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Cause and Effect

“For centuries women have been muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue — that I had to do the job myself.” ― Anaïs Nin

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Little Star – private collection 2010

onward.

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Through the Looking Glass

The vintage window was a gift from my sister friend, Tilly Evan Jones … it sat around for a couple of years waiting and wanting. Finally glued a bunch of my vintage glass collection to it.

All you need is a sturdy window (or frame) with good glass, wheeled glass nippers, small hammer, hand towel, safety glasses, random glass objects and e6000 adhesive.  This project must be glued in a well ventilated area … without the kids and pets.

glass-window-project

Break glass dishes under a dish towel with a small hammer and gentle hand or use wheeled glass nippers to break up glass objects.

FYI … There are glass plates that will shatter into a BAZILLION PIECES without warning so … don’t be … going to use the word stupid – because it really is … ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES when cutting glass or tile and do a different project with the kids.

glass-on-glass window © mara lee

dizzy sick

organizing all my web stuff and i  haven’t been around these parts since last October.  could it be that the last thing I sat down to create was the mosaic tile mirror I made for Alice’s birthday?  How can that be?

time waits for no woman and I have to minimize my distractions to focus on the feeds my soul part. Mosaic TilePlenty of tile and glass and …

 

 

At Home With Andrew and Renee

The shop was closed, again, so Renee knocked on the side door and said, “we’ve been here before … you were closed and we see that you’re closed again but … I just have to have one of the pieces in the front window … can we please come in?

They were both like little kids in a candy store and then Renee said, “I must have a piece of your art because I can feel all of the love and the light shining through.”   Me too.

Touched beyond belief and all I can say is that this big beautiful universe, wearing a straw hat, is hard at work on my behalf.

Thank you, Andrew & Renee! You made my day;)

glass-on-glass-vintage-window
the porthole of love © mara lee 2014

Wait For It

I’m in awe of artists that can create everyday.

If I could find that daily inspiration, I’m pretty sure I would too.

Problem is … I can’t force the artist within, I have to coax her, like a lost dog on the street.

For me … there has to be a catalyst and that catalyst has to have friends that want to play nice together.

When they do … Oh, what a feeling 😉 … it has to be better than a runner’s high!

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to run far enough to get inspiration to kick in … it’ll come to me when it’s time and still learning that the joy is in the journey;)

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”
― Lemony Snicket

Go Glue Something

Just Needs a Little Light

Simple 8 x 10 white picture frame from Ikea … glued the piece of glass into the frame (with Weldbond) and let it dry overnight.

The little glass fish dish was the catalyst … the rest of the glass pieces magically fell into place.

Doesn’t look like much but ….

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. ~Aaron Rose

Glass on Glass Project #3

Shadows only mean that there is light nearby. Go to the light … 

Glass on Glass Project #3

Feeling very accomplished this week. All is good.

as always … work in a well ventilated room when using toxic adhesives and always wear safety glasses when working with glass!

Leap Already and the Net Will Appear

How to be more creative
If you’re gonna do it … do it. If you’re not then don’t.

Cleaning out the studio and found the great book by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D called The Gifted Adult. 

I was flipping through the lessons of becoming an Everyday Genius and I immediately received an email about the very same book.

Coincidence? I think not!

Whether you check out the book or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it might be the book you want to write, or the business you want to build, or the blog you want to start, or the art you want to create.

Whatever it is, ask yourself the question: Am I willing to work hard to bring that ideal vision to life?

HARD WORK being the operative word(s). That means reading the directions all the way through and working through the roadblocks that weren’t in your original vision. Probably because you didn’t have a plan in the first place … you just saw a cool ending. (deep thoughts … from personal experience with Mara) Think it all the way through, before you throw money at it.

“There is surely no point in being a person of vision unless we have the will to act. Daydreams and inklings about taking our personal mission seriously must be translated into action or be lost in the dust of “could have but didn’t.”” ~ Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. from The Gifted Adult

Could have. Should have. Would have.

– Leap Already and the Net Will Appear or don’t 🙂

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. – Alan Alda

Happy
Happy, Happy!

The “Simplification Tour” 2012

thrift shop

When you consider all of the resources available to help simplify your life, you would think it should be a lot easier than it is.

I’m perfectly aware that less is more and remind myself of that everyday!

As an undiagnosed hoarder … no not the dollar store, old food and bug kind … the kind that can’t seem to part with the perfect vessels and nick knacks that I envision for mosaic tile projects of the future.

I could keep this to myself and hide my addiction from the world … but instead I am going to proclaim publically to stay as far away from the thrift stores & glue what I already have.

At least, until the end of February.

Junk: Seemingly useless rubbish which sits around for months and is inevitably disposed of the day before it is needed.