It is November 1, which means that it is time to Use My Tools!!
National Nonstop Journaling Month is an ingenious idea from Dawn Sokol at d’blogala. It is about art journaling daily. Don’t let that scare you away!! Here’s the link to today’s page, where she explains, better than I could: http://www.dblogala.com/blog/2010/11/1/nanojoumo-2010-day-1.html
National Blog Post Month is found here: http://www.nanoblomo.com It is very simply a site devoted to publishing a blog post every day. I’m hoping that it will re-envigorate me, in combination with the art I’m making. You do not even have to have a blog already, you can get one on the site!
Art Every Day Month is a fabulous brainstorm from Leah Piken Kolidas at http://www.creativeeveryday.com The basic premise is that we create something every day, whether that be with paper and pen/markers/crayons/etc, or sewing, cooking or whatever lights your creative fire. I am making art, principally collages.
My foundational thought for today is that we need the proper tools. The Universe so lovingly provided me with this example yesterday.
I have a van, a 1999 Ford Windstar named Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn, after the mayor’s wife in The Music Man (check http://www.imdb.com if you don’t know it). Anyway, DH and I went out for a few groceries and on the way home one of her front tires went flat. I’m talking crepe here, not even pancake. Fortunately I was able to pull off into a parking lot where DH attempted to change the tire.
You must understand, we are used to having to deal with things like this. BUT – not when the 5th lug nut is rusted on, and the spare (one of those donuts) is rusted onto its fixture, and needs air. Can you say “unprepared”?
After 30 minutes and DH’s remarkable well-kept temper, it suddenly dawned on me that (since she’d broken down a year ago) we had opted for roadside assistance on our car insurance. Talk about mayhem. . .
10 minutes on the cellphone (don’t leave home without it), 38 minutes of waiting, and a lovely gentleman arrived to put us right. It took him all of 15 minutes, start to finish. Why? Because he had the proper tools:
1) an excellent portable jack
2) an outstanding portable air compressor (for the lug nuts) and
3) an impressive portable air pump.
“Having the right tools makes all the difference”, my husband was heard to say. He’s right.
So, if you have a wee bit of pin money, and you are short on art supplies, which is keeping you from Making Art, get you out shopping!! I give you permission! (Not that you need it).