Feb 5, 2014

Value


Value.

There is one thing that I will always work on in my life and that is value. I am working on making my creative time more valuable; the time with my family more valuable; the empty spaces in between more valuable because when it comes down to it I will look back on my time and see what kind of value I cultivated in my life.

My loved ones won’t live forever and I won’t live forever, so why waste that precious time on scrolling through endless status updates and tweets and articles that will not only waste my time, but try to bring down the value of the world around me? If I can put value into that time then that is a success.

However, I don’t have any time left for those things when I put value into my life.

My phone doesn’t do a lot. It can patch through phone calls (but not phone numbers) and texts (but not pictures). I have set it up this way so that I don’t give it any more time than I think it deserves. Have you ever thought about how much you look at your phone or your computer or your iPad? Have you ever thought that you probably look at those things more than your loved ones or the clouds or trees or birds or the ocean or anything that is really, truly magnificent? I mean, there are pictures of those things on the internet that we’ve spent time sizing up and snapping a photo of and filtering and cropping and posting and waiting for comments or likes or shares when this whole time we could just appreciate that thing for that thing’s sake.

In a world of connectedness, we miss out on so much of what connects us. Where we once had eye contact and word-of-mouth and closeness we’ve now conveniently divided all that into time slots and folders and Things I’ll Get To Later When I Have Time.

Where is the value in that?

So this year I am working on replacing my excuses with value.

Dec 17, 2013

Gift Cards and Coupon Code for Christmas

Hey all you wonderlings - did you know if you aren't sure what to pick for that oddling in your life, you can purchase a gift card from Etsy for them to use in my shop? Just add a link to my shop (etsy.com/shop/RebekahJoyPlett) in the notes and you're good to go! Add coupon code PLETTMAS for 10% off.

You can get Etsy gift cards here: https://www.etsy.com/giftcards?ref=gc-search-term


https://www.etsy.com/shop/RebekahJoyPlett

Dec 3, 2013

Ever Wanted To Own An Original Oil Painting But Never Thought You Could Afford It?

Now you can. Tell me what you think it's worth and we can talk. I'm selling this original painting of mine privately so please message me with your email address or send me a message to rebekah (dot) plett (at) gmail (dot) com if you're interested. 


"Degas' Creature"
2013
13.5" X 20"
Oil on board
Custom hand-painted frame
Ready to hang

Nov 26, 2013

My Etsy Shop Has Been Resurrected

I didn't know when this was going to happen as life has been giving me New Things To Spend My Time Doing rather than some of the things I prefer to do. Such as create and make jewellery.

So.

You will find never-before-being-sold-because-I-wanted-to-keep-them pieces as well as some you may have never seen.

Get your Christmas shopping done, chatlings. You will feel all the better for it come December 23.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/RebekahJoyPlett

Mar 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Grandma

Two years ago today my Grandmother passed away. It was an emotional beginning to an emotional weekend as I sat in the car beside my husband that Friday, pulled over beside a park with a lake that I had run around countless times, on our way to Ikea to pick up a few things before we moved into our very first house the next day, two days before we were to pick up our brand new puppy.

At Ikea, I could not - for the life of me - find a cooling rack. And be it the situation or the timing or the horrendous amount of people (all of whom I didn't know and didn't care about) I nearly lost my mind trying to find a damn cooling rack (and didn't, and never bothered to look for one again until a few days ago).

My mom called me to tell me what happened. We all knew it was coming, as you usually do with an elderly loved one. But it's like anything that you expect to happen, you prepare yourself and you wait and wait and then when it finally does happen, all the preparation or whatever you were doing before goes out the window with the bathwater, the bathtub, the baby and your ability not to cry in public.

March 8th is International Women's Day and I had written a blog post for my Grandmother. In it I said:
"So how do we know what makes a woman great? When she is gone and all those things she was, things she said and did become little holes in our day."
I still find those holes in each day, although now I don't look for them quite as often. Edna St. Vincent Millay once said:
“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.” 
There is something said about time healing wounds (or whatever) but it doesn't. We get busy and have to think about other things, and although I guess the pain isn't so focused and sharp as it once was, that doesn't change that it is still pain.

All that to say although there are still little holes in my day, now I am seeing parts of my Grandmother in other things - such as my niece who sometimes says "Heeeey" like my Grandmother used to - and that fills in a little gap and keeps out the cold wind a bit.

In keeping with the idea of holes and sharpness of things, I leave you with this thought (a sad, yet comforting one):
"Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.” — W.S. Merwin

Mar 23, 2013

The World in Which We Create - Part III - Build and Rebuild

I will keep my words to a minimum today.

Get off the computer. As quickly as you can. Turn off your notifications, your Facebook, your Twitter (or Hootsuite or TweetDeck or whatever), log out of your email, turn off your phone, put your phone in the cupboard, hide the remote, put away the chips from last night, go outside, clear the leaves off the ground, plant some sunflowers, plant a squirrel's wayward acorn, put your hands in the dirt, water the dirt (even if there's nothing in there, there might be something in there that you don't know about), get your knees dirty, get your hands dirty, breathe in the outside air, don't listen to music, listen to the birds, the trees, stop thinking, stop thinking (seriously, stop it), stop looking for inspiration, it'll be there when it needs to be, stop forcing the moment, don't take any pictures, don't give this moment up to anyone else, this moment is yours, yours only, keep it, put it away inside you, save it for yourself, yourself only.

Feb 17, 2013

Week 7 Round-up

My mom and I are trying to get into a local craft fair, so my creative brain cells are all focused in on the jewellery end of things right now. If we make it in, it's going to be hard to sell these pieces. I really love them and want to wear them all the time.

It's refreshing to let go of something that you love, so that someone else may love it.

But it isn't easy.

  1. Business Card Prototype
  2. Rain Cloud Fingernails
  3. I Heart Combs 
  4. Yellow Bracelet  
  5. Yellow Daisy Ring