Saturday, August 30, 2008

What to say?

I haven't done a lot of art lately, but I have been working on my denim vest. I took the advice of my blogger friends and decided to bead a version of my tilty headed girls on the back. It's still in the first stages, but I thought you might like to see it.

Also, I have mentioned before that I get great coupons for Jo Ann's and Michaels on line, so here is a quick shot of my purchases today. I prefer not to pay full price for my art books, so 40% off of Michael de Meng's book was quite a good deal. 10% off of all the other items, that were already on sale, made for a good haul .

Also, on another subject completely, I know there must be some of you out there that come up blank sometimes when you want to blog. I can't be the only one. I want to post but I can't really think of anything interesting to say. I am somewhat of a private person, and although I do feel strongly about certain things, I try to stay away from them in a public forum. I don't express my opinions regarding politics or religion, but that doesn't mean I don't keep my eyes open to what is going on. I just don't post about them.

Oh, look at how I just filled up a paragraph with nothing. This feels like the Seinfeld show, a blog about nothing.

One thing that I have been doing lately, is answering questions on Yahoo Answers. It makes you feel like an advice columnist, in a way. Sometimes the questions aren't "real", but you get points for answers, so I answer the silly ones, too. Some of the questions, when they are real, touch your heart. Young folks ask a lot of questions, sometimes asking questions that they are ashamed to ask someone in person. Right now some of them are concerned because they don't know what to do if the hurricane hits their area, things like that.

Some time back, one young guy ask in an obvious panic, what to do about his hair, he had cut it too short and it was almost time for school and what could he do to get it to grow really quickly. It was an obvious plea for comfort, you could feel the pain in his question. I wrote back that I could understand his concern, that I had done the same thing before. I told him how hair only grows about 1/2 " a month and how a good diet of protein, fruit and veggies and plenty of water was important. I suggested a gentle scalp massage each night before bed (this was actually to keep him relaxed, also) and suggested that he get a really rockin' hat and make it his trademark. I also suggested that if it was really bad, maybe to shave his head, but whatever he decided to do, to act like it was done on purpose and to make it his own style.

He marked it "Best Answer" and commented what great advice it was and how much he appreciated my taking his question seriously, and said "Thanks" is all caps.

The only reason I am mentioning this, is not to pat myself on the back, but as a reminder, that often something as simple as a few sentences of support, hope or commiseration can really affect someone's day.

That's all I have today in this silly little non post. We'll talk and please don't forget how much I care about all of you. Take care.


Linda said...

Love the vest girl, even if it isn't complete! Glad to hear your hubby is doing well. And as for the yahoo questions. That is so cool. You helped that poor guy in a panic. Very sweet! Have a great weekend.

Amy Sullivan said...

Susan~ I know what you mean about wanting to post & having nothing.
And then lately I have been "singing the blues" so much.I will look back at my post & say, "why did I post this?"~ But, it all effects me as an artist.And, then my bloggy friends come & leave such kind words.
My blog really has become a place where I can escape too.I have learned so much and it has helped me stay more productive.
If you had told me that a year ago. I would have asked"What is a blog?" hugs~Amy~

suze said...

Nice job, good deed, great post.

ArtSparker said...

I just got started with the web 2.0, and I can really relate to the social confusion of not having something to say - I think for myself, for many creatives, and possibly for you, it is easier to talk about an object or concept of interest rather than to talk for the sake of talking. There is some hiding involved, but it's also to do with where you passion lies. I like tiny things/beads also - have you tried making ceramic molds of buttons or shells at all? I've had some fun with that.