Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
He who looks outside, dreams. He who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Girls’ Artist Trading Cards

 While we teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. Anon

  I have always loved that quote.  I am constantly amazed by my children and others in how they take what I see as complex and turn it into stunning simplicity. My youngest had one of her friends over this weekend and their every conversation, choice and play seemed so natural.  There was no concern of political correctness and no self conscious behavior, just two kids who genuinely liked each other.    

They pulled out art supplies and wanted to make artist trading cards.

My youngest found a tri-fold card I had, painted it gold, applied a key


And symbolized what she treasures within ~ love, music & animals


Her friend found the butterflies


They swapped friend ATC’s



And then they joined two ATC’s together to represent their friendship

girls atc

Very cool to watch them enjoy creating while talking seriously about the definition of a true friend.  Inspired me to go ahead and post my ATC creativity prompts’ PDF for girls with the themes of All About Me, Feelings, Friendship and Girl Power.  They can be found @ Girls Express.

What’s inspiring you this weekend?

Friday, March 18, 2011


May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.  Irish Blessing
I’ve been going through a “bare branches” phase lately
eyes riveted to the naked starkness     
bold against the changing backdrop
exposing beauty through vulnerability        
one last stand before spring bursts through
As I progress through a season of  physical, emotional and spiritual spring cleaning                                                                
I feel a kinship for the stripped down version  
knowing that sometimes pruning ornamental clutter is necessary before the bloom
What’s been calling to you lately?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mom’s Treasure

A daughter’s smile on a swing set and the beginning blooms of spring ~ in this moment all is right with the world…






I hope you’ll join me in capturing memories and creating memories with our daughters in Mom's Treasure: A Storybook Workshop
Empowering our daughters through relationship and creative expression. This four week on-line circle will feature a weekly guidebook with writing and art activities for you and your daughter in exploring identity and values, enhancing self-esteem and writing her story through love and compassion. A coaching call for self-care will be offered along with a bonus guidebook for mom.  (No writing or art experience needed)  See sidebar for paypal...Mother's Day Special - only $40.00

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Eliminate Mental Clutter

Whenever I’m dealing with too much swirling inside my head, I have to write.  I don’t care if it’s coherent, I just have to get it on paper.  Recently, after several pages of dribble, I asked myself some pointed questions and ended up with the following process:


(The very first one, ready to feel on top of the my world again ~ control issue popping back up but in a healthier way, literally as I went back to the gym this past week…of course, I was just easing myself back into it & didn’t make it past the hot tub!)

Then I reminded myself, again, of my word of the year…it really shouldn’t be so hard, it is just one word!  Those are balloons at the top with what I want to “release” written on them.  I found an old book on organizing your household and loved the phrase I found in it ~ Eliminate Mental Clutter


You can’t see the words in the petals and stems but this was an entry (basically all covered in paint now) about manifesting abundance by recognizing that I have all that I need already.


The following did not start with the writing first, which is what I usually do (probably backwards from “real” art journals) but instead it was the picture that called to me.  The peacock feathers look like mini artist trading cards.  My caption Strut Even When You Don’t Feel It… or as my mom always said fake it until you make it


And finally, When All Else Fails, Eat Cupcakes…so much for my healthier outlook:)


I used the following writing prompts…give them a try & see where they take you:

~ What do you need right now?

~ What’s in the way?

~ How will you get there?

For the record, in case you are new here…I am all about the process, not the product.  No judging allowed:)

Oh, I almost forgot…I have two upcoming workshops.  One through Story Circle Network, Life Books, beginning the first of April and Mom’s Treasure: A Storybook Workshop beginning in May (see tab at the top of the page).  Hope you can join me!