Monday, August 1, 2011

August ART SPARK Challenge!!!

Over the last 8 months or so, my husband and I have faced some of the most challenging times in our 20 years together. As we go through all of this, I know that regardless the outcome, we will be ok. No matter what happens, we'll get through it together. At some of the toughest moments, I've been reminded of my mother's words of wisdom... "count your blessings". As a young adult, I tended to disregard those words, just knowing I, in all my OWN incredible wisdom, (pshh! yeah, right!!) could figure it all out. Over the years, I've come to embrace those words. When times are tough, or I'm down, I remember some of the incredible blessings in my life:

- my wonderful, amazing husband

- my incredible family

- the roof over my head, and job that I have

- my beautiful dogs, who ALWAYS look at me adoringly

- my parents who have been married over 50 years

- a wonderful church family

-friends who know and love me

- a beautiful, healthy granddaughter

- faith beyond understanding

And I KNOW that happiness is a choice. There is SO much beauty and goodness in life, how can we not be happy? The good FAR, FAR outweighs the bad. And it's usually the most simple things that make me happiest; the sun on my face, the smile and laughter of a child, a hug, blue skies, the wagging tails of my dogs EVERY time I enter a room, the promise from a rainbow, my best friend who knows just what to say or NOT to say, flowers in bloom, a call from my mom, making jewelry..............

So, here it is. The Challenge.


Think about what makes you happy, and let it inspire you. My favorite flowers are daisies. They are just such "happy" flowers.

And here are the rules:

1. Take pictures of your creation and upload it to our Flickr account.
2. Leave a description of your thought process. How does your creation fit the theme "HAPPY" ?
3. Since we promote "handmade", your piece must be at least 75% handmade. It may include handmade components by other artists, just please give credit to the artist in your description.
4. Only one submission per entrant, please. But you can and should include up to 3 images of that submission.

5. HAVE FUN with this!!! Hopefully the creating will make you "happy"!!!!!! Check in often to see the entries. The link to our Flickr site can be found on the blog sidebar.

So, what does all this "happiness" get you?

The winner will receive............

............drum roll please.............

Fabulous cabachon from Cabbing Rough

Gorgeous links from Staci Louise
Beautiful bead by Luciatremont
This incredible collection of links and pendants
from Mamacita..................AND...

one month with your winning design displayed on our blog and one YEAR displayed on our website. Both will have links to your shop, blog, etc. if you have them. If not..... that's okay too!!! Your design will be displayed regardless. So, don't feel like having a shop or a blog is mandatory.

I know all these prizes are SURE to make you HAPPY!!!

What are you waiting for? Start creating, and "come on, get HAPP-EEEEEEEEE!!!" :)


MaCarroll Beads said...

I already have idea about what makes me happy and I can't wait to work on it :O)

stacilouise said...

Great idea Kelli! Thanks for sharing too. I think we have all gone through seriously tough times, and its hard to be happy when everything seems to be falling apart. But you nailed really need to focus and TRY to be happy. If you practice it, eventually it will be second nature. Even in the worst of times, we all have something to be thankful for.
I know exactly what I want to make. I am so excited!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

YES! Happiness IS a choice! Such an excellent challenge you've presented. I can't wait to get started...

Patty said...

Inspiring words, and such Happy, inspiring images. I'm on it!

Anonymous said...

Well, today is "clean every nook and cranny of the house" day and to be honest I'm not finding much happiness in the bottom of the pail of dirty mop water. BUT, tomorrow I'll be content sitting down at my workbench knowing my house is spotless and I will definitely find some happiness there. No clue what I'm gonna make, but I'm sure it will make me happy. Great challenge!

Molly Alexander said...

I love this idea, and just posted my entry here:

Thanks for the inspiration!

Janet Bocciardi said...

I love love love the theme! I will get back to my studio in a week and have some fun! I started a gratitude post in July and although I always felt I was one who didn't forget my blessings, I'm happier and more content taking the time to enjoy the little things that make us happy and noting them. Thanks for doing these challenges!

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