Monday

Creative friends


You may notice that I have changed my blog from 'An Artful Life' to 'The Artistic Life'. I have been meaning to do this for a while but just haven't had the time. Then, yesterday Shannon Mucha, Becky McBee  and myself did a phootshoot together & when I processed the photo of the tag with the buttons I loved it and knew it was perfect. So there you go! 


I talk about Shannon a whole lot on this blog. That is cause we do so much together. I can't tell you how much she inspires me to work (and do school, be a good Mom and wife and so on)! I would be half the 'artistic' person I am without her. We are just meant to be friends.


How we became friends is kind of a cool story. It was 10 years ago and had just had a baby and was in that new Mom process of re-examining my life, who I am, what kind of mom I want to be, who I want to be friends with, you know?  I was sitting outside our old church nursing Matthew and I saw this lovely artsy looking woman with a baby in her arms walking past. I said to myself 'I should be friends with her'. Little did I know I really should and would be!


A few weeks later she and her husband visited our Bible study class and I made a bee line for her. I found out she made handmade cards, which I also did at the time. I was so delighted! But almost immediately I heard they moved north of Houston and would not be coming back to our church. So we didn't become friends at that time. She was just someone I briefly met.


Fast forward 6 years, we had moved out north to Magnolia and were settled in a new church and then one day Shannon was there! I remembered her and made a second bee line. And we have been friends every since. 




Yesterday Shannon and another friend were over.  Becky McBee, she has no website, but is another artistic soul. I couldn't have been happier to have my 2 friends here together! So, the 3 of us worked on this photoshoot, arranging things to make 'frames' for poetic words, inspired by this book called Etcetera, while our kids (all about the same ages) played freeze tag, hide and seek and danced to pop music.


My perfect day.


Isn't it so great when you have friends that make the possibilities seem endless? Where the conversation never runs out and time is never enough to do all you want to do? Creative community. I like to think I am building that here, online too. I get inspired by the lovely souls who leave me a comment -  it makes me want to do more, to keep on going even when I am tired from the day with the kids. I get inspired by visiting your blogs and seeing what you are doing, what projects you are working on. Creative friends, you can never have enough of them! Agree?


And on that note, thank you so much for all the help on my blog via that survey. I am processing all the data and comments this week, but really it has been very, very helpful! Thank you.

12 comments:

  1. love the blog update...it expresses the progress of all that your artistic is becoming... enjoy! ;)

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  2. Love your new header!
    Friends are wonderful...and o so lovely!

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  3. Anonymous1:49 PM

    you're right, the photo is just perfect! love the new look and title...The Artistic Life!

    gorgeous photography....your blog is simple, clean, crisp and beautiful!

    have a great day, and here's to cultivating meaningful friendships!

    ciao bella!

    CREATIVE CARMELINA

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  4. Wow! What a neat story about how you met your friend. I'm so glad for you to have such wonderful friendships in your life. The pictures are quite brilliant.

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  5. Beautiful new blog header & name and I love this post about creativity & creative friends.

    I have just been diagnosed with a chronic illness (which will include chronic pain) and I'm discouraged today. I'm cuddling my almost-4 year old and it's going to be a long day as my husband is out of town on business.

    Reading your blog gave me a moment to think of something that lights a fire in me, and forget about the pain.

    Thank you. It's so fabulous having an online community of creative women.

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  6. IO love visiting your blog. I often makes me wish I were young again with little ones at my knee. I so enjoy your poetry and the images you've put together here are wonderful. I love reading tutorials and would love seeing how you do these.

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  7. Love the new header and the new name. And love the poetry shots too. I'm always in awe how you combine your photography and poetry.

    Love the story (hmm, that's a lotta loves in one comment!) of how you met Shannon too. I have often wished for someone like that in my private life, but am truly inspired by the creative community online instead. Hope to have it one day though.

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  8. Love the new header and the new name. And love the poetry shots too. I'm always in awe how you combine your photography and poetry.

    Love the story (hmm, that's a lotta loves in one comment!) of how you met Shannon too. I have often wished for someone like that in my private life, but am truly inspired by the creative community online instead. Hope to have it one day though.

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  9. Anonymous11:44 AM

    Nice changes.

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  10. Shona, It's so funny you should post about you and Shannon. I just mentioned both of you at the end of my post (about taking good photos). I wanted you all to see that your advice and examples have born fruit here at Comin' Home. My baby photos of August are a zillion times better because of your photo-taking advice.

    PS. I love the new name!

    xo
    Donna @ Comin' Home

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  11. Love these photos--so so lovely. Yes, I agree, you can't have enough creative friends so I've added you to my blogroll (since I read yours now more than most others) , so now I'll have one more :)

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  12. love the new look. simplicity is usually better, right?
    I like the tags alot; great way to incorporate text into the image.

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