Down times

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I am always making a To Do List. It helps me stay on task since my freelance jobs can be so sporadic….with ups and downs. When I have down times I embrace them. Those are the times when I can kick back and freely create whatever delights my soul. My last discovery came during this free time. This wonderful character came into my mind. She was so vivid I began sketching her right away. Enter Bitty Bettie! I hope to finish her story in the next few weeks. …keeping it fun!

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Bittie Betty

BBedOh Bitty Bettie!  And what are you dreaming of on this starry night?

Would you like to know the story behind this little “bit” of a Bettie?  I was helping at the hospital by bringing food up to patients.  I walked into a room and there was this little bit of a lady laying in bed.  She was so little and so sweet and her name was Betty!  I told her I was going to write a story using her name!  She was a little “Bitty Bettie” and such a dear.

Now I am in the midst of writing her story!  What fun to travel back in time to what it was like to be so little. Were you little?  Were you big for your age?  So much goes on in the minds of children as they grow up.

I remember going to the local grocery story when I was little. Who was visiting but the “Corn King”.

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He was soooo tall! One little girl was so scared she cried.  I remember vividly how sad he looked to see this little girls reaction.  I felt sorry for him.  I think it made a very big impact on me through the rest of my life.  I always pull for the under dog… the ones who are picked on or left out. It could have easily been me.  What really matters in life is the heart of a person.  Watch carefully what you value. People are the greatest treasures on earth.

The New Book

Oh wonder of wonders!  I love when a new book comes into my heart.  I was drowning in all my notes as you can see. I bought this nifty bulletin board to chart my chapters. Suddenly all the chapters came together.  Yes, as an artist, it’s so good for me to have the visual in front of me.  All these notes are now neatly arranged by chapters in my spiral notebook and my brain!  Let the writing begin!

2018 Resolution? … To Make NO Resolutions!

Onward into the New Year we go. Some are deep into their goals for the year. Some have weight loss on their minds, others may have travel destinations…still others are entertaining new attitudes about life in general…be nicer to people, live life on purpose, etc..

I found that the New Year has me in slow motion. I have a few ideas, but my usual clamor for my “Word For The Year” or my Grand Goals is just not happening.

I am in waiting mode. For so many years I have hopped through hoops and done what I was told. I’ve tried to please so many people that I lost myself along the way.

Okay….so I do have a goal..my one goal right now is simple. Toss it!

I am scaling down in all areas. As a visual person I find that too much stuff shuts me down..I need quiet and serene and clean. There will be a mass clean up in my studio. There will be rooms painted and the beginning of all things new. I am completely relying on God to show me the way. I am working on listening for His voice and He is speaking.

I am changing things up. If a person wants change they have to be willing to do things differently. 2018 will be full of adventure. Right now I feel like Abraham, not knowing where I am going….but it turned out ok for him!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Alpha rhythms. . .

1098E689-BF1C-4D88-9FDA-FFC079B55502A few months ago I was listening to someone on the radio talking about alpha-rhythms. There was a study done suggesting that it was a state of mind you are in upon waking each morning. A very creative state. It was suggested that you go straight to work in your creative area during this time as opposed to checking emails, surfing the web or watching tv…which shuts it all down. I had to chuckle when I heard it. I was reminded of an invention I dreamt of right before waking. It’s seemed “oh so real” and possible that I grabbed a pen and paper on my night stand and began jotting down the idea and sketching the prototype. My husband came into the room…I told him my idea…as I spoke it became clear that it was a bit whacky. Hahaha! Still, it could also be possible? All this to say, keep your pencil and paper handy on your night stand! You never know what idea might be hatching during your alpha-rhythm state of mind!

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The BIG PURGE!

 

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What lurks in your drawers? What hides in your closets? What’s buried in boxes under your bed or in the crevices of your life?  It is different for everyone. When cleaning out my studio I found this quirky collection I began a few years back. I pulled the top off my coconut milk and slipped the plastic ring on my finger and thought…

“I could make fun rings out of these little things…maybe add some beads.. yeah…”

The next beginning was when I started making protein shakes about 3 years ago. I opened the canister to find a plastic scoop. I turned the scoop over in my hand.

“There must be a use for this scoop!”   The scoop collection grew.

Which brings me to today.  I have over 50 scoops and numerous rings… and it’s time to let them GO!

What’s in YOUR closet?

 

 

Jammie Pants And Magazines


I LOVE a good magazine. There is nothing quite like finishing a long day and curling up in your Jammies with a delightful new magazine hot off the rack. I am very picky as to what I buy.  Daphne’s is very fun. I was sucked into this issue by the colors as I leafed through it. Buying my magazines a process. I only look fast! If I don’t get a spark of interest in a few seconds, I pass. I savor my magazines for those moments in life when a bit of quiet and solitude is required. I wear jammies at home, warm sweaters in coffee shops on cold days. Summer days I go outside in my backyard to read. I love creating a dreamy atmosphere where I can get ideas and imagine. 

One of my other favorite magazines is Artful Blogging.  https://stampington.com/artful-blogging

Another is Where Women Create and hand Where Women Create Business.  http://www.wherewomencreate.com/

These magazine really inspire me. My mother used to share her magazines with me. I must of learned from her. She always had a stack of them for me. I still tear out ideas for color and design and tape them in my sketch books. 

What inspires you?