artists, Personal

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: we’re starting a collective! #WritingCommunity #ArtShare

welcome back – or hello there – theydies and gentlethems! we’re doing a spotlight promo today because i really loved sharing Luna’s story and i want more of YOUR art to share together! let me hype up your work and add you and your links to the bookshelf or gallery!

so here’s how it works:

you send me an email — check out the submissions tab — and hit me up with ALL your links and some snippets of your work. i do a full length post about you and add your name and links to the collective tabs! it’s kind of awesome. really, the goal is to create an amazing community where we can all share each other’s passion and work and talent and we can celebrate our creativity together!

THE MEDIUM DOES NOT MATTER

i will host ALL FORMS OF ART.

personal writing, prose, poetry, short stories, guest blog posts, mixed media art, collage, music, painting, embroidery, the possibilities are so exciting to me!

SUBMISSION ENTRIES ARE FREE

eventually i’m hoping to be able to HOST AND PROMOTE/PUBLISH all of our work and help indie creators get the starting tools they need. i don’t know what this collective will turn into in the future but for now it’s open and accessible to all.

SHARE YOUR STORY

i’m so excited to see what you all create!

— mmt

Personal

Witch Crafts

I have always loved crafting and creating and bringing things to life. I love living with paint stained fingertips and ink permanently smudged on the side of my hand.
My Etsy shop, Cosmic Witchery, is my way of bringing my creative passions to life. There you will find the wide variety of ways my chaotic mind manifests itself in the creative realm.

During one of the rougher patches of my life, I constantly found myself alone in my room with an abundance of time and very low energy (thanks greatly in part to my depression and PTSD). My illnesses made it impossible for me to go out, but my overactive mind made it impossible for me to rest. Writing and crafting became my two biggest outlets.

I started to craft and  work on small projects everyday, as much as my energy levels would allow. I filled my room with paintings, tie-dye banners, dream catchers, and so many other beaded decorations. These small items kept me happy, peaceful, and sane for a year and half – enough time to gain some normality and routine back into my existence. After that, I was able to expand my projects and my energy began to return to a somewhat normal state. I was able to go back to school, something I had thought was impossible.

But I never stopped crafting.

These crafts have given me a much needed outlet for my ever-racing mind. They help me to stay centered, to stay sane. They keep me grounded and focused on one project at a time. They make for a relaxing study break and keep me going on my roughest days.

And so, after two years of crafting for myself, I decided to open an Etsy shop and share my craft with others. I hope they bring you and much pleasure, peace, and positive vibes as they have always brought me.

Love and light,

m.m.t.

Productivity Challenge

Decompressing and Creating – Day 3

(3/100) I lost track of the time as last week came to an end.

The first week of the semester is always pretty hectic for me. I work to get all of my binders organized, my syllabi highlighted, and lecture one understood. This semester I had a new stressor to confront: an on campus course.

In high school, I dealt with illnesses that prevented me from going to school regularly. I spent a lot of time working on independent studies and online courses and had little social interaction (greatly due to my severe anxiety). After my graduation, I took some time off school to focus on my health. Spring of 2015 was when I decided to take my first semester of college courses – a huge step for me in my mental health journey. I decided that online courses were the best route for me; they allowed me to work relatively at my own pace and on my own schedule. This also allowed me to continue my education, something incredibly important to me, without going in to a busy, and incredibly overwhelming, campus setting. However, as I’ve mentioned here before, this is my last semester of GE courses and one of them (Public Speaking) is, for obvious reasons, not offered in an online format.

So yesterday, I faced going back into a classroom for the first time in over three years.

My anxiety had been through the roof all week and I could feel myself becoming panicky as I drove myself across town to the campus. However, something happened that I hadn’t expected. After I had been seated in the room for roughly 15 minutes I no longer felt frightened but rather I felt empowered.

Don’t get me wrong, it took all of my energy and willpower to walk through the door and stay seated for the entirety of the first day, I was anxious as hell. But the longer I sat there the more I realized that this was another win for me. I had conquered another fear and I was one step closer to where I hope to be in the coming year.

The high anxiety of yesterday left me pretty exhausted and worn out so today’s productivity is a bit different than usual. I’m spending my day crafting and lounging and creating some neat new pieces. Today’s productivity includes working on the things I love and being proud of myself and my small victories.

And for a small, yet shameless, self promotion all of the goodies I’m working on today will be listed in my shop by the end of this week. There’s already a bunch of neat stuff listed so feel to check it out and message me with any questions or special requests! Some of my personal favorites include: a lovely pink dream catcher adorned with turquoise elephant beads, some simple charm choker, a dreamy yin-yang painting, and the intricate triple layered dream catcher. All original, handmade pieces and all found on my etsy shop.

I hope everyone has a chance to relax this weekend and enjoy some well-deserved “me time”

And never forget to celebrate your personal victories, no matter how small.

m.m.t.