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Saturday, December 31, 2011

One Word: A new take on New Years Resolutions

My word for twentytwelve {love the way that word looks typed together!}
is going to be
Contentment
Check out this blog post about the power of choosing your one word.
One Powerful Word: A Simple Approach to New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Book of Days - Week One


This is my book for my book of days for 2012 for Effy Wild's 2012 program. This is a very plain book, titled the Complete Book of Terrarium Gardening.Overall size is 7 1/2" x 10".














This is the back cover. Just several layers of paint, with eucalyptus walnut ink applied through punchinella.

This is the front cover of the book. I printed out Book of Days twentytwelve on fabric in a fun font called Rat Infested Mailbox, isn't it great? The cover is vintage upholstery fabric with frayed edges, and the spine of the book is crumpled kraft paper with painted interfacing applied.
Right Inside book cover. I applied some decorated paper, and made an expanding pocket from Kraft paper with paints and inks.
 Inside cover, left side with small twentyeleven envelope in black and white, and partial shot of the right hand page with the expanding pocket.

January, 2012 will be $0 Budget/Spend Free month

I am an artist and recycler, and I have taken a pledge (from Full of Great Ideas) to not make any non-essential purchases during the month of January. I will be retiring in February and think that going a month without any non-essential purchases will be a way to get ready for it. I have been gearing down for this for all of 2011, but the holiday season got me a little off track.

Part of the process is deciding which things are essential and which are non-essential. I am sure that it will be an on-going issue. Since creating art is an essential for me, I plan to use what art materials I have on hand and not purchase anything. That also helps reduce my stash!

Some of my ideas include making postcards, ATC {artist trading card) Buisness Cards and product hang tags for my wares. I use recycled cardboard boxes, paint and embellish them, and then cut to the size I need. I apply tags that I downloaded  that I have customized with my company information. This gives the recipient both a small work of art and my business information. See my prior posts  here and here for July. 

These are postcards for a mail art swap that I was involved in for October. These use recycled materials and supplies that I already had on hand. Only cost was the postage.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winding down twentyeleven

I misplaced my camera (finally found it thank goodness) so I have been very word oriented (and I wrote up posts while I would be out of town). Anyway, since I have now found my camera, I am back with pictures.
This series of pictures was inspired by Spirit Cloth.
I call this piece Bubbles #1



I put a 3" square of batik fabric behind the muslin, then trimmed away all but a small margin. I turned this under to do a reverse applique.

Some finished bubbles and some unfinished.
Finished and pressed, ready for backing and a hanger.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Great poem from my mentor Jan Phillips

Jan Phillips is an inspiring teacher and a sacred teacher! Got her winter newsletter and found this quote:
If prayer would do it

If prayer would do it
I'd pray.

If reading esteemed thinkers would do it
I'd be halfway through the Patriarchs.

If discourse would do it
I'd be sitting with His Holiness
every moment he was free.

If contemplation would do it
I'd have translated the Periodic Table
to hermit poems, converting
matter to spirit.

If even fighting would do it
I'd already be a blackbelt.

If anything other than love could do it
I've done it already
and left the hardest for last.

~ Stephen Levine ~

(Breaking the Drought)

Seems to be a prayerful week???

Monday, December 26, 2011

As the Year winds down

This quote is from the winter solstice section of my We'Moon and I wanted to share it with you...

There is again a gathering of forces, aligning to re-story ourselves;
to go beyond Empire Culture,
and though the discomfort of not knowing exactly what shall come to pass,
to oracle earth’s wisdoms, in preparation for the journey of coming home to ourselves.

Padme Rain Crowe

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

One Small Face


This is a responsive reading out of the Unitarian Universalist Hymnal that sums up my feelings of the season:

With mounds of greenery, the brightest ornaments,
we bring high summer to our rooms,
as if to spite the somberness of winter to come.
In time of want, when life is boarding up
against the next uncertain spring,
we celebrate and give of what we have away.
All creatures bend to rules, even the stars constrained.
This is a blessed madness in the human need to go
against the grain of cold and scarcity.
We make a holiday, the rituals as varied as the hopes of humanity,
the reasons as obscure as ancient solar rituals,
as clear as joy on one small face.

Margaret Starkey

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Looking ahead to 2012...

