Hello everyone! I finally did it – i finally created an intro video introducing myself. It’s something i should have created a very long time ago – it’s much more difficult to do than creating an art video which is about the art and not you so much. I hung on to the video for 3 weeks before releasing it into the world as my inner critic was having a heyday! It was pretty vicious saying such things as:
“your smile is crooked – you talk out of the corner of your mouth!”
“you’re old….give it up!”
“your teeth are crooked”
“you blather on too much – who’s going to care what you have to say?”
“check out the porridge you left out on the stove….idiot!”
and the critic went on and on until i was metaphorically huddled in a corner in the fetal position.
So I went out and bought this t-shirt on special which allows me to be “perfectly imperfect”.
I figure better done than not done at all right? So i released the video into the world. And i received some lovely and kind feedback on Facebook which was awesome! Thank you dear sweet souls!
For those of you who are not on Facebook I have shared a bit about my health journey – my health was pretty terrible last year…..culminating in a diverticulosis diagnois (as well as a number of other things). I had a big attack which almost landed me in the ER so i decided to make a few lifestyle changes. The changes included walking every day, adding meditation and cutting down on my wine consumption as well as monitoring my food choices. As a result i feel more peaceful, have lost 5 pounds which i had wanted to lose for some time and have not had the terrible pain i had been experiencing.
So it’s onward and upwards for me. What are you adding/taking out of your life to live the life your truly want?
Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to you all! Like most people I have been busy getting ready for Christmas so there has not been too much drawing happening here. I did squeeze in a bit of time to create this tiny buddha gift card. Materials used? copic markers, micron pens, pencil crayons, washi tape, old book pages and folkart paint.
Images of Christmas
This tiny unicorn insisted on coming home with me while i was out and about Christmas shopping. Isn’t he the sweetest? He’s going to sit on my altar and inspire me to create, be magical and believe in my dreams!
I tried taking a selfie on Instagram – i kind of like this filter (Mayfair) and the magical quality you can achieve from it. The Moroccan Mosaic Mirror provides extra sparkle as the light bounces off of it.
The Virgin Mary of Guadalope (by Jose Ventura) finds a home nestled in the small Christmas tree.
The tiny sparkly pink Christmas tree i purchased as a display for my table at my networking event sits atop the fridge in the kitchen.
Yesterday i spent several hours with a teenage friend Talia (some of you know that i mentored her several years ago) cleaning up the office which had gotten unwieldy. Unbeknownst to us we were cleaning at the perfect time – when the Winter Solstice was in full swing. It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts! I’m so thrilled with the results! Thank you Talia!
If you still need some free Christmas gift cards – please go here to download three different kinds!
Wishing you and yours a most magical holiday Season. I want to thank you so much for being a part of my life all these years. I so appreciate you visiting and commenting on my blog or even just sharing your energy by taking a peek!
Happy Friday everyone! On Wednesday we had the Annual Art Journal Jam Christmas party at the Magic Cottage. What a fun time we had. I enjoyed decorating the house – even the spray painted animals were decked with baubles! In the corner you can see my Secret Santa present all wrapped up!
A Kitchen centerpiece was decked out with red carnations, Christmas baubles and tinsel!
Yours truly and Nicci the co-coordinator of the Art Journal Jam!
Art journalers Sharon and Lynette………
My friend Debbie who i have known for decades (since we were kids!)…..
Nicci in the festooned livingroom!
Lorraine (Nicci’s Mom), Satira and Rosa. There are a few folks missing from these pictures. Even Nicci’s husband Marco and son Duran came along and took part in the gift exchange.
We had a lovely time chatting, eating, drinking and exchanging artful gifts. Thanks everyone who came out to celebrate with us.
Happy Wednesday everyone! In this video Mr. G and I show you how we made our Comfort and Joy Marquis sign for the magic cottage. I chose comfort and joy because I really strive for these two feelings and certainly don’t mind being reminded of them all year round!
Yay! It’s finally open – registration is now open for Life Book 2015! Can you imagine a year full of self-discovery, art, joy and bliss? Well that’s what’s in store for you when you take Life Book 2015. I’m so thrilled to be in such good company – check out some of your amazing teachers……..
This is going to be a sparkly year – a mixed media art journaling extravaganza where you’ll connect with like-minded spirits. You’ve heard me mention many times that art saves lives – art has saved my life! What a wonderful opportunity to get your mojo going while healing yourself and positively impacting those around you. Your sparkly vibes will be felt all around you while you honour your creative spirit by making heart inspired art!
I’ll be teaching two classes. “Magical Mystery Tour” – a tour of the magic cottage (video) and dialogue about how it evolved and had included the community. You’ll be guided to create your own magic cottage on the page using fast motion video.
“Glorious Childhood tales!”We will be remembering the cool things we loved as a child and honouring them by doodling them using a variety of mixed media techniques – we’ll be joyfully assembling the doodles into a lively joyful page using collage. A whimsical child will be drawn to connect all of the wonderful joyful memories. An audio visualization to connect to our small child will be provided.