Thursday, December 9, 2010

World Pulse

I just found this wonderful magazine that is all about women of the world.  I truly believe that women will be the catalyst to save the world by the deeds we do. This magazine shows us the possibilities before us.  Please visit the website World Pulse

to find something that interests you in your heart of hearts.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A free and easy website builder

Gary Reef, also know as Capricornartist73 just created a new website here.  He also has a link to Weebly on his site.  I just really wanted to plug Gary here because I have enjoyed his Ning site and all his wonderful videos on You Tube.  He is very creative and cute too!  But seriously, he's creative, bold and generous.  I have learned so much from Gary, and love the techniques that he shares with us.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Solar Winds

                        
This is a very interesting article from Inhabitat Weekly that talks about a technology that can produce a 100 billion times the earth's energy needs. Not only is the article interesting but also very practical. It's about time that somebody decided to do something smart!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

10/10/10 A Most Auspicious Day

It will be fun! What else do you have planned for 10/10/10, why not record it with a great photo of your choosing? Take a picture on October 10th 2010! Easy as that!  Then post to a 10/10/10 flickr group. Read all about it........Go Here!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Herbs and Spices


Here is a great article about some the great benefits of herbs and spices.  This article includes some of my favorites herbs and spices and Web MD is a wonderful resource for a lot of health issues. Enjoy!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Eight-year-old Rocks Art World


8-year-old painting prodigy is new art world star

HOLT, England – He's Britain's most talked-about young artist. His paintings fetch hefty sums and there's a long waiting list for his eagerly anticipated new works.
It has all happened so quickly — he's still getting used to the spotlight — and Kieron Williamson fidgets a little when he's asked to share his thoughts on art.
"Cows are the easiest thing to paint," said Kieron, who has just turned 8. "You don't have to worry about doing so much detail."
Horses, he says, are "a lot harder. You have to get their legs right, and you have to make their back legs much bigger than their front."
Paintbrush prodigy Kieron — dubbed "mini Monet" by the British press — is a global sensation. All 33 of the pastels, watercolors and oil paintings in his latest exhibition sold, within half an hour, for a total of 150,000 pounds ($235,000). Buyers from as far away as the United States lined up overnight outside the gallery, and there is a 3,000-strong waiting list for his Impressionistic landscapes of boat-dotted estuaries, snowy fields and wide marshland skies.
He has a website and a business card. Strangers approach him at the gallery, asking him to sign postcards of his work. Journalists from around the world travel to his small home town in eastern England to interview him.
Kieron shrugs off the attention. "It feels normal to me," he says.
It definitely doesn't feel normal to his parents, Keith and Michelle Williamson. They are bemused, proud and a little anxious about their son's talent and its effects. "It has been overwhelming," said Michelle Williamson, a 37-year-old nutritional therapist. She and her 44-year-old art dealer husband live in a small apartment with Kieron and his 6-year-old sister, Billie-Jo.
Kieron was a normal, energetic little boy, and his parents were surprised when he asked for pencils and paper during a holiday in Cornwall two years ago. They were astonished when the then-5-year-old produced an accomplished picture of boats in a harbor. He progressed rapidly to fully realized landscapes, many depicting the flat, open Norfolk countryside near their home.
"Keith and I don't paint, so we find it difficult to know what's going on inside his head," Michelle said.
"We don't understand it. We don't know where it comes from. But he's adamant it's what he wants to do. When your child has got such a gift and a talent, you have to support him."
[Video: Another child prodigy plays piano]
That hasn't stopped the Williamsons worrying about whether they are doing the right thing in exposing him to so much attention. They showed Kieron's work to a local gallery, which has mounted two exhibitions and is helping them cope with the flood of global interest.
"It's not a natural thing to want to put your kid in the media spotlight," Michelle said.
"We've met so many sharks. All they see is the financial element. They don't see the emotional stuff. You can't separate the art from Kieron."
A self-possessed blond boy, dressed in a polo shirt, shorts and sneakers, Kieron doesn't seem like a hothouse prodigy.
He likes soccer — he plays defense for a school team — and messing around on the broad North Sea beaches near his home in Holt, a pretty Georgian town 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of London.
When he talks about his work, it's with a striking mix of the adult and the childlike. He can discuss his color choices and the interplay of light and dark, but also remembers more idiosyncratic details.
"This," he said, pointing at one landscape, "is when we came back from Holkham and we couldn't get fish and chips because there was a line going from the fish and chip shop to the car park."
When he starts to draw, with a confident, relaxed fluidity, all childishness disappears. Working from a photograph of a river at sunrise, Kieron swiftly sketches the horizon, the mounds of trees and the line of the river, then uses pastels to color the yellowy pink of the sky.
His parents are happy for people to watch him work — it disproves any suspicions that the paintings are not his own.
They encountered that kind of skepticism at first, though Michelle Williamson says it has abated.
Critical opinion on Kieron's work is divided. One newspaper headline asked, "Is Kieron Britain's most exciting painter?" But others have wondered whether Kieron's paintings would be so well-regarded if he were an adult, and asked if his talent will endure.
The precedents are mixed. Pablo Picasso famously said that unlike in music, "there are no child prodigies in painting. What people regard as premature genius is the genius of childhood. It gradually disappears as they get older."
Picasso himself was a child prodigy, however, who went on to revolutionize art. The 19th-century English artist John Everett Millais was made a member of the Royal Academy at 11.
But for every Millais — or Mozart — there are many prodigies whose gifts do not survive puberty.
"Most brilliant 8-year-old pianists or footballers don't maintain it into adulthood," said Jack Boyle, a Glasgow-based child psychologist.
He advises the Williamsons not to worry too much. Kieron's talent is unlikely to do him any harm.
"Children like being successful and they like being the best," Boyle said. "My advice? Take the money and run. Milk it for every penny, but don't harm the child in the process.
"Develop his other interests — and sell as many of the paintings as you can."
At the moment, Michelle Williamson is looking forward to the start of the school year in September, when exhibitions and interviews will be replaced by homework and normal childhood routines.
The gallery is offering two new landscapes — Kieron's last work as a 7-year-old and his first as an 8-year-old — by an online auction that closes Aug. 20. A new exhibition is planned for next summer.
Michelle Williamson says she and her husband won't be disappointed if Kieron one day stops painting, as long as he is happy.
"We fully expect Kieron to change his mind," she said. "But we know that whatever he ends up doing, Kieron is going to give it 200 percent."
Kieron says he knows what he wants to be when he grows up — "painter and footballer."
And he is willing to offer advice for other aspiring artists.
"Never give up. Try and keep your buildings straight. And don't do a plain blue sky."

