Show and Tell… 4 Things

Many red flowers, one yellow flower, there are no mistakes, Miles Davis, creativity, life.Do not fear mistakes- there are none.

Miles Davis

It has been a few weeks since my last post, but there have been so many interesting things that I’ve noticed and thought to myself, “I’d love to share that on my next post!”  Today, I want to do a quick show and tell to share some of those things, as well as what I’ve been up to around here.

  1.  I’ve spent a little time in the studio these past few weeks, mostly just doing some creative experimentation. I’ve loved pushing paint around, with no plan at all, just playing with the colours and textures.
Abstract painting, Carina Spring (Valerie), playing with paint creatively.
This was one of the paintings that resulted from my recent play in the studio.

As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.

Vincent van Gogh

2.  I’ve also gone a bit collage crazy of late.

One of my less successful, but most amusing collage advetures was this saggy old satchel that I was going to throw out.  I decided instead to grab some scraps of abandoned, old fabric samples (very limited selection!), a glue gun, and proceeded to experiment a bit.

I rarely work with fabrics, so I just wanted to see what it was like to work with this material and a glue gun.

collage: crafts from old or found objects. Decorating an old handbag with fabric swatches.

Craft: Old handbag, fabric swatches,, collage with glue gun

Eventhough, in the end, I was not very impressed with the final look of my purse, I concluded that working with fabrics might be something I would like to explore further.

I commented to my son that the purse looked rather shabby, and was still just saggy and old. Then, I added that I would nonetheless try wearing the purse out in public to see if anyone would give me a compliment on it. My son chuckled and suggested that, at the very least, someone might give me some change.

Haha!  Clever boy.

Fun crafts: working with old and found materials to make a new handbag.
A fun learning experience.

This is what I wrote in my diary after I had completed the purse:

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time working on that bag.  In a way, that really annoys me because I don’t really like the end product, so it’s tempting to think… What a waste of time, and to feel upset. BUT:

  • I enjoyed working on it, so the time was not wasted.
  • I learned, and practiced using a glue gun (which I never use) and making visual art decisions (which is always useful).
  • What’s the alternative?  Sit around and do nothing?  Because there are no guarantees of how things will turn out (with anything, ever). You have no way of knowing and the only way to learn and improve is by doing and trying. And that’s how you gain confidence and experience.
  • It wasn’t all bad.  While I didn’t love the final look, it does have some interesting designs that I like.

Design details on a handbag made from old and found materials.

So, I’ll have to make some crappy stuff if I ever hope to learn anything because I have to go into territory with which I am unfamiliar and see how it turns out. That’s the only choice, otherwise one sits around paralyzed, dreaming and thinking, but not getting down to the doing.

Craft: Old handbag, fabric swatches,, collage with glue gun.

3. Just over a week ago, I celebrated my birthday.  This year, the gifts I received were all about creativity:

My husband has been spoiling me with his inspired culinary creations for several weeks now. Here are some highlights – I took some snapshots, but sorry to say that they don’t do the meals justice.

chicken parmesan/ parmigiana on my birthday week.
Chicken parmesan… right out of the oven, and there’s enough for the next night!
Steak barbecue, asparagus, and baked potatoes.
A barbecue on Monday night! Seriously!
Russian beet salad with walnuts, prunes, mayo.
This simple beet salad is one of my favourites!
sashimi, sushi, homemade!
Friday night sashimi!
pork roast, delicious treat!
Delicious pork roast.
Healthy and delicious homemade food, pork, salad, polenta.
Healthy and delicious food made at home. A side of polenta is one of my favourites!

He also made me a delicious birthday cake, but I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture!

…My son made me this adorable pinguin.

felt penguin with google eyes, a birthday gift.

…My mom gave me this beautiful, large painting she made herself.

Acrylic painting by Elsa, mountain goats in nature, by a river.

…And my aunt gave me this gift certificate for a craft store so I can stock up and make more things myself!

Michael's craft store gift certificate (cupcake), Leaf Rapids CD.
My aunt also gave me a CD of a local band, but I’ll post about local music later.

4.  Finally…

Have you heard of Loving Vincent, the first ever movie of its kind?   The story of Vincent van Gogh is told through his own painting style: 12 frames a second, each one hand painted by an artist working in his style.  It’s an 80 minute movie with around 57,000 frames.  Incredible.  Check out this trailer or this short news clip.

An edible terrarium… Wouldn’t this be a great home-made gift?

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!!

