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.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Collections to Keep Me Busy - When Words Fail Music Speaks

Just a little something to keep me busy this Friday night. Since Music Mondays are the thing that gets my week started right, I thought I would end the week on a positive music note too. 
Enjoy, and if you have a chance, click on it and leave a comment to show these fine artisans their work is excellent. 
Have a great weekend.

Zibbet Exhibit ~ Through the Looking Glass

My week has been spent with glass. All colors, all sizes. Thinking of dragonflies and butterflies, making smaller pieces of glass from bigger pieces. Digging through a box of glass, with all kinds of thoughts and visions going on in my head. 

"I see nobody on the road," said Alice.
"I only wish I had such eyes," the King remarked in a fretful tone. "To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too! Why, it's as much as I can do to see real people, by this light." ~Lewis Carrol, Through the Looking Glass

What kind of things do you find when you spend the majority of time looking at and through colored glass, bigger and smaller pieces?

Quite simply, you find these kinds of things ~ all found on

'In Ruins' Jewelry Setting by Wickedgems on Zibbet

'In Ruins' Jewelry Setting 

by Wickedgems

Fused SoBe bottle serving dish by KayzKreationz on Zibbet

Fused SoBe bottle serving dish 

by KayzKreationz

Dragon Fly Dreams Necklace by Body & Soul Products on Zibbet

Dragon Fly Dreams Necklace 

by Body & Soul Products

Silver Bracelet with Aqua Dichroic Fused Glass by Glass Works on Zibbet

Silver Bracelet with Aqua Dichroic Fused Glass 

by Glass Works

Leaf Man Belt Buckle by CircleStar Mosaics on Zibbet

Leaf Man Belt Buckle 

by CircleStar Mosaics

Pendant Clock Eye Bottlecap Pendant by kiwichris on Zibbet

Pendant Clock Eye Bottlecap Pendant 

by kiwichris

Rabbit Glass Pendant by Artfully Made on Zibbet

Rabbit Glass Pendant 

by Artfully Made

Large Cheshire Cat Glass Locket by Kit Cameo on Zibbet

Large Cheshire Cat Glass Locket 

by Kit Cameo

Krazy Owl by Furnace Brook Creations on Zibbet

Krazy Owl 

by Furnace Brook Creations

Stained Glass Screen Bugs by moxnme on Zibbet

Stained Glass Screen Bugs 

by moxnme

Fused Glass Clock by taj studio on Zibbet

Fused Glass Clock 

by taj studio

Toilet Door Sign Peelable Stained Glass by Funny Banana on Zibbet

Toilet Door Sign Peelable Stained Glass 

by Funny Banana
"The time has come", the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages — and Kings —
And why the Sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings."
~Tweedledee, reciting The Walrus and the Carpenter

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Walking on Wednesday - The Beginning of My Mosaic Journey

Boxes full of broken glass ~
Be careful what you wish for.
For more years than I can remember, I have wanted to try mosaic's. I view things like dish sets, pieces of glass, and broken mugs as broken into tiny pieces waiting to be re-assembled and grouted into something beautiful. 

I have even purchased entire sets of dishes at yard sales just for the purpose of breaking and then mosaic'd. Of course, we are using one of said dish sets now, and I sold the others before we moved because I really couldn't justify spending the time, effort and money moving three sets of dishes with the hope of someday doing mosaics. 

I shouldn't have worried, because at our first estate sale here in NC, hubby got me an entire mess of broken glass (see photo to the left) because I was ALWAYS talking about how I wanted to do mosaics. Be careful what you wish for, right?

Meet Mr. Froggy. My first mosaic.
Well I am happy to say I finally got started with one of the things that has been on my 'someday I want to...' list.

I have to stop and smile sometimes - I am finally getting to what I have wanted to do for years and years. 
I thought I could easily get into mosaics, being that I took a stained glass class a few years ago and am familiar with working with glass, cutting glass, etc. But have I built it up too much? Have I made it more than it is?? 
Perhaps I have. 

Heals rather quickly, or else wasn't that bad of a cut,
but still, this is why there was a supply of
 Band-Aids in my stained glass tool box.
--Because all these pieces of broken glass need to be broken into smaller pieces for my forms. 
--Because I haven't used my glass scorer and glass tools in several years. 
--Because I forgot how the tiny shards of glass get everywhere.
--Because I forgot what it feels like to have small glass cuts on my hands. That happened yesterday within the first half hour of working with the glass. This isn't the fun part.

But I am close to the fun part. The design, the placement of the colors to create a beautiful butterfly. I can almost see the finished piece, even though I am really still at the beginning.

The beginnings of a butterfly.
It was so much easier to walk into a place that already had the glass cut, the forms ready, the glue and grout in nice single serving packages. But did I really want to skip that part of the journey? It is certainly expensive to do it that way, and there really are limits when you use someone else's tools, supplies, materials and space. 

