Tuesday, September 22, 2009

More Squam Lists...

Some more lists of Squam Stuff...

Top Ten Beautiful Sights - this could have been the top 100 instead, at least ! So much beauty to be seen...

(click to enlarge any of the photos and lists)

Flowers on the Playhouse steps - Jenny Doh spoke here...so beautifully.

The lake from Sap House - our classroom for two days

Jonatha Brooke sings by the campfire

This is Angel from Austin, Texas - our unofficial roomie and oh so talented artist friend

Some of my Biggest and Best Squam Lessons :

# 1 for me I think is that I can be the Big Heart Walking, Shiny One, that I am no matter where I go. You know the old saying "Don't let anyone hide your light under a bushel" ? I have been hiding my own light under this big ugly bushel for a long time, and now that I have learned how good it feels to shine it again, I won't let anything stop me.

Our room before Carolyn and I settled into it - cozy sanctuary,

but it would have been soooo much better with some heat !

My own art - face painted upside down, fearlessly, from Judy's Play Book class

There were some miracles at Squam, everyday miracles that sparkled so brightly and will be with me forever when I think of my experiences there. Judy Wise jokingly calls them "Pink Unicorn Moments" ! Love it ! Here are a few :

My Beautiful Room-Mate and new Dear Friend, Carolyn -

how wonderful it was to share our stories with one another so safely and

with such friendship love.

This is a photo of me wearing the necklace I bought from Georgia on Vendor Night, this gorgeous girl who was selling beautiful necklaces with the wings of butterflies pressed between glass and sealed in with solder (they come from a butterfly farm that collects the wings from dead butterflies). Among the butterfly wings was this peacock feather. I knew the necklace was for me. David once bought me a bouquet of peacock feathers in a long stem rose box when I had told him months before that I loved their colors so very much.

I got to share my story with Georgia - we had a "pink unicorn" moment of perfection.

The back of the necklace was perfect too...


for a Queen with big old wings !

29 comments:

Julie Prichard said...

I don't know what to say first!

Love your recap yesterday and today..

LOVE your necklace...SO YOU indeed...

Love the cabin..the art..

everything!

sherry ♥ lee said...

Girl I think you are fit to burst!!! I love it!! The photographs are beautiful, the journal pages rock and you had so many exquisite moments with new friends.

I love the piece on the page "I like heat in my accommodations"...but here's the thing...you exemplify the expression..."cold hands, warm heart" in so many, many ways.

The necklace by the way is gorgeous. Perfectly you!

Snap said...

We are going to have to tie you down! You are going to fly away!

I LOVE JUDY WISE (have I said that?)!!!!!!!!!! You lucky girl!

Carolyn said...

Don't forget the other big hug from Judy in the middle of the dirt road (while trying to avoid getting hit by a car!) when she said something to the effect of..."We're having a pink unicorns out of our butt moment!"
That was p-r-i-c-e-l-e-s-s....

littlescrapsofmagic said...

Oh, I am loving your lists! So much fun to read, and I just palin like the style. And that necklace...wow! Does this person have an etsy store or website. Butterflies hold a powerful place in my life, as in my sisters'and I'd love to find something like this.

Karin Bartimole said...

glow on my friend!! so glad your Squam adventure was the amazing creative experience it was for you, and I love the post Patti Digh wrote describing her meeting of you! these two past posts are all smile making goodness for the fall equinox - happy season change! the love you are warms the chill of the cooler temps right out of the air!!

beth said...

I love seeing your squam lessons written out, after having talked about them on the phone with you....and being able to understand many of the meanings behind them....

and...are you warm yet ?

warm hugs to you even if you're completely toasty by now :)

Judy Wise said...

I laughed out loud when I saw that you too could have used a little heat in the room. And oh, that moment in the road. It was a kodak moment; one that burns into your memory forever. You are a light, dear Kim. Shine on!! xo

JeriAnn said...

I'm so happy to hear you had a magical, marvelous, transformative Squam, Kim! It looks amazing. Can't wait to see more.

Genie Sea said...

WOW! How idyllic and delicious! What a heavenly experience. I need shades! The light coming from you is so strong! :)

kitasmom said...

kim...you truly truly are a Big Heart Walking...even though we met only briefly, sometimes that's all it takes for spirits connect. you will never know just how amazingly perfect Expand was for me. but the minute i saw it on the path, i got a lump in my throat and my eyes filled with tears. i mean, FOUR other people just walked past it and never saw it! i was so glad to have found you in the dining hall...you are beautiful, and heartful, and there is such a sense of peace around you. thank you, my friend. Linda

deb did it said...

