Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Changing Myself Up a Little !

Just a fast post to say "ARRRRRRGHHHH !"

I miss you guys ! I don't have much time to visit. I feel like Blogland is going on without me and I can't possibly catch up...

Can you tell I am a little stressed ?

Busily trying to get things finished for the CRAFT FAIR !!!

Thank God, it will be done on Saturday at 5:00 pm.

I am excited about it but man, it is a lot of work !

David has been great helping me whenever he can, with putting labels on things, packaging things up, and pricing stuff, not to mention putting up with the edgy Queen ! ;)

I am down to the final designing of the layout of my table today. Display ! I am a bit of a loony when it comes to placing things just right. That is great when working in a zen garden but not so great when you have a few short days and a teeny tiny budget to put out all your wares on a 6 foot long table ! Oh well...deep breaths and my great deBroin eye for detail will save the day, I think.

Not only do I miss posting and visiting and commenting in Blogland, but I am missing playing in my art journal big time ! This morning I did a piece because I just HAD TO ! All this crafty stuff is fine to make a few bucks but my soul is an artist's soul and it needed to speak today !

The page started with a painted background to which I added this figure from a mask made with a "praying" lady from an ad in a magazine.


Added some pieces of painted papers for the triangles, a flower shaped rubber stamp, some pen work with white Elmers Pen pens and black Indian Ink with a dip pen, and here is what I ended up with...(click to enlarge)



"Pray can change your life." - art journal page
November 11, 2009






I love the quote from Sam Shoemaker, the Episcopalian priest who help found Alcoholic Anonymous.

I love the idea of prayer changing you inside and out rather than giving all the power to some Being outside of ourselves.

In my mind, we are children of God and we have the power to change things for ourselves and our world.

Through prayer...



and through Love, sweet Love...


Taking the time to do the journal page is like taking the time to pray for me. I will admit that this was some rushed praying today, but I feel better for having taken that time and also for taking the time to share it with my community of artist souls. :)

I think it has changed me just enough to get through all the little details of the day a little more calmly and peacefully...

I promise to catch up with you all asap, beautiful Ones !

Big Wednesday Love!

24 comments:

sherry ♥ lee said...

Whew...I feel the stress and the frenzy coming through this post!! It's always those last few days where the push is on and hate to say it, we put more pressure on ourselves (been there, done that!!!). You'll be happy with everything when it is over but remember to take the time to enjoy the experience on the day!!!

Love your journal page...great quote and I'm glad you made some time for you to pour out your need and passion...hopefully you'll feel more centred and balanced and ready to get those finishing touches done. I know it's going to be a huge success!!! ♥

beth said...

we will wait for you sweetie....no stress needed !
take a deep breath....in....out and a few more and all will be okay....

as far as displays go...have you seen how everyone is using black beans in big bowls and baskets to display everything from jewelry to cards....your rocks floating on a blanket of black beans would be spectacular...

xoxoxo

ps...good luck with the fair !

Jennifer said...

Oh goodness, I know just what you mean regarding getting things together for your craft fair! Good luck to you!!!!

The journal page is knock me off my feet awesome! Wow, Kim and if the quote was anymore timely I think I'd pass right out :)

Love and hugs to you!

dosfishes said...

Good luck at the fair.

Love the face on the journal page
and how the face beneath just comes
through on the white...and the quote,
how true.


Hugs,

Corrine

Snap said...

Great page. Love the quote. Good luck at the fair!

Julie said...

Best of luck at the craft fair, Kim! Glad you're able to sneak in a little art time for YOU.

xo

Anonymous said...

You are just amazing!!!
I hope you sell every single piece you bring to the fair!!!!
I love you,
Mom

Paula said...

Take a few deep breaths and consider yourself well hugged! You are going to be fine, my queen...I just know it. Now, this piece of art simply takes my breath away. Kim, it is beyond awesome. I hope you have even an inkling of how far you've grown, both as a woman and as an artist. And that quote..wow!

