E is for Eggs of Clay

Happy Easter! Are you celebrating with eggs of clay?

You may have heard of hard boiled eggs, plastic eggs, chocolate eggs, cloisonné, wooden or Faberge eggs. Have you ever heard of Club Creative Studio’s Clay Eggs?

Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.

I have been creating these type of clay eggs since 2013 and I love the process, I have come up with. I have discovered that although time consuming, the creation of these one-of-a-kind eggs are quite enjoyable to make.

This process gives me a chance to use a large number of my designed polymer clay canes in one project, and capitalize on variety.

The beauty of these creations are that they can be displayed year-round. I have a few hanging on a table top stand. Last year, I even hung them from our colorful “Hawaiian” theme Christmas tree. They are wonderfully durable and without a doubt unique. I have even customized these to color coordinate a room!

Allow me to create for you! I offer custom requests in jewelry-making to other hand-made clay and bead art creations. All are always one-of-a-kind.

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Club Creative Studio Christmas tree

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D is for: Do It With Style

Women’s fashions and design are ever-changing revolving aspects in life. Are you prepared to do it with style?

Every season, the runway styles dictate what is fashionable, popular and on trend. Are you ready for Spring and ready to be part of the seasonal changes?

What is going to be hot fashion topics for Spring 2015?

How might a jewelry designer interpret or work with these trends? Allow me to share the ways that I have tackled the challenge of the trends predicted so far.

Fringe- Easy way to make a statement with a Western/Santa Fe style.

There is no doubt that fringe adds fun to fashion. It is dramatic, shows movement, and has a sense of flow and carefree whimsy. How might you find this trend in Club Creative Studio jewelry art?  Here is an example of jewelry art I have created with beaded fringe detail.  It is a hand-made beaded statement necklace. The color palate I use may also reflect the feel of the Southwest.

Club Creative Studio- HAnd-made beaded Fringe Necklace.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Beaded Fringe Necklace.

Suede-A trend that can come in different colors.

I enjoy that suede can be utilized in many ways because of the width cut variations available.  I like adding a simple suede strand to my colorful hand-rolled clay pendant creations because the colors coordinate without being distracting.  It is a change of pace from wearing a common metal chain necklace. The over-all look is also casual and relaxed for any age.

Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.

The 70’s are back- it’s a more polished version.

I love that the 70’s were about free-flowing blouse styles and fun fabric prints. As Club Creative Studio creates hand-made items with a Boho feel, this trend in style will seem more evident, creative and comfortable, like these examples do.

Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.
Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.

Ruffles-Structural and sweet at the same time.

Ruffled materials do not have to bring back bad memories like it does for me. I recall my Mother sewing a ruffle at the bottom of my jean pant legs as I grew to extend the length of the pants, and their wear time. Just when I thought that was bad enough…she would go and add a second and third layer of ruffles. Lord, I wish I had a photo of me wearing those pants right now.

Ruffles can add a look of innocence and boldness at the same time. Club Creative Studio has carried forth this trend in designing a ruffled edge incorporated with added bead embellishments.  This necklace is a great example of how a ruffle-look can be a structural strength to a fashion statement necklace.

Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.
Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

Have you been made aware of any additional stylish trends in store for us this year?  Which trend mentioned above appeals to you the most?  Which jewelry trend do you tend to model the most often of those mentioned above?  Please share, I’d love to know what appeals or radiates in you.

If you are interested in viewing more hand-made art that may reflect these particular Spring trends, I welcome you to view the revolving inventory of Club Creative Studio at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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A is for Art Adventure

 

This year once again, I am starting the “A to Z Blog Challenge”. This is a time of year where I add a blog post a day with a focus on each letter of the alphabet.

A is for: Art Adventure

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Since relocation to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, I have discovered my love of hiking. This island is full of natural inspirations and scenic trails that are hiked by locals and visitors alike.  I decided that it would be the perfect place to share “abandoned art”.  I call them my “TRAIL TREASURES”.

Jewelry artist: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom shares Random Acts of Art.
Jewelry artist: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom shares Random Acts of Art.