Kim, I can FEEL you. Just reading and looking at your photos. Keep feeding the fire that has been ignited in your Creative Soul and keep letting that Spirit Shine. You truly are still in flight, may you always soar! ~ flap flap~

Lorrie Grainger Abdo said...

Kim, I've been looking forward to a recap and now I see you've posted twice. I'd imagine that the experience could keep you writing for days. But don't. I thank you for giving us a wonderful taste. Now use all that energy and excitement for creating. I'm so glad you got to go!

Love the necklace!

Leslie said...

Such a wonderful, magical, inspiration time we had! I was so glad to meet you in person and share our cold cabin.
Thank you so much for the thought-provoking rocks and the sweet little bird. It's hanging in the window in my studio right now.

I love that necklace. Georgia had some beautiful jewelry!

Karen Cole said...

So nice to meet you Kim. You put it all together so well. My rock was "bliss", so aptly named.

Love the lists!!!

joanne said...

i don't really know how to even reply except to thank you so much for sharing this... what a magical, miraculous, creative time together... how amazing it is when you see the strength that comes from being with others who shine their light and see ours for us even when we have been putting it under a bushel... and now you shine your heart-filled light for all of us and by doing that you shine the light for all of us too, taking us into your experience with you... and because you have, those of us too who have been hiding can feel like we are shining more brightly today...

xo

eb said...

loved meeting you at last - and our chats by the fire - thank you so very much for the wise rocks and the sweet crow - now looking out at Lake Champlain...

until next time

it is magic - isn't it?

Squam hugs...

xox - eb.

kikipotamus said...

Oh, you're back! So much overflowing, juicy goodness, I don't know where to start! And blog synchronicity, too, as I have been thinking of peacocks this morning, not a creature that normally comes to my mind. So happy you did this!

lynne h said...

fly, fly, beautiful Big Heart Walking... xo

Anne said...

Hi, Kim! Or should I say, Hi Shiny Rock Fairy with Wings to Fly? So glad you rediscovered your shiny self and how much fun it is to share that shiny self! I've really enjoyed the photos and journal entries from your trip ... especially the photo of you and Carolyn! :-)

Dawn Supina said...

I'm so jealous of you Kim (in a good way of course!!) sounds like you've had such a great time on your art retreat!

Now go do some ART!

Kim said...

You seem to have had one of those magical times. How wonderful! Shine on you crazy diamond!

Debbie said...

You painted that face upside down? Incredible! You have such talent.

MB Shaw said...

That necklace is absolutely beautiful on your - it is perfect!!
I think I have now made the connection (a little late, duh) that you are Beth's friend. Why we did not meet in person is beyond me. But you summed up Squam wonderfully.
Angel was in one of my classes, she is a total doll, not to mention wildly talented, huh!??!
Hugs,
MB

Georgia said...

lovely lovely lovely!

I am so happy that necklace found its way home to your neck. And so happy I could meet you.

I still have my "be a safe haven" rock... :)

xoxo

Elizabeth MacCrellish said...

I'm so sorry you were so cold!! you WERE such a bright light every time I saw you-- I love reading these posts and have put them up at the squam blog-- who knew pink unicorns would come in so handy?

heeee E

Kate said...

Kim,

Each post is more wonderful than the last I have to comment on all of course. I love all the lists they are wonderful. I know Angel, she was at the retreat I went to in Utah. I almost have tears in my eyes reading about your adventures and seeing the pictures. Its so magical. The necklace is wonderful, so you.

Kate

michelle renee bernard said...

Dearest Rock Fairy...

thank you so much for your gifts of love and generosity with the hand-painted rocks you left hidden in the woods of Rockywold Deephaven Camp. The one I discovered said "find courage" which is perfect, because I had lost mine quite some time ago and was wondering where it went.

Thanks for your clairvoyant gift! Much love and hugs,
Michelle

Susan Sager Brown said...

Love your lists, your Arty Apron, the beautiful necklace, and your descriptions of your experience at SAW. I know exactly what you are feeling, I experienced what I called living in my "pink bubble" upon coming home from my first ever Art and Soul Retreat in Virginia.I went all by myself and knew NO ONE. Talk about scared. It was an incredible growth experience artfully and socially for me. I think it's hilarious that you also had a "pink" feeling but yours includes unicorns. Thanks for the encouragement for my upcoming weekend at A and S 2010. Now why don't you drive down to NJ and hop in my car and take a Sat and Sun workshop? I can promise you that the Embassy Suites have heat....xoSusan