Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Art Journal Journey

Howdy Candy's!  Have you seen it yet?  Dina Wakely's brand new book..."Art Journal Courage", it has become one of my go-to's for learning more on how to have courage on my own heARTistry journal journey.  If you haven't, I highly recommend checking it out. 
Confession...Bare with me as I finally embrace owning my space hither.  Whilst I've had this lovely blog for many years, I'm not very consistent in posting or sharing over the last couple for many reasons, which for me & the 'real world', that's alright.  However, for those of you who have dedicated to following me, I feel it's time to write this out.

I Love creating heARTistry!  I've spent years making all sorts of crafty goodness, from handmade cards, gifts, and home decor to painting and now working with mixed media using all sorts of mediums.  It's no surprise that as an Artists, I've found that I tend to go through phases.  I've found myself in the past trying to find a way to identify my own personal style.  That very 'thing' that when someone sees it, they see me!  However, in all honesty...I'm going to admit that the search within, for that very 'thing' that defines me is over.  


I'm so over the endless search of finding my personal style & while that may seem contrary to posts past...it's so very true!  I realize that I have no specific style, I create to create because I enjoy doing it.  Art soothes my soul, gives me a place to go that is my personal safe haven.   Why in the world would I want to try to define that!?!  If I see it, I teach myself or learn to just do it!  I also use to be so afraid of posting to my bloggy blog because I was worried about what others see, how I would be perceived, giving plugs to everyone else but denying my own credibility.  I don't think that it's beneficial to anyone including myself that I'm not sharing what I create or writing anymore.  
Currently I have several different heARTistry journey journals in progress.  The first two pieces of heART mixed media pages, are from Dina Wakely's new book.  The rest are just me playing around with Dyan Reeveley's new Christmas sets.  I just want to share at this point what's on my creative mind.  I'm still in progress on my 'Portrait' page, however, it's a lot of FUN learning techniques and certainly how to mix paint to create a flesh tone with (which I'm still processing) Dina's vibrant paints.  One thing I've learned is that Gesso is not the same for each medium & it is like underwear for acrylic paint.  

Enjoy!
HUGS
xoxo









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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Finding My Inner Child...

Dance Dance Dance…Hello Candies around the World! So, the latest…I started taking this incredible Art Course called Radiant Faces which is a Mixed Media collaborative with some remarkable Instructors and Hosted/Organized by Ms. Effy Wild. Can I just say, I’m over the moon Sally! We have a total of 18 lessons and guess what!?! I’m going to share my bases here. Yipeee…How’s that for Eye Candy. I truly believe in my heart of hearts that anyone who does mixed media, paints, or just wants to learn something new, this is the class for YOU! Stay Tuned to the end of the post for more information on joining us on this journey.

On to Finding My “Inner Child”. I absolutely am in LOVE with discovering my own Style and the entire process of it all. In this owldorable interpretation of my “Best Self Whimsical Inner Child” I truly reflected on the days of yester-year to capture some pretty deep and meaningful elements that are apart of her.
Growing Up we had a Garden, I always loved flowers.
We had a Siamese kitty named Kiesha, I'm a Leo and grew up with Kitty's (hat).
I always wished I was a fairy cause they were sooo darned cute, Tink was always my FAV! (wings).
We didn't have much $ & I always wanted clothes like other girls but Mumma sewed (patches & stitches).
Since we moved a lot I always admired what was outside the windows I looked through (book title).
I grew up with books tons of books (lotsa books & shelves) In fact each of our children have their very own. To this very day I still believe that we can learn & be anything we want to, when we cuddle up with a good book.
The words on the books represent things that I wanted more of as a child or found comfort in Cookies, Friends, Safe, Beautiful.
The End!