I randomly place my Club Creative Studio hand-made jewelry art collections along the trail pathways, often times near mud or water, in trees, tucked into rock formations or near a trail sign.

Visit the island of Oahu and hike our many trails!
Visit the island of Oahu and hike our many trails!

It is a random gift to the universe. A “finder’s/keepers” type of situation.  A free gift of art. I do this to share my creations, in an unexpected way, with an unsuspecting fan of hiking. It is fun to share random acts of art.

Finders=Keepers of found art.
Finders=Keepers of found art.

I love sharing ALOHA with those who are also on Oahu hiking trails.  For a chance to find free art, you can hike the island trails and explore the possible hiding spaces I leave art in or…

If you are not able to visit and hike, I do have a website where I list a revolving inventory of hand-made and beaded items for purchase. I am combining three things I love to do: create art/share art/hike with art!

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K is for: Keep Calm

Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.
Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.

I love all of the poster quotes that remind us to “Keep Calm”.

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Here are a few of my favorite art and jewelry related themes found on Pinterest.  Is there one that resonates with you?

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C is for: Challenge Using Instagram

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Welcome to the website and blog that is dedicated to creativity.  As I continue to blog daily in the A to Z Challenge, I want to bring attention to another platform that I participate in: Instagram and Instagram Challenges.

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I am new to the social media platform Instagram but, I am enjoying sharing photographs, discovering new artists and browsing hashtags.

The discovery of monthly CHALLENGES have been inspiring to me and I have taken on a few challenges. I am currently taking part in two this month. A person shares their “challenge list” and anyone that wants to follow along in the themes are free to post and “tag” them with hashtag use.

My New Challenges

1. Crafty Photo-a-day April Challenge

2. April Photo-a-day Challenge

3. May Craft Challenge

Within the Crafty April Challenge, I have been posting tips, art ideas, or actual personal projects that coincide with the challenge list of #iLoveToCreate. Here is their list of prompts. I think they can also be used as blog prompts for me later.

Ribbon, Tacky Glue, Doodles, Sparkle, Recycled Craft, Inspiration, Spring D.I.Y., Favorite Craft Supply, D.I.Y. Décor, Paint, Pinterest Inspired, Embellishment, D.I.Y. Fashion, Sketching, Hand-made Gift, Sewing, Puffy Paint, Yarn, My Craft Space, Easter Eggs, Stickers, Kid Craft, Pretty Papers, Glitter, Markers, Fabric Stash, Craft Hoard, By Best D.I.Y. Ever, Scissors, Jewelry I made,

Can you see how this list can be inspiring to create or write about?

The April Photo-a-day Challenge was probably created to highlight creativity in photography. Using the hashtag #fmsphotography on Instagram, I will be posting my photographs within the following theme list below.

Something purple, In my hand, Shapes, Good Together, Not mine, Taste of Spring/autumn, Where I’d rather be, Hobby, Dark, My favorite part of the day, Three of a kind, On my feet, More please, Dirty, I’m reading this, My vice, Something I learned, Good, Money, Egg, Close, Four things, Entrance, A pop of color, Remember, Enjoy the little things, Under my feet, Chaotic, Contrast, Something silly.

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The May Craft Challenge list was started by #the_diy_girls. I may be blogging about that at a later date.  If you wish to follow the creativity from Club Creative Studio on Instagram, I can be found at #clubcreativestudioart I welcome you to stop by with a “like” or comment on any social media platform I can be found on.  Thank you for stopping by today as well.

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A is for: Art

Club Creative Studio is once again taking part in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

It begins today!

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Each post runs the gamut of the alphabet. Today we start with the letter A, of course.

A is for: Art

My Studio encourages  my imagination.
My Studio encourages my imagination.

Art has been a big part of my life.  Growing up I had many opportunities to be expressive and  experiment with art materials. Happily today, I continue to value all of the saving graces art provides.  Being a full time bead and jewelry artist, I work everyday creating and sharing art.

Veronica Campos-Hallstrom, Club Creative Studio. Creating Art That Sets You Apart.
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom, Club Creative Studio. Creating Art That Sets You Apart.

