D.I.Y. Snowman Screen Art

D.I.Y. Snowman Screen Art

snowman painted on a window screen

 

Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Here in Wisconsin we rarely have a shortage of snow in the winter months. Many people enjoy being outdoors, snowmobiling, skiing, and building snowmen to help the long winter months pass. This is also the time of year when snowmen are one of my favorite subjects to paint.

I have painted snowmen on just about anything…wood, glass, or metal. When my friend Kathy offered me four window screens she had snagged from beside someone’s dumpster. My friends are always on the look out for items for me to paint. It was November, so of course snowmen immediately came to mind.

 

two window screens leaning against a tree

 

Preparation

This is an easy D.I.Y. project that can be created with only a few supplies. The first step was to brush off all the dust and cobwebs. I used a wire brush for this. You can wash them if they are in bad shape, but these didn’t need it.

 

Bottles of paint and paint brushes

 

Here are some of the paints and brushes I used. As you can see, I am not dedicated to one brand. I buy my paint depending on whatever happens to be on sale when I need it.

The colors I used on this project were:

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Green
  • White
  • Mars Black
  • Crimson Red
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Raw Umber (Brown) if you choose to add branches for the arms

 

A window screen with a snowman beginning to be painted

 

Painting Your Screen

Start by brushing the ultramarine blue on for a background using a large brush. You want your paint to be thick, basically right out of the jar or tube. I then formed a rough snowman with a large brush and white paint. I let this dry.

 

a window screen with a snowman beginning to be painted on it

 

The best tip I can give you is to start your shape smaller than you think necessary. It’s easy to add paint to increase the size if you decide your snowman needs it.

Brush another coat on just like the first. I like the rough painting effect. Therefore, I don’t try to get everything painted in nice and neat. Add the phthalo green brushed on roughly over the painted frame.

 

a window screen with a snowman painted on it

 

Your painting is now ready for detail work. First I painted a crimson red scarf and used the cadmium orange to paint a carrot nose. Again, you aren’t seeking perfection and start small! You may need to add a second coat of each. Allow this to dry. One of the nice thing about acrylics is they dry fast.

 

 

I then added white snowflakes and swirls to the background.  Mix the phthalo green with a bit of white paint to make the color for the detail on the scarf. Finally, I used the mars black for the coal eyes and a few lines on the carrot nose.

 

two window screens with snowmen painted on them

 

Finished Project

Here are a couple other styles. You can add branches for the snowman’s arms, put a hat on instead of a scarf, add a smile, or put pieces of coal down the front of the snowman. Another color, like the red or black, could be used on the wooden frame instead of the green

To protect your project spray your painted screen with several coats of varnish. Allow it to dry in between applications. I use Krylon Clear UV-Resistant Acrylic Coating. You can purchase this on Amazon.com

This snowman window screen D.I.Y. project is inexpensive and easy–and makes a great gift. Make an extra one to decorate your porch for the winter!

 

Check out my D.I.Y. refurbished chair post here.

Have a peaceful and joyous holiday!

Till next time, Sandra

 

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Mandalas for Insight & Healing

Mandalas for Insight & Healing

a pink, orange, and blue mandala

Discover Mandalas for Insight, Healing & Growth

Mandalas are born from a simple circular shape–yet they have the power to transform our lives. The mandala has the ability to instill a sense of universal harmony within us.

The word mandala translates as “sacred circle” from Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. Mandalas also indicate a complete cycle in the Eastern tradition.

Creating a circle brings a sense of peace and order to something. They provide a sense of order to empty space and organize it into polar opposites: inside/outside, near/far, and so on. Our mind can better comprehend things when there is a simple pattern connected to them.

Mandalas are a useful tool for concentration while meditating. Relaxation happens when we are able to focus on a single subject–our breath deepens and our heart rate slows down. These two simple factors support the body’s natural ability to heal.

a purple and yellow mandala

Jung and Mandalas

The psychological significance of mandalas was introduced to Western society by Carl G. Jung. He believed we all innately desire to reach our true purpose and become whole. Jung proposed the Self to be the true center of the psyche at a subconscious level. Our need for wholeness and the drive that pushes us to fulfill our potential are both parts of the Self. This is the universal energy that is within us and connects us to all others.

