Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Flickr favorites - solitude

A video by filmmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis.

HOW TO BE ALONE by Tanya Davis

If you are at first lonely, be patient. If you've not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren't okay with it, then just wait. You'll find it's fine to be alone once you're embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You're not supposed to talk much anyway so it's safe there.

There's also the gym. If you're shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke).

And there's public transportation, because we all gotta go places.

And there's prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you're hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals.

The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they -- like you -- will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.

When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You're no less intriguing a person when you're eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community.
And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one's watching...because, they're probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you're sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life's best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.

Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there're always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might've never happened had you not been there by yourself

Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.

You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one's in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.

Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school's groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if you're happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

It's okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can't think like you, for this be releived, keeps things interesting lifes magic things in reach.

And it doesn't mean you're not connected, that communitie's not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn't get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don't obsess about it.

you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.

1. ...alone...apart..., 2. solitude, 3. alone in the train, 4. Reading alone
For more flickr mosaics, please visit Artmind's blog

Monday, 21 February 2011

EST weekly challenge

Jonna from The Pottering Shop picked me as the winner of the EST challenge for last week.
If you'd like to take a look at the entries, here is her blog post about it.
Thank you Jonna for a great challenge!

This week's theme will be:
pink and turquoise (or magenta and teal)

Yeah, I want you (European Street Team members only) to make pink and turquoise entries, list it in your shop or write a blog post about it and send me the link to enter for this challenge!!

Read here more about the weekly challenges and see here all PREVIOUS CHALLENGES of the Europeanstreetteam.

Here are some inspirational images to get you in the mood:


I will collect all entries after this post and the winner will be announced Monday February 28th at 22:00 pm.

First entry a blue and purple butterfly ring from ALittleDotty

.... a beautiful card by aegeansea

....surreal stacked button earrings by amoronia

...and another pair of earrings by vadjutka

...an animal necklace by dyouwelz

...a printable wedding invitation by empapers

...a shoulder bag with flowers by Kirschbits

...a snail brooch by cherrytime

...a very big crochet ring with lace by sexyhandmade

...a bugs, bees and butterflies necklace by staroftheeast

...a flower brooch/pin by oneperfectday

...a multi-strand bracelet by creationsbyeve

..and a little fairie by Arjatunsdaughter

And the winner is.................Kirschbits with her shoulder bag with flowers!

Monday moodboard - A glimpse of spring


....and a glimpse of spring in my dindi shop:

For more Moods made by European artists, please visit Fleurfatale!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Flickr Favorites

I love stories.
That's why I love books and I love shadowboxes. Shadowboxes are little universes that tell stories. I made a little wearable shadowbox for my Arjati's daughter collection:

and a little mosaic with some lovely shadowboxes I found on flickr

1. *oNCe uPoN a TiMe sToRyBoX* antique box assemblage collage vintage paper altered art paper FaiRy doll, 2. Once upon a time..., 3. bugged, 4. Untitled#5565665335748

For more flickr mosaics, please visit Artmind's blog

Monday Moodboard


For more Moods made by European artists, please visit Fleurfatale!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

My Friday Night Outfit

1. onegarnetgirl
2. vanderwaterbags
3. dindi
4. rubypearl

Win one of these pretty safety belts by davir dog designs!

My friend Virag from davir dog designs is having a little game:

You can win a superb seat belt if you comment on their blog post and tell them which one is your favorite davir dog design artifact.
The game is also running on their facebook page. If you want to participate doubly, then like, share and comment on there, too.
Besides, if you mention this game on your blog (please let them know), you can take part in it triply.

The winner will be drawn at random on 22th February! :)

My dog Jordi sporting his davir design collar.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Flickr Favorites

I redecorated my kitchen. I painted the green cabinets in a lovely light-blue colour. Then I sanded a little bit here and there, so the green color came through. I had some fabric with roses that I bought years ago from aegeansea on Etsy, I cut out the roses and stuck them on the kitchen cabinets. Tadaa...I calll it my wabi-shabby kitchen.

I looked on flickr for shabby chic and I found loads of inspiration for my kitchen:

1. Cupcakes and a shabby chic tea towel, 2. 134_3484, 3. treats for myself, 4. My kitchen corner

For more Flickr Favorites, please visit Artmind.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

European Street team challenge - Monday moodboard - Middle Ages

It's been ages since I participated in the European Streetteam weekly challenges.
It's not about winning, but these challenges are perfect to let the creative juices flow.
This week's challenge is hosted by Kim from viltalakim and the theme is
"the Middle Ages".
This is my entry:

A picture of a beautiful medieval woman sandwiched between two label holder frames.
I adorned it with the words: "In a land far far away", "a long time ago", "yesterday" and "back then".
A fresh water pearl dangles from the pendant.
You can use it as a piece of jewelry, it makes a great wall accent too or you can use it as decoration.
I made a monday moodboard with other medieval designs of European Street Team members.

Pendant by MiddleEarths
Hat by Vaisto
Pendants by PetitVillage
For more Moods made by European artists, Please visit Fleurfatale!