Monday, September 23, 2013

DISCOMBOBULATED....

Discombobulated:  to throw into a state of confusion; having ones composure disturbed
If I were asked to define my current state of mind, life, or anything else at the moment discombobulated would be my choice description.  
True story...

I recently went to buy some ink cartridge refills for my printer from a local office supply store.  The clerk pulled the ink, rang it up, and I was good to go.  The next day I discovered that one of the cartridges was wrong so I ran back to the store to exchange it.  On this particular morning I had a lot of events from strange to laughable unfold that left me slightly off kilter.  I arrive at the store to find a bored collage age clerk lounging on the register.  When he asked me if he could help me my brain went left and tongue went right and all that came out was an incoherent babble.  It took me a minute to string my words together and explain that I wanted to exchange to the cartridge.
(the start of an art journal)

The exchange was made and a request for my debit card to be swiped for the refund ensued and I was trying to swipe my store rewards card and it was just down hill from there.  Red faced I threw up my hands and exclaimed, "I have no idea why I am so discombobulated today!"  The clerk looks at me and says, "Dude!  Is that like really a word?  Like seriously?" to which I answer, "Totally, Google it."  He whips out his cell phone and asks me how to spell it, which I oblige.  He rattles off the definition to me and confirms that I used the word in the correct context.  Then he says,"I was thinking to myself,  Dude! this lady just made up the coolest word ever!  Do you mind if I use it?"  I reply, "Be my guest."  He made my day by thinking I was actually smart enough to come up with a cool word and I made his by increasing his vocabulary.
(the start of a new art journal)

The very worst part of being discombobulated is that I can't seem to pay attention long enough finish anything!  I just can't seem to find my footing and it is frustrating.   I keep starting and stopping things not quite settling into any one thing or seeing it through.  A little studio discombobulation, you may recognize some of these tidbits from previous posts, unfinished jewelry...
more unfinished jewelry...
even more unfinished jewelry...
oh and one more piece of unfinished jewelry (8 unfinished designs in total and a new sketch rattling around in my head)...
then there is that whole handmade fabric bead thing I am obsessed with lately, these just need to be wired and beaded...
hand painted canvas ready to turn into wearable cuffs...
my scrap jar is overflowing, more beads and backgrounds to be made...
a book to be finished and bound for the newest grand...
and as if that was not enough I have been dabbling in a little bit of metalsmithing...
My lofty goal this week is actually finish at least ONE thing pictured above!

I am starting to think I am my own problem, so many supplies, so many techniques, so many ideas, it is enough to leave one discombobulated!

Which thing above intrigues you enough that you would like to see it complete?

Blessings,
Sandy

Thursday, September 12, 2013

ALL WIRED UP...

 Tied, bound, twisted, wrapped, wired...
Handmade beads...
Found stones...
Glass beads, all wired up...
 I am lightly dipping my toe back into the creative pond by learning some wire techniques.  The plan is to make some pendants to go on these beaded necklace chains and use the found stones and handmade beads in combination for a future project.  It feels like a little swish of magic...
 To be creatively connected to you all again!
I would love to hear what you have been working on.

I hope you all enjoy a beauty filled weekend!

blessings,
Sandy
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