Monday, October 16, 2006


tiny squares all filled with bright colors
big and small, each with a separate compartment
light and dark mingle and create their own rainbows
neat arrangements that always stay the same
four walls that divide all the ingredients
eyes that look, seeing everything in order
a melancholy parallel to this world
remove the spacers, witness what can happen

In truth, if I removed all of the spacers and the beads really did get all mixed up, sadly my type (A) personality would explode into a huge anxiety attack. Today, I realized just how important consistent order is to me, when I caught myself staring over this container...and smiling as I caught a rebel bead not in its rightful place and plunked it where it belonged. I once went to a teachers convention and they had us follow this picture exercise where we were supposed to draw big lines "outside" of the box. It was a trick the main speaker was playing on us, to see if we would actually follow the directions, or manipulate them and complete the picture while remaining "inside" the box. Guess who manipulated the directions? I have siblings and children who love to be spontaneous and I admire them and people like Leonie who enjoy painting with their hands, roll their artwork around in the grass, and come up with a Masterpiece! Amazing! Life is unpredictable, lines that can get drawn way outside of the box......and this can be a very good thing ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always admired the "messy, spontaneous" ones too. they always seemed to have so much fun and anything could happen!

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are just TOO cute for words... hey Leones wants to have a studio date with us *grin* You, Me and She...imagine how wonderful that would be... we'd make you get all dirty and spontaneous. And you would create fabulous art! {you do now}
Wish upon a shooting star.
I am sure one day it will happen.
Kisses and snuggles.

4:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can't BELIEVE all those beads are yours! i'm so impressed right now.

...being spontaneous is fun, for sure, but so much wonderful art is created by taking what life teaches us and applying it to a certain situation - like drawing inside the box. :)

we're all artists, that way. gorgeous ones.

love you, d.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

That bead box makes me want to reach through the screen to touch them. Ooooooh, shiny!! :-) (I'm such a magpie)

6:34 AM  
Blogger bb said...

i would need the beads neat but i have been known to paint with my hands too - i am a hybrid ;-)

love to you and your ravishing beads! x x x x x

7:16 AM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

it's funny that you mention this.

the other day while making a necklace Elvis the kitty jumped up on my drafting board and pounced on my bead treys. the beads all spilled into one another. i took him off and looked at the few beads that were in the wrong sections and thought they looked pretty. i left them like that...smiled and thought that this would probably drive some people mad.

and then you wrote this. i laughed out loud!

funny you. xoxoxo


10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am the same way with organizing and order...i hear these words popping our of my sons mouth quite often in his play as well. somehow we still seem to live messily...oh, well. i just want to eat all of those colors! xo

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, a fellow type A. But I love how you've written about the

I've never been a beader, but I like the beads. It's like a lot of other things (aka "art supplies"); I want them, I need them, and then they sit on the shelf waiting--staring me down as if to say "use me!"

I'll have to backtrack to see if you've got any pictures of your beaded wonders.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Goddess of Leonie said...

what's a type a?
can i be a type L?

pretty please?

love you just as you are.


p.s. YES to the studio date with you and bek... that would ROCK!

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

You and I are a lot alike I think. When it comes to objects like beads or numbers or my paints, I have to have everything in it's spot. I suppose that's why I am into accounting too.

Hope you had a wonderful day!!

xxxxoooo Teresa!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

I love being spontaneous, but also am drawn to order!! Wonderful post, Darlene.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

Oh Darlene, I am excited both by the beautiful beads, as well as the ORGANIZATION!!!! ha ha I am with you, I like things to be in their proper place, both literally and figuratively. Occasionally, I do let go, but oh, is it going against the grain.


10:40 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

All those beads remind me of my childhood...

My mother had a beading business and she used to let me help make the jewelry. We would take her HUGE supply with us wherever we would go. Several times we went camping and trekked the whole supply down the side of a mountain and spent the weekend beading. Now, almost 15 years later we can still find lost beads in the sand at that spot.


3:00 PM  

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