So there is no particular order of my sharing and true to honoring the heARTists and the dedicated hard work poured into this amazing journey, I will NOT be sharing or disclosing any class content or photos. Feel free to bloggy hop via the ‘Radiant Faces’ photo below to see what the Instructors wrote and shared. You will also find all the information about this Art Course just by clicking on the pic.
Stay Tuned to our Journey for more…Your Biggest Fan! xoxo
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Candy Comeback…

Wowza…if someone had told me that March of 2013 I’d fallen off of the earth, I wouldn’t of believed them one itty bit.  I needed time…and lot’s of it apparently.  Time to gather my thoughts, Time to re-ignite my inner-inspiration, Time to realize that I’m only but one person and can only do a handful of things at one time and that the MOST important of them all is being there for me and my Family.  I can’t say with full honesty that the ol’ adage “Time heals all wounds” has given me that but what I can say is that it only took one special person to see that my wings were broken.  That I was softly & quietly suffering in utter silence.  That I couldn’t gather the courage to make a Comeback!  This precious Angel came along, picked-up my broken wing & helped me mend it back into place.  Actually there are many special persons, Sisters I’d like to call  them.  Brave Brave Brave & Courageous Sisters that just seen within me what I couldn’t see within myself.  For them I am deeply grateful and ever so thankful for their love & dedication in walking me through a journey I’m still on but foremost for BELIEVING in lil’ ol’ me.

I can’t even begin to describe the pain I’ve endured or the soul dampened grief I’ve experienced over this last year.  The battle is not over for the struggles of our Family that’s facing them and I’m not the only one as I remember that always.  However, I’m stronger then I think and I know I have the capacity to do what I’m meant to be here to do for YOU!  “ENCOURAGE”  This is my word for 2014!  It’s always what’s been in my heART of heART’s to do on a daily basis and sometimes when you go through so much pain that your about to falter into an oblivion you realize that You have a choice.  My choice is simple…I’m ready!  Ready to make a Come Back and be who Heavenly Father put me here to be.  Let me share my definition of “Encourage”: (To leave a comment, thoughts, suggestions, or feedback - just click the title to this post & scroll to the bottom)

Encourage Defined:

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“Encourage Tangle”:
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These three very prominent moments and demonstrations of ‘Encourage’ment completely contributed to the Candy Comeback…

The Beautiful Souls of Melody Ross and Kathy Wilkins on “The Walk”: (Click On “The Walk” Photo & watch the Video!)

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YaYa Scrapbooking Post Dedication & Gift: (Click Angel Wing for Dedicated Post & the 11x14 Print to Order!)

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Mixed Media Monday’s with Tracy Weinzapfel Studios & our MMM FB Group! (Click the LOVE for Tracy Blog Post and Video)

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What these Phenomenally “Encourage” moments gave to me was the ability to share & embrace my no scrapping anything Policy & a Brand New Print (available soon in my Etsy Shop) to share with Owl of YOU!:

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These three Beautiful moments and Four Courageously Brave Soul Sisters and the many Women who come along with each of these impactful moments have changed me Forever!  I will always be on a journey of ‘change’, we all are.  Mine is coming back from a very painful and grieving place of silence and self-doubt.  So I “ENCOURAGE” You Today…not tomorrow, not next week but TODAY, to grab a pen and paper & jot down all the reasons why YOU DESERVE to be LOVED!  It’s not as easy as you think…after all we don’t always take time for ourselves that we need and right now, this moment…You NEED to “ENCOURAGE” YOU!  I will have tons more to share in the upcoming weeks, months and hopefully years to come.  As this journey now is about full disclosure and honesty in my journey through healing, enjoying, sharing, creating, inspiring, and educating others through my Love and Passions in Life. (To leave a comment, thoughts, suggestions, or feedback - just click the title to this post & scroll to the bottom)
HUGS for all my Candy’s,
Owldorably Yours,
xoxo

Monday, April 29, 2013

{Motivational Monday} Love of a Mentor Michelle S.

