Friday, April 17, 2009

A few of My Favourite Things

Parcels are coming your way soon if you've been expecting something from me. Yay, happy mail.

So looking forward to this weekend. I'm catching up with the
ladies who lunch, going to check out the Sisters' Market and taking myself on an Artist's date. I'm into my first week of the Artist's Way and loving it. I'm really glad I decided to give it a go.

Kootoyoo was talking about shaking things up at her place and feeling a little bit stale. I'm feeling it a little here at Tinniegirl too. Needing an injection of something but not entirely sure what it is.

How about you? Are you feeling inspired at the moment? What's inspiring you?

I'm pretty taken with some gorgeous blogs at the minute. I love tangled sky studio and her encaustic paintings. I can't wait to give this technique a go at some stage. Check out this gorgeous painting. I'm also loving Paper Crown. Sarah's work is so gorgeous.

It's all about paper, paint and glue with me at the minute. Remember last year when I said it out loud? I want to be an artist and a writer. It's come back to me this past few weeks. That heartfelt passion. That truest desire. I'm soaking up inspiration from people who paint and collage, and people who write about their creative journeys. As always Kelly Rae Roberts is feeding my soul and her close friend Mati Rose is a delightful new discovery. I've also only recently started listening to Craftcast regularly and I'm loving it.

I've been drifting I realise. Floating along, exploring my creative ideas and following them wherever they've led me. It's been so much fun but in some ways it's turned me in the opposite direction to where I really want to head. A little side road that I've been happily skipping along. I wonder too if perhaps it's an aversion. A subtle way of giving in to my fears and denying my heart's true calling by focusing on a different idea, glancing in a different direction.

It was the Stitches and Craft Show that got me thinking about it. Thinking about where to go next, how to take my business to the next level, what the natural extension of the Tinnie concept would be. I can see the path clearly but what I've realised in the last month is that I don't want to take it.

It's an interesting place to be. Knowing that an idea has so much potential and just needs lots of drive, energy and passion. At the same time having this overwhelming instinct that something isn't right, that I'm taking a wrong step. It's been quite amazing to have these conflicting energies dancing around me. It's certainly not all bad though. There has been so much learning. About taking risks. Believing in my ideas and my creativity. Trusting myself, my instincts and the universe. More and more I'm recognising what it is I've needed to take from this part of my journey and knowing that it's OK to let go now that I have what I need.

It can be hard to let go of an idea though. For lots of reasons. Fear of never having another great idea. Ownership. Ego. Fear of making a mistake, a wrong turn, a regrettable decision. We get so caught up in the idea that everything has to last forever. I certainly do.

I'm not sure what all this means for me and for Tinniegirl. Well, actually, I am. I'm just not quite ready to say it out loud. Stay tuned. Change is coming.


  1. I'm joining in with the cats and trying to work out what's inside all those lovely little packages.
    Sometimes I think that everything happens for a reason. The roads we travel may be rocky but it's always an adventure, and we eventually find the right path.

  2. You have a lot of thoughts roiling around in there. I think things are supposed to last forever and I'm surprised to find they don't. You'd think by now, I'd have learned that everything has a life span.

  3. sounds like you have a lot sorted out Cathy! We have to try things and even take the wrong paths or side tracked ones in order to find what we really want and need!! can't wait to see where you go from here!

  4. What Cam said ;-)

    I myself am feeling very uninspired lately. I suspect it's because my work has taken the last of my creative stores, and I need a day at the Portrait Gallery (and an afternoon with Brown Owls tomorrow) to restore it. I'm sure it will be back. But for now I'm just enjoying everyone else's blogs and thoughts and hopes, and hoping I may take inspiration from them sometime soon.

  5. i'm waiting with bated breath...

    the winds of change are blowing here too, but like you i'm not ready to say it out loud for fear of a regrettable decision...

    just remember it's fun to skip down those alleyways, they're full of interesting things that you could miss if you stay too focused on your main path... just a thought :)


  6. If we could bottle those brain waves of yours we'd have enough energy to power a village! Might see you at the Sisters market tomorrow.

  7. Good luck with your decisions. It's very brave to know when change has to be made.

  8. That first shot brought a tear to my eye. Your tabby is the dead spit of my old girl Meggie who died at the ripe old age of 20 last year.

    I'm sorry you're feeling unsettled, but happy you have found the change you need. Can't wait to hear.

  9. I'm sorry for your loss Tinniegirl - and wow, lots of thoughts there and some answers too. Follow your heart and the universe will unfold as it should.

  10. hey girl know just how you're echoed exactly how I've been feeling lately...have you ever read the book Feel The Fear But Do It Anyway...i often remind myself of one of it's philisophies...that there are no wrong paths/choices...we can always just change's a wonderful journey with ups and downs and beginnings and endings...take care...

  11. It's great that you know now where you want to head, even though it's hard to let something else go to go in that direction. I can't wait to hear what that direction is! Your working through the Artist's Way may help you there too.

  12. Oh no, I've been a bit blog absent lately and missed so much. Just want you to know I'm thinking of you. And as always, your words are so inspiring and always make me take a better look at myself and my own path. You walk yours so bravely - can't wait to see where it takes you next :)

  13. Thanks so much for my pressie, Cathy. I had a lovely hunt through all of the goodies in my 'Lucky' box. I think my fave is the old geographical maps. Maybe you could do some 'Lucky' ideas post?

  14. Oops - sorry typo: 'Luckie' - gotta get a name right!

  15. Two of those little parcels were for me. It is funny to see your cats saying goodbye to them, I took photos when I unwrapped them of my cats sniffing the contents. I love them both (the cats and the tinnies).