Intentional artwork – hidden meaning and love – 7 horses – New Artwork

I am in awe sometimes of the moments in life I get to be a part of.

This new painting was so special to me. It’s a larger piece, 6ft wide and 3 feet tall. It features 7 clydesdales and is full of meaning.

 

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I’ve created a video to show the the story and the hidden messages I’ve hidden within the artwork, click the link to see the painting unfold in this short video.

This artwork was coordinated by Robin at Front Door Coaching, she soulfully teams together interior design, coaching and bodywork and had the insight to bring me in to do this artwork. It was a group effort that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of.  It’s a kind of artwork called, Intentional Artwork.  Where there is meaning layered throughout the piece.  It’s a perfect type of artwork for people looking to capture a deeper meaning after loss, life changes or encouragement moving forward.

When you watch the video I’d be so grateful if you’d take a second and send love to the family this was made for. https://vimeo.com/180342361

 

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A light post full of love – how to add unique and personal elements to your yard and home

We all have them.  Little momentos in drawers, jewelry boxes, shelves.  For us they were sitting collecting dust and rarely looked at, shoved out of the way and not part of our daily visual.

When we moved into our house there was still a post from an old deck that had been torn down.  For the first year here we hung bird feeders from it, but once our waterfall pond was finished we knew that post had more of a story to tell.

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Here is how we created this lamp post full of personal momentos and whimsy.

  1. We created a post wrap that was 4 – 2″x6″ treated boards.  Screwed together to leave a 4″x4″ opening inside.  This also allowed me to lay the post down in our living room and work on a side at a time.
  2. We collected mosaic tiles, glass beads, fish bowl rocks, moments, broken necklaces, souvineer spoons, rocks, and all sorts of things that could withstand the outdoors.  If you are wanting to use a mirror here is how to easily break a mirror without making a huge mess.  Find a hard surface and put a layer of newspaper down.  Then the mirror then more newspaper.  Then use a hammer and starting gently tap the mirror. You can also place something small under the mirror like a pebble or coin before you hammer it.  Lift up the top layers of newspaper to check on the mirror and continue this to create as small of pieces as you prefer.  Then you can lift the larger pieces off as needed or put them in a container and gently lift the bottom layer of newspaper fold to contain all glass fragment then pour into garbage.
  3. We bought Liquid Nails for interior or exterior use.

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4. Working in less than an 8 inch spaces at a time, squeeze the liquide nails onto the wood, thinner if it’s for a flat mosaic, thicker if you’ll be sticking on heavier or odd shaped items. Use a flat sides tool to spread the glue.

5. You can work in patterns, or shapes, secret things like initials or messages.  We put our address on one side, another side had a favorite necklace of mine that had broken, a pendant of my mom’s, my grandmothers necklace, a collector spoon I got at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, rocks from people and places.  It was full of an unfolding and telling of our journey; past and future.

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5. Once a side was filled up and dried, there were places where I went in and filled in gaps, between items, essentially grouting with liquid nails.  If this was a flat mosaic with uniformed thickness then I would have filled with grout.  To do that; you’d attach pieces, wait to dry then scoop group onto top and use flat edget to smooth into cracks and openings.  IMPORTANT: use a damp cloth and wipe down surface will grout is still moist.  This will clean off the surface of your glass, mirror or tile pieces.  It may take a few times of wiping gently and rinsing the rag and doing it again.  Otherwise you’ll be left with a layer of grout over the top of your piece that’ll be incredibly difficult to remove later.   Once the piece is dry you’ll go back over it again with a damp rag to remove the dusty residue coating the piece.  You’ll then want to find a high quality grout sealer to protect your grout from absorbing rain, dirt, pollen, or other things.

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Before and After of the pond area and post.

 

6. Once our post was complete we slipped the wrapped post over our 4″x4″ post, topped it with a

board and attached a large solar lantern.

