Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Giveaway and Crawling Out of a Hole

Greetings lovely lovelies!

Depression is a weird beast. I haven't dealt with it much in my life, and I have a whole new understanding and heavy dose of compassion for people who suffer with chronic depression. After my friend died in October, I had so much crazy to keep me busy with birthdays and holidays and other madness that I never really dealt with the fact that she was gone. In January, it hit me hard. In February, it hit me harder with the added bonus of having absolutely no artistic energy available to give, which led to the inner slavedriver admonishing me for not getting anything done. So I had artistic constipation and a constant stream of yelling and insults inside my own head. FABULOUS. I eventually admitted to myself that I might have a problem and that no amount of name-calling or self-flagellation was going to fix it.

Finally, I just decided to cut myself some slack, do what I needed to do to just BE (which included organizing yarn, playing lots of ukulele, and not forcing the Art Issue), and take time to mourn and recover. I haven't done much art and have been telling myself that that's okay. Now, in April, I'm finally starting to feel like myself again. I've painted a bit, have managed to finish stuff that had deadlines, and helped host an Art-a-Thon in March with three lovely ladies which found me painting things for no other reason than just to paint. A huge step in the moving-forward arena.

That same Art-a-Thon had prizes, and that's what brings me to today's post! One of my prize winners never claimed her prize, so I'm giving it away here, this Dazed Dolly:


Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, and I'll pick a winner next Thursday!

I also have some exciting things coming up that I want to touch on - my Soul Food lesson goes LIVE tomorrow! WHEE!! Here's a sneak peek of things to come:

I also have a LIVE IN-PERSON workshop coming up in June in Paducah, Kentucky at Ephemera Paducah with the amazingly awesome Sunny Carvalho! She will teach you to paint awesome things, I will teach you to sculpt awesome things, and it will be awesome. Have I mentioned awesome? Awesome.

You can find more information about this workshop here. I hope to see you there! There may be a glowstick rave. Just sayin'.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Wasn't I the prize winner for Dazed Dolly?! Nevertheless, here I am entering the contest to win my own doll back. hehehe. :P :P :P

  2. I think she should come to me seen as I can't get to your workshop :D

  3. So glad you're coming out of the darkness and feeling more like yourself! Love you even more than the doll!

  4. Its hard...depression....grieving......however grieving and depression are two very different things. please know that grieving leaves you feeling depressed it leaves you feeling alone and sad. take care sweet one

  5. I'm glad to hear things are getting back on track for you, Sarah! I am looking forward to being in both of your classes at AIY in October!

  6. So sorry to hear of your loss Sarah. I am pleased to hear you have stopped the insanity in your head and ceased all self-flagellation!! Welcome back-on your own terms my friend!!
    I would love this dolly to help me create in my studio daily- fingers crossed!! xoxo

  7. Whoa! Love your dolls. Such creative personality in them. Hoping I can win! Thanks for the chance at it.
    Jackie told me about you. Pleased to find you and your fabulous work.
    So very sorry to hear about your loss. My best to you, Darlene

  8. ♥♥♥ good to hear that you feel better now!
    gorgeous doll!

  9. OH. MY. GUUUUSH. Pretty, pretty, pretty please put my name in the hat. (Please!) So glad you're starting to feel better... it takes a while!!!

  10. Big gynormous hug to you, dear friend. Happy to see you coming out the other side of sadness. Your gorgeous art is rebounding swimmingly. xoxoxoxoinfinity!

  11. Your art makes my heart sing. (I think logging in just ate my post, if it was pending you can delete this one - lmao) The first time I saw this my heart hurt becuase you so bravely and awesomely share your joys with us without involving us in your healing and it is amazing. This time, finding this again while showing off your incredible awesomeness I was moved by the fact that you have been such an inspiration to me. And you empower me. And you are teaching me to empower myself which is the greatest gift anyone has ever accidentally given me, besides maybe my mama giving me a birthday.


All opinions happily accepted and absorbed by the soulsponge I keep in the garage.