Dreams & Visions

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Cristobal Vila
Jamala Arts

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Images of the Nautilus shell keep coming up for me.  And that brought me back to the beautiful poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.  I think that I had it nearly memorized while in college.

So here we are.  Outgrowing an old cell,  building a new one.

Hah! You can even purchase an autographed, handwritten piece of this amazing poem.  You can find the poem in its entirety at the link.

detail and signature OWH

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To dream a dream…


Hah!  Wrong blog for this but here it is.  I’ve been working on some new things inspired by my vivid dreams.  I’m formulating small pillows to use to help you dream more vividly, to help you remember dreams and provide psychic protection while you’re dreaming.  I’m also working on meditation eye pillows.  You know, to keep the light out when you’re meditating.


image from here

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E the hell out of it 

There are things you want to keep. And things you throw in the bin. Between those?  A whole lot of grey. Or a whole lot of “E”

I’ve sold things on Craigslist. I’ve bought things on eBay. And I’m still kind of entranced by antiques on the Internet. Yep, on “teh internet”  Yep, that’s me.

So, in the purging and renewal & reinvention side of things…I’m purging! And shedding! And selling! Yes, selling.

Here’s Mesmerize Media busting out some serious set up. Hawt. Srsly.

The snaps look great. And the “in process” are kinda awesome.

Without further ado:




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LINKLOVE Steampunk Edition

theblight dot net gibbous

Photo by Neil Girling  Victor in Gibbous Fashions
pierre matter
from Steampunk Gentlemen
SteamFae Bottle with harness hook from Doc Stone’s Tinkering
steam heather
Sassy Steampunk Heather by Avory Pierce

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Leather & Wood Pouch from Doc Stone’s Tinkering
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I am…..

sleeping alot

dreaming a ton

getting back in to the work groove

trying to stay motivated

reading like there’s no tomorrow

feeling linked up and connected with lovely people on similar journeys

being challenged by old beliefs and patterns

being tested again and again

letting go of patterns that no longer work for me

learning new ways of doing things

being tested on the new ways almost immediately

learning new things at a fast clip

getting pop quizzes on the new things even faster

purging, eliminating, loosening, shedding my skin

again and again

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slow start

mantra-circleSo, I usually roll into a New Year with a clean briefcase, plans for a clean studio and work space, some goals set and a list of words.  This year is the same, except it’s not on the first or second of the month.  It’s kind of now….

The mess in my studio is down to a dull roar.  My desk is clean.  My briefcase is clear.  I have a new laptop sleeve.

I have some goals set, as I mentioned last year, I don’t like resolutions.  If it’s lose 10 pounds and go on a diet, I always blow those type of resolutions right out of the gate. And then I beat myself up about it.

So, a couple of goals, a couple of words.

What’s up with the words?  It’s kind of a mantra.  It’s kind of an affirmation.  I choose two or three words at the beginning of every new year.  I write them down on a pretty piece of paper and slip them into my wallet.  I write them on a few other cards or post it notes and post them places I will see them every day.

Those are my marching orders for the year.  My touchstones.

Last year I included the word “travel” in my mantra.  I’m including it this year as well.  Kind of by default….

There are delicious trips in the works this year.  To the beach in February for a long weekend.  To the Smoky Mountains for a wedding on May Day.  To the beach again for our annual trip.  And there’s talk of adventures to NYC, Palm Springs and possibly Napa Valley.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder really sucks

….that’s pretty obvious, is it not?


So, I wanted to crawl into a hole last winter.  In March, I pretty much *did* crawl into a hole.  I’m going to do my best this year to head this thing off at the pass.  Or at least keep it at bay.

One weird thing that I did last year is make it worse.  I did not let myself think I was depressed or even bummed out.  I’m a big advocate of “fake it ’til you make it”  or just pretending that I’m not depressed.  Last year, I kind of went way beyond that.  I was in total denial.  I can really be a stubborn jackass sometimes.

So with it being nearly the darkest day of the year, I feel I need to make a SAD Mission Statement.  I am going to do my best to prevent/minimize it this year. Which is a lame Mission Statement. But I’m gonna go with it.

However, I’m going to get all SMART on my objectives.  (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time Bound for those of you not grooving with the corporate speak acronyms)

1.  Exercise at least 3 times per week.  Which means at least 30 minutes sustained aerobic activity.  And extra is a bonus.

2.  Go outside at least one time per day.  If it’s sunny I have to be outside for at least 30 minutes.

3.  Schedule!  Which I am loathe to do.  So I’ll go easy on myself. A. Eating, even a little bit, three times a day.  B. Taking my meds every morning.  Stating any more than would not be attainable.

4. Let my creativity go crazy.  I have to let the kookieness out.  Write, draw, paint, craft, wonder, jam, dance, hoop all that I can.  Commit to a creative pursuit once a day, even it if is something as small as doodling.


So there it is.  I am such a Virgo about my stuff.  (shout out to @laurlaur226)




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