There have been so many thoughts in my mind lately of a simpler life. I have been dreaming about buying a farm and living off the land. Then I pinch myself and say. HELLO??!!! You don't know the first thing about farming. Which is the truth. It just seems like a simpler life. Living out amongst nature seems so peaceful in my thoughts.
The photo above was taken a couple weekends ago. My family and I gathered together to celebrate my Grandfathers Birthday. It was a peaceful day....away from traffic and noise. We fished and enjoyed the fall foliage. We ate like Italians do....and we laughed and enjoyed all the children!
In other news....I have been wanting to update this blog now for over a week! I am so sorry for my absence. Really there is no reason, other than that I simply have been living life. So much has been going on these past few weeks. Fall Decorating which of course means shopping for Pumpkins and Gourds. The kids and I had so much fun. The front of my house looks great to! My favorites this year seem to be the Turks...
They are so abnormally beautiful! I think that they look like mushrooms when flipped over.
I also LOVE LOVE LOVE these lumpy bumpy Pumpkins!! The kids really liked them to!
Amongst other things we went to the Botanical Gardens and were in awe of the 950lb Pumpkin we saw there! Holy Moly!!! There were so many beautiful things that we enjoyed that day. Here are a couple pics of a few of my favorirtes.
The Bonsai exhibit is AMAZING!!! I was lucky to capture this photo with the lighting just right. Doesn't it look like a real life size forest???!!!
This is one of MY FAVORITE trees at the gardens. It is a Whitespire Senior Gray Birch. To me the bark has eyes all over it! I want to plant one or more of these in my yard!
I am looking forward to another visit this Christmas when there is snow and they have the most amazing train exhibit. I will be sure to try and share photos of that.
We also go to the most amazing Pumpkin Patch Farm with the kids each year. They get to play amongst the hay bales and visit with the exotic animals. I find it fascinating that we are able to feed the giraffes and walk a couple feet to enjoy a cider donut!!!
I am feeling richly blessed with family and good times. I also am feeling richly blessed with my work recently. My Rebecca was recently published in the October Issue of Prims Magazine.
Thanks so much to Jennifer Jackson for making my dreams come true! I would also like to thank Michelle Nolan for all that she does!
I have been creating new dolls and paintings little by little in between my BUSY Candle Pouring Schedule. Please visit my WEBSITE to purchase a Candle or Roomspray to brighten your Fall Day. You won't be sorry! They are amazing!
Last week I was honored to participate in a local elementary school Artists in the Courtyard event. It was amazing for the children and for all the Artists. The local press even covered the event Here and Here.
If you click on the second link, scroll through the pics and there are a couple of me and my dollies!
It seems like such a busy time of year. I have been preparing for my upcoming Fall Shows. If you are local and would like to view my work, please visit me in Barrington, IL on November 6th and 7th at the Park District and I will be in Geneva IL on November 13th at the High School. I will have Candles, Roomsprays and Art at both. My Mom will also be with me sharing some of her AMAZING FELT Creations. You won't want to miss them!!! I hope to post sneak peeks of what we will have soon. If you come visit, be sure to stop and introduce yourself!
Photos coming soon of works in progress. Thanks for visiting me...and for being patient in my absence. Happy Fall!
Today and all weekend I have been really thinking a lot about the path that I have been on with my art. I truly enjoy every minute of the creative process but am finding a whole lot of resistence when it comes to selling my art. This lack of "flow" in the process has caused me to think in my heart that maybe I am on the wrong path. Maybe I need to follow or take a different road. This causes so much heart ache inside but I need to re-gather myself and my thoughts. I need to stop focusing on selling my art and focus on the freeing process of it.
I guess the way I see it is this. Sometimes we have a vision and that vision is sketched out in our mind and on our hearts, but truthfully we have no control over it. We are part of a bigger plan and those plans are already decided before we are even born. We have to trust and have faith and go with the process. This is so scary, but we have to trust and rely on our faith and hope.
It is kind of like how this Painting started. It started with my sketch and my vision months ago. I only started to bring it to life this week...and the outcome was so much different than what I had envsioned.....It took on a whole new look when I trusted and let things just flow. Here is the finished painting and I am in Love...In fact I Love it so much more than the original sketch I did.
I am keeping this painting for my home. It represents what is real and what is most important in my life. All things are possible when there is Love and I know in my heart that someday my time will come when there will be a natural flow. Until then I will trust and have faith and let my heart be guided by Love. I will continue to share all of my Dreams coming to life here. Thank You all for your interest in me and my creative process and my for listening to my Soul whisper it's Love into the world.
It has been a busy week here. Preparing for my Big Girls 9th Birthday!!! It was Yesterday. She came home not feeling so well though....so it wasn't the best birthday ever...poor thing. We did celebrate with Mashed Potatoes, Beef Roast and Green Bean Casserole though...Plus Sweet Dreams Cupcakes.... She is at home resting with me today.
I finsihed up a doll for the TDIPT October 1st Release. Her name is Gina. Check her out if you get a chance. There are also so many other great things for sale this month.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Hope it is filled with Joy. If you are near Northville Michigan, please be sure to go to Ghoultide Gathering. I was looking forward to attending, but will be home with my sick little sweetie pie. There are so many fabulous artists there. Please be sure to check them out!