Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wow......just wow!

Just a moment ago I got an e-mail which completely made my week.  In fact I am sitting here beaming as I write this!!!  Sometimes, I wonder why I have a blog.  Often the pressure of creativity really stresses me out trying to come up with new stuff to show you all the time.  Hey.......I'm just being real here!!  I rarely take a break and I rarely talk about others work (unless I get it for a swap.)  E-gads, I sound really strange, huh?  Like where in the heck is this going, Carol???  OK.......let me tell you what happened!

Tonight as I was cleaning out my spam e-mail folder, I came across an e-mail from a stranger.  Now, with all the crazy virus' out there, I mostly don't even open stuff from people I don't know, but for some reason, I did and I'm soooo glad.  The e-mail was from a gentleman named, Don Masse who is a teacher at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy in San Diego who used one of my quilts as inspiration for his students.  You must read about it here.  I am so honored!!!  I never really tell many people, but in my younger years, I wanted more than anything to be an art teacher for middle school.  I went to college for it, but never finished because my mother was a widow who needed my help financially.  Instead, I got a job in an insurance company and climbed the ladder there.  Needless to say, I never stopped loving art and crafts and anything creative!  In many ways, I feel as though I have taught kids now.  I am beaming!!  Please read his blog!  How completely cool!

46 comments:

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Do you have a link to the specific post?

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

How exciting!!! You go girl. You are definitely an artist anyway.

carol said...

Click the "here" (2nd paragraph of my blog post today) and it will take you to his blog where he talks of the project and shows pictures.

B J Elder said...

What a blessing that you opened up that email. That art teacher is the kind I wish most were. How wonderful and I loved seeing the creations the kids made, from your inspiration. We never know what we do that may touch someone's life and make a life difference.

Amy said...

awesome!I know I have pinned some of your pictures.. I always think when doing it.. someone else could be inspired by it.. with the internet ya never know.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Cool...VERY Cool!

Annie said...

That's pretty awesome, Carol!

Pomegranate Quilts said...

Don Masse's post brought tears to my eyes... art in action! Art leading to more art! Children learning art! It's actually stunning, moving, thrilling... You totally made my day, in a deep, meaning-of-life way.

regan said...

Just saw the collages the kids did.....awesome! You've inspired so many with your talent! Feel proud!

lindaroo said...

Isn't that wonderful?! The finished projects are fabulous! I love how the instructor inspired them with your quilt and the painting, showing how an idea can continue in different iterations. Then, allowing the students time and stages of creation, to get to a pleasing composition. Congratulations on this affirmation of your teaching gifts!

MariQuilts said...

So fabulous!!!!

a Matula ikrek said...

Congratulations, what a specific regard. :o)

Susan said...

WoW!! Well done on being so inspiring!

Britt-Inger said...

I am not surprised at all. You are a very talented and creative woman. And I could understand why you are so happy.

Bezdomna Wioletta z Szafy said...

Congratulations, but you deserve it! :D

I went there, very nice blog, and I start to observe, but your blog is amazing and makes me happy for all day if I read it in the morning :)

Elaine said...

Wow tha Tia fantastic! Congrats! Their work was really beat to see too!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

Very cool Carol, way to go :)

maritza said...

Carol, me alegro mucho por esta noticia, es fantástica!!! y comprendo tu alegría... Un beso

Sybil said...

That is fabulous.

piece peace said...

That is just fantastic! I am so happy for you.

Nan S. said...

I couldn't help but feel sad while reading about your desire to be a middle school art teacher not becoming a reality. I just thought how sad that so many students missed out on your wonderful talent to inspire! I am so glad you read the e-mail and know how you inspired these young people. Just know that through your blog you are teaching and inspiring many, many people. I know, I am one! Even though I am not a middle school student, I learn and am inspired by your work! Thank you!

Joan in coastal MS said...

Carol, what a great way to fulfill your desire to teach!! The children's work is fab and love your blog. You have reached many with your designs.

