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.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Walking on Wednesday - Walking in the Rain ~ What a Glorious Feeling

Gene Kelly was right - what a glorious feeling!
I did it. I walked in the rain. Normally, when rain clouds are around, I stay in. I have balked at walking in the rain many a day. 

But today, I did it.

The forecast calls for thunderstorms all day. We woke to gray skies and dark, imminent rain clouds. In fact, when I dropped the kids off to school (they missed the bus) there were tiny little raindrops on the windshield of my car. 

But when I got home, I decided I really needed to walk today. I hope to accomplish a whole bunch today, and if I didn't get my walk in, the whole plan would be shot. --I do not deal well with shattered plans, just ask hubby.--

A half hour after I got home, I still hadn't got out the door. Normally this would set me off into a panicked frustrated rush. Today, I decided that it was was okay. Now is just as good as a half hour ago.  No matter that the sidewalk showed signs of raindrops. 

I would just get wet today.

Off I went. I was amazed at the tiny raindrop, and completely enjoyed how they kissed my face. I was in awe at how clouds kissed the mountains in the distance. The breeze was cool. The big, grey sky was not ominous at all. The depths of colors of grey were beautiful. (Lady J even almost caught a squirrel!) It really was glorious!

I realized today - even though it was barely a rain, walking in the rain was not the obstacle I thought it would be.  I also realized that although my 'great plan' for the day had been altered right from the start, being flexible enough to accept the new plan made it possible to achieve what I had wanted to achieve.
from oriolefan on flickr
Moral of the story? 

Do not fear the grey days ahead, walk right through the clouds and rain and find the glorious feeling of achieving what you set out to do. And remember to be flexible enough along the way to accept the changes in the way you have to do it, so that you may achieve your goals.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Featured Artist from the On Fire Team ~ ZoomgraphiK

Making jewelry, taking photos, and doing illustrations keeps Elaine busy these days. 
Some wonderfully creative jewelry designs ~plus awesome cards.





This week's Featured Artisan is Elaine Dumont - Zoomgraphik! Beautiful Creations to accessorize your
outfits with! You can find Zoomgraphik on:


Grab the code for your blog HERE


How fun is this? ~ from ArtFire
Annealed wire-Flowered necklace with glass beads

How cute is this?  ~ from Zibbet
Illustration Card - Doggy with his cookies
A wonderfully creative person. 
What are your favorites?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Music Monday! Clouds In My Coffee

These words were mumbled one morning over coffee by hubby. Once you hear these words, Clouds in my Coffee, well you just can't get them out of your head. 

They are in your head, of course, in music, followed by You're So Vain, you probably think this song is about you......
 
What does it all mean??
 
"Clouds in my coffee" are the confusing aspects of life and love. That which you can't see through, and yet seems alluring...until. Like a mirage that turns into a dry patch. Perhaps there is something in the bottom of the coffee cup that you could read if you could (like tea leaves or coffee grinds). ~~Carly Simon 5/17/01
 
So here you go - perfect for a Monday actually. We are all cloudy on Mondays, right?



If reading the words don't get it stuck, and the song on top still doesn't get it stuck right in your head, enjoy this collection of clouds, coffee, and creamy cloudy goodness.



Hope you see clearly by this afternoon.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Walking on Wednesday - Walking Instead of Driving

I am lucky enough to live close by Main Street. Part of my regular walk route is on Main Street, but in the residential area. The business section is just a little further, and I often don't go that far mainly because my walking clothes are not really what I like to be seen shopping in. 

New packaging for the Egg Cozies
Today, I decided to dress in jeans and a decent top and make my walk serve two purposes. First, get me walk in, exercise and health. Second, get some of my errands done. My thoughts were this:

How awesome is it that I can walk to show off my new packaging? 
This will be great, and maybe I can get some great pics of the shop too! 
And pat yourself for the added bonus of a tiny help to the environment.

