Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Art Show Readiness - 1 of ??? - hanging display

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino- bimaadizi (lead a good life).

Today I am sharing how I am setting up my boards for art shows and any kind of exhibits.

I had peg boards to start with but I didn't think that they looked professional or pretty enough. I wanted to make a statement at the shows so I changed them.

All I did was get a twin sheet and cut it in half and use some white fabric and sewed it together. I made it like a pillow case and just slipped it over.

I used some chain, bolt, nut and a washer to create a hanging hook. Then I use S hooks and binder clips to hang my pieces.

I made signs for the top of each board using poster board, printer (printer the words), chain, and rocks in a bag.

Good luck and have a happy creative day.

Question of the week: What are some of your hanging display ideas that you use at art shows?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Find my studio - part 4 of ?? - Frame Storage

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino- bimaadizi (lead a good life).

Today I am sharing how I store my frames that I use for batik painting or for taking pictures of pieces that I put on my online store.

I use a pegboard stand that is in storage itself. It is the stand that I use when I go to shows. I built this myself.

Another project that I would like to do is to make the pegboard stands more sleek and more professional looking for shows. But that will be a different post.

Question of the week: How do you store your frames for art projects?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Finding my studio - part 3 of ?? - standing desk

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino - bimaadizi (lead a good life).

Today, I am sharing my standing desk that I created. I followed a post I saw on Pinterest (which I will share).

This seemed the easiest and fastest when I was looking at all the DIY projects. It was also affordable. You will need a desk to start with or a table. I used an IKEA side table, a shelf and two brackets. I think it is great. I am short at 5'2" and this works great for me. and you can raise it if you are taller.

The shelf that I ordered is big enough and fits my keyboard pretty well. I would like a little more room for my mouse, but it still works great and I move the keyboard over.

 I also love that I have space on my desk to the side and even under the keyboard to put papers while I am working. I also use the space right in front of the monitor for my notes as I am working.

I am a writer as well as photographer and artist. I can sit 6 to 8 hours at a time and I do not think that is healthy for me, so I wanted a standing desk.

Having a standing desk helps me to be more productive then when I am just sitting down.

I also used a crate to organize my binders and papers under the side table. It is great because they are in easy reach. I am still going through all the binders and papers so I only have what I need on a regular basis.

I used shipping boxes to make the pull out drawers for my desk. To organize my stapler, hole punch and other office supplies.

Keeping an organize desk helps you to stay focused.

One thing that I didn't think of until someone suggested it - was getting a padded rug. It is great to have and it feels better than the floor. Since I am standing most of the day, it relieves the ache in my feet and legs. The one that I got is from the kitchen section of the store and it is memory foam.

Here is the site http://thehappinessinhealth.com/tag/standing-desk

Have an amazing creative day.

Question of the week : How do you keep your desk organize? Do you spend a lot of time there?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Finding my studio part 2 of ?? - fabric storage

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino bimaadizi (lead a good life).

Part of me leading a good life is reducing stress by being organized. So today I am going to share about what I have found to store my fabric in my studio.

I have fabric for the cradleboards that I make.  I searched and searched the web and I finally found something that I was willing to try on Pinterest. I did it a little bit different than what I saw. For this section of fabric, they are not big pieces so this worked really well for them.

I used chain that I bought at lowes. 10 foot long (Sorry can't remember the size). I took the chain to the dowel section opened the container and found that a 7/16 dowel fit into the holes. I bought 10 dowels and will add as I need to.

Then I used paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls (masking taped together) to use to roll the fabric on. This gave me a variety of sizes and then I used masking tape to secure the fabric to the rolls.  I am still in the process of collecting enough rolls for all my fabric so I have also folded some of the fabric over the dowels so it is all in one place. And I can see all the fabric in one place.

Then I used 30 pound strength picture hanging hooks to hold the chain to the wall. It seems pretty sturdy.
This is the link that I found to inspire this great organizer. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/541557923919149388/

I also have fabric for my studio backgrounds.

I have concrete walls since my basement is in the basement. So What I did was use 10 pound picture hanging wire that I looped through the holes of the hook and attached to the studs above the concrete wall.

