Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Altered Birds

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Altered Birds

It's amazing how scrunched up inside I feel when I'm lugging around days and days worth of  pent-up creativity; busy stuff with the kids, company in town, doctor's appointments and a house that looks like  a dumpster disaster movie set.  I've tried sneaking up to the Altered Attic but no sooner do I get the cap off a jar and my kids either need of a referee or are vying for my time. But, with just two weeks left until school starts, I truly do understand that the emergency runs to Dairy Queen, various errands, discussions and debates really are more important right now.  The table can wait... there will be a window of time... 

The really incredible thing is that every time my spirits sink below pool (canoeing lingo for water level), I get a distinct 'nudge' of inspiration. A couple of days ago, I logged on to a few of my favorite blogs. While reading a post on Ragamuffin Girl I paused when I saw my name listed as the winner of the Fairy Girl Bird Box! Even if it is coincidence, which I generally do not believe in, I choose to view it as a sign that if I am patient that window will open. Soon. 

Earlier in the post she mentioned having a similar dilemma - too many non-art things crowding into the day, like getting her car fixed after hitting a chicken that was trying to cross the road (now we may never know the real answer...)  It reminded me of a journal cover I recently finished with a bird as the central image, so I'm posting it in her honor:) Thanks for the boost Ragamuffin Girl-friend!


Lucy said...

Love the new journal friend! I choose to believe that there really are no coincidences in life, just little signs to point us in one direction or the other. Reminding us to go forward or telling us it's time to turn back around.

It's hard to believe it's almost school time again! They pushed up the start of school here a bit, we used to start the first week or so of August, now it's towards the end around the 25th I believe. Geez--we used to start school after Labor Day. Maybe that's a Northern thing?? (I'm originally from Western NY)

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I am honored to be mentioned in this post, but it is you, friend, who should be thanked for the many boosts of encouragement that you have given me. Your journal is fascinating ~ I love the aged look, the toggle tie, and of course your winged creature. Blessings Friend, Katie

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS journal cover, Patti!! I certainly understand the everyday JUNK crowding our ART time...and now August is here and I must do the back to school routine for two teenagers...Hooray! UGH!

Sherry said...

We do reach that point of needing our space, our time and the dwindling down of summer is the beacon on the horizon. I'm looking forward to having my time and my space back to myself. And I love how you described feeling "scrunched up inside" when you are lugging around your creativity. Well said!!!!

Elizabeth Golden said...

Ahh the time for ourself problem. I can only say that I turned around this year and my youngest is off to college this Monday. Where did the time go? Rejoice in your life, your kids, believe it or not it will help your art. They are moments to cherish, sometimes it is the little things that mean the most.
Yes, the universe speaks to us in unlikely places if we listen. Listening through the everyday noise is hard sometimes.

I love your jourmal and the light switch plates are wonderful!


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