Jung used the term “ego” to identify the most familiar part of personality–the “I” we refer to. There is a dynamic relationship throughout our lives between our ego and Self. While the Self is within us from our very beginning, the ego forms during childhood.

The pattern of Self, ego, and wholeness can been reproduced in the mandala. Creating a mandala offers a visual representation of our being.

a blue, purple, green and orange mandala

Mandalas for Expression

Our Self and ego communicate through the process of creating mandalas. Mandalas have the ability to take information from the ego and translate it into symbolic messages to the Self.  Conflict in our lives can threaten our ego, causing internal disharmony. Our Self is able to resolve this disruption when it is able to connect with the subconscious.

If we are in a state of imbalance due to the ego’s reaction to outer stimulus the subconscious has difficulty communicating to our Self. Creating a mandala allows the ego to relax, giving the Self the opportunity to receive the insight needed for growth and healing.

 

 

Mandala creation provides our psyche the support needed intuitive solutions to formulate. Our awareness and healing are nurtured by the mandalas we imagine, dream and create.

 

a purple and green mandala on an aqua blue background

 

How can you utilize the mandala in your life journey?

Peace and Love, Sandra

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Intuitive Art for Holistic Health

Intuitive Art for Holistic Health

Self-Expression, Discovery, and Healing Through the Intuitive Art Process

Intuitive art is a style of painting where you have no specific outcome in mind for the finished piece. There are no rules or expectations. And, you do not need any previous art or intuitive training. The only requirement is letting go of your inhibitions to allow your creative subconscious to flow and express itself.

 

girl holding the moon in her hand

Intuitive Art is a technique used to connect with your higher self. It’s a great tool for self-awareness and discovery. You may simply want to create for self-expression.

Or maybe you are seeking an answer to a specific problem from your higher wisdom. The act of creating intuitively gets us out of our head and into the natural flow of the universe. It gets us out of our own way.

I have personally found my healing process supported through intuitive art. We often try to suppress our pain, sadness, fear and anger. Intuitive art allows us to let out these emotions in a safe, yet helpful, way.

Creating art has allowed me to let out pent-up emotions I had held inside for years. Twenty-five years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD due to a long-term abusive relationship. Painting has supported my process of acceptance and healing my heart and soul.  Art has also nurtured the growth that can only come from surviving the wounds of trauma.

It is important not to judge yourself when creating. Release whatever needs to come out. You can create artwork throughout your healing journey. This gives you a visual history of the progress you have made.

 

 

Intuitive Aart in blues, yellows and reds
Dream Weaver

 

Here’s more information– Intuitive Art for Soul Connection

 

Self-expression is liberating and healing. Your soul communicates to your conscious self through the intuitive art process. This is a blessing from the Universe available to you at any time with no limits. Create and connect often!

To purchase an art print of either of these pieces of intuitive art click here Art Prints

 

“My soul is my guide.” ~Rumi

 

I hope this is helpful for your healing journey and personal growth!

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on intuitive art–please share in the comments below.

 

Till next time, Sandra

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Intuitive Art for Soul Connection

Intuitive Art for Soul Connection
Intuitive art in blues, greens and reds
Dream Weaver

What is Intuitive Art

Intuitive art is a process of painting with no specific outcome in mind. There is no need for previous art or intuitive training. The only requirement is letting go of your inhibitions to allow your creative, true self to flow and express itself.

Intuitive Art is a technique used to connect with your higher self. It can be utilized for self-awareness and discovery. You may want to simply express yourself. Or maybe you are seeking an answer to a specific problem from your higher wisdom. The act of creating intuitively gets us out of our head and into the natural flow of the universe. It gets us out of our own way.

This may sound a bit out there but stay with me here. Everything is energy. And if we pick up the paintbrush and allow ourselves to dip into the paint and go with the flow, our intuitive self is allowed free reign of expression. No guidelines, rules, or expectations. No prescribed outcome.

 

paint brushes with blues, purples and red paints

The Process

Begin the intuitive art process by setting the scene. Put on soulful music, burn cinnamon, orange, and vanilla, incense or aromatherapy, and shut out any possible distractions—especially the cell phone.

Most importantly attempt to turn off your rational mind.

Pick out five or six paint colors that call to you. Get your water—a glass to rinse your brushes and one to hydrate your body. Have your paintbrushes out, along with paper towels. Set your canvas up.

