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work in progress

cells, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

the title to this post could be a song for the soundtrack of my life. it’s where I’m at most days, but particularily in the field of creativity.
I’ve said it all too many times so I won’t continue with it, but time eludes me. I am gaining quite a bit more balance with life now that my wee one is 9 months old. there is finally a chance to understand that crazy word: ‘routine’ that all those baby advisors tell you about from day 1. and trust me, it wasn’t easy. both the wee one and myself had to figure lots of things out before we fell into the lap of ‘routine’. I can understand now why people talk about it so much when parenthood arrives..it’s so much easier to maintain a little bit of sanity when ‘routine’ is kicking around!!

so I’ve had some wonderful people approach me about some custom orders in the last few months. these are understanding, loving and appreciative people who know what I do, love what I do, and respect these moments of crazy that a new mom occasionally has. it’s a beautiful thing.
above is a photo of a current ongoing project on my hands. I call them cells. more like, big, fuzzy, wooly stitched circles on circles. a perfect pile of creative projects that I can pick up when time allows.. stitching an edge, adding a little flair, or tacking on more cirles…the person who has requested them had left colours up to me which is a nice bonus. They would like about a dozen, so I’ve cut out more than I need and maybe if I have some leftover from the order, I can post them into my shop later on. (which is a whole other story about time management! hey, this is progress, friends!! hahaha!)

more soon! xo

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Bounty.

Sept 5th farmers market, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

Hush now child,
and don’t you cry
Your folks might understand you
by and by
Move on up
towards your destination
You may find
from time to time
Complications

Bite your lip
and take a trip
Though there may be
wet road ahead
You cannot slip
Just move on up
and peace you will find
Into the steeple
of beautiful people
Where there’s only one kind

So hush now child
and don’t you cry
Your folks might understand you
by and by
Just move on up
and keep on wishing
Remember your dreams
are your only schemes
So keep on pushing
Take nothing less –
not even second best
And do not obey –
you must have your say
You can past the test

Move on up

Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

This song by Curis Mayfield is playing in the background as I gear myself up for this blog post.

I am not sure why it’s been so incredibly challenging to try to post regularily here. But I know I do have many excuses. Time being one of them, and then there’s that pesky voice in the back of my head that says: “well that blog-post idea wouldn’t be very interesting to read.”

and so the battle continues.

Time certainly flies. Only moments ago it was the start of Summertime, one of my favourite times of year, full of warmth, colour, vibrant antics, and lots of sunshine. This year though it’s a different kind of embrace for me. My energy is in reserve, tapped from the slightest chore, or small feat..sending me back to my bed to sleep the time away and re-energize. It also takes time to get to know my new self in all of this. Growing babies is hard work. Though physically I don’t need to tell my body what to do and how to grow this little bean in my belly, it still takes energy, patience, time and faith.

We’re fortunate to have the local and one of the larger city farmers markets a mere minutes walk away from our front door. Every Saturday morning we stroll over to the market and make our pick out of the fabulous selection of fruits, veggies and foodstuffs for our weeks diet. I feel lucky we can live in an area that can produce such variety, such abundance, and such amazing, healthy colour. It brings the ‘squirrel’ out in me around this time of year, and I get a tiny bit frantic knowing that this freshness will not be fully available to us for much longer. I yearn to can, to freeze, to preserve and to concoct delicious tidbits to enjoy during the cold months.

I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen whipping up yummies rather than in the studio whipping up artful goodies. Because my energy dictates my mode. Call it a slow mode. Similar to the Slow food movement. A slow life.

I also have this same theme occuring in my business/art life as the Art Show and Craft Fair applications come tumbling into my email inbox. I know I just can’t commit this time around. I am saving myself for the mysteries of motherhood, the wintertime hibernations, the slow life of doing things on a different time. Re-aquainting myself with, myself.

So I will try my best to continue my regular posts, but can’t promise anything. This coming Autumn/Winter brings many question marks and I am finally embracing the ‘out-of-control’ feelings I have now with the world. The one true wisdom of many I’ve gleaned this Summertime is that no one is really in FULL control of their worlds.. we can maintain a sense of balance and sureness and goals to head somewhere we dream..but we are never in full control of how those goals will come to us. I feel good about this. 

It concocts a sense of wonder, curiosity, and innocence to me and my little world. I hope it does for you too.

 

In the meantime, I am not too far away. I am still here, I am still online checking up on things, keeping my hands in the pots of goodness that abound in the wonderful worlds of art & craft..

Be sure to check out my flickr photostream, where I do post photos regularily. I’ve built up a nice world of contacts and friends there. A truly supportive and inspiring environment to get lost in. Flickr is my blog too, because sometimes, photo’s are a lot easier for me than words.

I wish you all love, happiness and wonderment. Happy changing Seasons!

xoxo!

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100!

100!, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

hooray!!
we hit 100 sales on etsy.com this past week and it’s been a swell ride so far.

Many great big thanks to all of our amazing friends and supporters of our work thruout these past few years.. it’s been quite a unique experience for us.
Happy July everyone!!!
xo!

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Koko Taylor – The Queen of the Blues.

Koko Taylor – The Queen of the Blues., originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

I just heard that Koko Taylor passed away yesterday at the age of 80.

This woman has been a HUGE musical influence on me since I was very young. She was one my fathers favourite blues artists and one of mine.
This woman is the ultimate powerhouse to me -her lyrics, her stories, her history, her almighty voice and truly kickass history as one of the BEST Blues artists in this world.

Thank you Koko for influencing this little Canadian kid and many many many others.

See more about Koko here : on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koko_Taylor
on her own site: http://www.kokotaylor.com/

and her Unbelieveable voice. bring some Koko into your life:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxCa16-nxtM

Peace be with you Koko, LOVE YOU!!!XO

I’m off to go listen to my albums now…sniffle…

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my reason for not blogging as much as I should…

no need for words.

I am at about 13 weeks.

Awe, disbelief, exhausted, overwhelmed, excited, overjoyed, intrigued, curious, and exhausted best describes how I feel these days.

 

I promise once that energy comes back there will be more posts & more entertaining news. But until then… XO!

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