permission slip!

Ten Minute Tuesday: Freebies Permission Slips

For our Ten Minute Tuesday, I have some special treats for you. THREE downloadable permission slips! Reminders for you to keep near your desk or in you creative space that you have permission for your creativity. Make sure you are giving yourself the space, time and permission you need to build your creative muscles and the build your trust with your creative self. Sometimes, it is all about someone telling us that it is okay. You DO have permission to these creative process and to play. Creativity and play are non-negotiable in our lives. They are a requirement to live whole adjust lifestyles that lead toward happiness. So, let me share with you now, there is no need to justify it beyond these affirmations listed below. So if someone asks you “Why?” you are being creative, then you have all your reasons. Tell them YOU HAVE PERMISSION! Remind yourself YOU HAVE PERMISSION! Happy Creating. Just click the image to download.


Creative Permission Slip Too




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Secret Wishes and a Contest

What do you yearn for? What is in the depths of your heart that you desire?

If there were nothing in your way, what dream would you chase? The truth is the one thing in our way is ourselves. Even on my own journey, I can complain about money, time, lack of solitude, too many responsibilities BUT if I examine my life closely, there is a way to bring my heart closer to my dream with a little work each day.

It does not matter what we yearn for. What matters is that we remember that sometimes the way to our dreams is through the hard stuff. Sometimes it is working through the money issues, mental illness, family problems, addictions…whatever it is that we feel holds us back, is part of the work of our journey. And, yes sometimes, my dear ones, it sucks. It sucks HUGE, especially when we feel that we have worked so hard and gone nowhere. We are rarely stagnant. Even the smallest step forward is a movement toward our desires. One of my favorite authors, SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) calls them micro-movements.

So despite what ever circumstances may be before you, what do you secretly yearn for? When you are alone with your own heart and soul, and all your desires, what is it that you long for?

Tell me. Leave a message in the comments, and I will send out a letter in a bottle to one lucky person. I am old fashioned contest person. Everyone’s name will go into a basket and a child of mine will pick one name from it. IMG_5184

What do I secretly yearn for?
If I tell you, will it still be a secret?
Will it jinx my secret wish? 
I don’t know.
I yearn for a place of my own;
safe, surrounded by green and wildflowers,
near the ocean,
where I can smell the salty air.
A place without numbers,
rather addressed by a name;
a place
of quiet,
peace and
A place the expands its love
makes room for visitors,
and still has space
for solitude…for writing, creating, crafting.
A place,
filled with the people and
things that I love.
I yearn for a sense of space,
belonging to
I want my work to spring
from here…
I want it to be a place that births
words on pages,
and art and photos;
that infuses my work with
the warmth and serenity
of my space.
In my dreams,
and day dreams,
it reveals itself to me.
In them,
I smell the ocean air,
feel the breezes as it blows through wild black-eyed susans,
taste the dinners eaten outside.
This is what I yearn for.


Ten Minute Tuesday: Painted Stones

I have always been attracted to stones. I collected avidly as a child; often coming home from some family adventure with pocketfuls of rocks. I loved the smooth round flat ones, the ones with flecks of color or striations through them. I would pick them so carefully.
I still love collecting rocks especially on the beaches where the water has worn them down to smooth surfaces. I don’t own a rock polisher or know the name for each type of rock. I just know when I hold it in my hand or up to the sunlight whether or not it wants to come home with me.

When you have a collection of rocks just sitting around and paint just calling to be used, sometimes you get ideas in your head. I decided to paint what I call “blessing” stones. I found some of the smoothest rocks from my collection, opened up my acrylic paint and grabbed my Sharpies and went to work.

I chose colors that would accent the little shapes and bumps of the natural rock and still let some of the real color come through. I used a thinned down mix of metallic aluminum, soft green, and white. The color blend depended on the natural color of the rock.

Once the first layer was dry, I either painted on a design or used a Sharpie to write on the paint. The thin layer of paint allows the rock to act as a better canvas so that it doesn’t absorb all the ink or painted design. Each rock took about 5-10 minutes to do. Depending on the design. All five were completed in less than a half hour.

Here is your Ten Minute Tuesday Challenge: Create your own “blessing” stones. What will you say on yours? If you want to use just Sharpie keep in mind the rock will absorb a LOT of the pen ink. It is why I recommend painting a thin coat on first. The great thing about these stones is that you can keep them nearby or hand them off to friends who might need a little pick-me-up. Any questions? Just comment below. Have fun!

Would you like one of my stones? First four people to respond on Facebook to this post and tell me what stone you like, can get one sent to you. 🙂

Giveaway: 12 Days of Yule

Welcome to the 12 Days of Yule Giveaway. All of the lovely pictures you see here will be available to download. Just go to the Giveaway: 12 Days of Yule page to see what is available each morning. This is my gift to you to celebrate a wonderful year with my lovely followers.