― C. JoyBell C.
“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
― C. JoyBell C.
What is a New Year, but the birth day of new possibilities? A time for you to take charge and create the life you have always dreamed about! A new chapter, or as mentioned above, a chance give birth to a whole new book! Your birthday, whenever it is in this new year, is the greatest manifestation of the the Creative Force in action! Think of the miracle you are, really think about it! Celebrate it, on this day and every day, all the beautiful aspects that make you, you. I believe New Years is a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for the miracle of this life. What will you dare to do with the gifts you have been given to show your immense appreciation this year? The world truly is your oyster! Go get that dream! xo
"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of effort is his own personality." - Eric Fromm
"If it is unreachable you are not dreaming high enough!" -Unknown
What dreams do you hold in your beautiful heart but fear is unattainable? Well, I challenge you to dust those crazy notions off and throw them out to the world in the winds of time! I have seen how what seemed like a far off dream or fantasy can come true if you would just believe in that dream enough to give it a chance. Trust me, you will laugh and marvel about the magic of the manifestation in hindsight! You will wonder why you ever doubted the possibilities in the first place. And doing a brave act is like going to school to learn an art, you gain confidence and it makes you braver the next time and the next time and so on. Once you learn the secret that the only thing there ever was to fear was "fear" itself, you are free to be as adventurous as you dare to be! So don't waste any more time dear friend, if you have a dream, get going on it! xo
"A dream is a wish your heart makes" - Unknown
"The word is a force you cannot see, but you can see the manifestation of that force, the expression of that word, which is your own life." - Miguel Angel Ruiz
“Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Wishing everyone a day filled with lots love. joy, laughter and family. I am envisioning people partaking in holiday cheer, perhaps a roaring fire (no fireplace? No problem...use the TV!) , some well behaved kid (yeah right....jacked up on candy!), a great meal and a ton of love! That is the most important part...the love! Be free with it today! I am going to do a random act of art today....and leave a package in the park where the homeless people live. We have made our donations to people who struggle in other countries in lieu of more stuff for us. We simply do not need anything! We are truly blessed. I guess that is what I am trying to say, today is not just another day, it is a beautiful day to give thanks for all that we are blessed to have in this life and to extend some of that gratitude forward to someone a little or a lot less fortunate!
So without further adieu, Merry Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous and love filled New Year to you all! xoxoxoxoxox
Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Dr. Suess
Be okay in the company of your beautiful Self dear friend! You are interesting and you have something important to dream and do! Take yourself on a date, buy yourself a silly gift, go for tea in Paris...invest in yourself! You are enough! When you are okay with yourself, you are truly blessed. Seeing your own worth allows you to see the worth in others. It frees you up from the self afflicted pain of comparison. It is truly the best cure for loneliness and lack of self worth!
"I have a daily religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and from there everything falls into line." Lucille Ball
"Desire is the starting point of all achievements, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transends everything." Napolean Hill
What gorgeous dream do you hold in your beautiful heart, dear friend? Is it to swim in an octopus'garden in the shade...? I know that sounds a little crazy, right? But imagination is the most powerful tool we have. If you were like me as a child, I could drift off in an infinite sea of fantasy where I would create all sorts of places I would rather be (usually I did this while sitting "still" at my desk in school). I traveled far and wide and to all sorts of worlds accessible only via my mind. I never dwelled on the unlikelihood of that journey being a reality on this dimension we call "Earth". I had all kinds of wacky adventures that I would not give up today anymore than I would my so called "real life" adventures! Whatever your dream is, dear friend....persue it! Imagine it! Make it happen! All great achievements have their infancy in dreams!
