I love cosmos.....
When I had my garden way back in what seems another lifetime, I ALWAYS grew cosmos. And I loved the purple ones.
Purple cosmos remind me of the movie, The Color Purple.
There is a scene in the movie where the characters Shug and Celie walk through a field of purple wildflowers, some of them cosmos. Shug tells Miss Celie, "The color purple just cries out, wantin' to be loved... I think it @#*$$ God off if you walk by and don't notice the color purple!"
Yes indeed, maybe so. How much simple beauty we miss because we are digging so deep for some kind of intellectual inspiration! All we need to do is take a walk outside. Listen. Look. Pay attention....
The photo above is from the Burpee Seed Company. My love of purple cosmos as well as jewelry making intersects there, in a unique way.
First, I always bought my cosmos seeds from them.
Secondly, a bit into my designing career, I actually worked with Burpee for a time, crafting garden-themed gift jewelry. They sold it in their catalog for a year or two, back in the mid 90's.
Our Javiera LOVES the color purple...Here she is in the purple dress we got for her to wear to my niece Andrea's wedding. (Rob's sister).
Here she is at our first Workshop class with Christi Friesen. Javi has made a purple heart....for Rob.
That was a sweet story that came out well....
The wedding bouquets had purple flowers in them and the bridesmaids wore purple.
That was before we trimmed and prepped the roses....I got to make the bouquets!
Some of us at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group were kvetching a bit today about how we'd lost our Muse. I never seem to lose mine....mine is instead, overactive. There are new ideas and crazy designs bouncing off the walls in my brain that never seem to shut off.
That can be just as counter-productive, though, because you can end up spinning your wheels most of the day, getting nothing done. Or, not even knowing where to start!
Or getting such a late start, you're up too late at night. Result: you get your ding-dang days and nights turned around, body chemistry off, and you get sick! So, late starts are not always so good, either.
What I do when I can't get my muse in line is clean up messes like these or sort stuff. I find it helps me get things in order physically and mentally.
I also like to look back in my files to get a little inspiration from some past work. I'll look at something I've done and how I might have made it better, what influenced it, how it made me feel when I made it. I thought maybe today I would look to see if I had made any purple jewelry.
I found a good bit!
This piece was made and sold so long ago. I remember it went together like Kismet, took me just over an hour to do the whole thing. That was long before there was ever a Facebook. In fact this piece would have been made when Mark Zuckerberg was maybe 16! Who knew that Facebook and other social media would end up bringing so many us we 'birds of a feather', together!
Then, there was this piece back when I first had my Facebook business page, and alot of us were gathering there. We were doing the Five and Dime Style Challenges. I made this piece for one of the last ones:
The funky bottom beaded piece actually clips off! I still have it.
There is also this assemblage that we talked about on the group earlier this week. I started it in 2004, finished it in 2010....and I think I sold it in 2013!
Then there was this bodacious beaded job, also made many, many moons ago. I can't remember who bought it except I sold it pretty quick, probably off my old TIAS website, maybe 1999-2000.
Then, this was centerpiece from a necklace I made, with the purple German matte fan drops.....
This brooch was made in 1999....
"Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999..."
Hmmmm. Today is April 23, 2016. We have come a long way from 1999. The world is constantly changing, and so much is not for the better. More worry, more anxiety, more purple, moody days.....
Today, I just had to shut the television OFF. It was enough. I kept thinking, though, of how a wise man once said, "Time and unforeseen circumstance befall us all".
Sadly it so recently befell someone who had that crazy muse and alot of genius. I wasn't into the seedy side of that 'design style', the great body of work spanning a number of decades. And to be honest, there is some confusion for me, about the life. Not sure what the media has spun, what people have misunderstood, and what was real.
I'm not going into that, and what I think matters little, anyway. But I have to say, it was always hard to hear Prince on the radio and not find myself moving. Definitely got me on my feet. I am sorry he is gone. Of course! I did not know him, are you kidding? LOL But, I do know we had a similar hope in common.....so as they say, everything will be all right.
Anyway, methinks, time to start moving. Yes, I have a late start today, but at least I can do a bit of prep work for next week. START MOVING and KEEP MOVING! I think that's good advice for all of us creative types! Helps to ditch the moody, hazy color purple....and rejoice in the vibrant, royal color purple.
Find the purple----the color!---in YOUR OWN LIFE. After all....
It's cryin' out, wantin' to be loved. By YOU.
P.S. : if you want to grow some purple cosmos in your garden...Burpee has all the scoop for you right here: