Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pendant Sale!

I am clearing my glass tile pendant inventory to start making and selling resin pendants. I will be changing the prices from $8 for the square ones to $4 and $12 for the larger rectangles to $6 and the free US shipping will still apply. Right now if you go to my shop, my prices aren't changed yet, but I am working on getting all of them changed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Something Special about Mothers and Daughters

There is something very special about the mother daughter relationship. My mom is my best friend and although my daughter is young, I can already feel that bond between us.
I find myself saying things like "Let's go shopping," and "Do you want to help me decorate?"
I am something of a 'free spirit' and I love my daughter's whimsy.
It seems that she went from trying to pull up on everything and taking her first steps to picking out her own clothes and wanting to wear lip gloss.
I hope that as she matures we will grow even closer and bake cookies together.
My dearest wish is that all three of my children find their true passion and that they succeed in their goals. Selene is a tough little cookie, I know that she will do well. I can't wait to see the wonderful adventures that await us.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Does Medatation and Visualization really help you to succeed?

I believe that meditation and visualization are extremely helpful in helping one to succeed. Thought is where everything begins. Nothing in our experience would be as it is without thought. What is our experience anyway? We give our lives meaning and order. Life is different for every individual depending upon the way that they perceive the world. The wonderful thing is - we can choose our thoughts, and therefor we can choose how to experience the world. I am not suggesting that we should ignore the things in our lives that aren't fun or that we ignore our responsibilities. I am suggesting that we don't have to see things the way that we have in the past. Powerful thoughts are accepted by our mind as real, which then changes our entire outlook on life, so therefor our behaviors, habits and actions change accordingly. This helps us to meet new people, and creates new situations and circumstances for us. Whether bad or good, we can help to create our destiny each day. Visualization and meditation are different. Meditation is relaxing and stilling the mind, while visualization is actually picturing something in your mind. Many people claim that they can't visualize. If you can right now, imagine the face of someone close to you, then you are visualizing. The images that you see do not need to be crystal clear, and they don't even have to be in motion - still shots work just as well. The important thing is that you visualize with feeling and focus. Meditation is simply allowing yourself to just relax. Sometimes there is a focus, like a mantra (one word or phrase spoken over and over). The most effective meditations that I have done have been simply paying attention to breathing. It is a great way to reduce stress and also to open yourself up to the small voice within, your intuition.

Some statistics abut people who meditate regularly:

-Heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and oxygen consumption are all decreased.
-People who meditate are less anxious and nervous.
-People who meditate were more independent and self-confident
-People who deliberated daily were less fearful of death.
-75% of insomniacs who started a daily meditation program were able to fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.
-Production of the stress hormone Cortisol is greatly decreased, thus making it possible for those people to deal with stress better when it occurs.
-Women with PMS showed symptom improvements after 5 months of steady daily rumination and reflection.
-Thickness of the artery walls decreased which effectively lowers the risk of heart attack or stroke by 8% to 15%.
-Relaxation therapy was helpful in chronic pain patients.
-60% of anxiety prone people showed marked improvements in anxiety levels after 6-9 months.

There is also the fact that placebos have been given to patients with just as much of an effect as a real medication, sometimes even more of an effect, because the mind believed it would work. Why then, are people so hesitant to believe that the incredible brain that we as humans have been blessed with is capable of helping us in other areas of our lives. If we believe that we will find that perfect mate, or truly believe that we are capable of being completely independent financially, or that we can quit smoking or whatever. I feel strongly that shifting our perceptions through intentional visualization and meditation can help us to accomplish so many 'impossible' things.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Painting

Last night I completed a painting of a woman who decided to rest near a tree frequented by fairies. At first I wasn't going to paint the fairies in because I always do fairies. I wanted to do something different.

As the painting progressed however, something was missing and I couldn't help myself. I was going to put wings on her and call it a day, but then decided that might create imbalance. So I decided to just make little ones that were all very curious about this human.