Top 3 Aspects of Art for Artistic Growth: COURAGE, IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY

COURAGE: It is said that one must create what you seek but can not find. This takes a leap of faith and courage, putting aside all self-doubts. Searching our soul is what art is all about. Taking what is inside, and bringing it to vision outside. It is important to know HOW to make art but it is just as important to also know WHY make art. Be courageous, understand why you express art as you do.

IMAGINATION: Stellar ideas are a part of us just waiting to be revealed. We all have creative possibilities.  It is up to us to learn how to creatively embrace the powers of putting paint to canvas, or pen to paper so to speak and just let our imaginations flow in asking: What If

CREATIVITY: It’s the process, not the destination. The creative zone should be entered with excitement and wonderment. Creative success comes from small and methodical steps, appreciative of the unknown outcome. Be expressive. Use your creativity as a positive outlet.

As part of this blog challenge, I hope to further convey the importance of creating. There are many lessons to be learned from art.  Thank you for stopping by the blog today which always has a focus on creativity.

I welcome you to follow the creativity on our website and other social media platforms as well, and look forward to your comments and interactions.

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Z is for Zany- Celebrate the Letter Z

Z is for Zany. It’s hard to think of a word starting with the letter Z as a creative topic. This was one reason why I have been away from the blog for a while.

There are times that I come up with zany, crazy thoughts at the design table, which can sometimes lead to questionable outcomes and techniques. But, adding humor to your tasks helps make you less stressed, and more open to the outcomes. Embrace the times where laughter and silliness collide. You never know where those creative times may lead you in your artful journey.

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As an example, when I obtained the bucket full of bullet shells, I had dreams of different ways I could incorporate them into jewelry. A few of the ideas I have tried, and there are some techniques I still have to work out in detail.  Never-the-less, there is a zany way to approach every task.

The person giving me the bucket of empty shells could not see my zany visions of transforming the casings into jewelry art.  However, adding humor to any project or finding humor in a task may help get the creative juices flowing.

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I recently came across this interesting and humorous pendant with glasses and sporting a mustache. How cute is this?  Best five bucks I ever spent! Then, a few days later I came across the fun eye glasses with the same mustache idea attached to them, and yes…I spent another five bucks.  But, for a good reason,  it is a great trend that expresses the whimsical side of life.

Why not turn to these type of items or use a lighter-hearted attempt to your jewelry choices once and a while.  Fashion is to be expressed. Accessories are an extension of your creativeness and tastes.

Being a little out of the ordinary and zany once and a while may just keep you sane. What is the most odd jewelry accessory in your possession? Feel free to share your story below in a comment.

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Orange Outlook- Celebrate the Letter O

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To celebrate the letter “O”, let’s have a fun focus on the color orange.

DO YOU AGREE:

Orange is very blatant and vulgar.  It makes you immediately start having feelings.–Wolf Kahn

Your mood and preference may have an effect on how you view the color orange.  Orange can be a very energetic color.

Club Creative Studio Orange/yellow glass bead
Club Creative Studio hand-torched Italian Glass Bead.

The psychology of the color orange is telling us that the color orange reminds us of warmth, like in a sunset. Feelings of excitement and enthusiasm are also words that are brought to mind when we see or think of the color orange. In my mind, orange brings about the word “festive”.

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Hand-torched glass bead- Club Creative Studio

You may have noticed that the color orange is often used to draw attention, such as in hunting attire, construction vests, traffic signs and advertising.  The same could be associated in fashion. Orange is a bold forward-stepping color that takes bravery to pull off. Small accents of orange are great for a “pop” of color.  I challenge you to welcome a dash of orange into your life in large or small ways.

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Club Creative Studio orange hand-made clay bead Artisan Bottle Stopper.

Spring color schemes including orange can be muted down a bit to a salmon or coral shade that is less abrupt. Summer orange tones are typically more vivid in stripes and bright solids. The neon trend continues and you will certainly notice more orange items around you as the season changes.

