Monday, February 18, 2013

Beautiful or Ugly

Art is the psychic expression of beauty as revealed through truth.
                                                                Webster's Dictionary

Greetings All,

Is this beautiful or ugly?
Recently, I put together this scarf from a pile of discarded sweaters.  I borrowed the majority of the idea  from some of my fellow Etsy crafters and then added a couple of crocheted rows to the edges.  After I finished the scarf and showed it to others, I was told told that it was ugly, really ugly, so ugly it was almost beautiful!  Wow!  Exactly what does that mean?  I guess that means I am going to make another one!

We have all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, our moms told us that many times during those terrible middle school years. What we think is beautiful now, quite possibly was thought to be hideous one hundred years ago.  For example, consider what the public thought about modern art at the turn of the century.   Those same pieces that outraged them in the 1900's are now priceless.  Think Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso.

And then there is the cultural element.  What is beautiful in China, may not be perceived as so in India.    What American's feel is an ideal beauty is not necessarily so in the Arab world.  Finally, your own personal experiences will define what is "beautiful" to you.  Some people just like orange or landscapes or portraits etc.  What you like can be very personal to you.

"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and all that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."
   Oscar Wilde 1885

And speaking of beauty, here is a beautiful wedding card made from recycled paper including the bride & groom's wedding invitation.  Here, Amelia used the lattice card technique which I have detailed in my September 18, 2012 blog and appliqued it with stars.  It really turned out lovely and what a keepsake for the new couple.

Amelia's Wedding Card

Thanks again for reading my blog and your support!  Please visit my Etsy shop, there will be more journals and Literary Jewelry made from the pages of Wizard of Oz.  Great Fun! I will preview them here first.  
 Let me know if there is anything special you need to see either on my blog or in my Etsy shop.

Talk to you all soon,

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Your Brain and Crafts Part 2

A few months ago I devoted my blog to the effects of crafts on your brain.  Research has shown that crafts actually help your brain, crafting can put you in a meditative state, relieving stress and actually relax you.  It does not matter if you finish your project, it is just the process of doing it that is so helpful.  And all of you know it is so much easier to spend hours crafting and working on a project than it is to clean the kitchen or reconcile bank accounts!  Crafting just makes you feel better.

As Dr. Seuss realized, your brain has a right side and a left side, each half has it's own way of thinking, but they work together to get things done.  The right half is the creative, emotional side and the left half is the more analytical side.   So, the right half comes up with new ideas and the left half figures out how to execute them.

Crafting is a "brain sport", it is exercise for the brain like crossword puzzles and reading.  By trying new ideas, new techniques and doing things a different way; your crafting helps release serotonin, dopamine and endorphins.  These are all neurotransmitters that make us feel better, remember things and relax us.  Crafting can actually change and support the structure of the brain.  Brain exercise can help you learn new tasks, reduce your short term memory loss and help with multi-tasking in your everyday life. So craft is so good for you!!

Want to know more?  Try these links: Brain Creativity  and Can Knitting Give You a Runner's High?

Don't forget Valentine's Day is coming soon.  Check out my Etsy site for gifts for those special someones!  I am always posting new things, so take a look.  Use coupon code FREESHIP to get free domestic shipping for Valentine's gifts.  Below are pics of my new journals, each one of a kind.

Red Heart Button Journal
Woman Journal

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