Friday, May 4, 2012

It's a Bloghop!!!



Ok, girlfriend, I will admit this, and I know you know what I'm talking about: I am addicted to blogs! I love to get that sweet peek into another's life, and if they are artsy, and sprinkle in beautiful photos, and maybe chit-chat philosophically about things that matter to me too, well, I am hooked. Oh, yes, I am. And then... I will stalk you, yes, I will!!! So, don't say I didn't warn you! Lol!


One of the richest blog journeys I have shared started about a year and a half ago when I stumbled upon Junelle's blog; Yes and Amen. I have laughed and cried, while sharing Junelle's sweet stories of life, sheep, farming, growing up boys, a miracle of a girl, and the journey through life a heart takes. 


It has been rich, oh so rich, and it has changed me. Yes, it has. 


Junelle has helped me more than she knows in getting in touch with my heart, and my God, and my art, and helped me return to my compassionate side, and get a firmer foothold in how the things that really matter in life are sometimes the smallest things. 


Yes... those things. 




So, long story short... here I am with all of Junelle's (and Christy's) beloved peeps, from the online class we have shared together, The Art of Wild Abandonment, and we are sharing a Bloghop! 


And, girls, aren't we blessed in this journey?! Even though it's been a journey of art, it's also been a journey of the heart. Or, as I like to refer to it, a heARTfelt moment, and I am so happy to have shared this time with you together, learning, loving, sharing, and Junelle-ing while journaling, hehe! It's been just grand :o)




All in all, I took away some fantastic things from this class: I gained a new freedom within my art, and permission to be playful.



I learned to look at art materials with new fresh eyes, and that's fantastic for the artist in me! Yep, "the one" who has chained herself to traditional art materials and ways of making art. Well, she's gone, and the New Girl is in charge! This New Girl is learning to fly inside her art world in a whole brand-spankin'-new way!


Junelle, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Honestly, going into this I was open to anything, but mostly I wanted to support you in this big new artsy online place. You exceeded my expectations. I loved every minute, every video, every bit of you. Plus, I love my new "art tribe". So glad we shared this time together!!!


xxxxooo, Val


PS. I really meant to talk about my art process, but this post came together differently than I imagined it would. I will write a follow up post that talks about my needlefelting the birdie, with his so cute Tim Holtz stapled wings, and how I decorated my art box. But, girl, you already know how I did this, don't you?! You are so clever!!! x


PPS. If you are following the Art of Wild Abandonment Bloghop, you have probably come here from Becky's blog. After you have read my post, please click here to follow the bloghop over to Valerie Weller's blog. You are in for a treat! If you haven't yet started the bloghop, why not join in the fun by visiting Claire's blog and finding out all about it. Happy hopping!

33 comments:

Chrissy Farnan said...

Your sweet blue bird is darling. I love his framed nest and the whimsy with the paint and fabric and using the back of the canvas!! A little surprise on the flip side of the canvas/cubby.

So happy to have met you through the class!!

Soul House said...

I am so glad I found your blog. I might stalk you now. LOL. You are a gifted artist and writer and I will enjoy exploring your blog some more. Thankyou for sharing.

Christine Armstrong said...

I love your felted bird Val and I love that you shared your personal journey. Keep on sharing your inspiring words and creations. This course has changed me forever as well!

Trish said...

Oh Miss Val I love all of your gorgeous creations. And LOVE your tunic! And yes mom some of us are HIPPY..LOL.. i am a definite pear... a twig when I was young found it way all south as I got OLD...lol... you are amazing! are you tunics for sell on esty?

cmcscraps said...

What a beautiful fun post! I'm a true homemade girl too, so it's exciting to find another handmade soul out there. Love what you did with you box and bird! Can't wait to come back and see the process of making your bird! Please share.

Claire Smillie said...

