Quick Follow-Up to Craft Day

IMG_0684-0It was so much fun, as always, spending time with my muse friend and painting fabrics!

Here is just a sneak peek at phase one of some of the items. Next step will be lettering…or not…and then sewing up some cute market bags! More to come, in case you are watching.

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It is CRAFT DAY…Yay!

It is Tuesday and it is Craft Day! I try to craft every day, but getting together with someone who shares my passion and inspires me is so much fun!

Today I will be painting, in preparation for making bags. That seems to be my two favorite things lately…painting and making bags!

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Above are two pics…one of more recent art…this technique might work on bags; one of a recent bag…no art on it, but made from recycled fabrics.

Hope you are doing something you love today too!

Choices

I hope everyone has had a great Sunday! I am choosing to write about choices today. Life is full of them and I have heard it said that “choices are the hardest part of life”.

If you think this is going to be deep and extremely thought-provoking, then you might want to stop now. It is a bit of a rant…at myself…and I think I have posted a relative to this subject recently. I just don’t seem to have enough time!

At any rate, I am somewhat astounded by the pleasure I am finding in this thing called blogging. The choice of blogs to follow…great content, humor, tutorials, inspiration…is vast. I could actually read blogs for hours a day and then if I comment, more time passes! We all want comments, right? So I must be neighborly and comment, right?

Seriously, my choice is to try to balance all the things I have to do…some work, exercise, cook, take care of myself, be a friend, be a wife, manage my Etsy shop, follow Facebook, blog, read blogs, craft, oh yes – and get some sleep…all things I want to do! So, I have to make a choice today to write a blog…on one of many subjects that go through this multi-faceted brain of mine! My choice is to write about the ceremonial drum I made earlier this year…

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She is lovely and sounds wonderful too. This morning I discovered that I can even play with my hands and fingers. I belong to a women’s drumming group that meets once a month. This was the inspiration for making the drum, as I always had to borrow one.

This drum is made from horse hide and has a beautiful pattern and color. Here it is held up to the light…

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I originally thought it would be a very personal experience to have my own drum. Even though the group is wonderful, I imagined drumming alone, just me and Spirit communicating in a tubular fashion. As with many things I make, I prayed over the process and during the making of the drum and I asked for guidance. What I discovered is that it is totally a drum to be shared! Yes, I do enjoy drumming on my own, but the sense of community when many join together is great! The drumming circle has up to 30+ women show up with all types of native drums, percussion instruments and beautiful voices. We shake the world! Then there is a more intimate circle of only 4 that I belong to, as well. I made a pretty bag that fits the drum perfectly, so I can carry her out and about too.

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I have always been musical…a musical family…and my two children are extremely talented! This experience has been the most fun and inspiring though! It is joyful and uplifting! It is spiritual!

So, do you enjoy music? Do you play an instrument? Does it inspire you?

My next blogging choice could be about anything! Aren’t we fortunate to be free to have choice!?!?

Until next time we meet…on your blog or mine!

 

Friday Thoughts

No pictures with this blog…just some quick jots about things that I think about sometimes:

1. Gravatar – I don’t get it and when I click on someone’s blog name that takes me there I get frustrated. Why Gravatar? Yes, you are correct, I am obviously not that computer savvy!
2. Reading blogs I follow – I am actually really enjoying this! However, it is another time suck. I am hooked though! With some blogs it seems I am more like a “lurker”, but I feel connected in some way to my fellow bloggers and appreciate the shares, whether spiritual, personal, fun, crafty…whatever! It is like community, but if my list gets much longer I will have to live in front of my screen! I hope not really!
3. Life is truly a blessing! I feel like it has been a long journey of many lives in this one lifetime. I am grateful!

Ok…I feel better now. I am off to other things! Make it a great day and weekend!

Warmer Snow

I found this to be haunting, but excellent writing. Be sure to share the warmth in your heart…all you have to do is find it first!

Beautiful Life with Cancer

The weatherman was always wrong. Why couldn’t he have been wrong this time? The woman did her best to snuggle her knees to her chest and pull her body back under the overhang. The concrete stair she laid upon was frozen. Paused for eternity, this frozen night lingered for all of eternity. Her layers of thin clothes did not begin to warm her body. She rested her head on a cardboard box taken from beside the dumpster. She sought the refuge of sleep but her toes and hands and cheeks kept protesting the cold.

She remembered it. Focusing on it’s memory, hoping it would bring her some warmth. She must have been eleven years old. Her body in the warm house in clean but hand me down jammies. Skittle too old to sleep in her parent’s bed, still she tiptoed into her parents’ room…the door squeaked as she cracked it…

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Time Travels First Class on a Jet Plane

I thought this blog post hit the nail on the head!

Beautiful Life with Cancer

You could say I’m never satisfied. Maybe that is a good thing? Perhaps that is how things improve?

I love my home. I really really do, but there is always something that I want to change. The playroom should be painted yellow, not tan. I wish there was more overhead lighting in the living room. This spring, I plan to plant a small vegetable garden in a raised bed. I would like a new coffee table. The list continues and it never ends.

It takes time. It takes a certain number of birthdays and Christmases and time gone by.

But that’s the thing, time gone by.

I look back at 20 year old Caroline. Single. Not a mother. Did not have a clue about hosting a family for dinner, did not yet appreciate American History, or even coffee. Who in the hell was that girl?! Not me!

A wise man…

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LOVE YOU STILL

Ok folks…call it shameless if you want but it is just advertising which I need to do occasionally. Sale time in my Etsy shop for one week only. 30% off all items with code “LOVEYOUSTILL“!!!

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Enter the code where asked for an automatic deduction.

Love never goes out of style, nor does giving gifts to others or yourself! Many items are up-cycled, recycled or otherwise eco-friendly.

New items will be coming up as spring approaches!