Thursday, July 12, 2012

Getting Ready for the 2012 "Where Bloggers Create" Party~!

     My own RE-Imagine project is underway!  Why? Well this is the deal! My friend Karen Valentine is having her forth annual "  Where Bloggers Create" party and I am running around here ~ re-imagining my  " new "  loft/studio space! Last year I was downstairs for the parrtay...but this year I am in the upstairs part of the house! If you want to see what that RE-Imagine That! project entailed, here is the link to it!~ I featured my "The Get Back Experiment" blog for last years party. Karen designed that blog as well. Get ready to dance!
              2011 RE-Imagine That! Space RE-Do
 Just so you know, for the last few years I have been traveling like there is no tomorrow! I tell ya! Phoenix to Michigan to my hometown of Wabash, Indiana and now have finally settled in Portland as of a year and a half ago. The butterfly has landed.....So this is the space I RE-Imagined
 ( actually staged a house and lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan the summer of 2009 ) for the 1st " Where Bloggers Create Party ". Missed posting my 2010 space. Why? Too busy carving out a living  at the craft festivals and sweating in the Indiana heat! Not this year! Weather in Portland is beautiful!!!

                2009 RE-Imagine That! Space RE-Do

So that was truly a blast from the past and my little dog Rubsters has been with me the whole time ! She is just the best! Hope you enjoyed! Now I must get busy! It is the  33 hour countdown!

Peace and Loverly RE-Imaginings! 


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Love Yourself into 2012..

Hi! We are getting close to the NEW YEAR and time for creating resolutions that we think will bring us closer to the kind of person we "OUGHT" to be! This is all fine and good, but it is important to get PEACE within, by also totally and completely accepting ourselves the way we are, FIRST. Louise Hay has a wonderful affirmation that I relate to. I will share it here.

    I have found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to love yourself.” – Louise Hay
As artists... it is sometimes a real challenge to keep actions that show love for ourselves, on the "TO DO" list....with projects and plans and always dipping our imaginations into the sea of infinite, artful possibilities. The article below, I feel, will help set the New Year off right for all my artsy-fartzy friends.., me included! Some very great ideas and we don't have to do them all! I found that to be a bit overwhelming! Letting our imaginations soar with all the ideas in the below writing, may have us creating some new and wonderful habits that we instill for ourselves in 2012~ A big high-five to Marelisa Fabrega for writing this!    
Marelisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as well as a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Republic of Panama. Marelisa blogs about creativity, productivity, and getting the most out of life over at Abundance Blog at Marelisa Online.She's the author of the eBooks "How to Live Your Best Life - The Essential Guide for Creating and Achieving Your Life List", and "Make It Happen! A Workbook for Overcoming Procrastination and Getting the Right Things Done".

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently, for a period of 100 days.
Below you’ll find 60 small ways to improve all areas of your life in the next 100 days.


1.  Create a “100 Days to Conquer Clutter Calendar” by penciling in one group of items you plan to declutter every day, for the next 100 days.  Here’s an example:
  • Day 1: Declutter Magazines
  • Day 2: Declutter DVD’s
  • Day 3: Declutter books
  • Day 4: Declutter kitchen appliances
2. Live by the mantra: a place for everything and everything in its place. For the next 100 days follow these four rules to keep your house in order:
  • If you take it out, put it back.
  • If you open it, close it.
  • If you throw it down, pick it up.
  • If you take it off, hang it up.
3. Walk around your home and identify 100 things you’ve been tolerating; fix one each day. Here are some examples:
  • A burnt light bulb that needs to be changed.
  • A button that’s missing on your favorite shirt.
  • The fact that every time you open your top kitchen cabinet all of the plastic food containers fall out.


