Sunday, November 03, 2013

Design Team Delights for Challenge #6

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We interupt this regularly scheduled program for the following news bulletin---

Before I start I wanted to give a special shout out to Gloria Shirr who came up with a brilliant suggestion to try, to help me with my sidebar issues on this particular blog. For some reason I wasn't able to save any new changes to the gadgets. When I'd click save it would just sit there and nothing would happen, even if I left it for 10 minutes. She asked me if I was using Internet Explorer and said that sometimes when Blogger was giving her issues if she switched to Google Chrome or another platform it would sometime help. Well, I don't use Internet Explorer anymore, I was having too many issues with it being extremely slow and not loading a number of the blogs I visited so I switched to Firefox about a year ago. Well, thankfully I still have Internet Explorer on my system so I thought, why not. In all of about one minute both my sidebar links were up to date. Woo Hoo! Thank you Gloria for your brilliant words of wisdom!!!

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...

While we didn't have too many entries in Challenge #6, the ones we did get were fabulous.  Once again it was very difficult for my amazing Design Team to determine which one they preferred above all others.  You'd think it would be easier with fewer entries, but it wasn't.  As always, in each challenge you, the readers, get to voice your opinion by voting for your favourite and so it is right than my Design Team get to as well.  That is why we have a special DT Delights post just before we launch the new challenge.

Thank you to every ONE of YOU who took the time to join along our Path last month for Challenge #6.  While it was definitely a difficult decision, here are the creations that really stood out and inspired the team this month...
Julie Gleeson--chosen by Samara...
This is what Samara had to say:  

"I really love how she has done a timeline of her life through her art. I like the vulnerability of it and how she creatively made the most important elements of her life into a beautiful wall piece. It can be obvious to some, if she chooses to tell them what she has done, but to others, if she does not choose to tell them, it is just a wonderful little story - bit by bit. I myself thought that when I first saw it and was in awe. When I read her post, it became all the more rich."

To see the details of Julie's card and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Pat M.--chosen by Ike, Desíre and Sandy...
Ike had this to say:
"I love her creation but she was also very brave to write about and describe herself like that in her Blog post, and to portray oneself as a pig in a journal page !!! I was quite moved by her post."
Desíre stated this:
"My vote goes to Pat. I was affected by what she had to say":
After all, any artist will tell you that when you look at their work, you are seeing the artist.  When I look at what I've created, I feel like I'm looking in a mirror!  There's a wonderful and empowering blog in town called the Path of Positivity Blog.  I go there to get inspired, to lift my spirits when I feel down and to relax when I'm stressed.  How do they affect me this way?  By crafters and artists sharing their stories and projects and words! This month's theme is about Honesty. To me, honesty is letting you see the parts of me that aren’t pretty.  Because, let’s face it, no one is perfect.  I snore at night.  I am overweight.  I am loud.  I have skeletons in my closet (and they’re not Halloween decorations).  When  I create something—a card, a poem, a canvas—I am being honest.  I don’t know of a way to create without being honest, with both myself and with  others.  My personality, my beliefs, my fears,my history, my strengths and weaknesses—it’s all there in living color for everyone to see.  But  mostly for ME to see, because even if I decided to discard something I made, it is still burned in my mind.  It can never be erased (just like putting something on the internet).  So why throw it away, when it speaks honestly of ME – unique, imperfect, honest ME."
Here is what Sandy had to say:
"I liked Pat's because she fearlessly spoke of herself and expressed it in her card too…"

To see the details of Pat's card and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
D~--chosen by Vicky...
Vicky had this to say:
"D~ was honest about something that is totally my issue...that's getting the newest thing... and then not using it!  So I salute her for her resolution to use her stuff!!!  And that's my resolution as well.  Well..... to use more of it at least. lol"

Vicky also made reference to a really great You Tube video on hoarding.  You'll definitely want to find some time to watch it.  It is hilarious but just as important, it makes us do some reflecting of our own.  Here's the link:  This video could easily have been an entry for the honesty challenge!

To see the details of D~'s card and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Deanne--chosen by Suze...
This is what Suze had to say:
"I love the directness of the quote Deanne has chosen and the simple colour scheme that she has chosen so as not to distract from the quote."

To see the details of Deanne's card and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Pat M--chosen by Lisa (that's me)...
Besides a love for trying to promote Positivity, Pat and I share something else--our messiness.  We must have been separated at birth because out crafting areas basically look the same--mine is just spread out over three different levels and Pat has the courage to be more honest about hers.    Additionally, neither of has much in the way of extra money for something as extraneous as a crafting supply organizational tools.  What money we do manage to gather has to be spent on the supplies themselves.  Shoeboxes, items from the dollar store, anything we can find and make use of will keep our supplies together.  Now I do have a lot of things that I've managed to pick up over the years but to be honest most of it comes from the dollar store or when I could use a serious discount coupon and I certainly don't have everything I need.  And let's face it, when inspiration hits, everything gets dragged out so I can find what I need to put it all together and then I'm so excited to get started, I never put anything away. It took guts for Pat to expose her mess to the world.  I appreciate her honesty to expose that side of herself for all to see.

Besides all that, according to a university study put out by Forbes magazine, it looks like us messy types aren't all that bad after all.  The study concluded that, "participants in a disorderly room were more creative than participants in an orderly room.”  (Dale Buss, 2013, para. 8)I'll take creativity over straight edges on all my piles and everything lined up, any day!!!

To see the details of Pat's card and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.

Creative Congratulations to all of you!

Thank you to everyone who played on our Pathway during the month of September.  You all did an amazing job.  The hard work you put into your creations was obvious.  Now if you were chosen as a DT Delight, then we have a special treat for you.   Not only are you eligible for a special DT Delight badge, we will also be having a draw at the end of our first year for a special package of digital goodies.  So, if you are chosen as a DT Delight during any of our challenges, your name will be entered into the draw.  You get one entry per choice; so, if two members picked your card, you will earn 2 entries.  The draw will take place around the anniversary of when the Path of Positivity came into existence which will put the draw date sometime in April 2014.  The winner at the time will be notified by email.  In the interim you are more than welcome to copy your framed card above and add it to your blog to share with all your readers; and, don't forget to EMAIL ME for a copy of the special Challenge #6 DT Delight Badge.

Thank you for stopping by today.  We hope that you will join us again tomorrow to learn what the newest theme for Challenge #8 will be.

1. Buss, Dale. (2013). Messy-Deskers Unite: New Study Hints That We're More Creative. Available: Last accessed 3rd Nov 2013.


Julie Gleeson said...

I was lovely to be a DT Favourite for Challenge 6! Thank you so much! Hugs Julie xox

D- said...

Thanks so much for picking my card and post for a DT pick.
What an honor.
Carfty hugs,