Confessions of a Craftaholic

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Day 324: A Day at Governor’s Island

Quote:

“If a person has a calm and stable mind, this influences his/her attitude and behavior in relation to others.”

-The Dalai Lama

This is recycled. Sorry.

This is of course, easier said than done.

I can pretend

I can pretend to be a tree

and not constantly waiver

with the wind and rain

I can

root myself in

holy things

and not waiver and uproot myself

whenever the universe hands me a

very cliched lemon

in life

But I’ve

struggled all my life

I

always had to have faith

in something

now, my body feels old

and my heart is weak

and when the rain falls

and the wind blows

I’ve my beloved to keep me

and my roots to hold me

like the tree

planted.

it moves

but never

uproots.

We went to Governor’s Island! We had so much fun! Here’s some shots.

On our way there. It was baby’s first boat trip! And the ferry is free! If you’re a tourist, I highly reccomend visiting Governor’s Island. It’s so pretty, and such a nice little getaway. And it’s old, and has cool old buildings that are (perhaps) haunted! We love that!

There she is, looking at the water, watching the boat pass along the Hudson River.

Once we got there…..she just wanted to run, and play…

…pick some flowers….

walk around the town….

and then I had to take a corny picture of myself. Of course.

We had so much fun! Today’s craftiness consists of organizing my art supplies. They are a shambles! Truly! Yarn in bags and purses, paint scattered in boxes and bins, and and bits of glitter everywhere.

And it’s raining, yay! And I made a gingerbread cake today! Yay! You know what? I replaced the egg with Apple Butter and the cake came out so delish! It’s vegan! And actually cakes are best when they are made vegan, because they end up more moist. So good. I made it because my daughter had been asking for gingerbread cake for a while, and I didn’t feel like running to the store to make any other type of dessert, so I just used up all my molasses and made a cake. It was so good.

The Craftaholic

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Day 319: A Day in Central Park

Quote:

“Laziness will stop your progress in your spiritual practice.”

-The Dalai Lama

Recycled again, sorry.

I

don’t want to

I just want to sleep

and

let things come to me

and uhm, when they don’t

I

can blame it on you, I can

and just

not

do

anything

Yesterday, I had some surgergy, to take out something from my lady parts, that shouldn’t be there. They were causing me a lot of pain, and making me think things that weren’t true (if you know what I mean). So I didn’t do anything crafty, except work on my crocheted garland on the train, on the way there.

The surgery itself was a minor procedure, but anytime someone has to put me to sleep to take something out, it’s major. I went home the same day, and afterward, we took a walk thru Central Park. Here’s some shots I took.

That’s Echinacea, right?
So then, after that we got ice cream. And Empanadas in hell’s kitchen. Yum.
Today, I have to buy some supplies for a couple swaps I am in. Then, maybe I’ll go to the Playground with my little one.
The Craftaholic

Day 268: Dwell Banner and a Silly Dance with my Daughter

Quote:

“Rather than speaking badly about people, we should practice a purer perception of them and speak only of their good qualities.” -The Dalai Lama

Gossip is referred to by most religions as evil. Why do you think this is? Think about it. So many relationships have been severed simply because of gossip and ill speaking of others. It’s addictive though, isn’t it? It’s so easy to just start bitching to your friend about how so and so did something that bothered you. Then you start talking about how stuck up she is, or how annoying her kid is. Right? It’s easy. It makes you feel good to talk about someone when they annoy you or make you angry. It’s harder to let peace into your life in these situations. Because you don’t really want peace. You want to  be angry with them, because in some way, you think you are punishing them. But you are only punishing yourself.

It doesn’t matter how ill you speak of someone, they are still going to live their life. It’s like I always say: no one really cares. Life keeps going and going. And if you don’t stop to let in the peace to your life, it will pass you by. Stop talking about people. Try to see the good in others. I know it’s hard to do this, especially when people continue being asses. But they are not the important thing in your life. What is important? You. Your family, your life, your home, your future.

I made a banner for my home.

These are chipboard cut outs I got from a swap (I think). I glued vintage music sheets to it, glued some pretty flowers, and the letters to spell out, “Dwell”. I also glittered the edges with pink Martha Stewart glitter.

