practice and the creative genius :: a response to the Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk.

 

Does artistry always lead to anguish as is custom in much of our Society?  I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate this brief talk by Elizabeth Gilbert.  In February, I was back in the saddle showing up for my job as she puts it.  Everyday I woke early, did my household chores and then clocked in to work on either a design or fine art project. At first it was exhilarating. I had survived. I was BACK!   You see when you've had a stroke and your body is left paralyzed, you can't talk, you can barely read, your whole existence seem to disappear at least the world as you knew it, but unfortunately you are left with enough memories of life before the stroke to tease and taunt you.  Well, I was back, but only at half level.  I was tired all the time, living on coffee and depressed as all get out.  Could I chase my genie, that allusive fairy who kept teasing me with flights of creativity.  Or was it all over?  Had my life stopped in February 2014.  Well, I want it known for the record, that it hasn't stopped.  I am still showing up every day to do my job as an artist.

Continue reading "practice and the creative genius :: a response to the Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk." »


what I've learned from watching the Voice

CgcmTpRUYAAXC0V

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. -- Pamela Vaull Starr

Every week I have been glued to the television watching The Voice on NBC.  The show gives me such hope.  It is inspiring to watch talented artists go out on the stage and give it their all to take a shot for their dreams. I can't begin to understand the nerves of steel they must develop, especially these last two artists who had to slug it out at the end.  They both were so graceful and composed despite it all.

Since my stroke, I 've lost a bit of my nerve.  I revved up in February with several design projects and an exhibition opening.  The stress took me out and it took most of March to recover from the medical fallout. So I am having to learn my new norm which is so weird.  I am a middle aged artist whose paid her dues and thought she had cut herself a clear path, but no.  I have to keep slugging away to reach my dreams even though I don't always have the energy to get out of bed.  But I do, even if it isn't until 1pm and I end up working in my pajamas the entire day.  That's okay, it's part of my new normal.  You can't give up on the very thing that fuels your spirit. 

Continue reading "what I've learned from watching the Voice" »


Free Pattern: How to design a custom fitting knit hat

Obermeyer - Circumference-Custom-Fit-Hat

I often receive requests for my hat patterns to be redesigned for another size head. I am happy to do this from time to time, but I would rather you dear reader gain the skill for yourself, so you may have total control over your knitting.  So let's get started.

Continue reading "Free Pattern: How to design a custom fitting knit hat" »


Free Pattern :: Easy, Quick Crocheted Floral Dishcloth

©2016-Lindsay-Obermeyer-Crocheted-Dish-Cloths1

 

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

These quick dishcloths are made using basic double crochet stitches in rounds. The rounds increase gradually to keep the circle flat and finish with a pretty scalloped edge to give them the appearance of a flower. These cloths are soft and absorbent. They are a cute addition to the kitchen and make a great hostess gift. Use them as a hand wash cloth and give as part of a spa gift with gorgeous smelling soap and bath salts.  Consider helping others and make these to donate to a woman's shelter.

Continue reading "Free Pattern :: Easy, Quick Crocheted Floral Dishcloth" »


Free Pattern: Quick Knit Baby Blanket

©2016-Lindsay-Obermeyer-free-pattern-baby-blanket3

The jewel of the sky is the sun, the jewel of the house is the child. – A Chinese saying

This baby blanket is a larger version of my dishcloth pattern, same principals, but enlarged. I had loved making the dishcloths / facecloths that I thought I’d see if the pattern would make a good blanket. It does! I will be giving this one to my knitting ministry to be blessed and given to a family in need ( and yes, I need to block it!) This project is a fairly quick knit. I consider it a weekend project or an hour at night after work and done by the end of the work-week.

Continue reading "Free Pattern: Quick Knit Baby Blanket" »


Walnut Hallow Crafts!

Obermeyer-walnut-hallow-number-footpathG2016-Lindsay-Obermeyer-walnut-hallow-wind-chime   

I am thrilled to announce that I have recently joined the design team for Walnut Hallow.  What exactly does this mean?  I get to work with their fabulous products and come up with fun crafty projects with it for their website..  Take a look.  These are my first two for them.  It makes for a nice change from all my knit and crochet work which tires my hands. I've been wood burning since childhood.  I love the smell and the way a good burning tool will mark the wood.  The street number stepping stones were declared very Pinterest by my mailman who loves them.  He says it makes it easy for him to find my house. The wind chine makes a soft sound and made good use of my massive vintage key collection. I hung it by my backdoor where it lets me know how windy it is outside while catching the morning light.

Garden Path Street Numbers

Country Chic Wind chime


Free Pattern :: Knit a Spring Wreath

©2016-Lindsay-Obermeyer-Spring-Knit-Wreatha

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is Dead."-- AA Milne from When We Were Very Young

In honor of the much awaited first day of Spring, I decided to make a welcoming front door wreath.  Last fall I painted my door a very Feng shui Reddish persimmon colored door.  I love it as I can tell friends to look for the red door.  Well now I can say look for the red door with the bright green wreath!

If you love to knit, but haven't made much more than a scarf, then this project is perfect for you!  You are essentially making two scarves.  

Continue reading "Free Pattern :: Knit a Spring Wreath" »


What my Grandmothers taught me about saving money

Money-1537576
photo from free images.com

If saving money is wrong, I don't want to be right! --William Shatner

It was drilled into my head at a young age to save money by both of my grandmothers.  Grandma grew up during the depression.  Gammy married the day before the banks crashed and closed.   With the Depression a large part of their lives, it was inevitable that their tricks and tips rubbed off on me. I'm glad it did as I struggle to pay off large medical debt on an artist's income, these tips make it feel less difficult.

Continue reading "What my Grandmothers taught me about saving money" »


Crochet Roundup :: Easter Cuteness!

Easter-Crochet-Collage copy

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.  ~Charles M. Crowe

Easter is early this year, landing on Sunday March 27, not in usual April.  So if you want to add some crochet fun to your Easter goodies line up.  It's time to get started.  Here are a few fun patterns I found.  They are free, so please respect the designers, by not making the items and selling them as your own, even if it is for your Church fundraiser. 

Continue reading "Crochet Roundup :: Easter Cuteness!" »


Free Patterns :: New Projects Using Smoothfoam for St. Patrick's Day

Smoothfoam-with-family-block_Fotor_Collage copy

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~Author Unknown

 

St. Patrick's day with all it's green, reminds me that spring is just around the corner less than a calendar week away.  Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these fun crafts from Smoothfoam that honor both family and the lucky.  These projects are brought to you by the following Smoothfoam design team members:

Continue reading "Free Patterns :: New Projects Using Smoothfoam for St. Patrick's Day" »