Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

By Far, The Best Pumkin Carver in the World

I used to think I wasn't too bad at carving pumkins. I used to think my husband, who is much better at carving than me, was great at carving pumkins.  Then I saw this guy and his pumkins.

This pumpkin is good, no question. But when I saw this video of some more examples of the best pumkin carver in the world, Ray Villafane,  my jaw hit the floor and all I could do was just watch and say things like "wow", Oh my Gosh", and "That is amazing" each time a new pumkin was shown. Then, to top it all off, the last sculpture blew my mind.


Maybe next year we can carve something better than these.
Have a sweetly scary day!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Gadget Cozies Are Back - But Better!

These may look familiar, but they have since been upgraded. They needed a facelift, upgrade, some bling - and the flowers were just the thing.

Blue with White Flower for your phone - or whatever
You don't remember Gadget Cozies? What are they?
They are wool, they are felted, and they cozy up your most prized gadget. It will fit a cell phone, an ipod, your glasses, and many other gadgets that you need to carry. You can hook it to yourself easily, and travel lightly.


Cream and Blue for your Gadget, old or new

I am still working on more embellishments, and will add more as they are finished.  I love making these flowers and plan to add them to as much as I can!  I will even be adding brooches and pins to the mix as soon as I figure out the best way to do that. 

Classic Pink and Blue for you
I am also working on business cards, finally, and am thinking of incorporating these flowers in my new logo. What do you think? Let me know, and I will take all suggestions into account. I need some input as I have been thinking about a new logo for a couple months and just can't decide.  Leave your comments here, or Facebook

I know opinions are like something else I won't mention - everyone has one - but I really do value your opinion and would love to hear what you think. :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Inspiration - What is around that bend for you?

I have always been drawn to this sort of image. The possibilites of what is around the bend on that beautiful path has always intrigued me. It is different for each of us, and it is ever changing. But it always something that makes me stop and think - dream - about what great things I can find when I walk down that lane, and get to that turn, and keep on walking. 

Endless Possibilities
Can you believe I am lucky enough to say this is the view I am greeted with each day? This is our driveway. So I know what actually is around this bend, but I can still look at it and dream of the possibilites we have here in our new place.  I can actually travel down this lane and turn right, walk up the hill and have a gorgeous view of mountains - for as far as you can see!  Seeing that view on a regular basis is wonderful, and makes me feel like like this next chapter of our lives is full of endless possibilities just waiting for us out there.  And we are ready to explore.

What do you dream of when you see an image like this?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Music Monday! Wicked Game

The day after I posted my sad little herb garden, and lamented that the basil was struggling and that I wanted this herb to grow the most, I went outside to check on the pots.  What I found so upset me -extreme vandalism by what could only be the squirrels.  Not only did they dig up half of the basil (and you remember how few were sprouting - only 7 then, and now just 3!), they nearly destroyed all of the cilantro!   All I could do is gasp and yell "Those damn squirrels!!"  And then this song popped in my head - they play such wicked games.

 
I couldn't find a song called 'those damn squirrels' (tho there are a ton of videos catching squirrels in the act! search that on you tube and you will be surprised!).
We were going to get pumkins this week and carve, but after searching youtube and watching this video, and thinking about the wicked squirrels in our yard, I am reconsidering....

Friday, October 22, 2010

My sad little potted herb garden....

I was so excited to try my hand at growing some basil, dill, sage, cilantro, and chives once we moved. I didn't plant anything all summer because I knew we were moving.
Once we got settled, I bought some dirt and planted the seeds I had been holding onto since we sold our house way back last year. I started with 4 pots, 2 kinds of basil, cilantro, dill, chives, and sage.
My high expectations of pots overflowing with lush, green sprouts were met with this.
A sad little potted herb garden.

I had 2 different kinds of Basil, so they both went into the big pot.  My daughter was helping, so she filled one side with one kind of basil, and filled the other side with the second kind of basil. 
What grew?  Seven.  A measly seven. You can hardly see them in this pot above.  I thought the few that came up were kaput, especially since a squirrel planted something in the pot. But last week I saw some new leaves trying to grow.  So there is hope there, but I think a squirrel has planted something again, or trying to find what he originally planted. We are hoping for the best.
The cilantro, seen in this pot above, is doing the best! I am happy about that.  But of all the herbs I planted, I use cilantro the least. Go figure.

