Friday, January 22, 2010

Theme 42: Artful Mischief

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.

Eloise is that mischievious little girl who lives at the Plaza in NYC and always has her hands in something. Whether she is wearing a Kleenex box like a hat, singing, making her turtle wear sneakers, writing on the walls, or making things up, she's always creating. This week, I want you to travel back in time - maybe you're 6 or 8. Whatever age you choose to stop on, bring something you loved doing, creating or feeling to life. Let your imagination suspend all limitations and create from that place within you that feels magical, naughty, silly, wherever that kid within wants to go. Create something you absolutely LOVE!

"I have a dog that looks like a cat
His name is Weenie
Sometimes I put sunglasses on him
Then I have to scratch his back with a wire hanger"
Excerpt from Eloise written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.

"TV is in the Drawing Room
I always watch it with my parasol in case there's some sort of glare
And oh my Lord when it's fight night Nanny is absolutely wild and we
have to scamper into our places and get ready and Nanny has to find
her Players and I have to get my binoculars and call Room Service
and order three Pilsner Beers for Nanny and one meringue glacee
for me ELOISE and charge it please
Thank you very much"
-Excerpt from Eloise written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.

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, January 27th if you would like it to be posted on Thursday, January 28th. 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. Please limit this to 2-3 sentences

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, be a kid and just play!


giraffelabel said...


this sounds like so much fun! i am so looking forward to this!!

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

What fun! As always, I have no idea where this one will end up . . . but that's half the fun, right??? :)

Natasha said...

Giraffelabel and Amanda - I was nervous about this one but the more I think about this one the more fun I see..I think if we can all really let go and play we will find...magic. I'm so excited now YAY!!

jodi said...

This is going to be interesting. I'm not sure how to tackle it, but I'm thinking, thinking, thinking.

Natasha said...

Jodi - I love that you are thinking I can't wait to see what you create. I was lying in bed this morning - a welcome treat as my little one slept late and my mind was reeling this one is churning TONS up for me!!

Frenzy23 said...

Love this theme . . . mischief is always a good idea :)

I wanted to let you all know I'm having a Valentine giveaway on my blog:

aquamaureen said...

I'm working to open myself up to the invitation in this one . . I don't remember much of "magical childhood", since an adult in my childhood didn't do what he was supposed to do, and that sort of shortcircuited a lot of the beauty of my childhood . . . BUT, I"m forever God's child, so I take this week's challenge truly as an invitation to experience something NOW that is full of childhood's wonder and joy and mischief!! we'll see what comes!!

Natasha said...

Frenzy!! Missed you how are you??? I'm TOTALLY entering your giveaway - thanks for letting us know - will you be playing this week?

Aqua I LOVE the way you are approaching this theme - just your intention Is filled with beauty I can't wait to see where you let it take you!!