...paper cloth and Spirit Figure...

Joyful Wall Hanging

I've discovered the joy of paper cloth....
I don't know if I'm doing it correctly but I sure am having fun doing...I enjoy the process, I find it very freeing and meditative. This little Spirit Figure has a door that opens on her cape that say's, "Oh peaceful heart stay with me." And the Elfen script at the top says, peace, joy, bliss...The beads are yellow turquoise, turquoise, and amethyst with crystals attaching her mask.

Being the insecure artists that I am I'm almost afraid to ask what you think?
I have art hop at a new, to me, gallery in February...should I introduce her to the public...or just enjoy the process and keep her home?

....ready, set, world ~ one heart starts now

I've had so many wonderful interaction with many of the ticket holders on this Magic Carpet ride..
and you all have made some really nice comments on this post...

so I'm adding another Spirit Figure also to be given away on the 15 th of February when I do my draw...

I don't know what she/he will be like because I've yet to create him/her but somewhat along the lines of these small totems of good mojo...

The one above is adorned in what I now realize is really old paper cloth.....
I bought the piece at a peddler fair, There was a couple of is old and a bit battered mostly from having been folded... it is a very fibrous paper glued to a sheet...a top sheet...and then painted..

.the other figure below...

Healing Hands/Laughing Heart is adorned in fabric I did a rice flour resist to and one of the layers is paper cloth...

They are both under 10".

So I'll make something similar for the draw.......

Little Friendship Sprite

Welcome to my blog!!!

It's so nice of you to stop by
....If you're new to this event get ready for a good time, if you've done this before you've probably been looking forward to this as much as I here we go...
off on a Magic Carpet ride!!

It's true, it's magical...see new sights, make new friends, get inspired, learn new stuff, sign up for goodies... and there are so many over-the-top-wonderful give-a-ways.
It's just join in...sign up here to win my little figure...she is a friendship sprite, she'll guide you to fabulous new friends and sprinkle love dust on those you already have. On her heart are these words, 'Friends are Kisses Blown to Us by Angels'... If you think you would enjoy her Just sign up by leaving a long or short would be cool if you said something about yourself....the city you live in, how you spend your days....but you don't have to....but you do have to leave your email address so I can let you know you won. .

I will pick a winner on

February 15th after 12 noon pacific time....
that's as late as you can enter.

PS....thanks to lisa at A whimsical Bohemian

Isn't she wonderful? She is a gift from my friend Valerie Runningwolf...I call her Luna, we share midnight stories....

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting

your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed

from fear of further pain!

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine

or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it

or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy,

mine or your own;

if you can dance with wildness and

let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without

cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being a human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you’re telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself;

if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even if it’s not pretty every day,

and if you can source your life from God’s presence.

I want to know if you can live

with failure, yours and mine,

and still stand on the edge of a

lake and shout to the silver moon, ‘Yes!’

It doesn’t interest me where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,

weary, bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me

and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Inspired by Oriah Mountain Dreamer,

Native American Elder, May 1994

....clutter, ceremony, rocks, revisited

On Wednesday the 11th I was sitting up on the hill with my canine tribe where I like to chill and think.

This is Shylee...she was jillian's dog  and when jillian  moved Shylee was suddenly in need of a home.  I said I'd  care for her for a couple of weeks until a new home was found...  
She's still here 2 months later.

Zoe...blind, deaf and overweight..but every night she insisst on being outside for watchdog duty.
All heart...all of it loyal. heart, my love...A gentle giant of a girl...137 pounds of patience and love.  
Turning so grey..sigh

I went up on the hill after reading a friend's blog post challenging other bloggers
 to post an entry from January 11, 2010. 
She thought it would be interesting for us to see what was on our minds way back then.

My post nearest that date is below.
There has been some progress.

My life doesn't feel as cluttered...thankfully....I have eliminated some things I have gathered others.

I no longer do art shows I don't enjoy..
I have slowed down in many areas of my life...every day I take time to breathe.....
I find I have stopped doing a should more often in order to do a want...
Life is short.

I think I've made some headway with co-dependency too..other peoples stuff doesn't tip me over as much.  
I finally realized that so often after taking on stuff that really had nothing to do with me....
I would be all in a tizzy, and they, the one whose stuff it was, 
had moved on from it leaving me still holding it.

Procrastination...well I know it's a form of self sabotage...

Deadlines and double booking and all things marketing...
I struggle with the business side of being an artist all the time.
It seems I only have the energy and discipline to do one or the other...create or market..
my goal for this year is to learn to love marketing....
I'm taking workshop next month
It will create a vision for the year in the area of going forward with my art.
it will include a vision board.
I haven't made one for my personal life.
Yet I have a vision.

And as it usually is it appears quite self-centered.
This life journey is one of self-discovery
finding out what makes my soul sing and trying to incorporate those things more fully into my life.
Finding a peaceful place that is always with me...
and knowing how to access it no matter what.