Wowza...1/3 of the year is nearly gone by & I've gotten lost somewhere in between heARTistry Court & New Business Drive, yet clearly stuck in the middle of Breakdown Alley behind My Mind's Place.
How is that for an entrance...or an exit?
So here is the dealio...I personally plan on making my Bloggy Blog what is meant to be & that really is it; "The Journey through My Love & Passions in Life" - Right? (To leave a comment, thoughts, suggestions, or feedback - just click the title to this post & scroll to the bottom)

When I first started writing it was & is always about heART and things I love to share along the way.  What I haven't expressed is that I truly came to a point where I had way to many things going on & I wasn't able to stop to catch my breathe let alone get a blog post in.

See early in March the following Monday after I had my hair-cut etc. I found that my Blog decided to transform itself on it's own with many failed attempts at going through any type of recovery process.  "Hey it happens to all of us!"  I don't care who you are...where your from...what your background is...WE all go through technologically challenged circumstances.  I also admit that I took some time in self-reflection and underwent an insurmountable amount of obstacles, that frankly...I'm still going through.  We all do...the point is, how do you embrace it?

I met this incredible Mentor approx. 7 years ago at a Home Party that I shadowed when I first joined Close To My Heart.  Her name is Michelle...now I asked her this question as I reflect back on her life, career, what she has given up, what she has endured, what she has gained, & the admiration that I feel for being one of the most INCREDIBLE Ladies I have the honor to know.

This is what I asked "Michelle, I struggle with time management and I watch you & have no idea how in the world that you do it.  You have got to be exhausted."  Mind you this Lovely lady has almost 20 years into Close To My Heart and started off as an Elementary teacher when she first joined.  CTMH became her sole income that supported the wonderful things she has been able to bless her children with and do for her Team of CTMH Sisters from all over.  She is selfless, loving, inspiring, has a SMILE that moves you into her blanket of comfort and one owldorable giggle that is infectious.

Why am I telling you this about her...well.. I want you to see her through my eyes.  The eyes of someone she never once judged.  Always willing to help and support through my business and more...& when I couldn't figure out how in the world she does what she does for the life of me (Managed teaching Sunday School at her local Church, Run a Team of Amazing Women, Raised & Put both of her Children through College, Spends Countless Hours providing community support along with her Team...Like I could swear this Lady has a Red Cape on) & when I asked her that question, right after Leadership Conference one day, she gave me an answer that resonates with me to this very day!!!  "Nichole, I live in the moment for that moment at that moment, until the next moment comes along."  (whoo okay I'm wiping a tear from my eyes right now but bear with me here)
This is Michelle:  (Click The Pic To Check er out...after you finish reading)
Yeppers...Her is the BEST right!
Now this is what she is able to do by being a MENTOR, FRIEND, & MORE...
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Look...you have got to go check out her Blog...as she just recently joined the world of Social Media but let me tell you something.  She has what it takes to make a change in the world.  To always be a Force for Good!  She is more then a motivator or inspirationlist but she is a TRUE POSSIBILITARIAN!  She never reads my blog so I'm thankful I get to write this about her & she will never know lol :D

I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that this woman has contributed to the woman I aspire to become every single day.  She is in my thoughts, my prayers, and I feel her lift me up when I started on my own business as an Independent Designer with Origami Owl.  She is one of the most selfless people I have the honor and privilege to know and learn from.

I know many of my followers are apart of Close To My Heart and I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that company & every single Sister & Executive member to those that pack our packages to taking our phone calls, the art department to the those that clean that building and the drivers who pick-up packages.  I resigned from the company not for any other reason but because I knew at the time it was right for me to do.  (Doesn't mean I won't be back!?!) - It just means that right now in my moment, this moment, at the moment, I'm living in the moment.  I just wanted to take the time to pay homage to the one woman that has been by my side no matter what through-out my entire career & cheered me on and made Close To My Heart so near & dear to me to this day.  Without her MENTORSHIP (which there is a difference between being a Leader & a Mentor) - I would never of had the extrodinary experience that I have or the endearing ever-lasting love that I still have for Close To My Heart.

So yes...she is apart of my journey through my loves & passions in life as it all started with that first party I shadowed with her years ago.  Thank YOU Michelle!  May Heavenly Father continue to bless you on your journey and that this be the year for all to know it.
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