So that leaves the sage, dill and chives as the rest of the seeds we planted.  We put the sage in one pot, and dill and chives together in the other pot, because there were only had 4 pots to plant in. (I didn't want to spend more $ getting a new pot). 
Of those two pots, one had absolutely nothing come up. Nada, niet, NOTHING! I retired that one in the basement a few weeks ago when it became evident that nothing would sprout. I have given up on that one.

This pot, seen below, does have things growing it it, but I am really not sure what the heck they are.  There are three different things in it.  I am stumped.  The 2 pots, one with the sage and the other with the dill and chives, looked identical.  Of course they got mixed up when I had to move them, so I really don't know what is supposed to be growing in here.  It should be either dill and chives OR just sage.
What do you think?  I don't recognize any of these leaves yet. I think at least one is a weed. I would love to hear your suggestions. I have never grown sage before, and I remember chives looking nothing like any of these. Dill, I don't know what that looks like this young,  I only know what it looks like when it is grown. 

I would love some input.  It is still warm enough to keep them outside here, but won't be for much longer.  Then I will have to find a place to keep them inside.  I would love to know which one (or more) of these three is the weed so I don't bring that in the house.  Also, any suggestions to help the poor basil would be appreciated. I use a lot of basil when I cook, so an overflowing pot of this would be awesome.
So all you green thumbs out there - what do you think?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween – A Summers End

'Tis that time of year.  Scary ghosts, witches, goblins, and glowing pumpkins.

But what do we really know about where it all began?  Read this and you will learn about the long history of celebrating summer's end with spirits and ghosts.

IndieSmiles.com » Blog Archive » Halloween – A Summers End

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Music Monday! I Want Candy!

With Halloween right around the corner, this song popped into my head and I haven't been able to get it out since.

I was introduced to Bow Wow Wow in the early 1980's with this song, along with the whole British New Wave  genre. This song is an easy one to get stuck in your head with the tribal drum beats and great voice of Annabella Lwin, who was at the tender age of 14 when this song was popular.
Though 'Candy' in this song does not mean Halloween candy, the desire for 'Candy' is unquestionable.



This song is actually a cover of the original 1960's song by The Strangeloves, who actually have a funny story. They were an American band from New York who pretended to be from Australia. According to the press releases, The Strangeloves were three brothers named Giles, Miles and Niles Strange who had grown up on an Australian sheep farm. The brothers' faked backstory involved getting rich with the invention of a new form of sheep crossbreeding (the long-haired "Gottehrer" sheep, allegedly registered with the Feldman-Goldstein Company of Australia), allowing them the time and financial freedom to form a band. The story did not exactly capture the public's imagination, but the music still performed respectably on the charts. "I Want Cany" became a hit single in mid-1965.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Patio Rabbit - from birth to mamma

Back in April, we found this nest of cute little bunnies. There were so many of them, and they were so small.  We never thought they would make it, with all the cats in the neighborhood, raccons wandering around, our dog scaring the lot, etc.  


Time went by, and during the summer we noticed this one kept showing up on the patio even while we were outside. We could move closer to her, and she didn't run off. So we went about our business, she went about hers.

She liked to hang out on the patio, thus, dubbed Patio Rabbit. She has grown nicely, loves the clover, and still let us get rather close.  She loves to eat the clover on the other side of the patio. Very pretty bunny.



Then come fall, we moved and didn't think much more of Patio Rabbit.  Until one day in September, My mother-in-law called and said Patio had built a nest right in the flower bed, right next to the patio. She would stay there, by her nest next to the patio while they sat and talked, and while they walked around the yard.  She is there in the picture, difficult to see, to the right of the yellow flower.  (If you click on the picture you can see it larger and zoom in.)

