Monday, May 11, 2009
many of you may (or may not) know that in my mid 20's i spent two years living in tucson, arizona. fresh out of college and with nothing remotely on my plate, i left the state (georgia) i had lived in my whole life and moved to a city where i only knew one person.
it was amazing.
when i left arizona and moved back to the south, i literally cried every day for over 6 months, knowing i had made a terrible mistake in moving back, and also knowing my father would kill me if i turned around and moved back out west after he had helped drive me back "home" across 6 states.
so, i never moved back to tucson, although i greatly wanted to. and for lack of anything better to do, i moved to new orleans and have been here for 12 years.
a few months ago i was poking around on flickr, looking for photos of tucson and i thought it would fun to see if there were any of tolteca tlacuilo, the import store where i worked while living in tucson.
((eddie gallego's shop, tolteca tlacuilo located in old town artisans in tucson, arizona))
what i found was much more that just a few pics of eddie's shop.
i found a blog so full of creativity, positivity, and inspiration, that i just had to share it with you today.
i am talking about A FANCIFUL TWIST, the gorgeous and upbeat blog by vanessa valencia, who is one of the most amazingly talented and creative artists i have ever come across.
miniature tea set
the curious playroom - land of enchantment
vanessa posts not only about her whimsical, beautiful,and vibrant work - there is nothing she can't make gorgeous,i promise you - but she also shares snippets of her world on the lush acreage she lives and works on in arizona.
the gypsy garden
a fanciful studio
i try to read at least a post a day from A FANCIFUL TWIST. there is just something about the way vanessa approaches life that is completely infectious. she seems to grasp every opportunity to make every second impassioned, carefree, joyful, creative, fun,and loved.
i hope that you will all take the time to go check out her blog and her etsy store. i am totally saving up my pennies for one of her pieces, which she adds to the shop very regularly. she usually sells out of her dolls as soon as they are listed, so you have to act faster than i have been able to!
i may never move back to tucson ( the better half just doesn't like the desert) but i can make every day i live - wherever that is - the best and most bountiful day that it can be.