Posted by : lara 1.23.2010

Feng Shui Create - The Creative Type

The other project i did for The Creative Type "neutral" challenge is this feng shui piece.
It's the second of nine for the feng shui project i am doing. The first was for my Prosperity Corner.

This one is for the Creativity/Children gua of my house - which is the back wall of my living room.

My brief summary of what Feng Sui is: you divide your living space up into 9 areas that are called "guas" and each gua represents an aspect of life. it is believed that each gua has an energy that can affect the area of life it corresponds to in a positive or negative way. One way to control the energy and make it positive is using material items.

One website described the Creativity/Children area like this:

The Feng Shui Gua Creativity & Children represents your own creativity. This Gua reminds you to be aware of what stimulates your enthusiasm and playful nature. Focusing on what brings you joy and happiness can restore the delights of childhood. Activate The Feng Shui Gua Creativity & Children with items that will make you aware of your true, child-like nature.

Common "cures" for this area include:
* whimsical wind chimes, mobiles, and whirly-gigs
* arts and crafts supplies and projects
* paint the walls in pastel colors
* create an area where colors, lights, artwork, and music are exciting and uplifting
* round objects
* yellow and white are the strong colors in this area


So now does it make sense?

Now that we have the background - i think that was the longest introduction to a piece i've ever typed - i'll let you know how i made it :)

The type, which is one of the most important parts since it was inspired by The Creative Type challenge i cut from my new Cricut! Of course i don't remember the font now :( But i decided to use "create ________________." because there are soooooooo many ways to end that sentence! "create art", "create happiness", "create music", "create life" ... everyone has their own ways to fill in the blank, i'm sure!

Feng Shui Create - The Creative Type Macro

I got the embroidery hoop off of freecycle - and if you don't know what freecycle is i URGE you to visit their site! It's an international non-profit that encourages people to offer things they no longer want/need to other people in their local area instead of putting them into a landfill. And boy howdy have i gotten some pretty nice crafting things from people getting rid of things they wouldn't think of crafty but you and i would! I've also returned the vibe and got rid of three large totes worth of scrapbook stuff last year! As well as half my basement...but i digress (again)

Feng Shui Create - The Creative Type Macro

I cut the plastic canvas (soon to be available in a wide array of colors at Gauche Alchemy) to fit in the hoop then tied it in with various ribbon. Then i SEWED, yes SEWED (!!!) buttons on, many of which came out of the White Wedding Mixed Media Kit and the Banana Hammock Mixed Media Kit.

Voila... now, it's hung, and just needs to work it's magic so i can work mine!

(pssst ... P.S. check out my posting of this at Gauche Alchemy for a little challenge from me to you with prizes!)

6 Responses so far.

  1. Carmen says:

    Love this. And yep - totally loving Freecycle here too :P

  2. Maggi says:

    I already commented over at GA but I love this so much I'm commented here too! LOL The plastic canvas just thrills me, I love this project so much!

  3. lara says:

    Carmen - Yay for Freecycle - what kind of treasures have you received or given?

    Maggi - i'm going to keep stalking your blog until i see something with plastic canvas :-p

  4. Joyce says:

    You did good Lara, so cool. Just thought I'd come over and hang for awhile {even if the monitor is mostly off}, hanging out at Pam Garrison's blog too with the monitor off as well. Got to bed at 3:45am this morning and after waking up, I decided to keep going on the finishing touches of the circle journal until it's completely done. Happy happies.
    P.S. off to do another layer of paper...

  5. Joyce says:

    ???for ya. What is SIS {ScrapnStyle}? I finally figured out how to get to this one 'entry' from the creative type challenge and could not make a comment. Happy Monday Lara.

  6. lara says:

    Yes, Joyce - is SiS is http://www.scrapinstyletv.com/ - i used to post there alot more when i did more traditional scrapbooking :)

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