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Eeeeeek! The craft fair is upon you! I am sure you will sell out your table before 5:00. But I can only imagine the work going into it. Luckily you have David to do some of the grunt work. Thanks for sharing the process of your journal page, I've always loved knowing those kinds of details. Yay for you putting your artist side front and center to do that too.

There was snow in La Conception?! Your sister must have been really surprised! On the subject of kids books I highly recommend Frank Glew (good Canadian author too!) and anything by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. My favorite of hers is called "Cookies", my son's favorite of hers is "The OK Book". They are all great, great great!

Dream With the Fishes said...

Funny! I said "aaaarrghhh" in my post today, too! Oh, I know that feeling of feeling like I'll never catch up. But let me remind you of what you so kindly reminded me... There's no need to "catch up." Just take it from this day, whatever day you're ready to have that be. I'm wishing you oodles of good wishes for the craft fair! You're so lucky you've got a David. (But then he's also lucky he's got a you.) Have a ball and sell lots and lots of stuff! And please take pics of your display to show us. I'd love to see how it's done! Oh, and that journal page you made - ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! I love that quote! You are so right, wise and gracious queen and rock fairy, about the power of prayer and LOVE. ~ Big, Big LOVE to you ~

Alberta said...

Praying gives our feelings words and wings and is such an inherently hopeful act. It's one of my very favorite things to do. So, I'll say one for you, Queen of my Heart, and wish you every blessing and success at the Craft Fair.

deb did it said...

Kim, all I can say is NOTHING. You continue to amaze me.

joanne said...

your journal page knocks me out... i just love the colors, shapes, and quote... i am so glad you took some time for what your heart was calling out for ...

no stress in blogland... that is what is wonderful about it... it's still there for you whenever you come and go...

your crafty table is going to be spectacular... please do snap a photo or two to share?...

sending lots of hugs and best of wishes for the fair your way...

xo

kitasmom said...

big huge hugs to you! Linda

jgr said...

Kim,
I hope you have a blast at the craft fair! I did one last year and yes, it is ALOT of work, but you'll be able to 'bask' as people walk up to your table and ooh & aahh at your lovely creations. If you took a pic of it I'm sure we'd love to see your setup . . . .

Kate said...

Kim, even in your stressed out state you manage time to make beautiful art. good luck at the craft fair, I am sure you will do well.

Kate

MB Shaw said...

I am right with you. Ugh, stressed and stressed. Trying to breathe. Soooo very far behind. I agree with Beth (regarding display) the black bean thing is gorgeous!!
Love your journals btw.
Best of luck with the show, I am sure you will do smashingly well.

arlene said...

Great page and true sentiment. Praying a little prayer for you that your weekend adventure is wonderful!
arlene

Suvarna said...

I hear you, I did two last christmas and though I love them they are soooo stressful. Glad it will soon be over and I hope you have lots of success. your journal art is fabulous, lovely rich colours and that quote rings so true. Have a fabulous weekend!

Karin Bartimole said...

Great quote Kim, and I love how you incorporated in with your art. I hope the sale was a great success and a lot of fun :) xoxox Karin

Miss Meliss said...

How many times can I saw this: beautiful, awesome, superb page! Never heard that quote before - I can feel it's truth.

Hope you had a fantastical time at the craft show.

~magick~
Melissa

ps: thanks for your Buddy cat love. i know you understand how I feel - that is a precious thing!

Commuter's Journal said...

Give me a holler via e-mail, Kim, if you'd like any craft fair tips. I've been doing craft fairs for 8 years with my sister-in-law selling our jewelry (for six of them I did 10 fairs a year plus a full-time job commuting to NYC) and have lots of tips. My biggest tip: Be true to yourself and your vision and the rest will follow.

I know you're feeling the pressure, but you'll be great. I have every confidence in our queen!

Debbie said...

I'm not even preparing for anything and I feel like life is whooshing by too! I love that painting and the quote. So wonderful. I hope things calm down for you soon.

Anne said...

Hi, Kim! Love this journal page! It is rich in colors, textures, shapes, and layers! Yummy! :-)