Monday, December 26, 2011

Healing Kale



I recently felt attracted to Kale for no reason. Being a strong believer in instinct and paying attention to what we are drawn to I decided to research it. It turns out that it is just what the dr. ordered in my life at this time.
Here is what I found out at http://www.vibrantdish.com

A Natural Detoxifier
Kale contains a potent glucosinolate phytonutrient, which actually boosts and body’s detoxification enzymes, clearing potentially carcinogenic substances more quickly from your body

Nowadays there’s a lot of talk that people need strong bones and should be drinking pasteurized dairy products for calcium. Many people have turned to supplements with the promise that they can avoid losing bone density. There is actually a wide range of foods that allow you to digest and absorb calcium better then pasteurized dairy products, and these include kale. Just by including kale and other calcium-rich vegetables in your weekly diet, you will be receiving the calcium your body requires for strong bones, proper estrogen, metabolism, blood clotting, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, enzyme activity, and cell membrane function.
Healing properties of kale include:

- Ease of lung congestion
-Beneficial to the stomach, liver, and immune system
-Protects eyes from age related disease
-Helps lower risks of prostate, colorectal, and lung cancer

For your own research hop on over the www.vibrantdish.com and find out what you can heal in your life with whole, healthy and healing nutrition!

Recipe:

Dehydrated Kale Chips

One bag or bunch of kale, organic if at all possible
1 to 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Juice of one lemon
2 to 3 tbsp cold pressed extra virgian olive oil
3 to 4 tbsp nutritional yeast

Mix all ingredients together and put over the kale (stems removed) Message it all together for a few minutes. Place on a dehydrator tray or in a warm oven (145 degrees for the first hour, lowering to 115 for the remainder)
Allow to dehydrate until crispy, can take up to 12 hours.

You can vary this recipe with all kinds of things such as veggie cheese instead of nutritional yeast along with chopped jalepeno's or adding hot pepper flakes to the above recipe. You can also choose different herbs such as rosemary and garlic or something more savory like Thyme, oregano, sage, etc. The sky is the limit to flavor so experiment and have fun!
ENJOY!!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Classes and Publications

Well I started my class last week. This is a sewing class that I'm hoping will give me the know how that I need to start to create the bohemian bags in a more structured way. Up until now I have been making them completely by eye, no pattern and put together in a rag bag kind of fashion. Example:


What I would like is to have something a bit more put together with a lining, pockets, etc. I would love for the bags to remain tapestry bags but have more lasting quality.
The class is fantastic and this particular teacher is stellar at what she does! She is also very artistic in her methods so nothing is carved in stone and she is full of new and creative ideas on how to change things up.
The trial bag is anything but bohemian because I had to choose a cotton fabric for ease in learning. I chose a fun large print floral fabric that is brown with bright colored flowers.


Monday night I should start to sew it together, hopefully.
I was just sent the link for the upcoming "Time" book that I have a very small part in. It will be ready for sale in April.
http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Time-Creativity-Reinvent-Reclaim/dp/1608681114/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321706575&sr=8-1
The next publication, Altered Pages, is due out after January. That is another art book and ironically in both art books its my words being published with no art!
I am scheduled to start classes for the Lead Generation Specialist with Weichert on Monday so things should start to pick up on the real estate end also. I'm actually considering starting a separate blog for the world of real estate. I think that people in general could use good advice from an artistic view on how to prepare their house for sale, some of the dilemmas that come up, etc.
What I would love most right now is to launch all of these interests into the world in a constructive manner including my art, sewing, writing and work in real estate. I wondered how to bring them together but now realize that there is no reason to. They can stay separate and unique, many parts of a whole.

UPDATE:
I received this from the author of the second book after writing my blog post for the day. This is what he had to say about publication
I am happy to announce that The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed is now available for pre-order on Amazon, The book is now at the printers with an official release date in March 2012. I am planning an extensive online promotion and will also be heading out on a brief book tour. Stay tuned for more information. And thank you all again for helping to make this dream a reality. Best, Seth


Please visit Seths page for an amazing journey into the world of mixed media. He can be found at:
The Altered Page

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vacation Time!

I'm going on an art cruise! The cruise leaves Oct 23rd and it will be one week of glorious art with my girlfriend Mikell.
I can't believe its finally here. We booked it months and months ago. It seemed like an eternity at the time and POOF, here we are!
There are a few things precruise for everyone to prepare.
So far I have created a mask for a costume party that they are having on board. The mask is not completely done but it is Angel themed.
They are also having an art session that is based on the movie Mama Mia so I have created my custume for that. I couldn't figure out who I could be given that I thought the costumes were limited so I decided to stretch it and go as Aphrodite. Then I have decided on adding angel wings and a halo for the actual costume party later in the week. My thought was the one costume will do double duty. I have to carry it all the way to Florida with me on an airplane so better to keep it simple!
One glorious week of sun, fun, shows, art, laughs and planning my future life living near a beach in a tropical area! What better way to plan than to have one week of complete absorbtion in the atmosphere I want to live in surrounded by the type of people I want to live near! Friends, like minded and artistic. Could there be anything better?
YUMMO!!!
Pictures to come!!!
xoxoxoxo

Friday, September 23, 2011

Interest vs. Commitment

interest vs commitment

I read an article today on interest vs. commitment. I loved the concept and comparison. Immediately I could see how much scope this has for helping people to define and refine goals in life.

