this too shall pass

I suppose I need to remember that all things move – forward or backward. We never really need suffer for too long, in physical or emotional pain. For me if I just keep doing the next right thing it seems to get me through.
The energy of “doing something creative” or “doing something for someone else” always gets me out of myself.
I started to write about a year ago, my life story and yesterday I was thinking about why I stopped or more important what stopped me.
I stopped at the last year of my drinking – the year I married “Robin Hood”. It was such a tough year. A friend that I drank with was murdered. The marriage to Rob lasted about 8 weeks……….I came into recovery about 8 months later. I was spinning out of control.
So perhaps it’s time to return to the writing, for my own sense of “I can do this” and if no one ever reads it that will be ok. Perhaps it might be best if no one reads it :-)
I am blessed to have such great family and friends that have always loved me no matter what!!

Will I ever Recover Physically?

Don’t get me wrong I am so grateful for the life I have, for all I have and for all that is coming to me. It’s just so weird how I go along for a week or so feeling so well and then BANG I get hit by the Fibro truck and get struck down with the pain and the loss of energy.
I have not been able to do more than one thing a day for the past week.
Just drained of all energy and feeling like bed or the sofa is the only place I want to be.
I read and watch TV and make meals and go to the store or for a coffee at the drive through………..make a card or two…….drained.
So my prayers today are for healing. Heal this body!!
And I just needed to write this to affirm that its ok to “take a break” when I need to and not feel guilty that I am not “doing more”

Recycled Art

So this is a card where I am using what I am calling “recycled art”. This means I will use watercolors that didn’t make it to the framing stage; take a small section of that painting and use it in my cardmaking. There is another one in the slide show on the left.
I am a card maker! It is like this passion, or addiction ;-)
once I start a series I can’t stop !!
I think it’s because each one is different, one of a kind has always been of interest to me, perhaps I have always been “one of a kind” myself. I realize that I am getting to be pretty ok with who I am. And it feels really good and ok.
We really should get to start out in old age and get younger!!!!!!!!
I am blessed and gratefull for my life and all those family and folks who are in it.

Cards for Sale

This is one of my newest cards. I am currently showing these cards on the left hand side of this page in a slideshow. I plan to set up a Paypal method of purchasing these cards, perhaps by a offering a package of six cards.
The dilemma I always seem to have is how to price each card. I recall an artist telling me to set a price per “size” so perhaps I need to do that.
I suppose it’s all about how we value what we do, and can we step up in confidence as an artisan.
All this talk of “The Secret” had me thinking about how I have manifested this whole art thing.
I recall walking down the Locke Street in Hamilton and looking up at the “artist studios” over top of some of the stores, and thinking how wonderful it would be to create, to be an artist and to live there in that space. I was in my early 40’s and going off to school in Toronto each morning to be an Addictions Counsellor. Three years later I was living in one of those studios and I began to create. I set up the front room that overlooked the street, and purchased a drafting table that I could sit at. I painted the fireplace purple and I loved it there.
That was the beginning of my artistic journey……………..