"Cherish your visions and dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprint of your ultimate achievements." Napolean Hill
My hubby always says this about me, "You're like a rat on a garlic ring!" The way he says it, I know it is a good thing! He is talking about persevering! But in the past, the thing that eventually would get the better of me is "fear". At some point I would begin to entertain it in my mind. The old what if....happens, or what if so and so thinks this or that about me, would creep in like a bad weed and take root and choke out my initial excitement and courage that had me revved up in the first place! What is different about this present situation, you ask? I am simply not letting fear take root. Each day is a new day and the thing that is going to help me perservere is that I am not going to make a mountain out of a mole hill! I have always done that and I am not going to do it anymore. This is my promise to myself! Really when I think about what causes me to be fearful, it isn't a big deal. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by walking through the fear,one day at a time. I love my whimsical and colorful art and it makes me smile. I think others may like it too, so I am going to keep on putting myself in uncomfortable learning situations so that I can put my art out there for you to perhaps enjoy as well! I read somewhere that we need to plant our seeds (creativity) and nurture them. We can't control the "growing" part. All we can do is put it out there and take care of it and never give up on it. Well, my art is the seeds of this business and I am going to keep on watering it and spreading sunshine all over it until it grows into something magnificent.
My thoughts are what I make manifest. My thoughts are the seeds that I choose to plant....so it is up to me as to what sort of seeds I am going to plant today!
"Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand."
Author and Speaker
Okay, so yesterday was a big learning for me folks! Holy Crow! As you probably already know, I have been working on setting up a store on my website! I knew it would be difficult, but...! Anyway at some point I actually accidentally published it (which means it went live!). I was, for good reason, nervous as heck, because I did not know how to unpublish it! Turns out that requires a little computer programming skills beyond my field of expertise at the moment! So I went in and took a look and it looked pretty good really. I even felt a moment of pride over what I had created (the key word here is "moment")!
I had asked my artist friends on Facebook for feedback on my store, and boy did I get it....and thanks so much to you who took the time to help me yesterday. I owe you a lot for that help! If I can ever be of assistance to you in return, please let me know! Anyway, the feedback was that my original art was under priced. I know this may seem like a tricky subject to perspective customers, but I believe in being honest. I don't know what to ask for my work and I got all sorts of help with that from other artists who put it into perspective for me. After all, my art has hours of my energy in it.
So, I went on my website to see if I could unpublish it as quickly as I published it, but save my work for a later date when I know more about what I am doing. But, guess what? I couldn't unpublish it! I spent a fair bit of time on the host chat line trying to figure it out and short of suspending my whole website I could not save the page. He was asking me to do all sorts of programmer things that I had no idea about. I really do feel for these guys who have to try and work with the likes of me. It is like trying to lead the blind through a monster maze with verbal directions a mile long! I just felt sick! lol I asked the tech guy if I could add a button for on of a kind originals, so when they sold, the next person could not come in and buy it again. He said that I couldn't perform that task on Weebly (my site builder) as of yet. Through Google I learned that you can add an inventory tracker through PayPal and then you paste this html into your website! Okay, thanks! I will get right on it! lol (Sarcasm; I actually have no idea how to do this).
To make a long story super long! I decided I would just delete the whole page and do some more learning before getting back at it. So, I go into my email and I had sold three original pieces! Okay Universe....you are so hilarious! I am beyond thrilled that the people who bought the above pieces have been following my art and love it! The bottom line is art is to be shared and it makes me feel so proud to have my art in the home of people who will get joy out of it daily! To me it is like a prayer! And I am all for positive thoughts about me and my art! So thanks to you guys!
The good news is that my cards are a plenty so I don't have to worry about those. I am also going to make my blocks page today and those little beauties will be up for sale also. I will probably still have to do some major tweaking, but really is it a big deal. I don't think so! I am just going to chill out a
Thanks for all your patience and help! I can't do this without you guys! Oh and thanks again to my good friend Nicola Holland for her tool kit and generous help! xoxox
As many of you may have noticed I posted a picture on my blog a couple days ago of my cards in a very beautiful store? The lovely girls at Damn Fine Cake company, in the Victoria Public Market in the old Hudson Bay building on Douglas Street, have graciously agreed that my cards would be a good fit for their store!