Sometimes people (mainly me!) become so frustrated because they have a new interest but its not manifesting quite the way they thought it would. Perhaps they are confusing it with something they think they are committed to but in actuality they really just have a current interest in it. Maybe it won't ever manifest into anything because what they thought was a long term thing was really just a wanting to know a little more about a subject.

This clarified SO much for me when I saw it. I realized I have a TON of interests! But in fact I don't have a lot of commitment toward the vast majority them, which keeps them forever in the interest category. For instance the article named how a lot of people have family as commitment. That spells a lot because when the going gets tough we will go through thick and thin with our family. It is a huge interest of ours that has crossed the thresh-hold into commitment.

When I started to play with this idea I realized that commitment is the ingredient that is missing in a lot of my interests. This now begs the question "which interest is important enough for me to make it into a commitment?". Thats a huge question in my life because once I say I am committed I take it as serious as a heart attack. I tend to give myself very little room for error or for changing a commitment back to an interest or just dropping it all together. A place for growth I am sure. When you know you won't let yourself off the hook you tend to become commitment phobic.

I have decided that from now on I'm going to separate things in my life into two categories, interests and interests that I will commit to. Manifestations and manifestations I will commit to. Aquaintances and aquaintances I want to commit friendship to, on and on this could go. What a revelation! We could solve 99% of all of our problems by asking "What am I committed to"

I'll be playing with this concept for quite some time.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Moving Through Life with a Zen Vehicle

I want to move through life in a body that is my Zen vehicle.
How peaceful does that sound? Each foot step done in a balanced way. Each breath counting for something. Each cell humming with an awareness of the energy it carries.Or at least thats the way I see a zen body being in my minds eye.
The reality of it is that I'm running through life breathless and feeling as if there is always the next thing to do. But really, aren't we all?
How many people do you see at the grocery store that are so frazzled they can't get passed the little old lady blocking the isle fast enough. Eyes wide, hair standing on end, nerves taught they hold their breath waiting for her to see them and get the hell out of the way.
Change channels to a different reality. Little old lady is blocking the isle. The mom with three kids in the cart pauses, smiles, notices how cute the little old lady is, takes a deep cleansing breath, is fully embodied and aware of that moments energy, calm and peaceful. By the time she releases her breath the little old lady has moved. The kids are quiet and serene. They feel mom is centered and calm.

Or is that a calgon commercial? Yes I think I just slipped into a calgon reality. I really need a vacation.

When I took the zen vehicle photo I thought I was taking it because of the line of the fence and the angles. When I got it back all I could see written on that fence was ZEN....ZEN....it was calling me. What is it about that calm peacefullness that is so appealing? Do the buddhist monks really feel serene all the time or are they just better at hiding lifes aggravation.
In an interview on television the Dalai Lama once killed a fly. It was aggravating him.
If the Dalai Lama can kill a fly on national television I'm pretty sure the little old lady doesnt stand a chance.
Still I say throw caution to the wind and do your best to embrace a calm presence and state of mind. Be fully in your body and completely aware of whats happening all around you. For the most part I don't think you will truly want to demolish the little old lady blocking the isle in your local grocery store. There are days, of course, where things will become so aggravating that you will have to take action. Just kill the fly and don't apologize for it.
And don't worry about it later. Your still in possession of your zen vehicle, doing the best you can to navigate life.
Take a breath and know its not all that serious. Smile, knowing life is full of flies.
We can still be happy in our Zen vehicle.

Todays Creative Act
I will be making cloth journals. Deliciously filled with all kinds of antique lace, material, prepped pages waiting for someone to add their life, photos and writing to it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