Saturday, July 31, 2010

This is fantastic if you love green!

I totally love this concept! Take a look at what they are doing in England in terms of Green Living! 


This is why I love my Inhabitat Weekly Newsletter.  They are all about green design, which you know we desperately need in our world today.

Enjoy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sacred Circle Mandalas: Mandala of Sacred Hearts

This is a wonderful woman creating awesome mandalas from nature.  Her work is fabulous and you can learn how to make your own mandalas.  She offers (for free) a downloadable tutorial in Abobe  Reader that tells you everything you need to know.

Thanks Sue.  You have a loving and generous heart!

Sacred Circle Mandalas: Mandala of Sacred Hearts: "Mandala of Sacred Hearts - (Love Series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2010 source image -calendula On July 11,2010 there was a solar eclipse that was m..."

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Series

I was thinking...oh oh!

Well!!!! Anyway, I was thinking that it would be such fun to post some the great websites I am continually running across on my virtual travels online. I have in the past posted these lovely jewels in private emails to my varied friends who have a multitude of wide-ranging interests.

So! I thought I would peruse the website or blog and glean out something of interest for all of us. This way I would have a way to keep track of the really good sites and be able to call them up whenever I wanted.

So, here is one I found from Milliande's wonderful site that Vera from the UK passed on to us. Vera was inspired by Collecting Sacred Moments, an article by Annie B. Bond on the website Care2 make a difference.

Now, what to call this series! Any ideas?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Water, Consciousness & Intent: Dr. Masaru Emoto



I really wanted to share this interview with as many people as possible and also share Dr. Masaru Emoto's prayer for the Gulf of Mexico. We need to change the vibrations to love and gratitude and stop the angry and negative vibrations surrounding the entire spill fiasco. Right now, most of us have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while certainly we are justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms, if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr Emoto, himself, has proposed.