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7. Use this technique for other fun things too; furniture like side tables, dressers, bird baths, gazing balls and more.   Here are a few examples that I have made or others have made:

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This gazing ball was a very special gift given to me.  After my mother passed away my mother in law had gotten my mom’s bowling ball and bag.  Without telling me she secretely used my mom’s china pieces, the tag from her bag and more and glued them all to my mom’s bowling ball.  To this day, it’s one of my favorite things. So much thought from my mother in law and a piece of my mom not stored in a bag in our garage but our in our yard glowing everyday in the sunlight.  Adding joy to our days.

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Hope this gives you some ideas on how you can use things laying around your house to make some fun meaningful goodies.

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How to create an inspired outdoor space that’ll make you swoon

I have decided that I really want to spend more time outdoors this year.  Relaxing, inspired, bug free time.  So I put it on our budget for this spring to find a gazebo tent with screened sides.

As we searched every online site we could, we ended up finding one that was clearanced out for 1/2 off and ended up being just under $250.  SCORE!   Step one was complete, now for how to find inspiration.

  • I started by finding a shower curtain that I could hang on the back wall.  This helped set the mood and color scheme for the decor.  I chose a fabric shower curtain for two reasons; a) they are more durable than many fabrics and have been sewn around the edges and hemmed.   b) they already have holes cut at the top for a rod (or in our case zip ties).
  • Next I found a chandelier at a garage sale.  I found this one for $5.  It works, it was just a less trendy color of brass.   I gathered up other items that I wanted in the tent.  A basket for reading magazines, some twinkle lights, etc.

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  • I found indoor/outdoor spray paint and painted the basket and chandelier in this great deep teal color.  (the pictures make them look different but the color of the basket below is more accurate)

 

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  • We’ve had a coffee table that I made in high school laying around in our garage for years, so we took that out and decided to add repurposed fending boards to the top.  I cut them all down so they overlapped the top by about 3/4″ on each side.  I then faux distressed a few boards with some white paint and painted the legs of the table white.

 

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  • Now that we had all the pieces, we started assembling it all.  My hubby and I strung up the chandelier from the top, center.  Then took these great white lightes and strung them around the inside of the top. We made it so both cords met up on the same back corner and we zip tied an extension cord in the corner.
  • The original back curtain I had bought wasn’t going to be wide enough, so I found 2 more brown ones on clearance and put those on the sides of the middle one.  I love when things work out perfectly; I was looking for something to hang the curtains from in the garage and I found a 1″ piece of pvc piping that was exactly the right length. AMAZING.   So I got a bunch of zip ties and I zip tied every other hole to the pole.  Then we zip tied the bar to the top of the tent at different points.
  • On the table I added one of my hand painted wine bottle torches.  This one happens to be one that was used at our wedding reception luau so it holds extra sentimental meaning for us.
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Here is our finished results:

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A few other side notes – we plan on keeping this gazebo tent together in this part of the yard for years, so we anchor bolted the legs to concrete blocks on each corner.  If you have tent sides you could also place those behind the fabric background to add protection from the weather.  This tent was going to go in a space right next to our future bunkhouse but instead we decided to put on a different side of our yard that is at the top of a hill so it’s pretty windy.  So my hubby put a couple sheets of plywood behind the curtain and anchored them to 2 metal yard stakes.  This helps prevent the curtain from blowing around.  (similar to if we would have backed it up to a fence or building).

We have this one about 20 feet from our fire pit so it’s incredibly relaxing out there.  If possible I highly recommend putting in a part of your yard where you can relax, the original spot we almost put it left us looking at all the projects we still had to work on so we realized it would be as relaxing there.

One more project checked off our list here at the Little house on the hill.  We have almost been here 1 year now, it’s hard to believe.  We are loving every minute.

Wishing you an inspired day!

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feel the knowing saturating the areas of uncertainty

december 31st, 2015

I feel myself coming up after being pulled down under the tide. A tide that held me too close to wanting to be understood, Scared to really be fully me.

