Sunday, March 9, 2014

Are you sweet...............always?

Yes, it is hard to be sweet. Especially when those around you are angry, frustrated, over-worked and stressed out. It is amazing what kindness can do. Sometimes it comes simply in the form of just being sweet. When someone gives you vinegar, give them back some honey. Then you can mix them together and make a vinaigrette and you have a lovely salad dressing for your healthy salad. 

Ok that was corny, as my husband would say. He throws that at me constantly, "You are the queen of corn" then says "but I love you." 

I remember one time when my daughter was 8, we waited in a very long, after christmas, return line  at Costco. She said to me:

"Mom, that lady looks mad." (the teller)

I said to her "Well cutie, I am sure that with everyone bringing stuff back and the long lines she is on her feet lots and having to deal with grumpy people because they are mad that they have to wait."

 Like somehow they are surprised that there is a huge return line up after Christmas? I don't get that.

I told her "I bet you if you are nice to her, even though she is grumpy, you will make her smile." She says to me "Well how do I do that mom!" I said "when you get close to her, take a good look at her and find something nice to say about her, something genuine. Maybe she has nice earrings or pretty eyes. It doesn't have to be something stunning, ("Whats that mom?"-"Really really awesome". "OH, ok.") just her best thing." She says "k Mom."

We get to the counter and I am trying to be pretty sweet too, though I can feel her negative energy as thick as heavy fog. It is hard to be near that and keep your wits about you. My daughter peering over the counter at her, I can see her eyes searching, thinking about the teller's "best thing".

Out from her lips comes "I think you have really pretty hair!" with a big smile on her face like she just dropped a diamond on the counter.

The woman's face transformed. A huge grin spreading from ear to ear, seriously her whole face lifted. Truthfully I could swear she was blushing a bit. "Well thank you!" she exclaimed. Her shoulders lifted she bounced around doing our return. We were all smiling.

We leave her, and my daughter looks at me and says "Wow mom! You were right."

 I told her "you were being real, you said something you really felt and she felt that. You can always find something nice to say about someone, if you look really hard. It just takes you caring enough to do it. We are like drops in a puddle and you can either send out good ripples or bad ripples but either way your ripples will go out and and they will hit something."

Try your best to make them good ones, and to 
                               be sweet............always.

the fairy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Do you have an adventurous heart?

I just uploaded a video I did documenting my painting I did for Heather's class on soul food.

Hope you enjoy!

Off to class in the morning with Kerri Twig at ACI.

the fairy!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A mini story board

Soul Food is so much fun. I am not only an instructor I am also participating as a student as well. I am so enjoying learning other artist's processes and putting my spin on them.

The lovely Lisa Patencio had a super fun lesson to share. This was my take on it.

It is a mini story based on a favourite song of mine by Matisyaho called "Shine on You".

vid is here if you want to watch and listen while you figure out my story board. ;)

the fairy!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Soul Food.........Wow

I have been having such an awesome time with soul food. I have met so many amazing new friends, artists, creatives. I have learned so much from my fellow artists. It has made me want to explore new things try new ideas. It's not too late to join the fun............

Anyways, I was browsing some of the artwork by the other students and instructors and came across Jaquie Fehl's FB page. Low and behold I had these quirky expressive birds staring me down and I fell in love. I just had to make my own grungy quirky way!

Stay tuned for more. I will be posting more of my soul food projects soon. I think I might even be inspired to make a few digital stamps too........:)

the fairy!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mixed Media Bird Ornament

I needed a little hand made something for a couple of friends/coworkers…….sort of. They are actually  good friends I have made through the grant work I have been doing with our local school. They are both very creative and I knew they would appreciate some lovely hand made ornaments given that they are both artists themselves. I photographed my process so I could share it with you.

I started with my bird shape and cut out two from cardboard and two from mixed media paper that I just scraped some acrylic paint on to.

I then glued the two cardboard pieces together and taped the edges with masking tape to seal them. 

I curled some wire and poked it through from top to bottom between the two cardboard pieces. I then primed the bird with gesso.

Paint the edges only black. 

Distress the edges of the paper bird sections, I used chocolate distress ink.

 Glue the paper to the cardboard section and cut out two wing shapes and collage them on. I added some further "distressing" by rolling one of my stamping up stamps on the bird. I love this doodle border stamp. 

Here is a close up. I really wasn't trying to make it too perfect.

I added some stitch lines for interest, some vintage ribbon and mulberry flowers on each side. I also made some drop pendants with earring pins and beads I got at Walmart and hung that from bottom of the bird and voila!

I sure hope they love them.

the fairy!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

And the winner is……...

Lucky commenter #1

Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered my draw.

Sorry for posting it late! Time slipped away from me!

the fairy!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Seek Inspiration

Paper bead tutorial is coming…….promise. 

In the mean time check out my latest art video:

Registration is still open for SOULFOOD! You won't want to miss my workshop!

Head on over to MYSTELE'S to sign up now and if you are the lucky winner of my draw for a spot I am sure we can refund your tuition.

If you haven't entered yet and believe me you DON'T have to be an artist to take this workshop then head over to my post now to enter via comment. 

the fairy

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Paper Beads! Who wants to learn how?

I can't remember now where I saw this first. Paper beads, how cool they are! I used old magazine pages which turned out awesome. I also used some scraps from painted papers which were nice and thick. 

I just love them and they are so fun and easy to make! I think I will do a video on how they are made, or even just a short tutorial.

Stay tuned.

the fairy