Wishing you all a safe and happy April!
We had a lot of fun and met some fabulous folks at our events in March!
Added event: Midwest Monster Fest and updated location for Mighty Con event, Quad Cities.
During the month of April there will be a limited time sale on The Warning Signs: Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy (Kindle Edition). This countdown deal is available through Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. It is set to begin on the 13th and end on the 20th.
readersfavorite.com will have all four of my available books listed as prizes in the monthly book giveaway. If you are interested in winning some amazing books by great authors you can check out the monthly giveaway here: book giveaway /Rise or/and here: book-giveaway/lost and here: book-giveaway/endow and here for The Warning Signs: giveaway/the-warning-signs/1.
Upcoming Event Reminders:
We plan to participate at the Mighty Con Event – Quad Cities Comic Con April 2nd and 3rd at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport Iowa. -https://mightyconshows.com/show/quad-cities
We are planning to participate in the Madison Quad Con on April 9th and 10th. This event takes place at the East Towne Mall.
We are scheduled to participate at Saluki Con! This event will take place on Saturday, April 16th at the SIU Student Center in Carbondale, IL.
We are scheduled to participate at the ST. LOUIS MIGHTY CON. The event will take place June 18th and 19th at the St. Charles Convention Center in Saint Charles, MO.
Concealed Realms plans to participate at Planet Funk Con, June 24th – 26th. The event will take place at the RiverCenter in Davenport, IA.
Concealed Realms plans to participate at Midwest Monster Fest on September 16th ,17th , and 18th. This event is scheduled to take place in East Moline, IL at The Rust Belt: mwmonsterfest
Quotes about creativity:
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” – Edward de Bono
“It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must
familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.” – George Kneller
“So you see, imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and
puttering.” – Brenda Ueland
“When we engage in what we are naturally
suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play
and it is play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda
“Creativity is… seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you
can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” – Michele Shea
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making
mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook
“You write your first draft with your heart and you re-write with your head. The first key to
writing is to write, not to think.” – Sean Connery
“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” – Stephen Nachmanovitch
“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-
ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures.
Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.” —
“Invention strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which
have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come from nothing.”
– Sir Joshua Reynolds
Definition of wreath:
- “a circular band of flowers, foliage, or any ornamental work, for adorning the head or for any decorative purpose; a garland or chaplet.”
- “something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape” – merriamwebster.com
April is month of reawakening and regeneration. As such, I thought it would be fitting to welcome in the spring with a creativity project. In this post I will share some information on wreaths and three basic designs to help inspire you create that perfect wreath, no matter the theme that you have in mind.
Why A Wreath?
Often seen as a symbol of immortality, wreaths have also been linked with life, rejuvenation, and renewal. As such they are often associated with changing seasons and nowadays, wreathes come in many sizes, shapes, and themes. The variations of this decorative art are endless and you can find them everyplace imaginable, laying flat on tabletops, or hanging on doors, fences, and even lampposts. But did you know that wreaths have been part of ancient traditions regarding mourning, commemoration, and as a sign of celebration, dating back to the earliest civilizations?
One of the first known examples come from the writings of Greek and Roman mythology, which contain references to wreaths as symbols of honor, victory and power. As such, its said that members of Greco-Roman society would hand make ring shaped wreath’s from laurel, twigs, fruits and flowers. These coronae would be worn as headdresses, and would represent one’s occupation, rank, achievements, and status. It is also said that young couples in ancient Greece hung wreaths on their lovers doorways as a sign of affection.
If you would like to learn more about wreaths in other cultures visit: wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreath_
The word “wreath :comes from the Old English word “writha“, which means “that which is wound or twisted around”. It is also related to the verb “writhe” which referred to something that was wound into a circular shape.
Often times, I have found that stepping away from my normal occupational endeavors and trying something different, helps to spark new flames of inspiration within me. I hope this post can help to do the same for you, no matter your occupation. The three projects I have included were created using different methods of wreath design. Although they are labeled, Spring Wreath, Halloween Wreath, and Fall Wreath, the same styles of creation could be used for any holiday or theme.
I learned a few things about the history of wreaths and I had a ton of fun making these three. Why not give it a try, yourself? There are no hard and fast rules for wreath-making. The only limit is your enthusiasm and imagination.
I hope that you enjoyed this creativity post! Stay safe and keep being awesome.