painting magical rocks***

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(Emma’s magical painted rock ūüôā

My daughter had a friend over and they decided to paint rocks. ¬†I didn’t see her friend’s rock but I did see Emma’s. ¬†The result was colorful, enchanting, whimsical, and inspiring.

Now, I do creative projects, but my first thought after “Wow! ¬†I love it!” was, “I would create that after a couple in-person workshops, an online course, perusing artist books and magazines and a youtube video or two ūüėČ

Now I have to convince her to paint some big rocks for the fairies and my garden!***

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xo

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“Always be yourself. Unless…

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“Always be yourself. ¬†Unless you can be a unicorn, then be a unicorn.”

This quote just always makes me smile and laugh…over and over! I first saw this quote on someone’s avatar on Ravelry, but I can’t remember who it was. ¬†It’s also online. ¬†So, in desperate need of inspiration and motivation for my calligraphy homework, I decided to match the quote with clipart I found online to inspire me. I didn’t practice enough (because I was at a yarn extravaganza!) so my broad pen nib writing of “unicorn” suffered and in order to cover it up, I added dots and colored pencils which ended up being a happy surprise because I wouldn’t have done it if I had loved it originally. Namaste and many unicorn blessings!*** ¬†(I so wanted to write “unicron” ūüôā )

process painting or improv painting

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so fun! ¬†I just took a class from an amazing teacher last week. ¬†I had taken classes from her before years ago but she hadn’t offered any classes for a while, so when she did, I jumped at the opportunity. ¬†It’s a style of painting called “improv painting” or “process painting” which allows you to just pick a color and paint without planning ahead what you want to do–no judgment, just paint. ¬†I loved when the teacher said that we were supposed to focus on where our paintbrush touched the paper because that was where the creative process was and when you think you’re done with a painting you ask yourself, if I had one more stroke to do on this painting what would I do and where would I put it and then do it and you don’t stop painting you just keep putting paint on–no thinking or pondering. ¬†It’s based on a book called “Life, Paint, and Passion: ¬†Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression” by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley. ¬†The first and most colorful painting I spent almost all of the time on and the second painting I spent what time I had left. ¬†Fun, colorful, whimsical!!

Blessings***

fun way to watch your kids grow and keep it as a memory (cute and fairly clutter-free!)

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. ¬†Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. ¬†Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” — Mary Jean Irion

***Catch your kids growing and keep it as a treasure ūüôā ***

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(Ladybug and Bee tape measures made by Lantern Moon)

Years ago after a few different attempts of paper and board-type ways of measuring my kids height and the paper and boards falling apart, or the papers getting ripped, etc., I decided to transfer my kids’ heights to a cute Lantern Moon tape measure–one for each of them with their names written on them–and of course, I continued marking their “growings” on the tape measure until they grew right out of it :), well, one so far and one close. ¬†(My tape measures go up to 5 feet). ¬†So easy to put away and use and fairly clutter-free!

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*** grow little sweet ones

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*** and grow your belief in magic and your wishes and dreams ***

every child is an artist

photo-68I did this piece for homework for a calligraphy class where we were practicing doing monoline uncials. ¬†I really like my teacher, but was disheartened when he –can I say hated? it, maybe that’s too strong. ¬†*Really* did not like it. ¬†Especially the large “E.” ¬†I can see his point, but still. ¬†Sigh…and I actually practiced every day– a few times every day– for the entire week. ¬†Sort of ironic that the quote’s supposed to be inspiring us to keep that artistic side of us going as we get older and I hate to admit it but I considered for a second maybe I should just stop since I’m not getting any better. ¬†But I like the piece I did, sure I need more practice (forever! apparently–my hand just seems to have a mind of its own, like when I’m drawing a straight line or tracing over penciled in letters and and my hand will just jolt out some weird direction). ¬†I see some of my mistakes in the lettering, spacing, rhythm of the words, letters.

I don’t want to wait until everything is perfect (which will be never, let’s face it) before I let myself get in the game. ¬†I’ve done that for way too long. ¬† I admire those people who have the chutzpah to say “yeah, I can do that!” and have no idea how to do it.

So I’m going back to the joy(?!?) it brings me, admittedly no joy at this second, but joy there somewhere. ¬†I know not everyone will like what I do and that’s okay. ¬†I will try to accept that- -lol– and model that for my kids, who actually are my most important critics. ¬†And, my kids, by the way, LOVE my piece. ¬†ūüôā ¬†And really, that’s all that matters.

Namaste and many blessings to you*** and get your crayons, markers, colored pencils out now and scribble and draw.  If not now, when?

P.S. ¬†I don’t want to do a p.s. but to be fair(ish ;), my teacher’s point of view is that if he says that a piece is good now when it’s not, then what will he say when our work IS actually good. ¬†Hmmm…good point and very true, but how do you get that beautiful mix of criticism and areas to work on along with areas improved all wrapped up in an inspiring sandwich of nibs and ink? ¬†Because that is the only way for me to improve while skipping and singing along the (never-ending) path of improvement (and not re-living past miserable lives as a monk scribe by candlelight with my demanding superiors tsk-tsking me about my letter shape and spacing and out-of-the-box artistic vision–come to think of it, my teacher does seem very familiar…).

make creative magical beautiful unique snowflakes for Sandy Hook to use to transform the school into a winter wonderland to welcome everyone back

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(zentangle snowflake)

Think old fashioned cutting snowflake shapes, silver glitter, hanging silver angel/heart/dragonfly/hummingbird/etc. charms or beads (go to your bead store or Joann’s or Michael’s), collaged snowflakes, snowflakes made out of patterned paper, and whatever else you can think of…even just plain pretty white out of copy paper–it’s all good ūüôā

Mail snowflakes by January 12, 2013 (they don’t specify if that means that they must be received by that date or just mailed by that date) to:

Connecticut PTSA

60 Connolly Parkway

Building 12, Suite 103

Hamden, CT 06514

For more information go to www.pta.org

Namaste and many many blessings to you***

P.S.  Remember to INFUSE your snowflakes with prayers of energy, light, love, wishes, hope and support!

