Friday, November 5, 2010

play happy


in order to push through this "limbo thing" i've been going through, i decided that the best thing i could do for myself was to stop thinking, and just start doing.  so, i went to all of those secret-stash-spots in my studio and started pulling out things......things that i loved, in colors that i loved.  i knew that i probably wouldn't use everything, but just the act of pawing through my supplies began to inspire me......



and before i knew it, i had created this!  



i cut apart some chair tassels and whimsical brads and used them for the center of the flowers, and then just layered some of my favorite fabrics  (the yellow layer in the middle is actually a piece of card stock) and did a little distressing on the edges to give it more texture.  and then i decided with all of that wonderful dimension in the flowers, that the letters looked flat, so i used my 4B pencil to add some shading, and to my surprise, the pencil worked great on muslin!  i also discovered that pan pastels can be used on fabric (i added a bit of color around the edges of the fabric).

but the most important discovery i made for myself is this:
stop thinking.  
start playing more.
keep playing more.  
play every day. 
 and play happy.

xox


37 comments:

Beedeebabee said...

Good grief girl...I wish I could create such wonderful things when I'm in a limbo sort of mood! This is down right GORGEOUS!!! Keep playing, and creating your beautiful, happy, Lori art. I love it!!! xoxo's Paulette ;)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

This is increidble. I can't believe you got to that from just playing around.

I love the idea of grown-ups still playing. I loved your rainbow writing.

It really inspired me.

Thank you.

Sarahx

Dolores said...

Guess what. The first word to pop into my head when I saw what you created was Happy. It looks happy, and it made me feel happy.

Terri Kahrs said...

AWEsome!!! Your post really made me smile today! Hugs, Terri

"CREATIVE CARMELINA" said...

it looks like sheer brilliance hit you!

i love the colours..they really are happy!

good for you...and yes, that is great advice...just pick up your creative tools when the mood is low or there is a serious lack of inspiration..and you'll feel better in no time...and be creating something like this!

gorgeous! well done!

ciao bella

creative carmelina

Ludid said...

i am glad you found in your collection what makes you happy and inspired. what a great project to end this week. happy weekend.

Janie Husband said...

i just love it.....beautiful colors

CelticWoman said...

a wonderful creation, whimsy, color, inspiration as no one can do like you! Hugs

rachel awes said...

i knew you would bloom!
i knew you would bloom!
xo

presious said...

You are so good! I love it....as usual...lol! If I had half of the creativity that you have!

If you haven't already, you should open up a boutique to display and sell all of your creations! That would be sooooo awesome!

p.s. I completed my 3rd blanket for a dear friend of mine who is going through a really tough time right now. I bought her one of those lavendar neck pillows to go with it.

Keep on creating! :-D

Martha Lever said...

This are absolutely adorable, Lori!! It's fun when play turns into something fabulous!

LuckyDog said...

WoW! This is so beautiful.
I just *love* it.

Sara said...

Yeah! you just tell that Limbo to leave you alone! :)

I have a note hanging right above my desk in the craft room that says "Don't think. Just do." It's a perfect motto!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

This is beautiful Lori!

You've just shown me what can happen when you push through the "what if's"! Thanks, now I'm going to play

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

wow, it is beautiful!!! Love it..it looks really happy too!

Gina Lee Kim said...

I wish I could look over your shoulder when you do these play sessions! Beautiful inspiration, Lori!

Nelly said...

This is soooo beautiful. I love the flowers. So very creative.

I agree with you. More playing!

Chel said...

Oh oh OH! so so so pretty! I LOVE it- so beautiful!

BALLET NEWS said...

that flower is youe best ever - \i completely love it.

Happy weekend

Pat said...

Oh Lori! This is fantastic! It is the epitome of happy. Bravo!

Eden said...

Yeah!! I'll drink to that!! To playing more!!! It's so fun to discover things that way :D

Jennifer DeDonato said...

oh my I totally want this!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

if you decide to sell...let me know.

tami said...

I love, love, love this!!! It just makes my heart sing!

Tara said...

Oh my! That is the cutest creation ever. Keep the happy creating going.
hugs,
tara

Createology said...

Lori you are so wise to just start putting your supplies in front of you and then inspiration took over! I love what you have created. Playing happy...

Dawn said...

wow that turned out so lovely. i am awed by your determination and perserverance

PaperPumpkin said...

Stashes of fun stuff--that's what I like. You are the butterfly of happiness and inspiration, lori!

cathyb said...

Hi Lori - I know that feeling of `what now`and I agree with you - for me that usually means its time to explore with something new - I always have that feeling that something new is emerging and so I`ve come to think of it as the calm before the storm when I am in limbo!!! It`s a good thing!

An Altered Wonderland said...

I love it! I am in the same limbo most of the time. I just realized that i have to let go of my planning and overthinking issues and just create! Keep growing!

Lancerika said...

Merci for this *HappY*
inspiration,needed to be
reminded of *playing more*
HappY w'end to you:)

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aimee said...

i couldn't have said (or created) it better! way to get out of the limbo! xo

Patty S said...

THAT TAKES MY BREATH AWAY!!!!!
so beautiful lori! and not just because i am a sucker for flowers!
you've pushed through limbo and arrived at heaven my friend! :-)

Kerri said...

AWESOME!

sometimes it is hard to get motivated and the catch 22 of the whole thing is that getting started on something actually motivates! so glad you got out all that stuff and played! :)

Becky Shander said...

Every single detail you chose exudes "happy", and all of it put together says, wonderful...very, very wonderful.

Jane Farr said...

Good things come while you're in limbo. A bright and happy piece for sure! It has "Lori" written all over it. I think you should design and create a Lori Limbo pole and then invite us all to your studio for a Limbo Party!! :) Limbo winner gets the pole! haha

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