Friday, December 27, 2013

Blogging Break

I am taking an unscheduled blogging break due a death in the family. I'll be back sometime in January

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I've Got a Winner

For Kate's holiday giveaway I have a winner.



Congratulations Serena, I  will be contacting you about the details of your win.

Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon - Holiday Disasters

Since both Jamie and Shannon are recovering from an ice storm they chose a prompt about Holiday Disasters today.

My only disaster was a big wind storm 2 weeks before Christmas. The hurricane force winds ripped all the siding off our house and broke all the windows on the South side. We were happy that windows had not broken on both sides or it would have destroyed the house and everything in it. My daughter was a baby and I remember dressing her in a snow suit and having her in a pram in the basement as we waited out the storm. The next day the damage meant that she and I had to go to a friends house while Dave got the windows boarded up with plywood.  The house was full of dirt and grime. I have hated strong wind ever since.

I have some great pictures but they are buried somewhere. After looking through several boxes of photos I gave up.  You'll just have to use your imagination today.

Christmas Card and Recipe Swap

I participated in a fun swap this month. We exchanged Christmas cards that we made and we include a favorite family recipe.

This one was hand painted and collaged and was bright and cheery.

This one was hand painted. I loved the little birds on the ground. The artist is from Germany and she painted each of the cards with different animals on the bottom. I thought that was pretty neat.

This one was a bright and cheery collage.

This snow globe had glittery balls and an envelope to match.

This was another hand painted one.  I like the whimsical nature of it.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Kicking It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon - Books

Today the prompt for the blog-a-thon is Books.  Its seems like an open ended prompt, its not a list of books but perhaps we pick a book and discuss or whatever. Since no one has posted yet I can't go peek and see what others have done.

So I decided to share a favorite book that I read this year.  It takes place during WWII, the characters are two women who were pilots during the war.  Its a story of friendship and horrific times. I never even knew that women were pilots during the war.  I loved that the author brings these stories to life. It begins with one of them women captured by the Nazi's and her story unfolds to include them both. It was and is one of my favorite books.  I am reading her second book Rose Under Fire currently. She is a wonderful writer. This is a Young Adult book. Now don't let that deter you. Some of my favorite books come from that section now. The only reason I think this book is YA is the age of the characters. The subject matter is definitely deep and thought provoking. Did I say how much I loved this book yet.  Go get yourself a copy and enjoy the story of these two amazing women.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday Sketches - December

 I haven't done any sketches  for Sunday in awhile.  I had my new sketchbook with me and no reference photos so this just came from my head,  I think that my sketches are so much better if I have some kind of reference.

Check out what other sketchers over at Alex's blog Blue Chair Diary

Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon -- Little me

For todays prompt Jamie and Shannon are asking me to share a photo of a little me. Oh, that one is hard. I grew up in a large family and although I didn't know it, we were poor. When I came along things must have been bad as there are next to no photographs of me. This is the only baby picture of me.


Here I am being held by two brothers, Billy and Gerry.  Sister Marianne is on the right and on the left is my brother Tom who doesn't look too happy not being the baby anymore is my brother . Tom. I jokingly always say that he tried to get rid of me when he started my parents bedroom on fire while I was sleeping in the bed. My brother Gerry rescued me.

The next photo does not appear until I am 5 years old. This is the photo that a classmate says was ugly.  I really look like my paternal grandmother in this picture.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Celebrating the Solstice

I have celebrated the Winter Solstice for years.  I usually have a fire, sometimes outside and sometimes inside.  This years fire is in my wood stove.  I like to make a list of things that I want to release or let go and then some that I want to bring into my life in the coming year,  Then I throw the list into the fire.  Its a simple and fun ritual to do on this day.  This year I decided some art for today would  be nice too.  So I created this 2 page spread in my art journal.  It seemed to cement the experience of the day for me.

Happy Solstice.

Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon -- Quote

Jamie and Shannon are asking me to share a quote today.

Here is a quote from a favorite poem by Mary Oliver.

 "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Here is the poem too!.

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?

I was playing in my art journal and used the prompt from the other day.  What's in my bag? I used my new typewriter to make the list. It would be a fun thing to do pages on all these prompts.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon

Jamie and Shannon are having us do another post on firsts.  I really don't remember my childhood so this was hard for me but I gave it a shot. 

