Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blossoming Changes

As spring is exploding here and everything is starting to blossom, I am feeling some changes budding in myself. It always seems to happen after very busy times. And often in the spring - after hibernating through the winter.
At first I only have a vague sense of something shifting and something new emerging. Ideas and suggestions by others (often Daniel) have taken root and are starting to emerge. And then, suddenly there is more clarity. Does that happen to you? 
This morning I woke up and decided to take a very beginning drawing class at SCAD, an idea Daniel and even my dad and sister had mentioned to me a while ago. Back then I wasn't ready. Now I am. I'll sign up on Monday and if I get in will start on the 28th. I'll keep you updated.
I also decided that I want to pay more attention to myself, including my appearance. That may sound shallow, but it isn't. I feel like I have really developed creatively and suddenly it seems that my outside doesn't match the inside anymore. I've become much more playful in my inner life and somehow my outer self hasn't caught up.
I tend to not put much thought into what I wear and how I wear things. I find some things that are comfortable and I wear those. I have many things in my closet I never wear anymore because they take a little effort to put together with the right kinds of accessories. I tend to wear the same earrings, the same necklaces, the same scarves. So....I want to take my closet and look at it with artist eyes and start making full use of it. Even though that means that I might actually have to iron more (not my favorite activity). I'll let you know how it goes. 
As part of that whole change (and I don't know how that fits in), I want to pay more attention to all the beautiful things that are out there, especially on blogs and Etsy. I want to spend more time delving into this creative community, being immersed in it and sharing what I find. Exactly how I am going to do this, I don't know yet.
My aunt, uncle and cousin who were visiting are all on their way and enjoying warmer climates for now (Florida and Mexico). The visit with them was great fun and we enjoyed every minute of it!

On the bird front, the bluebirds have started flying into the bird house with nesting materials (I'll have to put out a few of my yarn scraps for them to use). How exciting!! This morning I saw the cowbirds sticking very close to them, though, and I hope they won't lay an egg into the bluebird nest. I did read that the bluebird house openings are usually too small for the cowbirds and I hope that's true.

Wishing you a most wonderful weekend! I'm looking forward to catching up with some of your blogs today and tomorrow!!


  1. I am enjoying your blog soooooo much!! And it sounds like you are "on the brink" of many new and exciting things!! I can't wait to hear how it all goes!! You sound like such a lovely person, I wish you lived in MY neighborhood!!

  2. I had a visual of a little bird nest created with bits of your yarn, it was bright and cheery-how fun. Best wishes with your drawing class.

  3. hello sweet lady! i can't tell you how happy it made me to see all these beautiful flowers! it's so windy here you can hardly breath when you are outside. i think i need to come stay with you for a month or so!! ha-ha.

    and yes, i go through those same shifts and changes as you do. i'm excited that we are on this journey together, at the same age, and at the same level as one another. it's so validating to read your posts!!

    big hugs and lots of love to you. i can't wait to hear about your new class!

  4. Silke, it's not only the flowers popping into blossom, there is an ARTIST there that is unfurling petals too!
    Will be anxious to hear it ALL!!!
    YOU GO GIRL!!!
    (putting on my cheerleading outfit and shaking the pom-pons!!! well, other things are shaking too...)


  5. Oh I love your writing Beautiful!
    It´s like I can feel your creativity blossom from your inside to all things around you!
    Can´t wait to see all these wonderful new plans. And as Robin said I wish you lived in MY neighborhood too!!
    Thanks for sharing all those beautiful flowers, here it´s still lots of SNOW!!!
    Have a great weekend Silke.
    Love & Hugs Annika :)

  6. So - cowbirds are like cuckoos then?
    Can't wait to see your changes - naming your blog metamorphosis was like seeing into the future...

  7. Beautiful photos Silke! Glad to hear you are seeing spring has arrived in your world! Cannot wait for it to hit here too! And I can totally relate to this post about feeling a shift at times as well as neglecting yourself! I do that as well. I was nodding my head as I read your words! Thanks for sharing that . . . it helps to know others out there feel/do the same.

    I am excited that you are starting a drawing class! And can't wait to hear all about it!