I followed the direction of the pinterest link, but to be honest I am not really happy with the boards that hold my fabric. They seem really flimsy and are not sitting up very well. It could be the way that my hooks are hanging and they do not have enough support so that the boards are pulling on it. It works at least for now.

There are 10 fabrics that are hanging on the stand/ holder. Here is the link that I used to inspire this project https://www.pinterest.com/pin/541557923918150513/

Lastly I have fabric for my batik paintings. I have yet to have a special place just for this fabric. I want to keep it separated from the rest so I do not accidently use it so I can have it for the paintings. I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do with it, but for now this is a start.

I enjoy having these in my studio. It is a step in an organized direction.

Have an amazing creative day.

Question of the week: How do you organize your fabric?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Finding my studio part 1 of ?? - small item storage

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino- bimaadizi (lead a good life).

A part for me in leading a good life is having an organized life. I have heard the term creative chaos and that is definitely not me. I like everything in its place and I feel that I can create better when I have my studio in order.

In that regards, I am going to share about my little treasure trove I have. And I am slowly in the process of labeling all the small boxes in the drawers ( I mean it is snail pace). There is quite a bit of stuff and time flies when I am creating. :)


I have drawers that have little tiny boxes and spice containers that I bought at the dollar tree and I love them. It helps when my assistants (aka my girls) try to help me find something. If everything is labeled it goes a lot easier.

To help with that I also did a list on the side of the treasure trove to help them and me remember what is in each drawer.

For example, if I say I need fasteners and they are in box E, they can go right to were it is and find it with ease. (Most people like a treasure hunt, except when you are in the middle of a project, then this is really helpful.)

If they want to paint, I just tell them the paints are in box F and they grab out the whole box and bring it to the art table.

It makes it really, really easy for all of us to work because I have creative kids. So even though the studio is mine and they know not to bother me when I am writing. They also know that they are welcome to come in and create. I like to give the capacity to create as long as they clean up after themselves, right? (All of you parents know how challenging that can be.)

We listen to music and I work on my project in one area of the studio and they work in another area. We don't really talk to each other except to maybe show progress and get opinions.

So I really enjoy having this and I would like to share with other creative moms out there. Maybe you have a little bit of space - this can really help them contain and organize the small stuff. I have shared this before but this time I have gone into more detail.

If you want to make this treasure trove you can go here http://awildstrawberry.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-apothecary-cabinet.html

This is where I went when I built mine.

Have an amazing creative day.

Question of the week: How do you organize your small craft items and save on space?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Congratulations to Graduates

Dear Readers,


One word can mean so many things to so many people. Achievement or the First Step. A deep breath and no words. Tears and pride. Dreams and goals.

Some think "Finally," while others think "Where did the time go?"

As I watch all these young people, I am one of those who thinks, "Where did the time go?" I am also excited to see where these young people go with their futures. What will they achieve?

I know I will be trilling for all the graduates that I know and even for the ones that I do not, because it is a great achievement. For those who don't know trilling is a practice in some tribes that woman do. It is a vocal expression of strong feelings.

I know I will also be excited to see all the plumes and feathers that grace the heads of our youths. They should wear them with pride because they earned them through hard work and determination to finish.

So congratulations to all the graduates known and unknown. May your future be bright and footsteps light.

Have a great creative day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

cradleboards - reasoning

Dear Readers,

I wanted to share some things about cradleboards today.

I thought this was a good post as it is just past Mother's Day. This is Rachel an expected mother. She wanted me to teach her how to make a cradleboard for her baby. I almost think we bit off more than we could chew. We were rushing to get these done and she still had work to do when she went home to finish then up.

After helping lots of mothers create cradleboards for their babies and raising my own in cradleboards I have learned a few things.

1. It takes strength of mind to keep using a cradleboard, to some it just seems harder to use. I have had some use them only for a few months, however I have to commend them for trying and wanting to use them. Personally, I loved using mine and know that it helped me keep my sanity as a young mother.

2. It takes strength of heart to keep using a cradleboard. I have had mean things said to me, but I had to hold on to the belief that I was doing a good thing for my children. I saw my calm, smiling babies and kept going.

3. It takes strength of a physical nature. Cradleboards are not heavy but they are not light either. I use to rock my young ones to sleep and my arms would get tired, but when they finally fell asleep feed and comfortable, I could do other things: dishes, schoolwork, etc.

