Monday, November 28, 2011

Mood Calendar #6 - Fantasy Fun

I had a little fun with this one drawing and coloring the fairies. The squares covered up a lot of the picture, but it will work.

Hope you are all having a beautiful week. Getting into Christmas music for the first time this year!

Hugs and blessings


Friday, November 25, 2011

Mandala Time

After seeing Terri's Mandala over at Comfort Cottage (my dear friend), I knew I had caught the bug and needed to make my own Mandala.
If you go check out her site she has created an amazingly very geometrically correct and detailed piece ~ it is exquisite!

My mandala is much simpler and I decided to give it some color. Ben (my youngest son) wanted me to color it in colors that I don't normally use like purple and orange and yellow and red (all together in the same piece!!!!) I am not comfortable with that yet! Does that make me a bad Mama??? It actually makes me cringe just thinking about using those colors together:( "Shake it off! Shake it off!" Okay... much better now.
I hope you enjoy sneaking a peek into the lovely Terri's site - she is an amazingly talented artist!

Hugs and many blessing to you all - Happy American Thanksgiving/Black Friday to you all!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mermaid Mood Chart

Hello again lovelies! This week is a tremendous blessing to me because I am able to accomplish things that I haven't been able to in awhile! Yahooey:) I have been an experimental guinea pig for the past few months trying to find the right medication for me that will help with my Fibromyalgia/hypermobility of my joints and Celebrex is the winner! I have been on it before but stopped it because of misinformation in regards to using it long-term. I seriously do not care about being on this medication long-term, IT WORKS! I haven't felt this good in a long time and I am sticking with it! No more experimenting for me!

So, back to the Mood Charts. The above chart was so fun to create. I did it while watching Pirates of The Caribbean (The one with the mermaids ~ so you can see my influence here:) She's a good mermaid though, without fangs and cannibal tendencies! I love drawing mermaids!

How many of you lovelies have ever kept track of your moods? I could have used these charts a number of years ago when I went through my depression; so many people are effected by this disease. Now I use them to monitor my moods as well as how certain medication is working for me. Being on medication means that you will go through side effects, at least that's how it is with me. I find them helpful in monitoring the side effects such as irritability, nausea, dizziness, mood swings... the list could go on and on. That's why I like to refer back to my charts to see how I was feeling. I also use it to monitor my pain levels with Fibromyalgia. I don't want to use them like a journal and write down every emotion I was feeling on a particular day, no... that's what a journal is for; that is why I have only made the space for each day relatively small.

From some comments I am receiving about these mood charts I am guessing they could be used for any number of things, even an affirmation chart to give yourself a positive word, or quote for each day.

What do you think? Would you use a mood chart? What would you use it for? I would love to hear your opinion.

Happy day to you, many hugs and blessings.


Monday, November 21, 2011

No one Can Make You Feel Inferior

Hello everyone! Back from another busy, busy weekend. Phew! I'm glad this one is over! The fair that I was in on Saturday was one of the worst I've been to (not complaining ~ it just had a horrible vibe written all over it from beginning to end). It is the first one that I have been to where I found the people coming to the fair weren't friendly. It was very bizarre. Oh well, onto bigger and better things right?

I thought I would steer away from the charts for a day and show you the drawing I did on Saturday during the fair.

I really love the above saying... It is so true and many times we do not realize it, it is in our hands how 'inferior' we feel because of other people in our lives! So many times I have been at the mercy of this feeling... thank God that I have grown up, matured and learned from my life, from the lessons God has taught me, brought me through. I pray you all have been through this so that you no longer feel inferior to other people.

And here is the full drawing! Do you love the purple hair and matching purple eyes?

I have NEVER attempted to draw purple hair or purple eyes but I have to tell ya, I kind a like it!!! It was so fun to draw and... the best part was the hair was a tool to get out my frustration from the yucky fair:) Venting in color!!! LOVE IT!

Well raise your glass and make a toast to no longer feeling inferior in this world!!!! Hugs and many blessings to all you lovelies out there! Have a wonderful week!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Mood Chart #4

I hope you are enjoying my mood charts this week. It seems to be the theme of November here:) I had a fun time with this chart using the shape of masks for the days of the month! I adore this pink color (Blush copic marker).

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Hugs and many many blessings to you all!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mood Chart #3

Here's number 3. I have numbered each heart and space in my other charts for each day of the month. So far I have 4 pages of 31 days in the month. 3 more 31 day months to go.

Sorry for the short posts this week, I am prepping for two more art/craft fairs.

Happy middle of the week everyone!
Hugs and blessings!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mood Chart #2

Working on getting a full 12 Mood Chart Pages done... here's number 2.
Hope and pray you are all having a wonderful, fabulous week.

Hugs and blessings


Sunday, November 13, 2011

First Art Fair Done!