This Week

This past week has been an incredible whirlwind of events, both happy and sad. I continue to look for heart in everything but have been caught up in the heartbeat of life.
On Friday my mom went into a nursing home. That is a little sad and yet also a little happy. When I visited I realized that she is in the most amazing place, well cared for with a staff of people who genuinely care. You can see that it is a true calling for them. Here, in this place, she is able to interact with a lot more people and to participate in things that can help her keep busy and use some of her mind. So far they have proven to be gentle, kind, caring and interested in her. The facility is immaculate and charming. This all makes it easier. She still doesn't understand why she is not going home with her girls but it is not a possibility for us to care for her in a safe manner any longer. Alzheimer's is a terrible thing and hopefully soon they will have some breakthroughs on a
cure.
I have been steadily studying my online art classes. I can not wait to get started on the fabric journal. That has me so excited!!
I started out with such good intentions to create something on a daily basis but alas, sometimes we just have to admit our limitations and keep working on expanding ourselves to ever greater horizons~~~ with practicality!
I hope you are all well and blessed today.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

cocktails with heart

Todays art comes in the form of an inventive cocktail. Made with Snapdragon and some rum I was thoroughly enjoying my creative endeavor and lowering my cholesterol all at the same time.
The heart is in the fact that I made it with love and I am helping my heart by lowering my cholesterol.
Ok so maybe thats a stretch but hey, I CREATED it and I did it with HEART. So therefore I met my own criteria..

And I LOVED it   ;o)

That must count for some heart....right?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Today's Creativity

We are in the dog days of summer here on the east coast. The past few days I have been struggling with balance. I have bitten off a lot, not more than I can chew, but a lot.
I came to the conclusion that I was not happy with following someone elses prompts for my art each day or bringing someone elses creative ideas into my day as a "must do" so I have stepped back, just slightly, to see where I can rearrange and tweak this to be more of a fit to who I am...or maybe to who I'm becoming.
This morning I had a burst of knowing that I needed to clean out my 6x8 office. Its very small and I am technically running three businesses from here. The challenge for me is to manage to find a creative way to tackle the task.
I started by focusing on what matters. All the business for real estate went into files or the closet. I can get to it but its not right in front of me burying me in a vision of what I DON'T want.
I cleaned off my magnet board and put only the things that matter to me on there. These surfaces are all the things I see on a daily basis so I want them to be only the things that are inspirational to me. The non-inspirational is neatly put away. Out of site, out of mind.
I have a list of artbundance principles that hang on my wall and I added a heart to the fairy that is on there....so she sprouted HEART. This adds to my heart art theme ;o) And it makes me happy. It almost looks like she is floating away on a balloon of love.
I'm realizing that if we don't love what we are doing its very very hard to maintain any kind of energy behind it to fuel it to keep going. It just accumulates and becomes heavier and heavier. Our life becomes an accumulation. Life is really to short to not fill it with things that we love.
The oddest experience of this whole clean out experiment is that I am suddenly exhausted. It was not hard work, by any means. Its as if I was carrying a million pounds with all of the build up in here and when I finished cleaning it up it felt as though I put the baggage down and realized WHEW...I'm tired!
I wonder why?! I've been shouldering far to much weight without even knowing it!
So, onward and upward. This little list of artbundance flying on love is my inspirational piece for today.

Fill your day with TONS of LOVE!!!!
xoxoxoxo

Friday, July 29, 2011

A handmade stencil

"Art is never finished, only abandonded"
                                               Leonardo da Vinci
Today the job was to create a stencil and use it in my work. There was no work that I did today other than online so I went back to the background piece I had been working on around day four. I didn't have an exacto knife to cut a stencil so I went really really far back and pulled out my kindergarten skills! I took an 8x11 piece of printer paper, folded it 8 million times and then cut teeny triangles all around the folds. Voila! A stencil!!

I used brown walnut ink spray. The collage components are not permanent yet.
This particular piece of art will keep morphing and changing until I have reached a final stage of loving it....
                 .....or abandoning it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sea Shell Extravaganza Day 5

Today's Prompt:
What do you collect? Work with a collection that you have at home

I collect shells, pigs and precious stones. My very favorite are the shells! After some thought of how to incorporate my shells into my heart theme I came up with this: TADA!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day Three...the money shirt!

What can you do with a dollar?


 Day Three:

Create something with paper but do not use scissors, glue or draw on it.
This one stumped me for the afternoon. I found myself thinking about it all day. Some thoughts that I pondered were making a paper mache with flour and water. That felt kind of like cheating to me since flour and water is a type of paste. I finally got online and surfed around for a while looking for cool things to do with paper.
I came across this womans site on oragami adn learned how to make a miniature shirt out of a dollar bill. The original idea I had was to use a fake 1 million dollar bill (so my shirt could look like a million bucks?!) but the bill was not creating the same effects as the 1 dollar bill. When I was finished I looked around for some things to embellish it with and found some pink confetti packing shreds, so I used them. Although it looks somewhat like a girlscout uniform lol.

I had a ton of fun with this! Normally I am a visual learner and need to learn from watching someone do it. However I was able to work throught he written instructions with only a couple of re-do's and I was very happy with the final results! So I'm almost half way throught he first week and its flying by.
What would you make if you had paper but couldn't use scissors, glue or draw on it?