Pick up a brush and dip into any of the colors. Allow yourself to apply paint to canvas. Use one color, and then add another. Watch as the colors flow and blend, maybe even starting to form shapes. As the energy flows through you trust that whatever is meant to be will be—que sera sera…

 

 

In spontaneous painting the end result is not the focus. It is all about the intuitive process. Allowing your soul to emerge and express its ideas, concerns, secrets, and solutions.

Go with this for as long as you want, whatever feels right to you. Sometimes, you will feel like you never want to stop!

A variety of paint colors on a pallet

The Meaning

Once you feel your art is complete, take a step back. Meditate on your work. Our primal language is about color, symbols, shapes, and imagery. How does your creation make you feel?

This is the perfect time to start an art journal. Write about your emotions throughout this process. How did you feel going into this intuitive experience? What changed for you as you went deeper into the experience?

Write about the piece you have created. What do you see? What emotions come up for you as you meditate on your artwork? Write down words or phrases that pop into your head. Don’t try to make sense of any of it—just write.

 

an intuitive art painting of a woman holding the moon in her hand
Moonlight Mystic

 

Prints of my intuitive art are available for purchase here Art Prints

 

The interpretation of this experience and piece of art will evolve. This may be quick or it might take a while. There is no right or wrong, just allow the message to present itself.

Hang your art in an obvious place. Meditate on it whenever you are able. Go back over your journal and see if anything new comes to mind.

This is your soul communicating to your conscious self. Intuitive art is a blessing from the Universe available to you at any time with no limits. So enjoy, create and connect often!

 

“My soul is my guide.” ~Rumi

Check out our post on creating an intention board.

 

Have you had the pleasure of taking part in intuitive art? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

 

Till next time, Sandra

 

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Creativity: 20 Quotes to Inspire Your Artistic Passion

Creativity: 20 Quotes to Inspire Your Artistic Passion

I know I’ve said it before, but it is true again–this post combines two of my absolute favorite things. Creativity takes many forms and all offer an outlet to express your true self and influence others. The right quote gives me inspiration and a burst of positivity when I need it.

 

Georgia O'Keefe quote To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage. with 2 orange poppies

 

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) has been one of my favorite artists for many years–she was born in my home state of Wisconsin. Known as The Mother of American Modernism Georgia’s abstract art focused on flowers, New York skyscrapers, and the New Mexico landscape. Check out the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

 

black and white picture of the lower half of a ballerina with the Edgar Degas quote Only when he no longer knows what he is doing doe the painter do good things.

 

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French painter and sculptor. Many of his impressionistic paintings were of ballet dancers, and are absolutely gorgeous.  He was quite talented at capturing the effects of light within his paintings.

 

Quote byDieter Vortdorf The Desire to Create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul on multi-colored background.

 

This quote is profound. Dieter F. Uchtdorf (Born in 1940) is the only individual I included here who I had never heard of before. He is a German aviator, airline executive and a religious leader.

 

Renoir quote One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond ones capacity on blue background

 

Another one of my favorite artists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). He had a huge influence on the early impressionistic movement, and his paintings display a fascination with intense color and lighting.

 

Picture of a peacock with the quote I prefer living in color

 

David Hockney (Born in 1837) is an English painter, print maker, photographer, draughtsman, and stage designer. He helped pioneer the British Pop Art movement in the early ’60s.

 

quote I'm going to make everything around me beautiful. that will be my life.

 

Elise de Wolfe (1865-1950) was an American actor who in 1905 switched careers to become an interior decorator. She refers to herself in her memoir as “a rebel in an ugly world.”

 

 

Multi color background with the quote Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

 

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. With his unique perspective on the form and function of art, he is attributed with creating one of the first ever abstract paintings.

 

Salvador Dali quote Have no fear of perfection you'll never reach it.

 

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was quite the character with his thin, curling mustache, flamboyant behavior and need for attention.  His eccentricity and talent combined to make him a prominent Spanish surrealist artist.

 

a black and white photo of a hand holding a rose with the quote art speaks the mind of the culture

 

Abby Willowroot is an archetypist and goddess artist. She is the founder and director of the Goddess 2000 Project–an International Arts Project.

Quote to live a creative life we must first lose our fear of being wrong.

