Monday, March 28, 2011

Goddess in a Holding Pattern

It was an uneventful weekend but I did get a little creative mojo going last night. Late last night…like around 2am when I couldn’t go to sleep.

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I’ve been collecting these ugly and outdated wooden plaques and frames from the thrift stores and decided, in the middle of the night, to play around with one.

Nothing spectacular but it was fun.

I really have the Goddess Circle and Leonie on my mind so I guess that’s where the inspiration came from…I rather like her. Even if she does have one boob that is a little pointy. lol

The purple is a little dull or flat so I think I’m going to have to do something to pretty it up…oh, and the lettering looks way better in person. I am going to take a better pic when I finish it up; you’ll just have to trust me that it is way cuter in person.

Seriously…it is!

Besides, let’s just be honest here, it just feels good to create somethinganything! It’s been so long since some creative inspiration just struck me out of the blue…man, it felt good to just play. Gotta love feeling some stirrings in the creativity department, right?

What’s even better is that I have some cool ideas floating around in my head that I hope to work on this week before I leave on Thursday.

Where am I going, you’re wondering? I am headed south into Mississippi to stay with my sister for a few days and help her convalesce from a surgery she’s having on Friday morning. The time with her will be good and I look forward to helping her…she’s always so great to help me when I need it.

It’s what sisters do, right?

I will be sure to take my art journal and my favorite pens so I can catch up on my art journaling while I’m gone…oh, and my laptop! Gotta have my laptop. We all know I’m addicted to the internet!

We are still in a holding pattern with where we’re going to move since Richie’s company is dragging their feet about giving us an assignment destination. UGH! We’re about to go crazy over here! We were going to just cut ties and start all over but his bosses begged him to stay with the company and promised they’d get us to where we want to be (Clearwater Beach, Florida…duh!) within 18 mos. We fell for it….and now we’re hanging in the wind with no concrete destination for us to plan for yet.

It’s scary and I don’t like it one bit, either.

Just give us an answer, people…geez!

*sigh*

So, that’s what’s up with me…what have you guys been up to?

Peace & Love,
Barb

P.S. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my last post. I read everything you guys write and I take it all to heart…I learn from each of you and respect what you say so much. So thank you…mucho! *muah*

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Trying to be…

…something I’m not.

I have been making changes all over the place in my life…to my blog, to my online shops, to my creative practices, and on and on. But nothing feels right. It’s like I am trying, with all these changes, to be something I’m not.

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I read blogs of artists and other creative types that I admire and, being totally honest here, I can’t help but wonder how these people manage to have the lives that they do? I see this one going to Paris, this other one headed to Portugal or Bali, another one supports her entire family off the income she makes online with her creativity.

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Please know that I am not being jealous…that is 100% NOT what I am getting at here, not in the least. What I’m wondering is how? How do these artists/creatives do it? What are they doing to make themselves so damn successful? See, it’s not that I’m jealous, I am totally and completely thrilled for each of them…it’s that I want to know how they are doing what they’re doing…how they’ve managed to get it right?

I’m not comparing art quality here, each one that I’m thinking of is different so it’s not some formula they are following…it’s much, much more than that kind of thing. I am sure of that. I’m looking and I’m learning, taking notes if you will, and I’m really giving thought as to how I want to continue my online presence and my creative life.

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I have discovered one thing I know to be true…to get ahead you.must.be.yourself!!! So, instead of doing all these changes as I chase the dream, I’ve decided to take a different approach to every bit of my life. It’s time for me to stop trying to do what everyone else is doing and get back to just being me. Time to get back to Craft Therapy, not Lonely Tree Studio…I did that because I thought that’s what the successful artists do but it doesn’t feel like me. I am still a crafter in addition to being an artist, I love it all.

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My art journals have been gathering dust because I have been so busy trying to figure out how to be “an artist” rather than spending my time just being one. How crazy is that?!?! Yeah, it’s so stupid. I realize that now…but it made sense when I was doing it.

This life of mine is a journey and throughout my journey I hope to keep learning and changing and discovering things about myself; this is certainly a lesson, a discovery. I’m stretching my creative muscles through self discovery.

In addition, I am finding such hope, such love and kindness in the Goddess Circle with Goddess Leonie. She and the fellow goddesses (not a religious thing so don’t think that) I have met there are so full of support & goodness that it can’t NOT give me a great place to find out more about myself and be surrounded by gentle spirits who ‘get me’ while I do.

In keeping with my simplification of things and my decision to embrace who I am and stop trying to ‘do what they do,’ I want to offer some discounts to my loyal readers who have stuck by me while I have been dancing around like a crazy woman over here. LOL

Plus, there is no shame in admitting that I am trying to make a living here, so raising funds is never a bad thing!

First, if you are interested in my Micro-Workshop, Into the Groove, I am running a sale on it…regularly $15.00, now on sale for $9.00 (40% off!!!)  I believe it holds a ton of great information for art journaling and for the price, it can’t be beat. Take advantage of this great price until, at least, April 15th.

You can just click the “Buy Now” button below and you’re off and running! Or, if you want more info (nothing wrong with that,) go to my Workshops page and read all about it. (If you’ve already taken Into the Groove and think it’s a worthwhile class, share the link with your friends and/or blog readers, please. I would be forever grateful!)