Just in the last two weeks, I have four possible clients and two leads on part time creative opportunities... 2012 will be a fantastic year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Legacy

In a heartbeat of ages
The Grandmother enters the cave
The shaman
The priestess
The pathfinder
Red Ocher hand print pressed on the wall
Her mark, her grandmother’s mother’s mark
The maker, The keeper, The wise
Fire lit images come to life;
chalk-ochre-the colors of the earth
Bison and cloven hooved spirits
Dance in the flicker of Grandmother’s magick
Birth mother of my dreams
Leads me to the cave
and I paint my visions to life
My way lit from within
Dancer, Singer, Artist
Gallery of my fore crones
whispering moonlit secrets
I awake with dirt under my nails
Sacred soil of grandmother’s cave

Lisa Noble

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I am not the praying type...

But I can look at this as a meditation:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have you lost your link to your goddess?

Goddess Leonie is an amazing young mother from Australia who has the most amazing gifts to offer.
Click here to check out some freebies from Goddess Leonie. I will follow up with some other amazing offers that give you ways to reconnect with your inner goddess.

Re-imaging Finances

I have been following Goddess Leonie's 30 days of the World's Biggest Summit and have gleaned some very good information from it. One really interesting idea was presented by Bari Tessler Linden, who is a financial advisor. She said since so many people have trouble organizing, budgeting and paying bills, that you should make it something fun.
 I took this to heart and changed my quicken categories to the following
Mortgage= My Nest
Car Payment= Chariot Wheels
Electric Bill= Light of my life
Gas Bill= Heat of my life
Transfer to Savings= Feather my nest
Pledge to church= Feather the UU nest
Credit Card payments= BofA ball and chain
somehow paying bills is more fun now!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Nrw Products

During the week, I came up with a new product, I am calling "Cache Bags", small bags on a neck chain. They hold a credit card, drivers license and a small amount of cash. You don't want a lot of weight around your neck, so put you cell phone or ipad in a pocket.
 Green l\Lips, great small plastic button of lips, green rick rack and vintage barkcloth body. Small size, 3x4"


 Orange and White, silver metallic amulet, vintage barkcloth body. Small size, 3x4"




 
Tropical style, wooden amulet with beads and sequins, vintage barkcloth large size 4x5"


 Blue and Silver bag, metallic trim and bronze amulet, medium
 size 2.5 x 3.5"


All "Cache Bags" are handmade with quality materials including vintage barkcloth or heavy upholstery type material for the body and one of a kind trims and findings from my extensive collection.
All items are available on both my esty site and zibbet site.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Time... and 86,400 seconds

Here are six terrific truths about time:

First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time...pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

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What you've just read is an excerpt from First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My VERY favorite holiday decoration!


this is my unconventional holiday decoration that I made this year. It is a string of fairy lights, with 1/2" strops of fabric tied around it. I am very happy with it.

Giving This Season

This is from an email that I received from Chris Cade
First UU in Houston did something similar. The kids would make care packages (plastic bags with water, tuna snack packs, crackers, chocolate, and a list of assistance sites and phone numbers). You would keep these packages in the back seat of your car and hand them out when a person was standing on the corner asking for assistance. I think that I am going to do this, especially during the holiday season, and probably into the new year. 


Six years ago I did something that seemed so small to me, but had a huge impact on others (as well as myself). That one single event, that one random act of kindness, has snowballed into a family tradition that now nearly a dozen people (and more now) participate in. This has become my favorite gift of the holiday season.

What is that tradition?

It began when I read in the newspaper that the most needed item by the homeless was not food or water. It was clean socks.

I thought to myself, "How can I help?"

Christmas day the answer dawned on me. My fiance at the time and I went to the supermarket that was open and bought a dozen socks. Then we noticed other things we couldn't ignore:

Bread...

Jelly...

Bags of chips...

Energy bars...

Juice boxes...

And my personal favorite...

Chocolate.

We put 2+2 together and added paper bags to that list. The result: care packages that we would personally give to the homeless.

Later that morning, we drove around downtown San Jose, California. We looked for people we could give our care packages to. Eventually we found a park where many homeless came together on Christmas. There, we gave away all of our care packages.

I remember seeing a man digging through the trash. He had just pulled out a half-eaten burrito. I walked up to him, handed him the care package and wished him a Merry Christmas.

That Christmas experience was more significant than I had realized at the time. I shared my story with my family, and ever since then they have joined me in a new family tradition.

Each year we create more and more care packages. My family goes to St. James Park in San Jose and distributes them on Christmas. Last year, there were 10 of us – of all ages – who went and served.

And when I think back on Christmas I am reminded of the wonderful gifts I’ve received over the years...

The gift of family.

The gift of presence.

The gift of good health.

And my favorite gift of all:

The deep realization that giving is my favorite gift of all.

Your Partner In Transformation,
Chris Cade
Liberate Your Life

Friday, December 09, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

This Should Be AWESOME!!!