  • Your First Job  - Working as a cashier at a convenience store.
  • The First Thing to Your Left - Bowl of spaghetti, as I am eating as I do this.
  • Something You Remember About First Grade - not a clue, I remember little of my childhood
  • The First book you ever read - Another hard one; how about some books from my childhood.  My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart, A Tree Grows in Brookly by Betty Smith Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
  • The First Thing You Do In the Morning , turn on my nightstand lamp.
  • The First Food You Knew You Didn't Like - vegetables, didn't like any but corn.
  • Your First Memory - My kindergarten picture and how one girl said it was ugly.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kicking It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon - What's in Your Bag

Today Jamie and Shannon ask us to open our bags and list 10 items inside.

1. Wallet.
2. Coin purse.
3. iPhone.
4. Reading glasses.
5. Pens.
6. Moleskine cahier notebook.
7. 2B graphite pencil.
8. Sunglasses.
9. Peppermint life savers.
10. Black eyeliner pencil.

Not very interesting, just a lot of basic stuff.

Kickin It old Skool Blog-a-Thon --- Wishcasting

So appropriate to do some wishcasting on wednesday for the prompt of today's Kickin It Old Skool post.  I did wishcasting with Jamie for several years it seems like.  Its always been amazing.

I've been using the Oracle Deck that I am part of.  Yesterday I pulled a card called Fearless Joy. It is what I have been feeling about this whole project. Then this morning I pulled the same card.

For my wish I choose to keep this feeling.  To have more JOY in my life on a daily basis.  Its so easy to get caught up in the business of life and to forget to enjoy all those joyful moments.

To add to the joy I am hosting a Holiday Giveaway, make sure you enter before the 24th. Go to this post

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon - Free Association

Todays Prompt for the blog-a-thon is Word association.  Jamie and Shannon have given us five words to expand upon.

River -  I have always lived near a river or had a river close by. Growing up in Michigan I had the Detroit River, then the Grand River in Lansing, and the Sturgeon River in Houghton Michigan. The Fox River when I lived in Appleton, Wisconsin,  the Ogden river in Utah and the Snake River in Idaho. This is a peek to the Snake River.

    Fresh - something new of course, food comes to mind immediately, I think fresh fruit, you know the kind where you bite into it and the juices comes dripping down your chin. Fresh peaches are a favorite of mine.

      Escape - Let's get out of town, that is my perfect escape.  Sometimes to familiar places and other times to places unknown.  I love to travel.

        Moment  - A moment in time is such a special thing.  So often we forget to appreciate those moments while we have them. I so enjoyed this moment where I got to hold a hummingbird after it had been banded. You could feel her little heart just pounding away.  She only stayed there for a few seconds before flying off.

          Night - I am a night person vs a morning person. There are times when I do get up early to enjoy the sights and sounds of my world. I do treasure those times but I am most productive at night. My ideal world is get up with the sun and have a siesta in the afternoon and then up till 2 am creating the wonders of my world.

          Monday, December 16, 2013

          Kate's Holiday Giveaway

          Its the season for giving and its no different here on the blog. Welcome to my Holiday Giveaway.

          To one lucky reader I am offering my Sand Dollar Coaching package. This includes 4 - 45 minute coaching sessions, and 4 follow up emails. Winner will be chosen by random generator. I'll pick a winner on December 24, 5 pm so be sure to enter before then. Just leave a comment on this post. I'd love to hear what was your favorite Christmas gift. If you tweet or post about the giveaway on Facebook I'll put your name in for each entry.  Just let me know if you have posted elsewhere.

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon - Favorite Songs

          Todays Prompt for the blog-a-thon is Favorite Songs

          Separate Ways - Journey
          How Much I feel - Ambrosia
          Holding Back the Years - Studio 99
          Lady in Red - Chris De Burg
          Rollin in the Deep - Adele
          Travelin Soldier - Dixie Chicks
          All these things that I've done - The Killers
          My Last Breath - Evanescence
          Ebudae - Enya
          Mummer's Dance - Loreena McKennit
          I get up early - Maggie Sansone
          Crash and Burn - Savage Garden
          Uprising - Muse
          1973 - James Blunt
          You Know my Name - Chris Cornell
          Ride of the Rohirrim - Return of the King Soundtrack - the first minute is my favorite part.
          Lord of the Rings - all 3 soundtracks.
          Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
          Fever - Micahel Buble'
          Desert Rose - Sting
          Settlin- Sugarland
          Live like you were dieing - Tim McGraw
          I still haven't found what I'm looking for - U2
          I wanna dance with somebody - Whitney Houston
          Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

          Oh I could go on all day.  I haven't even gotten to the classic rock yet. I love listening to music

          Sunday, December 15, 2013

          Kicking It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon- Who Do You Love and Some Excitement

          Today for the Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon we've been asked share Who Do You Love. This can be real people or furry ones.