 

American author Joseph Chilton Pearce (1926-2016) wrote about child development, the mind-heart connection, and spirituality. He is known as The Grandfather of The Conscious Parenting Movement.

 

A picture of a window looking out over a river with the quote Great art picks up where nature ends by Marc Chagall

 

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was a Russian-French artist and early modernist. He was a multi-talented artist, creating paintings, stained-glass windows, ceramics, and tapestries. America Windows, Chagall’s gorgeous 36 panel stained glass window, was created specifically for The Art Institute of Chicago. This exhibit is well worth your time if you are ever in Chicago.  Click here to see America Windows.

 

Andy Warhol quote everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

 

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist, director, and producer. After graduating with a degree in pictorial design he worked as a commercial artist and became an early figure in the pop art movement.

 

Van Gogh quote If you truly love nature you will find beauty everywhere. with poppies

 

I realize this quote isn’t directly about creativity, but art is beauty and I believe Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was a true innovator in the world of art. He did his own thing while suffering from mental health issues. You can find beauty everywhere if you are mindful of your surroundings!

 

 

A quote Go out and paint the stars on a picture of a dark sky with stars.

 

Case in point, the stars in the night sky!

 

a pot of peonies with the Frida Kahlo quote I paint flowers so they will not die.

 

Another artist who created while enduring incredible pain was Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). She survived polio as a young child and was seriously injured in a bus accident at the age of 18. Her marriage to Diego Rivera was not a stable relationship, to say the least. Frida expressed her physical and emotional pain through her paintings, and is now known as a feminist icon.

 

The quote Write like it matters & it will. With a picture of a stack of books.

Libba Bray (born 1964) is an American writer of young adult novels.

 

Albert Einstein quote creativity is intelligence having fun on aqua background.

 

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. We all know him for his break-through theory of relativity. A lesser know fact is his creative talent on the piano and violin. Another great quote by Einstein sums up his life “The greatest scientists are artists as well.”

 

music is a with a language we all understand

 

Stevie Wonder (born in 1950) is a multi-talented musician. He became a teenage soul sensation back in the ’60s and has since become one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.

Nora Jones quote All is fair in love and song writing.

Nora Jones (born in March of 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over 50 million records worldwide– pretty impressive for her young age. I read she started out playing the saxophone–her jazzy music is incredibly soulful.

 

Leonard Cohan quote Music is the emotional life of most people.

 

The world lost a great musician last year when Canadian-born  Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) passed away.  Listening to his song Hallelujah will move your soul regardless of your favorite genre of music.

Quote by Jimi Hendrix Music is my religion

 

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Unfortunately he was only in the spotlight for a short four years. Regardless of this he is known as one of the greatest electric guitar players ever.

 

Michelangelo quote Every block of stone has a statue inside it & is the task of the sculptor to find it.

 

This one certainly goes way back in history. Michelangelo (1475-1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Statue of David are two of his greatest works.

 

You-see-things-and-you-say-why-But-I-dream-things-that-never-were-I-say-Why-not

 

Geogre Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist. He was influential–and still is–influential in the theater, culture and politics. An interesting fact on Shaw is that he is the only person who has won both an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize.

 

Picture of a sunset with Walt Disney quote If you can dream it you can do it.

 

Walt Disney (1901-1966) is well-known as the creator of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney Productions, and many theme parks. With his vivid imagination he became known as an innovator in the world of animation and cartoon production.

 

Pablo Picasso quote Everything You can imagine is real

 

Born in Spain Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a multi-talented painter, sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. Whew, that’s a creative individual!

 

Danny Kaye quote Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint you can on it.

 

American actor, singer, dancer, musician, and comedian Danny Kaye (1911-1987) is another individual with a wide array of talents. He is so great in White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen!

There are more than 20 art quotes here–I couldn’t seem to stop myself as there are so many good ones.

My hope is these quotes will inspire you to create with passion–in whatever form you choose. Creativity feeds the soul of the artist and anyone fortunate enough to witness the final result. We must continue to create with the hope of healing our souls and those of our brothers and sisters.

Do you have a favorite quote about creativity not included here? Please share with us in the comments below.

Till next time, Sandra

Looking to get creative but don’t know where to start? Read our article on Intuitive Art.

 

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Relationship Quotes for the Hopeful

Relationship Quotes for the Hopeful

a quote about vulnerability on a greren background

 

Relationships Can Be Tricky–But Oh So Rewarding!