Only $15.00!!!
ON SALE for $9.00!!!
 

Also, I am running a 40% sale on most of the items in my Artfire shop, too. We are still planning the move to Florida in the next 4-6 weeks and I really need to decrease my inventory before we have to start packing things up. Check out my shop HERE or below and pick up some really great deals while they last. (Items marked with a sale banner in the bottom right corner are included in the 40% off sale.)

 

And last, I really hope that you will all stick with me while I do some serious transitioning. I have got to get back to being me and, in doing so, my blog and my shop will both be going through some changes, yet again. I have crafts that I’m working on that I can’t wait to share with you all, some sewing projects that I’ve got going that you have got to see, and lots of art journaling goodness to share with you in the days and weeks to come.

Bear with me…I’m getting there.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

And so it goes…

“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
~ Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
February 27, 1932 - March 23, 2011

Rest in peace, Liz…there will never be another one like you and you will forever be missed.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wolves from Strangers

I ran across this on a Tumblr that I follow and I thought it would be a cool thing to let y’all know about so you could participate, too.

Since I know that many of my readers and friends that come here are artists, y’all sketch, paint, draw a wolf and send it to them.

I thought it would be fun.

Peace & Love,
Barb

How do you?

How do you find things to say and the right way to say them, day in and day out?

Not only do I feel like I have lost my creative mojo lately (while fighting this stupid flu which is now lingering on in its 3rd week) but I find that since I’ve been spending my days resting, reading blogs, blowing my nose and hacking like a barking seal, I can’t find anything blog-worthy to write about on here.

Do you ever do that? Just draw a complete blank in every area that you’re usually so full of ideas?

Yeah, that’s where I’m at right about now.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and, being a good girl of Irish descent (my maiden name is McCormack, see what I mean?), I should have done a bit o’ celebrating but not this year. I didn’t even make corned beef and cabbage or have even the slightest sip from one single green beer!!!

I know, I’m totally slacking these days.

*hanging head in shame*

Because our move is coming up quickly, I did decide that I better start doing some de-stashing and clearing out of all kinds of things around here so I’ve worked on that a bit here and there.

I also decided that having a sale in my Artfire shop would be a good idea so I can move some of my art & supplies and not have to move them. So, if you’re in the market for original artwork or supplies, come save 40% on most art & supplies in MY SHOP with code TAXTIME. Why TAXTIME?!?! Cause the sale is good through April 15th, normal tax day here in the U.S. lol

If you’ve thought about taking Into the Groove, it’s on sale through my shop at the 40% off deal so be sure to head over there and grab it now.  I’ve got more items to add (and LOTS of areas of the house that need to be gone through and decluttered) so I really need to work on that tomorrow.

Here’s hoping I have a better day tomorrow and a much better weekend, for sure!

What have you got going this weekend?

Oh, and yesterday’s poem? I will let ya know what meaning I find in it, I promise…give me a few days.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver ~

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dreaming Big

I think that most of you know we are planning to move to the Florida Gulf Coast, more particularly Clearwater Beach/Indian Rocks Beach, sometime during the month of May.

I am so excited (although a little scared, I admit) to get there…I just dream about so much about our life to be…

feeling the healing power of the warm sand between my toes

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riding my bike to the farmers market

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selling my creations on Pier 60 at sunset

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walking the beach in the evenings with my love3568065909_d992ff7700_z

days spent painting and creating with the salt air filling my nostrils

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searching for seashells and sea glass

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playing for hours with my little Chloe Belle on the beach133428762_1dc1d2190b

Just so much to look forward to…and I can’t wait. Can you feel my excitement?

Back soon with some artsy goodies I’ve been working on…some crafty things, too.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Monday, March 7, 2011

Finding My Way

I have been feeling so lost lately…just feeling totally out of the groove of everything I love and feel passionate about in my life. I try to paint or collage and nothing works. I try to write (I’ve started to blog 5 or 6 times but can’t seem to find the right words but I’ve vowed that I WILL publish this one, no matter what) but the words won’t come. I’m having a very hard time finding joy in much of anything these days and it’s really bothering me.

I know that for the past two weeks I have been fighting the flu…sinuses hurting and running like a faucet, headaches, aching all over, hacking cough, fever that come and goes, hoarse voice that has turned to laryngitis more than once…but it’s viral so you just have to treat the symptoms and let it pass. Well, it’s just not passing fast enough for me. And now I’ve managed to give it to Richie so he’s feeling like crap warmed over, too.

I keep looking at my studio and wanting to be in there creating but then I walk on through, grab a Diet Mt. Dew from the fridge and come back to bed.

Sad. So very, very sad.

I just have to keep hoping that this too shall pass. That I’ll wake up one day very soon and the urge to be in the studio will drag me from my bed and into the chair where I will sit and paint or sew or journal all day…and things will be right in the world again.

Until then, I keep some art supplies and art books by my bed so I can do little things as the urge strikes or, at least, read about things to try and artists who inspire me. Oh, and I did buy the Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook and I am loving reading it. She is such a hoot and I can’t wait to try out some of her recipes…when I finally feel like cooking again.

I know I’m not one to be counted on for regular blog updates but hey, I’m tryin’.

I hope you’re all doing well (no flu, I hope!) and creating up a storm.

Peace & Love,
Barb

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