As a self-styled artist, I get plenty of new ideas—some great and some even greater. Today I want to share possibly my most brilliant idea ever. I decided to go in an entirely different direction as an art student and buy beach umbrellas in bulk. You can get them for a song most anywhere, especially near the shore. Not being a coastal denizen, I get them at discount from https://www.justbeachthings.com/best-beach-umbrella-reviews/. I will use fabric paint to add custom designs. The plan is to give them as gifts. Maybe some of the more successful ones can be sold for a little profit. Anything to keep a starving student going forward. What a way to make a living.
A beach umbrella is an entirely new kind of canvas for me, literally and figuratively. It doesn’t make it any less challenging. But a good designer can have a field day in this new format. A plain, ordinary umbrella can be a one-of-a-kind surprise for any recipient—be it a holiday or birthday present. And why not sell them in an online boutique. There are sites for handicrafters and this is the kind of thing that appeals to an adventurous spirit. Why not stand out on your vacation at the beach with a custom umbrella? You certainly will find your spot on the sand after a dip in the water.
Fabric paint is indeed a miracle. It is waterproof and doesn’t fade in the sun. You can explore different color palettes and abstract or organic designs. Sea shells, seahorses, coral and assorted fish are all possible subjects for your patterns. Let your creativity carry you away. I love the idea of having my artwork go public in a new way. Forget the traditional gallery or exhibition; get your work out there in nature.
You can get fabric paint at any hobby or art store, and of course on the Internet if you can wait a few days for delivery. Be adventurous about colors. I like to intensify the hues to their vivid extreme. No pastels for me; they fade into oblivion. I experiment with paper at first to get an idea of the final product. These drawings can be framed for décor. You get two results for the price of one, so to speak. I blow up the imagery or reduce it to a smaller design to see the different effects. Since taste varies, I want to offer my wares to please everyone. I don’t know how long this phase will last, but for the moment I am hyped. I have a list of people to gift and then the rest of the batch is going up for sale. I envision starting with the local farmers’ market where people sell anything from soap and jewelry to homemade soup. Imagine how unique would be a display of colorful umbrellas! Come summer, this is going to be my best plan.
My art calls to me when I am in a creative mood. Then I devote every waking minute to making aesthetic expressions. The excitement you feel when you come up with and execute a new idea is astounding. It is almost exhausting. When I am on a roll, I don’t want to stop or have anything interfere with my work. It breaks the train of creativity and sometimes it is hard to get it going again. I wanted to explain my work attitude before I tell you about spring break. I want you to be surprised that I took time off to join the throngs who celebrate this time of year at a resort or the beach. We all congregate to commemorate being young and free. We are lucky we can even go anywhere on spring break. It takes some funds, but we save up for months so we don’t miss out on the merriment. So, yes, I went on spring break in spite of my devotion to my art. So it came down to deciding where to go. I kind of took a consensus of what other people were doing and tried to match a location to my budget. We decided on a resort not more than a day’s drive from home. I picked a modest hotel but one that would be clean and comfortable since it is part of a known chain. I looked at photos online so I would be disappointed. I didn’t expect much for the price, but I wanted a room that came with a small hot tub.
When I got to the resort and entered my hotel room, I was delighted. There on the large terrace was the hot tub, beckoning me to get in. It soon became the focal point of my trip. It was the center of social activity in this hotel which many others had selected, just as I had. Not all the rooms came with a hot tub although there was a large pool behind the main building of the hotel. For a while this attracted everyone. People wanted to see who was staying there that they could meet. It was party central at night.
But soon cliques formed and people wanted a bit for privacy and quiet. They found out about my hot tub and I was more than willing to extend an invitation to join me. I provided food and wine and soon we had a coterie of kindred souls. We relished the warmth of the circulating water and the stimulating of the jet sprays. Then we sat for hours and talked, getting to know one another. For many people, this is the point of spring break. It is not about novel experiences since it was a rather mundane hotel; rather, it is about connecting with people, some of which you can see when you get home. Friendship is important at my age and with all the time I spend on art, it is hard to make friends. Spring break came to the rescue.
I have been so busy with projects lately that I am oblivious to changes in my health. I write every sneeze and sniffle off to a potential cold. So I keep warm and avoid drafts. I try to keep my body temperature steady. I don’t want to develop something more serious like pneumonia. I would take the flu over that. It can be very debilitating and require hospitalization. So I try to eat right, exercise, and keep tabs on what is happening. After a while the sneezing got worse and I developed dry, itchy eyes. It was time to visit the doctor, and not the one people consult online. Most people get symptoms of some kind and they start searching for answers. You get a lot of misinformation that can steer you in the wrong direction. Sometimes you get close, but when you are not sure, it is time to see a professional.
I went to the doctor who confirmed what I suspected. I had severe allergies and I had to change my life style. I could take pills every day, but I had to do more. I had to live in a clean environment and try to keep the windows closed in spring and summer when pollen is in the air. I didn’t have to eliminate being near pets although it wouldn’t hurt. Usually if you don’t own one, you aren’t exposed that much to friends’ pets. The doctor said that if I started to react to being near cats, for example, I could just avoid them. He said I can really help my allergies myself. I don’t have to fear a walk in the park on a glorious sunny day will trigger symptoms. The most important thing I can do is to attend to the house and vacuum regularly. He also suggested buying a hepa air purifier for my home. He suspected it could be of great help. Patients attest to its efficacy and keep them running in most rooms of the house. He said that the bedroom was most important if I couldn’t buy the large whole-house model which can run into some money. Having it on while you sleep can help you wake up with a clear head. Your sinus won’t be as blocked as before. I dashed out and bought a good unit to heed his advice. It made perfect sense. Relief was in sight.
After using the heap filter in the bedroom for a couple of weeks, I felt so much better. All this while I was cleaning the house as suggested and taking the antihistamine pills. Let me tell you, these are a must. So in this blog is most of what you need to know to handle allergies. The proportion of the population that suffers from them is astounding. The drug company must be making a killing. As for the air purifier, I imagine the companies sell quite a few. I would never had known if I hadn’t gone to the doctor. Now I am happier and wiser.