unconventional

September 9th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I just realized I disappeared for a month! I wrote this last month but never hit publish.  I’m going to throw caution to the wind and hit publish without re-reading and editing…

 

My one little word, unconventional.  Just the mere fact that it came to me in August instead of January, is unconventional.  Why do we need to start a focus in January?  Anytime of the year is acceptable. It came to me, just appeared. It’s meant to be.

I don’t talk about my personal life on the blog very often, maybe even to fault.  I’m a private person.  A boring person in my eyes.  My life is filled with routine.  Although it is comfortable, it is very limiting.  I also just recently realized that I spend 50 waking hours a week traveling to and being at a job that doesn’t satisfy me.  It doesn’t even meet all my real needs.  I compared this to the time I get to spend with my children, 17 hours a week, and something shifted.  My kids are my everything!  Sure they are in school for some of the hours I am at work, but every moment I can spend with them is precious and I’m not willing to sacrifice that time.  I’m making it a point to break free from the expected, the routine, the conventional!

Health issues have made me reassess my life (don’t worry, I’m not at risk of dying soon).  I’ve had to spend time researching health care options. My definition of health care is caring for my health. It no longer involves big corporations operating for profit. Recently “conventional” health care has let me and my son down in big ways (read, multiple doctors messed up!).  The lesson I learned is that no one cares about your health more than you do. If you don’t have the time to invest in your health, why would you expect someone else to?  I’ve researched unconventional health care options, disease preventative care, not disease reactive care.  Natural health, root cause health care, alternative health care, soul body care.  I’ve taken responsibility for my family’s health.  Protecting my family from the “business” of our disease reaction system known as conventional medicine. The “have a symptom, take a pill to mask the symptom” philosophy has destroyed my life, quite literally.  It was time for change, and no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself.

Long story short, my family and I  dramatically changed our diets.  We eat to nourish our bodies now, not for pleasure or recreation.  We don’t eat like 90% of the US.  We eat to heal.  We are off our symptom masking medications!  We use natural supplements and essential oils to help any undesirable symptoms become tolerable.  Our new found unconventional lifestyle has left us happy and healthy.  Even at times when it is hard to be unconventional, we have physical proof that we are making the right decisions to guide us.

This change over the past 8 months has left me reflecting on my life and I see how unconventional has been a reoccurring theme in my life.  I had kids later in life than “normal” my ex husband and I decided to start a business as we had young children.  (eek, how scary with no group insurance coverage, no steady paycheck, no safety net). Earlier, I studied fashion design in college against all the advice I was given.  Unfortunately, I succumbed to convention and never pursued my artistic life, I settled for conventional jobs which I’ve NEVER been happy with.  Now I’m a single mom (not as unconventional as it once was, but still frowned upon by many cultures). I’m constantly asked when I’m going to get married again?  Why is that even a question?  It will happen if it’s meant to be, it’s not every woman’s goal…is it?  As scary as divorce was, I’ve found it to be very liberating.  I’ve found myself. I’m allowed to be myself, express myself.  My unconventional self has proven to myself that I am much stronger than I ever gave myself credit for.  That is priceless. I’ve gained confidence and happiness in unimaginable measures.

When I reflect I see how unconventional a lot of my values are… the ones regarding money, politics, religion, child rearing… you know, the ones no one can talk about because someone might be offended.  Yes, I’m very well the one to be offended by other people’s judgments I’m also likely to offend someone who doesn’t understand that people can think differently and still be a wonderful human being.

I now see what a gift unconvention has been to my life.  I’m ready to add this philosophy to every aspect of my life, why fight what works.  I hope it starts to show in the art I make and in the products I’m inspired to make and the part this all plays in my life.  The fact that this word just found it’s way into my consciousness is enough to fuel my energy and run with it.  I’ve successfully attracted what I was searching for.

The finale of icad

August 3rd, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in icad - (Comments Off)

Here we are at the end, I made it!  It wasn’t always easy to squeeze it in, it didn’t always happen everyday.  I accept that, it was good to challenge.  I’m so glad I participated!  I learned a lot about my color choices, my subjects, products I haven’t experimented with and I decided I have plenty of ideas in my  head, I didn’t “need” the prompts!  I’m so thankful to Tammy for hosting and keeping it running!

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Now I need to do a good studio cleaning and put this much commitment into all the other projects I have running through my head!

14 more days of icad

July 26th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Here we are with 2 weeks left of index card a day.  Thought of the week… I didn’t realize I liked green so much.  If you’d ask me, it wouldn’t be listed as a favorite color, but definitely shows up a lot

Day 48 Experimenting with FW inks

Day 48 Experimenting with FW inks

Day 49 Trust the process, Trust the journey, Trust everything is exactly how it it supposed to be right now in time and space.

Day 49 Trust the process, Trust the journey, Trust everything is exactly how it it supposed to be right now in time and space.

Day 50 Accept yourself, Accept others, Accept change

Day 50 Accept yourself, Accept others, Accept change

Day 51 Gratitude

Day 51 Gratitude

Day 52 Spray inks with a paper lace stencil, doodled border

Day 52 Spray inks with a paper lace stencil, doodled border

Day 53 Coneflowers

Day 53 Coneflowers

Day 54 Spirits

Day 54 Spirits

Day 55 Wise

Day 55 Wise

Day 56 Turquoise prompt and a doodle flower

Day 56 Turquoise prompt and a doodle flower

icad catchup!

July 20th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in icad | mixed media - (Comments Off)

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Swap goodies, new bag design and WIP

July 8th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Etsy | mixed media | sewing | swap | Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

The blog seems overrun with icad posts, it’s time I update you on what else I’m working on.  First of all, I received my card from the Whimsical Garden Card swap hosted at Thriving Artist Studio facebook group.  I received a card from Lynn Radford.  I couldn’t have received a better suited card, look at the great stitching and buttons and flowers… everything that screams me!