Here is Dr. Emoto's prayer for the Gulf of Mexico:

"I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton, coral, algae, and all living creatures . . . I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you. "

Please say this prayer again and again for the good of the planet and please do pass this on!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We're still working it!

We are still working on Cheryl Richardson's Life Makeovers; 52 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time.  We just finished up Week 6 and I have to say I've had many insights.  These insights are about me, my life, nature and the universe!  I'm having a great time struggling and rejoicing in my life past, present and future.  I've never been happier to be who I am and where I am at this moment knowing full well that all could change in an instance and I'd still be feeling alright with it all.  Now that's a miracle!  I want to say thank you to the ladies who are on this journey with me, you make it rich.

Peace,
Ellie

Friday, May 14, 2010

We're doing Life Makeovers!

I wanted to let everyone who is still interested in committing to 52 weeks to a better life that I have created a private chat room over at chatzy.com and that our room is password protected. It's important to me that everyone feels safe in this environment.  I would like to think that we can go as deep as needed and still feel supported so it is imperative that we remain positive and be understanding of others feelings.  Please leave a comment below so that I may email you the password.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Journey Begins

I am going through Cheryl Richardson's Life Makeovers; 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time.

It's actually best if you have a partner and/or team to share the experience of going through the book.  I put it out into the universe that I wanted and needed a partner and the universe provided, of course!  I have created a private and safe chat room for us to do our work/sharing.  If you would like to join us in the chat room please leave me a message/comment below and I will email you with the address and password.

Cheryl asks us for our first Take Action Challenge to get and start a journal. Our first journal entry is to list 25 things that we are proud of about ourselves from the past 12 months. Here is my first Take Action Challenge;

The Journey Begins
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. 
Lucille Ball

  • Learning how to blog, actually teaching myself how to blog.
  • Taking and completing 3 online workshops = building community.
  • Acing all the classes for work positioning me for greater earning power.
  • Continuing the arduous paying down of debt, 20K last year.
  • Preparing for college again.
  • Quitting and continuing not to smoke.
  • Taking all my vitamins almost everyday.
  • Seeing myself grow as an artist.
  • Finally realizing I don’t have to fix everything for everybody.
  • Standing up for myself.
  • Looking inward and listening.
  • Pursuing my interests in spite of others opinions.
  • Becoming more and more computer savvy.
  • Declining invitations that don’t really interest me.
  • Connecting with a life coach.
  • Making a commitment to myself regarding Extreme Self Care.
  • Continuing to eat more organic and local foods.
  • Getting more and more exercise.
  • Letting go of old belief systems.
  • Getting to know the real me.
  • Taking bold steps; like blogging for a partner or team to do the 52 weeks with me. = Putting myself out there!
  • Building community for myself.
  • Getting approved for work study for the Soulcollage Facilitator Training.
  • Doing more things alone.
  • Being satisfied with the path that I am on.

I’m working on listing more accomplishments and things about myself that I am proud of, hope you do too! Stay tuned.

Note: The book I have was published over 10 years ago so I am only including the resources that are web sites or books.
Brushdance = www.brushdance.com
What You Need to Know Now-a Road Map for Personal Transformation =www.liveyourlight.com

The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor; Gail McMeekin

How Much Joy Can You Stand? How to Push Past Your Fears and Create Your Dreams; Suzanne Falter-Barns

Making Your Dreams Come True; Marcia Wieder


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tempe AZ, April 2010

Well, I'm home from a wonderful visit with my daughter and grandchildren in the desert. It was a great trip and a wonderful visit. The weather was quite perfect, with sunny days, puffy clouds and a cool breeze.  Just about the time you thought you were too warm a breeze and cloud would come to your rescue. 








We tried to do all the things that are free in the Tempe area.  So we took a lot of hikes in the early mornings to awesome places.  Tonto National Forest, where the Saguaro reign supreme. We saw multitudes of wildlife and the cacti were ablaze with color, the desert is so alive.  Hole in the rock, Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park, all fabulous. 















