Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Earlier today I found myself lacking in the inspiration department, both creatively and life wise. Some while later I stepped outside, for a break, to enjoy a bit of the weather. I had the pleasure of watching three dragonfly's playing tag in my backyard. Such a simple thing, yet that small bit of nature sparked something inside of me and suddenly my inspiration was back.

It got me to thinking, what inspires me, what do I enjoy doing to keep my inspiration alive?

  • Spending time with the children I am blessed to have in my life'
  • Enjoying the company of good friends
  • Anything Outdoors --- be it gardening, hiking, or a simple walk
  • Belly Dancing -- from the costumes to the connecting with oneself thru movement
  • Meditation --Yes, I really do meditate
  • Music --- I enjoy a wide variety

Here are a few of the things that I thought of:

While working on this list for myself, it occurred to me that kids never seem to be lacking in imagination. It just naturally flows from them and they bounce from one adventure to the next without seeming to take a breath. Yet, as adults most of us have to work at it, some harder than others of course.

So why as adults, does it seem to take such an effort to stay inspired. My opinion is that we get bogged down in the day to day survival. That we don't realize we are not doing ourselves or anyone else any good, when we forget to take a step back and enjoy the small simple pleasures life has to offer.

Posted on my computer, as of today is the following:
  • Life is an Adventure, are You Living yours...
to remind myself to take a breath, take a step back, and enjoy at least one small pleasure each day. As to the author I don't know if this is something I heard or read somewhere or something I made up...
I would enjoy hearing, from others, what they do to keep themselves inspired?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Introduction and start of Entwined Vines

Tammy and I, Tina, have been working slowly at creating our amazing handcrafted jewelry business and have been loving the work and challenges while still treasuring all of our moments to sneak off and be creative. It is interesting filling the challenge of balance while staying energized about turning a hobby into a business. We both have spent most of our lives doing crafty types of things and gifting them to family and friends or adding pieces to our already large collections of wearable art. After awhile we realized we enjoy making things more than we have opportunity to wear or gift and decided to create Entwined Vines Jewelry. So far we have set a few things out in a booth at and event here in Portland, Oregon as well as sent several pieces to a Gallery in Seaside, Oregon. Recently we decided to expand and add an online aspect with artfire and have had to learn a TON of stuff we never though we would need to know to post online but it has been fun although there are parts that we seem to still be struggling with. We read as much as we can to keep learning and expanding while trying to not loose touch with the part that started us on our path; the jewelry. The colors, the textures, even the mediums all draw us and we want to never loose that.

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