Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Latest from the Bohemian Couch: New Art

Well I have been doing a lot of healing over the past 2 1/2 years and I'm happy to say that I am emerging out of the dark side and back into the light! Its so refreshing when the spring time of growth follows the long grey winter.
During the time following the death of my son I have been creating art for healing and have recently come to a new phase in my creations. I have been asked to commission some pieces for people based on some of the painting and mixed media pieces that I have done. I have also put my art in a local gallery for sale.
I have officially quit my job and am now a full time artist. Fun times ahead I am sure!
My latest piece is a mixed media angel and although it was so hard to release her for sale, it was an important step in this new phase of growth and healing.

I do apologize for the quality of this photo but I had to snap a quick picture of her before handing her over the art gallery! She is an original painting in acrylic with mixed media and painted background. She is 11 x 14 and currently for sale through me for $200.00 or through the art gallery for $240.00

I am accepting commissioned work for similar angels or can work with photographs and a mixed media background. The sky is the limit for whatever your needs are. I have used pressed flowers as a permanent keep sake in the background for remembrance after a death, wedding, christening, engagement, etc.

On this journey I have come to realize how important it is to memorialize special occasions in our lives or for healing the deepest grief. I often use encaustic methods with wax to permanently seal the background so that it becomes a timeless piece of art. I can also use scraps of fabric from a wedding gown, christening gown or the like.

Guardian angels are strong reminders that we are forever guided and watched over and I feel honored and humbled to be in charge of such an important process of peoples healing or celebration of life.

I will attempt to get past pictures uploaded along with updates on new works and what is happening in my little slice of heaven.

I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and healed.

As always I close this with LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Carrie Faden

Thursday, November 20, 2014

34 Days Until A Homemade Christmas!

Its a homemade Christmas here again! I am very excited to be gathering my chicks in one place and we have all gotten busy planning and creating. I love that all of my children had the option to either have a commercial christmas or a homemade Christmas and they all chose homemade. When they discuss the last time we did this they are all so fond of that year and it is heartwarming to hear them say it was their favorite Christmas so far! I just adore my family! 
This year we are dragging other people into it. My daughter-in-law Jill is with us along with my grandson Jon. My son's significant other Sarah will also be in on the fun! So there will be 9 of us all together. I generally get a little carried away because I want them all to have a multitude of things to open. So this year there will be rustic and personalized burlap bags along with delicious handmade bath products and handmade scented coconut castille soap, bath oil and knitted goods. I have also started creating graphics for shirts on my Cameo Silhouette. I have run out of ink in my photo printer so that has been put on hold but I am hoping to get a few "how to" videos up for viewing. The rustic bags are turning out really cool. I have made myself one to hold my drawing pencils and Pit pens. 

I have had so many people so curious and asking "Whats a homemade Christmas?" So perhaps we are spreading the magic and the love. My sister Lisa sent out a message to the family saying she will not be giving gifts this year but she will be making cookies and such for everyone. So it's already catching!!! LOVE that. For my sisters I have decided on Amish Friendship Bread wrapped in lovely pieces of material along with a mason jar of the starter and matching material. If I can find small baskets to hold it at the flea market I will do so. If not then I will probably make a gift bag on the Cameo. Or perhaps I'll wrap it all up in Burlap since it is such a hot item this year and falls into the rustic category. 

There will be more posts following with information on gifts that you can make and give if you want to jump in on the fun. For you Cameo users, I'm hoping there will be ideas forthcoming on how to integrate using our cutter to create beautiful gifts! I am new to the cameo having recently moved away from using my Pazzles cutter. The Cameo Silhouette is a DREAM!! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a cutter. 

To get everyone started, here is the recipe for the Amish Frienship Bread starter. I will be making mine today so day 10 will be Nov. 30th. I will post pictures of the process as we go. 

Amish Friendship Bread STARTER


1 package of active dry yeast
1/4 cup of warm water 
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup of milk


Dissolve the yeast in the warm water (glass or plastic bowl only) Let stand 10 min.
In a 2-quart glass or plastic bowl combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. 
  Using a whisk, mix thoroughly. 
Slowly stir in the milk and the yeast mixture.

Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature. It will get bubbly. This is day 1 of the 10 days. 
Throughout the process, always leave your starter at room temperature. Keep it loosely covered with a towel or dish cloth. The yeast produces gasses and it needs to breath. Always use plastic or wood utensils. Metal kills yeast. 


Day 1 - do nothing
Day 2- stir
Day 3 - stir
Day 4 - stir
Day 5 - stir
Day 6 - add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Stir. Re-cover. 
Day 7 - stir
Day 8 - stir
Day 9 - stir 
Day 10 - dividing and baking day! Today you will add 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup water, 1 1/2 cup milk. 

Measure out equal portions of 1 cup each into jars. Leave the lid slightly loose to breathe or put it in a gallon ziplock for extra air space. There will be approx. 4 to 7 portions according to how active the starter was. At this point you can keep one bag and begin again or use it for baking. Give the others away along with a printed recipe for baking the bread. 

