Comfort Bound Cay

Comfort Bound Cay

a poem by

SketchWriterJess


If people spent time
Doing something constructive, joyful, and satisfying
  Instead of destructive...
 How would the world be?


All destructive behavior
Leads to people, items, and places
Being destroyed…
Nothing better,
Nothing brilliant…
Not even change.

Why do people destroy
In order to gain something they don’t have?



Why not take
The time to build up joy…a thing
Something, that gets better the more it’s done?



These questions
Are solutions to children
And even new adults;

During my toughest school days where
I endured bullying and misunderstood my classmates so many times when they were just joking around I’d come home from school angry, exhausted, and alone.
I’d think of the mistakes I made.
I escaped to my comfort bound sketchbook or notebook.
I’d draw or write my dreams and real life happenings.
Even as a new adult,
I continued to sketch and write despite living with pain in my head and heart.


I think…believe
People are afraid to
Hold on to the best times in
Life for fear of losing
The ability
To get the best times
Back.

I hope that
One day people
From any background,
Will be able
To go to their own
Comfort bound cay…

Any blank or lined journal will do.

Everyday.
Every night.
Getting
To where I
Must go.
Leaving should behind.


This slide and poem "Comfort Bound Cay" is part of a larger work that will be made for sale.
Please do not use this image or this quote in your work.
However you may print this image and the poem for your personal use for free.

Copyright 2016 by Jessica B. Hensley "Comfort Bound Cay"



Would you like to see some other similar links?

















How to like yourself now (to survive with or without a mental illness, for me bipolar disorder.)

How To Like Yourself Now (To Survive): A Guided Journal Workshop is here! Check out the Sketchwriterjesspress Shop or JBHensleySWJ Shop to purchase.


How to like yourself, laugh without question.


How to like yourself now

A poem 

by SketchWriterJess 


Cook for yourself and others. That includes baking.

Helping parents when they need help.

Laugh and not question being happy. In other words, laugh without question.


Watch feel good movies no matter how hoke and silly.

Treat music as a philosophy, not a religion


Let thoughts go in one part of your brain...
and leave quickly out the other.

Hang onto the thoughts you want to hang on to.

Let the people you love so much in real life know how much you care for them.

Let the people you loved so much in fantasy go…in peace.

Be kind to anyone, just because it’s the right thing to do.

Be nice.

Be angry at someone when you need to. But calm and gentle the rest of the time.

Reassure people you’ve got their back.

Say “Hello”.

Say “Good Bye”.

Say “Good Night”.

Say “Good Morning”.

Say “Have a good one.”

Become the person you enjoy talking too.

Become a person who loves to care about other people.

Become a person who loves animals, though, you may eat meat, you would feel better if the animal you are eating has been killed humanely and cooked with respect.

Tell the world how much you love God.

Tell yourself how much you love God.

Tell your family and significant other how much you love God.

Know freedom isn’t free.

Know freedom is necessary for existence.

Know violence is a temporary solution to an underlying problem.

Know extreme anger through words is the same as violence.

Know that people everywhere and every place have problems as you do.

Take or leave criticism. Do not fight criticism, embrace it. Make yourself and your work better.

Take a break from thinking and working and doing.

Take a break from yourself by helping someone else.

Let the world revolve around you for awhile, it’s all right. It’s normal to be the center sometimes.

Allow life to happen when you are frustrated. In other words if you try something and it doesn’t work out, and there is a mistake, sometimes that mistake will lead you somewhere.

Become the person that is helpful and wants love and affection and wants to give it back even more.

Live in a climate you love. If you love Summer, Then go where it is summer year round. This goes for all other weather patterns too. Summer is this author’s favorite.


Help when asked for help.

Give an opinion when asked for an opinion.

Accept opinions with grace, though they may be taken off the beaten path.

Ask for help.

Ask for opinions.

Recover at your own pace, yet make an effort to recover from the pain you have caused yourself and others, and others have caused you a little each day.

Do an activity with passion, that is art, music, writing, cooking, even your job which may not be your favorite passion.

Compliment people just because you care about them.

Make peace and make little wakes by rocking the boat a little.

Don’t lose the playful, mischievous streak from the past, it could help you survive the world we live in today.

Don’t lose hope.