So I packed my bag of Toekini's newly packaged to drop off at the local gift shop, my camera, and money so I could stop by the pet shop to get the parrots their food. It felt so good to get out there in the fresh air knowing I was about to accomplish so much.
New packaging for Toekini's

I was thinking all good thoughts when I got to the top of the hill, slightly out of breath. At the top, my thoughts turned to this:

hmmmm, it sure is dark. 
Wow, look at that Stop sign blow - it's WINDY! 

Then, I felt raindrops. 

Who wants to walk in a gift shop soaking wet? With a soaking wet, and most likely smelly by now, dog?
NOT ME.

So I turned around and finished up my short walk, dropped the dog off and grabbed my car keys. 

Now my thoughts were this:

Sorry me, walking will have to be another day. 
Sorry environment, 
gonna add to the pollution only a little, 
because really I don't have to go far.


Frankly, I get enough environmental references around here. Asheville is full of environmentally conscious people. There are even bike racks on the city buses! 

 
You would think that in the mountains, people would rather drive due to the steep hills and distances between things. But I never saw so many bicycles riding around when we lived in flatter places!  

The first time we saw bike racks on buses was just the other day. We were at a stop light: 
Guy gets off  one of those green and blue buses, 
walks to the front, takes bike off, 
puts on sidewalk, 
goes back to the bus door and 
thanks the bus driver.
Did I mention it was a Hybrid Bus?
(see that rack folded on the front there?) 

With all this environmental goodness, and niceness (who thanks the bus driver these days?), that goes on around here, I think my little car ride today didn't hurt the environment too much. 

But next time, I promise I will walk, for that and all the other benefits. 

Hopefully I will have to re-stock the gift shop because they sold out. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Featured Artist from the On Fire Team ~ Moonsong Ranch

Inspiration comes from the natural exquisite beauty found in nature at Moonsong Ranch.
Ideas start at their alpaca ranch where they shear, process and create from fleece provided by their own animals.



This weeks Featured Artisan is Doug- Moonsong Ranch!
 Moonsong Ranch Handmade Alpaca Fashion products 
include Yarn, fiber and roving, felt nuno scarves, western
 style hats, purses, cases, knitted scarves and many other
 unique supplies and gift items. You can find Moonsong Ranch on:



I fell in love with this.
Evening Drama blended spinning roving
What a gorgeous color! 
I don't know what I would do with it, but anything would be beautiful.
What could you do with such great color and texture?
I would love to hear your ideas!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Music Monday! Brian Wilson

Did you miss me?
It has been one whole week since I last blogged.
You could say I had my Brian Wilson week.

I did manage to get out of bed, didn't stare at the ceiling tiles all week. Though you could say I suffered from some kind of creative drought.
I didn't go to the late night record shop. (I can't stay up that late) 
And now I am ready for this week. You will be able to find me out in the sandbox, building castles in the sun.


**Side Note**
I have always been a fan of the Barenaked Ladies. When my youngest was a baby, my sister made him a tape (remember doing that?) for him to listen to when he went to sleep. It had their early tune If I Had a Million Dollars on it, the first I had heard of The Barenaked Ladies. (here is that song)

It was 1993 or 1994, when they were still an Indie Band touring in Canada and near there, in Buffalo, where my sister was a big fan. I thank her for introducing me to them then, and still love them today. So does my son, incidentally. All those years ago, he listened to them, and maybe doesn't remember that, but still enjoys their music. 

Maybe it's because of the reference to Kraft Dinner. He loves that. Or it's enjoying the process of thinking about what we would do if we had a million dollars.....What would you do with a million dollars?

I would stay away from Kraft Dinners, I know that much. I kind of always wanted a monkey tho, and a tree house with a fridge! Yes!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Music Monday! Breakfast at Tiffany's

"What I've found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's.  It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits..." 
 ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly

In honor of  Valentine's Day, may you find your love at the end of the movie, find that you have lots more in common than liking the movie, and have a wonderful breakfast. Wouldn't it be nice to also get that little something from Tiffany's?

