November 17, 2009 Decorating Life The World as HomeThere are few things more thrilling than having a new house or an empty room to decorate. Our imaginations soar as we consider the many possibilities. In the same way, our lives offer us the opportunity to express ourselves within various contexts, to ask ourselves questions about what we want to see as we move through our days and how we want things to flow. Some people do this instinctively, moving through the various environments they inhabit and shifting the energy with their presence. These people have a knack for decorating life. This can be as simple as the way they dress, the way they speak, or the fact that they always bring a bouquet of wildflowers when they come for a visit.
As we move through the world, we make a statement, whether we intend to or not. We shift the energy one way when we enter a room dressed elegantly and simply, and another when we show up in bright, cheerful colors and a floppy hat. One is not better than the other. It is simply a question of the mood we wish to create. What we wear is just one choice we can focus on. The way we speak to people, or touch them, shifts the energy more profoundly than almost anything else. The words we speak and the tone in which we say them are the music we choose to play in the world that is our home. Some of us fill the space with passionate arias, others with healing hymns. Again, one is not better than the other. We are all called to contribute.
Just as we consciously create an environment within our homes, we can consciously choose to decorate life itself with our particular energy. Ideally, in doing so, we express our deeper selves, so that the adornments we add to the world make it more meaningful, more beautiful, and as welcoming as a beloved home.
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I found this sled out behind my grandma's barn and thought it would look nice on the fronch porch. I am decorating the inside of the house in a blue, silver and white theme. I had a tote full of gold, amber and berry colored bulbs and decided to try my hand at making a wreath out of them. Before... and after...
I cut some twigs from a red berry bush outside in the yard and painted them silver.
I used what I had to make stocking holders...a mini flower pot from my easter tote...transformed by painting with a nickel finish, a silver bulb and a shell hot glued to the front.
A christmas tree jar filled with glass beads, pearl beads, and shells sits as the center piece.
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I haven't purchase the book...YET, but I have added it to my amazon wish list. I think this is something that I will begin. Just in time for the "gift giving" season.
Personal journals are like diaries. You use them to tell your own life story, and sometimes to sort through issues and challenges. Your diary may be handwritten or typed. You can illustrate it with sketches, photos, or mementos... or allow your words to tell the entire story. "Art journaling" is illustrating your personal journal or diary. You can use sketches, photos, paintings, or collage. You can glue in receipts, newspaper headlines or clippings, entries from the TV Guide for that day, or... anything visual, really. I've always kept a diary and illustrated it. As an adult, I still do. And, I've found that people--especially women--find new meaning and insights when they keep illustrated journals.
I have always tried to keep a journal, but after some time would become bored with my progress and put it aside. I have always loved putting things together visually like collages and scrapbooking. After browsing a few blogs that I like I became inspired to set out on my own "art journaling" adventure.
I had begun reading Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach over the summer and one of the ongoing activities in the book is to create and use an "Illustrated Discovery Journal". The idea of this journal is to gather together beautiful images and words that speak to your soul. She describes it as being an explorer's log to your authentic inner world. By gathering items from quotes, magazines, books, cards, and other things along your path your "inner self" will begin talking to you through your collages and thus give you a better understanding of what you truly love and long for in your life. Above is a picture of the cover I created for my discovery journal.
I will share more from this book it is overflowing with all kinds of wonderful activities and information. Now back to the task at hand...
Here I share the first few pages of my new art journal. They are each still works in progress as I will continue to add to each of them as I become inspired to do so.
This page I created for what I want to call my self portrait. It is a list of suggestion or affirmation for "being me". On the tags to the left I included 3 things the I wish to let go of. FEAR, DOUBT, and GUILT. All three are not shown in this picture, but did end up on the final page. I contemplated including words that I considered to be unpleasant or negative because I wanted my "self portrait" to only include items of positivity, but I followed my inner voice and included them anyways. Maybe because those three feelings often get in the way of me following my true self and rather than deny that they exist I need to be aware so that I can countereract them when they arise.
These other two pages that are included are still works in progress, but I still wanted to share them.
I have been working on taking photos of items that I can use for lettering to make words for friends and family for christmas presents. Just an experiment of mine. These were all taken around my yard or around town. I have searched websites to check the cost of these framed photos words and often I have found them priced at $100 or more...way to expensive for my blood, so I thought "I can do that"!
This is the "old" view of the bedroom a.k.a craft room.
Here it is after being freshly painted.
I am hoping the futon we are getting will fit where the chest is for the kids to watch T.V. and for anyone who sleeps over.A reading nook. My craft space.I need to get a piece of wood to finish the shelf.