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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

16 thoughts on “Show and Tell… 4 Things”

  1. I like your abstract and your bag. It shows you have talent, no matter where it takes it, you have been some place creative. I don’t know whether you received a compliment, or a handful change. But you can give yourself an “A” for effort!

    1. Hello! How thoughtful of you to visit and leave this kind comment. I really appreciate it. You know, I don’t think I remembered to wear it out somewhere! Isn’t that funny. Now that I am reminded, I will be using it soon; it will go well with casual summer clothes. Truth is… I’m guessing most people just won’t notice it at all! Haha! Take care!

    1. Thank you! I appreciate the birthday wishes! Creativity does add a lot of satisfaction to life, and I am so grateful when I find the time to express, and also to enjoy the creative work of others. Thanks for the visit! 🙂

  2. Hi Carina, I enjoyed reading your post. You’ve a creative family – I always think handmade gifts are the best.
    Happy belated birthday! 🙂

  3. Firstly wishing you belated a very happy birthday. What a talented family you have! Culinary husband, incredibly talented mum – love the picture – but most of all I looooove the penguin your son made.
    Great to see you’ve been doing some creative playing. Totally applaud your attitude of writing down the positives of purse you didn’t like. Go you xxx

    1. Hi Bekki! Thank you for the birthday wishes, and the kind words. I do love the pinguin my son gave me – he made it on the sewing machine, which I thought was pretty cool. As for writing the positives, I agree – it is a good idea because it’s easy to get discouraged when it comes to creative endeavours, and important to remember the learning that happens with every study and practice. Thanks for the visit, and take care! Xoxo

  4. That painting is amazing. I love the colors and I love how creativity is such an important part of your life. Also, you are right, even though you don’t love the end result of that bag, the process is so much more important when trying to be happy.

    Love this post, as always.

    1. ¡Hola Mila! Muchas gracias, I appreciate the visit and kind words. I know you also value and make time for creativity in your life. It isn’t always easy, but it adds a lot to life, doesn’t it? Always great to hear from you. Take care!

  5. Happy birthday, Carina! To my way of thinking, life without creativity would be a very dreary affair. Your project with the fabric and the satchel reminded me of my first attempts with photography. At first, I wasn’t very good, but I enjoyed it so much that I just kept taking pictures. Little by little, I improved. I will never be a professional photographer, but I do sell a fair number of cards. That was not my goal, but you never know where things might lead.

    1. Hello Laurie! Thanks so much for popping by this end of the internet and sharing your thoughts and experiences. How wonderful that you have developed your photography skills (Your love of photography really comes through on your blog, especially Wordless Wednesdays!) and that you even sell cards now. I want to make time to practice painting, collaging, and drawing these days, and maybe using fabrics will eventually find it’s way into my art. I’ll see where things take me… slowly of course, since I still have a family and a job. 🙂 Take care and enjoy the rest of the week!

  6. Dear Carina, As always, I just loved this post. I loved most what you wrote in your diary about the purse. You are so right my friend. We do not know EVER if what we start will be a success or a fail. And the only way to know is to go ahead and try. Better to fail trying than to never try and just sit around and ROT and wonder! Ha. Well, not quite that bad. But yes, trying and experimenting is part of the learning process. I had my kids try many different things/experiences as they were growing up. My older boys greatly disliked the one Charlie Brown play they were in, and also the art classes they tried. But my littler Charlie (9) adores art and drama. The only way to find out is to try and see. So I adore your mom’s painting and the apple don’t fall far from the tree, Miss Carina….loved YOUR painting. Is that be considered modern art? The penguin is very sweet, a gift from the heart. And the FOOD. So many beautiful glazes. And that chicken parm. Looks just fabulous. It’s almost midnight and now I’m hungry. So wishing you a very happy belated birthday my friend. Hope it was joy-filled and that you have a wonderful year ahead. XOXO

    1. Dear Allie, thank you for the support my friend. So true, the only way to find out what you love in life is to try different things; good for kids to experience, and good for us adults to remember. I will let my mom know what you said about her painting, I am sure it will make her day. I think you are right, my painting would probably fall under the “modern” category, at least by default, since it doesn’t look very traditional.;-) Glad you enjoyed the food pictures, I sure enjoyed eating the food. Thanks for the birthday wishes, much appreciated. Have a wonderful week, Allie! xoxo

    1. Thanks Jay! I appreciate your feedback. 🙂 Yes, I can’t belive we are barbecuing either, it was an exceptionally warm day and my husband gets out there the moment it is possible! (The flowers are from last summer, though!) Take care, Jay.

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