Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hugglet Bears

Ta da!!  I can now share with you the bears that went to Hugglets this past Sunday with Silly Bears.  They all found new homes that day--four were adopted at the show and one was adopted online.  I'm truly and thoroughly grateful for all of my collectors, new and old, and for all the support and encouragement I receive from Silly Bears.  You truly make this journey worthwhile. 

Bianca, 12 1/4 inches

Evangeline, 13 1/2 inches

Russell, 13 1/2 inches

Heath, 16 1/4 inches

Lindor, 11 1/2 inches

Goodness!  There are so many things to be grateful for including you, my readers.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Heaps of Hugs,

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Sprite that Helps Us Grow

Creativity is a funny thing.  Lately, I've been feeling dissatified with my bears.  Now don't take this post as a begging one to get compliments and reassurance--it's not intended that way.  What I'm really doing is "thinking out loud," so to speak, and sharing my thoughts in case they might be helpful to any of you.  I'm wondering if creativity grows and changes when we attend to these raw feelings rather than ignore them.  Every time in the past when I've gotten this edgy, gnawing, dissatisfied, and uncomfortable feeling with my art, a time of great growth and creativity have soon followed. 

However, sitting in this mire of edginess is so uncomfortable.  Part of me asks, why don't I just ignore this gnawing feeling seething under my skin and move on.  But then another part of me says, if I stick with this yucky feeling and work through the discomfort, I may wind up at a better place in my art.  To be honest, it's much more comfortable to just keep creating the same thing over and over rather than to have to sit with this yucky state of being.  Could this feeling be what holds us back from growing as artists and as people? 

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting with some friends and we were contemplating how learning and growth works--remember we're some of those crazy people who homeschool our children and think in depth about these sorts of things.  Specifically, we were talking about how it's the things we don't want to do and don't like that are exactly the things we must focus on.  For example, if a kid is having trouble with a certain musical piece and simply hates it, then he shouldn't practice everything else in depth and then just do a cursory play of the hated piece.  Instead, he needs to really pick apart the dreaded music and work through it. 

When we were talking, we realized that this is the way it works with all learning endeavors.  Well, I suppose my brain was still twirling this about overnight and now the little edgy feeling I have been ignoring has become a big edgy feeling that I'm going to have to work out.  I now realize that this little gnawing feeling is like a gift if we focus on it.  It applies to growth in scholarly things, in creativity, in spirituality, and in an unknown number of deeply personal matters.  It's like our own little gift.  Like a little sprite who taps us on the shoulder to wake us up.

Whew!  Okay, now it's time to lighten up and just let that stuff simmer in my brain for a bit.  I guess time will tell what happens and what manifests from this troublesome little pixie.

Take good care of yourself!
Heaps of Hugs,