Fall updates and new announcements!

It’s been a year full of all sorts of changes so I wanted to take a few minutes and share a few new stores I’m in, where you can find my work and what new work I’m offering.  Plus I have a SUPER big announcement that I haven’t told anyone about yet. You’ll find that all the way at the bottom.  yep, I’m (not so subtly) sneaky like that.

At the end of July I ended my year at the studio, it was a really great time. I made a tough decision to listen to the inner voice telling me that even though it was great and parts I loved, it wasn’t a perfect fit.  I found myself producing and selling a lot of work, racing between home and the studio and yet somehow not any further ahead. I am learning to really appreciate that as much as I fight it, it’s when I quiet down and make myself sit in that silence for a bit that my best and deepest (most daring) ideas come to me.  2 days after moving out of the studio my family went on a 2 week road trip through Utah and out to Oregon and up to Washington and back through Montana. We did about 1/2 camping and 1/2 hotels. It was really great. Not only is the nature and site seeing incredible I am always amazed at how much it feeds my soul to take time away and be an observer. I let myself relax more, reserve judgement and just take it all in. I don’t think I’ve been on a vacation yet that didn’t change me and help me know myself better. Now with both the kids at school and preschool each day and after the changes I feel like I’m finding my groove again and hitting my stride.

NEW artwork, stores and more:

My music artwork is hanging on display until the end of the month at the Egg & I East restaurant in St. Paul (off Univ. and 280).

In a few weeks you’ll be able to start finding my Soulful Yoga artwork at the Living Waters Cafe. 12201 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

 

I have a few studios out east now carrying my Soulful Yoga series, you can also now find my prints, cards and some pallet artwork in Anoka, MN at the New Moon Metaphysical Store. They are great, and offer classes and more.

I have been expanding my small print selection.  These are small prints mounted into a 5″x7″ mat. They are ready to fit into a standard size frame that can be found at any store. People have been loving them to give as gifts and they are perfect to hang up around the office or a cubicle.  I have a few new selections on my Etsy page.

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Here is my newest pallet art designs. These are so versatile, I hope you’ll love them: (you can click the image to see them on Etsy)

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Sports Art Special:

There are a few more days left to get in on the action and order an original Volleyball or Football painting! These are great and people have loved that you can add a name or # if you choose also.  Only $47 for an 8″x10″.  Great for a middle school or high school athlete. I’ve also had some that have been adding to their collection each quarter that I offer a new sport and are building a sports themed family room. Love that.  In November I’ll be offering a basketball and hockey special!

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Upcoming show dates:

This Saturday, the 28th – Ladies you are welcome to join me at the September Braveheart meeting.  It’s from 10am – 1pm. Msg me for details.

Sunday October 13, Temple of Aaron Sisterhood Arts and Crafts show.  I will have a booth here, it runs from 9am – 4pm.  at 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd

Saturday November 2nd & Sunday, Nov. 3rd. 4 Angels arts and crafts show.  – 27th and Stinson in NE Minneapolis    this runs from 10am-4pm both days. I did this show last year and it was awesome. Cool area, great vendors, outdoor. You can see all the info and vendors that will be in this show here.

Thursday, November 21st.  Stella’s on 97 Winter Craft show.   I did this show for the first time earlier this month and it was great. Tons of vendors and food and drinks. Plus it’s always fun to be back in Forest Lake.  If you’re in FL know that this is the show too that I’ll be bringing some of my remaining wine glasses with me to. I have a couple dozen left so I’ll have those there.    7050 Scandia Trail N  Forest Lake, MN 55025     4pm – 9pm.

 

Harmony Project:

Lastly, I am excited to announce that I’ve hit the $2500 mark on my fundraising for my Israel trip!!  I thank each of you who have so generously donated and purchased bracelets from me the last 8 months.    I’m both trying to celebrate the moment and feel the gratitude and also know that I still have $7000 still to raise.  I have to admit that it is not in my comfort zone to feel so publicly vulnerable and at such risk to not reach my goal all while everyone is watching.  I am trusting that things will continue to come together and I know that I am meant to be over in Jerusalem next May.  I see such a need for what we’ll be doing over there. In fact I love it that I’m beginning to be abt le to use some of these same skills and perspective I’m learning for over there and apply them right here in my own town and in fact even my own family.  This entire journey is so beautifully teaching me and making me a better person.  I would love to ask you to take a look at all the bracelets I have on my website. I have gotten another 80+ in since I’ve shared before.  The earth tone brown seems to be the most popular this fall, there are just a few of those left.  You can view them by either color or style on the website. I will also have bracelets with me at each of the shows listed above.  You can see them here.

