Monday, January 27, 2020

January 2020 Musings


Last week I had lunch with a friend and afterwards we went antiquing in the vintage shops nearby. I found these 1980’s vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and brought them home with me. I have a small collection and they are right at home here.



The January 2020 challenge for the Library Art Quilters was idioms. If you search online, there are many possibilities. I decided to go with this playful version of Letting the Cat Out of the Bag. The background was a UFO (UnFinished Object) and I found mottled fabric that reminded me of Tangerine, my old tortoise shell cat. The cat and handmade bag were hand appliqu├ęd to the background.



I made cranberry bread last week and it was quite good. It came from a Pillsbury quick bread box mix, so it went together quickly. This is something I keep on hand in the pantry and comes in handy when I have unexpected guests.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Reactivating My Blog on Blogger


I would like to reactivate my blog here on Blogger. My focus is changing and this would be a great place for me to experiment with new ideas and share what I am working on. A lot has changed for me in the past year. 

Although I have done a lot of goal setting and made changes in my life, I am learning to let life flow and be open to new ideas. It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again (Julia Cameron).




I like to make quilts. I like to art journal. I like to cook. I like to walk by the lake. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I want my life to be simple and ordinary. For me, coming to terms with retirement this past year has meant letting go of obsessions with perfection and constant busyness and trying to do too much in an effort to prove my self worth. I am intrinsically worthy just the way I am.



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Website and Blog Location

I would like to announce that I have moved my website and blog to a new location hosted by WordPress. The WordPress site gives me more flexibility and features.

My new website is located here:
https://www.maryartlife.com/

New blog posts will appear here:
https://www.maryartlife.com/blog/

The links to my website and blog have been updated on the sidebar.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mary

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Quilt Retreat

I went to the Heart of the Valley Quilters 3 day quilt retreat last weekend and had a great time! There were 50 quilters at YMCA Camp Hazen in Chester, Connecticut... talking, sewing, laughing, and eating. I haven't been motivated to sew/quilt since the move so this was a good jump start for me. 




I created a Facebook page for the group yesterday and they were thrilled to have a place where they can post photos of their quilts to share. Social media is a good thing and it brings people together around common interests. I have a lot of friends online that I've never met and that greatly expands your universe.




Going to a retreat like this lets you leave things behind and think about what you are doing and where you are going. It brings you into a greater awareness of self. Well, it does that for me. But it wasn't until yoga class saturday morning that I fully realized what is going on with me. My balance was off and my body was shaking in some of the advanced poses. The meditation at the end crystallized things for me.




I need to seek balance. I am working too hard at work... way too hard. I need to stop pushing myself so hard and take breaks. I am running around too much on nights and weekends. I am wanting to do too much. I am scattered and going in a million different directions. I am doing things with friends and family, working on an e-book, starting to plan a new Wordpress website, making jewelry, sewing/quilting, reading a lot, the list goes on. I have applied to teach my mixed media altered card decks locally and in a major online venue... scary but exciting! I hope I get in because I love to teach.




Life is short and need to enjoy it. Family and friends are so important! Namaste <3



Saturday, October 29, 2016

For the Love of Books and Words

I went to the Portland Library book sale last weekend with Aurora and her mom. We walked there from my old house. I love books and I love how you can paint a story with words.




Much to my surprise, there were the quilting books I had donated to the library last winter when I downsized for the move. I picked up one, then another, and before I knew it I had an armload of quilting books too heavy to carry. When I dropped them into my tote bag I scraped my arm badly. Sometimes I am awkwardly clumsy :-)




Books bring you on a journey to other worlds and expand your horizons. I have e-books in my iPad too, but there is something magic about holding a book in your hands, like poetry by Rumi or paintings in Creative Revolution by Flora Bowley. 

I have started working on my first e-book, Inspired Every Day, and it is exciting for me to watch it slowly unfold. It is not unlike birthing a child.



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Art from My Studio

Just saying the words "my studio" makes me all happy inside! It is so nice to have a place of my own to make art. Before this I made art on the dining room table, which meant hauling my art supplies up and down the stairs and either clearing everything off at dinner time or eating on the coffee table. It is so nice to be able to leave everything out and take my time. The work may not look much different than before, but I am making more thoughtful, less rushed pieces.




Recently I got a 12-pack of 10"x10" pre-stretched canvas with a half price coupon at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I love that store!  I usually paint/make art in art journals but decided to try canvas again. I also tried writing with my new Posca paint pens. I am more interested in treating myself to new art supplies than new clothes. We all have our priorities :-)




I made an art journal spread yesterday and I am so happy with how it came out. I had a breakthrough and cleared out some bad energy Friday night. I am trying/learning to do some work with energy healing but this just happened spontaneously, or maybe that is the way it happens. I could feel that unblocking myself came through in this piece and made me feel better.




Fall in New England

Fall is my favorite time of year. The days are sunny and warm, the nights are cool, and the leaves gently rustle in the wind. The leaves turn red, yellow, orange, and brown and they start to cover the ground as they fall from the trees. There is a special feeling that lingers in the air, with the promise of change, rebirth, and renewal.




For me, fall is a time to reconnect with my inner self and acknowledge growth and transition. I ask myself where I have been, where I am now, and where I am going. I start to set my course for the coming year.




Noticing things is important to me. When my car climbed the last hill on the way home Friday night, I noticed the almost full moon rising above the trees. It was getting higher in the sky as I drove by the lake, so I hurried home to get my sneakers on and walked quickly down to the lake. The moonlight was breathtaking and my spirit felt renewed!