Whimsical Garden Card from Lynn Radford

Whimsical Garden Card from Lynn Radford

The swap was hosted by Jill and she included this great little bonus card!  Thank you Jill for hosting and for your generosity, I really enjoyed the swap!

Extra card from Jill Adamy

Extra card from Jill Adamy

Here is the card I sent out to the swap, anxious to see who received it and hope they love it.

Whimsical Garden card I contributed to the swap

Whimsical Garden card I contributed to the swap

I’m working on a new design for my SewRubyMoon Etsy shop.  I’m working on some hand dying techniques and love this new slouchy messenger bag.   Hope to have these listed in my shop soon!

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I also have a work in progress that I haven’t decided if it’s done or not…  As I look through all my icad cards, I noticed that I don’t use much black in my work (other than black pen).  I decided to do a piece with a lot of black.  Now that it’s in progress I keep wanting to lighten it up, but keep holding myself back.  That’s why I’m not sure if it’s done.  I also don’t know if I might need more texture in my flowers? I kind of like them as they are.  I’ll just sit on this and ponder awhile.  Do you ever find yourself looking at other’s work and think I don’t ever use that color but I sure like the way it looks?  Or I like that technique, why don’t I use it on something?  Partaking in the icad challenge has given me the chance to see hundreds of other artists takes on the same subject or medium.  It’s been a real inspiration.

 

WIP

WIP

I was really inspired by this blog post by Dirty Footprints Studio.  The video she posted really spoke to me.  As I’ve been on vacation from my “real job” I realize how this Slowmo guy has it all figured out.  Truly an inspiration to artists and everyone.  Now I just need to figure out how to make “what you want to do” a reality… I don’t get to start with a fat bank account and lucrative career :)

Week 4 of icad

July 5th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in icad | mixed media | Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Another week complete and still going strong!

Day 29 brush strokes

Day 29 brush strokes

Day 30 Sunflower with Gelatos blending

Day 30 Sunflower with Gelatos blending

Day 31 more gelatos blending

Day 31 more gelatos blending

Day 32 Sunburst with Gelatos

Day 32 Sunburst with Gelatos

Day 33 Dylusions inked background, FW ink stars

Day 33 Dylusions inked background, FW ink stars

Day 34 Firecracker doodle

Day 34 Firecracker doodle

Inspired by Vanishing of the Bees documentary

Inspired by Vanishing of the Bees documentary

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Etsy | sewing - (Comments Off)
Day 33 Dylusions inked background, FW ink stars

Day 33 Dylusions inked background, FW ink stars

 

Just stopping in to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July celebration.  I’ve been working today and updated my Etsy shop with some new yoga mats and eye masks!  Here’s the new fabric I added today.  I’m off to celebrate with a family dinner and of course fireworks.  Take care!

Lavender Eye Mask Pillow

Lavender Eye Mask Pillow

Dark Blue Batik Print Yoga Mat bag

Dark Blue Batik Print Yoga Mat bag

Dark Blue Batik Print Key Fob

Dark Blue Batik Print Key Fob

Week 4 of icad

June 30th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in icad | mixed media | Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Another week in review. I’m half way through the challenge now and this is what I’ve discovered…

  • I’ve never been an “art journaler” by any regular means.  This challenge has turned into that of sorts, some days I’m inspired by what is going on in my life (day 27).
  • I’m feeling very free to try out skills I haven’t developed, trying new products, new subjects
  • My schedule doesn’t allow me to make a card EVERY day, but MOST days.   I allow myself to catch up when I have more time. I’m literally not losing any sleep over it.
  • I do admit that other projects have taken a back seat to this one. My “free” time is very limited and keeping up is a challenge.  I’m ok with it, it’s only temporary and I feel the process is important
  • I’m not good with prompts :)
  • Sharing is getting easier
  • I love all the support I see on facebook and IG of each other’s work.
22 Doodled flower on inked background

22 Doodled flower on inked background

23 Light, Peace, Love

23 Light, Peace, Love

25 Sometimes you just gotta fly away...

25 Sometimes you just gotta fly away…

26 These little creature came to visit

26 These little creature came to visit

 

Day 28

Day 28

Day 27

Day 27

Week 3 icad

June 26th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in icad | mixed media | Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Catching up on posting my icad cards for week 3!

15 Eyes painted with Gelatos

15 Eyes painted with Gelatos

16 Bird on inked background

16 Bird on inked background

17 The meaning of life is to LIVE it

17 The meaning of life is to LIVE it

18 Polka dots cut from the newsprint that covers my work surface

18 Polka dots cut from the newsprint that covers my work surface 

19 Repeating Pattern

19 Repeating Pattern

 

20 Mantra

20 Mantra

Summer Solstice- Poppies praising the sun

Summer Solstice- Poppies praising the sun

icad week 2

June 14th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in fiber art | icad | mixed media - (Comments Off)

Just catching up on posting my icad week 2!

 

icad day 9 I used the prompt "alphabet" and found my name in scrabble tiles

icad day 9 I used the prompt “alphabet” and found my name in scrabble tiles.

 

icad 10 Beatles inspired prompt

icad 10 Beatles inspired prompt

icad 11 Green metalic paint, dragonfly wall sticky and pitt pen border

icad 11 Green metalic paint, dragonfly wall sticky and pitt pen border

 

icad 12 paisley prompt

icad 12 paisley prompt

 

 

icad 13 just some collage elements

icad 13 just some collage elements

icad 14 today I felt fiberous! A little free motion stitching to adhere fibers to the card

icad 14 today I felt fiberous! A little free motion stitching to adhere fibers to the card