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Belief

Belief is the word of the week, of the season. Wrapping up the year, this concept means the most to me now. And so I will start and end on what the word belief has meant to me recently in hopes that I can both make sense and find closure in the way I see things to be now.

I believe in the wonder and joy of the spirit of Christmas. That the generosity and kindness of man and womankind can rise us above our basic tendencies of smallness to bring about great moments of small humanity. That is what Christmas is to me. But to a child, the season is Santa. And the wonder and miraculousness of his visits is a gift every child should be able to enjoy until it’s time to move upwards. Eamon and Santa from 2007 on Shalavee.com

I had the tragic privilege of robbing my eldest of his belief in this magic a couple of weeks ago. He kept asking me and asking me, was Santa real? And finally, when he said he was going to make an addendum to his Santa list when I’d already shopped, I told him…

He cried the biggest crocodile tears for the longest time. And as I watched the big beautiful bubble of belief disappear after several boughts of tears and no no nos, I doubted my decision to have done this but alas, I could never take it back, could I ? He declared he’d prove me wrong. I certainly hope he does. And then I told him to talk to his Dad about the tooth fairy.Fiona on the green on Shalavee.com

We believe what suits us don’t we? If our beliefs perpetuate a certain end or means to that end we can’t comprehend being without, we’re tethered then to our beliefs. We’re invested. We’re living in our belief suit. Until someone rips it off of us.

I found my esteem feeling quite naked after a recent incident robbed me of me self belief. I was left wondering if I was in fact a talented designer. If I was worthy of the accolades I’ve ever received. If the inkling I keep having that maybe I don’t suck was true. Comes down to what I do believe really is the truth.  love yourself on Shalavee.com

I believe that I have a light that shines brightly. That that light is different. And that it’s meant to keep shining so that others can benefit from the hope that it brings. Because when they’re ready, anyone can join with me in the belief that their creativity and voice can make a difference. I believe my belief affects other people’s beliefs. And that is nonnegotiable.

I make happen what I believe possible. So that is what I am going to focus on. Shifting my possibilities to believabilities. And relying a little less on what I think might be the awful truth and more on what I know to be true. I’ve got talent in spades. I just need to figure out where I’ll be appreciated and believed in and mirrored back safely. Christmas tree on Shalavee.com

Merry Christmas to you all. May the magic of Christmas renew your belief in yourself and in humanity. I’m taking a holiday hiatus and will return in a week. Love to each and every one of you my dear dear readers.

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Christmas Floral Designs in 2015

The beginning of the Holiday season was rather busy. I was offered an opportunity to flex my floral design wings this year and I took it. A chance to make multiple Christmas floral design pieces and decorate a Christmas tree for a house on a charity house tour. I was asked to do it so I couldn’t say no. Starting in November. I designed and shopped for every room specifically according to the dimensions of the space. I designed with silk florals, feathers, twigs, and ribbons, as well as respruced a few things my client had. front hall piece on Shalavee.com

I took two tours of the house to see what my friend needed. And there was something to be designed for almost every room. 15 pieces plus a tree. I was extraordinarily nervous. Could I design the right stuff to fit each space and would it be funky/uptown enough for my client?

front doorh wreath on Shalavee.com

mantel on Shalavee.com

Her house is very beautiful and neutral and although technically I was doing Christmas floral design, she really wanted more of a winter inspired theme than Christmas.

bedroom wreath on Shalavee.com

bathroom tall cotton piece on Shalavee.com

bedroom piece on Shalavee.com

bathroon cotton piece on Shalavee.com

The tree was a collaborative effort when the client sent me a picture of what she’d seen and wanted. A very Southern sumptuous tree inspired by birds, feathers, sparkling balls, magnolia blooms, and cotton ball sprigs. The ribbon technique was also new for me and I loved it so much I used it on my tree.Southern style tree on Shalavee.com

Southern style tree closeup on Shalavee.com

Southern style tree topper on Shalavee.com

Other than the tree, my favorites pieces were the front door wreath and these little trees.

bedroom Christmas tree on Shalavee.com

bathroom Christmas tree on Shalavee.com

These were the little angels she’d already placed in the bathroom when I showed up with this little tree which worked really well with them.

bookshelf pieces on Shalavee.comAlthough the homeowner ended up not using these pieces on either side of the mantle, I was mostly pleased with their scale and design. She felt the red in them felt too Christmassy. And maybe red flocked manzilla branches are too funky for anyone but me.

bookshelf pieces on Shalavee.com

reindeer on a tray on Shalavee.com

The tour was a smashing success. The tree was a collaborative effort and was the fave of the tour. People begged to have their picture taken next to the tree. I was finally able to grab some pictures of my work today and wanted to finally show everything off “in situ”. All the designs are silks except the fresh garland door wreath and the magnolia leaves used here and there.bannister swag on Shalavee.com

Gladly, now that this is complete, I can move on to finishing my house which has been decorated in fits and spurts due to child-free time and the flu. It will all happen eventually I’m sure. Five days and counting.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

My Creative Process

It was Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative, in one her many wise creativity business coaching type emails, who suggested I didn’t have to be nervous about every creative job I took on. I already had a creative process but may just be unaware of. Stopped me dead.

Because knowing and believing in this process I’ve been obliviously using each time I design an event space or a decorative element, is what will lead me to self-efficacy and the feeling that I can do this again and again. And I want that more than anything right now.

So I’ve attempted to describe what I consider to be my creative process. And this is what I settled on.

  1. Cull the Concept– Comprehend the limits, scale, purpose, scope, colors, theme, mechanics, time line/schedule needs and limits.

  2. Go vision shopping – Surf Pinterest for images that feel like where I’m headed and/or go shopping to see what’s available or on trend.

  3. Download and print out pictures – Create an inspiration file or Pinterest page.

  4. Create a rough design – Based around price and availability of supplies, color, simplicity, scale, and impact, describe and claim the design parameters.

  5. Collect supplies needed. Create a mock-up or prototype if necessary.

  6. Write a timeline – Consider how much time the project will take and count back your time from installation. Write out a schedule/timeline for the work.

  7. Get to work !

    Here’s a perfect example of Inspirational pictures and their actual interpretation.  This was a jazz club themed fundraiser . That post is here .

    This inspiration picture from Pinterest…

    became this.

Red curtain and purple ceiling with stars on Shalavee.com

And this

lampshade cloche from Pinterest on Shalavee.cominspired this

lampshade centerpiece for the UU review on Shalavee.com

Since my discovery of Pinterest, my events are mostly done with this method. My 15 foot Christmas tree redesign a couple of years ago was a result of trolling for ideas online and then recreating all the bits with stuff I had at home. That post is here.

Visual people are visual. Once we see something that excites us, it’s almost as if we want to own it somehow. Whether taking a picture of it or recreating it somehow in our own materials, the artistic world is like the rolling waves of the ocean. We are racing and tagging, tripping and tumbling over visions and concepts we’ve been inspired by  from other places and sources to create our own version of the vision. So if Pinterest helps, I say yes. I also say set a timer of like 30 minutes. There’s only so much you need and then you need to get out before you start feeling overstimulated and in need of moving on with our day. Am I right?

Curious to know how you work and what your process looks like. Similarities? And this may really work for visual and not for writing. Unless a beautiful image sets you to writing madly.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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