4.  Follow the advice proffered by positive psychologists and write down 5 to 10 things that you’re grateful for, every day.
5. Make a list of 20 small things that you enjoy doing, and make sure that you do at least one of these things every day for the next 100 days. Your list can include things such as the following:
  • Eating your lunch outside.
  • Calling your best friend to chat.
  • Taking the time to sit down and read a novel by your favorite author for a few minutes.
6. Keep a log of your mental chatter, both positive and negative, for ten days. Be as specific as possible:
  • How many times do you beat yourself up during the day?
  • Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
  • Are you constantly thinking critical thoughts of others?
  • How many positive thoughts do you have during the day?
Also, make a note of the emotions that accompany these thoughts. Then, for the next 90 days, begin changing your emotions for the better by modifying your mental chatter.
7. For the next 100 days, have a good laugh at least once a day: get one of those calendars that has a different joke for every day of the year, or stop by a web site that features your favorite cartoons.

Learning/Personal Development

8. Choose a book that requires effort and concentration and read a little of it every day, so that you read it from cover to cover in 100 days.
9. Make it a point to learn at least one new thing each day: the name of a flower that grows in your garden, the capital of a far-off country, or the name of a piece of classical music you hear playing in your favorite clothing boutique as you shop. If it’s time for bed and you can’t identify anything you’ve learned that day, take out your dictionary and learn a new word.
10. Stop complaining for the next 100 days. A couple of years back, Will Bowen gave a purple rubber bracelet to each person in his congregation to remind them to stop complaining. “Negative talk produces negative thoughts; negative thoughts produce negative results”, says Bowen. For the next 100 days, whenever you catch yourself complaining about anything, stop yourself.
11. Set your alarm a minute earlier every day for the next 100 days. Then make sure that you get out of bed as soon as your alarm rings, open the windows to let in some sunlight, and do some light stretching. In 100 days you’ll be waking up an hour and forty minutes earlier than you’re waking up now.
12. For the next 100 days, keep Morning Pages, which is a tool suggested by Julia Cameron. Morning Pages are simply three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.
13. For the next 100 days make it a point to feed your mind with the thoughts, words, and images that are most consistent with who you want to be, what you want to have, and what you want to achieve.


14. Create a spending plan (also known as a budget). Track every cent that you spend for the next 100 days to make sure that you’re sticking to your spending plan.
15. Scour the internet for frugality tips, choose ten of the tips that you find, and apply them for the next 100 days.  Here are some possibilities:
  • Go to the grocery store with cash and a calculator instead of using your debit card.
  • Take inventory before going to the grocery store to avoid buying repeat items.
  • Scale back the cable.
  • Ask yourself if you really need a landline telephone.
  • Consolidate errands into one trip to save on gas.
Keep track of how much money you save over the next 100 days by applying these tips.
16. For the next 100 days, pay for everything with paper money and keep any change that you receive. Then, put all of your change in a jar and see how much money you can accumulate in 100 days.
17. Don’t buy anything that you don’t absolutely need for 100 days. Use any money you save by doing this to do one of the following:
  • Pay down your debt, if you have any.
  • Put it toward your six month emergency fund.
  • Start setting aside money to invest.
18. Set an hour aside every day for the next 100 days to devote to creating one source of passive income.

