Creative Group Challenge 2018

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Well, I was just sitting here thinking it’s been quite a while since we’ve had a “Creative Group Challenge”. Then I realized I can’t remember how long it’s been since we’ve actually done a challenge… so I went and tried to look up some of our old posts and see how long it has actually been. I couldn’t find an exact date, but I can tell you it’s been well over a year for sure. What?!?

Yep. So it’s definitely about time for some challenge fun!

We have gained lot of new members since our last challenge, so if you’re wondering what this “Creative Group Challenge” is all about, here’s a recap: We’re all artists, we all love creating, designing, crafting, making things. Many of us are jewellery designers, but there are also writers, woodworkers, painters, fiber artists, sculptors and other artists. The basic thought behind a group challenge is: wouldn’t it be fun to make something together? Since we live in different parts of the world, we’ve tried to choose categories that attempt to encompass our diversity but that each member can use to create something from similar starting themes.

The theme for this upcoming challenge is: Fall, Harvest, Halloween and/or Thanksgiving and what it means to you.

Our group contains many members from around the world and many of our members (even in the U.S. & Canada) don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or Halloween but almost all of us enjoy Fall or Harvest times of year. Pick a category and design a piece celebrating your choice or that represents how you feel about it/what it means to you. Jewelry, paintings, sculptures, weaving, fiber arts, even decor…whatever medium and project type you choose!

These categories have been chosen just as a starting point for your creations. (As I’m typing this I think I agreed to make a Harvest table centerpiece this year so I might be entering more than once LOL). You can pick one category or if you like pick more and join in the challenge more than once. Or combine categories if you’d like, let your creativity rise to shape your challenge. With any entries it would be really great to see a narrative with the result, to be able to read how you were inspired and follow your thought process in creating but not necessary.

Every member is welcome to participate, but there’s no pressure. The final due date is set to November 2nd, so there’s plenty of time to join in the fun!!!

Starting now (as of this posting) until November 2nd please upload your project pictures to the album created on our Facebook group photo page (Creative Group Challenge 2018) and after our end date the final results will be uploaded on the blog (only after a member has given permission), so get ready for fun, awesomeness, creative and diverse artwork!
Extra information:
The (soft) Due Date is November 2nd. Depending on how everyone is getting on, this date might be postponed so we’ll all have enough time to finish and show our work. Submitting results can be done to the Creative Group Challenge 2018 photo album on our facebook group page. There will be a blog post showing the different creations as well but before we do so permission to show your work on the blog will be requested. As always we will not show anyone’s work or details without permission, as we care a lot about the safe and casual nature of our group.

 

Happy creating!

 

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Question of the week # 276

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It’s that time of year again…

Next month is a big month for us around here. It’s gear up for the holidays and Thanksgiving annnnnd for our household it’s also NaNoWriMo!

What is NaNoWriMo? (some of you might be wondering,) well…

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Every November, writers from around the world challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. In its 19th year, they are expecting almost half a million people to set forth on this adventure.

We (the majority of the household) do this almost every year. It’s crazy, it’s nerve-wracking and for some reason we love it. Some of us win, some don’t make it, some get sidetracked and some get inspired and write for the rest of the winter. It’s just the kick in the pants that we need sometimes.

The best part about NaNoWriMo is you can write whatever you want. Prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction…anything, just as long as it is 50,000 words. That works out to about 1667 words a day. Here is a little bit more info on “why”: https://nanowrimo.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/161061-nano-in-a-nutshell

I end up writing a lot of recipes (but I hate doing it, lol) because I feed 4 fully grown people on a grocery budget of $500-450 a month and I do a lot of research on healthy, gluten-free and diabetic cooking. I’m also a proponent of the local food movement and have become a member of several local food co-ops and non-profits. I just didn’t realize how much writing there is concerning cooking good food 🙂

I love NaNoWriMo because I use it as my “cut-loose” time, my permission to myself to write for just me, just for fun. I will probably be cursing NaNoWriMo halfway through the month but I’ll still do it because in the end I’ll love it again and even if I write the worst soppy sappy stilted drivel I’ve ever done, it’s my “me time” and I look forward to this mental release valve all year.

Starting prep for NaNo this year has made me wonder how many of our members write? I don’t mean just straightforward fiction but those who blog, journal, art journal, spirit journal, write poetry, songs and non-fiction or articles. Writing is writing and writing is an art as well and quantity doesn’t matter, no matter how little you write, if you do write, well, you are a writer.

I already know we’ve got some writers out there so I really look forward to hearing from many of you. All types of journals and blogging definitely count too!

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Question of the week # 275

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I’ve been a little sidetracked by happenings around the house and then on Monday I climbed in front of the computer, bleary eyed but cup of coffee in hand, determined to get the question up and posted!

Then a whole other bunch of stuff happened.

So, I’m putting off the question of the week that was scheduled in favor of these questions that surfaced while I was sidetracked, then procrastinated a little and then was completely blown off track…

How much do you procrastinate, if at all, when it comes to getting in the flow and creating and starting projects? Because sometimes we do. At least I do. How about you?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Tuesday to all 😃

 

Question of the week #274

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So how did you find us and our group?

Were you looking for a site or support group like ours or did you just happen across a link while reading a jewelry blog or article or during a web search for something else?

How did you get here? (AND) So glad you’ve joined and that you made it here by the way 😀

How I got here: I found my way to the Big Tent site via an article at Rena Klingenberg’s Jewelry Making Journal http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/jewelry-making-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-fibromyalgia/ .

