Sunday, June 28, 2015

Grace on a Sacred Morning - A Folk Art Doll that Holds the Serenity

I have always been very particular about how I begin my mornings, knowing that for me it sets the tone for my day. I need them to be filled with ease. I am definitely not one of those people who are filled with energy, shower, exercise, and quickly begin on projects or run out the door into the world. I start me day slowly, almost pampering my every movement. I hate harsh overhead lights and avoid their offensiveness at all costs. I open my blinds at a slant and let the natural light spill its glow while I fix some tea and wind a wrap around my shoulders. I use this time to Listen, to sit on the porch and hear the breeze and the birds, to cuddle with fur-babies, and let my intuition guide me to where I will focus my energy. My mornings are slow, thoughtful, and sacred. 

While I can't always begin all of my mornings like this, I sure try to have the majority of them in this way. It's complete kindness to my body and soul.
I created "Grace" to be the expression of what a Sacred Morning feels like.

She is listed in my Etsy shop here

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Things I Learned from a Seahorse...

Last night I sat down to try and organize the massive chaos in my tote bags and on my desk. Piles of post-its, jotted down notes, business cards, and notebooks with the "all so important" lists that I live by surrounded me.
 I began putting things together and writing things in my calender, then adding more and more things to those lists. Art ideas, gallery opportunities, doctor appointments, supplies I need to buy, studios for rent, damn I forgot to pick up glass cleaner at the grocery store, and planning.......planning....planning. I could feel myself getting overwhelmed thinking of all the things I need to be doing while the world is moving so fast. It seems like everybody wants things...Yesterday...and I am constantly trying to keep up. A big deep sigh escapes from my lips when I know that all I really want to do is Paint and Breathe. Another even deeper sigh comes when I look at what's in front of me and realize that I am spending more time "planning" than I am "living".

Lessons from a Seahorse is an OOAK Poetry Pillow Art Doll

I thought of the Seahorse, floating around in that big beautiful ocean. The current rushes through pushing and pulling everything about, taking control of whatever isn't strong enough to hold their own. I could see the Seahorse grabbing onto some nearby sea grass and wrapping his tail around it, catching his breath in the process. He knows he needs to slow down and take care of himself, careful not to get swept up into something bigger than he can handle. He knows how to enjoy each moment and how to create the life that makes him feel most comfortable.  Seahorses are known as the Buddhas of the Ocean.

And this inspired my creation of a new Poetry Pillow Art Doll....

"She at long last found herself in a space of Contentment. Here she is able to Breathe and savor every single moment. She doesn't need to hurry through them any longer...for she now exists for each delicious minute of her Journey."

She has SOLD.
While she is an Original creation, please contact me if you would like me to make you one similar.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Breathe, when you don't know what else to do, Breathe

A Handmade Beaded Cloth and Clay Folk Art Doll with Poem by Jeanne Fry Art
when you have tried everything and you don't know what else to do...

when you are exasperated and your Spirit is weary...

when every ounce of your body is filled with fear....

when anger is rushing through you

when sadness overcomes you and the tears seem like they will never stop

when you are anxious for movement within the stagnant

when you are indecisive
when you are contemplative
when you question yourself

For this moment shall pass
And the next moment will be different
Allow things to be simple
In that the only thing that matters
Is our Hearbeat and the Breath.
One day, one hour, one minute, one moment at a time
Until you are breathing in

"Breathe", a Handmade Cloth and Clay Folk Art Doll was created to accompany my poem. She serves as a reminder to honor each moment.
She is listed in my Indiemade Shop here

A Miniature Beaded Folk Art Doll named Aster - a perfect Wedding Gift for a New Bride

June is known for weddings, and while my artwork does not necessarily focus on weddings, I definitely create symbolic art that often focuses on Love and creating the world we wish to live in. Recently while I was in the process of creating some miniature folk art dolls, my Wisdom Keepers, the word "Aster" popped into my head. When researching the Aster flower, I learned that it is symbolic for luck in love. I knew then that this particular little Wisdom Keeper would be a perfect wedding gift for a new bride, symbolic for luck in love. 

Aster a Handmade Beaded Miniature Folk Art Doll for Luck in Love

She carries a sweet energy, optimistic and happy, and also can reflect the giving of something "blue", as those colors run throughout her beadwork and fabric. 
She comes with a small art doll tag that tells of her symbolism and is placed inside a white and silver organza gift bag before she is wrapped.

