Monday, August 22, 2016

'The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.' Socrates

Moving is hard... I knew this before we moved and yet somehow I thought this time would be different since we wanted to move and we got to choose where we moved. I was so excited to start this next chapter of our lives-heading down the path to retirement.
The good thing is, I was so busy unpacking and visiting with family and friends the first couple of months that I didn't really have time to process all the changes that we were going through.
It has now started to sink in that life is really different...
Not bad different, just different. I have had a bit of a pity party lately. I miss my art groups and I miss my art group friends. I miss my yoga studio and my wonderful yoga teachers and fellow yogis.The heat in Carolina has been a bit much especially the humidity-so yes, I guess I miss the cooler temps of Illinois. BUT I won't be saying that come January and February!
I knew this small town we moved to only had ONE yoga studio but thought it would be fine. I have tried going several times. I keep hoping I will feel more at home there but it's soooooo different from the yoga studios that I knew and loved along the North Shore of Chicago. Everything is different about the studio and the yoga. I keep researching the studios in nearby Raleigh too. I will have to put my 'big girl' yoga pants on and drive to Raleigh and check out one of those studios. In the meantime, I do my own yoga at home and there are exercise classes at the clubhouse in my neighborhood. It's very convenient and it's a nice change of pace. So I guess I need to 'build on the new' like the quote in the title says.
As far as my art groups...I mentioned in my last post that I had joined the local art group which is nice but still not quite like the group of fiber friends in IL. The good thing has been joining the Art Jewelry Elements group online. It's the next best thing to having a local, in-person group. I am 'building the new'!
So with that bit of whining out of the way and a desire to 'build the new' I am revisiting my yearly project. I put it on hold when I discovered that I chose the wrong color for the Earth element.
This is the first element I did-FIRE
FIRE element





The next element I started was supposed to be Earth. I started it the week we were in the process of moving. I thought it would be good to keep handy to bead on while the guys did the packing. It was while we were driving form IL to NC that I realized I had done the Earth element in the wrong color. When I started it I just assumed Earth would be green. Right?? Nope, it's supposed to be yellow. So after keeping it stored away in a box for the last 4 months I have pulled it out and think I can salvage it by cutting another round piece of green felt and embroidering the proper symbol for the Wood element. Wood is green. That way I don't have to toss this aside or tear out all the beading. I think I can manage to slip the newly embroidered piece under my peyote bezel. I didn't bead it too tightly so I think it will work. Below is the Chinese symbol for Earth but the color palette is for Wood. Next time you see this green embroidered piece I hope to have the Chinese symbol for Wood covering the Earth symbol up.




Since I was so frustrated with that I chose to just work on pendants for necklaces.
Here are several that are in various stages of being complete. I have promised myself I WILL NOT MAKE any more until I finish these. Of course I did start a bracelet yesterday with one of the beautiful Czech glass buttons I just got! LOL

Roan Leopard Marble cab with Onyx cab
Labradorite cabs with freshwater pearls
Turquoise Howlite cab with a Moon snail shell


There is a challenge going on at the Art Jewelry Elements blog this month and I really want to participate in that. So as soon as I finish this blog post I will head to my studio and see if I can make my own artisan head pins for the challenge. Wish me luck!
Check out the blog post, you might want to join in the fun also. 

Life your life creatively~
cathy


2 comments:

Robbie said...

Well, FIRE is beautiful...as is Wood or Earth!! It's wonderful too!!!! Your work is always amazing. I am sure once you get 'settled' in you will love your new environment!!! Always takes awhile to get adjusted!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks so much Robbie! I don't know how I missed your comment here but thanks for stopping by & commenting:-)