P.P.S. ¬†Listen to beautiful inspiring music (think of sound healing) while you make the snowflakes, like Snatam Kaur’s songs “Servant of Peace,”¬†(after four minutes it turns into the prayer of St. Francis” or something very similar), “Long Time Sun,”¬†and “By Thy Grace.”¬† Or I am also a huge fan of Deva Premal and Miten (albums Love Is Space, The Essence, etc.) and one of their songs “So Much Magnificence.”

I love love zentangles! love :)

I was introduced to zentangles this past year and they are so fun and interesting and amazing to do. ¬†I haven’t done that many, but I love them! ¬†If you google “zentangle” you can get more information about how to do them or get some inspiration. ¬†“Many hands make light work” is a saying that Denise Linn often stated during Soul Coaching¬ģ .¬†My zentangle envelope (above) was partly inspired by a trip to France. ¬†The snowflake was part of a calligraphy class on Frakture where we were supposed to incorporate a snowflake into our design.

the birth of the lotus seed journals

I believe I found the quote on the left-hand page in a Lama Surya Das book; it is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson ¬†“Make your own Bible, select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your reading have been to you like the blast of triumph out of Shakespeare, Seneca, Moses, John and Paul.” ¬†Wait, don’t take the word “Bible” literally. ¬† ¬†I realize it can bring up a lot of different things for people. ¬†As I had been holding on to many pieces of paper since I was a little girl, big and small, of quotes, sayings, inspirational things, interesting things, etc. and so forth and on and on and paper clutter unorganized EVERYWHERE. ¬†I took this as inspiration to write them in one place and in a beautiful notebook and in a legible hand. ¬†Well, one book immediately went to two, three, four, etc..

I love the quote on the right by Chuang Tzu because I feel that stillness/meditation is more important than any one can tell us. ¬†I believe that is where healing, peace, love, contentment, intuition, questions, answers, and incredible joy can be found. ¬†The quote states, “Men [and of course women] cannot see their reflection in running water, but only¬†in still water. ¬†Only that which is itself still can still the seekers of stillness.”

And only when you have mastered the art of being still (and glimpsed who your true self is) can you go out into the world and help those who are seeking the stillness that you have found.

I also like the quote by Thomas Edison–I’ve seen different ones but the basic is this: ¬†when asked how it felt to fail so many times, Edison replied (I’ve seen different answers) either “I never failed once. ¬†It was a two-thousand step process.” ¬†Or “I know two-thousand ways to not make a lightbulb.”

(The picture of the woman praying was from an issue of O, The Oprah Magazine from many years ago. ¬†Let me say this–it is not just a photo–I am brought into this photo and feel like I am there. ¬†It evokes a visceral emotion.)

make your baby’s clothes into a simple quilt

One of the best things I’ve done (and am still doing since I’m¬†trying to finish my second child’s!) keepsake-wise for my kids is to make a simple quilt out of their baby clothes.¬† It made it easier¬†for me to let go of the baby-baby stage¬†(and get rid of the clutter of old outgrown clothes) by keeping those shirts and jammies that were favorites and/or worn for dyeing¬†Easter eggs or worn on Christmas morning or in the picture with the first lost tooth.¬†¬† A¬†swim trunk even made it in along with fuzzy bear pockets from a jacket that my son would toddle off to the park and swing all day in.¬†¬† I also included pieces of the baby blanket they came home in.

I¬†made a 6″x¬†7″ template¬†to trace and cut rectangles from the most sentimental clothes which made¬†it easier to pass on the other clothes.¬† My quilt ended up having 6 rectangles across and 7 rectangles down when they were sewn together¬†and had more odd-shaped ¬†rectangles puzzle-pieced together.¬† (It ended up being 40″ x 61″.)¬† I let¬†my kids¬†pick out a fleecey fabric for the back and I bought some thin batting.¬† I can’t remember what¬†type of batting because it was a few years back.¬† After the top part with the rectangles of clothes and jammies was sewn to the back fleecey part with the batting in the middle,¬† I used embroidery floss all over the quilt every 6 inches or so to hold the three sections of top, batting, and back fleecey fabric together.¬† Now you and your children have something special¬†that you can use and cozy up to read a book together and the box of outgrown clothes is no longer taking up space in the closet making you sad and/or frustrated!

Update: ¬†This summer 2011, I really focused and finished my daughter’s quilt. ¬†I have cleared out all the extra clothes and feel happy and relieved that I finished! ¬†The chair that was the holding area for all parts baby clothes keepsake quilt now can be sat in once again (unless the laundry is there:)! ¬†Wait, let me bask in the glow of accomplishment before it’s on to the next project…their scrapbooks. ¬†Hmmm…I think they will be involved in that one.