I will be up and watching!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I am back... Part Two

I have to pat myself on the back, I passed a milestone tonight. I wanted to submit pieces to the 2012 NM Showcase at 516 Arts in Albuquerque. The deadline for submission is midnight Dec. 1, and I FINISHED my application and paid my fees tonight!!! I wanted to have a new piece but that was pushing it!
And I survived my first day back at work after my eye surgery. I will be out again next week for the second eye, so I decided that I could really work this week. 92 days...
I don't think that I have posted this pic, so I will post it here. This is "Sayonara" and it is one of my entries.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Life of Riley??

 I walked into my bedroom this afternoon and found my kittehs absorbing the sunshine!
They always know where the warmest spot in the house is... 
and they usually do not settle this close to each other!
My newest acquisition, a retablo by a new friend Nova DeNise, just fits in perfectly with this vignette!

Back to work tomorrow for the rest of the week, then I am off again for my second eye surgery.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fond Thanksgiving Memories

After a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, my friend Pamela asked us about our holiday traditions and memories. I did not share this memory, as I did not know most of the people at the dinner, but I have two memories, one of them fondly remembered and one that was very traumatic.

My first memory was the first time I had to cook a thanksgiving dinner. My first husband and I were stationed in Giessen Germany in 1971, and had a group of Larry's army buddies who were desperate for a traditional, non-mess hall Thanksgiving dinner. Since I was one of the few women in the group, fondly known as the Fronhausen commune (remember it was the 70's and Fronhausen was the small German town where we lived). I come from a long line of fantastic cooks, and had always deferred to my Grandmother, Mother and Sister to create the lovingly traditional dinner. I asked for favorite recipes from the three of them), purchased the turkey and trimmings. I don't know if you are famaliar with european kitchens, but the stoves are VERY small and I had a HUGE turkey to feed the Fronhausen commune. The Goddess was looking over my shoulder, and all came out well.
The sense of friendship, camaraderie and thankfulness will be something that I will always remember. I have lost touch with all of the Fronhausen Commune, and miss them all.
My next memory was not as pleasant, but will always remain with me too.
My beloved father died October 9, 1993. We were all totally devastated, as it was a horrible accidental death. We gathered, as usual, at my Mother's house for Thanksgiving that year. My father was the patriarch, sat at the head of the table, and always used the electric knife to carve the turkey. We all did OK that first Thansgiving without him, but when we went to sit down at the table, I almost blurted out "Aren't we going to wait for Daddy?" That would have completely ruined the dinner for everyone, and I was able to supress that comment. There was a hole in my heart for that dinner, and I am sure that everyone else had their own feelings. Each year became easier, but I still miss him. Especially the electric knife whirring through the tender, tasty Thanksgiving. Someone else has assumed the turkey carving duties and someone sits at the head of the table, but no one will ever replace my Daddy Lonnie Joseph Adkisson.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Am I a Grinchess?

This is a very well thought out post about the holiday frenzy that has just begun: The Manageable Life. 
She really codified most of my thoughts, so I will not repeat all of the post here, but here is how I manage the frenzy.
Since my son lives 600 miles away with my grandchildren I no longer put up a christmas tree, but I have a silk poinsettia, a festive holiday wreath for the front door and chili twinkle lights that I put up, and I do decorate my office with hanging glass ornament balls (looked for a picture but I just realized that I have never taken a picture of it...) hanging at various heights from my suspended ceiling.
I too also use Heifer International and my Unitarian Universalist outreach efforts for gifts (great nieces, nephews, and grandkids grumble) but I do try to instill giving from the heart as a part of the holidays. So that gets me out of the malls, and if I do buy gifts I buy from fellow artists or make my own (the whole family LOVES getting my snugglies, available on my etsy site).
I posted about the Black Friday insanity, and the rampant commercialism has bothered me for years. That is not what the holiday season should be about and in my little way I am rebelling against the $$$ centered focus of the 21st Century American Christmas. 
All in all, I am certainly not a grinch, but I do avoid the mall madness at all possible costs. It helps me keep my sanity!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Shopping Madness

Black Friday, Cyber Monday. Shopping Madness, in all it's forms seem, to me, to be indicative of the financial mess we have found ourselves in. Greed and immediate satisfaction are symptoms of what is wrong with the United States today. No one wants to sacrifice today for future benefit, they all want it now and Lots of whatever it is!

I see two bright spots on the horizon: Small Business Saturday asking you to support local small businesses over the congolmerates; and Buy Handmade in all of it's permutaiotns.

