Tuesday, May 31, 2011

These are a few…

…………………….of my favorite things.

I’ve always wanted a bird and not just any bird but an Umbrella Cockatoo. I found one at a local pet store and we fell in love from the get go. We snuggled and kissed and I so wanted to bring him home with me. *shrug*

Maybe if/when my disability comes through I can get him. I just get so lonely now that I don’t have Chloe to keep me company and I can’t imagine getting another pup but a Cockatoo, that would be awesome!
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I love the beach and especially seeing sunsets at the beach. Walking along the waters edge as day turns to night and the breezes begin to blow. I love everything about the beach but sunrise and sunset are my very favorite times.
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With summer temps already hitting in our neck of the woods, I am all about having a salad as a meal and the Wedge Salad at Outback Steakhouse has become my very favorite. I could eat it every single day. Nom-nom-nom!
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I’m working in my art journals more these past few days now that we’ve gotten settled in and I can find all of my stuff. I had forgotten just how much I love writing and doodling with my Sakura Glaze pens, too. I love how easily they lay down ink and how glossy and gorgeous it looks when dry, too. Good stuff.
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What kind of things are on your favorites list these days?

Oh, and one last thing…today is the last day to donate to the Haleyville, Alabama Tornado Victims Fund through my donate button up at the top of my left sidebar. I know there are so many areas that have been hard hit by mother nature this year but Hackleburg, being so close to our home in Hamilton, holds a special place for us. Besides, it’s a tiny little town and has really gotten lost in the shuffle, behind all the big name towns like Tuscaloosa & Joplin, Missouri. I encourage you to give what you can…and thank you.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Sunday, May 29, 2011

At Last…

I finally finished her…and she’s even better than I imagined.

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Now to finish some of the other pieces that I’ve got going.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

So Much to Tell…

Y’all know how I get all overwhelmed with things? Well, that’s how I am this beautiful Wednesday morning. So much I want to tell you about, so much going on and so many goodies to share…so, I think I’ll do some bullet points to make quick work of it (the studio is calling my name loudly this morning!)

  • I’m beginning work on a new online class, this one for beginning art journalers. It will cover creating a journal from scratch (in an easy-peasy way, of course) through the actual journaling process with lots of techniques and prompts to fight the blank page syndrome that so many of us have struggled with in our journaling. I really think this class will be a great one! Videos, handouts, prompt lists, technique handouts, etc…just chock full of art journaling goodness.
  • Had a great Saturday of thrift store shopping. Found a great dresser for a mere $25, not to mention lots of other goodies. I am really getting into wearing sundresses and I found three in my size that are uber cute and comfy, too.I even managed to decorate our 2nd bathroom with a shower curtain and two rugs for under $8!!! I love thrifting…it gives me a real rush to find a great bargain.
  • I am working in the studio every single day. I have lots of canvases beginning to take shape, slowly and bit by bit.I have been working on more than one at a time, that way when I get hung on one, I just move to the next one and work a while. I’ve been trying very hard to forge ahead in creating in my own way and not in the way that I think others create…to make my own path, I guess you could say. It’s working for me so far so I’m just going to keep on truckin’ with it.
  • I swore to myself I wasn’t going to take anymore online classes for a while. I still have materials from other classes I’ve taken that I still need to work through so taking more seems wasteful. But, there is always a but huh?, when I saw that Claudine Helmuth was giving an online class on collage, I couldn’t resist! So yeah, I have another class I’m taking starting next week. YAY!!
  • I finally broke down and retained an attorney to help me with getting my disability. I’ve done as much as I can on my own and if I want the wheels of justice to move at a fairly quick pace, having a lawyer that knows the system and the judges is one sure way to speed things up. I am hopeful that we’ll get a hearing on my appeal before the end of the year. *crossing fingers*

I’ll leave y’all with this…it is the face makes me smile and laugh, takes care of me and makes me unbelievably happy!
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Gosh, I love that man of mine!

Anyway, happy humpday, y’all. Back soon with some progress shots.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Emotional Work

Do y’all remember the sketch that I started while I was dealing with my broken shoulder back in December and January?

This sketch is the one I’m talking about:

I know that a whole lot of people do portraits but I’ve never really done them…and she’s not exactly a portrait anyway, She’s just this idea that came into my head. And she sat on my sketch board at the side of my bed for the past 5 months…staring at me.

Today I woke up and before I could even get a cup of coffee I had an uncontrollable urge, no…make that an uncontrollable need to go straight into my studio and do something, anything with her. I felt like she had sat patiently waiting to become something and today was meant to be her day.

I spent the entire day in there, painting and collaging and shading and changing and doing all those creative things that we do when we’re working on a new piece.

