Friday, August 31, 2012

Challenge vs. to do list

Okay, last night was a disappointment. I had ambition to get some reading done and start a new project. Although I knew in my head that these things would not be accomplished until after my daughter was in bed and I got some food in my belly! Well, neither of those things happened until late into the evening and I was spent. Everyday that I don't get to do things that I want to do I excuse for the fact that I need down time. Mindless, vegetative, downtime! However when I have downtime it usually means falling asleep next my Rhodesian Ridgeback on the couch.

Perhaps what I need is to take baby steps to create something each day. No matter how small, unsuccessful or incomplete. Then I will at least wake up in the morning without the feeling of complete failure but a sense that I least tried.

So here it is, I vow to myself I will post a picture (tomorrow) of something I created today. No matter if I am satisfied with the finished product, I will show it for all to see.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Getting Back into the Game

About five years ago was the last time I worked an art/craft sale. It was the best sale I ever had. It seemed I was finally getting my work out there after struggling to balance my day job and making art after hours. I was making enamel on copper paintings. I've always enjoyed this medium because it combined painting in the form of fused glass on copper. Fused enamel has a luminescent quality, and I enjoyed making layer upon layer of transparent color and patterns.

Shortly after my most successful sale, I discovered I was pregnant! Needless to say we were pleasantly surprised and excited about the arrival of our daughter. However, I was concerned that working with the enamels would harm the baby, I quit making art and focused my energy on preparations for our daughter's birth.

As most first time moms, I was unrealistic as to what I could accomplish once the baby arrived. Priorities instantly changed and my ambitions to continue working on my art became less important. Fast forward to now, I am gaining my creativity back and getting inspired to put myself back "out there". The kiln will get fired up again. In the meantime, crocheting has provided the creative outlet I need. I can work on it just about anywhere and I can work in short spurts as they are available to me.

Scarf in autumnal tones, acrylic

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hand crocheted wire bracelet with beads

Here's one my recent creations. This is silver wire that was crocheted with small beads. The bracelet is about 8" long and  is about 1" wide.

Last winter I started crocheting again. I learned how to crochet when I was a child from my grandma and mom. It wasn't until I was an adult did I truly appreciate this craft. Not only is the act of crocheting therapeutic, but it's extremely versatile as well! After making some scarves and hats from yarn, I moved onto wire. To me this opened up so many more possibilities. Now I can make original jewelry and housewares. And soon I will be incorporating enamels, my favorite form of making art! See more of these items on our Etsy page.

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Welcome to our blog! The Retro Revival blog was created to share things we make, advice on repurposing items and ideas on how you too can celebrate all things retro, fun, cool, creative and unique! The Retro Revival is a hodge podge of art made by myself, Mandy Spisak and my husband Mark Spisak. We also enjoy finding things from our past and bringing them back to their glory by restoring and repurposing them. As artists we are fond of things that have history and often remind us of our youth and when times were simpler. We invite you to share what interests you and as well as your feedback. Stay tuned as we post our latest creations and finds! -Mandy Spisak