Time Management

19. For the next 100 days, take a notebook with you everywhere in order to keep your mind decluttered. Record everything, so that it’s safely stored in one place—out of your head—where you can decide what to do with it later. Include things such as the following:
  • Ideas for writing assignments.
  • Appointment dates.
  • To Do list items
20. Track how you spend your time for 5 days. Use the information that you gather in order to create a time budget: the percentage of your time that you want to devote to each activity that you engage in on a regular basis. This can include things such as:
  • Transportation
  • Housework
  • Leisure
  • Income-Generating Activities
Make sure that you stick to your time budget for the remaining 95 days.
21. Identify one low-priority activity which you can stop doing for the next 100 days, and devote that time to a high priority task instead.
22. Identify five ways in which you regularly waste time, and limit the time that you’re going to spend on these activities each day, for the next 100 days. Here are three examples:
  • Watch no more than half-an-hour of television a day.
  • Spend no more than half-an-hour each day on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Stumbleupon.
  • Spend no more than twenty minutes a day playing video games.
23. For the next 100 days, stop multi-tasking; do one thing at a time without distractions.
24. For the next 100 days, plan your day the night before.
25. For the next 100 days, do the most important thing on your To-Do list first, before you do anything else.
26. For the next 14 weeks, conduct a review of each week. During your weekly review, answer the following:
  • What did you accomplish?
  • What went wrong?
  • What went right?
27. For the next 100 days, spend a few minutes at the end of each day organizing your desk, filing papers, and making sure that your work area is clean and orderly, so that you can walk in to a neat desk the next day.
28. Make a list of all of the commitments and social obligations that you have in the next 100 days. Then, take out a red pen and cross out anything that does not truly bring you joy or help move you along the path to achieving your main life goals.
29. For the next 100 days, every time that you switch to a new activity throughout the day stop and ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time at this moment?”


30. Losing a pound of fat requires burning 3500 calories.  If you reduce your caloric intake by 175 calories a day for the next 100 days, you’ll have lost 5 pounds in the next 100 days.
31. For the next 100 days, eat five servings of vegetables every day.
32.  For the next 100 days, eat three servings of fruit of every day.
33. Choose one food that constantly sabotages your efforts to eat healthier—whether it’s the decadent cheesecake from the bakery around the corner, deep-dish pizza, or your favorite potato chips—and go cold turkey for the next 100 days.
34.  For the next 100 days, eat from a smaller plate to help control portion size.
35. For the next 100 days, buy 100% natural juices instead of the kind with added sugar and preservatives.
36. For the next 100 days, instead of carbonated drinks, drink water.
37. Create a list of 10 healthy, easy to fix breakfast meals.
38. Create a list of 20 healthy, easy to fix meals which can be eaten for lunch or dinner.
39. Create a list of 10 healthy, easy to fix snacks.
40. Use your lists of healthy breakfast meals, lunches, dinners, and snacks in order to plan out your meals for the week ahead of time. Do this for the next 14 weeks.
41. For the next 100 days, keep a food log. This will help you to identify where you’re deviating from your planned menu, and where you’re consuming extra calories.
42. For the next 100 days, get at least twenty minutes of daily exercise.
43. Wear a pedometer and walk 10,000 steps, every day, for the next 100 days. Every step you take during the day counts toward the 10,000 steps:
  • When you walk to your car.
  • When you walk from your desk to the bathroom.
  • When you walk over to talk to a co-worker, and so on.
44. Set up a weight chart and post it up in your bathroom. Every week for the next 14 weeks, keep track of the following:
  • Your weight.
  • Your percentage of body fat.
  • Your waist circumference.
45. For the next 100 days, set your watch to beep once an hour, or set up a computer reminder, to make sure that you drink water on a regular basis throughout the day.
46. For the next 100 days, make it a daily ritual to mediate, breath, or visualize every day in order to calm your mind.

Your Relationship

47.   For the next 100 days, actively look for something positive in your partner every day, and write it down.
48. Create a scrapbook of all the things you and your partner do together during the next 100 days. At the end of the 100 days, give your partner the list you created of positive things you observed about them each day, as well as the scrapbook you created.
49. Identify 3 actions that you’re going to take each day, for the next 100 days, in order to strengthen your relationship. These can include the following:
  • Say “I love you” and “Have a good day” to your significant other every morning.
  • Hug your significant other as soon as you see each other after work.
  • Go for a twenty minute walk together every day after dinner; hold hands.