Excuses....I have few reasons to give another person excuses these days...
but I sometimes give them to myself...
but I don't fool me.

Ritual...the one that serves me most right now and has for awhile is the ritual of dance..

The loss of the twins is still painful..tender.

the only thing I really know for sure is I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

Where were you a year ago??

I have not taken the time to do a vision board for 2010 yet because it seems to me that I need to look at what I do not want and purge it so that there is a clear path
from me to my desires….
not cluttered.

That is a bit how I feel right now…cluttered with ideas but knowing myself well enough to know that I need to do the clearing it will take for me to really step into the new year with a new and exciting vision.

This is what I am eliminating from 2010...
Art shows I no longer look forward to....pass em up
Rushing, rushing, rushing...breathe

Codependency...gotta go!

Procrastination....please, please, please

Over booking or forgetting a booking….opps!

Missing a juried entry date….bummer! gone!

Excuses....serve no one!!

Saying yes, when I should say no….
I think it’s called setting limits and boundaries…
makes me lol!

Being conscience of how these negative behaviors work against every thing I’m striving toward is a good thing…’s all about time management and setting boundaries, and prioritizing….

sounds simple. ..Yes? Just do it!

My daughters and I went to plc on Sunday…(the positive living center)…after the Sunday service people mingle a bit….we were mingling when several of our practitioners called us to come and partake in what I can only call a love circle….
they are very aware of how hard grieving can be and how tender we are still…. they formed a very small circle around the three of us … so small everyone was slightly touching. As my daughters and I held each other each practitioner in turn blessed us, treated for us, and showered us with healing love and light.
It was an amazingly touching and uplifting experience.

I didn’t want to leave that warm, love filled, healing, intimate space.
They gave us a wonderful gift and I floated on that cloud of love all day, so did my girls and we felt lighter…

I am blessed.

Ritual, ceremony, feels important….I don’t know if we have enough of it in our everyday lives. I don’t think so. Things like the love circle, labyrinth walking, candle lightings and prayer…tending our altars, etc.

I’ve created a new ritual for myself in relation
to my list of things I want to be gone.
The procrastination, etc.
I’m gathering stones that feel good to me, walking my labyrinth each day with one in hand representing what I want to be done with.

I will focus on how one particular behavior no longer serves me as I walk to the center…
.once in the center I will lay down the stone and ask for help in releasing this thing that I feel holds me back and continually causes me to feel as though I’m
running to catch up….
not achieving my long term goals…

as I walk back out I will open myself to a vision of me with new coping skills, calmly experiencing each day with new resolve, a clear vision and intent for the future, walking to my goal……

I will have quite a pile of stones which will then be infused with positive traits I want to incorporate into my everyday life….
I will label each stone with a trait, carry it from the center of the labyrinth and put in a basket near one of my altars…
sounds simple…
wa la… life changing. Then on to my visioning and the board.

...and the Sea Changed Her

What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons.
Do you hear it?

Name it, if you must,
or leave it forever nameless,
but why pretend it is not there?

The Terma Collective, “The box: Remembering the Gift”

I love this poem……
there are things calling to me, things inside of me and they call and call…they want me to stay on track with my hearts desire…..but what they don’t seem to recognize is I have yet to name my hearts desire,

I leave it nameless.

When I think about what I would like to achieve this year it is very hard for me to settle on what it is I really want.
Success as an artist, of course…
but I don’t seem to be able to ‘settle’ the inner debate of what ‘success’ means.

When someone makes a Vision Board or a Treasure Map they are supposed to be as detailed as possible. ….the last one I made was about 3 years ago…I wanted to show in more galleries, I wanted to hang in an art museum. I wanted to show in San Francisco and I wanted to teach workshops. The Vision Board hangs in my studio where I see it almost every day….
I was blessed to have experienced a lot of what I had depicted on my board….I do believe having a clear vision is a most important thing...
the business of being an artist is very much about work,
time management, learning new skills.

Artists create art and then figure out what to do with it….
people have to see it because making art in a vacuum just doesn’t work
for very long…
artists need to share our visions.
So, we market ourselves….
do shows…
do art hops,…
send in jury packets,
follow leads,
enter competitions….
there are the photos that need to be taken and put on zip files & disc..
sometimes, even slides….
We write our biographies and artist statements,.
.I once applied for a show and the jury an essay about me and where I was in my art career and where I was going.
Artists join art groups and show up for social gatherings when most often we’d rather be in the studio...
we join online art galleries,
have fan pages on Face book….
We spruce our studios for tours…
we keep track of our sales and save receipts…
and keep the ’BOOKS’.
I do these things because I want to share my passion…
and the creative high is addictive…
and I need to sell my art to feed my addiction….
so that leads me back to the plan…the path….
What should my vision board look like?
I don’t know.

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