  8. J'aime vous sentir toute émoustillée car c'est contagieux!
    Le printemps doit travailler sur nos hormones!!!
    Je vous souhaite un excellent weekend en famille et profitez bien de toutes ces belles fleurs...

  9. silke, you are a leo the lion, yes? to me that explains the similiar closet traits you and i have. i wear my favorite clothes and jewelry over and over, even as i am an aspiring babe! :^)

    i can spend hours in craft and book and garden stores, not so in clothing stores. and yet, i am ready to 'create' an 'outside' image for myself too. have fun with it, silke! i find that specialty little shops where a salesperson will bring me things that match, with a bit of funk, work best for me.

    as for drawing, do you know mim here in blogland? (auntie mim, on my sidebar) she is taking a drawing class too, also trying all kinds of mediums along with her infamous ms. em character. i think you would like mim quite a bit, if you have the time or inclination for another terrific person.

    i like the idea of the inside and outside matching up. in counseling, that is called one of my favorite words: congruence.


  10. Liebe Silke,

    deine Bilder haben uns wieder sehr erfreut.
    Herzliche Grüße
    Angela und Elisabeth

  11. ich bin gespannt auf Deine Entdeckungen:-)

  12. That's very exciting news about the drawing class. All of it, actually. I'm glad you are feeling the desire to do more for yourself. I feel changes happening in my life too and am excited to see what the new spring season brings for both of us. So happy to be with you on your journey & to have you holding my hand on mine! xxoo B.

  13. Silke! I have been trying to comment and I could not do it yesterday because of your settings.

    I am so glad to read this post from you. So exciting. More power to you. These trips to personal discovery and improvement are always so full of anxiety for many but you manage to face it with great enthusiasm. More power to you. I really believe that it is never too late to do something totally new.

    I am worried though. I hope the art school will teach you techniques BUT not style and substance. You have through time established your own style and substance especially in the execution of your women's paintings. I hope the instructors don't teach you to do it their way! It will be a loss.

    Good luck. As for outward appearance, Bravo! You are already very pretty and chic but changing wardrobe was always my excuse for shopping, hahah! No really, I have changed wardrobe through the years to reflect my outlook. Sometimes I wear clothes to affect my affect. Get it? Heheheh?

    Good luck. My internet is spotty so I am lucky to be able to comment. I love your tourist photos, especially of the great oaks. Have a great week! Tsup!

  14. Hi Silke...thought I'd pop in to see what was new..what a wonderfully inspiring post! Yay...isnt it wonderful when new awakenings are birthing within us?..soo exciting......i wish you many new beautiful blessings on your journeys!!Thanks for sharing your magic heart always! and wow..gorgeous blooms...i can only dream!
    Have a beautiful week ahead..and looking forward to all the new advntures you will share! Shine are an inspiration!

  15. I am playing catch up myself :-). I think we all go through changes and shifts and it is so good to listen to our inner urgings. No flowers here yes, but we have some sun :-). Glad you had fun with your visitors. Have a most wonderful Sunday. xoxo

  16. Ahhh! Wonderful changes are afoot! I love the way you are blooming. Drawing classes sound like fun. I hope that spurs you to create more portraits. And it's always fun to have a makeover. More power to you!

    Happy to hear your family enjoyed their visit!

  17. Oh ich beneide dich um das milde Klima, hier wird das mit der Blütenpracht noch etwas dauern, aber ich habe heute die Blumenkäste für die Fensterbänke bepflanzt, da kommt dann doch Frühlingsstimmung auf.
    Ich wünsch dir viel Erfolg bei deiner Zeichenklasse. Es ist immer toll neuen Input zu bekommen.
    Ich wünsch dir eine schöne Woche

  18. Hi Silke! Congrats to you - I know you will love your class. :) Isn't it amazing how spring brings about such changes. We are all emerging from our hibernation and moving on to new and exciting possibilities. I can't wait to share in yours! Theresa

  19. Lovely spring flowers Silke. Sounds like you're going to have fun with your wardrobe! Good luck with your drawing class.

  20. I am really just so jealous - all the way home from Florida we saw beautiful blooming trees and flowers - here it is mostly still just gray - things are just starting - AND tonight it is supposed to snow! I am so so ready for spring!