Surrounded by Friends

I’ve got another creative weekend planned for this weekend!

I got the books in that I ordered…Encaustic Mixed Media, Flavor for Mixed Media, Steel Wire Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors, and one I bought the other day – Somerset Workshop – Autumn 2011 sitting right here next to me as I write this.  Its like having friends here with me!

There’s a wonderful article by Bridgette (Guerzon Mills) in Somerset Workshop, Trish Baldwin’s Encaustic Mixed Media is fantastic and Mary Beth Shaw’s book, Flavor for Mixed Media went to work with me today.  The Steel Wire Jewelry book was bought to remind me (and inspire me hopefully) of Crystal Neubauer’s technique that I learned at EncaustiCamp this past July.

I am super excited!

And I never say super excited!  I might say I am REALLY excited or I am really excited, but never super excited.

So I am SUPER excited!!


The only problem is…what to do first!!

Oh, and if you read my post yesterday…’Orange you Glad’ – you’ll be very glad to know all is not lost with the world… there is hope!

Check out what I found on the counter in the break room this morning!  🙂

When I get a little money

I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. – Erasmus

Who would’ve thought books were addictive even back in the 1400s?!  That’s around the time Erasmus penned this.

I feel a kinship to this guy even though I know nothing much about him.

You see – I have a book fetish.  I’ll admit it.  I love books.  I can’t get enough of them.  When I’m surrounded by them I get a sense of calm and peace like nothing else (of course that happens a little while after the fluttering of my heart settles down a bit).

Even as a kid I remember going to the library and getting such an excited feeling – one of possibility or opportunity.  I’m not sure which describes it best.  But it was a very real feeling – that fluttering in the pit of your stomach – Christmas morning – your life is full of potential – feeling.

And I still do.

Especially with books on creativity, new thought processes, anything that offers hope for change or a new beginning or a new creative outlet – they’re all positive – and they’re always appreciated no matter what the circumstances may be.  I’m always open to something new, something better, something different.

When I first started ordering books from Amazon (years ago when books were all they sold) – they would send out cool bookmarks with the order … not sure why they stopped doing that – but I remember when I got this quote and have always remembered it.

Sometimes having so many books around can be a bit overwhelming at times – mainly because its just hard to decide which one to pick up first!

But eventually I do decide.

The best part is…there’s always a book for another day!

I spent my lunch break today buying (more) books…

  • Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working with Wax – Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
  • Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers – Mary Beth Shaw
  • Steel Wire Jewelry: Stylish Designs, Simple Techniques, Artful Inspiration – Brenda Schweder
  • The Cloth Paper Scissors Book: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating Mixed Media Art –  Barbara Delaney

I’m all a tingle!!