Revel in the Arts

Svenja Jödicke

I have said many times before that inspiration is everywhere around us…. that all we need to do is OPEN OUR EYES.

This evening I was trying to catch up on reading individual blogs I follow and came across two that really made me proud of the creativeness around me. 

Laura Kate is the energy behind Daily Fiber, a blog about projects featuring fiber material. Not only is this woman into creating beautiful quilts, including designing her own, but she crochets, paints, and sews. What made her stand out in my mind was one of her opening blog: I’m taking a break from knitting and painting to do a little sewing. 

I love it.

To  me, she is a person who hears the song of creativity and follows it gladly. Her spirit is most likely drawn in ten directions at one time, yet wisely she listens to one song at a time while she keeps an ear open for the other melodies.

The Textile Ranger has devoted two blogs to her make-believe mall called TextileTopia and TextileTopia Part Two, filled with real-life artists and websites for readers to click through and enjoy. Her creativity is electric — it makes you want to quilt and sew and make small pieces of artwork and huge murals and garden and stitch and — you get my drift.

I am so turned on by others who are turned on by the Arts. Whether it’s a single pursuit or a confusing cornucopia of ideas and methods that have no direction, letting that creative Muse of yours out into the world does something wonderful to and for your soul.

I’ve been in a rut lately, taking care of some stressful family business, along with the darkness of winter and the adjustment to retirement. I know the best way out of the blues is to play with the rainbow of light and imagination and let my mind (and talent) go where it will.

I’ve got some great ideas for the new year such as making Angel Tears (a hanging cord that sparkles in the breeze), along with photographing some beautiful, falling down barns in my countryside. I hope I can share my adventures with you.

In the meantime, don’t fight the spirit that longs to be set free. Go with it! What have you got to lose?

Tell me about YOUR future creative plans!


19 thoughts on “Revel in the Arts

  1. I want to see it when you do! Since I read your note I’ve spent the last half hour looking through my photos… but really, I love old falling down barns. I’m sure every state has them. Wisconsin has its share. The thing is I’m sure they all have such stories to tell…


  2. Arrrrgh…. it really is a yes or no answer, isn’t it? No. Have I spotted some barns? Yes. Do I have a couple of photographs of falling down barns in my Google Photos to start putting together some for show or sale? Yes. Have I taken any new ones? No. Not yet. But you are a wonderful reminder that I CAN do more than one craft at a time….

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  3. Well, this is how I was thinking about it. When I started blogging, I wrote about textiles but not with any structure. It was sort of “I found this old quilt top, I made a new quilt top, I came across this interesting fact…” Now that there are about 500 posts, it seemed like it was time to structure it a little better. So I am going to TRY to sort the posts into pages, and then maybe make a sticky front page to organize everything. Other than that, I don’t know how to build a real website. Maybe I will get one of those “For Dummies” books. 🙂


  4. I haven’t crafted in as many years… if not more. But we have that creative heart that makes anything possible. Maybe we are a little rusty, but we are already there heart-wise.


  5. ~I~ can’t wait until you start posting it all! I am happy to hear you want to expand out to try new things. I just love that adrenaline rush when you try something new! I know not every adventure is successful, but it is fun!


  6. I can’t tell you how much I’m in love with your idea. And what I really appreciate is you feature artists whose work you’ve seen. There are so many blogs/websites/artists out there, each with their own spin (ha…spin..) on their craft. Now and then I’ve seen work I’ve not cared for, but for me it’s a little easier to appreciate the work when someone else appreciates it, too. Are you going to make TextileTopia a real website?

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  7. Thank you so much for the mention and for introducing me to Laura Kate and Daily Fiber!

    As I mentioned in my post, a phrase you had in one of your posts about “going to Paris without going to Paris,” jogged my thinking on the Textiletopia idea. I can’t really create the perfect mall for textile aficionados, but I can use that idea to structure my posts, and write as if I am really hosting textile experts, and displaying textile treasures from around the world. 🙂


  8. I want to draw more next year. I want to follow my intuition more and not be afraid to try new things. I will be sharing this in my blog next year. Cant wait!


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