my july challenge has been waiting in the wings...or maybe i'm just feeling all lazy in the summer heat! but i don't want to put it off too long because it's from a totally AWESOME lady (and my bestest friend) bri crowley. even though bri lives in philly, so i don't get to see her enough at all, i did just get to spend over 12 glorious days with her...having adventures on our way to machu picchu, peru. how lucky.
Posted by sara.ann at 3:55 PM
i have a sunburn and just rang in the solstice with two days of rock concerting. how is this month happening so fast and so strong? i mean, summer really came in swinging. and a creativity project to figure out - on top of all the fun and mayhem and trip packing that i am and am not doing. whoa.
so to refresh your memory, the general goal was to celebrate one of most magical months (i think) MN has to offer - june yo! my mind settled on a HAPPENING, so to speak, since it was going to be something we participated in/with. and then a tent - or a type of adult fort image popped into my head. and would't leave. so last thursday we went down to the river and built a tent.
Posted by sara.ann at 9:13 PM
look at these wonderful people...not me, the other two - niles and annie! i get to call them my friends AND i get to see them each day at work! lucky me. i've known niles since we both had horrible college fashion..ugh...and wow, his wife annie has been nothing short of welcoming and caring from the first moment we met. plus, she's a really great dancer.
and what did they give me to work on for the month of june? a lot. seriously...holy smokes, what isn't in this challenge!?
Posted by sara.ann at 10:37 PM
as you can see above - my lovely and talented (and continually compliment giving) friend alisun proposed a project this month that would force me to pay attention to what people say...especially the nice things they may direct my way. i mean WHAT? yikes. not good with compliments over here. but hey, i was ready to see where this challenge would take me. i have to say right away that i got a fair amount of practice looking someone in the eye and sincerely saying "thank you."
i hope this makes clear why there was secrecy surrounding the project...i mean, i didn't want it to feel like i was soliciting compliments/kind words because that would be cheating right?
but how to create something artsy out of these words...that was also a challenge! luckily, i randomly saw a picture of a pajaki (polish folk art chandelier) and thought A-HA. it's bright and whimsical like alisun and it has a lot of paper components...to write on of course!
Posted by sara.ann at 11:23 PM
holy moly, it's may already and thus time for another project! this challenge is from my dear friend alisun. we met at the soap factory's haunted basement event and i felt instantly that she was a dazzling lady i wanted to get to know better (cheesy but true)...the term "kindred spirit" comes to mind. plus she's makes me laugh like crazy and she's super talented - check out her work here.
but folks, i'm in a bit of a dilemma. i would normally be crafting a way to announce my next project (and believe me i'm totally excited about this one!!!)...but i'm flummoxed about how to actually tell you about it without your knowledge of it having an influence on the whole thing. confused yet? basically, what i'm trying to say is that there's a chance that YOU could be involved in this project. but, don't worry, it's not like i'm secretly filming you or anything.
so, i'm leaning towards keeping it a SECRET. well, until the end of the month at least. i CAN tell you that this challenge is another one that takes me a little bit out of my comfort zone while also forcing me to be present. is that vague enough? believe me, it's a wonderful challenge from a wonderful lady and i can't wait to tell you all about it in a few weeks. until then, just act normal.
Posted by sara.ann at 8:33 PM
another project completed!
plus, now i can build a kite without looking at the directions...progress/knowledge! no guarantee that it will fly though. and since i learned about the downside of spray-paint on garbage bags (or not on garbage bags), finishing these kites for mary felt like i was opening the door to something new and exciting. my brain started to dart from one material to the next - kites with fabric, kites with twigs, kites with paper, etc x infinity.
Posted by sara.ann at 8:15 PM
OK, so far i have learned that:
1) kites are fairly easy to build if you actually slow down and read the directions...it only took me two tries on that front - see my issues with patience from last month's challenge. and who knew that you can make a kite out of garbage bags, dowels & scotch tape? simple stuff.
Posted by sara.ann at 9:51 PM
my challenge this month is from my friend mary. and here's the thing: it wasn't her original challenge. boom...i'm in charge here so we can switch things up, or rather mary can if she wants to. and she did. the rules are that we have no rules.
first, let me tell you about mary and then i'll tell you about the project.
the first time i met mary (yikes, the mid-90s college years), we were visiting in her kitchen and she sat right down on the floor while talking to me. granted, she may have been petting a cat, but it was a vivid - dare i say radical - memory. i'm not giving anything away when i say that mary is older than i am...old enough to be a parent...but when she sat on the floor it was like she was (radically) telling me: "i'm not the adult here, i am the friend here and i SEE you." or at least that's what it communicated to my spirit.
Posted by sara.ann at 9:24 PM
my march creativity challenge is COMPLETE! the handover went without a hitch...and now my friend ahnna is gonna run her own tiny free library. yay!
Posted by sara.ann at 12:31 PM
goodness, i'm impatient! and i feel so close to finishing this challenge. but since i'm forced to take a break (and watch/not watch the paint dry), i thought maybe i should throw up some pictures of how this tiny free library project is going so far.
Posted by sara.ann at 10:36 AM
OK, it probably seems like i'm not really doing anything related to my march challenge - the little free library. and that was kinda true for a while, but mostly because i felt overwhelmed with the construction part (which in my brain equated to the non-creative part...actually it felt like a math problem and i'm really bad at math) and what i wanted to think about was the decorating part. plus i wanted to create something cool for my dear friends...duh!
simply: decorating = art/fun. building = stress/the chance of screwing up fairly badly.
but wait! i found out that my awesome cousin cindy (props to relatives) freaking LOVES to build things and has offered to help me follow the plans (found at the little free library website) to construct a library that ahnna and bob will not be too embarrassed to have in their yard. well, hopefully they will like it after i do the decorating part AKA "sara flair"!
Posted by sara.ann at 11:27 PM
so, it's not a bug as i originally intended. it's just a "creature"...made from mostly socks. and what would creatures do? they would hang out in their natural habitat. which is coincidentally the warmest place i could find in minnesota in february: como park conservatory.
Posted by sara.ann at 10:27 AM