What Can’t I Do: Quit

On Tuesday, March 15th a question was posted to me by Michael Jackson of MJM Photography Group… What “Can’t” You Do?

What can’t I do?…. Quit. I may take a breather yet I will never quit!  When what you do is truly your passion you will fight to see that doll created, that stitch mastered, and/or that cake fashioned.

I’m a Crochet Artisan/Craft Maven so learning is what I know how to do. An artisan is constantly learning as they craft. A maven is a person who has a wealth of knowledge of a particular discipline. Mavens and artisans are constantly learning something new about their medium/discipline. Yarn and synthetic fibers are a few of the mediums I use to create items.

I can honestly say, I never thought that half the things God allowed me to create were possible. I had a limited scope of what crocheting was because of the items I saw. Yet when someone, namely Renée, challenged me I would never say no. Did I want to say no? I sure did, yet there is no growth in staying complacent and with every challenge I said yes to I grew.

Saying yes to a challenge doesn’t mean you can foresee the outcome. It means that you are willing to follow a path to see a vision manifest in the material.

You can see the growth from our first popcorn stitch name blanket to our Kente themed blanket.

Anthony Josiah Popcorn Stitch Keepsake

Anthony Josiah Popcorn Stitch Keepsake

screenshot_2016-01-16-13-13-34-1_wm.jpg

Shaka Kente Cloth Keepsake

Each time I said yes to a challenge the Creator of the universe showed me how crocheting has limitless potential.

I want to encourage all of you to never quit honing your craft, skill, and passion.

Creatively yours,

J. Monroe

Fear Be Damned: I’m Doing It Anyway

To be totally transparent I have not blogged for fear that my writing is subpar and what do I really have to say. Sometimes I feel all over the place because I have several passions not just one lazer focused interest to share. I have spent most of my life perfecting many skill sets rather the investing exclusively in one.

 

I have almost failed my first quarter goal of blogging every Wednesday because of constantly questioning myself. Well here goes nothing… I am going to blog anyway. If you like it, love it, or abhor it; I hope you experience my growth as a writer and see my confidence grow. That’s all I got.
You grow by stretching. So for 20(Sweet)16 I am stretching myself like never before.

Beauty Created, Beauty Released

The same beauty I find in creating is the same beauty I have to find in letting go…

I have become anxious with every signature creation that I must release into the hands of its new owner. So much time is spent in selecting the perfect colors, graphing a customized design, crafting, implementing the proper techniques and praying it all works out.

My creativity time is really time with my Creator. Many things I create I’ve had no formal training just a passion and desire to create it. If I believe I can make it I can. So I know in these quiet times and places He guides me. I’m in awe just as much as the recipient. Many of these items I will never duplicate and that’s what makes me nervous.

Every Artwear piece is a 15-30 day commitment to see a vision come to pass.

wpid-2014-09-14-14.23.53.jpg.jpeg

I put the same energy into signature cupcakes, however, the commitment is shorter.

wpid-20141018_103746-1_wm.jpg

Yet once its completed its time to pass it on. I cannot allow the nervousness of relinquishing my rights to overshadow the joy of completion. When commissioned to create on behalf of a party I will never get to see the recipients facial expression which is how we normally gauge if they like it, hate it, or are indifferent. I would like to make sure they are pleased with their gift yet only God knows.

The only way I know to stop this anxiousness is to know God is leading me with every step and every step is intentional. They will see and know that He and I love and care for every aspect of creating this special gift. Bringing them joy through our creative expression is our highest priority.

 

Passion Driven Journey Minded,

J. Monroe

Trips in Luxuria

 

There are friends who I chose to share this Journey of Life with.  We walk, talk and share the common interest of Living Our Lives to the Fullest! My Fellow Journeyman, Tawny and I went on a quest of correction that somehow led us to Luxuria!

After some coercing, Tawny, lead me into the lovely Cella Luxuria Store.

I see this store as the most amazing showroom you will ever enter.  Our tour guide/saleperson, Adam, was gracious enough to take us around and explain some on the amazing artistry in detail.

They housed one of my favorite soy candles, Unwined and introduced me to a new brand Spitfire Girl. They also exposed me to vintage items redesigned to new innovations:

Knobstoppers, vintage door knob wine stoppers

 

Dreamweaver Lotus Pillow: 100% up-cycled silk neckties restructured in to soft floral arrangements

 

And somehow they worked strategically placed skeins of yarn into the décor. Lord knows if you can work a skein into the ambience of a room you have done something right!

wpid-20140515_190427.jpg

This unexpected trip brought new energy to me.  I left thinking how I can incorporate my craft into my living space without it looking cluttered or overwhelming.  So, if you want to find one place that houses beautifully crafted artwork, furniture, candles, etc. and/or are in the Center City Philadelphia area go to Cella Luxuria.

 

Creatively Yours,

Jimella