4. Cradleboards help a baby to see the family around them and be a part of it. I salute all the mothers out there who are trying to raise their children with culture, traditional values and love.

Have a great creative day.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 4

Dear Readers,

I found the last installment in the Mike and Molly relatable episodes (at least for now).

I found this episode so funny because I am the same way. It is my writing. I would definitely have the same reaction as her - maybe funnier as I make up bad words such as bedpan and such.

However, as writers our writing is never good enough, there can always be changes made. I don't know if I would have published if I did not have the best supporter ever in my husband. He said just publish it and I did. I have a great support team- my husband, my kids and all the women who I call sister (blood and not).

So if you feel the need to scream, go for it but remember maybe it is for the best that we have ourselves and others to push us.

Have a great creative day.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 3

Dear Readers,

Here is another mike and molly that I can relate to.

I thought it was funny that she was trying to write and the sound kept bothering her. I don't know about other writers but there are certain things that I can't handle to hear or it takes my out of my story.

I listen to music while I write - only instrumental, or soundtracks with no words. Anything else is a problem. My phone makes sounds for every app - telling me something is going on in the world around me. It use to bother me but now I can ignore it.

Every writer needs to find there bubble of quiet or inspiration and stay focused. Try to get as much writing done in that window of time as possible before the world comes and claims you once again.

Have a great creative day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 2

Dear Readers,

I found another episode that I like from Mike and Molly.

I do not have writer's block, it is more life. I have kids and home to run. I am also a photographer and artist. Sometimes I put my writing on the back burner. I thought this was funny though. I look at my computer and then I look at the laundry or dishes and I do what needs to be done to take care of my family.

Sometimes I have to sit down at my computer and write. I have to ignore the dishes, laundry, and other small things that need to get done. I did find that if I use lists I can still get things done. I write what I want to happen in the book so I can sit down and write anytime and anywhere. I also make  a list of things that need to be done for the day. It helps and laughing at her antics helps too. Have a great creative day.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 1

Dear Readers,

I do not know how many of you are writers. I do not know how many of you watch the show Mike and Molly. However, I have to say that I find that show funny and it makes it easier to laugh at the things that have happened to me as a writer.

So I had an experience similar to this. As a writer just starting out and trying to get my name out there, I did a few local book signings. I called friends "Don't let me sit here by myself" and they came. I did have the support of local tribal college and some of the professors so I did sell some books. Getting up and talking about my book was a little intimidating and then sitting behind a table to sign books and hoping someone finds your book interesting. Whew!

I found deep breaths help and to have a passion for what you write. Remember there are going to be readers who find what you create is interesting, you just have to find them.

To all my fellow writers: keep writing and good luck. More to come of Mike and Molly episodes that I could relate to as a writer. Have a great creative day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Organized Artist

I have been asked how I can be so organized. I have had the statement that an artist needs creative chaos.
I feel that both are important  to be organized  but have some creative chaos.  I have this book to keep me on track but my art table is clutter with my current project.
I think having a book like this can help artist stay on track and accomplish  goals for their art careers.
So the first group is:
Etsy Listings -I have an etsy store and I like to know what I  have in it.
Galleries- this is a list of galleries I have exhibited at and ones I have submitted  to with contact info and date of submission.
Book stores - list of book stores that carry my books and places I have submitted to for distribution and contact info.
Contacts -personal and professional.
Wish list - says it all.
The next group deals with inventory of my products.
Books - I have inventory #, name, description, unit price , and quantity  in stock.
Photography - I have inventory #, name, photo size, framed? ( y or n), frame size, unit price  framed, unit price unframed, etsy (y or n), unit number  ( all my pieces are numbered, location
Also for photography  -I have another sheet that has inventory number, name, date taken, camera used, mm, f/stop, sec, ISO .
Paintings -I have inventory #, name, canvas size, framed? ( y or n), frame size, unit price framed, unit price unframed (if available), etsy ( y or n), print size, cards, location
Blog - I have blog topic ideas or notes I write for myself.
Last tab is for notes that are random thoughts. I also have a calendar  in the front of this book to help with scheduling.
Hope this inspires you.