Friday, October 09, 2009

October makes itself known

This is a set of muslin bags I worked on a few weeks ago, hand stamping them with my own carved stamps and painting them. They are gift bags to ship my stamps, magnet sets and other little trinkets in. I've been thinking about packaging a lot lately...

Okay, there's no denying it - October is here and not afraid to show it's spooky, mysterious and shifting states. One day the sun is shining in a perfect blue sky, the next day heavy grey clouds hover over the land, blocking out the sun entirely. I had a really productive day yesterday and was looking forward to photographing a batch of products today but the weather wouldn't allow it. It's that time of year when you have to officially let go of summer (it may still be warm out, but there's no denying the falling leaves) and welcome the transition. That has been difficult for me year after year in New England resisting the winter months and the many ways they restrict me. This year I'm going to work on being happy with what the moment has to offer. To be aware of how I react to the change of season emotionally, creatively, physically. To accept it rather than resist it and make the most of what it has to offer me.

The other night the wind was wild and I was all set to work the night away online when the power went out. I have to admit my techy addiction got the best of me and I was annoyed when it became clear power wasn't coming back on any time soon. I lit a candle and began reading. I found the sounds of the night outside and lack of stimulus from the computer and tv to be so refreshing and exactly what I needed though I didn't realize it. Forced peace - if that's what it takes, so be it, right? Anyway, that night taught me once again to roll with it, baby.

A few other notes to mention...

Facebook Fan Page - Join me on Facebook (if you're so inclined). In the Discussion board on my page I have started a bunch of discussion "threads" that are really just category markers for people to add their links to. Jewelry, Bath and Body, Ceramics, Fine Art, etc.
http://facebook.com/JessicaTorrant

Etsy Traveling Art Journal - http://etsyjournal.blogspot.com/ This project is back in action again and I should be getting Book 5 at some point. I'll keep you updated as I find out more information.


3 comments:

CountryDreaming said...

This post makes me smile. Went to a group meeting last night where everyone was acting all sad over the cold rainy autumn weather. I was the lone dissenter. "I like this weather!" I chimed in perkily while people looked on in disbelief, "It's sweater weather!"

Then too, last winter I made an entry in my blog titled, "Okay, I Admit It ... I Am the Queen of Narnia." I say, bring on the snow! My mood improves as the leaves fall and the temperatures drop.

Opposites though we may be in weather, I'm so glad we met through being Facebook fans and look forward to getting to know you better through your blog as well. Enjoy the moment! (And maybe when I get a spare moment myself I'll even update my own blog ...)

Jessica Torrant said...

See, THIS is the sort of attitude I need to embrace! Step back and look through someone else's lens. Thank you queen of Narnia! And cheers to becoming newfound friends. :)

Heather Jerdee said...

I'm trying this fall and winter to embrace the seasonal changes differently too, Jessica. I just love summer so, so, so, much, oh well. I need some of that attitude too:)
Those stamps are pretty cute by the way!