In the comments below there was an announcement about the Physically Challenged Artist’s Support Group on the BT site and the link and I’m so glad I followed through and asked to join.

We’ve since moved here to Facebook and stopped using the site at Big Tent and we are currently 400 members strong!

Thank you for being here 👍

Share with us how you found us please.

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

 

Question of the week #273

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This Monday I had lots of plans for some projects I have been putting off and the way I am I started some stuff Sunday to get a head start on Monday. That was brilliant except for now it’s Tuesday, I am in “rest mode” and that leaves some things around here “tore up” until I can get back on my feet.

What projects are you working on right now? Are you in the middle, finishing up or just starting out? Details please and pictures would be a super bonus…not expecting, just saying it would be wonderful 👍

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Tuesday  to all 😀

Question of the week #272

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Fall has come to the Pacific North West (PNW) with a splash literally!

Our local forecast is calling for rain and wind most this week starting today and so the weather prediction is spot on, with a gusty warm winded little storm that lasted most of Sunday that was interspersed with bouts of hard falling rain. While thunder and lightning storms are not common to Western Washington state, the hard falling buckets of rain are. It will literally POUR, the rain will bounce off the pavement so hard it looks like a waist high mist on the road and then stop like a faucet has been shut off. One of the benefits of all this rain is the beautiful varied shades of colors of the outdoors: green, gold and brown of our timberlands and the forests contrast with our beautiful and rugged coast with it’s own blending of myriad shades–black, brown, gold, blue, green, grey and then combined with the sunsets…oh, so many beautiful natural colors everywhere you look.

I live close to the Quinault Rain Forest and the coast and in the midst of all this green the leaves are changing too and right now the outdoors is a veritable rainbow.

This week’s question has to do with colors and favorites/preferences. I love dark green, cobalt, copper, brown/gold, dark amethyst purple. Mostly I prefer these natural, earthy and dark jewel tones but I find myself working with much lighter shade or completely different colors more often than not and started wondering, how many of you do that, or if you stick to your favorite colors or ?

So, this week’s question: Do you find yourself using a certain color combination/ palette more than others and if so, what are your favorite color combinations? Are they different from the ones you end up using most?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

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Question of the week # 271

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 It’s that time of the month again when I get to ask my favorite question!

It was a very busy week last week for me and I’m sure it was for many of you too. Yesterday was so crazy busy for me I’m running a little behind but after I get our question up I will actually have a clear schedule for a few days. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited about a clear schedule and a nap right now.

QTW: short and sweet…

What is your bright spot, your happy, your big smile moment you are looking forward to this week? Or are even enjoying right now?

Please share with us, we’d love to hear it 🙂

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Tuesday to all!

Question of the week # 270

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We have a lot of jewelry artists here in the group but we also have painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, fiber artists, photographers…and other crafters/crafts (my brain goes blank now of course, lol)

So, what creative thing (jewelry, wire work, stringing, painting, music, photography, sewing, etc) do you mainly do? AND…

What other creative things do you do, besides your main creative thing?

Ha! That sounds so silly when I read it out loud!

Basically (for an example), if you are a sculptor, what other creative things do you do besides sculpt?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Tuesday to all 😀

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Question of the week # 269

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During a Sunday Morning Craftiness session over at over at my Mom’s a while back she noticed that I laid all my tools and supplies out with precision…which I then proceeded to promptly rifle through and leave in disarray when I got rolling…but I know exactly where everything is when I do creating this way.

When it was time to go she then watched me quickly put everything away EXACTLY as I had unpacked it and looking at it you would never realize the clutter-rama that my work area had been just moments before.

I told her the reason I have this routine is that the process of laying everything out nicely and precisely is like the starting blocks for my creative whirlwind tendencies. It seems to “unlock” the artistic (and messy it seems) part of my brain that kicks in when I am in “create” mode. Then when I’m done playing/working on my project, the “business” side kicks back in and makes sure everything is put away correctly so I can find it the next time I want to work on a project and I don’t waste time looking for tools etc when I could be working/playing making something. I call the process “controlled chaos” (lol) but she said she couldn’t work like that and be able to put everything back exactly like I did.

Her crafting work style is very different and much more tidy than mine while in process but I would be completely lost if I tried to do things her way. Which leads me to this week’s questions:

1.) Where are you more creative – do you need an area that’s neat and tidy, or a more cluttered environment?

2.) What is your creative style?

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😀

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Question of the week # 268

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This was supposed to be a busy week for my household, I had three appointments scheduled this week (but two ended up being rescheduled) and a bunch of household stuff to take care of

and then of course… BOOM! Right into Labor Day, 3 day weekend!  With the two big appointments being rescheduled, things have lightened up some but there is still a lot to do that has been put off due to my fluctuating energy & health.

Labor Day weekend is also what is known around here (and maybe your house too) as the last big weekend of the Summer, our goodbye to Summer 2018 and the sign to switch gears to Fall 2018. We will be doing fall and winterizing chores around the house Saturday and Sunday and having a lazy relax BBQ day on Monday. We actually move our lawn furniture and the grill out of the open and have it in a safe but covered area for fall and winter grilling. We are grilling diehards so even in the cold yuckola of Winter if it’s not raining too hard we will grill. We’ve grilled in the snow (it’s cold but really pretty when it’s coming down and kind of fun) and it made me even more grateful for our little warm house and cocoa (with little marshmallows of course) when we got done, but that is much later this year  (not yet Winter! No, I can wait, really, I can…LOL).

What are your plans for Labor Day weekend if you are in the U.S.? And those of you that aren’t in the U.S., what are you doing this weekend too?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy (late) Monday to all 😀