The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

List it Tuesday - things that work for me

Today's List it Tuesday prompt: Things that work for me.

Sometimes I wonder what works for me. Sometimes it seems as if nothing works for me. The truth is that no matter how bad things get, there are always things that work for me and I am so grateful for that.  Here's a short list:

* List it Tuesday! - Yes, making weekly lists works for me
      . . . . . for so many reasons

* 29 Faces - an online art challenge keeps me on track & creating

* Maintaining old connections with people - it's comforting

* Doing digital art every night - it's good productive quiet time

* Not attending tons of guild and groups - life is more relaxing

* Maintaining my blog - love to look back at my visual diary

* Having great friends - support from people that know me is the best

* Have hubby read to me at night - love the sound of his voice

* Creating things - self expression & creative growth makes me happy

* Living without debt - great not having anything hang over my head!

* Staying indoors during a snow storm - no explanation needed


  1. Oh I am so jealous that you have your own private READER : ) And here I'm getting books on CD!
    I so know what you mean about not attending so many groups and guilds...after awhile time slips away.

  2. How sweet that your hubby is reading to you. :) Great list!

  3. Living without debt what a great weight lifted from you. it must make a creative life easier.

    1. Mary, you have no idea... makes being laid off much easier to deal with...

  4. I really enjoy your list. There is something really nice about updating the blog, keeping a visual journey. I deifnitely really agree: making art, creating, self expression definitely works. It's almost necessary. I do have to admit though, I wish I had no debt at this moment like you! :)
    ... that would be awesome, but I'm working on it! (Sigh – those darn student loans...I guess I definitely learned a lesson with those!)

    Best to you :D

    1. Thank you Karyna.. it takes so much pressure off to not have bills...and I can live very together, tho challenging to have a seriously reduced income.. it somehow works out ok till a new job comes along.

  5. I think it would be wonderful to have a husband read to me. You're very lucky! {:-Deb

    1. I AM.. he's a good guy for sure... and makes a fab meatloaf..which works for me too!

  6. Hi Textile Recycler,

    So glad to see "creating things" on your list cause that's what works for me too!

    Take care! Have a good weekend!

  7. This is a lovely list. Creating things & digital art ... both sound perfect. I love that your husband reads to you ... and can't figure out if I would like it or not! LOL At the same time, I so get the auditory love. And congratulations on being debt free. Rare & wonderful.

    1. thank you Em..none of this happened overnight.. you'll get there too..