And I said, "What about 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'?"
She said, "I think I remember the film,yes
and as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it."
And I said, "Well, that's the one thing we've got."


Do you remember the movie? And did you kinda like it? This collection should trigger your memories of the movie enough to answer that question, but maybe you don't remember 2E or Sally Tomato, or somehow forgot Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi.



If that you really can't remember, or have never seen it, here is a bonus video for you - the trailer for Breakfast at Tiffany's movie. 

I think everyone should see this movie at least once, if for nothing else other than the fashion, (after all... "You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels." ~Holly Golightly) and the love story underneath it all. 
Enjoy and have a great day with your sweetie on Valentines Day. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday's Family Jewels - Sculptural Jewelry in Copper and Silver

Bridget, my very talented and wonderful mother-in-law as you may remember, is always one for experimenting and pushing herself creatively in any way her heart leads. 

This limitless inspiration has yielded some beautiful jewelry, among other things, and today I wanted to show you her Silver and Copper Sculptural items.

Starting with the Copper - the shapes and texture she got when she poured these is just amazing. Celestial feeling and certainly completely unique.
      
Copper Aurora Pendant
Copper Planet Pendant
                           

Silver Sculpture Topaz Brooch 


Her first brooch, this Topaz and Sterling Silver piece is perfect with that scarf, or on your lapel, hat, wherever. 

She simply let the silver lead the way, and came up with a wonderful piece.




Now for the Silver Sculpture Pendants. These are completely one of a kind and unique, from Bridget's own limitless imagination.
Art that you can wear.
       
Olympic Trails Sculpture Pendant
 
Turquoise in the Rough Sculpture Pendant
The mind conjures skies, shapes, scenes, oceans, and animals, and Bridget brings it all to life. 
Dolphin Playground Sterling Silver Pendant

This collection shows a playful side to Bridget, and truly shows what a skilled metal smith she has become. Her bee stamp is the icing on the playful cake.


I have a hard time picking my favorite, because as the mood changes, so does the feelings that each evokes. I do know they all have a special place in a wonderful collection of Sculptural Jewelry from Jewelry by Bridget


Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Walking on Wednesday - The Creative Beginning - I Love Handmade Stuff

There is always a beginning. We have to find our creativity,
 and courage, to take that first step. 

Each beginning is different for each of us, but one way or another we all ended up in this 
crazy ~ creative ~ circle of friends. 
The circle is full of wonderful, hardworking people. 

Here is the first publication of I Love Handmade Stuff, 
created by Angela. 


It aims to be a quarterly publication ~
looking for great creators. 
Be sure to read how you too can be featured.

Thank you Angela, for all your hard work. 

Here's to success for you, and everyone in our 
crazy ~ creative ~ circle of friends

It will be hard to wait for the next issue....... 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Music Monday! Lose Yourself

"Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it ...or just let it slip?


"You better lose yourself in the music, 
the moment
You own it, you better never let it go

You only get one shot do not miss 
your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once 
in a lifetime yo"

Oh the time goes so fast. From this little 3 year old whose whole life revolved around catching lizards (do you see it there on his shoulder?)






scooting his little sister around the yard in his jeep, 










and being the leader of the kids, and 'Lost Boys' being Peter Pan, at age 4 with his little sister 'Tink', and his little brother 'Michael Darling'  for Halloween.










Now a smart and ambitious 17 year 
old who finished high school in 3 1/2 years.
This Music Monday is dedicated to him. At a turning point in his life, where he is beginning a new chapter in his life. We are so proud of him at this exciting time.

 He has always been an Eminem fan, ever since his classmates called him that (actually they called him Slim Shady) back in Primary School in the Caribbean, where he was one of the only first graders with blonde hair.

Thanks to this longtime favorite musician, Eminem, for these inspiring lyrics.

"So here I go it's my shot
Feet fail me not
this may be the only
opportunity that I got.

You can do anything you set your mind to, man."