Monday, February 23, 2015

One day she . . .

In the past week,
I've been thinking about
The boundaries
that I come up to and look over
and then retreat back away from.

Life is continuously filled with these edges.
Thresholds open for the crossing.

Thoughts and ideas and plans and dreams
come right up to
and then back away.

And wonder
will I ever cross over?

A couple thoughts occurred to me as I was making things
the other day
I started to type up some
"One day"

What if "one day" was today?

I do believe this will
become part of one large piece
I will make to remind myself
to decide
to believe
to trust
to press
to cross
to be all in
to risk
to really live.

Putting my work, my pictures, my words out there
has been one flying leap of faith
after another.

It still takes courage.

It still opens my eyes to new places to stretch my wings,
to new butterflies flying in my stomach,
to new horizons to journey toward
with no guarantees
but lots

Friday, February 6, 2015

What's the moor, Mom? Well, it's like the prairie.

I am reading The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
to my daughters at bedtime.
It's my first time reading it too.

It takes place in England in an endlessly large manor
on the moor.
The story refers to the moor often.
We are at about the halfway point in the story.

So naturally, my curious youngest asks me,
What's the moor, Mom? I don't get it.
And I tell her,
Well it is like the prairie.  We live on land that is called the prairie.
They live on the moor.

She still doesn't "get it",
but she says,
Tomorrow morning, wake me up early and we'll look it up on the internet.

So that's what we did this morning.
Ohhhhh, that's pretty.  All those flowers...
I tell her that the flowers are in the spring, but its gray and brown in the winter
like it is here on the prairie.

In the story, Mary did not like the moor at first.
But then, as she meets Dickon, the boy who plays on the moor
charms the animals
of the moor,
and sees the green points poking up in the spring,
she falls in love with the moor.

I get that.
I understand that bit of perspective.
I love this prairie for much of the same reasons:
the boy with sky blue eyes and red cheeks
from being out on it all day long
and the green that starts to peek through
and the robins and birds
and animals.

And I love what reading to my girls does.
That it inspires imagination and curiosity.
How much more fascinating is it to discover a "moor"
when you've read about it in a story
than to just learn it as a vocabulary word in geography?

So I take my walk
on the prairie
and let the fresh air rush into my lungs
and allow it to give me health
as does the garden for Mary and Dickon and Colin.

In the story, Mary asks Mr. Craven a question filled with longing,
"Might I have a bit of earth?"
And his answer is beautiful . . . 
"When you see a bit of earth you want, take it, child, and make it come alive."

I think about how this hay field
down alongside the creek
is a bit of my "secret garden"
with its air 
and robins 
and nests
 and overgrown trees
and unkempt paths
and about how what is now brown and gray
will gradually turn green.

It's not really mine
but it is enjoyed by me
and spending time there makes me come alive.

The prairie
our moor

Monday, February 2, 2015

Creativity: Planting Seeds

At times I feel like I should pinch myself
when I'm in a room with a group of people
"making stuff".

I love it.

This Saturday
was a fun morning for
my mixed media basics class called
Building Blocks.

I found out later from my friend Susanne
that Saturday was
National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day.

How perfect.

Inspire your heart with art.

That could be my theme.

That is how I want my life to be.

Melody and Addi ~ mom and daughter.

That is what I got to see unfold
on Saturday.

Addi made her own letter "A's" for this one. She is amazing!

One of my favorite parts of the class
is when each one has their papers all laid out
and then 
they select

The words they choose
always hits me in a profound way.
And a fun way too...

The words are almost always a key part of what I make
and what I lead
in making

How FUN is Laurel??

Made by Shara.

Another favorite thing that happens
is when
a precious soul arrives
they are
And maybe it hasn't been something
they have enjoyed or learned
and hasn't come naturally.

Shara's building block.


It's a beautiful thing
when someone
what they can do.

Created by Alanna.  Way to be brave!

And then, when I get the message that she went to the craft store after taking the class  .  .  ,
well, that just makes me smile from the inside out.

Art block by Jennifer.

Because I believe in the impact
of making something with your own hands.
I believe that it is soul-filling, heart-healing,
and can be the unfolding of prayer, of discovery, 
of acknowledging and processing seasons of life,
communicating, honoring, remembering.

And it's like
of creativity were planted.

Then they start to grow.

A reminder made by Julie.

Beautiful piece created by Jennifer. 

A little cutie made by Jennifer to hang by her doorbell. 

Lots of loveliness made by Julie for her daughter. 

Lisa brought a favorite quote and made this cutie!

Another lovely created by Lisa.

Oh my heart! Love this one made by Melody.

Another one put together so beautiful and rich by Melody.

Precious time spent together. Fills MY heart too!

I have a couple spots left
for you and a child

Here's the details:

Saturday, February 14, 2015


at Sturgis Photo and Gifts, Sturgis, SD

"Today you are You,
that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive 
who is Youer than You." 
~ Dr. Suess

Bring one of your favorite young ones and 
celebrate who you are with a touch of artsy fun 
and bit of faith-filled inspiration for your heart.

What a perfect way to spend Valentine's morning together!

Collage, paint & make a meaningful memory 
with one of your favorite kids.
 Learn some basic mixed media techniques 
on a wooden letter monogram of your first initial.

$30 per person. Includes all art supplies.

To register, call Terri Jo at Sturgis Photo & Gifts at 605-347-6570. 
Be sure to let her know the letters you would like. 
Deadline to register: February 11.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.