Soon enough, there were baby bunnies in that nest.  They tried to see the babies, but Patio always closed up the nest tight so nothing could be seen. 
Then an excited email: "Patio was out of the nest today... and actually left it open!! We had not seen her for a few days, but I was pretty sure she had been around. The entrance to her nest was a little trampled but always closed.
She sat and looked at us while she was there with the bunnies, then ran off to the side by the pool pump. She patted the baby bunnies down towards the hole before she left! We thought she might have been closing the 'door'."
See the baby bunny there in the middle? You can just make out the fur. So cute!

It has been raining for days now up there, and I hear Patio hasn't been seen lately. Maybe she moved because of the rain, maybe the bunnies are old enough now to wander.  Not sure, but I bet at least a few made it, and maybe there is a Patio Rabbit Junior. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Music Monday! And you may ask yourself....



I get to hear all these great songs on this radio station I found here in Asheville - 98.1 The River, where they say 'Different is Good'.

Well, this video is different. The song came on the radio with the kids in the car one day, and they couldn't understand why I liked it. You try to explain this video to teens, and that this is part of the reason you enjoy the song so much. Not an easy task - they think I am nuts! So now I can show them and they can understand.

I hear all kinds of inspiration for Music Mondays on that radio station. But you too can request a song that you would like me to feature - just leave it in a comment here, or you can contact me through any of my stores.
Raige Creations on ArtFire
Raige Creations on Etsy
Raige Creations on Zibbet

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Raige Creations on Artfire.com is now open!

I am proud to announce that Raige Creations is now open on Artfire.com - see my new studio here.

Artfire is a another online marketplace that supports handmade, but there unique and innovative feature and functions make it feel like they REALLY want your business to succeed.  The features I like, so far, are that I have a 'studio', where you can see all things Raige: my shop listing all the items for sale (handmade AND Vintage), a blog, where I can share my creative musings, and a gallery where I can showcase items that have sold. In my bio, in addition to the usual blurbs about me, I can show photos of more personal things like pieces I loved to create that aren't for sale, or pieces that I just hate to part with.

Another features of Artfire.com I really like is that there is no account required to purchase on Artfire. You do not have to sign up and create a password. I think that may help some people I know have access to my online store - they do not want more accounts and passwords to remember.
Also, you can add items you like to your Amazon.com wish lists! I am a huge fan of Amazon wish lists - they help me get through Christmas every year. So this feature will work particularly well for me.

Picnic Pack c. 1950's

The first item in for sale at Raige Creations on Artfire is this Picnic Pack, from sometime in the 1950's. This is such a good idea - I am not sure why they didn't really take off. 

You can cook in them, stack them all up to keep the food safe and warm, and then take it with you wherever you need to go with lots of food.  
5 different pans to keep your
your food safe and warm.
   
It still has the lable on it that details all the great features of the picnic pack.  My favorite is the 'extra long, removable carrying bail doubles as hanging handle over campfire', and the picture of the campfire. I also like the artwork of the family, dressed in iconic 50's wear waving to those of us reading the lable. 
Great vintage lable with 50's artwork and copy.
I am still working on getting all the features in my studio completed.  But I was excited to get things started.  You won't find this Picnic Pack in either of my other stores, only here on Artfire.
I am taking this week to add more items, some things never seen before at Raige Creations and Vintage Raige.  It is exciting, and I am looking forward to learning more, and creating more, and enjoying the process with this great new site.

Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Music Monday! Two for tuesday!! In winter 1963, it felt like the world would freeze........

Life in a Northern Town by The Dream Academy.

Today is now officially 'Music Monday! Two for Tuesday!!' - Two Vidoes for being one day late.

The first video here is the UK version of this great song is the first video made by Dream Academy.  The second video is the updated version, when the song became a hit in 1985. 

It is a song that I certainly don't mind hearing more than once, and it is interesting to see the differences in the 2 videos. So get your sweater, and enjoy!






We moved from a northern town to get away from the cold and long winters, but it sure feels like up north down here lately. The kids even said 'it sure feels like New York'.
But we haven't unpacked the jackets yet - still not ready to embrace the colder weather.