Be sure to note that Club Creative Studio creates custom art.  If your favorite color is orange and you’d like to express your style with one-of-a-kind art, let us know and we’ll create with you in mind, above and beyond your expectations. You can also check the online storefront often to see if something orange has been created by chance.

 

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Z is for Zen Zone

Z is for Zen. Achieving the state of calmness in self and environment that everything is “right” and aligned with self and the universe means total zen to me. Don’t we all want to enjoy that feeling?  I find my Zen Zone in beading. Now that my first A to Z blog challenge is complete, I have realized “my creative zen”.  OMM!  What will you do to reach the state of creative bliss?

Club Creative Studio hand-made beaded zen necklace.

It has been a delight to share information  and art with you from Club Creative Studio.  It has been a wonderful challenge to use the alphabet as a creative prompt for that venue. Thank you to those involved with brainstorming, maintaining, supporting and promoting this blog challenge.

When one creative project ends that is not the end...

Thank you for following  Club Creative Studio’s posts and the journey through the alphabet with a focus on CREATIVITY!  I will surely take part in this challenge again.

This does not mean that the blog comes to a halt.  Please stay tuned for more information that deals with the theme of creativeness.  If you are new here, and as a reminder, I try to blog a few times a week.

Follow the creativity!

On Tuesdays, the theme is called: Two-Cent Tuesday. I focus on sharing a low-cost idea, or activity.

On Thursdays, the post is refered to as:  a TNT post.  This means it has a wider topic range and fits nicely into being called “This-N-That”. 

Feature Friday is the day where I normally highlight something new or interesting from the design table at Club Creative Studio.

I welcome you to also follow the creativity on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio  and on Twitter @ClubCreativeArt

And, certainly, I’d love for you to visit the online storefront with more unique items available in the ever-changing inventory at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Take the steps to create your place of creative zen today!
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Y is for You (Your Creativity)

Take the steps to be creative!

Sometimes it is a struggle to think creatively, find the time to be creative or have materials on hand to produce an item from your creativity.  I get that. And it might sound familiar to you too. This is why today’s post from Club Creative Studio has a focus on You.  The letter “Y” stands for you today, you and your creative process.  When I say I am “Creative Everyday”, I really am. That is my daily process.  It may not be in the same manner or with the same materials but, I do recognize that it takes effort sometimes to be productive from creative juices, and I strive to make sure that everyday I do something that I consider to be creative in my workspace: Club Creative Studio.

For those times that you think it is not possible to be creative or hard to get motivated, take to heart some of the considerations from the ideas of Gary Gonzales, in the Leadership Journal, as he writes about Real Ministry in a Complex World. Now I know his subject matter is not an art focus. But, when talking about creativity we can gain some insight to his words and thoughts about the creative process as a whole.  He writes about your “creativity quotient” and how to raise the bar in creativity. He  believes that  a few good habits can improve the quality of your ideas.

“Someone once asked William Barclay how he had become such a prolific writer. The key, he said, is learning to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair.

Creativity is far less subjective and ethereal than some make it sound. As much a function of our habits as our “genius” or inspiration, creativity takes discipline. Here are four ways to enhance your creativity.

Know your moods

Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying about diet: “Mornings are gold, lunch is bronze, and dinner is lead.” Well, the same applies to personal energy levels. A few months ago, a lay leader handed me a newspaper article outlining the body’s daily rhythms. It underscored how, for most people, mornings provide peak energy and concentration. Quick recall and analytical reasoning are strongest in the a.m.

Conversely, the infamous “afternoon grog,” the inability to focus, hits from 1 to 3 p.m., with a short reprieve from 3 to 4 p.m., especially in recall.

By evening most people are downshifting, except for the late-night geniuses who hit their creative stride from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Knowing this, I safeguard morning hours for the challenges of praying, studying, writing, and creative thinking. I no longer feel guilty when my engines are revving low. I pace myself, husbanding my energy for creative times.

Do you know what time of day you are the most creative? I fit into that "night owl" category for sure!

