Stars Can't Shine Without Darkness - Inspiration Sundays

Have you heard of the law of duality? You can't have good without bad, light without darkness, quiet without noise, stars without the night, happiness without sadness, peace without chaos. A video I was watching recently touched up on the topic, explaining that bad moments or phases help to make success and happiness so much sweeter. All of our mythologies have good guys and bad guys. There can not be an all-powerful good being without an all-powerful evil being. No champion without an arch-nemesis. Sometimes this duality isn't so obvious and external, but internal. Characters who battle with their inner demons. We experience both joy and sorrow. We have a moral compass and ethical boundaries. So next time you're going through a rough phase, think of it as saving up for a rainy day. When you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, you will feel amazing. 

Inspirational quote


Inspirational Photo

Artists often use complimentary colors to express duality in their art (in addition to the subject matter). This photo uses the complimentary colors of blue and orange, the opposites of a warm candle next to a cold, metal box, the fluidity of the melted candle wax against the hard surface of glass. There's often much more to a photo than just a pretty picture, you just have to look deeper and really explore it, like an iSpy game without a legend to guide you.

Inspirational Project

The approaching cold weather really makes me want to hibernate. Literally. I'm quite comfortable living in cozy sweats or leggings and layers upon layers of long sleeve shirts and sweaters (yes, I'll even layer sweaters if one is thin - I get cold easily). And then I'll gladly nap on the couch any chance I get - especially since it's near the wood burning stove we keep going all winter. My dream space is filled with cozy blankets, big fluffy pillows, and soft fluffy rugs. Like this one! And you can make it from old t-shirts - that or head on over to the thrift store to pick them up for a few bucks apiece, obviously going for the largest size shirts you can find. Click on the image to check out the tutorial on how to make this t-shirt latch hook rug.

Inspirational Music

Leonard Cohen's passing was buried by the election and its aftermath, so I wanted to include his song Here It Is in today's post.

May everyone live,
And may everyone die.
Hello, my love,
And my love, Goodbye.

R.I.P. Cohen, thank you for being an inspiration.

Inspirational Felt Art & Artist

I thought that for a theme on duality, what could possibly be better than a shop that goes by the name "fire and water?" Katia Mokeyeva makes some of the most gorgeous wet-felted wearable art that I've ever seen, and I'd love to try making something similar for myself once I get better at wet felting. You can check out her website for additional images (though it's a bit complete) and add her shop to your favorites for when she comes back from her break so you can see what else she has (or just read the reviews and click on the images people purchased to look at the things sold). OK, I know that the opposite of fire is ice, not water, but this works for me. Oh, and guess what? She also teaches workshops!!

Inspirational Movie

I know I shared this movie a few weeks ago, but honestly I couldn't think of a better movie for exploring duality than this one. I'm sure there are others, but this really is one of my favorites. There is the literal light vs darkness, but there's also the duality of the protagonist herself, her good self vs her bad self, not to mention the fact that she needs a mirror mask in order to put the world back in order. A mirror mask. If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for? 

Inspirational Video

 "Out of the emptiness comes a moment of creativity". Here's an inspiring TED talk by Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur, whose inspiration comes from utter chaos and panic.

Inspirational Story

Remember how I said that hardships will make success so much sweeter? Some of the most successful people have had a rough childhood that they wanted to overcome, a swift kick in the rear, a chip on their shoulder, something that they need to prove to the world. Do you recognize the man in the picture?
That's Walt Disney. I'm not sure how many of you know his story, but he was actually fired from a newspaper because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." Then he started his own studio, which went bankrupt due to high overhead, paying the artists too much and not bringing enough profit. Then he created his first hugely successful character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but the distributor (Universal Studios) stole both the character and his animation crew, and only offered Disney a 20% cut. He persevered, despite constant setbacks, until he created Mickey Mouse (which he was also told by MGM Studios that it wouldn't be very successful because a big mouse on the screen would terrify women... seriously... we women are such dainty individuals who freak out over cartoon mice, aren't we? Can you believe this was only 100 years ago?) Honestly those are just a few of his setbacks... he continued to have them even after becoming successful. We know him as the great Walt Disney, but do you think he could've ever imagined the success of his business when he first started out?

Inspirational website

This website is like a cross between Pinterest and Stumbleupon for crafts. While Pinterest is a great resource for crafty inspo, the algorithm becomes tailored to your pins/searches. If you're looking for stuff to do, don't know what it is but know it's not something that's in your pinterest feed or something you pinned, go check out this site.