I have been in a bit of a fog for a while now, not exactly spinning my wheels but just wrestling with my work. A new installation is slowly growing in the studio, but we are at logger heads at every turn. As the stress of teaching winds down into the open days of summer I am hoping that I will be back to work soon. In the meantime I have been making books. Just being immersed in the simple materiality and technical work of binding is a safe outlet for all that stuck creative energy. I am trying to remember to live in abundance, and to be grateful for the work I am given, and to stop being whiny and jealous of other artists. I am trying to honor the creativity that creates with me and through me and get out of the way with my silly ego and my crazed monkey mind.The universe is a big generous place, some days I just forget.

And speaking of generosity, I was just notified of this amazing giveaway, head over to find a generous soul hoping to foster YOUR creativity with an art journaling giveaway. I am so grateful to have a studio full of supplies and inspiration and a family willing to live with my vagueness when working and the insane schedule of an independently employed person! Sometimes I forget that not everyone has stuff to make art with, or a space all their own to make art in, or a family who understands that art is who they are not just what they do. In fact I am so full of gratitude for all my many blessings,( regardless of whether I feel lost on the road right now or not) that I have decided to join Kim. Leave a comment on this post by May 21st and I will give away a whole mess of ephemera from my stash, enough to fill a catalog envelope to the brim! Spread the word, share the wealth!

8 thoughts on “giveaway

  1. Hi Debra! I love the idea of doing a giveaway on your blog….will have to join you in that idea when I am back from an upcoming residency which is taking all my focus at the moment…..I would love to be included in the giveaway!

    I also very much share your sentiment of foggy gratitude….I have been feeling the same way. Thank you for putting words to some of these feelings.


  2. What a great reminder to be mindful of the good things I’ve got going. Sometimes I forget and only focus on the annoying things in my life.

    So there’s another thing I’m grateful for: this fantastic “blogiverse” which gives me inspiration every day from folks like you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. It is great to focus on what you have to be grateful for instead of what you are unhappy about.
    I have a studio full of art spplies and a really nice space with a supportive husband. I am lucky.
    Art is not selling in the recession which can be a bit depressing but it’s a matter of when the going gets tough the tough get going.

    Meanwhle I’ havig fun taking lots of photos and teaching workshps.

  4. I have to say I agree with Anonova on this one. It is so inspiring to hop around all the different blogs to see what others are up to.

  5. I also need to remember Gratitude everyday for all that I have. Especially with all the loss around me now living in Alabama and I have had my electricity and home along with no lost pets or family.

    I am grateful and I do remind myself.

    Thanks for your journaling remarks, I like your blog.

    Smiles, Cyndi

  6. WOW! That is awesome of you! Thanks for the inspiration..I would love to have a space to create, but I too am very thankful for all that I have been blessed with, I try to remind myself every day that, if we wake up , able to get out of bed, to see the light of day, taste our fresh brewed coffee or tea, hear our loved ones say good morning and are able to reach out and touch them…then we are far more blessed that many. I will be thankful for the littlest thing, because they are actually the greatest.

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