Always be true to yourself.

Be yourself.

Be.

Please do not use this image or this quote in your work.
However you may print this image and the poem for your personal use for free.

Copyright 2016 by Jessica B. Hensley "How to like yourself now"

There is a book for How to Like Yourself Now (to Survive), However, there are still more things that need to be updated after the first edition was published in pdf. 

Would you like to read any of my other poems? Here they are. 

Be Brave. Don't Cave.

Be Brave. Don't Cave

A prose poem by SketchWriterJess


Image of a poem about being brave and not giving in to anger.


Be Brave. Don't Cave...

when people tell me to give up my dream of being creative for love and profit...

when I feel like I can't take another minute of my own self talk...

when I want to go outside and never come back...


but to drive around for hours...

when I am screaming at the television, "Trump...Why....Stop using the tanning bed! Seriously, Trump...stop being disrespectful to other people and yourself."...

when I am listening to MSNBC and all I can think of "Oh no! What's going to happen now. How are the mentally ill going to get the help they need to survive. I myself am receiving the help I need, but what about other mentally ill people out there...

when I hear some doctor who has never had a mental illness in their lives let the names of mental illness meds roll of the tongue like different candies and she tells me, "Sorry, no drinking alcohol". Ok I wished I had listened on that one. I don't do it often now, I'm not even able to finish a beer anymore. I'm thankful for that after what I've been through with other medicines that caused me to drink way too much...


when the doctor tells me my blood sugar is too high and that it needs to be at normal range despite another doctor telling me my blood sugar can be a bit higher then normal because that's what meds do. They make you sane, but they make your blood sugar high if you have a history of diabetes in your family which I have. I try to eat better, I do eat better, I make my own cakes with less fat and less sugar and you know what, they taste great!...

when I hear someone say for the umpteenth time "The world doesn't revolve around you." Well, I got news for "you" too, It doesn't revolve around you either and the fact that you have made it clear transferring the pain of that realization on to me explains exactly what you want in your life, which is to be taken seriously if not even more silly because you, like me, want to be the life of the party.  Own it why don't cha? I have, I've got a blog...


when I remember how people behave around the famous and the not so famous and the inklings of famous and how really we are all just planets and stars brighter and dimmer then others and the Sun is what we make it. The sun is who we believe, what we believe, how we believe, who we listen too. For some God is their sun. For others it can be rock stars or movie stars or artists or authors, or poets, anyone touched by God...or muses perhaps. And then there are people who are artists in what they do, food artists, chefs, cleaners, sweepers, movers, anyone is touched by God everyday in every walk of life if they so choose or not. My point is, everyone, when they feel like they have nothing to offer, only need offer the best they have. Every time, all the time. And the world will be better. There is room for all artists in all states in all circles. There is no reason to denigrate others different from yourself, either low or so high they will burn up due to all the pain and the struggle of keeping up with someone else and the world just in their own space and globally. It's all too much to handle for some. Perhaps maybe even for me...however, I must remind myself...


Be brave. Don't cave...

when one disrespects you personally and when you feel like you need to disrespect someone right back or even first before they get to ya'.

Respect. Honor. Faith.

On it goes.

This slide and poem "Be Brave. Don't Cave." is part of a larger work that will be made for sale.
Please do not use this image or this quote in your work.
However you may print this image and the poem for your personal use for free.

Copyright 2016 by Jessica B. Hensley "Be Brave. Don't Cave."


Would you like to read any of my other poems? Here they are.

How to Like Yourself Now (To Survive)



Comfort Bound Cay



Zen Mandala, Hand embroidery. Letting go of "Where's Mine?"

Note: This is a compilation of three blog posts I wrote in 2015 that I am putting into one post. All pictures from the other posts are now in this updated last blog post on this subject. This is my first tutorial and I've got more on the way. See ya, soon.


Phase 1

small sewing kit
Small Sewing Kit
Hello everyone,

Here are some pictures of my progress on one of my hand sewn mandalas. I started it a couple of days ago. I've enjoyed working on it, yet it is in the middle now...
and it's dragging a little which is to be expected. There is a lot more that needs to be stitched to make the design complete.