I can't even tell you how excited I am! I have been so busy setting up an online store, and that is exciting in itself, but there is something about having a physical display of my work in a beautiful store that just makes my heart sing. I feel like I am part of a community of women combining their creative energy and it makes me feel so enthusiastic!
So please go and check them out (our fav is the pecan tart with whip cream with a latte of course!....the best ever! While you are there, pick up a funky greeting card for any occasion! ;)
I also have some cards in The Tin Cup (they're still working on their website and facebook pages but you can find directions here!) in the old part of downtown Duncan....my favorite part of this funky historic town! You won't be disappointed if you stop here for lunch and coffee...(so delish!) and say hi to my friend Nadine for me!
Two more businesses that I want to mention while on the topic of inspiration are Giraffe on Vashon Island and in Tacoma, and Wall Street Clothing in downtown Duncan. Both are run by incredibly talented women who I draw inspiration from on an ongoing basis! I met Priscilla this past summer and I am a HUGE fan of her business ethos! And Janine over at Wall Street clothing in Duncan is a very old and dear friend. She is also a very inspiring business woman! The store has been in a state of evolution as long as I have known her and that is over twenty years! That takes a whole lot of dedication and energy! She just keeps on getting better. She just opened her store in a fabulous new location in Duncan and is adding art to her inventory! I have such a great feeling about the direction she is going in! You can not go wrong supporting the creative force! So please check them out on the above links and like their Facebook pages for updates and sales! But go in and get a feel for the real deal! Say hi to them and tell them I sent you! They are both gracious and the tea is always brewing at Giraffe!
Okay, so the last thing I want to mention today is my art store! I have spent quite a bit of time of late setting up my online store (probably more time than the average person due to my lack of computer knowledge!). You will be able to buy my cards, original art and my wooden block prints ( A personal fav of mine!) there too. At this time I am in the final stages of setting it up, and it may go live as early as tomorrow! So please keep an eye on my website! I feel so excited and accomplished that I have been able to do this. I am sure I will have a few wrinkles to iron out, but it WILL come together and I feel pretty confident it will be something I can feel proud of!
Thanks and enjoy your Sunday! Talk to you soon.
I painted this piece the night before last. I was inspired by all of the friendships I have made online and my wonderfully supportive friends and family I have had all along in my so called "real" life. Taking a journey out of my comfort zone over the past few months and into the unknown has been a very scary journey indeed. What has made it less scary for me is all of the positive feedback and encouragement I have received from my women friends from all over the globe telling me to stick with it, and no matter what the current struggle is, that I CAN indeed overcome it! It got me thinking about sisterhood and how we women do not need to necessarily be born from the same mother to have a deep connection and affinity for one another. It seems to me that sisterhood is more about being inspirational to other women, and being open to be inspired by the many talented and beautiful women out there being brave in face of all of their boogeymen! The courage of one woman can excite a spark within each and everyone of us, making us all want to be a little more brave, in a domino effect kind of way. I am convinced that showing others that you can be brave and that you can push through the fear gives others permission to try and push beyond their comfort zone as well! Many of the women I have met have generously extended secrets about techniques and all sorts of tips that have worked for them, to me and others. I just want to show a little appreciation myself today for all of you girls for those gifts! I hope I can be of some assistance to you as well! Just ask and if there is anything I can do for you, and I am in!
Also, it is my awesome best friend and hubby's birthday today! He may not be a girl, but there is no person on this planet that has been as supportive, to whatever crazy idea I have brewing, as him! I am one very lucky girl indeed! Happy Birthday Barry!