          This is my family, Daughter Sarah and husband Dave on the beach near Newport Oregon.

          This is Bo one of my cats. She is definitely her own cat, not a big cuddler unless she wants it.  She loves to sleep around my legs at the bottom of the bed. The other is hiding out somewhere.

          Look what arrived in yesterday's mail.  The oracle deck cards that I've been involved with.  I got together with a fabulous group of artists from all over the world to create this. It is so amazing to see it in my hands and to know a little piece of my art is in the hands of people near and far.  I am humbled by the beauty of this project.  

          We have a website here but its pretty basic at this point. You can purchase decks from me if you are from the US. Click on tab at the top of the page or go here. We have people selling them from Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, if you are from one of these countries let me know and I will connect you to the correct person.

          Saturday, December 14, 2013

          New Journals And A Surprise

          I ordered the larger size Venzia Journal after seeing it at Dirty Footprint Studio.  Then I signed up for Connie's class on painting the Feminine so I was saving it for that class that starts in January. At Michaels I found the smaller size so I grabbed it right away. This sketchbook is just lovely. I didn't have that much time for art this week so I would go in my art room and just pet the paper, anxiously awaiting some time with it.

          My first page in my new Venzia Fabriano Journal.  I used watercolor for the background and then I drew doodles over the top and added WC crayons on top. The paper buckled a little at the amount of water I was adding but I just took my iron to it and wala its back to normal.

          My friend Amy called and told me she had something I was looking for.  She runs a charity thrift store and I always tell her what I am looking for.  Sooner or later it seems to show up.  Now what could be in this little case.

          Well not the vintage typewriter I would like but it will do.  It was made in the 60's, and even came with some old paper and a manual.  There are a couple cover letters and a resume in the case too. Always makes me wonder about the previous owner.  I found out that I can get old ribbons online so I am all set.  No I don't plan to write a novel on it. I plan to use it to type up collaged words for my mixed media work.

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon One Sentence Saturday

          Today for the Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon we've been asked share one sentence in a book. The third book from the top shelf of a bookshelf.

           To touch the lives of children. From You Can Write Children's Books.

          Friday, December 13, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon - A First - My Dog Flynn

          Today for the Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon we've been asked to share our firsts, A first in anything. It took me awhile to come up with something. I'd like to talk about my first dog, the first dog that was truly mine, not a family dog, but mine. He was my Mother's Day Gift Fourteen Years ago.

          Who couldn't love a face like this.  I trained him, ran and walked with him, shared a life with him and miss him so much today.  We had to put him down earlier this year and my life has been less since then.

          We took walks in snow and rain, and I felt such a bond, a companionship.  Some days when I walk I like to think he is still there with me. I miss the hugs, the slobbery kisses, the walks, the connection. This year, as I drove around town Christmas shopping I realized that I won't be buying a dog treat this holiday, it brought the sadness and loss back to me.

          People always ask "Are you going to get another dog?" I usually say yes, but it hasn't been an immediate thing. I am still mourning Flynn, although I miss having a dog, I haven't had that desire to have a new companion now. I think sometime next year I'll be ready. Time will have passed and I will have honored this relationship that was so dear to me. Right now I like to think he is off in some field herding up some sheep and having a great time.

          Thursday, December 12, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon * Ten Things I Know For Sure

          Today's prompt for the Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon hosted by Jamie and Shannon Ridler is   

          Ten things I know for sure.

          1.  Family is so important, tell your people that you love them.
          2.  Everyone is creative.
          3.  New art supplies never fail to give me a lift. I love my new Venzia Fabriano journal.
          4.  It is often the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure.
          5.  Birds will delight me my entire life.
          6.  Art heals in so many ways.
          7.  Coaching changes lives, I wouldn't be where I am today without it.
          8.  Connection with other women feeds my soul on multiple levels.
          9.  Manifesting really works.
          10. Thoughts create things so I try to think good ones.

          Wednesday, December 11, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog-A-Thon - Weepy Wednesday

          Today's prompt for the Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon hosted by Jamie and Shannon Ridler is  what makes you cry.

          Onions, big time, I can't peel an onion without crying.  Movies, I cry when the General comes out for his celebration in the Movie White Christmas every time. Or those happy/sad TV clips of soldiers surprising their families by coming home. Sometimes I cry when someone I love says something hurtful. Or when a person or group does something wonderful.  I will cry when I am happy too, I call them tears of joy.

