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Thanksgiving, Creativity, Ravens, and Tattoos

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Thanksgiving, Creativity, Ravens, and Tattoos

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Nov 29, 2014 | 8 comments

Putting Down Roots – Growing Together

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Putting Down Roots – Growing Together

This little guy has a chance at life. R$ Follow along and see what happens. Several years ago I was given Cassandra (a Christmas cactus) by my good friend, neighbor, master gardener, and needlework guru Judith Baker Montano. Jude must have known I don’t have a green thumb so she gave me a plant that is practically indestructible. I water her when she looks looks shriveled up, occasionally feed her plant food, but in ten years (at least) I have never repotted her. Cassandra has survived despite my bad nurturing habits. She has even put on a beautiful floral show from time to time. For having had her for over ten years, the one thing she hasn’t done is grow — at least not much. A couple of weeks ago I decided Cassandra needed a bigger pot. Okay, I didn’t decide cheap nfl jerseys that a couple of weeks ago, I knew that years ago – but a couple of weeks ago I finally decided to do something about it. I repotted her! <img class="wp-image-440 size-medium" src="http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm-225×300.jpg" alt="This Christmas cactus is lucky to be fake oakleys alive. I don’t have a green thumb.” width=”225″ height=”300″ srcset=”http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm-225×300.jpg 225w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm-768×1024.jpg 768w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm.jpg 1440w” sizes=”(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px” /> This Christmas cactus is lucky to be alive. I don’t have a green thumb. If I were Cassandra I’m sure I would have mixed emotions about being repotted. First, I would feel thankful that I were no longer constrained and cramped in a pot with no room to grow. Even so, I would feel a bit uncertain about my new digs. Change is always hard cheap oakley sunglasses to accept. Perhaps that’s why plants need a period of adjustment after being transplanted. Once settled in, I hope she will flourish. That remains to be seen – but so far – so good. During the transplanting process a twig of Cassandra broke off. I decided not to toss it. Instead I decided that this sprig would get a chance to flourish too. I put it in a cup of water and set it on the window sill. I’ve decided to let this sprig be a growth marker as we move and grow on our creative journey. The sprig has already sprouted new roots. Roots are needed to provide a healthy start and a long, productive life. Now — I just need to come up with a name – any...

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Oct 14, 2014 | 12 comments

Long Arm Quilting: Embracing Change

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Long Arm Quilting: Embracing Change

Giving my best shot at free-motion feathers in the black borders. In a recent post about change I said it was inevitable. Embracing it can also be difficult. I am a sit-down, free-motion, push-the-quilt, domestic-sewing-machine-quilter and I have always been just that! People ask if my BERNINA has a larger arm and the answer is yes! However, that’s only recently been the case because my sewing machines prior to 2012 were just regular-sized machines. This often comes as a surprise – but it’s the truth. I’m comfortable pushing the quilt and have enjoyed a fair share of success as a domestic machine quilter – including Best Machine Quilt at IQA in Houston in 2000 and Best Machine Quilt at AQS in Paducah in 2006. Currently sitting in my studio is a Gammill long arm quilting machine. It’s here on loan so of course I should use it. I will learn from trying it, gain experience using it, and understand the challenges others face when quilting on a long arm. Today I loaded a quilt onto the machine. It’s a funky string quilt that was made from leftover student blocks made in classes I taught from 1994 to 2005. It’s been waiting to be quilted for almost nine years (yes… me too! Stop laughing!) Quilting it on the Gammill seems to be the most logical thing to do. It’s not a show quilt. It needs to be quilted. And, I need the practice. String blocks pieced on fabric foundations can be twisted and turned to make amazing designs. I know that my skill at long arm quilting will not match the level of expertise I have for quilting on my BERNINA. I know it will be fine and it will look pretty. More importantly it will finally be finished! But still, long arm quilting is outside of my comfort zone. My thoughts create internal conflict – such as, “If anyone knows I’m long arm quilting they will think all my quilts were done that way. Or, “If they see this poor quality quilting they will think this is the best I can do!” Truthfully, it’s not that bad. It’s just not what I’m used to. So what’s the purpose of this post? First, it’s to let you know that I’m a domestic machine quilter who occasionally gives the long arm a spin viagra ligne avis. In addition it is to affirm that we all have insecurities in our creative endeavors. When we are learning, we already know our short...