50. Connect with someone new every day for the next 100 days, whether it’s by greeting a neighbor you’ve never spoken to before, following someone new on Twitter, leaving a comment on a blog you’ve never commented on before, and so on.
51. For the next 100 days, make it a point to associate with people you admire, respect and want to be like.
52. For the next 100 days, when someone does or says something that upsets you, take a minute to think over your response instead of answering right away.
53. For the next 100 days, don’t even think of passing judgment until you’ve heard both sides of the story.
54. For the next 100 days do one kind deed for someone every day, however small, even if it’s just sending a silent blessing their way.
55. For the next 100 days, make it a point to give praise and approval to those who deserve it.
56. For the next 100 days, practice active listening. When someone is talking to you, remain focused on what they’re saying, instead of rehearsing in your head what you’re going to say next. Paraphrase what you think you heard them say to make sure that you haven’t misinterpreted them, and encourage them to elaborate on any points you’re still not clear about.
57. Practice empathy for the next 100 days. If you disagree with someone, try to see the world from their perspective; put yourself in their shoes. Be curious about the other person, about their beliefs and their life experience, and about the thinking process that they followed to reach their conclusions.
58. For the next 100 days, stay in your own life and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
59. For the next 100 days, place the best possible interpretation on the actions of others.
60. For the next 100 days, keep reminding yourself that everyone is doing the best that they can.

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Marelisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as well as a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Republic of Panama. Marelisa blogs about creativity, productivity, and getting the most out of life over at Abundance Blog at Marelisa Online.She's the author of the eBooks "How to Live Your Best Life - The Essential Guide for Creating and Achieving Your Life List", and "Make It Happen! A Workbook for Overcoming Procrastination and Getting the Right Things Done".

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

RE-Imagining Pumpkins!!!!

 This weekend I was thinking about how to apply the whole RE-Imagine That! idea to Halloween and I decided it was time to re-imagine the standard carving of a pumpkin!..I went to Whole Foods and bought the biggest most beautiful pumpkin I could find, only $4..(it would hardly go into my trunk) it is...

I then walked over to -The Rebuliding Center- on Mississippi-  and found all kinds of old hardware parts, doorknobs, draw pulls, shower heads,weather stripping,nail head trim etc. This is the mess of stuff I bought for $5.

The first thing I did was take the weather stripping out of the bag. I knew that had to be the hair...then the name Penelope flew into my I knew this was a girl and off I went into creating her. I was feeling her spirit and it felt a lot like the spirit of a stuffed doll I had growing up. Shrinking Violet... does anyone remember her?...if you don't here is a looksy!

So here she is with the weather stripped hair. I let her reveal herself to me...That is one thing about art.... you must first

from all the noise


to what wants to come through...

So this is what came through!!

Hi! I am Penelope!
Happy Halloweeeeeny and until next time....

Keep Creating!

Peace and Love, Cindy

Don't forget to listen to your dog this Halloween! It wants to dress up too!

I found this picture on Facebook. Would love to know the name of this dog if anyone knows who it is.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Making Tags to Label Your Art Boxes!!!

                Hi Arty-Farty Blogger...thanks for coming over to see me here at my other ART BLOG! Man, oh man...I am blog crazy. Seriously. I also have 250 pens in my possession. The method behind the madness? May it be a little artsy fartsy stifled writer that seems to need to "put herself out there"? Who the hell knows...But I do know this.. This is the blog I created in 2009, so I could partake in  the first " Where Bloggers Create" Par Tay..of Karen Valentines..
A lot has transpired since then! I will NOW show you an idea that flew into my brain... on making tags for my art box's or for any box, as far as, that goes! So go now and put on the tea...and grab your art bag full of tools and glue and brushes and mandatory art paraphernalia!

Next you get yourself some strands of nail head trim at your nearest upholstery or fabric store.
Now drink yourself a cup of green tea while you snip off the actual nail heads that have the nail holes in them.  Keep the others. You will use those to decorate the box up! You will be gluing these to the alphabet or numbered tags you are about to make!
Then you get your glue stick and glue gun and sheets of scrap booking paper that have numbers or letters on them and some with pretty square stamp images… 
Once you cut out the letter or number squares (make them smaller than the stamp), you then cut the stamp squares out with a rough edge pair of scissors and glue the letters or numbers onto the top of stamp squares.  Count your box’s and make accordingly the tags you want to use to label them.
1-5 or A-E (Five Boxes)
Next make a hole with a small hole puncher, in the corner of the tag and glue the small nail head to the tag. Then you get some metal wire and curve it to fit around the box handle and run it through your new tag curving it up and around the tag..

