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Painting Rocks

This morning, I decided to paint rocks. This is something I like seeing other people do, but I never really had an interest until now. Why?

Well, long story but I needed to find something to get the negative energy out of my home and around my home. I have not felt safe because like some neighborhoods, there are people who are hateful.

I asked someone what can get rid of negative, she said the evil eye. Instead of buying something, I decided to paint these rocks I found.

Painted rock:

Need rocks, clean them, prime them and put a protective coat on it for outdoor ones, acrylic paint.

Outside looking in:

Evil eye: here’s what I found about it.

The evil eye brings bad luck to the person it is directed to for reasons of envy or dislike. It’s usually in blue and green colors for spiritual protection.

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · book

The Creative Formula

It has been awhile since I posted about The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby. (it’s been a long few weeks, no time to read) I have included chapter 7 and chapter 8 in this post.

Chapter 7 he writes about the creative formula. It was enlightening to read and brought me to a place of “Wow, this is just what I need.”

Here is a review:

Imagination +feelings/intuition +story=action/results

pick something you want to do, Here is my creative formula: “what would I love to create?”

being an artist who sells art:

imagination: going into the art studio. I can smell the turpentine, paint and hear the brushes on the canvas.

Feelings/intuition: excitement, overjoyed, “in my element”

story: If I make more time to be in the studio, then I can creative more art and can be creative daily.

Actions/results: Finished canvases, more to paint and enjoying the outcome of how my life can change.

Why do we need a creative formula? Because it helps with our dreams. It helps with a plan to make dreams be part of our life (steps to make it happen. And it can help us when we are stuck. it can provide a way to see how we might be sabotaging our dreams.

He explains with this formula, the progress and reality of the dreams happening the action, the resources and people to help and strategies will appear. All because you kept focus on the creative process.

He includes a personal discovery assessment in the book. He writes that writing in a journal daily along with meditation and relaxation and the personal discovery assessment can increase clarity to bring your dreams into reality.

Chapter 8 is a review and recap of the book. It reminds us of what we read about what if…?, socialization, the creative formula and living the life that is nature to you.

I will be taking time to do the personal discovery assessment on my own.

This book was insightful and I can see myself going through it again, taking time to do the exercises and continuing to write daily in a journal.

If you ever find yourself unsure of your creativity and intuition, read this book.

Happy Day

Caroline

More art has been posted to Etsy:

Shop link:

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

dairy free · gluten free · Uncategorized

I Did It!

Six months ago, I seeked help with my digestive issues and physical health from an acupuncturist. It was life changing.

I have been gluten free dairy free and soy free for 6 months. Looking back, there was a feeling of dread if this way of eating would be worth it.

The cabinets and refrigerator was cleared out. Food donated to the church and off to grocery store to find “food”

Today, there are times I have challenges shopping. For the most part my list is about the same. Lettuce, green onions, fruits, fruits and fruits, vegetables, vegetables and vegetables. Some gluten free chips and cookies. And chicken and fish. No dairy.

What do I miss the most. The convenience of eating anything without thinking much about what is in it.

What am I craving now? Lasagna. I have not even attempted to eat or make it.

It was worth it. The progress I’m making in my life again is an amazing feeling.

Here’s what I made today:

Gluten free dairy free blueberry muffins

  • 1 3/4 cups measure-to-measure king Arthur gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

Mix flour sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.

In another bowl combine egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture.

Bake 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes

Tonight’s dinner is a chicken burger with salad and pineapple.

  • 2lbs ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pepper
  • 6 slices pineapple.

Mix all ingredients besides pineapple. Form into patties. I use a cast iron grill pan, cook until brown.

Add pineapple on top of burger and serve with a salad.

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · knitting

Chevron Seed Stitch

A simple short post about the next knitting stitch…

Chevron seed stitch- it’s very easy good for a beginner

Multiples of 8 (cast on 32 for a scarf)

Row 1- P1, K3, P1,K3

Row 2- K1, P5, K1, P1

Row 3- K2, P1, K3, P1, K1

Row 4-P2, K1, P1, K1, P3

Repeat until the end. Then cast off.

This is going to be a scarf. If I run out of yarn I can easily make a headband. Time will tell.

See more of my art on: Etsy shop- 4pawsartstudio

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · meditation · yoga

A Day of Rest

Today is my day off of work. I’m in need of a little rest. Unfortunately, the late afternoon I will need to go to the store. Have to look for sheds and a tree to plant.

Morning, I take my time getting up. Feed the cats and dog. Take the dog for a little walk. Have my hot tea with Goji berries in it (helps immune system and fights inflammation). Sometimes a few knitting stitches might get done. Sometimes I’ll lay down again.

Then off to my studio where I have my yoga mat. Usually a 15 minute yoga practice for the morning is my choice. Just enough to wake my body up.

After a walk with my dog, I’ll make a smoothie.

This morning a fruit smoothie sounded delicious.

When I buy fresh fruits, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and bananas, sometimes I’ll put them in the freezer to save before they spoil.

(bananas need to be cut in small slices, set on a cookie sheet and put in freezer for a few hours or overnight. Then transfer to a freezer bag.)

Fruit smoothie

  • 2/3 cup of frozen berries
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 1/2 cup or more pineapple juice

Put all in the blender. Pour in a glass. Enjoy.

Today is the start of me using a water bottle with times on it. It helps to remember to drink water throughout the day and ensures you get the amount you need.

