Imperfect Soul

Imperfect soul.......well now that's  some powerful words.

Imperfect Soul souls are what we grow from...www.theonyxfeather.com

Not long ago I signed up to do an event because my friends couldn't (or rather wouldn't) stop saying how wonderful this event is and the chicks who put it together are A-MAZING.

I was a wee bit hesitant about this event, mainly due to the cost and actually the fact that I haven't done this event and I don't know if it will A-MAZING for me or not.

But these guys with their enthusiasm tamed my nerves and I jumped on board.

Money's Paid Now What?

Well let me tell ya! These chicks are A-MAZING. So they invited me to do a DIY class. And. I kind sorta freaked out a little. WHAT will I DIY. After putting some long moments and a few glasses of wine I came up with a rather brilliant idea.

People will love to make their own earrings. Better yet paint their own earrings. So, that's what I submitted. A hand painted leather earring class. They LOVED the idea.

Then, I started to sweat a little, okay a lot. How in the heck am I going to play this off. First, I gotta kinda act like I know what I'm doing. I can certainly create my own designs but to teach someone who may not have an ounce of creativity in them to create. Well. It may be an absolute hot mess of a time to be honest.

But, I'm not going to worry about that till I need to.

So the rest of the anxiety building moments are wrapped around getting the supplies together. Do I cut out the shapes or let them? Do I trust them with my expensive leather cutting scissors? Do I give them 2, 4, 6. or more choices of paint? Do I supply aprons or let the poor fools ruin their clothes (and why do I even care). 

All of these matters so much to me because I want them to have an A-MAZING time and create an awesome pair of earrings........and they will. I'm totes sure of it.

If That Wasn't Enough

These A-MAZING chicks also asked if I would kindly donate a piece of jewelry for a drawing and in return I could have my designs on one of the local news. 

WHAT!! I most certainly said YES.

But. Then I spent days trying to come up with the perfect pieces (that needed to be in fall colors per news station request). I'm not even kidding I spent at the very least 2 hours arranging and rearranging bracelets on displays until I found the look I was looking for. Then drove through one of KC's thunderstorms to deliver the items. Just so you know I made it safely.

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These chicks are A-Mazing and they are Gaby and Aimee of Chick Event. These two ladies are wonderful to work with and I'm super excited to be part of their event.
 

Sometimes you just need to take that leap of faith to find a connection to others.

Stay tuned for the recap of the DIY class on September 9th. It should be entertaining to say the least.

xoxo

Rise Above The Muck and Don't Give a F**K

The bud of the lotus flower symbolizes potential, it is pure, bright and absolutely beautiful.

Whereas the lotus flower represents an awakening, spiritual growth and enlightenment.

I'm sure most of you have seen lotus flowers clustered together in a pond......a dark murky still body of water. Yet the beauty of each flower gives the pond a splash of color.

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How can something so beautiful emerge from the water so perfectly clean? It's hard to grasp that concept, isn't it?

But each flower does just that....emerging from the water clean, the lotus flower represents purity of body, speech and mind.

The lotus flower may be thought of as an awakened mind, one that grows naturally toward the light of truth, love and compassion. 

Although the lotus may appear fragile it is far from that, it is flexible and strong securely anchored under the surface of the water.

The ability to rise out of murky nasty water and open up to the sun in pure beauty and strength is why I chose to add the lotus flower to my designs. 

The lotus represents to me that no matter how ugly life gets we can rise above it all strong, focused, loving, and pure.

Seeing the lotus helps keep me in check with just how far above the muck I have come and how strong I am because of it.

Sometimes it takes a little muck for us to not give a f**k and stand tall for what we want and believe in.

Embrace the muck and as you rise above it open your heart and mind to the beauty around you. Close your eyes and empty your mind from the clutter, breathe in the freshness of the air. When you open your eye look around you and see the beauty that surrounds you. Express gratitude. Set your affirmations.

If you're having trouble seeing the beauty that surrounds you it may be a good time to declutter your life.

  • Declutter your home; become a minimalist.
  • Walk away from toxic relationships; even relatives.
  • Clean up your finances; Credit Karma is a good place to help manage your goals.
  • Detox your body; Cleanse, eat organic, drinks lots of water, do yoga, and meditate. 

This will allow you to FREE your mind, LIGHTEN your heart and OPEN your soul to possibilities. You will feel better and think clearer. You will smile more and worry less. You will be more positive and open to possibilities. Like the song goes "Free your mind and the rest will follow.....".