Belinda said...

At one time, I wanted to be an art teacher myself. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I had to settle for trying to be artsy with my two children. (They weren't really into it much though)
How humbling and how exciting that your work was an inspiration!! Congratulations on that!

Cindy said...

That is amazing. Fantastic!

pinsandneedles said...

Awesome Carol. I think you would have made a fantastic art teacher...you are an artist! My daughter teaches art...I'm going to share this with her.

patchouli moon studio said...

Wow is right! How great is that to have children do a collage inpired by your quilt!

Brenda said...

congrats! I'm inspired by you too!

sophie said...

How very cool to have been part of the collaboration. I love the way the teacher structured the exercise and how great their collages turned out.

In case you ever wonder about it, this is tangible proof that your work and your blog inspires creativity in others.

suz said...

How wonderful! You are an inspiration to a lot of quilters and now to a lot of young people. Those kids are lucky to have a great art teacher and your quilt as inspiration!

Patchwork DailyDesire said...

Let us tell you(and I'm pretty sure everyone here, will agree with me!):
"!!!You are our Art Teacher!"
Congratulations!
(My blog list is named "Wisdom, Talent, Inspiraion" and you are in there!!!)

Anonymous said...

Carol -

I am not surprised. I love coming to your blog and seeing what new and creative ideas you come up with.

Congrats!!!

Lisa Nelson

Carol said...

That is totally fun and cool!

Higham Piecemakers said...

You see we never know who is watching or reading us. I am so pleased you opened the mail and received the credit you deserve.... after all, you inspire many of us. keep going Carol, x x

Jo said...

Oh Carol, the comment from the 'Higham Piecemakers' is really me..... I forgot to sign out last time I wrote their blog.... x x

beachiesews said...

Well, dang, Carol! That is very cool! I believe that you are a teacher, just not in a school system. Your work has taught and inspired many of us in cyber-land! Hugs...Sue.

Kristi said...

this is wonderful

Sewconsult said...

Congratulations!

Oops-Lah said...

I've only come across your blog recently but your quilt based on a painting by Georgia Grey really caught my eye. And I love the collages the student are making inspired by your quilt. What a great "chain reaction".

sheila 77 said...

I always admire your designs and use of colour. It looks effortless, but of course it's not. Hope you keep enjoying entertaining us.

Beezus said...

That's fabulous! Of course, I'm always inspired by your creations, sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly. But ALL of your work feeds my creative mind, and that's not always easy to come by. :)

Debbie said...

Even the simple act of circles inspire. And that is what you do with your whimsical designs...inspire. When I am having bad day, I love to come to your blog to stop and smell the roses. To see your art is fun and cool. Keep up the creativity. Congrats on making a difference.

Barbara said...

What an inspiration both of you are. many thanks, Carol, for sharing this.

I was also inspired when this Saturday morning I spied YOUR wonky stripes block for QuiltCon on MGQ. I absolutely LOVE it !

http://themodernquiltguild.com/2012/09/08/quiltcon-block-challenge-wonky-stripes/

Pam said...

awww! How nice for you Carol! It's great to inspire young people in the arts. We all have been inspired by you for quite some time now. It really is the greatest compliment.

Leanne said...

How wonderful and that quilt is a perfect inspiration too.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, it's fantastic that your quilt was utilized as an art project example for the San Diego, California students. Thanks for providing the link for Zamorano Fine Arts Academy to see their work. The students did a great job! I'm glad the teacher's email made your week, but always remember that your adoring fans also thank you for the inspiration you provide to us! Thank you for all that you continue to share with us.
Brenda
Texas

dmasse said...

Thanks again for the inspiration, Carol. You reach and teach so many through your work and writing:)
Below is a link to what the finished piece looks like in the auditorium.

http://zamoranoarts.blogspot.com/2012/09/circles-and-targets-oh-my.html