Life is what you make it!

Hello on this steamy Friday Morning – the morning after the first full moon of 2017.  I didn’t get a chance to see it unfortunately as our sky was a stormy one last night hence the steamy morning but I sure have felt her energy.

I hope that the start of 2017 has been kind to you all.

I have been busy trying to get a little tidying done especially in my art room in preparation for a busy creative year ahead and to allow the new to flow more freely into my life.  Yesterday as the heat had me sweating like a pig and I reached a point of – almost done but I am pooped  I decided to take a little time out to PLAY.  The first new journal prompt over in the Australian Art Swap Group was inviting me to do just that – the prompt ‘JUST HAVE FUN’  So I reached for my large Dylusions Journal and using a couple of left over die cuts from projects last year found in my clean up I created my page getting a little messy with color to match the butterfly.   Now I have a little extra tidying up to return to.

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The left over words are perfect to reflect on as we start the new year.  Life truly is what you make it!  You get to choose.  Choose what thoughts occupy your mind, who you wish to spend time with and how you wish to spend that time each and every day.

So what are you creating in your life right now and for the year ahead?

In numerology 2017 is a one year –  a time of new beginnings and each and every day you can start over if need be, so Dream Big and Be Brave and go after everything your heart desires this year as the energy truly will support you.

Danie xx

 

 

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Making Friends with the Early Morning Muse

Happy New Year.  It’s been a while – a new year is upon us.  I have lots of news, but today it’s more of a story.  I wanted to talk to you about a muse – The Early Morning Muse.

Making her presence known in the wee hours of the morning usually somewhere between midnight and dawn, she started appearing many years ago when I had lots of things on my mind with work and was restless in my sleep.  She would help me make to do lists and the like,  she was always good at organising things in my head.  At times when I stepped outside of my comfort zone, felt fear but faced it anyway,  she would also appear offering similar to do lists and words of encouragement.

Now as our acquaintance has endured she is more of a creative confidant offering snippets of wisdom and opinion/advice.  And sometimes just sometimes  I think she visits simply because she has missed me.

Her presence reminds me of lyrics by Simon and Garfunkel –

“Hello darkness my old friend I have to come to talk to you again,  because a vision softly creeping left it’s seeds while I was sleeping.

And the vision that was planted in my brain, still remains within the sound of silence.”

Over time I have learned that she is the planter of the seeds, the inspirer, she speaks the truth and of my heart’s desire.  She encourages me to test the boundaries and step out of my comfort.

She has appeared quite often of late.  Even though I have sought the acquaintance of such a muse in my waking hours it would appear that my muse, this muse of mine likes to shine her light more in the dark of night in the company of many a fleeting dream.

I willingly rise to greet her now with open arms and love in my heart no matter the hour.  I have learned to listen, feel, see and know her words, writing them down as she speaks to me.  Making a cherished record of each meeting in all it’s glory.  If I don’t her words become a faint memory lost to the night upon my waking

She is wise, she is love and all those things such as beauty and joy.  She is strength, She is courage, She is playful and free.  She is all those things I am and that I wish to be.

Her visits, some short and some long are often serenaded by the birds awakening to the light of day about to rise.  She is the Early Morning Muse and she is now a good friend.

She came to me last night and this is why I now find myself writing this post.  Her visit this time was perhaps because before going to bed I shared on facebook with my family and friends my first offering of 2017 combining all the things I  love.  I have called it a Mindfulness and Mixed Media Workshop and my first session as we kick off 2017  is going to focus on Manifesting and Mandalas with a few other practices thrown in.

My Early Morning Muse wanted to lend me her wisdom and give me her blessing, recognising my fear of putting myself out there with this.  Her message was gentle – You are safe to be seen!  Let your passion be your True North on the Compass of Life as it’s time to  go on a New Adventure.