This quotes post is on the many different aspects of intimate relationships. In order to be involved in healthy relationships we must know who we are and what we want. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is another necessity. Then we need to actually meet people, date, and work on creating depth, respect, and trust. Once obtained, both partners need to continue to maintain the connection. Yes, this kind of sounds like a lot of work. But it can be so worth it!

 

A quote about connection

 

If you have read my post on vulnerability, you already know I am a fan of the amazing Brené Brown, social researcher extraordinaire. Haven’t read it? I put the link at the end of this article.

 

a tree with hearts and a quote about wanting better

 

Walking away from a relationship is sometimes one of the most difficult decisions we will ever have to make. The thought of being alone can be daunting. But staying in a place where we are disrespected, devalued, and lonely is so much worse. Always remember your self-respect and dignity is priceless.

 

a picture of a waterfall in the woods with a quote about relationships

 

Nora Roberts knows about the many stages of love. She is an American New York Times bestselling author and has written more than 200 romance novels.

 

a teal blue background with a quote about being single

 

I plan on keeping it with me to use as a comeback if needed. I couldn’t find an author to credit this quote to, unfortunately.

 

watercolor heart with the quote Your heart knows the way Run in that direction

 

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. He said some eternally profound statements that also make great art quotes.

 

a bridge in the woods with the quote love is the bridge between you & everything

 

 

purple and pink mandala with a quote by r.h. Sin

 

r.h. Sin (Reuben Holmes) became known for his feminist poetry through posts on Instagram. His poetry has attracted a huge online following, with numbers currently at over 580,000. His story is amazing–read it here on The New Stack.

 

a bluish green background with the quote a true relationship is two imperfect people refusing to give up on each other

 

This relationship quote is so basic yet so true. I couldn’t find an author to credit for this one.

 

quote A sea of whiskey couldn't intoxicate me as much as a drop of you

 

This is so damn romantic. If a man ever says this one to me I am done. End of story.

There are many more relationship quotes out there that describe the hopes, trials, and tribulations often involved in the dance of love. It is tough to be vulnerable, to open our heart up to the possibility of hurt. However, when you find that special someone you will realize it was worth the ride.

Read our article Coming Face to Face with Vulnerability.

Share your favorite relationship quote with us in the comments below!

Till next time, Sandra

 

 

 

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Nature is My Sanctuary: Quotes to Inspire & Heal

Nature is My Sanctuary: Quotes to Inspire & Heal

Nature is My Sanctuary

Nature provides a place of comfort and solitude–an escape from the pressures of life. When I am in the woods, all societal norms and influences are far away, along with the day-to-day stresses of life. The wilderness offers me a deep, peaceful sense of connection to something much larger and greater than myself.

 

A cliff by the ocean with the quote The earth has music for those who listen.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the best-selling fiction author of all time. He wrote plays and poems about human emotions and conflict–his view on nature shows his level of observation, insight, and intelligence.

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”  – William Shakespeare

 

The quote The Ocean Calms My Restless Soul on a blue background

 

The ocean, woods, and mountains–anywhere in nature, really– has an almost sedating effect on the psyche. Turning to nature is a holistic healing tool available to any of us is we choose. 

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

-Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

The quote If you truly love nature you will find beauty everywhere with poppies.

 

The great artist, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) appreciated the beauty found in nature. Flowers, trees, and the outdoors were often the subjects of his paintings. 

“In nature nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

 

The quote Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you, with a picture of lavender.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was a great architect, writer, and fellow Wisconsinite. He displayed a deep respect for the beauty of nature.

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

 

The quote In wilderness lies the hope of the world with a picture of a waterfall

 

John Muir (1838-1914) was a naturalist, writer, and environmental philosopher. He was also known as John of the Mountains. He worked to protect wilderness in the United States.

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

– John Muir

 

A picture of mountains with the quote The mountains are calling and I must go.

 

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”  – John Muir

 

A picture of the woods with the quote Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

John Muir is also known as Wilderness Prophet and The Father of Our National Parks. I consider him a true hero of our environment and national park system.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

 

a forest with the quote and into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul by John Muir.

 

 

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

– Henry David Thoreau

 

A monarch butterfly on a small white flower with the quote I go to nature to be soothed & healed & have my senses put in order.

