jasmine, lipton orange pekoe {just regular tea here} and twinings earl grey. All caffeinated. All day long. Lots. I'm one of the rare folks that adores both coffee and tea.

    02.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim

    Very Impressive!!! As a whole you are/have been doing so much, yet I know when I look at what I do individually or daily it seems like not much but together it is so so big. Loving your International postcard idea. It is awesome as well that you have quite a breadth of what you are doing, teaching art , publishing art, art for your self, art shared with others, selling art, inspiring all. So well done. Cheers!

    {Tammy}: Carol, Thank you for such an uplifting comment, it helped me see everything in the big picture.

    02.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

    You HAVE been busy Tammy! Love visiting your page (almost daily) to gain inspiration and see what you've been up to. Love your canvas - gorgeous!! :)

    02.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

    Tammy, it just amazes me how you can balance so many different projects at once. I often find myself in a similar boat (I'm a writer, and I currently have several different writing projects on the go, 2 blogs, several journals, art journals, and sketchbooks, photography, spending time in nature, etc.), but I often do find it very difficult to find both the time and energy for all of my projects. I often feel that I'm working on too much at once, and that my energy is getting stretched so thin over so many projects that I'm not getting anywhere with any of them.

    Seeing you working on so many great projects and posting so frequently on your blog is always a great inspiration to me, but I do wonder if you have ever experienced anything like what I have described. How have you dealt with it if you have?

    {Tammy}: Heather, Thank you for your thought-provoking question. I do not feel stress from any of my projects except those with deadlines. For that reason, I take on only a few things with deadlines! Everything else, I do because I love it and I choose to do it. I often feel that I am working on too much at once, but I know that each thing will gradually move forward. One thought would be to look at all of the art + creative projects you've got going on {write it all down}, see what you are no longer loving, and let those projects go or alter them somehow.

    02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

    Love the update, so much going on! And I got excited when I saw your photos. The stripe I made for your card makes me very happy still!

    03.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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