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I also have an online fundraising drive going for the next 27 days. I am at $33 raised out of a goal of $500 on here.  If you can even donate $11 I’d be SO grateful.  There are some new incentives and gifts for donations this time also.  Please check it out. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/noelle-rollins-harmony-israel-palestinian-trip-round-2

The NEW super exciting news:

 

  • Have you blurred part of your identity while giving everything to others?

  • Are you needing support in setting some new healthy boundaries?

  • Are you longing for a path to help guide you in reconnecting with your inner wisdom, purpose and authentic self?

  • Are you ready to move forward and start creating an inspired life?

  • Are you so busy doing everything for everybody that you don’t even remember what YOU find fun and enjoyable?

  • Do you long for new connections with other soulful women?

 

If any of those describe where you find yourself right now then you won’t want to miss what is coming in January 2014:

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Starting in October I will begin sharing more information and details.

 

Until then, I hope you’re enjoying fall as much as I am! Sending hugs to each of you, Noelle

 

 

 

Being Brave and facing fear head on – and some BIG NEWS!!

Spoiler alert: BIG news being shared in this post. I’d love for you to read the whole thing but if you just can’t wait and want to read the news first scroll to the bottom!

I am doing the bravest thing yet in my life and I need your help to make it happen.

Life is full of daily lists, to do’s, obligations. Within every second of my free time, moments between conscious thoughts are filled with my dreams. There are also my regrets. I live a good life. I have my 2 kids and a dog, my dream man as my husband and a family I am so proud to have grown up in.

Yet, I know that as an old woman someday I want to be able to tell my children, “Don’t spend every day in your safe, perfect little world. Help others, get out of your comfort zone, be bigger than you think you can be.”  I want to be able to look them in the eye and say with full certainty that I lived a life full of love and also full of a knowing and a connected-ness to others.

I watch clips of marches in the 60’s, Holocaust stories and I like to tell myself that I would have marched, I would have spoke up. I would have made myself vulnerable for the good of all people.

I know that I was put here on this earth to use my artwork to speak messages of hope, light and love. I know I am here to be a light. I know that I am here not as a midwestern, blond haired, blue eyed girl that gets to stay in a safe bubble.  I am here to connect people. I am here to help people see the other side, to love themselves, to love each other. I believe we are all connected and when one of us hurts, it hurts all of us. I know this.

So when I found out a group of Braveheart women were going to Jerusalem to work with women and start to plant the seeds of peace and hope to the places that need to hear it in this world I cried with happiness for them. Yes “them”.  At first I admit, I said that sounds amazing… for someone.  But not me; I have young kids, I could never raise that amount of money, who do I think I am to get to do something so big?

Then a month passed and I started dreaming about it, I started thinking about the what ifs. What if I didn’t let my fear of the unknown stop me? What if I stepped up and fully owned the power to make a difference that I have? What if I faced fear straight on and beat it? Wow. What if…  So that’s what I’m doing. I laid out all the “what if’s”  and worked out how we would handle them and with my family’s support I signed up. I grew up a little bit that day.

 

Click here to read more, visit my fundraising site and see all the new free gifts I’m giving away as thank you’s for donations!!

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As most of you know I’m also selling beautiful bracelets to support my journey to the Israeli-Palestinian region.  I just got 80+ new ones in yesterday and have them all loaded in my store now. You will LOVE them.  These have a dragonfly on each side of the flower.  These are roses blooming.  There are new multicolored ones, and dainty ones. You will love. You can see them all (sorted by colors or styles) here.   These make a great gift and all the new styles only have 2 of each bracelet in each color so some will go fast.  These make a beautiful gift for the women in your life.  For around $100 you can get 3 bracelets, 1 for yourself and 2 for sisters, girlfriends, daughters, etc.  Each come in a purple organza bag with a card explaining a bit about the project.  Each time you wear the bracelet you know that you are connected to a large group of women from around the world working together, knowing that peace begins with us.   I’ve had a few women that have bought bracelets and loved them so much and what they stand for that they wanted to show their friends and families.  I have enough bracelets for 11 friends who will each take 11 bracelets to your circle of friends.  I will give you paperwork that explains the project and as a thank you when you sell the 10 bracelets I will gift one to you for free.  Plus, there is no money due up front. If this interests you please let me know.  I will make sure to say thank you publicly on my website also!

