Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mind Wide Open Challange for October

I accepted the Mind Wide Open Challange this month. If you are not familiar with Mind Wide Open you should check them out. I have a little button on the right side of my blog that will take you right there if you click on it. I have wanted to participate for awhile but have not found the time to do so till now. I had much fun while working on it but I wish I could have found more time to do it. Oh well, the important thing is I jumped in and swam(but I don't think I'm ready for the English Channel yet). Mind Wide Open gives you an image to use as a jumping off point for your project. They do this one time a month and you have a week to get it done. There are some very talented people participating and I just love to see what these creative people come up with! This month they gave us a sweet pic of two little girls and the word prompt"All dressed up" which we could use if we wanted to. I decided to do a jewelery box with the image. Below is the results. I am happy with how it turned out but I can look and see things I would change. That is okay. Primarily this is a learning/stretching experience for me. One thing you may not know about me is I hate to be the center of attention. I was very, very shy as a kid and my defense mechenism growing up was to try to be as invisible as possible. It is less likely to have people who make your life hard if they don't know you are there. Fast forward to the present and I still struggle with this. Blogging for me is practicing letting myself be seen a bit. Easier than in person. I love art. I love crafting. I don't have illusions that I am terrific at it but I want to grow and stretch and learn all I can about it. I lose myself in the process and I find that very, very freeing. So many possiblities with it. I am happy that I did it and let myself share it with others. I didn't let fear hold me back this time so I feel victorous! Hope you have a great week. Go check out Mind Wide Open. You will be glad you did. So many talented and crafty people! Sweetpea Sue .







17 comments:

studiorose said...

Hi Susan! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I added your blog to my "Mind Wide Open" folder and I'm hoping you'll participate again next month. I just love all the "out of the box" entries this time and yours is no exception. You did a beautiful job! I never would have thought of doing a jewelry box; it's just lovely. I can relate to your "invisibility" desire; I too was *very* shy growing up and I still don't like to stand out in a crowd. Blogging and challenges have really helped me become more social and "out there" and I love all the inspiration there is to be had. Good luck to you in the challenge!

Nita Jo said...

I love your jewelry box! I have one I want to do and yours has given me inspiration. Love the painting accents!

KatCollects said...

Your jewelry box is adorable, what a great job you did, love it!
Kathy

Smilingsal said...

What a beautiful jewelry box. So perfectly decorated.

Mary Beth said...

Hello Sue...thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog....I came over to visit yours and it is lovely.....:) I thought I was so creative with my boo banner...and now I see that something similar was part of a swap...sheesh...so much for originality! I look forward to stopping by again. p.s. Your jewelry box is so delicate and beautiful.

My Crafty Little Page said...

Hi Sue - Yes that's me on the Mind Wide Open challenge! I loved the lanterns we made at Paper Cowgirl and decided that the image would look great on it along with a faded flower. It's so hard to match everyone up to blogs, flickr, first and last names!!! I can not keep up with it! Your jewelry box is just wonderful by the way. Now I know where to go to see some more pictures of it!

Linda said...

Hi Susan...thanks for leaving a comment. Our challenges last a week - if its ever any different we'll let you know.
Your jewellery box is a very clever and original idea. Well done.
Linda (Awfully Big Art Adventure)

Abbie said...

Hi Susan!
:) I just adore your jewelry box! My mom and I were looking at the entries as they were posted and she loved yours too! I had to scroll back up to it for her. :) I can tell that you put your heart into it, very wonderful!
xoxo~
Abbie

Linda said...

Hi again...in answer to your question - just leave a comment with a link to your blog.
Hope you can join us!
Linda

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh my goodness. I feel like I could have written what you did. I love this blogging, but it still is hard to be "free" to express myself. I love your project!! Laurie

KayEllen said...

Hi Susan:)
So glad to know you have a blog!!!

I will add you to my friend list:)

Thankyou for your sweet comment.

Have a wonderful weekend flickr friend,

kayellen

dana said...

Oh, Susan, that looks like such a wonderful activity---your project turned out so great! I can see where that would be a lot of fun!
You asked about the location of my sale this weekend--the Pavilion in Lee's Summit, MO. In two weeks I will be in Lenexa at Handcrafters. I haven't made a single Christmas item, so for two weeks I will be working like a mad woman! Dana

Brenda@A View From The Pines said...

Oh, how sweet that is! I'm with you. I hate to be the center of attention. But I like having friends in Blog land, because it feels safer, doesn't it? I am just not social.
Brenda

jeanne said...

Susan, your jewelry box is so pretty. You did a fabulous job on it and the painting is so pretty.

Hugs...Jeanne

dana said...

Hey Susan:

HANDCRAFTERS ART AND CRAFT FAIR is located at the Lenexa Community Center, 93rd and Pflumn, Lenexa, KS. Fri. Oct. 24 5-9 and Sat. Oct. 25 9:30-4:00. There are only 50 vendors--small but pretty good. It is not an antique sale, but A and C. Dana

Charmingdesigns said...

glimmer mist is found at some scrapbooking stores, but it comes from "tattered angels" It is just beautiful.Check out my blog friend Vicki C. She does wonderful thing with GM.http://vickichrisman.blogspot.com/
Laurie

Chris said...

oh Susan your jewellry box is just soooo beautiful. I adore what you have done with the image. Such a fabulous creation hun. I too can relate to not wanting to stand out from the crowd and still am quite shy though I think it's easier to be more open on a blog as you don't have to be face to face with others. I think you will find we have many kindred spirits in blogland :D
hugs
chris xx