As soon as I made my declaration to eagerly jump back into blogging, I get sick and spend the next week and a half accomplishing little more than a losing few miserable games of Spider Solitaire. Typical. But I did rediscover some photos from a year ago that have been stuck inside my broken camera. Maisey managed to get the camera to work long enough for me to upload these pictures I forgot I had taken.
A year ago I was sinking in a wicked and unrelenting depression that would drag me to the deepest depths of despair before it would finally let me go. I had been blessed with a number of commissions for custom journals and had a pretty little pile of book spines cut from old books that I had used for journal covers left over on my desk. Somehow in that mental fog I managed to come up with the idea to use the spines to make a mobile. Having a particular love for Dangly Things, I kept myself occupied making these pretties until I ran out of book spines. They (and a few too painful to read journal entries) were the only products of that dark time that eventually turned into the longest creative hiatus of my adult life. It's funny looking back to remember that these little bits of paper and fishing line literally gave me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. At least for a few weeks. Never underestimate the power of small things.
Except for the feathers, I made the mobiles entirely from things I had laying around the studio. Which makes me very happy. I would never have thought to add feathers had my BFF not surprised me with a feathery earring from a local jewelry artist. I already had the beads and spines in place but was struggling with what else to add to them when, without really thinking about it, I took the earring out of my ear and hung it from the mobile. Perfection! I drove over to Hobby Lobby the same day for a bag of feathers. That will probably be the last time I ever attempt to work with feathers again, though. If you've ever cut and shaped them, snorting their feathery bits that cover every surface within a 10 mile radius into your screaming sinuses, you understand why. Just thinking about it makes me need to sneeze. Oh, but I love the texture they add!
As it turns out, I've had other dangly things on my mind lately.
~ Something like these but with found objects or beads and leather laces. I think I need to learn macrame.
~ I've finally saved up enough bottle caps for a bottle cap windchime like this one. Maybe this weekend's project?
Take something cute and hang it from a string...and I'm gonna pin it. If you could use your own dangly inspiration, check out my Pinterest board filled with all kinds of pretty things hanging from string, wire and more! I'm fairly certain you'll find more than enough creative projects to keep you busy for a lifetime. (I love you, Pinterest.)
What are you hoping to create this weekend? Please share!