Spotlight on a Creative – Lisa DiSciascio

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This week I am so happy to present the talented Lisa DiSciascio, the artist behind Starlight Woods – a line of “Eco-friendly jewelry & accessories made from fallen tree branches.” She collects her branches from walks in the woods near her home in Pennsylvania. Her pieces are bright, positive and lovely.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am a mother of 2 amazing girls, ages 19 and 13. I am a creative person in everything I do. Creating and being a mother is what gives me purpose.  Besides creating my pieces for my shop I also love being active, running, swimming, volleyball, basically anything active keeps me going.
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Starlight Woods – Mother Keychain
2. How has your Art changed over time?
Well I have always been creative, as a child building forts and hideouts in the bushes and along the creek side, always inventing…I loved sculpture for a while, I sculpted heads for a long time, I don’t know why heads but that is what i did, lol.  After I graduated highschool I went to college for photography where I mostly documented life and searched out the tiny beautiful things.  In all of my creative pursuits the one thing that remained constant was my need to find beauty in mundane objects.  The creekside as a child was a fortress with so many possibilities, the clay was nothing until I found the face hidden inside and a tree branch could be so many things, from showcasing it’s natural beauty to turning it into something altogether different.
3. What inspires you?
What doesn’t inspire me?? Absolutely everything sparks inspiration, colors, going for a run, changing of the seasons, a new outfit, a song, a feeling…it comes from everywhere!
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4. What’s your strongest memory of childhood?
Definitely our creekside worlds.  We spent hours there.
5. What was the first thing you ever made?
Like ever?? Hmmm, well probably something for my mom.  I was always making her things.  I made a pink clay alien in school once and droppped it on the way home so when i got home I put a couple bandaids on it and gave it to her, she said it was the most beautiful alien ever.
6. What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I worked at a camera store for a long time, I learned everything technical about photography there, very helpful.  After I graduated college I waitressed, bartended, I was even a mortgage loan processor for a few years, that was kind of fun but not creative at all, lol.
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7. What is your dream project?
My dream project would be building an entire living room set out of pallets.  I have been obsessed with pallets lately, I built a coffee table and console table so far but I have bigger ideas in my head with more intricate designs that I really want to do, just need more hours in the day.
8. What is the one thing in your studio you could not live without?
Paint.
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9. Do you collect anything?
Not at the moment.  I used to collect typewriters and lugggage.  I used to write a lot and dreamed of traveling all over the country I guess that is where those two collections started. They ended up taking up too much room though…I need to find something smaller to collect, my daughter collects bouncy balls, they are small.
10. What is your favorite word and why?
oh geez…. well I say “seriously” alot.

11. What is your favorite recipe?

Sauteed shrimp with fresh tomatoes, roasted red peppers, jalepenos, onions and baby spinach over brown rice, yum.

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Fine Cooking – Stove Top Jambalaya
12. Do you “Give Back” to any organizations?
Not right now i don’t as I am still trying to get a handle on the business paperwork side of this business, creative people sometimes lack that skill as our minds are wandering.  I do plan on it though, I actually want to start a fund to help get get addicts into recovery. Sometimes just the simple dilemma of “how do I get to treatment?” is enough to stop an addict from getting help.
If you wish to see more of Lisa’s wonderful pieces please check out her Etsy Shop!
Cheers,
Jane

L’éléphant de couleur différente

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When my daughter was in kindergarten the students did a letter learning exercise using animals. “A” for Alligator, “B” for Bee etc. There were two classes and my child had the wonderful fortune to be with a teacher who loved the creative minds of her charges.  My friend’s daughter was in the other class that was filled with rules and restrictions. I remember one afternoon at pick up my friend came up to me and was visibly upset. She had had to go to the Principal’s office because her daughter had painted her “E” is for elephant blue, a lovely shade of blue. When told by the teacher to redo the animal, the little girl said, “no.” Her Mother stood by her little creative’s work and told the Principal and the teacher to basically, “Lump it.”

I love this story and have retold many times.  Who is to say the elephant cannot be blue? Perhaps we are the ones seeing the wrong color.  I embrace the creative and beautiful soul in all of us and celebrate the eye that sees the horse or pachyderm of a different color.

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Blue Elephant by Sushila Burgess

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Elephant Watercolor by Brandi Miller

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Pendant by Lilredwagon

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Mobile by Lovebug Lullabies LLC

Telling a child or an adult for that matter that they have to mimic what you see is a disservice to us all.

Remember, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso.

Petula

http://www.petulapoppy.com

Feeding America Feeds My Soul

When I started Petula Poppy I knew that I wanted to eventually donate a portion of my sales to a deserving charity. There are so many, many good ones out there to choose from.

I took some time and really considered what was important to me.  I wanted to choose an organization that I felt a passion for.

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When I was growing up I learned and lived the gift of the Family dinner.  So, when I had my own brood I knew it would be just as important to my children.  I cooked breakfast every morning, I packed lunches until they graduated from High School and I made sure there was a lovingly prepared dinner. Even as they got busier and busier we strove to get that evening table time.  It is such a cherished time for me and my children.

But, we are so very lucky, blessed actually to have lived that. There are so many empty cupboards and tummies in the United States.

I always say, “I do not love to cook but I cook because I love.” So, I am going to continue to ensure that I make a difference at someone’s dinner table.

Petula Poppy is thrilled and honored to be donating 5% of all sales to Feeding America.

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“In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.

Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger.  These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”

I cannot imagine not being able to feed my family. There was a time when my marriage was ending and I was struggling.  I have a wonderful family that helped out but I still struggled.  I have pawned jewelry and I have had to make tough decisions on where to spend my money. It is stressful and a little scary.  Again, I am lucky and thankful for my family.

It is my turn so Thank you now for helping me help others.  I so greatly appreciate it.

You can read more about Feeding America at http://feedingamerica.org

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Best,

Jane

Petula Poppy