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