The strange thing is that it was an overwhelmingly emotional day. I cried off and on the entire time I worked on her; I cried off and on, mostly on, for the entire day. Sobbing cries. Gut wrenching, tearful cries that I came from somewhere deep inside me…some place I didn’t know existed.

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I just don’t know why working on her affected me like that…nothing like this has ever happened to me.

It’s very strange, indeed.

She’s still a work in progress but I really hope that when I return to work on her tomorrow that it’s a little less emotionally charged.

That’s how I spent my Thursday…how was yours?

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Dream Come True

Hi y’all.

Well, we have made it to Florida, Pensacola to be exact, and are all moved into a great little two bedroom apartment that totally fits what we were looking for when we got here.

Everyone knows about my depression, my stresses, and my plethora of illnesses…I’ve talked about all of this more times than I probably should have in the past.

We’ve been here for 13 whole days and in that short time, I already feel better. My stresses seem to have mostly floated away sometime around day 4 or 5 (about the time I was getting most of our things unpacked) and my depression also seems to be lifting with each passing day.

The beautiful sunshine, the soft breezes, the unbelievable cheerful attitudes of almost everyone we have met or run into…it all seems to be having an effect on Richie and me, both. We have dreamed of being in a place like this, of being in Florida, and along the way I worried, I paced, I fretted but I never, NEVER gave up the faith that we would get here and that it would be good for us.

We’ve ventured out into the city that is now our home and enjoyed the farmers market on Saturday morning, a visit to the Naval Aviation Museum (we are the home of the Blue Angels, ya know), lots of walking on the beach, some awesome meals of fresh Gulf seafood at great local restaurants and so much more. We really are falling in love with Pensacola and it feels more and more like home every day.

I know that being gone almost two weeks from my blog is quite a long time but it’s been so busy moving and getting settled in that I do hope you’ll all forgive me. I hope to make the time away worth your while, too. I’m just about settled into my studio and am going to be recording some new videos about art journaling (technique and journal flip-throughs), crafting, sewing and maybe even some cooking,if I get adventurous. lol

That’s where we are…nesting in our new home town.

Now that I’ve broken my silence, the next posts will come easier. Back soon, y’’all.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Boxes and Hope

Well, I’m quite overwhelmed with all the bad news that surrounds our area of Alabama right now and, being the highly sensitive person that I am, have had to turn the news completely off. It is all that is shown on the news here and it absolutely makes my soul ache each time I see pictures or videos of the devastation and the devastated.

We have personally donated nine large garbage bags and boxes of clean, used clothing, blankets, pillows, personal care items  and household goods. That has made my heart feel good.

Although we are completely surrounded by boxes since our move is only 3 days away, I have so many ideas and dreams that are filling my head. I’m making plans and dreaming HUGE dreams. So much that is good fills my thoughts as I pack our things for this move.

I know that I have wanted to make a real go at making my art and creative based offerings a true business but I’ve only dabbled at it. I’ve wanted the rewards but haven’t put in the work that I should have to see results I’ve wanted to see.

I’ve told you all before how I adore Goddess Leonie and how great she makes me feel. She has just opened a brand new e-course, “How to be a Business Goddess,” and it is really fueling my fire and sparking my passions in ways I’ve not had before. In this course she is sharing how she has gone from working a full-time day job and wishing she could live her dreams to actually doing it…and making a 6 figure income at it, too!

I’m devouring every morsel of this course. If this is something you think you would be interested in, and I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to live the life of their dreams, check it out by clicking the banner below. (If you do click and chose to purchase, I earn affiliate commission from your purchase so you’re helping me out, too.)

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Thanks to all I’m learning from Goddess Leonie in this great course, I am hard at work by taking notes, brainstorming ideas and really just dreaming of what I would like to see in a brand new Art Journaling e-course. I do know I am going to fill it with lots of videos, handouts and techniques to share with everyone.

Once we get settled in Pensacola, I will be able to really focus myself on studying Leonie’s Business Goddess course and to building my own new e-course dream into a wonderful reality. I feel so many great things on the horizon. Good things to learn, to share, to be a part of in the coming months.

I believe I feel better today than I have in months.

And listen, if you have questions about the Business Goddess e-course, ask me…I will give you honest answers. I never put things on my blog that I do not wholeheartedly believe in…ever!

Oh, one last thing. I’m thinking of restarting Supply Saturday posts since I will be in an area where I will have access to a much broader area of art and crafting supplies to share with y’all. Let me know in a comment if this is something you would like to see me start up again. Your input means so much to me. Thanks!

It may be a few days before I blog again since we’ll be loading up the ol’ Uhaul in only 3 days so y’all take care of yourselves and be kind to each other.

Peace & Love,
Barb

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