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Photo Credits – Pixabay Contributors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#AASG30DAY Painting Challenge Day 1

Over in the Australian Art Swap Group they are holding a 30 Day Painting Challenge where you work on the same canvas for 30 days.  This means that each day you have to add something to the painting and it encourages the painter to not become attached which is similar to the teachings of Intuitive Artist Flora Bowley.

I decided to play along as I wanted to get into my painting a bit more and hubby actually brought me home a new canvas last week even though I told him I would simply go over an old one I wasn’t entirely happy with.  The one he brought home was huge bigger than any I have painted before so this would be a challenge in itself.

So today as I began painting and decided that for the 30 day challenge I would paint on two canvases.  The new one hubby brought which measures 36 inches x 36 inches and a smaller one (around 1/2 the size) which I painted over very roughly with black gesso allowing some of the old color show through.

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I began with some cool tones, my favorite blues and greens and roughly covered in the white space.  Then I went back for a second layer filling in some of the left over white space with Purple and Red.

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This canvas is a bit too big for the easel, so the floor became my work surface.
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A layer of some purple and red completed day 1 of painting.

 

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My rough coat of black gesso allowed some red, blue and green to show through from the previous painting, so I then took similar colors an added new detail.

 

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I covered an old painting over with Black Gesso allowing some color to still show through.

 

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I then added further red, green and blue to the gesso layer to finish my play on Day 1.

There is quite a few members playing along with this challenge so I encourage you to pop over to the Facebook Group or search the hashtag #aasg30day to see what everyone has been painting and I do hope you will pop back and follow my painting journey here throughout August also.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Danie xx

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Pink – is it the Elephant in your Room?

This week over in the Australian Art Swap Group on facebook, one of the members started a photographic color challenge.  The criteria is simply to photograph the set color as you encounter it in your world or daily routine. The first color chosen was Hot Pink!  So I started to take stock of this color in my home and environment and I soon realized there was more of it then I first thought. This inquiry then lead me to think more about the meaning of this color.

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Artwork (by Donna Sharam) in my home with Hot Pink.

Pink is one of those colors you either love it or hate it…….for me it is literally the elephant in my room, and one of my favorite colors.  I especially love it when it is paired with green which is exactly how nature loves it too.

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So what does pink say about you?  In a positive sense it is feminine, romantic, and nurturing and speaks of kindness and compassion.   It exudes confidence – well lets face you may need it to wear this color, especially Hot Pink.  It is playful and can also encourage action.

If you are feeling overburdened, you may find you are attracted to the color desiring a more carefree life, and happiness.

This color can aid depression, alleviate stress and reduce anger, aggression, grief and poor blood circulation.

Crystals that are pink in color such as Rose Quartz, relate to unconditional love, compassion, and the heart chakra.

In October Pink is widely recognized, used and celebrated as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Is there too much pink or not enough in your life?  This can be a sign of some of the negative aspects of this color which can include immaturity, lack of will power, low self esteem, being over emotional or naive.

 

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Using pink for a little creative play and to brighten a wet day.

I think pops of pink are uplifting to the soul!  I love it teamed with Turquoise and Teal Tones, and Black and White too.

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Taking stock of this color in my world, it literally was the elephant in my room (an artwork I purchased last year), Flowers in the garden and that I love to photograph, the cover of my diary, the drop sheet I use when I paint, my craft tote, and warm winter favorites – my bed socks, my fleece jumper and snuggy along with a few other ornaments and pieces of clothing that adorn my home and my body.

I am now looking forward to the next color challenge, to see where it takes me.

 

 

A Crystal for Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  This weekend totally celebrates the idea of Love with International Self Love Day occurring on the 13th of February and Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  So I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you to a Crystal for Love.

Whether you are wanting to love yourself more or are actually seeking love, the perfect crystal to promote heart healing and attract love is Rose Quartz.

This gentle and loving crystal is a delicate rose pink in color and has a vibration of unconditional love, joy and healing.