Happy Creating!!!
xoxoxoxox




Day 4 Changing it up!

A Heart A Day


This is Day 4's project but I created my own prompt for it.
In "365" the prompt is to walk five minutes from where you live and make something from whatever material is found where there. Then you leave it for someone to find. I love the prompt but its not practical right now on the east coast. We are currently in a heat wave and the index is well over a hundred so walking anywhere is basically out of the question, let alone being outside long enough to create something artistic.
So I have taken this opportunity to create a background for a future piece of art.
I am currently taking an online class with Pam Carriker and have attempted to use some of those techniques to create the background. I have documented the process although I am not overly thrilled with the results. I usually rely heavily on collage elements, so having a background without the other elements added makes me uncomfortable but I'm putting it up here anyway. I have added the heart for the prompts "heart art" and hopefully there will be much more from this in the future when I create the rest of it in collage techniques.

To start I used an art board and began by adding a wash of yellow and then removing some of it with wipes and paper towels. It was all going well....
You make the wash with half water, half yellow acrylic paint or 1/4 glazing medium, 1/4 water and half acrylic paint. I applied with a cheapo sponge brush and wiped some off
Next, and this is where I started to become unhappy with things, I added diluted burnt umber to age the yellow background and worked it around with a paper towel to create depth. Next I added a speckled egg blue and an orange to the background with a paper towel to bring in some color. I again aged it but at this point it started to muddle up the bright pastels and became dirty looking. I was becoming increasingly unhappy with the colors!
I could have stopped here but I was unappy with it so I moved to adding spots of yellow and white (using white gesso) with a paint brush and splattering it on the background. The final result has some promise for something in the future but it will have to sit for a while until I decide I am ready again to work with it. If I go further with it right now it will just make me more and more unhappy until i finally give up and declare it as ruined! Great art sometimes comes much later than when we start out. Sometimes it has to sit and perculate for a while so when we come back to it we see it with new, fresh eyes. When this piece is finished I will post how I did it and I will refer back to this post so that readers can see the final results. The last picture of the upper right hand corner I think has potential as a background image for a website or blog. Another project for the future?!? Over all a GREAT learning experience and lots and lots of fun that opened up my creative thinking and started me thinking about future projects!

Here is what it sits as right now:


Monday, July 25, 2011

Time Constraints, Gratitude and the Land of Creativity

In the real world sometimes we just have to say uncle! I was thinking of fiddling with my clock so that one hour drags out to two, therefore doubling the hours in each of my days. If I thought it would work I swear I would do it! Alas I just have to work within the same 24 hours that the rest of the world is using.

I am coming to the realization that I might have to put up the 365 projects a few times a week due to time constraints. I think this might work as long as I document each project each day.

Along with this current daily project going on I am participating in Artella lands art summer camp, Pam Carrikers journaling class, building my business up at a painful pace and learning how to blog to make it the most effective. Finding readers is another gig. There is just so much to learn on some days its completely overwhelming. And yes, lets squeeze housework, babysitting and the gym in there.

Do I sound like I'm complaining? I am! But only a thirty second rant before I get on with my day and whip myself back into gratitude. I AM grateful for every day, every breath and for the chance to keep trying to get things working like a well oiled machine.

Someday it will work like a well oiled machine...I think it can, I think it can, I think it can..

Off to the gym then back to create something. Ahhhh to dwell in the land of creation is like surfacing for a breath after being underwater for days.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What If?

What if all you needed to do to change the world was BE YOU??

What if you are enough? What if you are a magnificent plot hatched by the universe with every little movement preplanned in order to make the world more magnificent?

What if your birth and every breath was perfectly timed? What if every single encounter on your journey was perfectly scripted in order to make the world a better, bigger place?

What if every ounce of love you have ever felt is designed to expand all of the love on the planet?

What if that was true?

What if your feelings of love are the tipping point for the whole world?

Would you love more? Would you be more fearless? Would you be more confident? Would you put yourself out there more?

Why wait?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 2 Saint Bernard Love

Day Two~ COMPLETE! The mission was to create something using an animal that I love. I love my St. Bernard. This was done using mixed media/collage, ephemera, acrylics, ink and a photo of Sam wearing a party hat. I think he looks regal, a bit like Napolean.

Friday, July 22, 2011

DAY 1

Ok so day one was not very challenging!
The Prompt: Since its the first day, start small and make something that fits into the palm of your hand using only materials in your immediate surroundings.
Hence the little crocheted heart. And it really does fit in the palm of my hand.

The Bohemian Couch Project


365 Projects in 365 Days!

Thats the goal. I'm following prompts from "365. Make Something Every day and change Your Life!"

The theme is Heart Art.

The idea is to make something using whatever prompt is given for that day. I will incorporate a heart each day. When I am done I will have put all of my heart into every single day of the year.
xoxoxxox