No, the journey starts from the beginning, and the reward is much greater when you take each step on your own. You take on the picking of the glass, the breaking of the glass, the purchase of the glues and grouts, the designing your own forms and creating your own forms. 

Future dragonfly and butterfly.
I jumped in with both feet on this one. No holding someone's hand, no taking it from step three. From first to last, this is Raige's project. Raige in this case including hubby, as he drew and cut the forms for me. His sweat and tears are in this project too. Four saw blades and much frustration later I have three forms to use thanks to him. 
(Cement board, as it turns out, is NOT the best thing to use, so these three are the first and last forms using cement board.) 

Once a lovely tiled birdbath -
now pieces for my mosaics.
I am still looking at things and thinking 'hey, I could use that for mosaics'
This birdbath (to the right) started falling apart, so I thought 'perfect for mosaics'Washing each one is taking patience, but I am sure it will be worth it in the end. 
This IS better than having all the pieces set out before you, no back story, not much effort. THIS is what a project is about.

When you decide to take on a project - how do you view it? 

Do you jump in with both feet, or do you dip your toes in? 
Or - do you just ride the boat to the destination and try to enjoy it once there? 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Featured Artist from the On Fire Team ~ Braggin Rights Bath

Tracy, proud owner of Braggin Rights Bath, is proud to say 
'you shouldn't have to spend a fortune 
to feel like a million bucks'. 

With her luscious products and excellent price points, 
she give us a great place to come to feel pampered.

This week's Featured Artisan is Tracy Cornell - Braggin' Rights Bath!
Indulge yourself in luxurious bath salts, body butter, bath bombs &
yummy soaps! You deserve to spoil yourself! You can find Tracy on:

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Old Fashioned Barber Shoppe Soap

I am adding this to my 'must haves' - for hubby and son. It is hard to find a nice soap for shaving, and they both go the old fashioned way with the brush and soap. This will be a perfect little gift for fathers day, and to go in the college care package.

Check out her shop, and I bet you can find a little something to feel like a million bucks, without breaking the bank.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Music Monday! Every Day is a Winding Road

I get a little bit closer to feeling fine.

I do. I realized the other day after forcing myself out the door to go for my walk, that I am enjoying life. It has taken years, really, to figure out that I am basically content.

Not saying I am complacent. I have not decided to sit back and watch the world go by, no matter how nice that sometimes sounds. I am content to be walking this winding road.

Jump in, let's go. Let's enjoy the show.

And if we all can find that comfort in our own roads, we are a little bit closer to feeling fine.

I am including a collection of things that inspired me from the Checked in Daily Guild on Artfire

There are paths and winding roads to give the sense of adventure - plus a little feeling fine.

Are you feeling fine walking your winding road?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Zibbet Exhibit ~ Winding Road

I heard a song on the radio this morning, and since it has been getting me through the day. I knew there had to be some great things on Zibbet to go with this song, and there were so many I had a tough time keeping this collection to 10, so I went one 11. (But that is a different movie and soundtrack for another day.)
Here are some of the lyrics, and I hope this exhibit makes your Friday start to feel fine.

Everyday is a winding road
I get a little bit closer
Everyday is a faded sign
I get a little bit closer to feeling fine

Abstract Roads by Kostas Fine Art Shop

Abstract Roads 

by Kostas Fine Art Shop

Path by I Like Oil Painting (Mike)


by I Like Oil Painting (Mike)

1935 Morris 8/40 on the Road by Granny's Postcards

1935 Morris 8/40 on the Road 

by Granny's Postcards

Road Trippin' Route 66 USA by Portable Graffiti

Road Trippin' Route 66 USA 

by Portable Graffiti

Spiral Sun round magnet by Breath of the Dragon

Spiral Sun round magnet 

by Breath of the Dragon

Celtic Spiral Cuff Bracelet by Caribbean Dreams

Celtic Spiral Cuff Bracelet 

by Caribbean Dreams

I can feel your smile 5 x 5

I can feel your smile 5 x 5" 

fine art photography print 
by Shashamane Dream Photos

Feel the fear and do it anyway Lavender sachet by Jenny Karlsson Design

Feel the fear and do it anyway 

Lavender sachet 
by Jenny Karlsson Design

Eternity Spiral Button Ring by Texas Eagle Gallery

Eternity Spiral Button Ring 

by Texas Eagle Gallery

Winding River Chainmaille Earrings by Xquisitely Lady M

Winding River Chainmaille Earrings 

by Xquisitely Lady M

Blowing Dandelion, vinyl wall art decal by Off the Wall Expressions

Blowing Dandelion, vinyl wall art decal 

by Off the Wall Expressions