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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Checking the bucket list off

So I've been highly emotional on all fronts with this new addition in the back yard. My second Oldest Daughter said, "What do we need this big yard ornament for?  Well glad to know that it just might be that for a while till we get things situated as of more patio blocks for the floor...which of course we can't find anymore so we have to us something else...All is good.

Yesterday I couldn't help myself but go out and about to look for the patio blocks and at possible cushions to sit on...well most of my friends are my age or older and the thought crossed my mind that maybe getting down that far might not be a good idea..... so with rambling and babbling on about my ideas/fantasies....with my daughter that thinks it a yard ornament....she suggest benches...well there you go and then the idea popped in my head about 5 gallon bucket tools...with cushion of course.

so...on you tube....I think I'm going to make a few of these...5 gallon Bucket seats





But first I'm getting my butt to the studio...I'll be leaving lest then 7 days here for Door County-The Clearing and need to be at my best for that...and creating something in the studio helps calm my nerves and get me centered.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Crazy life learning thing....

So over my life I've had people just mention this little statement..."Laura, it's not all about you."  and well being me,  I was like stunned and questioned with a What do you mean?
In my personal confusion to makes sense with the world even my small world, I grasp at signs, sights, words and imagery to understand. Understand what?   Life and all it's ways...nothing to big just stuff around me...

Then I had a nice chat with an elder and she asked me if I have heard of Enneagram. I have and many times in fact I've had people ask me if I've done one....well now I know way it all connects when I read the #4 on the personality type things....you see that's me...as of this vicious need to know and understand, to be this loner fantasy type. And the self indignation I seem to be always in.. and the self expressive need to be creative.  I'm not broken Mom...I'm just me, highly sensitive creative type who loves to share and continually work on herself and make sense of the spinning things rolling around in her head. I could be doing worst as of getting into other peoples heads...or making troubles else where instead of my own back yard.

So with that...I share my fantasy....(which by the way I do seem to carry on in my head a lot..that is fantasies.)

 Dan the Tipi Man said...."Everyone wants a tipi but it's only the special people that get them...Thank you,  God. And to my husband for loving me enough to not think I'm one sick puppy...  And to my one daughter that said, "Mom it's OK you're just going through menopause," Thank God for Menopause too!

One may ask themselves....well I do what the blank-ity blank am I doing?  and I'm going to respond now with "Living!  Life is to short....lets get on with the fantasy"



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It came today....Hand delivered

I'm an official owner of a Sioux style, White Buffalo Lodge.  As it sits now I feels like its suppose to have been there all along. Tipi Dan delivered it today on this way to Forest Park IL. to drop of poles then he's heading back to Sturgis South Dakota to delivery a few tipi's for the big rally and then home to Montana.

There needs to be some landscaping altered and some adjustments to things but it's here.....for a very long time at least 18 years I've wanted a tipi, and had many papermaking tents and art fair tents but never in my wildest dreams did I think this could happen.   I just keep thinking about a Goddess tent while I was weeding and well this is even better. Nice manageable size for me and inside too there is space. Doing some back yard Camping.

Got to figure out the floor situation and what kind of means I'll have, like an air mattress and some big pillow's or what don't know....  Dang I still can't believe it. All so wildly meant to be...I just pray I can take care of it well... and need to do my research and stuff...learn about clove hitches and half hitches...Knot tying 101...back to learning some else new.

I'm exhausted my home is all picked up because I was excited about it coming today that now....I'm needing nap...just might put my lawn chair.

Thank you tipi Dan....and Jamie at Eagle's Nest in Oregon IL. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yard work together and Two Day Intuitive Collage Workshop

Yesterday after the big day of motorcycle riding and having a nice day together the husband and I worked in the back yard.   I had this spot well, maybe I should say nature had this spot that was claimed by mulberry bush.   It has added on new shoots that I've clipped back twice a year.  Well it was a nasty knot ball of above ground roots it looked like and it was about two feet or so down in the ground.

My husband is a ditchdigger and in my eyes one of the best...been doing it all is life...So he kindly helped me dig some more on Sunday and get this monster out and gone.  The mulberry bush seems to have this ability to be in a place that is not appealing. Mostly grows in to the chainlink fence or in an area that is hard to dig out.

Got rid of a few other things too. Happy to say that my yard work is done as of the major weeding.  with great timing too...as by the end of the week I'll be preparing for a two day workshop at The Clearing Folk Art School.