Handmade Beaded Folk Art Doll Wedding Gift for Bride

Aster, the Miniature Beaded Folk Art Doll, is listed in my Etsy shop here

A Secret Friend on a Woman's Spiritual Journey - Empowering Folk Art Doll

When we make a decision to change things in our lives, it requires us to change the of those rules usually focuses on what we will and won't accept from the people around us. These rules are for our own highest good, not meant to hurt others, but are to respect ourselves enough to surround our spirit with healthy relationships. 
I will promise you one thing.....this will make some of those people angry. People don't like it when you change the rules. Some will accept the changes with grace, respecting you for respecting yourself. Others will resist and be confrontational, upset  that you have changed things. While they once knew what they could expect from you, now they will feel like you've thrown them a curve ball. Those unhealthy relationships will dissipate, for now they can't manipulate you. 
If we had a lot of unhealthy relationships, this period of change can sometimes feel a little lonely. 

A Secret Friend - A Handmade Purple Miniature Folk Art Doll by Jeanne Fry
While those unhealthy relationships get weeded out, waiting to be filled with new healthy supportive friends, we may even second guess our new rules. But I have found that when we are prepared for this moment in time, knowing that we are in the midst of recreating the life we desire, my patience will smooth those emotional waters and calm my soul. 
I created this wee little Wisdom Keeper, "A Secret Friend", to be a comforting reminder during transitions. Her presence meant to be a reassurance that the changes you make in your life, changes for your highest good, are as valuable as gold.
A Woman's Empowerment Handmade Purple Miniature Folk Art Doll
She has SOLD.
While she was an original creation, please contact me if you would like me to make a similar one for you.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Story of Khloe the Seahorse Keeper - a Beaded Mermaid Folk Art Doll

When Khloe was born she was appointed a very special job by the Mermaid Council. She was chosen to be a Seahorse Keeper, which is a very esteemed and sacred duty. The seahorses are regarded highly by the Mer People, as magical beings of peace and love. Because of their small and delicate nature, a group of Mermaids are assigned to watch over them, as Keepers, a nanny of sorts. The Seahorse Keepers form a loving bond, watching over the seahorses throughout their life, protecting and keeping them out of harm's way. 

Khloe is one of the favorite Keepers, loved by ALL of the seahorses, for she has such a sweet and compassionate soul. When she speaks her voice sounds like a bird song, and she carries a sense of light with her wherever she goes. You will never see Khloe without a few of the seahorses holding on to her tail, traveling along with her throughout the day like little hitchhikers. 

Khloe takes her job seriously, and those who know her know that the Seahorse clan comes first in her life. And all the young Mer Men she dates are quickly told that if they are going to fall in love with her that they must love and respect the Seahorse family as well.

The Khloe Mermaid Art Doll is listed in my Indiemade shop here

Monday, June 1, 2015

Radiance - A Handmade Miniature Beaded Folk Art Doll

"Radiance" is a handmade miniature beaded Folk Art Doll, created to portray the beauty we carry within our spirit. So much healing needs to be done in this world - the healing of Mother Earth and the healing of our own human souls, which can seem overwhelming on any given day. Often people ask what difference one person can make when the problems are so vast. 

When we let our own brilliant spirit shine, creating goodness and compassion, it inspires others to do the same. 

"Radiance" was created to be a reminder that even when things seem bleak, or problems seem insurmountable, to stay true to your course with love and patience.

"Radiance" is available in my Indiemade shop here

Be You - Be Bold - Be Free - Miniature Women's Empowerment Art Doll

When we reach that point in our lives when we don't care that the purple polka dots don't match the green stripes, and our choices are made by what feels good to our spirit, the sense of freedom is delicious. That is the time when we are living for ourselves, and not compromising to fit into the box that someone else has structured. 

Celebrating our own Uniqueness is one of the most important things we can do for our souls. No one wants to end up on their front porch when they're 80 and be resentful that they didn't live their lives on their own terms. And trust me, those years begin to fly by.

When we were younger we felt that "people pleasing" and being "likeable" was an attribute, only to find out later in life that it usually ends up being detrimental to our very Self.
But, being that is an admirable, healthy, and imperative quality.
So...Be You, Be Bold, and by all means....Be Free.

This miniature Folk Art Doll was created to be a reminder of how important You are. Each stitch done by hand, infused with empowering and loving thoughts. 
She is listed in my Indiemade shop here