In the afternoons we went to several Museums. We went to Tempe History Museum and learned a thing or two about the area.  Information starting from the very early days, prehistoric days right up to what is happening currently in this area.  We made a Tempe Town Post Card, it was an interactive software program that took our picture and allowed us to choose some really beautiful scenes around Tempe.


 We also went to the library where there are passes for a number of events and happening throughout the Phoenix area and beyond.  We got free passes for the Heard Museum.  I finally saw great 3-D in a IMAX theater....Oceans, WOW! We had a massage at the Massage School that offers 2 for 1 massages that only cost $25.00 for both!

We ate at home every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner except for the last night of my vacation.  Then we celebrated with all you can eat Chinese, we loved it!

 All in all it was one of the best vacations I have had. I have lots more photos!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Life Makeovers

I'm reading Cheryl Richardson's Life Makeovers; 52 practical & inspiring ways to improve your life one week at a time.

The book is divided into 52 weeks, so there is a chapter for each week.  All the chapters are very short and sweet. Cheryl Richardson has divided the chapters into 3 easy parts, first the main focus, second the "Take Action Challenge" and finally the Resources.  The Take Action Challenge is based on the main focus for the week and you will journal and do exercises reflecting that focus and the Resources will help you achieve that. 


It really is spectacularly easy!

One of the first things recommended is to find a partner or team to share this with and that is the purpose of this blog entry....to find someone who will partner with me on a year long journey or point me in the right direction.

So if you are interested in practical and inspiring ways to improve your life one week at a time join me by making a comment so that I may contact you.  We'll pick a date and start!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Chalk Guy


 My friend Sherry is always sending me cool stuff, awesome stuff, stuff you just have to share.  Today it's Chalk Guy.  He is an amazing artist, using chalk, he creates these 3-D images on flat surfaces in urban areas to the delight of city folk.  Here are some images of his stuff!







He spent five days, working 12 hours a day, to create the 250 square metre
image of the crevasse, which, viewed from the correct angle, appears to be 3D.
He then persuaded passers-by to complete the illusion by pretending the
gaping hole was real.

'I wanted to play with positives and negatives to encourage people to think twice
about everything they see,' he said.  'It was a very scary scene, but when people
saw it they had great fun playing on it and pretending to fall into the earth.
'I like to think that later, when they returned home, they might reflect more on
what a frightening scenario it was and say, "Wow, that was actually pretty scary."




Mueller, who has previously painted a giant waterfall in Canada, said he was
Inspired by the British 'Pavement Picasso' Julian Beever, whose dramatic but
More gentle 3D street images have been featured in the Daily Mail.


I hope that this inspires you to do something really big!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Love this concept!


I was looking through my emails and ran across this monumental art work!  This is so totally awesome.   I really wanted you to see it.

It's a giant photo!  A composite of a thousands photos of people walking in an urban setting.

I love that he has describes it as, "It is the translation of reality through my own designed camera." I think it's called, Urban Flow and he manages to capture little bits of time in an urban setting.  It's an awesome work and a wonderful concept. Go see it at Adam Magyar

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Birthday

It's not even noon yet and I've been wished more Happy Birthdays in this short time than I have my entire life.

My roommate took me out to dinner, (Chinese! last night, yummy!) and I received a giant bouquet of spring flowers with a card, I also got a smilebox from my daughter, a few beautiful e-cards from friends and family, phone messages, and lots of people from Facebook have wished me a good day.



Thank you everyone!  This is fun and I am having a lovely day.  It's so nice to have so many people thinking about me on my birthday. I am grateful!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Joe's Birthday

Happy Birthday Joe!!  

I hope you have a super great day and that all the luck you deserve goes on and on forever and ever and that all of your birthday wishes come true!


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Hope you have fun with this! 
Grandma loves you.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Moon Expericence

There is something so intriguing about a new moon. It always seemed so magical to do something at the dark of the moon.  For years I thought that a dark moon was bad luck.   To my delight I read somewhere recently that a new moon was a great time to start a new project.  Last dark moon I started an art project.  I think went very well.  It was something that got me out to the lake and into nature, which was fulfilling in and of itself, but it also allowed me to express myself artistically.  I'm trying something new this new moon and I'll tell you later what it is.  For now........


Here's my dark of the moon project.

Here's the Lake.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!