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Off to do Monday's stuff and got Art tribe meeting tonight...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Breakfast in Sycamore IL.



The husband has not had some pleasant days on the job...and well when Saturday morning came around he asked if I wanted to go on the motorcycle to Cracker Barrel for Breakfast....I hmm haw on it and then he said well we could go some where else...what about Oregon IL.   Thinking...that we both needed to run away...



Long story short....we left a quick message on the refrigerated board, "going out for breakfast on the motorcycle maybe gone longer....Dogs, cat, birds and fish all OK other family member sleeping and we left.   Rock River in Oregon IL....this is after we stopped in Sycamore IL for breakfast...so beautiful early in the morning....openness, corn fields and a freedom...and connection and closeness. On Rock River it seems the Pelican's are a local feature to be seen.

 I could tell because there was Marketable stuff for sale by the local business on the side walks...Pelican statues.  And there they are early in the morning...Pelican clutching....while some were out at the falls part trying for some easy flow of fish rolling right in to their mouths.

Signs....signs...signs...all over the place about a festival...it happens to be Oregon's Trail Festival, a 5 year in the making...didn't know it would take that long..but this was the last year. Here the local artist have easels set up for the kids to paint or use the markers that they had...the back drop of this scenery is so great. 
 This is my favorite picture...it was a whole forest full of them..easy 25 to 30 different size tipi's

 The five year long festival...and I do mean every year at this time the festival would be presented to the public...for this Statue.  Black Hawk. In 1911 it was completed. Stands 50 ft tall and it the second larger concrete statue in the world.  The first tallest is...

Here in Brazil, standing at 120 ft tall...well the thing is Mother Nature has taking her toll on the statue and the town has but there blood sweat and tears in to funding repairs and the cut back from the government as not allow and funds for many years to help out...


Well we did our part to contribute to the cause and on top of it enjoyed a special day together. 
I have a surprise coming possibly on Tuesday or Wednesday...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Here's you Sign......

I received my magazine a few days ago, "Professional Artist,"  in the past I've just not had time to read it, but something in me had me turning the pages and soaking up every word. On the last page, there was a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, " Do not go where the path my lead, go instead where there is on path and leave a trail."   Then I picked-up this book I received in the mail, suggested by another artist who's work I admire, Donna Watson, the book- The Zen of Creativity, Cultivating Your Artistic Life.
I don't get in to the book but a few pages and there it is..." Do not go where the path my lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." 

Seems to me I've received another sign....I've been busy on my own personal pursuit of weeding my homestead flower beds...kind of mish-mosh of sort... or a wabi sabi yard... and producing a new series of work and teaching a class on line, multi-tasking and driving myself insane. But with this all going I'm reminded of, things happen for a reason...and rightly so. Now with that I'm going to continue on inching forward on a few projects and see where it leads to the weekend. Here is my efforts from yesterday. 


I'm a bit sore today but a kind of sore from working hard and grateful my body was there for me. I cut the lawn and it felt so good when I went around my flower beds in the front yard, all was trimmed nicely and I was able to see my efforts.  I know this will all die off at the end of Fall and restart again in spring but I don't want to think about that process...the practice of being present and tending one's yard brings great pleasure to me.  The gift of not giving up and seeing where the hard work takes you. 

I'm honoring myself this time to relish in it...I don't always do that and push forward so fast I end up checking it off the list and not even feeling. 

So the vision of a tent is really coming to light...it's my incentive to keep going...even if I don't get a tent the motivation I'm receiving from this vision is awesome. 

OK off to tend to the on line class last week to post and get into the studio..

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

it's Wednesday...Self Care Day..

I know when I was in High School the big thing was "Hump Day" as Wednesday was the middle of work week and we were making it through and now it's down hill from here.

But being that I'm always working on and my work week seem to be round out more so then having a beginning and ending...I've highlighted my week on Wednesday...not always is it a day off but a day to to me in the limelight of my day...

Pamper myself in little ways...extra time reading good informative information...taking longer time at meals and observing life around me. And tending to the bodies needs...good foods, extra lotion and drink lots of water.  I'm a big water drinker anyways but keeping the body flowing is always good.

Being a mom, artist and now a Homestead Manger...Or I feel like a House mother in a dorm sometimes...I put myself first today...with self care.

OK off to do just that....