In reaction to the Black Friday hoopla, a local gallery/studio space 5G/Factory on 5th {where Rainbow Artists have art hanging } is sponsoring a "Bizarre Bazaar" as an alternative to Black Friday and in support of Buy Handmade. I have been getting ready for this show for a while, and I am sharing some of the stuff that I will have for sale on Black Friday
 Refrigerator Magnets, small size, most of them unfinished
Large Size

 Flannel Snugglie, twin sized



Triple Good Luck wall hanging
Girlfriend Glue


 Wine Coasters

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Things I am Thankful for...

On this day of Thanksgiving, I have so many things to be thankful for:
I am content
I have a job
I have great friends and family
My cats love me!
I am able to support myself
I am able to make art

All in all, not a bad list to be thankful for!

Another one

Be Thankful today for our freedom

Cataract curtains

I am a sun lover, but since I have had cataract surgery, I have to watch my exposure to the sun. In my studio, I have a great garden window that is only screened by plants, and the sun coming in the afternoon is very bright. So I dug into my stash and came up with two pieces of fabric to shade the window.
The first picture shows the sun shining through the fabric, and I love that look. The plants behind, the sun shining in and the gorgeous deep colors. I may look at making some permanent curtains to put up on the window, but probably not, as I really love the sun shining in!
the second picture shows the curtains taken with the flash, so the sunshine is not quite as bright.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I am back...

In more ways than one!
I was speaking to friends the other day and I realized that I am BACK! I have been absent due to many factors for the last two years, and did not even realize it.
I had my first cataract surgery on Monday and was pampered by friends who took excellent care of me! W took me to East Arizona Sunday evening, where I spent the night with P. She took me to my surgery the next morning, took me to her house and cooked lunch and dinner for me! She also took me to my followup appointment on Tuesday and S. picked me up and took me home! It is very hard for me to ask for help, but they were all fantastic.
I am resting at home, and my only Thanksgiving chore is to make green bean casserole!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jefferson Davis Pie

I was coordinating our annual Thanksgiving Feast at work and committed to bring a Jefferson Davis pie. This is an old family recipe, and is not hard to prepare.
As I was mixing the ingredients, I was touched by the idea that a few simple ingredients (Sugar, eggs, spices and a pie crust) can make something so delicious. But, it is not something you can multitask while cooking it up. After mixing the ingredients, it requires slow, low heat and almost constant stirring. No matter what I tried I had to focus on the saucepan, and saw the ingredients gel and combine into an almost finished product. It really was almost mesmerizing, and very calming. Plus at the end you have an excellent pie to eat.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fascinating Ted Talk

This is fascinating... you need to watch it twice (and make it full screen) to get the full impact! Lots of subtle stuff.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The last digital date for a long time!

11-11-11 must be very significant, and I have a most important date in 111 days, so stay tuned for updates! Someone just posted that in 2012 we will have 12-12-12!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Really s&^%%$ day at work

I had such a crappy day at work, and so I took my break, printed out 111  numbers on pieces of paper (tomorrow on 11/11/11 it will be 111 days until I leave) cut them out and made a stack of papers on my desk. I can look at the stack and know that the end is in sight. I can also toss one a day in the trash (three on Monday morning...)
Doing what I can to cope with a yucky situation!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition


As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking
into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles ofcheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This year will be different. This year Americans will give the giftof genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.  Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people.  Who says a gift needs to fit in
a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.  How about gift certificates
from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership?  It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed?  Small, American-owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen?  Perhaps that grateful gift
receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom?  Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal.  Local crafts people spin
their own wool and knit them into scarves.  They make jewelry, and pottery
and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip.  And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
your hometown theater.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house?  When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.  If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city.  Christmas is now about caring about
US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion
groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in
your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,
and isn't that what Christmas is about?

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Wyld Womyn quote

Wylde Women’s Wisdom
Imagine a place:  Women gathering in vast numbers to create cooperative webs of connection that replace the old and tired domination approach of conquer, control and coerce.  

Birute Regine, Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World


See the rest of this post here

Saturday, November 05, 2011

This Woman is astounding and so inspirational (Yes another TED!)

Being alive at this time in history....

I got a newsletter from Jan Phillips, one of my mentors and a great and wise teacher. This paragraph reached out and grabbed me:
"The Dalai Lama once said that the next savior will be a sangha, a spiritual community of people committed to co-creating a culture based on equality and fairness. That community is us. And we are watching it occur right before our eyes. It is frightening to some, this unknown future. But it is the only way forward--right through the fear and dark and veils of mystery. I think we all had something to do with being born into this time of history. This is a time for prophets and mystics and cultural creatives and spiritual renegades to take their power public and be the God they want to see in the world. This is our time to radiate loving energy like never before and remember upon every waking that it is WE who are the light of the world. What an exciting time to be alive!"
You can read the whole newsletter here and can subscribe to her list.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Big 0 Birthday Bash!