So you see.....
Your old messy art closet ...

 Can be transformed into a beautiful thang!!

All you have to do is....

Re-Imagine That!



Thursday, June 2, 2011

BLOGGING PARTY! July 15th, 2011!!

The Blogging Party has been announced! Click on the link to get all the info!
Get YOUR creation-stations ready and meet new friends with fresh blogging ideas !

Here is a taste of what is to come.
A is for ART and quite frankly..what the hell else is there?

See you on the flip side!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Whistle While You WORK!

Good Morning Artful Bloggers!

This morning I woke up to the birds outside my window, here in Portlandia ....whistling dixie! They were so ham dappy it made me happy and I could not wait to jump out of my bed and call my brother to ship my art supplies to me....! One of the FASTest WAYS TO GET YOURSELF MOVING and into your NEXT WORK OF ART IS TO...yep, you guesster, chester!!!!

Hugh will show you just how to do it!

Yes....that was whistling dixie!!!
Keep Creating BIG THINGS!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Card for the Day-EMERGING

If you found your way to this sight..this card is for you.
Your True Self. Radiant.Powerful.Successful. Intellegent.
Now shining through the surface. Allow your true self to be visable to others.
For you lift them and inspire them.

You are awesome in so many ways and you are beginning to find your true nature more easily.
At one time, you may have believed that you had to hide your true feelings from others ( or even from yourself ) Now, however you realize how vital and attractive expressing your authentic self is.

This is from a deck called Healing with the Angels. Have a radiant, powerful, successful, joyful day!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011



Partake in the 1st Empowering Practice!

For your viewing pleasure I have posted three video's..

Choose yours!

Peace In~ Cindy

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Play in Your Sandbox Today!

Get out your bucket and shovel and get busy playing with your JOY!!!! Embrace the desires of your heart WHILE you CREATE with your hands!
Watch the video and see the magic happen!

Each day brings with it the opportunity to harbor on all the things that are driving us insane or the opportunity to play and feel good. Today I was YOUTUBIN' and found this little gem....! Getting into our sandbox, like we used to do when we were children, is something that will balance our yin/yang energies and have us feeling GOOOD ....and we all know that is the best place to be.. if you want your intentions to manifest faster.
You are just one creative project away from "Lifting Your Vibe".
Find your artsy fartsy self and CREATE!!!!

Have a beautiful day playing in your sandbox..YOU ARE MAGICAL!!!
Peace In You!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Candie Cooper IS ART...

Meet Candie Cooper!

She is friend of mine and has written a few books and does amazing ART.

Here is her BLOG!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Long Time No Art.....!

Today I celebrate my friend......No,... it is not her birthday or anything special...just a winter day for her back in "The Tuck" but I wanted to CONNECT back to my ART BLOG by celebrating and sharing her wonderful ART. I think what she draws is AWESOME!!!! Her name is Cowbells and she is a beautiful spirit...Circles of Light surround her...Love sent to you my friend ! STAY WARM!!! What unexpressed art is with-in you RIGHT NOW? Get to the drawing board, pull out your crayons and create!!!!! Time will fly and you will be in that JOY place!!!!! It is a beautiful thing!!! Thank you Cowbells for creating something that gives me joy!!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Re-Cycle Man

SO VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS MANS VISION..YOU MAY BE TOO! This is purposeful art, at it's finest not to mention just plain COOL!

Have a great holiday and may your creativity soar!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lost my Camera cord!

