Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Words spill out...

Although I have been a part of Poets & Painters for over a year, it has only been recently that poems have begun to spill out of me. This, combined with facilitating my second course of The Artist Way, where risk-taking is encouraged, culminated in me declaring that I wanted to stand up and read my poetry in public. Well, last night at Rabbitfoot Records it happened. It was exhilarating and exciting and it all started with this poem...

All That You Need
by Shari Sherman

The day breaks
I barely have my eyes open before
I am chasing Time by the tail
What does the list say?
I have to be There
But, oh please, please just let me be here
With my cup of coffee, hot against my lips,
I notice it's sweet bitter darkness
I grab for things before they
slip from my mind
Do I have everything I need?
I can't go back.
I am listening, but not to myself
Wrapping the words around me
I notice You are strikingly open
a tiny fracture, enough for a tear to trickle out
if you swallow your breath, it won't get any bigger
Shedding niceties
Extracting embedded habits, identities, and expectations
I notice the beauty in tender, raw moments
beauty, beauty, Beauty!
You are listening, but not to yourself.
Something outside of you is trying to communicate with you
You are strikingly Open
just a tiny fracture
and that is all that you need.

Here's to risk taking, being supported by others on the path, and especially letting your creativity flow freely. 

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

A Hanukkah Twist

Happy Hanukkah to all of my Jewish friends and family! As you may have seen in my last post, I created a branch advent calendar for The Craft Shack's display at the Leu Garden's Holiday House. Well, since we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah in our household, I decided to make one with a Hanukkah twist! Instead of 24 days, I crafted this branch calendar to represent the 8 nights of Hanukkah. I am so happy with the results!

Each night after lighting the candles and saying the blessing, my daughter clips one of the little packages down and opens to reveal a gift. 

 This was super simple to make. Just find a smallish branch that you like. I usually keep a little stash of branches to be used later for projects. Then gather 8 gifts...for example, I've included some candy, nail polish, lip gloss, and a gift card (for the 8th night!) Then you simply bundle wrap the items in muslin, old book pages, and brown craft paper. I used stamps to number each package and then tied them to the branch with string! 

I'd love to hear if you give this project a try, either the Christmas version or the Hanukkah version. It certainly is a lovely addition to the holiday decor. 

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hard work + Lots of Creativity = Magical Results

WOW! We had such an amazing day yesterday setting up the children's room for the Leu Gardens House. I had posted earlier about making the felt ornaments, and there are lots more prep photos to come. Just to catch you up with what this is all about...here goes. The Craft Shack was asked to decorate the children's room for the annual Leu Gardens Holiday house, so we have been busily cutting, sewing, glittering and gluing to make it all happen. And yesterday, Debbie and I finally got to put it all together. A special thanks to Debbie's mom, Doris, for joining us and using her decorating skills to help us. And it took ALL DAY, but the results were simply magical as you can see from the pictures above. And each room of the house is decorated beautifully by other local designers and businesses. If you are looking for a low-key, away from the crowds, but festive to put you in the holiday spirit activity, please stop by and visit the house. Check the Leu Gardens website for more info and schedule of guided tours: http://www.leugardens.org/

This is one of the projects that I made for the house. A branch Advent Calendar. It is not functional, so the kiddos will NOT find actual goodies in these packages. But it makes for a wonderful wall hanging, and by wonderful I mean...it takes my breath away how cool it is!  I'll do a post describing the process shortly. Super easy, just takes some time and patience. And a nice branch (I was saving one in my garage for God-knows-what and Ta-Da!...it found it's purpose!)  From garage to grandeur...that's how I roll. 

And finally, here is my Heart. I created these two whimsical characters as part of our theme/story..."For the Love of Nature."  Nature was the focus and I created 3 characters to embody that:  Barnabus the Black Bear, Henrietta the Hedgehog (Heddy for short), and Cornelius the Cardinal. I have had quite a few late, late nights bringing these guys to life. If you see me out and about, and I have some extreme bags under my eyes, this is why. Don't judge. 

I love them all, but I am especially proud of the black bear. So much love and blessings went into this guy considering all that is happening here in Florida with the black bears. PLUS, an awesome thing about him is that he is made from one of my old black TURTLENECK SWEATERS!! For REAL. I know, I know, I should have taken step-by-steps but I didn't. When I am creating, this gets in the way of my process and slows me down. I am slow enough. Anyway, don't worry, I'm making another one...as soon as Debbie saw him, she said, "I want one...The Craft Shack NEEDS one!" So, as soon as I can find another sweater, I'll takes pics of how it is done and share that with you! Promise. 

So stay tuned...you don't want to miss that!

Until next time, go out and be Kind
Lovebeams to YOU!