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Like all quartz crystals it will amplify energy, so its a great choice to have placed throughout your home to enhance all types of relationship and interactions with others.  It will encourage compassion, self love, relieve stress, ease heartache, promote forgiveness and instill inner peace.

Resonating with and opening the heart chakra it is a great stone choice for balancing the emotions as it’s soothing energy assists to release repressed hurts and negativity.

If you are single and wish to find a romantic partner try placing a piece on your bedside table.

 

Rose Quartz is quite affordable, a wonderful jewelry choice, particularly to be worn close to the heart and would be one of my first stone suggestions to anyone just starting their crystal journey.

Danie xx

February a Month for Seeing Red!

Earlier this week I touched on the Chinese New Year and the COLOR red.  Red is definitely the appropriate color to focus further on this month as it is not only a color which symbolizes Good Fortune and Happiness for the Chinese, but also the color of passion and seduction associated with cupid and St Valentine’s Day.

Red is warm and energizing.  It can signify anger, danger and the need to stop, as well as courage.  It is the color of blood, and vitality,  and is also associated with the element of fire and the devil.

OUR CONNECTION

We all have a connection to the color of red through our body.

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Red is the color which represents our Root/Base Chakra located at the base of our spine and pelvic floor.  This chakra is associated with our sense of security and survival and our connection to our physical body, environment, the earth, our ancestors, family and origins.

Keeping this chakra in balance helps keeps us grounded, mentally and emotionally stable.

Some signs that you may not be grounded include:

  • Feeling lightheaded, dizzy or spaced out.
  • Forgetfulness, losing or misplacing things
  • Feeling unwell, fatigued or lacking energy.
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Feeling nervous or overstimulated.
  • Any ailment connected to our legs and kidneys, even feeling more comfortable sitting cross legged  can also be a sign that we are not grounded.
  • A dislike of this color, therefore it is not present in your environment at work or home, or your wardrobe

I posted a few days ago that connecting with the earth, ie.  walking barefoot on the grass, or at the beach can help us to ground, however we can also use CRYSTALS to aid us in grounding our energy.

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The energies of both Red and Black Crystals are good for helping us to stay grounded.

Crystals that are red in color such as Red Jasper will help to give your energy a boost if you are feeling fatigued or lacking energy, while black crystals such as Black Obsidian are good if your energy needs to be calmed down when you are overstimulated.

You will find that black crystals are also often protective stones, which assist us in shielding our energy fields from negativity, electromagnetic pollution, physic attack and the like.

Each different type of crystal and color stone has a range of different attributes which when you start to utilize and work with them can energetically assist your well-being. That is why I love them and I hope to help introduce you to them some more over time here on the blog.

Today however we were talking about the color red.

MORE RED FACTS

Here’s a few more interesting facts about this color.

  1. Red was a widely used color pigment (iron oxides) used to paint on cave walls in pre-historic times while in early civilizations fabrics such as silk were dyed with pigments extracted from plants and insects.  Some of these methods are still used today.
  2. Only 1 – 2% of the world’s population are natural red heads.
  3. Red is the most popular colors used on flags with 77% of the world’s flags having red on them.
  4. About 8% of the world’s male population and 0.5% of the female population are color blind (have a vision deficiency) and can not visibly see this color correctly.
  5. In European Culture, red is the color used to describe an area of the city (district) that sells pornography and sex.
  6. Being known as a stimulating color it has been proven to elevate blood pressure and increase heart rates in some people while a flashing red light can cause convulsions in some people suffering from epilepsy.

RED THE COLOR OF LOVE

The main association to the Color Red in February is Valentine’s Day which is celebrated this coming Sunday.

From it’s religious beginnings celebrating one or more of the Christian Saints named Valentius, there has been many adaptions to the origins of St Valentine’s Day and many a tall tale told.  However it was first officially associated with Romance upon the conception of ‘Courtly Love’ in the Middle Ages. Originally conceived for the entertainment purposes of nobility the ideals behind ‘Courtly Love’  soon attracted a wider audience and developed into an occasion where people expressed their love for one another by the giving of gifts.and hand written notes/cards which were called valentines.

