Friday, July 3, 2009

Theme 26: Set Sail Upon an Ocean of Freedom

ANNOUNCEMENTS: After noon today, I will not really be around till Monday. So, if it takes a bit for your comment to appear or you send an email and do not get a response right away that is why. Happy Fourth!!

How you choose to interpret the theme is completely up to you. It simply needs to be tasteful – no pornography or messages of hate here. When you sit down to create, you cannot think about how people will or will not receive your work. You are required to simply enjoy the act of creating.

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan

As we prepare to celebrate the men and women who sailed across the ocean in search of a better life and who fought for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is impossible not to contemplate freedom. In this theme, we celebrate the freedom to create what is in our heart.

First, create something that incorporates the colors - red, white and blue.

Second, embrace the idea of individual freedom. Face a fear you have ...something that prohibits you from creating something you truly want to create. Fight the fear each time it tries to take hold and create that piece that is a celebration of YOU! Make it a gift to you and to the world. Either way, send fear sailing!

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. ~Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1888

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. ~Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764

Important Guidelines

The work submitted must be something you have created and/or worked on between the time the theme was revealed and the Thursday unveiling. Please submit your response to no later than end of day Wednesday, July 8th if you would like it to be posted on Thursday, July 9nd. OR send me a link to your response to include in the comments section of the post.

With your response please include:

1. Your name - either first name, shop name or both.

2. The name of your piece (if you choose to give it one)

3. Something you'd like to share (process of creation, idea behind piece) if you'd like to share anything

4. The shop and/or blog links you'd like to include

5. Two photos of your piece or of each of the pieces (3x5 or 4x6 and 72dpi or a max of 96dpi - if you need any help with that please don't worry I'd be happy to help!)

Most importantly, exercise your freedom to be YOU!


giraffelabel said...


thanks for a great theme this week. it is such a great reminder of what july 4th is really about. i think that can get lost sometimes in all of the fun activities a summer day can bring. my husband is in the navy, and although i have been lucky to keep him home with us most of the time, we have many close friends that have had to leave their families for months at a time, and put themselves in harms way, to help protect the freedoms that we have.

i am so excited for this theme. this better be the week that i can play again!!

Natasha said...

Giraffelabel - its people like you and your family and the amazing TSTers that remind me of why I do are an inspiration to me...oh please play this week....

HUGS to you Giraffe and all of you...Happy Fourth

lisianblue said...

What a great theme for this week!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend and joyful 4th!

meherio68 said...

Very inspiring theme indeed!
Happy 4th to you all. Also thinking of our own 14th...
Not sure I can make it for next week, but I'll definitely want to be in the mini-monthly if I can't.

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Happy Fourth my dear pal! What a great theme can't wait to see everyone's entries.

Enjoy your week!