I think that part of what makes art awesome is the ability to twist and distort reality. Make colors brighter, and add a few things that were not there. I think it is so much fun to create and meke things more exciting and beautiful.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Clearing out my life

I have been feeling so unfocused lately. I think there is too much clutter in my life, and it is making my thinking cloudy. I am the only one that can do anything about this, so I am going to take charge and clear out the clutter in my house and in my schedule.
There is something about throwing unneeded things away that is so cleansing. I know that at least half of my house is junk, stuff we don't need or want.
The first step is to clear it all out, I think that I will probably donate a lot of it, and I may even have a yard sale.
It doesn't stop there though, it must be maintained. Just last year I did this same thing and somehow I acquired even more stuff! UGH! I am going to take the advice of Julie Morgenstern in her book 'Organizing from the Inside Out,' and I am going to make a home for everything and make sure that when I am finished using things that they go back in their spot. She says that it is important that this is simple and easy system, because if it is complicated it won't work. Everything should be accessable. This one thing, putting things into a home, will help me tremendously.
The other thing that is very important for me is a planner. I am one of those people that will Another key to using a planner is to try to plan the night before. I am going to start writing my to do's in my planner the night before. I have also read that starting with the most unpleasant job that you have to do and getting it done first will put you in a better and more productive mood for the rest of the day, you won't have that horrible task in front of you the whole day.
I need to narrow and thin out my to do list also. My to-do's are two pages long and never seem to get done. I am going to stop expecting so much to get done. It never does. I will start limiting myself to 5 important things that must get done and I think that I will be much more likely to actually do them. Something that can be helpful is to 'do it until it is done.' I don't know where I read this, but it makes so much since. Instead of doing a little of the task and leaving it unfinished and then having a bunch of things to finish, just do it and keep on doing it until it is done. Ofcourse, there are things that need to be done a little at a time, like my house. I have no choice but to do a chunk at a time, it is weeks worth of work.
I will also be clearing out my store, I am selling pendants and tarot readings, and art, and astrological charts and hats and purses - WAY too much. I want to have the lazer focus that I see in super successful people.
So - to clarify, starting today I will:
- Start clearing out the clutter, throwing away everything I do not use.
- Find a home for everything, and make sure that it always returns to it's home when it is used.
- Make sure that this 'home' is easy to maintain and close to the place that is it most likely to be used.
- Start using my very pretty planner, every day.
- Plan the night before.
- Do the most unpleasant, most difficult task of the day first, to get it out of the way.
- Refer to my planner every day.
- Do a task until it gets done.
- Have a yard sale.
- Clear my store of pendants, charts, readings and everything but original art and prints.
This is a big list - but I am determined to have the peace of mind that I know doing this will give me.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Providence Children's Museum

This is the Providence Children's Museum. This is a place where kid's can really just be themselves. I found myself saying things like, "Wesley, pick up that stick and hit that really hard," and "Run, run, run!" I didn't have to say no even once - except for when they asked to go to the gift shop.
Wesley loved the water room, and kept staring at this hermit crab that seemed to be staring right back at him. He asked me to take a picture of his 'hermit friend' so I did.

Outside, the Ocean State Circus Performers were teaching the kids to juggle and balance things on their noses. There was a huge musical thing to bang with sticks and a bunch of toys like stilts, balls and these foot pedal things that you could ride like a bicycle.

Wes and Selene were showing eachother the new things they found all night. They really had a blast. So much so, that I am thinking of having Wesley's birthday party there.

Another awesome thing about this place - they both slept so well that night.

If you are ever in the RI area and you have young children, you should definately stop by this place. So much fun!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Dream Kitchen

Here it is, the kitchen of my dreams, with some little changes, like yellow paint instead of green. Behind the bar stool chair things is a big beautiful oak table that is not pictured. There is a sliding glass door that leads out to a huge fenced in yard where my kids are playing right now.
Life is good.

Ceramic Tile Mural 6 Tiles Welcome To The Coop Birdhouses Sunflowers Rooster
Set of 6 Vintage Cloth Patchwork Napkins

Table cloth Summer Potted Plants

Friday, July 10, 2009

Innocent Victim or Man Eating Lava Shark?

The kids and the dog were playing a rough house game on the bed. This dog likes anything rough and tumble, and I trust him to be good with the kids, although being that he is a dog and capable of biting, I stayed in the bedroom to supervise. They did great though and it seemed like too much fun, so I joined in. I took a quick picture of the dog and when I looked at it and said to myself, this dog is loving this game. Then we got back to "lava monster" and "attack of the lava shark."
No one could touch the floor but we had to somehow make it to the kitchen to save the dog from the various invisible evil creatures that live in the lava. The dog seemed to walk around with no problem in the lava, and even though the kids tried to save him, he didn't stay on the rocks (pillows) for very long. There was a lot of screaming and running around, accidently falling into the lava. The dog went from innocent victim to terrible child eating lava shark in less than one second.
It may be sad that this was the highlight of my day, but I thought this was one of those days with my kids that even the dog won't soon forget. I LOVE imaginary play!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I Met James Woods