 

BIG NEWS!!!!! –

Braveheart has changed up the way the trip is going to happen.  There is a beautiful woman named Tamara who is from Canada, she has felt so moved by this project that she has been living alternating between the Israeli side and the Palestinian side over in that region. She has been coordinating the continued gatherings over there. What she’s finding is that she doesn’t believe she’ll have any problems getting the 333+ women from each side but she is finding that the process of really and truly gaining trust, friendship and women with a shared goal may take a  little longer than May of 2014.  A certain percentage of women (just like here in the US) may attend the event just out of curiousity, free food, etc).  There is a big difference in those who casually attend and the women that feel deeply called to carry out an ongoing sisterhood from an authentic place.  That coupled with 300 women from the US, many who have never had to raise money, some are getting a slow start.  So what Braveheart has done is reduce the 2014 trip in 1/2 of what it was planned to be.  They have then moved the large event to May of 2015.  This will give women that are a bit slower at raising money until 2015 to do so.  Let me just be clear, I AM NOT going to be one of those women.  Here is the good news. As an incentive to those of us who have been fundraising and reaching our goals and are super motivated to go over there and make a difference, when I raise my money by early spring of 2014 Braveheart has decided to honor us by including BOTH the 2014 and the 2015 trip for the original amount that I am raising.  That is AMAZING!!  So essentually now every donation is having double the impact and getting me a trip there both times. This includes airfare, food and hotel and event both times!!  I am going to be very honest, my goal is to raise the majority of my funding by the end of this year.  I want this for a few reasons, I want to show people that it can be done, I want to be able to move into a more peaceful stage of planning instead of still fundraising next year and I like the challenge. It scares me a bit so that must mean something good.   So now you can go back to the top and read a bit more that I haven’t shared before about why I want to be a part of this journey.

finding “real life” in an online world

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I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 19. Didn’t have an email address or my own computer until college.  I spent half my life with none of the on-line world we have today. So I feel like I should be able to navigate my way through balancing both my regular person to person life and an online life.  Most of the time I think I do great. I pride myself that if you met me in person you’d find the exact same person that I present online.  Yet a couple months ago noticed I have this subtle empty feel.  This feeling as if there is so much going on, I see my feed of my hundreds of artist friends out conquering the world and their beautiful work.  In a weak moment it would leave me wondering if there is any room left for me? I intellectually knew better, of course there is.  I would get just enough of a feeling of knowing what is going on with people around me that I forget to then actually follow up in real life with people outside of the my immediate family.  Phone calls with friends were rare, extended relatives same thing.  I missed just sitting and chatting with people face to face.

So the last month I have started taking control.  I cleaned up my facebook. If I haven’t seen someone in the last year or so in real life then most likely I hid them from my news feed.  Most of my artist friends, love their work but had to hide them for a bit. I started paying attention to people that when I would see their feeds I would notice a reaction in my body, either a little annoyance or defensiveness or anger. I made a conscious choice that I don’t want those people part of my daily life  so I hid ’em.  In real life same thing; I have too many fabulous, loving and uplifting people to spend my time around people that repeatedly drain my energy.  The results are almost immediate and so freakin’ freeing!  My next steps, less online time all together.  I’m making it my summer goal to unplug much more. More coffee dates and park dates with friends. Feed my soul with actual human interaction.  Keep my head down and just keep my eyes on my own work for awhile.  I get my best creative ideas not from looking through the world for inspiration but from quieting down and listening. (The exact opposite of what my ego wants to do).  I love the power that comes from very intentional, scheduled online time, just reading the blogs and updates of the people I choose.  When I’m sitting at my daughters fastpitch games I will be mind, body and soul at her game.  When I’m at the studio I’ll be 100% there.  And best of all that leaves me being 100% here when I’m home with my kids and hubby.

I’d love to hear from any of you that have faced this challenge also.  How have you handled it?   Much love, Noelle