Learned how to improve energy and lessen the negative rhythms

Soon after moving to the Twin Cities from Southern California, I thought about joining a fitness club. But I wondered, With my mornings scheduled full with message preparation and my evenings already overflowing with meetings and programs, how can I realistically expect to add an exercise regimen?

But I had heard others describe how a workout increased their energy level, so I decided to experiment. I discovered that a sixty-minute workout during my lunch hour or after 3 p.m. worked wonders. Regular exercise dramatically increased my endurance, making my low periods less low-and I feel better about myself. As an added bonus, I find thinking and praying easier while on the Nordic Track or between weight-lifting sets.

While getting into shape, I learned another valuable lesson: If I work out on Friday, resting or going easy on Saturday, by Sunday morning I’m primed to preach. A one-day layoff between workouts enables my body to bounce back with renewed vigor. I can’t recall a time in my previous fifteen years of ministry when I’ve been so clear-headed-able to think creatively and spontaneously in the pulpit.

Write it down

Someone has said, “Opportunity is like a horse that gallops up and then pauses for a moment. If you don’t get on, before long you hear the clatter of hoofbeats dying away in the distance.”

You have got to start someplace start your creativity at the beginning!

Great ideas are just such opportunities.

Whenever you hear, see, or think a worthwhile thought, write it down before another moment passes. Experience has taught me to keep a pen and paper handy on my night stand.  That’s also true of the ideas we learn from others. For several years I’ve kept a journal handy at my office. Whenever I come across a good quote, I immediately jot it down and document the source. Often, when I’m stymied while preparing sermons, I thumb through this journal to stimulate ideas.

Others’ ideas provoke my ideas. While paging through my journal recently, I ran across the statement, “Leaders are to be imitated, not gold-plated.” It triggered a thought: I’ve wanted to do a series on leadership for some time. Why not develop a series of seven messages on leadership principles using one-liners as memory hooks?

I’m now reading and gathering ideas, illustrations, and resources on that theme.

Let it simmer

Most creative ideas mature over time. So, whether I’m planning a sermon series, a special holiday service, or a seminar, I arrange my time to give it as much advance thought as possible. My mind works best when I’m not clawing for ideas at the last-minute.

I don’t get over structured too early. A good idea has a ripple effect, soon suggesting other ideas or applications. At first, all I want to do is grasp the big picture-even if only a piece of it.

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Useful ideas sometimes come to me after months of simmering.

Several years ago, I heard the story of Larry Walters, a 33-year-old man who decided he wanted to see his neighborhood from a new perspective. He went down to the local army surplus store one morning and bought forty-five used weather balloons. That afternoon he strapped himself into a lawn chair, to which several of his friends tied the now helium-filled balloons. He took along a six-pack of beer, a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and a bb gun, figuring he could shoot the balloons one at a time when he was ready to land.

Walters, who assumed the balloons would lift him about 100 feet in the air, was caught off guard when the chair soared more than 11,000 feet into the sky-smack into the middle of the air traffic pattern at Los Angeles International Airport. Too frightened to shoot any of the balloons, he stayed airborne for more than two hours, forcing the airport to shut down its runways for much of the afternoon, causing long delays in flights from across the country.

Soon after he was safely grounded and cited by the police, reporters asked him three questions:

“Were you scared?”

“Yes.”

“Would you do it again?”

“No.”

“Why did you do it?”

“Because,” he said, “you can’t just sit there.”

His answer caught my interest. I pondered that story and its implications for several months. Then, as I was preparing a sermon, “The Crisis Called Christmas,” my thoughts came together. I used the Walters story in the introduction to set the stage for the idea that each of the birth narratives called for a response-or a reaction-from its participants. When it comes to God’s intervention in our lives, we can’t just sit there.

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Talk about it

Creativity is often synergistic, so I cultivate people in formal and informal settings who cultivate my ideas  I never  know when a brainstorm will strike-and quickly vanish!

Happily, I can relate to this writing and it gives me insight and information to use to step up and recognize my creative strengths and areas of weakness that can be improved upon.  Did you find anything in his writings that might help you relate to being creative in your own life?  I hope so.  Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope your creativity grows.

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