Okay, I have a lot to do today so I better go! Happy December 12th to you all. Be brave cause you never know what gem may lay on the other side of your fears! xoxoxox
I haven't been on here for a couple days and I will tell you why. I have been very busy trying to learn how to take gorgeous pictures (It is harder than I thought Wendy!....lol) of my art work so I can have cards made. The hardest part is learning Photoshop and working with it to be able to take something in to the printers that will translate into great images on cards. This is where the information I got from the lovely and talented girls (Nicola Holland, Dalyce Crossley and Little Miss Missy to name a few...feel free to check out what these three talents are up to with their art and businesses!),The access to information, regarding all sorts of subjects, in my Facebook art groups, has helped me out immensely. So, apparently, the computer uses RGB Colour, whereas the printer uses CMYK. The guys at Metropol said it will work better if I switch the images to CMYK in Photoshop before I bring them in to the printers, and this way I will have a better idea how the images will look when they are printed out. I personally think, I can plan a pretty picnic, but I won't be able to predict the weather. Just when I think I have something worked out, or at least sort of worked out, life throws me a curve ball. After the printers, I came home and tried to go in to Photoshop and poof, the whole program was all gone from my computer....Photoshop, and Bridge! I tried ALL day to retrieve it! I was so exhausted by the end of it, so frustrated and beaten down, you have no idea...poor Barry ! He had to put up with what had begun to look like a defeated wife! It was not pretty! By late that night I was ready to delete Photoshop and give up completely (the old "who do I think I am that I can figure all this stuff out" thinking was creeping in to my tired and frustrated psyche).To add to my frustration, I could not find "Help" on Adobe's website....my experience is that they seem to make it really hard to access help through a real person, either by phone ( I never did find a phone number) or an online chat . Finally upon threatening (not really a threat...I was ready to cancel my membership entirely!) I was patched through to their technical support chat box. Finally after another hour we figured it out and I again have Photoshop back on my computer, and to boot, I know a thing or two about what I would need to do if this ever happens again. I had to download a cleaning tool and clean the two programs...it is all foreign to me!
So, at the same time all this was going on, I had two of our grandsons come for their week long stay on our boat, while their parents attend a wedding in Mexico. They happened to arrive while I was dealing with all of this. adding to my frustration and despair, I felt bad I could not be in better shape to enjoy them upon their arrival. The next morning I woke up and said to the Universe, "If I am suppose to do this, send me a message. Help me find a place to assemble my tiles (See picture above. I was looking for somewhere to assemble them and spray on the acrylic paint finish ect....because we live on a boat and don't have room). Well shortly after we got the kids to school we ran in to Curtis, the guy who keeps everything running down here at the marina, and he has a little shop he says I can use! So, Yay! Also, I found a supplier for the wooden panels! Originally this supplier said they would not be able to sell to an artist. I would have to get them from a retailer who carries them here. When I spoke to the retailer, they said it would take over a month to get the panels here and the price through them would be 40%. Going directly through the supplier will help me in keeping my costs down, which I can pass on to my customer! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Okay, the Universe has answered me! I am going to keep on trucking! the lesson of this story is if I had given up, this idea would never have stood a chance in working out!
The other thing I was dealing with these last few days, was that I was waiting to confirm my bank account through Pay Pal, so I can finish setting up my store and start selling my stuff. Today I got notification, after waiting a week, that I have screwed up something on the bank account number and the account is not legit! It is a bit frustrating, I am not going to lie! But, if I step back, take a breath, and enjoy the process, I can see that maybe it is suppose to happen in its own time, in its own way, and not how I think it should happen? Maybe, just maybe, it will work out so much better? I am suppose to have fun, right? Well I haven't been! So here I go, letting go and getting back on the beam. I am going to do this post and then maybe I will make some art! That's what I want to do today!
Thanks for joining me on my Journey...love, happiness and faith to you all! Tomorrow or the next day I will put some pictures of my boat guests (grandsons and grand dog) up here, so you can get a glimpse of this crazy girl's crazy life! It is a lot messier here right now, but so much more lively and fun with the boys (and Coco, the chihuahua)!
Ta ta for now! xoxox
Living on a boat, creating whimsical art and cruising the ocean blue!