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My Creative Weekend

my creative weekend

 Some of my favorite memories…

I am walking the aisles in the cloth store, hands lovingly, curiously touching, eyes soaking in as many textures as the fingers explored.  Mom was looking through patterns.  Dreaming.  I wonder what wonder she will craft out of this sea color and delight.

Years later I sit in a corner of my childhood bedroom.  A spiral notebook with scratches of a poem rests on my knees. I turn it into a song after watching Loretta Lynn’s Coal Miner’s Daughter.  I want to share something meaningful from deep inside.  I yearn to express my world as Loretta did.  I want to sing big, with great feeling, and share myself with the world.

Rachel and Kim with Tucan

That’s me on the right…curly haired and bright smiled with my cousin and dear friend, Kim.

Middle of the night in my early twenties, I sit alone in the living room.  My husband is asleep and a grief about losing my mother rises up inside me.  He gets up at 4 a.m. to work.  I can’t get my head wrapped around the deep feelings welling up.  Something in me calls me to a college notebook.  I begin to write and then to draw.  A poem emerges.  Memories float back.  The grief subsides.  A gentle sense of my mother’s hands across the top of my head soothe me.  I head to bed and sleep peacefully.

Four adults sit around a table in the middle of a cafe. Music plays in the background, a Celtic band.  The conversation lulls then someone confesses to their disappointment in not having more art in their life.  Another chimes in, validates, commiserates.  I smile inside.  Reach for my satchel, pull out four small blank cards and a few pens.  Shared art begins.

These are some of my Creative Weekend memories.  Times when a break in my week reached out to support my desire to express myself, soothe myself, or connect with others and the world.   I could fill volumes with stories like this.  They are some of the highlights of my life.

creativity prompt

Make a memory with your Creative Spirit this weekend.  Set aside any preconceived notion that doing a creative  project takes too much energy or time.  Open to the possibility that it could make life stand still for awhile and help energize you.

Here are some ideas… Do a bit of double duty by making a hafto into an opportunity for creativity.  That lunch you have to cook, choose a new recipe, or plate the food with a bit of pizzazz!  That bath you like to take on Sunday evenings, why not add a few drops of essential oil and a lit candle near a small note card expressing a wish you have for the week to come.  Creativity heals, it crafts life, and helps us remember we are dynamic, expressive beings.  Invite a bit of Creative Spirit into your life  over the next several days. (Would love for you to come back and share what you did or use the comments to commit to something creative that is whispering to your heart!)


I love Fridays around here because it is my chance to spin some energy for the folks who have bravely claimed creativity as a way of life on the Faces of Creativity Tribe page (you can put yours in too).  I hope you will head over to their blogs for a bit of inspiration….let them know you are part of the Creativity Tribe.

  •  A Smile Maker: Teresa over at A Smile Maker is just that.  I had the pleasure of spending a few hilarious evenings with her during my trip to Wisconsin for the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat.  Her site is delightful.  I especially love her Late Bloomers series.  I hope you will give her a visit.
  • Art, Love, & Joy is the on-line home of Wini Dougall.  Wini is an artist who does feel-good art and spins out lots of love in her blog posts.  Always a joy to visit her slice of blog heaven.  Make sure to check out her shop while you are there.  I have been eyeing one of her throw pillows personally!
  • Simply Celebrate is an inspiring site curated by Sherry Richert Belul.  Sherry is the host and organizer of a delightful event I have enjoyed taking part of for the last two years.  You can find my Plant a Kiss Day post (2012 and 2013).
  • Cat Athena Louise is a artist and free spirit whose art reflects her love of myth, fairytales, and shamanic traditions.  I consider her a dear, sweet friend and am delighted that she has connected with me here.

 Creatively yours…

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New Traditions

Remember when Thanksgiving was simple? You would get up early, waking to the smell of all the regular holiday favorites wafting down the hall, the sound of plates descending from their cabinet dwellings, and remember it was Turkey Day?  Turkey Day!  You had been waiting for a month for the time off from school, time to hang out with your cousins, time out in the backyard, the warm sun taking the chill off the newly cool air.  Then Mom would call everyone inside.  You found your place at the kids’ table, eyeballing the black olive plate and deviled eggs….and yes, the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and all that jazz.  A prayer.  A sip of Aunt Joyce’s sweet iced tea. And then weighing that plate down with your favorites.  One by one you went around, each person saying something they were grateful for when what you really wanted to focus on was what was on your plate. But by the end of the day, you would collapse in some soft corner into a turkey coma, your heart and tummy both satiated, both filled with gratitude for the day and your life.

Years have passed, so have some family members, the food on the table comes sprinkled with statistics about how much water you will might retain, weigh you might gain.  You feel the strain of a Black Friday early morning sale calling. Suddenly Christmas is at your door and the pressure is on to make this the perfect year.

Gratitude seems oh-so-far away. You know you should feel it, but does it have to feel so forced?…forced through a wall of stress. How in the world do you get back?

Several years ago I asked myself the same question.

My answer….new traditions.

This year I was excited to add to the my personal holiday traditions by joining Sherry Richert Belul of Cherry Blossom Soup for the New Black Friday Love List.  I knew for several days that I wanted to participate, but couldn’t figure out who I wanted to make my list for. I decided to let the day lead the way.  When Friday came around, I got sick.  I recovered quickly and then my hubby got pretty sick.  Spending my time those couple of days after Thanksgiving caring for myself and then for my honey, my thoughts went to the team of helpers we turn to when we need a hand with our health.  We are both doing well now (whew), but I am remembering that when we are truly in need, we never worry about being alone.

We currently have three special health care providers we use. One is a specialist and two are chiropractors.  Each has helped us out of some difficult times or sent us down roads towards better living.  My Love List this year is for each of them.  I created a card, made prints and tucked our gratitudes inside.  They will go into the mail this afternoon.  I think we often spend so much time getting down on the medical profession that we forget the gifts they give us.  This year I am especially thankful for them.

I want to thank Sherry for sharing her new holiday tradition with us.  It is one I look forward to incorporating year after year.


Art Every Day Month UPDATE

I have loved this new practice of being creative every day. I am looking forward to the end of the month only so I can look back and take stock of what has come of it.  One of the most dear acts of creation has been the new friends I have made and the new blogs I have discovered. What an amazing group of people….and still so many to explore.

Make sure if you have stopped by and you think you might like to “join” the festivities around here that you grab the badge and connect with us by leaving your blog address on the Faces of Creativity Tribe Wall.  The more the merrier!


Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere! Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

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