Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall is here!

I fell off the radar. I'm sorry to my readers, and I'm sorry to the bloggers I follow. I feel SO BEHIND! It wasn't a planned break really. My main excuse is really that I got super sick last week. Lots of stress and being way too busy... then I got sick. My body's way of saying... YOU NEED REST. 
It forced me. 
I drank tea, wore my bunny slippers, watched too much TV and took naps. 
I swear I blinked and it's fall. Like... leaves falling everywhere fall. I decorated my front door area with corn stocks, mums and a pumpkin.
This little painting of the leaf was inspired by all the beautiful red sumac trees that are turning right now! Reds, oranges and yellows!This weekend is October!?! Say it isn't so! The weather is really holding out! Here in MN we never know what we are gonna get.. it could be snowing next week. So I'm excited about the weather (high 60's and 70's)! They are saying it's the perfect weekend to go for a drive and see the colors. I'll be at the Maple Grove Government Center (if your a local) and your out and about - stop by to see me!!
I'm participating in the Skyline Art Crawl and a month ago I thought I've got so much time... Where does the time go! Two days? I'm about to go on a marathon tonight of creating and pricing and preparing!!
Wish me luck! More to come soon! =)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Power of Positivity

I am constantly reminded that the power of positivity is affecting the life I am living right now! 

After watching The Secret a few years ago I was just thrilled! I started playing with the law of attraction, love, my feelings, my attitude and I've had some many breakthroughs! If you've never read it... I highly recommend!

I play with it.
Focus on something you really want.
A chocolate covered sprinkle donut...

and there it would be waiting on my desk for me!
I think about a friend that I've talked to in awhile...
the next day I get an email or a phone call!

The law of attraction is always in motion.
What ever you are thinking about... you are bringing about.
Really think about that.
You're thinking about how much you hate what your doing right now...
you're only going to receive more of that because that is what you are focusing on!
My kids are always messy... this person is treating me bad... I hate the service at this restaurant right now. And then what do you know the situation gets worse.
No matter HOW negative and bad things may seem - you lose your keys, your vacation gets canceled... YOU hold the power! You can change you situation by focusing on the good. Focus on what you want.
Focus on positive energy!
Focus on love.
Give whatever you are wanting... LOVE.

10 ways to be positive RIGHT NOW!
1. Make a list of 20 things your thankful for and really feel gratitude for those things!
2. Do something that makes you happy - Paint, listen to music you love, read, garden, rock
    climb, write... Whatever it is that makes your heart say "YES!"... do that!
3. Meditate or pray to your God... this can help you release all the heavies.
4. Make a list of your dreams! Imagine them all coming true!
5. Find inspiring quotes and post them up where you will see them.
6. GIVE LOVE. Do something for someone else - making others happy will always in return
    bring you to a higher vibration! 
7. GET OUT IN NATURE! She's a great healer! She can revive the spirit and be an
8. MOVE! Do something... move something (I love those do groove commercials... always
    make me smile) Hey I didn't say you have to go running, get an expensive trainer... just
    do what you can for a little bit longer than your used to. You can do it ROCKSTAR!
9. Eat something that good for you! Pizza, yes it's good for you on a Friday night. Coffee?
    I know you were up late but give your body something from the earth. Feel the
    goodness! Smoothies are great - liquid gold I tell you! =)
10. Change your attitude! It's not as simple as you think. THINK, really think about what
      you are thinking about and SAYING.

I leave you with a few of my favorite quote from The Secret...

"All that we are is a result of what we have thought" ~Buddha 

"What this power is I cannot say. All that I know is that it exists." ~ Alexander Graham Bell

Lisa Nichols says in The Secret...
"Oftentimes you give others the opportunity to create your happiness, and many times they fail to create it the way you want it. Why? Because only one person can be in charge of your joy, of your bliss, and that's you. So even your parent, your child, your spouse - they do not have the control to create your happiness. They simply have the opportunity to share your happiness. Your joy lies within you."

Have the best day ever... you decide it's the best and make it that way!!
Did I tell you your perfect just the way you are!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Paint Party Friday - Harvesting Edition!

In the spirit of gardening, canning and the harvesting of everything that's been growing this summer... I painted little mini canvases which would be a nice bright edition to any kitchen! I made some homemade labels this week for a friend who's making honey! I've also got another label going for my mom's salsa!

Happy Harvesting! Happy Weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Making your own label!

Hey friends,
 Thought I'd share my fun little project I just did! I made some labels for a good friend who is making honey this year! I sketched this out 4 times until I had the perfect set of bees... Then I drew over my pencil with a fine point ink pen, erased the pencil (this was done on watercolor paper) and then painted it with watercolors!
Then brought it into Photoshop and mocked them up 6 to a page for large jars and 9 up for small jars! You can then print them on full sheets of label paper and cut out! =)

Can't wait to show you a picture of the final product, I'm hoping since I made these labels for my friend she'll give me a couple jars!! wink... wink!
Happy Canning! You could do these for Salsa or Jam or Spaghetti sauce! The ideas are endless!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

PPF on Saturday!

Happy PPF on Saturday morning!
My camera and computer were being a pain last night so I'm posting late for PPF!
I love the contrasting colors that Yellowstone offers. The Aqua center of the steam pools that goes to to a dark burnt orange. I took over 700 photos on my trip and I still didn't take enough! I think I could live in Wyoming and never run out of things to paint! WOW!
Here's is what inspired me SO much from the trip 2 years ago.

I thought nothing in Minnesota could compare! Until this summer on a trip up to Duluth I was dreaming of what it would be like to live there... I discovered these rocks! I had to paint it... I'm SO in love with the color combo! It reminds me of Yellowstone!

So there you have it! Aqua and orange! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Have a great Saturday! =)