 

John Burroughs (1837-1921)  was an American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement.  He met Walt Whitman in 1864 and they mentored one another as writers.

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light

and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs

 

A picture in the woods with the quotes Only in nature was all at rest with me, my soul became still & full of power.

 

Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) was a Norwegian writer. In 1920 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Hamsun wrote on a variety of subjects, with naturalism and spirituality being two of his favorites.

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis

 

The quote Look Deep Into Nature

 

George Gordon Byron, also known as Lord Byron (1788-1824), was an English poet, politician, and a leading force in the Romantic movement. 

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse

 

There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature with an aqua lake and mountains.

 

Aristotle (384 B.C.- 322 B.C.) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. His intellect was vast and he is still considered one of the greatest thinkers in politics, psychology, metaphysics and ethics.

“The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you . . . you can feel it.”

 – Ted Trueblood

 

A picture of a fern with the quote Look Look Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy from European and American universities.

“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our

understandings and our hearts.” – William Hazlitt

 

Come forth into the light of things let nature be your teacher quotes with mountains and the sun setting

 

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a major English Romantic poet and nature lover.  He viewed nature as spiritual and healing, often writing about this love and respect in his work.

“With an eye made quiet with the power of harmony and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” – William Wordsworth

“Nature never did betray the heart that loves her.” – William Wordsworth

 

The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it... No place for greed or anger there. Pha Pachak with a picture of a river in the forest.

 

It was difficult to find any information on Pha Pachack’s history. He is/was an ecology monk of the Thai Buddhist monastics, and felt compelled to protect the environment as part of his religious duty to help relieve suffering.

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”  – John Keats

 

A picture of 3 men on horseback with the quote Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher, and poet. He lectured on the topics of spirituality and ethical living. 

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

A deep pink rose with the quote the earth laughs in flowers.

I feel sentimental when I am in the wilderness–it offers me a place to ground myself, just as it did for my ancestors. There is a commonality with those who have gone before us when we give ourselves the time and opportunity to connect with nature. 

“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

Check out our post on how to Mindfully Enjoy Fall.

 

Share with us what nature offers you in the comments below.

 

Peace and Love, Sandra

 

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Strong Women: A Collection of Empowering Quotes

Strong Women: A Collection of Empowering Quotes

I love inspirational quotes–doesn’t everybody? I have them printed off and hanging all over my house, especially ones that inspire me to stay the strong woman I am.

The right message can provide the motivation we need to keep going when life becomes overwhelming. Using Canva, I created designs with quotes that have the ability to inspire, empower, motivate, and heal. Here are some of my favorites about strong women by strong women.  

 

A Strong Woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink quote

 

This one has become the Boom2Bloom mantra!

 

Quote she had the soul of a gypsy, the heart of a hippie, the spirit of a fairy.

 

 

a woman holding a parasol with the quote Well Behaved Women Rarely make history

 

These two images were made with photos of my late grandmother, Zelda Watson. She lived to the ripe old age of 98 and still had her wits about her. In this art, I included two of the quotes that started this obsession of mine!

 

a black and white photo of a young woman and the quote I've got my own back.

 

Quote my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some comappsion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

 

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry. This amazing woman lives on through her spoken and written word.

 

girl with a red balloon and the quote You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

 

 

Fire and strong women seem to go hand-in-hand!

 

The quote: Watch me. I will go to my own sun, and if I am burned by its fire, I will fly on scorched wings

 

 

Quote be fearless in your pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

 

 

Don't be afraid to walk alone. Don't be afraid to like it. John Muir

 

Many strong women walk their path solo.

 

a flower wreath surrounding the quote She believed she could so she did

 

Even in the simplest form words are powerful!

 

The quote the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.

 

Be true to your heart and soul–be true to your Self!

 

The quote: Here's to strong women; may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them on a purple and blue background.

 

Raising strong and independent daughters is our responsibility as mothers and fathers.

 

The quote: Dane like the maiden. Laugh like the mother. Think like the crone. on a gold background.

 

My spirituality is based in the nature traditions. Therefore, the triple goddess archetype of the maiden, mother and crone resonates with me. This also corresponds with the three phases of the moon–waxing for the maiden, full for the mother, and waning for the crone. Each represents the major phases in a woman’s life.

