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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Making art, writing, and taking time to breathe

Wow... the days just fly by and I find myself making a list every day of the things I need to do and accomplish as deadlines, whether actual or self imposed, approach.  My favorite (and only, this year) Craft show is coming up on October 15th, the new Planet You workshop, Burn This Book, goes live on October 7th--  can't wait to shoot video for this with the camera my boss lent me.  In my "real life" job, we have the corporate fall tour coming this week, some additional drama and changes, which, though I think they are needed, add some stress to my workload and environment.  I'm still busy gutting my crafting spaces, trying to minimize the clutter and create a space where I can work and then clean up without disturbing the projects that are in "process".  Do I sound like I'm complaining?   Yikes!  Let me back this up a bit then:  I LOVE what I do, even on the days when I hate what I'm doing... I love my real life job, and I love making art and altering books, I love teaching art classes, and I'm so totally in love with the Planet You stuff that someties it is hard for me to focus on anything else! 
              This time of year, the Autumn, is my favorite time of year.  I love the cooler weather, and the way the world begins to pull in on itself.  I love watching the leaves change  and fall, and to see the decorations for Hallowe'en and Fall begin to appear.  Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite things to do.  Hallowe'en is my favorite holiday--  Every year I carve a new craft pumpkin to add to my collection and carve one live pumpkin.  I haven't decided what I want to carve this year-- any one have a suggestion?
Tow-Mater Pumpkin
               I've been busy altering glass Lanterns for the craft show-- just love working on little panes of glass.  I'm still working on all those journals, too.  My friend, Ashley, is holding an online auction for National Adoption month.  Check out her website, Blessings in a Basket, to see her amazing organization, and you can contact her if you'd like to donate a piece of art for the auction.   
                I have a request for all of you who have taken the Planet You workshop:  I would love your feedback for the course for my newsletter and the website.  If you have a comment that you would let me share, please leave me a comment here, or you can post it at the planet you facebook page, send me an email at, or send a message via the planet you message system (in your profile at Planet You.   And if you haven't already registered for the newsletter, there's one of those fun little clicky buttons on the right that will allow you to sign up for the newsletter.  I promise not to inundate you with email!  
               I think that I have forgotten, yet again, how to slow down and take time to just be at peace with my world and my place in it.  I get so excited about upcoming projects or ideas that I get all busy in my head and with my hands and then... oh heck... it's another mess and bedtime!   and on that note... I ought to get some cleaning and organizing done this morning-- our local Toys-R-Us has Geoffrey's birthday party today and we like to take Seamus there to have a little fun.   

Make something beautiful with your heart and your hands,

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