          Painting a gift

          I painted this part of a tote bag years ago and used roller stamps on it and then outlined the images.

          I tackled the back last night. I painted the other side with a view in Sedona.

          This is what I have now. I am thinking maybe the water should be more blue like the sky. So I will probably play with that today.

          Tuesday, December 10, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon - Show and Tell

          Today's prompt for the Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon hosted by Jamie and Shannon Ridler is show and tell.  I have been working hard on gifts but I can't show them here.  If you were on Jamie's Spreecast today, you got to see them.

          This is what I made this morning, I got out my Cricut electronic die cutter and made some tags for presents.

          Then I attended Creativity and Coffee with Jamie. I brought my journal, gelatos and WC crayons to the office and just played while the event was happening.  Just a journal page of color and pattern and lots of fun.

          Monday, December 9, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon - Favorite Movies

          For a movie buff - All time favorite:  Lord of the Rings.

          Many women don't like these film due to all the battle scenes.  I love them on several levels,the actors, (I do love Viggo Mortensen)  the story and then all the costuming and set design and the music.  I really got into the details of filmmaking with these flicks.

          Other films I like:

          While You were Sleeping - Favorite Romantic Comedy
          Christmas in Connecticut the Barbara Stanwyck version 1945 - Christmas Movies. I also love White Christmas, Its a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story
          Old movies - The Quiet Man - favorite flick with John Wayne in it.
          Fantasy - Harry Potter Movies.
          Thriller - Hunt for Red October, you can't beat Sean Connery in a film.
          Science Fiction - Star Trek, Star Wars movies.

          There are many more but these are what first came to mind.  I love the whole movie experience, my daughter and I have bonded over many flicks and now call one another after seeing a new movie to share experiences and critiques. I do love a good story and movies take me there in new ways.

          Sunday, December 8, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool - Where I blog

          Jamie and Shannon asks to see where we are all blogging from.  When I looked at my room I gasped.  Oh not here, I am in production sewing mode and the place is a disaster. My office and sewing area are in the same room. I re-gouped a little, straightened up my desk. Then I had to figure how to use the timer on my camera.  At least I know how now. Just be thankful that I did not show you the other side of the room.

          Saturday, December 7, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool Blog a Thon - One Sentence Saturday

          One Sentence Saturday is the prompt for todays post of the Kicking it old Skool Blog-a-thon I am doing with Jamie and Shannon Ridler.

          Snow falling outside, with crafting going on inside, where its warm.  

          Can't show any of it it since its Christmas presents that I am working on.

          Friday, December 6, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool - First Blog Post

          Jamie and Shannon want us to share our first blog post.  Whoa that took some doing and this isn't the first post because I don't remember where that first blog was. I just remember it was frustrating because I didn't want to pay extra to post pictures.  I blogged on the tripod platform for 2 years then moved to blogger. When I started I was working in a call center fixing people's printers.  I wasn't even doing art, just weaving and spinning.  I started because I wanted to share projects I was doing with friends in other states. The blog was called Meanderings. I moved it to blogger in 2006 and changed the name to The Queen of Creativity on July 4, 2009. Its hard to believe I have been blogging ten years.

          Tuesday, 16 November 2004
          Mood:  happy
          Topic: Weaving
          Well I finally found a blog where I can post pictures so here goes. 
          I am making a blanket for my daughter for christmas. Its all handspun yarns. The warp looks quite pretty. Plans are to weave with grey weft.

          Just finished a tri-loom shawl and out another one on the loom.. I am using some green homespun by Lion brand. It will be quite pretty its a nice shade.

          Here is a pic of the blanket

          Thursday, December 5, 2013

          Kickin it Old Skool Blog A Thon Day 5 - Ten Things


          The Prompt for today is to share ten things about me.

          1.  Books, I love books, reading and writing them.  I have books in every room of my house.
          2.  I love all thing English.  British dramas, comedies, chocolate.
          3.  Now that we are empty nesters I have taken over all the spare rooms in the house.  I have a          weaving studio, an art studio and an office/sewing room.
          4.  I am a big Dr. Who fan I even have a life sized Dalek in my living room.  Its on loan from a f      friend. I see myself as River Song, I want to be that Fearless.
          5. I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, stories, Tv and movies.  I loved Firefly,
              Babylon 5, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek etc.
          6. I love being a coach, its o great being to help people foster their own creativity.
          7. I grew up in Michigan and moved west more than 30 years ago.
          8. I have 3 big looms that I weave fabrics on and 2 spinning wheels to make yarn..
          9. I'm A Fearless Painter and I love the process. Its opened me up in many ways.
          10. I love to see animals in nature, I've seen whales, wolves, bears, owls and many more in their naturll environments.