Today symbols of hearts, doves and winged cupids are used to mark this occasion and mass produced greeting cards have replaced the handwritten note.

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A popular gift to give on this day are Red Roses which symbolize love and passion.  It is said that one rose symbolizes Love, a dozen signifies Gratitude while twenty five are given as Congratulations and fifty symbolize Unconditional Love.

It is a great blessing to be shown you are loved, but whether or not someone gives us roses on Valentine’s Day, it is important to remember that we all are loved and that we try wherever possible to live from a place of love – our hearts.

Love and Light to you all.

Danie xx

 

 

 

 

February 2016 – New Moon Reading

With the New Moon occurring in the early hours of this morning, last night was perfect time for a New Moon Reading to give us a little insight for the month ahead.  I was first introduced to this particular spread when I purchased the Australian Wildflower Reading Cards by Cheralyn Darcey so I decided to work with these cards today.

Let these cards speak to you.  See what comes to mind when you look at the gorgeous illustrations and when you read the Guidance or Word shown on the Card.  This is your personal guidance and message along with your interpretation of what I read from the cards.  I’ve highlighted the key messages for you that came through.  You may also like to work with the actual flowers represented and their energies.  If so place them in areas of your home or office where they will be highly visible.

The Wildflower Oracle New Moon Spread is a five card reading connecting to the cycle and energies of the Moon.

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 1.  Sturt’s Desert Rose – Courage

The first card in the reading represents the Full Moon and your power base for the month ahead. This power base can be both an ally or a challenge and highlights what will be affecting you the most in the coming month.

So the question here is will you be courageous and go after what it is you most desire or will it be fear or a lack of confidence that will challenge you this month.  The message here is to believe in yourself as you feel more compelled to take action towards achieving what your heart desires.

2.  Kangaroo Paw – Forgiveness

This card represents the Waxing Moon and what Energy and Opportunities will be coming your way. The energy of forgiveness gives us all an opportunity for self healing.  The process of forgiveness involves releasing and letting go which allows space for new things to come into our life.  It also enables us to be more kind and honest with ourselves and others.

3.  Tree Spider Orchid – Resolve

This card represents the Waning Moon and what you will be moving away from or leaving behind.

In simple terms leaving behind resolve this month means surrender.  Don’t get stuck on having to stick to the plan,  be open to the fact that things might change, let go of the finer details, the timing or the how to do things.  Simply trust that everything with turn out as the Divine only ever has your best interests at heart.

4.  Native Geranium – Protection

The forth card signifies the Dark Moon and shows you something you could be missing. What is it that needs protecting in relation to your current situation?

Ask yourself what do you need to protect and see what comes to mind.  It may be your thoughts, it may be your balance, reputation or your integrity. It may simply be your energy.  One way to protect yourself is to be sure you stay grounded.

Because this is something we could miss this month I encourage you check in regularly with your feelings and body as a whole, what messages is it trying to relay to you.  It may be telling you to rest, or to avoid harsh environments and negativity (including people).  Follow that inner voice.  

5.  Grevillea – Creativity

This last card represents the New Moon and what you should focus on.

Creativity comes in many forms.  Finding a creative hobby can have healing benefits and bring you great joy, however this card doesn’t necessarily mean expressing yourself in artistic ways.  It could be coming up with a creative solution to a problem you are facing, or a new way of thinking if you are in a rut.  You may be looking at starting a new project that stems from a creative idea you have had.  The energy of the Grevillea flower inspires creative thinking and promotes courage which reaffirms the message of our first card today.

So the key messages for the coming month are to Believe in Yourself, Let Go & Surrender, Listen to your Inner Voice and do some Creative Thinking.

I hope that this guidance is of some help to you over the coming weeks.

Love and Light

Danie xx