I can feel that I’m ready to really hear my truest self.  I turned 38 a few days ago and it’s like a switch clicked and I see things a bit differently and it’s beautiful.

What I’m hearing… home school the youngest, help him to be is greatest self. Move on from dairy and sugar and wheat.  Give my body the truest nutrients it’s been looking for and craving. Own my voice, my powerful observations, knowings, challenges and hopes. Dare others to dream big, listen to their knowing. Teach myself how to cook and serve good to nourish my family deeply and satisfyingly. Listen, learn, pray, dance. I feel myself not caring what “they” think. Wanting to speak up for what I know and have seen. To be able to stand proudly and confidently in me, not needing to prove anything just receive and learn and know and love. To own the greatness that is waiting for me.

All those times I’ve been shown that I need to be brave, stand up and really dive into my deepest strengths… I thought it was all about art… it’s about my body, my temple, my family, my mind. Trusting and forgiving myself as I learn and grow and try and fall and GET BACK UP.

I see 2016 as a year of learning, growing and feeling. Listening to the universe, my body, my children, my love. Serving with love, laughter and richness. Done are the endless conversations about money, tightening spending, lack, only so much. Instead I trust that abundance is already ours. That as I step into my calling fully that an abundance of money, love, good health and peacefulness will cradle us and saturate all that is already good.

I feel my best artwork is yet to come, more than just about the artwork.. I use the art as a tool a way for us to connect, to feel, to believe in what is unseen and not yet known. Artwork that helps us to transport into another part of our our mind, our life, our being, the world. To feel. Yet also growing as an artist and owning my craft, my skill. Allowing my skills to grow and myself to continue to develop, to play and not take it all too seriously while also knowing it’s the most real thing I know; a piece of me. A piece of what I’ve seen, a piece of what is coming that even I don’t know yet.

I’m breathing in the changes, the healing, the love. Praying for courage to answer the call on why I’m here on earth at this exact time, with these exact people in my exact life; including you who are reading this.  Breathing in and owning the wisdom that has come from all my mistakes, shortcomings, past tries and successes.

For 2016 I feel an allowing happening. listening. a transformation.

Has anything been trying to get your attention?  Are you feeling changes coming or a deeper settling in what you already know to be true?  I wish you an incredible beginning to 2016!

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Butterfly wishes from Grandma

This past year I’ve been shown in a million ways that I am supposed to paint the Sacred Hellos artwork.  Validation to others, they aren’t crazy when they see signs; especially the ones who aren’t as vocal as I am about talking about those signs.  Also a comforting, recognition to the hellos I have gotten. They give me so much comfort and peace. After losing my own mom and other’s since I’ve been open to receiving and paying attention to the signs thsey send.  I’m so grateful.  I don’t go looking for them but I do try to notice them once they are there.      Well I have tears today as I realize another perfectly orchestrated hello from a new angel in Heaven.

Since I created the Sacred Hellos artwork I’ve had people asking me if I had any butterfly art. But this week it was all amplified. This week I’ve been overtaken by inspiration, numerous people asking for butterfly art.  I knew that I now was the time to paint them.  I sketched, plotted then I worked all day on Wednesday painting butterflies.

Today, in a completely different mind space I spent time this morning watching videos that my ex-brother in law has taken of his Grandma. This would be my exes Grandma. Sky’s great-grandma.  She was an AMAZING woman.  I feel so blessed to have known and loved her these past 18 years. She passed away earlier this week.  I’ve felt a range of sadness for those she’s left behind and complete happiness for her; imaging her reuniting with her husband who passed away long before I knew her and also seeing her parents again.  She was ready to go be with them.

Below is one of the videos I was watching. It’s a couple years old, yet I haven’t ever seen it.  Feel free to jump to the 6 minute mark.

She talks about how she wants to come back as a butterfly.   Chills and tears.

 

Hal has taken hundreds of hours of video of Grandma. She grew up in New York and is a bold, beautiful Italian woman.  Her blunt, bold style was a new world for me after growing up with my reserved, Minnesota family.  She was full of love.  Her and Skylar shared a birthday. We were all Capricorns and she called us her Minnesota Nanny Goats.