I have Edema in my legs. The swelling and inflammation is causing it. The blood tests do not show it’s from other organs complicating anything. Unfortunately I hold onto water fluid especially in the summer. But it’s the entire year I have this. I wear compression socks in the fall and winter. But it’s too hot in the spring and summer to wear them. Part of the problem with Edema is water fluid is from actually not having enough water, so the body holds onto it. (Unless you have congested heart disease etc) please I’m not a doctor so follow what your doctor’s recommends.

Here’s my water bottle.

I spent some time in the studio this morning. All the 8″x8″ canvases has the first coat of paint on it.

It’s lunch time… I’m not very hungry. Lunch will consist of rice cakes-salt free, peanut butter, banana , and water

I ended up with a headache. Could be a sign of a storm coming.

I’m now on the sofa, going to take a nap. And do some knitting for the remainder of the day.

I took out frozen gluten free barbeque chicken I made a few weeks ago…that will be dinner with a salad.

Just never know when chronic illness and rheumatoid arthritis changes things on you.

Happy Day

Caroline

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More on The Creative Cure

“…ask yourself what you can do to get creative with your creativity.” Pg 131

Chapter 6 has some great thoughts about creating a space to be creative.

  • Space-what is your space like? friendly? Declutter needed? Music? Lighting? Color of room, books, artwork, plants, rugs etc
  • Time– time of day, “honor this time as scared and let those around you know that you won’t be available.”
  • Ritual-“…transform ordinary moments into focused, sacred time that builds meaning and honors the inner creative self.” Mark beginning and end of your creative time. (List of ideas are included on page 140)

He wrote about forming a creative group which would be a support for each other, allow time to be creative together, trade ideas, help each other and be accountable for the creative work.

On page 134, Jacob Nordby shares an exercise, that includes a few good questions.

  • What creative practice would bring more joy into your life? There’s a list on page 128-129 that is helpful to answer this question.

My answer: sewing and textile art, knitting and crochet, painting, growing a small business

  • What is the smallest habit that could bring me toward this practice?

My answer: Experiment with painting techniques, find new knitting stitches to learn, learn more about weaving and start gathering supplies to make a quilt and/or dolls.

This was my favorite topic to read in this book. Very helpful.

Two more chapters to read, more posts to come about this book.

Happy Day

Caroline

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That’s A Wrap, A Bubble Wra

A journal technique:

Supplies needed:

  • Journal
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Choose three colors of acrylic paint. Use a brush and paint onto the paper using a wash technique.

Then choose a paint color that will stand out. I chose black.

Take a paint brush and paint onto the bubble wrap.

Below close up of bubble wrap with paint on it.

Place the bubble wrap into the paper.

Push down with your fingers and rub it onto the paper. Press lightly.

Bubble wrap comes in small and large sizes.

Overlap the bubble wrap to make the design interesting and unique.

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · art therapy · cross stitch · knitting

Sunday Stitching

The past week has been one of those weeks where energy was low and the mind wanted to do other things.

Yesterday I started to clean my bedroom. Tonight I might go through my dresser drawers and closet.

Earlier in the week I finished the stockinette stitch headband. I’m thinking about making a scarf or fingerless gloves to match.

Here’s the headband. It will eventually be for sale on Etsy. I have other headbands and scarfs for sale on Etsy.

Over the past few days my front door was painted. This morning I put the final touch on it. I used Hint of Cherry by Sherwin Williams.

Today, I just didn’t know what to do. Cross stitching seemed to be the decision. Painting just wasn’t an interest.

Here’s the update on the cross stitch.

Below is the close up to the details. Tons of colors. I stitched for about 6 hours today.

Later tonight I’ll be reading more from The Creative Cure by Jacob Nordby. I also started reading from my Bible and following a Bible study.

Until later

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chapter 6 Revitalizing Action

The last part of chapter 5 of The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby, had many writing exercises. I decided to return to those exercises later, as currently my mind has not been into the writing mode.

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 is about revitalizing Action, page, 116 “I never feel more alive when I am in the midst of making something from nothing.” That was certainly true for me this past weekend. I spent the entire day in the studio painting and being creative.

Here are the key statements the author wrote that caught my attention.

“Creative practices also reduce anxiety, provide a sense of accomplishment, and connect us to others and the environment around us.” pg 119-120

“…the magic of practice lies in two ingredients: mindset and commitment,” pg 122

pg 123 “We compare ourselves to others and then reject our own work, not realizing we are rejecting ourselves and our pursuit of joy in the process.”

pg 126 the author stated that we may have a regular schedule for our craft but stated “..but we want to broaden the scope and meaning to include anything that helps us restore our connection to inner joy.”

Joyful Practice: it can decrease anxiety, stress, sadness, depression etc.

there is a list in this chapter and what makes you have strong emotional response he suggests to pay attention to that.

so here is what gave me a strong emotional response:

  • rescuing or raising animals
  • gardening/farming
  • photography
  • flower arranging
  • playing an instrument
  • sewing and textile art
  • fashion design
  • jewelry making
  • knitting/crocheting
  • hand-spinning yarn
  • making your own anything
  • growing a small business

This list will be used for the first exercise at the end of this chapter.

I am not surprised at the list that gave the a strong emotional connection. I’m curious about this exercise later in the book. Aren’t you?

I’ll post more later

Happy Day

Caroline