Valerie...I don't know what to say.. but your felted birdies and art house is absolutely ***t.h.e m.o.s.t c.u.t.e.s.t*** thing EVER. It is TOTALLY adorable and just looking at the pictuers, I can see this has been crafted from the heart, with so much care and attention to detail. I admire you so much, your blog is so very inspirational and now it's going to be me stalking you!! Such a beautiful blog and artsy project. Love the little doodles on it and the different texturs of fabric, paint, net, buttons and felt...just ooozes gorgeousness all over. Totally, totally LOVE. Thankyou so much for sharing this and joining us on todays hop :)

Claire Smillie

Jenna said...

Love Love it! Awesome Job Valerie!

Valerie Weller said...

Oh Valerie... I am in L O V E !!! Your birdie is most adorable on his little birdie home! i just adore your work and look forward to continued joy with every piece that you share with us!

GCgirl said...

What a fabulous take on this project! To echo everyone else the bird is totally gorgeous...and I am so glad that this class has been so positive for all of us :0)

Pam S. said...

I agree with ALL THE ABOVE COMMENTS! Wonderful blog - I will be back and now on to Etsy . . . amazing!!!

Nordljus said...

I absolutely adore your bird!

ashley:) said...

Your bird, is so CUTE! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy hopping...

Hill Country Hippie (aka Miss Becky) said...

I love your fabulous felted cuties -- especially the Japanese girl with umbrella. We took our kids to live in Indonesia when they were just starting school, and it definitely "imprinted" itself on them as well!

Esperanza said...

Cute bird and beautiful post : ) I will be back soon!

Donna said...

OK way too cute!! that is such an awesome idea! Giving me some ideas :). Great work!

Stephanie said...

Your birdie is amazing! I love birds and this one is so cute in her little altered house!

Torri ;o) said...

Oh how I love your felted little bird!! I just learned about felting some and have made a bunny, how fun how you used the birdy with you house. You are always so happy and uplifting. Have really enjoyed your comments and encouragement.

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Your bird canvas is so stink'n cute!!!!! Can't wait to read your process blog post!

Dolores Raml said...

Love your birdhouse with your cute little felted bird.

sherRae said...

"Yes & Amen" to your wonderful post and comments about Junelle. Your felted bird is adorable!

Cheri said...

Oh my goodness - cutest little bird nest ever! You really made this your own!

Valerie said...

You are killing me with your sweet comments, girls! I love you all so much! I promise I will be back on Monday to post my process with the bird, and the box, and all of it. I'm working up to the last minute for a show (tomorrow), then will find the time to relax, and finish the blog hop... I've only made it through the first half! Everyone's posts are so fun and creative!
x, Val

Vicki, the GreenEyedLady said...

Oh your work is wonderful! Thanks so much for shaing with us!

Mrs.C. said...

Oh, I love your little blue bird. Yes, he has my heart. Your blog is fun and so is your art! ♥

kelly hoernig said...

loved that the bird is safe an secure inside the nest but can be adventurous as well discovering its every changing surroundings - great read and great art!

Paty said...

Valerie, I finally made it to your blog. Your bird and nest are so sweet and beautiful! I see you've been published. How awesome is that!! I want to take more time and go through more of your posts but I wanted to let you know I was here and I love your blog. I can't wait to see more!

JanetB Designs said...

Val, I love your art! I love your heart! It's been so much fun to see your projects, be able to comment, and find your sweet encouragement on my posts! This has been such an amazing class!

Kristie said...

Val, I always love seeing your work! Love them! And your little house with the fabric -- ADORABLE! I'll have to come back and see what you are up to!

Michelle said...

LOVE your sweet little birdie! Oh my gosh....I just wanna touch him. His "home" is just sweet as can be too with the felt and buttons. This class and hop really have been fun!

Julia said...

I absolutely love your blush-cheeked birds. So adorable! And I love how you made a box look like a tree with a soft nest for the bird to tuck into. That's genius and enchanting! :)

Linda said...

Each piece is wonderful! I missed the blog hop.... but I'm visiting all of them. I love Junelle! I did share some of my stuff today...then I found the blog hop!ha! Glad to discover your blog.

Ingrid said...

perfect,your Art is wonderfull, Thank you

Ingrid said...

Love your art, i love needlefelting too.