Here’s a close up:

Here’s what it looks like, against my record collection:

I didn’t even bother cropping the picture, sorry.

I love love love this banner! I put mini clothing line clips on the back, so if I want to, I could just clip them anywhere. Here, they are on a pretty ribbon, again from a swap.

The nice thing about being broke is that you end up really using what you’ve got.

What else? Oh, me and the baby randomly broke into dance. My daughter loves dancing, and loves dance music. Don’t ask where she got this, cuz she didn’t get it from me. I love old jazz and classic punk. But ohwell.

Cute, right? Can you guess what she was dancing to? Lady Gaga. YES. Can you believe the the child of two bohemian artists likes Lady Gaga? Oh man. What am I going to do? I just indulge it, really.

She loves to dance, dude. I uploaded a video of it on youtube, but it needs to be rotated, and I don’t know how to do that.

Here’s the link though, if you don’t mind tilting your head.

The Craftaholic

Day 266: Collaged Photos in a Red Frame

Quote:

“Inner darkness, which we call ignorance, is the root of suffering. The more inner light that comes, the more darkness will diminish.”

-The Dalai Lama

Inner darkness. That sounds like heavy stuff, huh? Well, it’s all about perspective. In the pentecostal church where I grew up in, they preached about “Satan” lurking around the corner, seeking to destroy your inner peace. Although my belief in this is nill, I do think that negativity in itself, is something that addictive, and eats at you. If you let it in, it will take over your life. If you stop it in it’s tracks, it will not consume you anymore. Stop it before it tries to ruin your mood and your life.

What is then, inner light? Inner light, to me, is the positive force. It can be whatever this means to you. If it means your spirituality, or your belief in god or nature, then so be it; but just let it in. Let the positive light in to your life. Allow the goodness in the universe to permeate you, like water on paper.

This is a hard concept to grasp at times for those of you who are not religious. The pest way to let inner light into your life, is to go out into nature. I happen to love the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Also, going to the shore is great.

A simple idea, is to stop the negative thinking in it’s tracks, by fighting it with love and peace. That is the only way, I think.

Today, I ressurected a frame that I had in my closet, from before I even got pregnant with my daughter. No, really. It was in my closet for years.

I painted it red, and cropped some family photos, and here’s what I ended up with:

I really love this a lot. We have a wall in our living room, where I plan on filling up with photos in pretty antique frames. I used paper from Sassafrass to make the background for the pics. Here’s a close up of the pics:

And, here it is on my wall:

I know the picture is weird, sorry. I’m short, so I couldn’t get a better shot.

Today it is super duper hot in brooklyn, new york. I’m thinking about taking my daughter out. But it’s so hot! I just want to stay indoors where it’s nice and cool with my fan! Arg. I like the summer, but this hot weather can be too much.

I made a facebook page for my craft group! I hope you’ll join me on both of them.

The Craftaholic

Day 264: A Walk Through the Neighborhood

Quote:

“If the mind is tranquil and occupied with positive thoughts, the body will not easily fall prey to disease.” -The Dalai Lama

The Buddha talked often about removing the clutter from your life. The ego and teh things that  stand between you and your creative dreams. We all have them. The thing that I have learned is that we place them on ourselves. What are YOUR obstacles? What are the things that get in the way of your dreams?

I’m not talking about things like kids, dogs, cars and spouses. Those are responsibilities. We all have those. It is though, important that you realize the difference between your responsibilities and your obstacles. They are in fact, not one and the same.

Obstacles. This is what I think the Dalai Lama was talking about. Those things in your head that you worry about are what keep you from creating your future, and keep you stuck in the past. Get your mind out of the worry.

There is in life, always something that you could be worrying about. But don’t. If you believe in god, pray. If not, meditate. That’s what I do. It helps. But with it, act. Do. Be. Say. Don’t just think it in your brain. Everything happens for a reason, believe this. Everything happens for a reason. So, think about that. Instead of complaining that you can’t find a job, do something about it. Make your dreams happen. Make your life happen. Maybe this way, you’ll find that the life you wanted, was just around the corner. And all you needed, was to lose your job. Or, not find one.

Today, I did a lot of things. I took a walk with my little one and my “big one” as sick as that sounds.

