IN THE FORM OF LOVE

I’ve been deep in thought for the past few months and slightly out of sync with my normal routines and activities, as I’ve tried to make sense of the shifts that seem to be happening within myself and in the world around me.

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 But as I examine the subtle forces that have slowed me down, while things around me seem to have speeded up, I’ve been replenishing my soul by observing the beauty that surrounds me, in relationships, in nature or in whatever form Beauty shows itself to me.

BEAUTY SHOWS ITSELF IN ALL THINGS

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IN THE SMALLEST

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IN THE LARGEST

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IN THE VASTNESS

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And still, as I am Contemplating the Meaning of Life,…. creativity punctuates my life. When the mood comes to me, I enjoy layering colors and textures together into different shapes……threading beauty into one thing, but into many forms.   Ah hah!  Maybe that is the meaning of life!  To  thread our beauty through many forms, into one form, and that being…….the form of LOVING! 

THREADING BEAUTY

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AND GROWING MY HEART

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WHERE I CREATE

I am very fortunate to have a room in our home, that is my very own… where, from time to time, I get to reinvent its purpose but still have a place for some of my creations.  I call my space, the “Sanctuary Studio”.    It’s a space where I can surround myself with beautiful things that I love, like Tibetan singing bowls, crystals, crowns, my doll sculptures, art work.  The Sanctuary is used for  creativity, meditation, listening to music, a place for my women friends to settle in for conversation or if the mood hits us, a little dancing!    

This is WHERE I CREATE

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Thanks for visiting my Sanctuary Studio!

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GYPSY JEWELLERY

I’ve been making bags and jewellery pouches lately, making use of the

pieces of fabric and embellishment that always seems to be accumulating

in my studio.   I find it a meditative process, organizing and placing color

and texture, fringe and trims with found objects. 

GYPSY QUEEN JEWELLERY POUCHES

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GYPSY QUEEN BAGS

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BAG LADY

It’s official…… I have finally become a BAG LADY!   For the last few weeks I ‘ve been getting a lot of enjoyment creating “Gypsy Queen Bohemian Handbags”.   I love the process of design, technique and layering lots of sequined material, trims and fringe, into something that is actually useful, as well as beautiful.016

I’m grateful to my (accommodating) friend Leah, who modelled some finished handbags, so I could take a few pictures for my blog:

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There’s more sparkle to these than the photos show.

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This one may be a bit “busy” but it suits my “GYPSY QUEEN HANDBAG” label.

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Barely had this one finished….my daughter Kim liked it so much…..so now she has it!  She’ll be a good walking advertisement, if I decide to sell them later on.

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I’ve made about a dozen bags so far, and since I am ankle deep in fabric and trim, I am sure there will be more to come!

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GATHERING MY TRIBE

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The more times I surround myself with women who are living and creating in ways I admire, the easier it gets to stay on my own creative and spiritual paths….these paths are not separate from one another.

My paths are shared with a small tribe of like-minded women whom I dearly love.  Whether one on one, or when more of us come together, it feels like a collective exhale and then simultaneously being filled up with a tingling calmness and a giddy happiness.  Aliveness!  That may not make sense, but that’s how I feel when I’m with them.  This oasis of friendship we share, lets us be free of judgement when we say what we are feeling.  We laugh, we collaborate, we trust and we support one another as we explore the unknown together.

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We gather for meaningful conversations, some times meditating with sound or contemplating the meaning of life.    And sometimes, JUST BEING….together.

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Conversations are always interesting….a little bit of trivial chit chat at times, but more often we get to the good stuff right away, the kind of conversation that expands the way we view things, creatively and spiritually.  The topic often discussed….”What am I suppose to be doing with my life?” or “Shouldn’t I be DOING something more with my life”? 

I think this is a universal question, one in which we all seek the answer to.    Quite honestly, I’d grown rather tired of thinking “I’m not enough”,  thinking I should be doing something more….anything, but not knowing….what the “more” was.

I THOUGHT I COULD MEDITATE TO GET A DEFINITIVE ANSWER

“WHO AM I AND WHAT THE HECK IS MY PURPOSE?”

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Well, meditating didn’t help!  (Never could shut the head chatter up long enough to hear an answer, let alone hold the position).  Thank goodness I had my daughters and soul sisters, (my tribe) to talk to.  We had great conversations about what we thought was the truth of why we are here and deciding if we were  doing enough, or doing it right.   Here in a nutshell is part of our discussion….

“Belief runs deep in our society that we should be DOING something so that we can BE somebody.   We love to define and label ourselves (I am a…..I do…..) and the more we do, the more worthy we are of life it seems.  Self-worth can take a beating when we think this way….that we aren’t measuring up to what is expected of us.  We think we need a list of accomplishments a mile long….especially for the eyes of others.  Of course, there are the overly busy doers of the world, yes they make things happen.  But just as important, are the people who balance the doing with the BEING.”

MY TRIBE OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN CONCLUDED:

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What we are up to is BEING the Light and Love.   What we are here for is, to gather knowledge, be kind to all living things, speak wisdom, be aware of our thoughts, try to raise and expand our awareness, by HOLDING THE LIGHT that SHINES within us.   Wisdom flows when women gather.

HOLDING THE LIGHT FOR OTHERS AND FOR MOTHER EARTH

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Gather the Women, Hold the Light for Others to Follow

 

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SEEKING INSPIRATION

I love these days of January, when I can spend time contemplating what to do, creatively speaking, that is.  As an artist and devout introvert, I must remind myself from time to time, that it is absolutely okay for me to “live in my head” for a few weeks, letting ideas percolate and get intricately woven together with wishful inspiration.  I am hopeful that eventually something will click within me and the process of putting paint to paper or fabric into form will begin once again. 

(A PERFECT QUOTE ABOUT ART AND AN INTROVERT!)

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Helpful to me in this process, is looking at inspirational images I find on the internet.  I drown myself in pattern, color and subject matter on Pinterest until I am saturated with visuals!  

LIKE TRACEY PORTER’S PINTEREST BOARDS 

(Go there and you’ll come out dizzy with inspiration!)

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COLORFUL PATTERNS ALWAYS ENERGIZE ME

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WOMEN AND ART… check out,   ANAHATA KATKIN’S BLOG AND ART, such a clever, soulful, talent young woman!

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So many ways to create a DREAM CATCHER

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(These dream catchers are mine to share with you for inspiration.)

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ROCK DESIGNS

Patterns like these can be put on almost anything…mirrors, canvas, windows, fabric, furniture.

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Patterns like Misty Mawn did on this art piece……

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GYPSY BELLS!

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ART INSPIRATION IS ENDLESS AND FREE FOR THE LOOKING!

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All of a sudden I feel like painting some of my shoes!

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APPRECIATING WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL TO MY EYE

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