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Oct 6, 2014 | 9 comments

What Lies Ahead – An Autumn Poem

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What Lies Ahead – An Autumn Poem

I think of this photo as Lux Aeterna, or “Light Eternal” In 2011 I assembled a book of images of Autumn leaves called What Lies Ahead. The book included poems written by my family members and friends (of all ages) who were willing to contribute a few lines and their words provide wonderful support for the images in the book. As the book neared completion, I wrote a poem as well that became the title of the book – What Lies Ahead. What Lies Ahead is available in iBook for iPad (on Blurb.com) and in both hard and soft cover formats. oakley outlet (at this link). Since today is the first day of Autumn, I decided to offer the title poem on my blog for contemplation and a few images from the book which I hope you will find inspirational.<a rel="dofollow" href="http://unlimitedrobloxrobux.com/" title="Roblox Aumenta Hack Free Robux” style=”font-size:1px”>Roblox Hack Free Robux What Lies Ahead Here I began, Here I grew, Here I was content. Here I fake ray bans waited, Here I watched, Here I found purpose. <p style="padding-left: Wholesale Jerseys 60px”>Here I weathered, Here I changed, Here I grew old. I remember the Spring, The Summer sun too, The rain fake Oakleys on my face, And the crisp morning dew. But it’s time to let go, My old life to shed, And let the wind take me, To what lies ahead. — Ricky Tims, 2011 Although the water was rushing, the leaf was not budging. Determination is powerful! <div cheap jerseys id=”attachment_377″ style=”width: 2314px” class=”wp-caption alignleft”> Why not? That’s what benches are for…. resting! A double exposure, one blurred, and one sharp, creates a luminous...

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Sep 23, 2014 | 8 comments

Change – A Sure Thing

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Change – A Sure Thing

The morning view of Mt. Mestas from my house. September 10, 2014 What the heck happened? It’s 36˚ outside this morning! That’s 2.2 celsius for my international peeps. It’s only September 12 and I’m sure when the clouds lift, our surrounding peaks will have snowy white caps. I learned that in Alaska the first few high elevations snows are called termination dust indicating summer has ended. We are most certainly getting termination dust. cheap nfl jerseys Where did the summer go? How can things change so fast? Maybe I should ask…”Where did life go?” September 12, 2014 and Mt. Mestas is hidden. Time marches on and I certainly can’t stop it. Time is both our enemy and our friend. Time is all that we really have. Time is what we sell to earn an cheap jerseys income. Income is what we have to buy things. Time is what some people invest in order to grow and manage a garden in order to harvest their sustenance. Time is simply put, the best gift you have ever been given. It is a treasure and should be spent wisely. We all have a start date and an end date. It’s what we do between those two dates that is our own time. Our time is what we call life! And boy does life change. For years I was not much more than a skinny runt. I was never sick. Had no allergies. Could eat as much as I wanted without gaining a pound. I was energetic. I was also  struggling to just get by. I had a somewhat productive music career that sustained me – sort of. Music was my passion. Music had always been my passion. It was my life. Back in those days quilting was not even on the horizon. Then something happened. It just happened. I was gifted my Granny’s old 1955 Sears Kenmore sewing machine and I thought I would take it for a spin. Who knew that would be such a pivotal day in my life?  My music continued for a few years – it was my career. While I was walking through the shifting sands in life, I somehow transitioned into a quilter. Seriously? How did that happen? Who would have thought? The strangest thing is that there really wasn’t much of a change inside of me. That’s because I’m an artist at heart. I was born to be creative. I’m happiest when I’m...

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Sep 12, 2014 | 22 comments

On Creativity – It’s Fragile

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On Creativity – It’s Fragile

Not only is creativity fragile, but the creative process often goes on a path leading into the darkness of a unfamiliar forest. Once there, the direction is unclear. The path diverges and splits leading off into many directions and there are choices to be made. It’s important to follow your intuition and blaze on, knowing that you might end up going in circles before successfully finding your way through to the other side. You must remember, you took the journey alone, carrying with you the tools and experiences that live inside of you. Nobody else will ever understand the choices you made along the way. They will not know the fears you experienced, or appreciate the insecurities you felt while making your choices. All they see is that you have arrived with a finished work. It is very important to remember that the approval of others is not something you need. It is not important that they understand your journey. It’s your creative effort and yours to evaluate – yours to like – yours to dislike. Your personal opinions are the only ones that really matter. People who have been through similar situations – those who share similar creative endeavors – are people from whom you can seek advice, critique, and encouragement. These are people whose experience in a certain area has given them wisdom. It’s the same wisdom you develop as you travel on your own creative journey. It’s fine to ask “Should I have turned left instead of right?” “When I come to the big rock should I climb over it, or go around it?” Regardless of the answer, understand that that particular creative effort is a chapter on your journey that is over. Certainly you can take the words of wisdom (the critique) with you when you depart on your next journey, but don’t try to go back and redo the one you just completed. Don’t let the words of a trusted counselor defeat you. Furthermore, if someone has never taken that same journey through that mystical creative forest (and believes they have a right to critique your work – and proceeds to do so) don’t allow their critical or unfriendly words destroy your spirit. I know, that easier said than done, but stand firm on the fact that you made the best choices you could with the experience and tools you had at the time. Here’s a quote from a comic genius....

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Aug 14, 2014 | 15 comments

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