Yes, I live in Brooklyn. A neighbor of ours has these growing in her front yard. Beautiful, right? Then, my daughter and husband saw a honey bee, pollinating some flowers.

Beautiful.

What else? I got started on my little bird house, but I can’t show you pics yet. And, I made a scrapbook. And I started a new knitting project.

This is a summer themed mini scrapbook.  I know I’ve been making a lot of them, but they are my favorite thing to make these days. That, and knitting. But, as I said before, I’m also working on a new bird house. So much fun, I should be done with it soon.

What else? Not much. Happy Memorial day (tomorrow) to my fellow americans! Even though we don’t all agree with the goverment tactics, it’s still a nice idea to honor the people who serve. You know? I mean, some people are bullies, but not everyone is.

The Craftaholic

Day 243: A Day Spent In Nature

Quote:

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”- The Buddha

This is for all of you who worry too much. I know people like that. I personally do not really worry too much about anything, to the point where perhaps I should. But worry does not accomplish anything. At all. It only inhibits you, and makes you attract more things to worry about.

Try to just be in your present state. Don’t concern yourself so much with the worries of tomorow. Tomorow brings enough crap to think about. Just focus on today, right now. Be in the moment, and may you’ll find more peace that way. More happiness.

Today, I went on a road trip to NJ with my family. We went to Watchung Reservation. My crafty thing was mostly knitting in the car on the way over, but I don’t have any cool pictures of that. I do however, have some UBER awesome pics of our time at the Watchung Reservation.

I LOVE nature. I want to have a house one day, in the middle of an enchanted forest, just me and nature, and some plantable, fertile soil.

The Craftaholic

Day 205: A Poem & Moments in the Museum of Dinosaur Bones

Quote:

“If we adopt a self-centered approach to life, in the long run we will not succeed in achieving even our personal happiness.”

So, I wrote a poem about my personal experience with this quote. It’s called “You”. Hope you like it.

You

self            ish

selfish

you

just thinking

about you

you

and only your

little world, your

little needs

you

discard me

discarded

me!

a

part of

you lives within a

part of me

and yet

you discard me over selfish dillusions of what should have been

over selfish things that were

and were

over 30 years

ago

yet you

grow in your

selfish need to look in the mirror

and grow

misery

from your heart and

hands and

feet and mouth and eyes and hair and

in your apartment

and in your soul

Today, my creative endeavor was more photography. I have really been trying to take some cool creative photos. That, and I’ve been working on an altered art piece for a special event, that I really want to keep as a suprise.

So, here’s my photography practice for today.

On our way to the museum of Natural History, in manhattan.

Reeses. My husband’s favorite.

I only wonder how effective this is.

Going home from the museum. What can I say, they are cuter while sleeping.

What do you think?

The Craftaholic

Day 195: Photography in the Great Outdoors

Quote:

“Passion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”

It seems that city living has really gotten to me. I mean, this city is so….plastic at times. You know what I mean? It is as if showing human qualities like love and patience, are things that people pretend not to have. It’s like we are all trying to have the attitude of a model on the runway.

But what we do not understand, is that models do not LIVE on the runway. And actually, who wants to emulate another person? It’s better to find yourself and discover who you are, within rather than emulate something that doesn’t really exists in real life. I am never ashamed of my passions, and my human ness. I am passionate about just a few things, but those things I am not ever ashamed of. I love art. I love spirituality the way I understand it, and I love my family. Those are three things that I normally try to combine as much as I can.

As the spring is upon us, and the weather gets warmer, we become more surrounded by other people. As this happens, let us realize that it’s okay to show our humanness. It’s okay to show your flaws. We all have them. We are all just crazy little bones, dancing our dance, and perfecting our lives.

Today’s creative endeavor, is some photography. My husband is a really good photographer (amongst other things), and he’s given me a few tips. Now that the weather has warmed up a bit, and I actually have a nice camera, I’ve been trying to take some cool “art” photography. Here’s my shots:

I look extremely pale in this shot, but that’s because I actually am extremely pale. I used to feel bad about it, you know, being Latina and all. But now, I just embrace my paleness! Who says you have to be dark to be latina, right?

So, what do you think? You like my photos?

The Craftaholic

PS. I listed a couple new craftivity kits for sale in my shop!