Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sharing Creativity = Zen

I have to admit I have not been sharing too much on my blog but I have been working with a group of elementary school kids from my son's school, teaching finger knitting and crafting for the past 6 weeks or so.  I have been finding so many rewards in sharing, in watching others achievements, in witnessing all the ways we find "zen" when we create.  I am working with primary aged children so giving them a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook and expecting them to catch on is not happening yet. 

Teaching the kids how to crochet with their finger or four finger knitting is so much fun and enjoyable for them!  It is fast, easy and immediately gratifying to the kids.  Within the first session they were creating, the length of their pieces grow and take shape.  I am hoping to be able to make some knitting spools with the kids and then make some other projects as we build their skills and confidence. 

Watching the kids catch on so quickly and settle into creating within minutes is an amazing thing to witness.  They share and help each other.  They all compliment each other on how well they are doing.  

I am looking forward to sharing beading, friendship bracelets, spool knitting, and even some small sewing projects with the kids.  

Everything is so fresh and amazing in the eyes of a child.  There is truly nothing more valuable you can give a child than your time and attention. 



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Is your business eating you alive?

One of the major part of myself I have been focusing on this past year has been my creative process.  And with the Spring Equinox only just come to pass, Springing forward  into renewal and increased energy, it only seem fitting to put Winter's Reflections into action in our lives.  Or at least start sowing the seeds of renewal.
If only this were a simple idea to understand.
All energy is Relative. 
Let me explain.
I've read a few books, deepened my yoga practice, am learning Reiki, and mostly I am finally learning how to take care of myself. How to say "no" to others, and how to say "yes" to myself.  How to give myself permission to meet my own needs.  How to stop when I have had enough. 

"Creativity is like excrement.  If you don't expel it  it becomes toxic to you."  Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

This is so true.  While Creative energy ebbs and flows, just like all other energy forms in our lives, if we are creative and we never expel it makes us sick.  I know there have been a few times in my life where I refused to create, and I was sick as a dog, and couldn't figure out why I was so miserable. 

This past year has been about getting back to my roots, about getting back to being me.  About taking Space and making space in my life for my creativity.  About accepting myself as I am in this very moment, and accepting all my thoughts and emotions that are in me.  This is about non-judgment, of myself or others.  Just allowing things to just be as they are. 

"2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me,
Threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you'll use them, however you want to

But you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
and breathe, just breathe
whoa breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe."
~Anna Nalick

All you really have is yourself.  So when shit gets tough, return to yourself and just breathe.

Laughter.  Dancing in the Rain. Believing that where ever I am, what ever I am doing, who ever I am with is no mistake.  It is exactly where I am needed.
"Learn to flow with Life, not fight it. Take each day, each dilemma, each crisis, each tear, each smile, each hug and be grateful for it." ~ Christine Marie Smith

That life is not happening to you, it is happening for you.  It is giving you whatever you need in order to learn to move forward, to enlightenment.  You only need take a deep breath and calmly look.

How does this effect my business, you ask?
I am my business.  My business is me.  :)
It's all relative. 
Don't get lost in your business. But use it as a tool for rediscovery.
There is a fine line between your business swallowing you alive and having it deepen your experience and understanding of you.

Chinese Buddha
Trust your intuition. Trust yourself. Trust nature.
Trust the universe.
Everything works out for the best, even if it may not seem that way now.
We don't always know what the greater plan is, we only know our little part of it.
Trust that things are happening for the higher good.

So these area my thoughts on this subject.  Balance, self compassion, getting lost maybe, but rediscovering yourself as well.

I love to see your comments, so please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me.  :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Art of Zen Crochet has a brand new look!

My Shop Makeover is just about complete! I just had a new shop banner, avatars and ads made up for my Etsy shop and I am so super happy with the result.  Please drop on by and have a look!  TheArtofZenCrochet

Please stay tuned as I will be doing a Giveaway really soon!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Gypsy Statement Peices in my shop!

I wanted to share to Brand new pieces of my Gypsy collection with all of you.  If you are not familiar with my Gypsy Collection please visit my Etsy shop: TheArtofZenCrochet to check it out.  I think you will be pleased. 

 My Gypsy collection is all about using what you have, breaking the rules, being in touch with nature and lots of color.  This collection is not for the faint of heart.  All items are made with eco-friendly yarns that include hemp, cotton, recycled Sari Silk, Recycled Sari Ribbon, Banana Silk, Re-purposed Hemp/Cotton blend Jersey, re-purposed cotton jersey, Hemp Wool Blend and anything else I have around that fits into the scheme.  Both Wool Friendly and Vegan versions are available. 

Natural Vegan Gypsy Hemp, Upcycled Hemp Jersey and Banana Silk Crochet Chain Statement Scarf Necklace Cowl in Wildflowers and Evergreen


Handmade with love by me, just for you.

Love For People. Love For Earth. Natural. Colorful. Fun. Versatile. Beautiful.


Made with 100% Natural Hemp, Reclaimed Cotton and Banana Silk yarns. Naturally Vegan Friendly.
The Gypsy has returned! She has taken a new form for the warmer months in a statement scarf, but she still has all the classic details I gave her before. Just a fun twist. I hope you like her as much as I do! :)
All the Details are here, the leaves, the sprouts, and the uncurling leaves yet to form.

Length: Piece Hangs 48cm or 19"+ Buttoned and measures 7.5cm or 3" wide.
I hope you enjoy my Gypsy Line!

Next to come is my Labyrinth Line of Hand Knit and Crocheted items, so stay tuned.  

Have a Great Day,



Saturday, March 17, 2012

Staying connected...............

Oh, my poor long neglected blog.

Where ever has the time gone?? 
I won't go into excuses and reasons as to why I have not been posting.  :) 
I do apologize for not doing so.

What is new with The Art of Zen.......Crochet?

Lots really.  I have come up with so many new designs and ideas since last posting.  I had another successful Fall/Winter Season with Prudence Organics, Hemp and Company and of course on Etsy.

I have really not added any more patterns to my Ravelry collections.  I am not sure if I will.  I find that I am really enjoying making items for people.  It really gives me a sense of connection with each and every person I create with and for.

With all the social media changes, sometimes I feel more connected and sometime I don't.  Despite more"social interaction", I don't always feel as though there is a genuine connection with the people I interact with.  What do you think?  How are your connections going?