          Wednesday, December 4, 2013

          Kickin it Old Skool Day 4 - Weather

          Today Jamie and Shannon's prompt for the blog-a-thon  is the weather and so appropriate for my life today. We have 2-3 inches of snow on the ground and the temp is 0 out. We lost power at 5am. I thought I would just get up and go take a shower at the workout club we belong to.  But the car is in the garage and the doors are run by electricity. So yes I am stuck at home.  It doesn't happen often but its interesting when you can not do what you have planned to. We have a wood stove so we got a fire going. Sooner or later hunger hits.  We got our camping coffeepot out and Dave made coffee on the stove, I wanted some hot chocolate so I heated up some water too. You can see both of the pots in the picture.  Later I warmed up some banana bread in a small frying pan.  The surface on top of the stove is made to cook on so we took advantage of that.

          I spent part of the time reading a book and part addressing Christmas cards. It felt very homey and relaxing too.  It amazing how many things I wanted to do that required electricity. Here is a short list. I won't mention how many times I turned on a light switch.

          1. Internet
          2. Cooking
          3. Sewing some xmas gifts
          4. TV
          5. Phone was almost out of power. With no land line and my husband phone on low power too I started to feel a little isolated

          The power came back on at noon, but I was so into what I was doing that I just continued doing it instead of jumping back into the world. It became a nice respite as soon as I let go of my plans and made the best of the situation. It was quite the gift actually. How did your day go?

          Tuesday, December 3, 2013

          Kickin it Old Skooll - Day 3 A Color Meme

          It's now day 3 in the blog a thon I am doing with Jamie Ridler and company.  Today we are doing a meme on color.  Something is wrong with blogger today.  Every picture I add it puts white lines through.  Hopefully this will be fixed soon

          Old Skool Colour Meme

          [ RED ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of red? My Mother, she loved the color red a nd wore it often,
          2. Closest red thing to you? Spiral notebook with a red cover.
          3. What is the last thing that made you angry? When the restaurant where we holf our writers group, gave the room we had reserved to someone else
          4. Are you a fan of romance? Yes
          5. Do you have a temper? No
          [ GREEN ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of green? “It’s not easy being green.”
          2. Closest green thing to you? A green post it with inspiring message "I am a writer I write Books"
          3. What’s your favorite green environment? A forest,
          4. Are you jealous of anyone right now? The people with great followings that can offer something and hundreds of people sign up.
          5. Are you a lucky person? I am not sure 

          [ PURPLE ]

          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of purple? Some of my favorite purple clothes.
          2. Closest purple thing to you? a small stuffed animal, given to me as a gift during Nano.
          3. Do you like being treated like royalty? Yes,  I like it when someone goes that extra mile to do something fort me.
          4. Do you like mysterious things? Like life? Yes,
          5. Are you intuitive? Yes
          [ BLUE ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of blue? The sky.
          2. Closest blue thing to you? A pen, with a blue casing but black ink.
          3. Are you good at calming people down? I can be the calm in a storm.
          4. What’s your favorite body of water (i.e. lake, ocean, etc)? The Ocean hands down, I wish I lived closer to it.
          5. What was the last thing that made you cry? A TV show, DR.Who biopic on the actor who played the first Dr, 
          6. Are you a logical thinker? Yes, I am very right brained but things do have to make sense for me to do them.
          [ YELLOW ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of yellow? The Sun.
          2. Closest yellow thing to you? Yellow background in a memory painting I did at Total Alignment Retreat.
          3. What was one of the happiest times of your life? When my daughter was born. I know sounds cliche but its true. My life would have been so different without her.
          4. What’s your favourite holiday? Christmas
          5. What makes you happy?  Creating something
          [ PINK ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of pink? Barbie
          2. Closest pink thing to you? Pink POst it, I have them all over my office.
          3. What sweet things do you like? Chocolate, Cookies, Cheesecake, Cakes
          4. Are you sensitive? Yes, 
          5. What is your favourite flower? I love the P's Pansy, Peonie, Poppy
          6. Does you have a crush on someone? no