Well... yesterday was the first Art/Craft Fair of the season and it went off splendidly. My wonderful Hubby made me two stands to showcase my art prints and they worked fantastic (except whenever the table got bumped:) He tied the stands to the table and ya... oh well, we know for next time right? I still think my Hubby is pretty amazing for making these for me:)))

I sold 4 of my "The Art Of Zen Doodling" 'how-to' booklets. This is where I had a great time discussing my process with the ladies who came by and I met so many wonderful gals. I LOVE meeting new people and this was a great day for it!

The fair got me into the Christmas mood early and I felt like putting up my Christmas tree and getting all snuggled in with a blanket, a mandarin orange, a hot eggnog steamer and a Chrismas movie... but I resisted. Not until December! I have to keep reminding myself this as I have two more Christmas Sales to attend in Novemeber.

Across from my table a wonderful lady filled her table with all of her beautiful crochet and knitting work. I can appreciate how much work goes into all the work she does as I have tried both and know it is a lot of work. This lady does all the intricate work and I was amazed at some of her Barbie Dresses that she made. I purchased two of them for my nieces for Christmas (SSSHHHHHH - don't tell!) I told said lady that she was selling them for two little as she only charged $6.00 per dress! She explained that people will not pay more for them ~ this made me sad. I hope she does well at the next Christmas Fairs she is in this year.

Right beside me was a young man who was mentally/physically handicapped who made beaded ornaments and jewellery for Christmas. His Mother told me that he has a group he goes to everyday where they show them how to make beaded crafts. He fell in love with the process and makes them all year long just for the one craft sale in Novemeber. I purchased a beautiful silver necklace from him.

This next picture is one of my favorite purchases this year. It is a Photograph of a retired Hollywood bear who now lives at an animal preserve in Oregon. Every now and then if you go to the preserve he will be sitting on the side of the road, if you wave to him he will wave back to you. I have had a fear of bears since I was a young girl when my Dad thought it would be really funny to get me to walk into this room at their friends house where a huge Grizzly Bear rug with Big head and Sharp teeth and all lay on a bed. Ya... my Dad loved to scare us girls!

Now however, I am drawn to bears in art work, photography or on different items like pajamas (I can't explain it ~ maybe it is my way of overcoming my fear by allowing myself to think of them as cute and cuddly animals!)

I also purchased two magic bags from a lady who was selling them. She had made hundreds of different covers for them in all different shapes and sizes. She made teddy bears for the little guys and then long, short, wide, thin... and even tiny little magic bags to heat up for over top of your eyes! How genius is this? I purchased two of them! She even brought her microwave oven to heat them up for her customers!!! Now that's extremely good salesmanship! :) Her magic bag got me through a very long day!

Anyway, overall the day was fabulous. I exchanged numbers with a few ladies and we are going to get together for art dates every now and then. How fun!!!

Hope your weekend was a very blessed one. Now, to get ready for next weekends Fair! OY VAY! (Remind me again why I signed up for three Fairs in a row???) It's all good!

Hugs and blessings everyone.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Preach It Sister!

Last week I gave my testimony publicly for the first time EVER at a Woman's Recovery Centre and I discovered two things... First, is that my testimony is very long-winded and I really should have shortened it up;

and Second, some people can be mean in a subtle way, you don't even realize when they are dissing you until you think about it afterwards!

When I was giving my testimony, the supervisor of the ladies group said, "Preach It Sister" as I was reading a poem that I had written during my depression. After giving my testimony she said in front of everyone that my testimony was very God-based and that she has read the Bible cover to cover and that was precisely why she did NOT believe... okay... that was strange of her to say that to me...

then I thought about it...

When she said "Preach it Sister" while I read my very personal poem I thought 'wow, cool, she's touched by my poem'... then after her stating she was not a believer the thought crossed my mind...

wow, okay... she was actually dissing me and my beliefs instead of being touched by my poem.

That was really mean.

It bothered me for days after and I didn't really know why... maybe because I wasn't expecting that from the supervisor, from the ladies who were in a really tough spot in life sure, but the supervisor?

I guess I should be thankful because my testimony made her put her guard up and lash out at me, that must mean that Jesus is working through my testimony... why else would a complete stranger persecute me, right?

So now I am thinking about it in a positive way and thanking Jesus that I am worthy to be persecuted for His Name. It still hurts though.

I really hate how mean some people can be and I try to pray for those who are because they must be hurting if they feel the need to hurt others. Can't we all just get along? :)

Well, I pray that you are all having a wonderful week. Many hugs and blessings.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Ups And Downs

Prepping for teaching at a Woman's Recovery Centre in December. I thought I would start off with making Mood Chart Calendars for the ladies to track their emotions. I found it very helpful when I was going through a difficult time in my life when I tracked my mood swings. Hopefully the ladies will enjoy making them as much as I did.

Did you all remember to change your clocks this weekend? It was the longest day EVER for my hubby and I! We both woke up at 4:30am and couldn't get back to sleep! I hate it when that happens!

Well, have a wonderful week everyone. Many hugs and blessings to you all.