 

The quote: Destined to be an old woman with no regrets on a pink and purple background.

 

This one is so me. It’s taken me many years to realize how sad and lonely it is to always try to fit in.  Being true to yourself, both the imperfections and the strengths, leads to peace. I am now much more liberated and happy due to owning my uniqueness!

 

Picture of a sun with the quote There's a tiny piece of the sun inside her, and if you can't see it, then you've never really looked into her eyes.

 

 

 

Quote You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha

 

 

The quote: A wise woman once said fuck this shit and she lived happily ever after on parchment paper.

 

And finally, let’s get real! I couldn’t find the author to give credit to for this one, unfortunately.

 

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Do you have a favorite quote that keeps you inspired or has a special meaning? Please share it in the comments below!

Peace & Love, Sandra

Read about self-discovery and soul connection in our post Intuitive Art

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Refurbish a Chair with a T.J. Maxx Bag

Refurbish a Chair with a T.J. Maxx Bag

Easy D.I.Y. Project!

What do you get when you take an old chair–given to you for free–and add a gorgeous T.J. Maxx shopping bag, purchased for 99 cents? Voilà! The result is an incredible piece of refurbished, functional art for pennies!

 

a white chair

 

This summer a friend called and offered me two chairs for free just to take them off her hands. When I picked them up I was thrilled to see what good shape they were in. It wouldn’t be necessary to paint them if I didn’t want to. I decided to refurbish the chair by decoupaging the seat and adding a bit of accent paint in a few areas. 

The project started by doing some stenciling with a seafoam green color I mixed up to match the green in the bag I would use. I had purchased this cool bag with a collage of travel postcards and pictures all over it. It is very vintage, and I knew it would look great.

Using the seafoam green paint, I added some color to the rungs of the chair. Then I roughly brushed some burnt umber around the edges of the stenciled areas.

 

a shopping bag with travel pictures on it

 

I cut the bag in half and trimmed it down to an inch and a half larger than the chair seat. I used Mod Podge to affix the bag to the seat and down around the sides. Next time I would cut the bag to the size of the chair seat, and then dry brush the burnt umber along the edge. It was tricky to get the bag to stay in place around the edges while the glue dried.

 


white chair with a bag decoupaged onto the seat

 

The final step was to add several coats of spray varnish to protect it from wear and tear. This project took me a little over an hour for each chair. What a simple and inexpensive way to update any piece of furniture.

I love my two “new” chairs. They look super cute in my guest bedroom!

Check out our post Functional Art for Pennies at T.J. Maxx.

 

Please share your fun D.I.Y. projects with us in the comments below!

Til next time, Sandra

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T.J. Maxx: Functional Art for Pennies

T.J. Maxx: Functional Art for Pennies

I am obsessed with T.J. Maxx; anyone who knows me at all will attest to this. As many of you know, my store carries a wide range of unique items for low prices. Case in point: these gorgeous bags for 99¢ each!

The first thing I do each time I happen to stop at the store, is to check out what new design of shopping bag has been added since my last visit. This is a simple task, as they are conveniently located right by the check out lane.

Frugal shoppers unite: you just can’t go wrong stocking up on these aesthetically pleasing bags. They last forever, especially when you own several dozen.

Not only can I then fill the bag with the treasures I find shopping at T.J. Maxx, but they are stylish to take to the grocery store, traveling, or to the gym (if I went to one). My cats are thrilled when I come home with a new bag. They make marvelous cat beds, and are also fun to sneak inside of and push around the house.

Black and white cat sitting on a shopping bag
Ella simply can’t decide on her favorite. She loves them all!

 

I could frame these artistic creations and hang them on the walls in my home! The vibrant peacock bag, in particular, ties right in with my home decor.  As an artist, peacocks are one of my favorite subjects to paint, and my home is filled with art portraying these stunning birds.

Right now, my mind is actively creating ideas on using these bags to decoupage furniture, possibly on the seat of a chair or on the top of a small dresser or table? Or, perhaps, use one as the basis for a mixed-media collage?

 

white chair with a bag decoupaged onto the seat

 

Check out my post on refurbishing a chair with a T.J. Maxx bag!

Something, anything, to give me reason to purchase more of these fun bags!  More blog posts to come on this topic, so please stay tuned…

 

Till next time, Sandra

 

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