James Woods at the CBS 2006/2007 Upfront on May 17, 2006

I live in Rhode Island where the actor James Woods is originally from. I've been told he still owns property here and that his family still lives here.
I was at a local pet store last night and this man walked by me and I instantly recognized him. I said to myself - 'Oh my God, that was James Woods!" I thought that maybe I was wrong. I continued on with my shopping and at the check out there he was again, right in front of me. He had bully sticks for his dog - which are made from bull penis (yummy!). So I said to him, "I love bully sticks, my dog goes nuts for them." He started laughing and said, "Do you know what they are made out of?" I said "Yeah, kinda gross." He said, "Makes it tough for a guy to buy 'em."
He then went to get his dog from the grooming salon. He looked like a totally normal guy, in jeans and a t shirt. He came back out with his dog and made a comment about having had her since she was six weeks old and now she is fourteen. She looked like a little mixed breed old grey dog.
He was very nice and although I don't like to think of myself as a person who goes crazy over a celebrity, I have to admit I was a little star struck.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I now offer layaway and a buy 2 get 1 free sale!

I need clothing for basically my entire family, and I decide that it could not be put off anymore. I need to start the school shopping now, because I simply won't have enough money to spend all at once in August. Layaway seemed like the best option because I could pick out what I want for the kids and pay for it a little at a time. So I went to the store and put a ton of stuff on layaway. As I was waiting in line an idea struck me - I should have layaway in my etsy store.

I know that many people just can't afford to pay for things all at once. My customers might enjoy being able to buy gifts for others or themselves and pay a tiny bit at a time. I know I love being able to do this, layaway is one of my favorite things. The only thing that I don't like is the short amount of time that you are given to pay for all of it. Some stores only let you pay for six weeks! I wanted to let my customers have much more time than that. So I am now offering layaway for up to five months and customers can pay what they want, when they want.

Starting this Friday until August 1st, I will also be having a sale on my pendants - buy any two pendants and get one of equal or lesser value free!

Monday, July 6, 2009

A few steps to an interesting painting

I wanted to do a nude ethereal looking woman and I was unsure of exactly what I wanted it to look like. I had no real plan. I painted the background blue and just got started.

I had cut out the sketch of the nude woman and traced around her, and started to lay in the glow.

Until I had this, which for some reason looks very reddish, but it is definately a dark blue.

I added a crazy background, I love tree silhouettes. I spread out the glow a little more.

I deepened the blues in the background and added a little green to the trees. I elliminated the little tree on the right, it just didn't feel right. I wanted her to be pale and almost ghostly, so I kept her skin very light and added a lot of blue. This is the final result. I am pleased, although I need to take better photos for print purposes.
Although the original
painting is sold, I do have prints available on etsy:

Friday, July 3, 2009

Homeshows and Parities

I am unsure of how I will do this, but I plan on having a home party in October. I have already been working on a catalog and some small paintings and pendants that I am reserving just for the party. My house is under construction so I will be having the party at my mother's house. Many of my friends and my mother's friends will come if there is alchohol, so I plan of serving wine and lots of snacks.
I don't know if I will stand up and give a presentation like you would see at a tupperware party, or if I will just hang my art up and just let people view it and mingle. I'm nervous about it, but I am going to feel the fear and do it anyway.
The sex toy, kitchen and candle parties that I have been to have all been very interesting and fun. I really want this to be a fun experience for all involved.
I have to some up with a menu, invitations, catalogs, display boards and packaging. This should be fun!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wesley's Progress

When Wesley was 15 months old, everyone told us that they couldn't believe how many words he could say. His articulation wasn't always perfect, but he definitely had language.

As he got older I noticed that his language didn't change, he didn't learn new words the way that he was supposed to be. Not only that but he stayed the same size. Wes will be three in a month and he only weighs 26 lbs. He wears size 18 month clothing, and sometimes 12 month. He is super tiny.

I lied to myself and told myself that he is just a late bloomer, and that he will come around. Finally, a few months ago, I decided that he really needed help. A woman from early intervention came to my house and decided that he really did need quite a bit of help.

A few 'team meetings' and evaluations later, Wesley is in a sensory and language play group. He has Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy once a week and I've been REALLY working with him on his speech and to help give him the sensory input his little body needs. He doesn't have an official diagnosis yet, but we just had a psychological evaluation done a little over a week ago, so that will give us a clear idea of what is going on.

The improvements have been incredible. He is a calmer child who is able to communicate much more effectively than ever before. I am so impressed with all of his progress and I truly feel that with a lot of work he will be speaking, reading, and behaving like any other child by kindergarten.