I just sit today in rememberance of her.  I feel like I got a visit that I wasn’t even aware I was getting now looking back at the paintings of butterflies that have overtaken my week.

Thank you for the hello Grandma.  Love you forever!

Here are the paintings from this week. You can click on them to learn more.

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I am grateful I followed the nudge to paint these.  It’ll be fun to see who there were meant for.

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7th day of Christmas – Guitars Print set of 4

Welcome to the 7th day of Christmas!

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Today is a fun one. I can almost hear the guitar music playing.

You get a set of 4 guitar prints. These are the prints only (un-matted).

You’ll get:
1 – 4″ x 6″ Red guitar print
1 – 4″ x 6″ Yellow guitar print
1 – 4″ x 6″ Blue guitar print
1 – 4″ x 6″ Green guitar print

Looking for ideas on where to hang these?

Great in: family room, music room, music studio, child’s room, nursery, office, hallway, bedroom, teen room, basement, the list goes on and on.

Because these prints are un-matted I’m able to ship them to you for super cheap.   Many of the 5″x7″ frames come with a mat to fit a 4″x6″ picture so it’s a win-win.

Give them now for the holidays or put away for a birthday, father’s day or other gift later.

The matted version of this set retails for $32 so enjoy this great price of only $12!

Do you know someone who would love to take advantage of this special?  I’d be grateful if you’d forward this link to them.

Order here.

 

Thanks so much!

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5th day of Christmas – Poinsettias and peaceful prayers

This original artwork is titled, “Poinsettias and peaceful prayers” – It’s part of my Soulful Yoga Holiday collection.

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You get your choice of the original 8″ x 10″ artwork on canvas. Wired on back, ready to hang. (1 available) Original price is $95 – Sale price of only $40

Or an 8″x10″ print matted in a white 11″ 14″ mat. Signed by artist. Comes ready to frame or give as gift. – (2 available). Original price – $24.00 Sale price only $12.00

This piece features a prayerful pose, surrounded by swirls and bold red poinsettias. Extra swirls around the heart area.

You can find more info or order here.

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1st day of Christmas Sale

1st day of Christmas Sale – Cardinal visitor original artwork 

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Only 1 available!  Original artwork.

Click here  to learn all about the artwork, plus there is a really great link to a page with over 90 stories of people’s experiences with cardinals, many as signs from loved ones who have passed. Great chance to get artwork with this amazingly, powerful symbolic Cardinal.

 

Enjoy, see you tomorrow with another sale.

Interview with Pam Dusbabek – Creating an Inspired Life radio

 

This week on my True2youradio show:

Interview with Pam Dusbabek of Heart of Life documentary photography

She’s the one who took this fun fall photo:

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Entrepreneur and photographer Pam Dusbabek discusses the journey to finding her authentic and inspired path of documentary photography.  This great show is not just for photographers, people of all industries will feel inspired after listening to Pam’s story and journey she’s taken.

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You can check out this link to see when the show will be playing this week.

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New Artwork: Prayers for Peace

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Use as a reminder that we are all connected, a reminder to pray for peace. Feel the connection to others around the world holding the same intention.

-She holds a space and intention for peace as she visualized collaboration around the world.

-She wears red to honor her root chakra and connection to the earth, to stay grounded and secure. 

-She wears blues and purples to represent the crown chakra and her connection to the infinite universe and all that ever was and all that ever will be. 

-She has olive branched along the back of her clothing, representing her prayers for peace.

-She is a modern woman, who pauses during a moment of her day to day life, she’s just like us. Busy, sometimes unsure if her added prayers can make a difference. But she offers them anyways, having faith in the bigger, unseen picture. 

-The flowers in her hair represent the delicateness of life, around in a circle, never-ending.

We are one, living separate life experiences with one greater consciousness.

 

You can find the postcard prints for this piece here.