leather flowers

leather flowers
Jewelry Made with Leather Flowers

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It`s Coming Together

A designer, who was designing a gown for a queen show here in Trinidad, had commissioned me to make some large leather orchids for the gown. He wanted them natural for he was going to airbrush them. I was amazed for I had never, NEVER, thought of such a thing. The queen came second. I became intent of learning to airbrush. The idea grew in my head till it filled my head and it became one with me. I put it in God`s Hand and I left it there. That was about three years ago. I told myself that this looks like it would happen when I retire.
I now have two crafts at the Centre and airbrushing is one of them. How good that is, for I now have a more inner peace within me to see this unfold. We really seem to have `guardian angels who see to our needs.Sometimes the request may seem to take long but if it is something that would benifit us it would come. Once we ask with a good heart,good things will come. I am now privileged to be in and out of an airbrush class. 
I took a small piece of leather and asked the tutor to airbrush it for me and to tell you the truth, I am not the same anymore. I am not sure that I can simply use a paint brush and paint my flowers again, unless someone specifically ask for it. What I saw on the leather sold me. The paint looked like it became one with the leather and the leather remained pliant. I can create more beautiful and pliant flowers. It is important to me that I produce work that can be unique.I am excited but I have also learnt that  sometimes when you become enarmoured with an idea ,a negative could come and change your plan. So to make sure , I am having plan`a`, plan`b`. So I am forging ahead, but with my mind-eyes on anything negative that may want to show it`s head. I am also blissfully happy. This is a challenge that I have wholehearted accepted. I want to airbrush my flowers . If there is anyone who knows about this I am willing to hear a word or two or some.
Another challenge that I face is the fact that I really do not know the proper workings of Facebook or any of the social networks for that matter, so I have that to conquer. I came online without really doing any research. There are a lot of the terminologies that I do not understand but what is life without challenge.Mr. John Adams has offered his help in allowing me to find my way in Facebook and for that I say `THANKS`. I have met some wonderful, helpful and friendly people online and for that too I say thanks.I have met some skunks too but that`s is by the way.
So I am on the way to closing another day and I am satisfied with the day. We should seek to make each day satisfying. This is a daily goal that I should set. So I say goodbye for now.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tying Up Loose Ends

It has been awhile since I have written and I am a little, very little, embarassed that I have not been able to accomplish that which I had set out to do as yet and that is start my online business. Life is extremely complicated for me right now because of the road that I have chosen.
As you all may know that I am from Trinidad. I manage a Centre that teaches craft. I am responsible for all stock at the Centre( we supply all the equipment, tools and materials at the Centre for the trainees to use for learning).Training is free. I am also responsible for sourcing trainees for training and partners to help with the smooth running of the Centre. I work from 8a.m.-4p.m. but with classes finishing at 5p.m. I am usually at the Centre till about 5.30p.m. The challenge that I face is that my Centre is in a crime- infested  area called Laventille. I am supposed to facilitate five craft classes but has only been able to accommodate two so far. Classes are from 9a.m -1p.m. and  2-5p.m. There is a gang-warfare going on between some of the young men in the street of the Centre and some of the young men in the street obliquely opposite.
This situation has created a great challenge for me because tutors refused to come to this area to teach. I therefore had to source tutors from within the Laventille area or I should say source crafters who are experienced and can spare the time and turn them into tutors. So far I have been able to accomplish two classes. I am not sure that I will be able to accomplish the five classes given the amount of effort it takes to accomplish one class.I retire in March 2011. I chose to stay in Laventille and keep the Centre open to give those that want the chance to have it. Craft gives me my `bread and butter` and I live fairly comfortable.. Many persons who has passed through the Centre has had their lives improved. For this reason they have me till March 2011.
The `down-side` to this is that my time is becoming so  limited and it is extremely difficult getting my store opened at this point in time and this is a sore point with me. I can`t even create my jewelry as I would like.
When I say I can`t wait to retire, it is for this reason. retirement means to me that my time is mine. I have given back and I see to me now. The only thing is that I will be a golden 60 yrs. and God will have to grant me long life for me to explore more of this wonderful life.
There is so much to share and so much to show that if we persevere we always win. Love.