A friend in my critique group recently recommended The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron (thanks Kathy!) I have enjoyed the book but am going to have to postpone the full 12 steps until I don't have quite such a deadline/childcare burden going on. One of the things it teaches is to make certain you re-fill your creative well. In skimming the book I discovered a few things about ME that I hadn't been paying proper respect to. I have always made stuff. As a kid my folks didn't have the resources or time or patience to provide me with all the raw materials I wanted so I had to scrounge for it here and there and use my creativity to put it all together. I still do! I need to do this, it is a part of what makes me, me. It re-fills my well.
On Sunday I got the idea to make a fountain from a random comment my husband made about our old turtle tank pump. Monday afternoon I had a fountain! I re-purposed (Macgyvered) everything in it. I got a ceramic frog a few weeks ago from my favorite garden store, had a cast aluminum turtle trivet from the flea market at the fairgrounds, three flower pots and a saucer, and the turtle pump! It is fantastically wonderful to sit next to and I can see it from my kitchen window. Other things in my house: my headboard is an old coal room door, I pierced the bottom of a lamp shade and put all my old dangly earrings around it, we have an old cigar store humidor that I put a stained glass window in and a string of Christmas lights - sparkly!
This totally blows up my skirt! More importantly it fills the well.
This rooster in my backyard blows my skirt up too, but I didn't make him. He's doing his best to encourage the grass to grow.