A ,”Happy Birthday”, mixed media painting with a dab of inspiration!

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  (v.) to do something with soul, creativity or love.  To put something of yourself into your work.

  Portrait of my Great-Grandmother with her button box and my new painting.

Portrait of my Great-Grandmother with her button box and my new painting.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal.  Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you”.

~ Maya Angelou

_dsc0450Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.

~ Elenor Roosevelt

  So true, thank you Elenor!  Sitting down in January, my birth month, I began to paint this birthday painting…At times it felt, well, odd.  Naturally being a giver, throughout the day I think of what to paint to encourage and give to my children and others.  Growing up in a very turbulent home life, art, had always been my sanctuary. Creating brought me; hope, peace and survival. ..It was something nourishing and positive…

  As I look back, what could have been so simple, I made complicated.  I resisted, in parts, one of the most profound gifts that I had been given, that which is a key part of my identity, CREATIVITY.

  Then, I often thought, ” How does this fit into school and my family…they all seemed to be receiving so much praise for accolades in Science, Math and honors”, I’m the creative black sheep”. I ran these tapes through my brain, toxic thoughts for many years that became my song.  I ,”believed”, if I fit that structure I would be loved more…

  Buzzzz….Wrong answer, the battle was in my mind.  As an adult, I praise my God, that I realize where those thoughts were coming from and not a pit I wanted to live in.

" Sing to him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy" ~ Psalm 33:3

” Sing to him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy” ~ Psalm 33:3

(Breathing deeply)…Self care isn’t selfish, I feel I need to write that again…Self care isn’t selfish. It is one of the most unselfish things one can do.  Being emotionally, physically, spiritually balanced helps me, but also, helps those around me.  A whole healed person and the messy story they write on perseverance can touch someone else and it can snowball in a positive way.  Hey, I want to be apart of that snowball fight!

They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.  ~ Rev. 12:11

They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. ~ Rev. 12:11

So, at age 44, I celebrate all 44 of these growing in years.  This is what I love about mixed media; I get to play with color joyfully, as I did in my youth…with abandon.  In peace and playfulness, I paint with my hands. I get to build layers on the canvas similar to the layers of years of my life…Some weathering, some looking better with age, wisdom and antiquing.

I’ve expressed my femininity in this piece.  “I love pink and I’m proud!”.  I also draw on what I have cherished…Great-grandmother’s lace and buttons.  They highlight the painting.  As I added these pieces in, I recalled the same joyful excitement of discovering them for the first time, as I did in my youth. In the 1800’s as she created the lace and sewed the buttons to her garments, little did she know she would be blessing another generation…

  " What we do in life echoes in eternity" ~Gladiator

” What we do in life echoes in eternity” ~Gladiator

Now I get to carry the responsibility of the blessing.  A good place to be, to see art, as your personal responsibility…

What does the chair in the painting have to do with anything?  This is what I love so much about art. It can be enjoyed at face value and deeply appreciated when the story behind it is revealed, much like people!  As a formally trained Interior Designer, I appreciate the lines.  In college I enjoyed learning about the Art History of a piece.  How whatever going on politically  influenced the art world as well.  At a deeper level, where I like to percolate, I refer back to self care…I struggled with worthiness as a child.  Brew up a difficult childhood and mix in a heaping dose of rejection and ta-da, you brew a perfect cup of low self esteem.  FYI, I no longer drink from that vessel, it was way too bitter!  I now enjoy the sweetness of life….In young  life I didn’t feel worthy to ever have a chair as beautiful as the ones I poured over in design and Art History books.  I was fascinated with the style and colors.

Buzz….wrong answer again….I am worthy to enjoy a beautiful chair (self care) and a sweet cup of tea and a balanced life.  The chair, in the painting, with my great-grandmother’s lace balloon tied to it, FYI, sits in my hallway, I smile and breath deeply in a content fashion each morning as I brush past…content knowing I was created to open my gift, layer by layer, pull it out of my the box it was given to me in and display it, share it, treasure it with the world.  For I know now I was CREATED to CREATE.

Celebrating a Happy, Happy Birthday…

Until soon, Heather

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

~ C.S. Lewis

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” In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years”.

~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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Valentine’s Day decorating vignette ideas…French Shabby…

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Maybe that’s because I’m female and don’t feel the pressure to do something amazing like my guy friends have mentioned.  Honestly, it truly is the thought that counts!  Can I get an amen ladies?!

I love exchanging valentines still, the vintage type.  I love the glitter and pink and the candy hearts and seeing children toting a homemade valentine exchange box under their arms as the skip to school happily, for perhaps, a change.

I like the light it brings in the midst of winter doldrums. So, to you I say, “Have a blessed Valentine’s day filled with all the glitter, paper dollies and candy heart that you can possibly stand!  Oh and enjoy a few decorating images from around my home!

 

Until soon!

 

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Historic side door entry way Christmas decor

Hello all!  Finally a snow fall in my area of Ohio.  Please enjoy a few shots from my side entry door.  I hung a few pictures on the door that is no longer used.  I’m guessing it was once used for ice and milk delivery as it leads to an old pantry.  Having fun researching this house!

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Shabby Chic Christmas decorations mannequin tree

Say it’s not so?  January 3rd!!!  I’m still enjoying my Christmas decorations around the house as things quiet down from the holidays.  Please enjoy the last bits of the season this week on my blog.  I’m posting pictures from part of my guest room.  This has quickly become me favorite Peaceful spot”, to sit and read and sip on tea.

The mannequin tree might just become a Valentine tree soon!  Christmas guest room _dsc0299 _dsc0300 _dsc0301 _dsc0302 _dsc0305 _dsc0307 _dsc0308 _dsc0310 _dsc0314 _dsc0315 _dsc0316 _dsc0317 _dsc0318 _dsc0319 _dsc0320 _dsc0322 _dsc0323 _dsc0324 _dsc0325 _dsc0326

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…white Christmas decor.

I’m a long time fan of all white, shabby rooms.  I’ve branched out a bit to fit my new, old house from 1912, with a little more color but, my heart always finds its way back to the light, airiness of white.  That’s what I went for in our bedroom for Christmas.  I mixed it with sentimental pieces, like the painting on the mantel from our wedding.  We had each child drip paint on a canvas instead of using sand.  My inspiration also came from a few of my favorite art deco rings._dsc0236 _dsc0237 _dsc0238 _dsc0248 _dsc0250 _dsc0254 _dsc0256 _dsc0257 _dsc0260 _dsc0261 _dsc0250 _dsc0252 _dsc0259 _dsc0260

Merry Christmas

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These are e few of my favorite things! Christmas decorating…

Merry Christmas!  It has been awhile.  As things begin to wind down I’m catching up on posts! Please enjoy the Christmas pics from around my home in the next few days.  I can’t take credit for making the gingerbread house…that would be the work of my daughter.  I think she has the patience of Job to make a roof like that!  Until soon!_dsc0152 _dsc0151 _dsc0155 _dsc0153

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Romantic fall decorations

Delicious autumn!

My very soul is wedded to it

and if I were a bird I would fly about

the earth seeking the successive autumns.

~ George Eliot

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