          [ ORANGE ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of orange? My friend Kate who loves the color.
          2. Closest orange thing to you?  Handles or sewing scissors.
          3. Do you dress up for Halloween? sometimes, if I'v a party to go to.
          4. What gives you the warm fuzzies?  KIndness
          5. What would your superpower be? Time Travel, I'd love to go back and talk to my mom and grnadmother.
          [ BROWN ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of brown? boring, drab color
          2. Closest brown thing to you? The wood desk
          3. What is your favourite type of chocolate? Milka Toffee its from Germany, yummy.
          4. What makes you feel grounded? Walking in nature, trees and meditation/yoga
          5. Paint the wood or always leave it au naturel? Natural woods

          [ WHITE ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of white? purity
          2. Closest white thing to you? White candle
          3. Do you always try to keep the peace? No, sometimes confrontation is needed to move forward.  My mother always did this to the detriment of herself.
          4. Do you like to play in the snow? If I am dressed correctly.
          5. Are you afraid of going to the doctors or dentist? No
          [ BLACK ]
          1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of black? Black pants.
          2. Closest black thing to you? 2 camera's to my left a head band to my right.
          3. Are you sophisticated or silly? Probably neither, I am sophisticated in some ways but silly in my outlook, I love to play.
          4. Do you have a lot of secrets? No
          5. What’s the new black? Self Care, It get talks about a lot but is so important,

          Monday, December 2, 2013

          Kickin It Old Skool : Day 2 Time Capsule


          Its day 2 of the challenge with Jamie and Shannon Ridler. Today we are capturing a moment in time by answering these questions.

          1. What are you reading?
           Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  Its a YA story about 2 teenage misfits in love, it is so  charming. Then there's The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, if you haven't read her go out and  get a copy of The Forgotten Garden, its fabulous. Then I have a pile of new books to read that  came out in November when there was no time for reading.

          2. What are you watching?
          I am loving the new series Sleepy Hollow, great writing, wonderful cast and eye candy too.

          3. What are you listening to?
          I am loving Spotify because I can listen to anything.  I just signed up for a 2 month free trial so I don't get the ads now.  I really like the instrumentals of - Jessica Stirling.

          4. What are you loving? 
          More free time, contemplating what comes next in my life. Enjoying those quiet moments.

          5. What are you wearing?
          Still in my Pj's Cranberry paisley pants and white t-shirt and crocs on my feet.

          6. What are you creating?
          Rolling out my Friday Night Art Club, planning a new website to combine Safe Harbor Coaching and The Queen of Creativity, sewing lots of Xmas gifts, making plans for finishing my novel in 2014.

          7. What are you looking forward to? 
          Lots of self care, to enjoy the holidays in new and simple ways.

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          Reflections on a Busy Month

          Its time for my month article focusing on creativity.  This is also posted in my newsletter.You get these if you subscribe to my newsletter but I like to include them here for any new visitors to my blog. 

          Reflections On A Busy Month

          This past November I had a lot of activities going on. Usually in November I participate in The National Novel Writing Month.  Now that activity is enough for a normal person but for me I had several other things going.

          When I signed up for Connie Hozvicka’s Workshops, Creative Circles & Retreats it was going to be a handbook.  So I didn’t expect it to impact November at all.  Well she changed it and it turned into 4 conference calls. So there went that plan.

          Then a couple months ago I signed up for Pauline Agnew’s course Draw and Paint What You Love.  It started in October and I knew it would impact November but I knew the course would be up there awhile so I had some leeway.

          Then at the last minute I decided to sign up for Art Every Day Month.  I knew I would not be able to give up working in my art journal all month, so I thought I would do what I could do. I gave myself permission to participate fully or as little as I wanted to with no pressure.

          So how did I manage it all?

          The Creative circles course was all recorded so I downloaded the content to listen to later.  I printed off all the PDF’s and created a file for them and put them all away.  I plan to listen later.

          The Art class worked in conjunction with Art Every Day Month. Often my art for the day was what I had made for my class assignments.  Its great when you can do double duty.  We had a Facebook group for our class assignments and first I would post there and then I would do a short blog post, uploaded it to Creative Every Day and I was finished.  It made it easy. I even threw in different creative days like weaving or knitting.  It really was an easy process for me.

          Most of my writing was done at night.  We had scheduled Google+ Hangouts with my writing group so that was easily accomplished.

          I think my success this month was structure.  I had a structure in place that made it easy to accomplish all the tasks I needed to do. As a creative person I usually resist schedules and structure.  I think this time my structure was fluid so it worked for me. So if you are a person who doesn't like structure you might give it try one more time.