I'm using 4 colors right now and am thinking of adding a couple more. I'm keeping it as an analogous color scheme from the color wheel. Green, Blue, and Purple. I may add a complement of one of these colors as well. I have also used a neutral gray for the sketched outline. It is actually sketched in thread, free hand. I did not draw any lines.

It's my first attempt, so it's a bit uneven. I'm turning it around though. I have a surprise in store on this mandala which I won't reveal until it is finished. I will have more progress on Friday of this piece. On the Monday after, I will have the finished piece with information on how I've framed it. And also a general tutorial of how I created it.






Free-form Embroidery
Zen Sewing
Here is what I've used if you're feeling adventurous enough to try doing this after this brief glimpse.

-Stiff felt, the kind from the craft store. It's cheap and it's made from recycled plastic. I like the felt because I can just hold it and I don't have to put it in an embroidery hoop.

-A medium size sharp embroidery needle. Make sure you use one from packages that say "embroidery" because they are sharp and will go through the felt  better then a blunt tipped needle.

-Cotton Embroidery Floss. I use DMC. It comes in so many colors and the price is good on it. It's good for practice, and is good enough for professional work in my opinion.








Phase 2


I've been working away on my Mandala and since it is imperfect, and no that was not intentional, I decided to just go with it and see what happens.

Here is my result so far.


Satin Stitch Fill in Shapes
Satin Stitch Fills in the Shapes of the Mandala. Text is also added.
As you can see, I have added writing. The felt is bowing a bit because of the technique I've been using to sew it. I know this is wrong, however, I like to take one strand of floss, fold it in half and insert one end through the needle so that it is completely ready to sew without the needle being able to fall off the floss.

I know this is wrong. I know you are supposed to put two threads in the needle with a short tail at the beginning so that there is a more even, relaxed tension and you can also take the thread out if there are mistakes. If the thread is folded on the needle completely, then you must cut the thread and pull it free from the other side to remove the mistaken stitch.

This is practice. I'm learning as I go on this. One thing I forgot to mention in the other post is that I started stitching from the center out and I replicated the shapes around in a circle. I will have more on this on Monday. I plan to have this done by then. Also, I will be able to show you the piece framed. I won't have a tutorial yet on how to make one because I want to start a fresh one, perhaps with a theme more relevant to the holidays and I'll be able to demonstrate it. I may post more frequently next week per day. Wednesdays, I like to have something different, recipes, travels around town, etc. Something other then crafting.

I hope that this inspires you to try embroidery. I know I don't have pictures about stitching yet, but I will next week.









Phase 3


I was working on this piece the last couple of days and how I finished it is a surprise to me. Here is the final work I title "Letting Go of 'Where's Mine?'"

As you can see, I have completely covered the letters that were in the bubble with two colors. To the right is a scar in the upper right corner.





Blacked Out Text
Blacked Out Text due to letting go of anger and jealousy. 
After finishing this piece, I have come to a conclusion. I am done with feeling left out. I am done with feeling like an outcast. I am done feeling hurt over the past. I am healed.

This was not an easy piece to do at the end. It took a lot of digging deep and just working to get it done. On Friday, I will have the final framing of the piece and it will be hanging on the wall where I like to do my crocheting. I crochet as well, but sewing is my absolute favorite.

Anyway, I hope this inspires you to try something new. In the future, I will have tutorials on how to do this. I need to find an accessible method to teach how I did this. I know I can come up with something that makes perfect sense in an imperfect world.


Have a good one,

Sketchwriterjess


Framed Embroidery
Framed Embroidery with Crocheted Yarn.

Back of Framed Embroidery
Back of Framed Embroidery made with Nylon Tulle.

P.S. Here is the back of the piece with a crocheted frame.






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Jessica B. Hensley

Jessica B. Hensley
I've got Bipolar Disorder Type 1 and Psychic Abilities:


Hello everyone,

This blog is a place to read about one person's experience with Bipolar Life and it's obstacles. It is also a place to get information about surviving and thriving with a mental illness.

Not only do I make art and craft, I write and do Tarot Readings for the General Audience.
I discovered I have psychic abilities once I stopped drinking alcohol. Champagne? Not just yet ; ).

My hope is that you get inspired to put yourself out there into the world. It's scary to do so. It always is, but it's the only way to make progress towards having any quality of life.

Take Care and Blessings.

Jess