Saturday night I received an unexpected call from my 17-year old son who lives 1800 miles away. He was calling from an anime convention in Denver. I could hear his excitement as he told me about the event and the costume that he put together.
He described the records he painted red and how they represented his characters method of time travel. He thanked me for sending him some money and how he used it to buy a custom made dragon that he wore like a cape, its wings attached around his neck. I loved hearing all of the details and mostly loved how he was excited and called to tell his mom.
It reminded me of how I would call my Dad when I was excited about something or had good news to share. Now I'm imagining the joy it must have brought my Dad whenever I called. There was a time when I was the one living 1800 miles away. I was in Colorado and my Dad in New Hampshire. Now I'm in New Hampshire and my son is in Colorado. Roles have shifted with time.
Now when I have good news who do I go to? Both of my parents have passed in this last year and it feels strange. I've been a little sad this last week thinking about how I don't have them to call any more and at the same time grateful that my son still feels a connection with me. I'm grateful too for a loving and supportive husband. Who would have thought 1-1/2 years ago that I would have this relationship? I'm still amazed. I'm grateful too for reconnecting with my sister. With our parents gone, it has brought us closer. I'm grateful for my friends - and I'm lucky to have plenty who celebrate life right along side me.
As you can imagine parenting from a distance is a challenge. I'm finding that I'm more of a listener and encourager than anything else. The distance has taught me to ease up and loosen up on trying to control my son's journey.
When I look at this photo I see a creative young man who is bright and sensitive. I love our deep philosophical discussions and his dry sense of humor. I sure do miss this young man. Thank you Loki for calling me and sharing your joy.
I love to create collages, it's why I chose the nickname, Collage Diva. Sadly, I haven't been making time to create them. I've been distracted with my other interests in photography, video making, and my online classes.
iHanna from Sweden had asked if I would be interested in swapping ATCs. (Artist Trading Cards) I jumped on the opportunity to play with paper. Pictured above is how the collage turned out.
Before I mailed it off, I took lots of photos and designed a quick 3-minute video that points out some of the details. I explain how I used some of the design elements. It is a fun little design tutorial that will get you looking at collage making differently. Check it out below.
Now it's your turn! I'd love to hear what you thought of this little video and would like to see how it has inspired your own collage play.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva
PS - If you want to learn more design tips, check out my online tutorial, "Get Into Shape." It is about collage making and offers 12 design ideas you can mix and match to make beautiful collages. CLICK HERE.
I've "met" some pretty amazing people over the last 5 years while blogging. Again and again, I'm inspired by the creativity and generosity of others. I recently received the most thoughtful gift in the mail designed by Jaen (aka Lady North).
Jaen writes, "So just what the heck am I sending you? It's an ATC/Business/Credit Card/Post-it Note holder contraption." She had seen a YouTube video on making these and had a Eureka moment.
I bet you can't wait to scroll down to get a closer look.
Each pocket is made from a Starbucks coffee sleeve. Now how clever is that? The detail that grabs my heart are the words, "True North." Lady North thought it would be fitting to send to me, my very own True North Coffee sleeve mini booklet. For those of you who are just now stumbling onto this blog post, my creative business is called True North Arts.
She tucked in some gorgeous ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) that she designed. There were some blanks cards as well made from some locally made Opus 140 lb pressed water colour paper. She also sent some extra coffee sleeves. I love designing small collages and can't wait to play this afternoon to create a special thank you package.
I loved all of the details including the red polka dot paper clips. Quick Fact: I wear polka dots at least three times/week. I adore them!
Tucked in the package was information about where Lady North hails and an invitation to visit her in the beautiful Cowichan Region in British Columbia. Fernando and I have it on our list of must-see places.
In the meantime, I am deeply touched by Jaen's thoughtfulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and generosity. She is among the many people who I've had the pleasure of connecting with online and who make this journey of life a daring and fabulous adventure.
Check out my darling little red desk. My sweet husband gave my tired child-size roll top desk a fresh coat of fire-engine red paint. Would you like to see inside?
Before I give you a peek inside, here is the colorful and inspiring postcard from Violette Naranjo Clark. We recently traded postcards. It looks perfect perched on my desk. Don't you think?
The seashell is filled with treasures from my outing to Long Island last weekend.
Here is what it looks like inside.
In one compartment I have this really cool ATC from Helga Strauss. She is the owner of ArtChix Studio. This ATC features some of her new wooden embellishments. You need to check them out. They add a dimension to your collages that is very interesting. I love Helga's style. When you sign up for my online class, the Journey of the Heart Journal, you'll get to meet her and learn how she started her successful creative business.
Tucked in another spot is a beer coaster that I altered several years ago. This is my queen card.
The queen is keeping an eye on my little friend, Ludwig Marquette. He was made by the talented Vanessa Valencia over at A Fanciful Twist.
In this photo you can see the colorful mailing labels and the thank you inserts that go in every purchase. I also have postcards tucked in above.
I'm loving my little red desk. It is so cheery.
Now when you place an order from me, you can imagine where it came from.
Speaking of orders...It is time to get my packages ready for tomorrow's post.
CLICK HERE to see what I have available over on Etsy.
CLICK HERE to register for the Journey of the Heart Class. I have several course books waiting for you!
This is how my kitchen table looks right now. I thought you might like a behind-the-scenes view. I assemble all of the coursebooks myself. The Journey of the Heart Journal online class begins tomorrow. There is an option to buy the coursebook. Order today and I'll get your book in the mail tomorrow.
My husband helps with the assembly...I love how we work together. This is "Team Costa" in action.
Pictured above you can see the back page with two door knob signs read, "I'm taking a Journey of the Heart." They are a perfect signal to your family when needing time for yourself.
Mission Accomplished! We assembled a dozen more course books to fill the next round of orders. Lots of love is poured into the design and assembly of these books. My intention is that they reach the right people and help them to realize their BIG dreams. I'm really getting excited for tomorrow's opening day.
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Where do you capture all of your creative ideas? I designed these notebooks that you can carry with you to collect all of your ideas. The affirmation on the cover, "My creativity is infinite" will inspire the muse in you.
Today's affirmation features my newest heart-shaped rock found this weekend while visiting family in Long Island. What is interesting about my heart-shaped rock collection is that each of the rocks have been given to me. I've never found one myself. I was telling this to my niece Heather as we were walking the beach. As we neared the end of our walk she found this beautiful example of a heart. The shape and size fits perfectly in my hands.
My first rock was found by my son. In fact, most of my rocks have been from him. Rocks have found their way from various countries and locations all over the US.
While I don't find the heart-shaped rocks, I have a knack for seeing hearts in things.
Perhaps the most unusual siting was when my husband and I were in a grocery store picking up some coffee before one of our outings and he spilled it. The coffee spattered a line of hearts onto his shirt. I stopped everything and pulled out my cell phone to capture the photo.
It reminds me of the design of this affirmation magnet that I have for sale in my Etsy shop.
Every time I see a heart I think I'm on the right track. I'm loved and supported. And, I'm reminded to keep listening to my heart, it will lead the way.
Speaking of hearts, there is still time to sign up for the Journey of the Heart Journal online class. This 6 week course will open up your heart and help you to listen. We start in less than one week! Learn more and sign up HERE.
Look for hearts today and you'll find they are everywhere!
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