I must be honest with you...Since being in Grand Rapids and then coming to Indiana again, I have not updated this site do to a temporary malfunction. I misplaced my camera cord. What is a blog with-out pictures? I have one ordered from Ebay and it should be arriving soon. My camera is ancient and I had been everywhere trying to find a cord that would allow me to download my photos onto this sight. I was talked into a new camera while in Grand Rapids and bit the bullet..Excited I was at the prospects of "new material" ..... I decided to walk my dog. While I was was walking my dog she pulled on the leash while trying to run after a squirrel and I was trying to take a picture of a very cool peace sign in someones when flying to the ground- so that one was destroyed and of course no insurance..AHHH LIFE! So now I am back to my old camera and will soon be back in gear to touch you with MORE INNER TOUCH ART...SEE you soon!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How 'bout ONE Flower in a Vase to set the day right..not 10 but 1. Simple Pure and Full of Fun.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Hi! Welcome to my current Artsy Fartsy Home Staging and Selling Project and a veiw of my Art Space...

This is where I blog and create...My dog Ruby and I ( pictured below ) are in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the present time and living in a home built in the early 190o's. My friend has asked me to help her stage and sell! The painting and some art you see was done by a Michagan artist named Geri Goodemoot. I live in Arizona and hang with blogging party pal Karen Valentine-and Deb of Paradise Blog Designs when the weather is NOT 1oo degrees or more...I gathered up these signs from Kim Schwacha of Greenridge Realty, I hold open houses most every day and make my boxes, birdhouses and other crafty items while I attract just the right buyer~! I have included lots of pictures below of the finished staging I have done as well...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Getting ready for the Party tommorrow-Where Bloggers Create.....!   My dog Ruby watches from a comfy spot in the house!     

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


My son is an artist, musician and actor and today he launched his first music video on YouTube! His band is called Hand over Heart and his website is More music can be heard by clicking on Myspace words on the website. I love his song called Fight Back! I am so proud of him and he did all the editing for the video and all music for the exception of the talented. This particular song is called Roann. He feels this song was put in his head by my father, which is his grandfather after his passing. Dad was born in the small town of Roann, Indiana and JT filmed this video there, as well as, Michigan. Those goats were rescued goats and a bull! All very midwestern and farm can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy..The following is a bio that was done on him- Enjoy! Below this, is his beautiful girlfrind Sheva, and a box I made for her for her birthday this month. They sell for $45 on up depending on the dimensions..20% of all proceeds from my art will go to my non-profit Angels Indeed. Enjoy!
Jashub T. Absher turns from looking out the window and smiles. "How much better are our greatest successes than our greatest failures? What's more valuable to your soul?" Not many people approach life's challenges with such a sense of hunger and curiosity, but that's what sets Hand Over Heart apart. The Los Angeles-based musical project of Midwest transplant Absher, Hand Over Heart is a surprisingly honest, sometimes painfully authentic journey through love and life found and lost and found again. Having played in various bands, opening for acts such as Silverspun Pickups and Bright Eyes, Absher has spent the past few years honing a musical style and lyrical approach that is uniquely beautiful. Hand Over Heart's songs explore the line between our world and the mystical metaphysical. Listening to "Fight Back" or "Roann", one gets the sense that Absher is a poet with a mission. "I'm not stopping now until I'm buried with the music," he says. "Each of the songs is a little documentary, a message to people about how to love yourself and learn how to love others." After his grandfather's funeral, Absher stayed awake for three days straight, energized by his new-found healing powers. He discovered that by laying his hands on someone he could affect real physical change. This is the spirit that imbues his songs now and the motivation behind the project's name.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Sheva!

My son's girlfriend Sheva and I in Sedona..they came to see me from LA and I made this box for her birthday that was earlier this month.  Hope she likes it!

Made this one for SHEVA

 Inside I put  many, many  Affirmations to EMPOWER your Life all calligraphy inscripted.
7 1/2 inch round
Soon -I will be getting my products in my Foxfire Studio!

Boxes can be used as Prayer or Affirmation Boxes- I prefer to call them 


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