• Creative Growth,  Creativity

    The Turkey Who Stole My Heart

    A Thanksgiving Story originally published on my blog, Art Of Collecting Yourself. When I was a kid, I had a pet turkey named Tom (creative, I know). Tom was little when he came to live with us.  He was the odd ball out.  The one turkey in a yard filled with lots of chickens; the only male in the hen-house.  If you have never lived with a turkey, day in and day out, you might not know what large egos they have.  This was the case with Tom for sure.  He could strut across the yard better than John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. It was almost impossible not to…

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  • Creativity,  Creativity Tips,  personal growth

    Dancing within the Creative Fire

    Dancing within the Creative Fire A few months ago I started getting in touch with a feeling of something simmering within me.  It had been brewing for quite sometime.  I had been feeling like I was off my game for quite sometime, so this little something, even though buried deep inside, felt vastly promising!  I could feel the flames licking at my heels to move me into action, but I still struggled to ignite them enough to feel a push of vital energy behind them. Tools for the Creative Fire I dug in with my best tools for stoking the creative fire to see if I could move past simmering and into…

  • Art Journal,  Creativity,  spirituality

    Where Art Meets Mystery

    My journal has become my closest companion this last month.  It all began as I started attending a weekly meditation group and found rich stories pouring out of my inner worlds.  Often the stories were of my own healing or the impressions I felt from those I was close to.  Then, I began working with family members who were ill and a friend who was dying and the images I saw when I closed my eyes and got quiet invited themselves onto the pages of my journal. I didn’t set out to draw my inner landscapes and the muses that populated them, but as my hand moved across the page…

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  • Creative Courage,  Creative Growth,  Creativity

    What If This is Life’s Biggest Lesson?!

    Earlier this week I shared with you about how some of the difficulties in my life are transforming into wellsprings of beautiful lessons.  As often happens, I have heard from friends and colleagues that they too are having significant growth from discovering the gifts that challenging times offer.  I just love when the folks around me are “getting” it at the same time I am. For that very reason, I wanted to share with you some of the ways I am helping that process along.  I think we often feel like those parts of our lives have control over us and that we are out of control when they happen, but…

  • Creativity

    Radio Show {Take Two}

    Two weeks ago, I was a guest on Lucid Waking radio show.  Several friends wrote in to say they were not able to get the link to work, so I am reposting some of the details about the event.  It might be better timing for some of you to listen as we get deeper into the holidays. By listening to The Spirit of Giving interview, you will discover…. the dynamics of giving how to avoid giving burn out when not to give how to expand the gifts you have available how giving leads to getting Special thanks to my dear friend and partner in giving, Jessica of Hearth Roots.  She has been a great sounding board for my giving…

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  • AEDM,  Creativity,  Mixed Media Art

    Creativity Tribe Studio {Ornies}

    I have been busy creating ornaments for the Apocalypse show at KSpace Contemporary.  They always have great ornaments created by area artist. I am excited to offer these up from the Creativity Tribe Studio. I still have some work to do on them and will make sure to show them to you when they are all finished up. Deep Gratitude A few years ago, I started blogging with the idea that someday I would have a full blown website, get to share my art, my exquisite passion for the creative lifestyle, and help people discover their own creativity.  Now I am living that dream.  I am days away from launching…

  • AEDM,  Art Meets Life,  Creativity,  Life

    My Art was Destroyed

    Have you ever done mixed media art?  It is my new passion, partly for the product it creates, but mostly for the process.  I love it because it mirrors life itself.  It is messy, textural, organic, and holds the potential for beauty to come out of destruction. I have been working on a painting the last several days….and nights.  It has been in my mind for a month.   I am creating it for an art show. The Details Is 2012 the End of Times? Doomsday? Armageddon? Well, if this is indeed “The End” my friend, K Space Contemporary has a “Final Countdown” for you! “The Apocalypse Show” is a…

  • AEDM,  Creativity

    Make More Art from the Heart

    It’s been a whirlwind day.  I started by creating a care package for a dear friend who is going into the hospital tomorrow.  I created a few coloring pages for her with small poems circling around them, threw in a few black and white copies of my favorite drawings and a new zine my husband drew up last month.  I tucked inside one of my dreamcatchers and a few notes from some shared friends. Not long after that, my hubby and I drove out to meet her and her hubby. First I shared the care package, then we headed to dinner. It was a great visit. I have been thinking…

  • AEDM,  Creativity

    Art Making Marathon

    Yep, I am stretching, getting all pumped up, and ready, because this week I am going the extra mile. I’m doing an Art Making Marathon in the Creativity Tribe Studio. On the agenda: more wire dreamcatchers, a wire dragonfly, a few painted birdies, and some little paintings. …..and maybe a few other goodies!  My sister-in-law, Erica Duff, has a new salon that blends her love of doing hair with her love of handmade art.  Oh, and I can’t forget her love of all things feathered! Feather’s Beauty Lounge I few months ago I decked her walls out with some of my paintings, and now, for her first big event (a…

  • Better Living,  Creativity

    Choosing this Moment

    Most of us say to ourselves, “I want to be more creative. I want to do more art.” Today is in front of you. This moment is begging for you to choose IT, shouting, “Pick me. Pick me.” And when you do, you are really picking yourself. It is just that simple.

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