Prisoners of Our Thoughts
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I'm so much happier and having so much more fun at work since I read this book. I retired last year from my trade for personal reasons (I'm a Butcher)... I hardly eat meat anymore, had lost faith in the industry and I wanted to spend more time living my passion... art! A day job, a few days a week in an art/craft store seemed to be the answer.
It's been 12 months and I was starting to fall into feeling grumpy about certain aspects and found myself constantly complaining about things at work.
I read this book last week and it's been an amazing revelation. Am exploring more of Victor Frankls' work, the man who inspired this book too. REALLY great stuff.
I'm a very upbeat, positive person so I actually found the negative sides to my job to be more stressful... why wasn't everyone like me? Was a biggie I had to work though :).
With this book I learnt to re-frame what I do and to understand the negative sides of my job and WORK WITH THEM!
When I'd experienced a difficult customer, or particularly one who was rude, I'd get very sad as I'd feel I was 'just a shop assistant' now anyway. So that was my lot in life, I need the money and if only I was a better artist I wouldn't need a day job. blah blah blah poor me.
The book taught me in fact to reframe what I do. You have no idea of how empowering such a simple shift like this can change EVERYTHING! I was knocking my head on a brick wall before trying to keep myself positive at work but that wasn't working. Once I changed my mindset about what my job actually was it changed everything in a flash. My attitude now seems to roll off onto my customers and work is exhilarating, fun, I feel more effective and love actually being there.
I now see myself as a 'battle front inspiration magician'... dont laugh this stuff REALLY works. I think to myself... these people are mostly in a hurry/too scared to go to classes/lost for inspiration/intimidated by the Martha Stewards of the world. My job for three days a week is to preform art and craft triage.... :)
Exciting huh? Well it's sounds crazy but it works.
I'm an artist the rest of the time, BUT for those three days I'm on the front line every week.
-Lets get you started in painting/drawing/card making/knitting... sure I can show you how to fix that necklace... you need to go as a wizard to a party? No problems lets get on that STAT! :D
The rude customers have diminished (not disappeared but I can cope better, water off a ducks back now) and I'm very excited to be at work!
What's interesting is the way it's flowed on to my attitude in the rest of my life. Loving it!!
There is a lot in this book... HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it.
Prisoners of Our Thoughts
Sometimes you just want to sit in the studio and muck around!
In fact playing is sooooo important in art.
I primed the doll (that one on the right is a before... sad huh?)... repainted her and then dressed her in found bits and pieces.
Laces thanks to Serene.
Mermaids and Vampires next... this is tooooooo fun.
Yes yes I CAN say that :)
It's been a VERY busy time for me with last minute requests of all kinds (artworks, Litter Less Friends, jewellery and LOTS of tarot!!). Not to mention my little day job in (yikes!) retail.
I'm sure you are all the same.
The next three days brings family time and rest and I hope the same comes your way.
New things? yes there are ALWAYS new things.... :)
I'm developing my Spiritual pieces with more lines other than pendants and the first is Meditative Spellcast Bookmarks.... this one is for a special friend who I know is hoping for more abundance in her life next year. The locket opens and it's created from about 90% recycled pieces, blessed and empowered.
I'll have a few at my store this week... in the meantime there are two of my pendants on good old ebay at present that finish tomorrow.
I've started a site for my new project... environmental assemblage sculpture for children. www.cheralyn.typepad.com/litterlessfriends
I began this project after noticing that children are so very excited and intrigued with my larger sculptures. I've had so many amazing conversations and find that kids really do get what my work is about straight away and are excited by it.
And so, for the past few months I've been working on this plan, to bring the message and spirit of what I do to them.
Now...my little friends are born!
My new site, just for them is located at www.cheralyn.typepad.com/litterlessfriends
The site is family friendly with an environmental story for children (and everyone!) each week featuring my Litter Less Friends.
YES... these sculptures will available through the site. At $30 each, these little sculptures are very affordable... I want to share the love :) AND 10% of all 2011 sales will go to the Manly Environment Centre to assist in education and community projects.
Litter Less Friends can also be seen in the current exhibition at Studio 4, 410 Pittwater Road, North Manly. "Little Treasures"
First bird off the nest for the "Little Treasures" exhibition in Manly.
I have created a series of birds from recycled materials for children (decorator items... not meant for 'rough' play).... "Recycled Friends"
They are filled with a recycled (unused) allergy free filling, stitched with threads and sealed for protection.
Each comes boxed, and with a small stand as shown.
"Sailor Bird - Keep the Harbours Clean!"
16 x 10cm
assemblage sculpture of recycled objects
Cheralyn Darcey 2010
recycled sealed papers from a rescued copy of "Little Golden Books - Scruffy the Tugboat", wire, beads, 'happy' tile, threads, filling
You don't have to wait until the exhibition is over... all pieces can be picked up/sent to you (from 15th December) as soon as they are purchased! That goes for all the exhibiting artists in this special art for children show.
If you can't get down to Manly in Sydney... don't stress, I'm happy to post MY sales.
Native American Spider Woman, is the "Great Weaver" of Native American. She is an Earth Goddess. I have added wings as my interpretation of the Hopi creation story.
creativity, new life, divine inspiration.
my ebay shop
I started creating assemblage pendants for myself to compliment my sculptures.
People began asking about them and for them and so 2011 will see me offering more
pieces for purchase.
My pendants all come ready to wear on a long silken cord with a wide bail which will accommodate most chains.
Created from found objects and vintage treasures, they are soldered secure or connected with strong resins.
Each is magically unique, no two could ever be the same or even similar.
I am a witch and pagan and bless each piece in the process of creation .
All pendants are made with magickal intent and will work with the owner, providing insight, guidance and protection.
I am more than happy to create pendants on a commission basis and include your treasures if desired. Orphaned earrings are my specialty.
"Aphrodite - Power Heart of Love"
sculptured assemblage of found treasures
10cm from top of bail to bottom of watch gear
4.5cm at widest points
features string of pearls from a rosary c1950s
Knowing what works for you.
Enlightened Love. True Love.
Clearing the way for Love.
"Sacred Geometry - Love Fire"
sculptured assemblage of found treasures
11cm from top of bail to end of dragons claw
5cm at widest points
features a German cut crystal c1940s
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This piece is inspired by my studies of sacred geometry.
It is a talisman for the reclamation of passion, of love, of fire and creativity.
Magickal Attributes: Tarot... Queen of Wands
Astrology.... Fire Signs
Reigniting lost passions, romantic and creative. Dreams renewed.