As I mentioned earlier the lotus helps to remind me that I have rose above my struggles (murky waters) and I'm a stronger person because of it. Wearing my lotus bracelet is a reminder of my strength and of the possibilities awaiting me. Get your lotus bracelet here

xoxo Tisa

 

Two Sisters + Creativity = Wowza

Seriously. Have you ever met a family that was so damn talented you just wanted to punch them because YOU can't even draw a straight line.....using a straight edge?

That's our family.

Two sisters combining talents to knock your socks off. www.theonyxfeather.com

My dad drew beautiful pencil drawings when he was a young boy that my grandmothers framed and proudly hung on her wall.

My mom. Where do I start. Growing up we were ALWAYS doing something creative. I was the kid who had jute hanging from the ceiling in the living room where my mom was working on the next plant holder or hanging table.....yes, those tables hung and held all sorts of fragile objects. Super cool. Right?

We also had a kiln in our garage. Anybody else have a kiln in your garage growing up? And what is a kiln anyways? Well let me tell ya. A kiln is one hot mother f'er, that's what it is. We would paint on ceramic/clay (not sure what you call the mixture) that we had poured into our very own molds and then fired the creations. Fire that is what it was called. Hot. Hot. Fire. And. Yes. We had a ton of beautifully painted ceramics displayed in our home and if you were related or a friend you had them in your home too. We shared, that's how we roll.

The creative talent didn't stop with our parents. They so kindly passed it on to us kids.....well, most of us.

One of my little brothers painted an amazing motorcycle mural on his bedroom wall. He has a good eye (that's something special creative people have.....a good eye, don't be jealous) but didn't turn his skill into anything more than a secret he holds near his creative soul.

Another brother from the same mother created a successful restaurant. A restaurant that's design and menu are so very different than any other restaurant in the area. He also supports the art community each month by displaying in his restaurant a different artists art each month. Kuddos Bro.

My sister is so dang talented she can pretty much work with any medium and create a beautiful piece of art. She's a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and is serious about her art career. She's not afraid to step out of her comfort zone and try a technique. She has welded, torched, painted, sculpted and created some amazing pieces. I'm sure I've left out some tools of her trade but you get the picture. She's good. Real good.

Like my/our mom she wasn't stingy with her creative abilities she passed them on to her two kids. Her son creates the most beautiful carved wood handle knives you've ever laid your eyes on. Her daughter just created the most ingenious beautiful wood dog crate/desk combo. These kids got talent ya'll.

Then there's me. I love designing. Anything and Everything. My initial plan out of high school was to go to college and become an architect. Big Fat Fail. Didn't happen, the whole college thing...well, at least at that time. But I still had this thing for design boiling in my blood. I seriously could not and still can't go into a home or building without redesigning it. So when you invite me over and it seems I've withdrawn into myself I'm really just redesigning your entire house and the decor. Sorry......but not really, I'm enjoying myself.

I didn't become the successful architect I dreamed about but I did shift those creative vibes to designing jewelry. Most of my designs I've simply taught myself how to get it to the end piece. A lot of trial and error. But I think I'm ready to take some classes and take my designs to the next level. Scary and exciting at the same time. 

Not to leave my creative legacy in my own studio my talents rubbed off on my daughter as well. She is all over the place with her talents. This girl lugged a 8 pound Marilyn Monroe bust from KC to Tulsa to bring to her momma. She has piddled in clay, wood, acrylic, oils, photography and business. Not to brag or anything but everything she has dipped into she has made beauty and success. 

With all of this said.....nobody is surprised to see me and my sis join our talents together. We are participating in our first show together her in a month and we are so pumped. You guys will be in awwwww! The show we are doing together is in Olathe, Kansas at the Fall Swing. September 30 - October 1.  It's gonna be in a pumpkin patch ya'll, how cool is that? Oh, and there's wine too. BONUS!!!  Hosted by the Strawberry Indie Craft Fair at 13875 S. Gardener Rd. Olathe, Kansas. In the area, come see us.

I hope you're ready for us Kansas City. We are the Spirited Sisters.

Her and I have been through HELL and back but one thing is for sure our love for our creativity never died. We know you'll love our styles as much as we do.

Spirited Sisters who have talents that compliment the other and brings the whole enchilada to your art madness. www.theonyxfeather.com