Original Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

1 cup starter
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup mik
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1-2 small boxes of instant pudding, any flavor
1 cup of nuts (optional but delicious!)
1 cup of raisins (along with the nuts this is a nice holiday touch)


Preheat oven to 325
In a large mixing bowl add ingredients in the order they are listed. 
Grease two large loaf pans
Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the top with remaining sugar and cinnamon (I have also added the nuts to the top with the sugar/cinnamon mixture instead of adding all of the nuts to the batter and it is fantastic!)
Bake 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

You are now ready to go! 

As a Christmas gift I usually make double the starter in two separate bowls. Then on baking day I use all of the starter and bake multiple loafs of bread and divide up the other starter as give aways with the loaf. You can also make these ahead of time and freeze them until you are ready to give the loaves away. Make a beautiful gift!!! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ancestor Journals

Lyons Family Luella, Abraham & Hannah
One of the things that will be coming in 2013 is ancestor journals. I have recently obtained photos of ancestors that I didn't know about and they are just to beautiful to resist. Imagine keeping a soul journal where you focus on the spirit of the person or people who went before us. My great great grandmothers name was Luella. She was quite beautiful and I would like a book to honor her and her energy. I think it would be interesting to keep a journal where I log things that are happening in my life and consider what this beautiful Victorian woman might have done or felt under the same circumstances.
 Perhaps I can call a bit of her spirit and guidance into this life not only to honor her but also to draw from the strength of the women who went before me.
Luella Lyons


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Transformational Tuesday

This morning there is a cold chill in the air. Snow hangs above waiting to flutter down and wash the world white. Those magical little white flakes that are so unique and individual, seemingly blending together in a flutter of fluff. 

The house will be warm and the fire will be blazing. I love that. I love the feeling of the heat rising off of the flames, the flushed cheeks that appear when someone stokes the fire. I love the crackle and pop and smell of the smoke is it whisps out of the doors. I love everything about a cozy magical winter afternoon such as today. 

The templates are cut for the bird houses. The fairies are invited to the party. I get giddy every time I look at the flower lights poking out of my herbs keeping me company in my art room. The energy of winter has slowed everything down. Music plays creating an atmosphere of calm and serenity. Truly, in these moments life is good. Add a simmering pot of soup to the stove and life becomes perfect leaving merely "good" far behind. 

In moments like these when I have left my troubles far behind and entered another realm, a creative space of existing in "no time", things taste sweeter, life seems longer and I can live in a heart space filled with love. I suppose this is where playful fairies live full time and I suppose this is why we only glimpse the possibility of them. We only get to pop into their reality once in a blue moon, when snow looms and winter opens a secret doorway. I'll glady share that space today even if only in imagination. Even if only for a short while I will breath in the love and transform my spirit for one afternoon to dance in the magic.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Thought this was worth putting out there..... In the good ole days this wouldn't have even needed to be said. It was a given...


1. Play a sport.
It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble. And maybe even throw or catch.

2. It is better to be kind than to be right.

3. Save money when you're young because you're going to need it someday.

4. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom. Now please go use them.

5. Pray and be a spiritual leader.

6. Don't ever be a bully and don't ever start a fight, but if some idiot clocks you, please defend yourself.

7. Use careful aim when you pee. Somebody's got to clean that up, you know.

8. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat your partner kindly. Forever is a long time to live alone and it's even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance.

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do. This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M. Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. "Yes ma'am" and "yes sir" still go a long way.

14. The reason that they're called "private parts" is because they're "private". Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing. Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea.

17. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship, so don't take something away from her that you can't give back.

18. A sense of humor goes a long way in the healing process.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely. My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother and father because I might be missing you.

The Unknown; but not hidden.
— with Faeez Hoosain and Zainoera Hoosain Taliep.

Monday, June 24, 2013

 No Expectations
~Rumi ~ 

A spirit that lives in this world
and does not wear the shirt of love,
such an existence is a deep disgrace.

Be foolishly in love,
because love is all there is.

There is no way into presence
except through a love exchange.

If someone asks, But what is love?
answer, Dissolving the will.

True freedom comes to those
who have escaped the questions
of freewill and fate.

Love is an emperor.
The two worlds play across him.
He barely notices their tumbling game.

Love and lover live in eternity.
Other desires are substitutes
for that way of being.

How long do you lay embracing a corpse?
Love rather the soul, which cannot be held.

Anything born in spring dies in the fall,
but love is not seasonal.

With wine pressed from grapes,
expect a hangover.

But this love path has no expectations.
You are uneasy riding the body?
Dismount. Travel lighter.
Wings will be given.

Be clear like a mirror
reflecting nothing.

Be clean of pictures and the worry
that comes with images.

Gaze into what is not ashamed
or afraid of any truth.

Contain all human faces in your own
without any judgment of them.

Be pure emptiness.
What is inside that? you ask.
Silence is all I can say.

Lovers have some secrets

That they keep