Monday, April 14, 2014

liebster award: sharing some blog love

Tania, who writes a beautiful blog called Petit Pixel Design, sent me the Liebster Award, with a few questions to answer. Thank you so much, Tania! I love your post on cutout letters for Anna and Eleni, what a gorgeous gift!

And here are the answers to Tania’s questions:

1. Your go-to movie snack (or general sneaky sweet treat) would be...? 
Slices of apple and Manchego cheese and cranberries, I am an embarrassingly healthy snacker.

2. The best way to spend a grey rainy day is...? 
Curling up on the sofa with my dog and watching movies, drinking endless cups of tea.

3. How do you break yourself free from a creative block? 
It is nature that inspires me to create, so a long hike on the beach or in the woods, or some gardening is very helpful. I try to spend as much time outside as possible, even in freezing temperatures and heavy rains. Sometimes the most extreme weather is the most beautiful.

4. One of the best lessons you’ve learned about blogging is.... 
I no longer put pressure on myself to have a lot of entries (though I used to when I started in 2008). Now I focus on quality, interesting, and original pieces: my process in the studio as a ceramic artist, where I find inspiration, and other artists’ work that I love. I find that I don’t need to blog every day, or even every week, to have a good blog.

5. If you could spend a day walking in someone else's shoes, whose would they be and why?
Georgia O’Keeffe has been my hero since I was a teenager. Her work moved me from the moment I saw it, and her simple, creative and productive, life inspires me to this day.

6. Describe your creative/blogging space? 
A quiet, light-filled spot where I can gaze out the window and see trees blowing in the wind, or rain coming down. It could be my kitchen or dining room table, it could be outside in my back yard, it could be on a sofa at a friend’s house. I take frequent breaks, have a cup of coffee or tea, watch the birds hop on branches. Writing takes time for me, it’s not effortless.

7. Your most valuable travel tip would be... 
Traveling with my closest girl friends is a luxury of time. There is something very special about being taken out of our every day routine and thrown into unfamiliar places and situations. These days, when we are all so very busy, it’s incredibly satisfying to spend long quality time together.

8. Your online weakness is...
Pinterest draws me in every day, a few times a day. It’s such a good source of beautiful imagery and inspiration for home and work.

9. When/where do your creative ideas come to you most?
Very fortunate to live in a beautifully green area of Providence, RI, I walk with my dog for a few hours every day. Spring is especially gorgeous, bursting with flowering trees. My ceramic work comes directly from natural forms: petals, seed pods, buds, insects, birds, pebbles. Here are just a few moments from my walks:

10. One crafty tool / design tip / creative strategy you couldn't do without is... 
Seems silly to say this, but I love my iPhone camera. It makes taking photos on the go so much easier (no need for a bulky camera).

11. The smartphone app you are currently obsessed with is.... Not a huge user of apps on the phone, but the one I do use the most is Instagram. It’s a great way to show what goes on in my ceramics studio.

To pass these along to another blogger... can I just pick one? I pick ProvyLove, by Elizabeth Duvivier, who also writes for Mytic Vixen, and Squam Art Workshops.