The finished product!
I just finished a new blog entry for CraftsUnleashed.com using Precious Stone material, making a cast of my children’s hands and then painting on it. It was a challenging project – just getting the timing right to do the casting of the hands was tricky. But in the end I am very happy with how it all turned out! I plan to gift this piece to my mother-in-law as a thank you for watching the kids as me and my husband go on a trip to the NC mountains for Mother’s Day weekend. I hope she likes it as much as I do!
Rose is 4 1/2 and Jack is 2 1/2 — and I was surprised to see both their hands were pretty much the same size!
Painting this has really excited me. One project I really would like to do this summer is paint my picnic table in the backyard — in a similar style as on this piece. I want bright, vibrant colors! I want to also make more painted creations like this and place them around the backyard. I want to paint our front door like this, too. I want, I want, I want. I guess I shouldn’t pressure myself too much. Over time I’ll develop a yard filled with colorful, artsy creations. And I suppose over time those creations will reflect my own personal journey. It will be interesting what develops.
So many creative dreams this year! I’ve really enjoyed doing my posts for CraftsUnleashed.com. It has forced me into playing with art materials again, and also has given me the opportunity to call myself a published writer!
It’s funny to me — my interest in art and writing has always grown hand in hand from the very beginning, when I first learned to write. This blog writing opportunity has melded the two interests most perfectly.
I see this dual interest (art & writing) growing in my own daughter as well (she loves writing, already – at 4 1/2). Her drawings are always accompanied with words (real and made-up). This makes me pretty happy!
I was thrilled to find this wonderful clip on YouTube from this amazing movie. I read the book and watched the movie. I highly recommend it!
I have to add — the “ABUNDANCE” card that I’ve had up in my TV room since January must be doing the “Law of Attraction” trick for both me and my husband. We’ve gone from scraping by (barely affording groceries and mortgage costs) to now having money in the bank to keep us okay for a while! I’ve even been able to help out a friend in trouble on occasion because of it.
Thank you, God!
I found this great little YouTube video that tells a little about SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy).
I’ve been really enjoying the Dream Boogie experience! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to nurture their dreams even a little bit. Enrollment is closed now, but watch out for the next time enrollment opens. This will be good for you (and any other SARK program)! I’m only on the beginning of week two of the program and have discovered more dreams than I know what to do with! Oy!
Through the forum part of the program, I have met so many wonderful women who are also juicy dreamers. There seems to be no such thing as a small dream – and no dream too outrageous. I’m having fun exploring my dreams and expanding their magnificence!
Enjoy this little SARK snippet. If you’re not familiar with her, this will help! 🙂
Turtles on Parade ~ By Rose Fedan
SARK’s “Dream Boogie” program is really doing a lot for me already, just getting back into the social networking scene again. It has been a great place to meet and communicate others (like-hearted souls). One thing I’ve come to realize lately is that I feel like a turtle, sticking my head out, taking that chance to share and expose my dreams to others – especially out loud in the teleclass.
When I stick my neck out, however, that really is when I feel happiest lately. My daughter drew this wonderful picture of a turtle (below) which I am putting in a frame and putting it up somewhere special. It totally illustrates how I feel about sticking my head out (look at that big happy face) to express something that is real in my heart. It also perfectly illustrates how joyful I feel getting started in this fun program, ready to be inspired and encouraged by all my fellow dreamers.
The top image which I’ve called “Parade of Turtles” is something Rose just drew today (she was very encouraged by my excited reaction to the first turtle, she had to draw MORE). This image (to me) illustrates the variety of dreamers we have in the group. Notice a couple in the front have WHEELS (ha!). But the slower turtles in back still have their smiley faces, so are obviously happy going their own slow pace, knowing IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY.
"Wendy the Turtle, Happy Head OUT" ~ by Rose Fedan
This clip really speaks to me. Osteen is such an inspirational speaker. At this time in my life — and I know others who feel the same way — this is such a potent message. The Artist’s Way even mentions the phrase “Leap and the net will appear.”
In response to a wonderful blog I found, and also to prepare myself for SARK’s new “Dream Boogie” program, I’m listing a bunch of dreams ~ new and old ~ wild and wonderful. Thought I’d step out a bit and share.
- Visit the Grand Canyon.
- See Devil’s Tower (I’m a big Close Encounters fan).
- Sit down and have tea with my muses (SARK, Marney Makridakis, Violette, Andrea Schroeder, etc., etc.).
- Start my own publishing business!
- Get my own books published!
- Have my own “Create-A-Way Cottage!” A fun little haven to hold mini-retreats and single workshops!
- Paint murals in, on, and around my house.
- Take a nap every once in a while.
- Sleep in.
- Make a movie! – even a short one.
- Not worry so much about money.
- Visit England, Ireland, and Italy. Gotta try Japan, too ~ and Uruguay.
- Live in Alaska or Vancouver, Canada for a year.
- Be OUTRAGEOUSLY HAPPY!
I love this gal’s website, and discovered her original site a couple years ago.
CLICK HERE or on the image above to go to the April issue of Artella’s monthly “Artellagram.”
I am so happy to have this kind of exposure to help find more people to come to the Create-A-Way Artist’s Way retreats.
Artella is quite a fun site to browse around as well, so enjoy if you have time to browse!
INNERVIEWS with Dreamdoers with Marney Makridakis
Click on the link above for a wonderful free sampling of SARK’s new Dream Boogie program.
I am going to do this program — I always get quite a wonderful boost from these types of things.
Click on image below for a couple videos of SARK talking about this program as well.
I have finally found time to do some playful crafting lately, while reviewing products for Consumer Crafts’s CraftsUnleashed.com. Having a lot of fun!
Here I wanted to get more personal about the project and talk a little more about what Serendipity has meant in my life these days. I plan to use the vessels as an opening ceremony project for at least one of my retreats this year.
Serendipity has been a huge part of my life lately. I’ve been recognizing serendipity & synchronicity working frequently in my life. It’s amazing how often you see it happening when you really pay attention. The funniest event was when my husband and I stopped in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on our way back from a cousin’s wedding last year. We had never been to Portsmouth before, and were uncertain where we would end up to park so we could look around. It was a Saturday – the city was bustling. We couldn’t believe it, but we ended up (without planning) in the HEART of Portsmouth downtown, at a convenient little curb spot. I looked up from our parking spot, and I could NOT believe the name of the gift shop that was RIGHT THERE by the parking spot we found:
I of course saved the bag from the store and decided to use it as one of the scraps for my Serendipity Vessel project:
You can read the write-up on how to make these fun creations at my CraftsUnleashed.com post.