Last Saturday our women's group got together to celebrate one of those big 0 birthdays, and had a lovely brunch with Mimosas. The food was delicious, as were the mimosas. We then settled in our circle for several hours of sharing, gifting and appreciating each other! We were gifted by the birthday womyn with lovely earrings, and I made everyone a bottle of "Girlfriend Glue". Girlfriend Glue is available on my Etsy site

Monday, October 31, 2011

World Wide Tipping Point

I have added a counter to the right for this site\movement. You can check out the site here
I am pretty well buried getting ready for an art show this weekend, but will listen to some of the talks later in the week. I was either 11,979 or 11, 980 (not sure which)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flash Mob at the NM State Fair

I finally found out where the video was for the flash mob!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pinterest and fabric tape!

I get so lost on pinterest and it is so intresting. This is a link on how to make fabric tape:

http://annekata.blogspot.com/2010/05/fabric-paper-tape-little-tutorial.html

check it out...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yeah I know - ANOTHER amazing TED video...

Although this man's English is hard to understand, he has some fascinating pictures and quite a funny presentation.

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of
Publish Post
water harvesting | Video on TED.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Quinn Creative inspired me


After seeing a post on QUINNCREATIVE I was totally inspired. I took my brand spankin' new 12x16" totally blank moleskine journal and went to work. Although this is different from what Quinn envisioned, I love it and the process. Of course, being a quilter, I see it as a nine patch! Enjoy.
The funny thing is that I thought that I was at the front of the book, and it turns out that I was at the back of the book and upside down!
My words are: Nrrd, evocatuer, mother, techy, tactile, creative, artsy, spiritual, dedicated. Somehow I just could not put artist in. Wonder what is up with that?
The right hand page is things that I love. My words were kittehs, spirals, fabric, the internet, spring, fall, chocolate,  red red wine, and labryinths.

Going Green with solar light fixtures

I went to a open studios tour (Alameda Studio Tour) in Albuquerque on Sunday. It was a beautiful day, and I really enjoyed seeing all the art. I had been invited to the tour by Paula Garvanian, who is a master gardener, landscape artist and solar artist. She takes discards, lights them with solar panels and creates the most amazing outdoor light fixtures.
I bought this small light for my balcony and love the ambience it gives off. The pictures do not do it justice, but here goes:


She has all kinds of concoctions, all sizes and I love them all. Leave a comment if you would like to contact her.
I plan to buy more of these little gems (this one is about 8" across and about 10" high overall) and was only $21. What a deal!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

What a Sunday

Great Sunday, I went to a forum on what to do with our church mural as we build a new building, then went to the service and found this in the Order of Service (at First UU)

Affirmation by William Henry Channing
To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not repspectable, and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quitely, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

When I got up this AM and saw all the balloons in the air, I knew it was the anniversary of my father's death. We came out of the hospital after he died and the whole sky was filled with beautiful balloons. That was the first time I saw a mass ascension. It was breathtaking and will always be associated with his death. It has been 18 years, and I still miss him!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Maybe not Fall anymore

This is what I woke up to this morning. I was puttering around and glanced out the window towards Sandia Peak and it was covered in snow, way down the mountain. No snow at my house, but pretty close!
We have had more precipation in the last month than we had the rest of the year!

I was inspired by a post on Quinn Creative to create a wavy lined nine patch, and fill it in with your attributes (only positive, not negative) and then journal about them. I took it a step further in my huge moleskine journal (blank until now). I had so much fun on one page that I put things that I love in a nine patch on the facing page. It was kinda strange, as I thought I was using the first page, but in actuality, it was the last page... so many of my words are not right side up, but I do not think that matters. Here is the beginning of the coloring process.

My words are creative, artsy, techy, nrrd, mother, evocatuer, tactile, dependable, spiritual. . I had impatience (which is very negative) so I took it out and put in the evocatuer. It is a very interesting process and I will post tomorrow when I have finished coloring. My Loves are Kittehs, the internet, fabric, spirals, labryinth, chocolate, red wine, fall, spring

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Joanne's Haul

A local Joanne's is closing (there are three in Albuquerque) and I stopped by there. They had 50%, 75% and 90% off. If you live in Albuquerque, go before Oct. 6th, as that is the last day. Of course, they didn't have that much left, but a lot of stuff (buttons for 10 cents, ribbons for 25 cents, fancy yarn for a dollar, and a HUGE flower pot for $10) Anyway I bought all of this plus the flower pot for $28. Can't beat that!