April 27, 2009

what beautiful weather we are having here in upstate...uncommonly good weather....and I am so in my element and finding it difficult to stay inside in the studio....but I did manage to get my mandala done this morning...and my journal page....So here is to the cherry at the bottom of the glass!! Today, I got to enjoy so much...so many dreams appeared before me...spending time with those I love enjoying the perfect weather....So I did the prompt about phones....I phoned in my dream of being surrounded by my family to ground me....And I continue to strive to listen to the whispers of other dreams that float before me...
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

Coffee Talk....

I use to make these cups...filled with little inspirational notes, but I can no longer find the cute little terra cotta plant holders that I altered.... I ran across this photo of them today...and the message it brought to me....dream BIG ...There are lots of things that I dream of....lots of things that I still have on my WISH list...I long to go to retreats....creative retreats and spiritual retreats....
I dream BIG...of attending Bliss Bootcamp!!! A retreat that is small enough to allow me to feel a comfort...large enough to bring me new joys...and affordable enough because it is all inclusive...
A retreat where I will be able to recharge my creative batteries...where a connection can be made not only with my muse, but with others....where the idea of creating 24 hours a day is alive with giggles and energy...where one bubble forms another...forms another...forms another with inspiration...kindred spirits...new friendships...laughter...sharing...nournishment for the creative soul...with talent...vision...and a deep sense of self...
This morning, while sipping my coffee...I dream BIG of a retreat....and this is the one I am dreaming of.....
BLISS BOOTCAMP
!!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

PS: Are you dreaming too? There are still some spaces left! Contact the head counselor and bring your tiara....I know we are in for a magnificent ride!

Enjoy the Ride...

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Artfully Yours,

Pattie

April 21, 2009

It has been awhile since I posted a journal page...although I have been doing them...some with color...some without....but my mind has been occupied with many other things...Today...I toast to staying in the moment.....of taking a soul vitamin to make me feel taller (instead of the small child I have been feeling like lately) The rain stopped this morning....it was warm with just a hint of a breeze so being outside was enjoyable....and I bore witness to all the new growth around me....reawakening my senses.....I did the prompt about BREAKHEART PASS.....A vision of my heart wrapped in barbwire appeared when I first read those words....and it caused me to look within and see that the barbwire is of my own making...not others!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

INTERVIEW with BRENDA (BLISS BOOTCAMP)


It's a beautiful morning....sun is shining and I am so happy to be interviewing Brenda today!
We have our tiaras on...sitting sipping tea and joyous to be in each others company. LIFE IS GOOD as they say on the t-shirts! Without further ado....I am happy to introduce you to Brenda, head counselor and founder of BLISS BOOTCAMP!

ME: What is the dream that you are bringing to realization in your life?

BRENDA: I have been dreaming for years of hosting art retreats where the artists are interacting the whole time with the students....where life long friendships are made and where, when an artist leaves, she/he says to themselves... "These few days changed my life!"

ME: How did you get yourself PAST the fear to put one foot in front of the other to do this?

BRENDA: I don't know if I am past the fear yet or not :) I am 50 years old and I could have waited, and waited and waited some more...and then it could have been too late, So I just put on my big girl panties and started planning! And support from Team Bliss didn't hurt!

ME: What do you hope these retreats will provide for the person who attends? And what can they expect to learn at them?

BRENDA: I want artists to be able to get away from it all and just enjoy the moment and create. When artists gather, they blossom! It gets creative juices flowing and an energy like no other spills out. We will all learn new wonderful techniques and uncover unknown talent. And we will all learn to Love ourselves just a little bit more!

ME: Why do you think attending a retreat is important for everyone who is on a quest to reach their potential important?

BRENDA: Retreats are a special place where one doesn't have to deal with everyday garbage. Where you are surrounded by your tribe. Wisdom is all around. Amazing things happen when a group of artists join together. It's like a bowl of popcorn...a bunch of little kernels, all in their own little hard shelled world, until you put them all together, add a bit of heat and POOF-- they open and expand and change shape and have so much more to offer the world!

ME: Besides retreats I know you make wonderful healing jewelry and talisman....are you going to be sharing with others your talent also?

BRENDA: Thank you Pattie! Maybe after I get a few Bliss Bootcamps under my belt---we shall see...I would love to teach someday.

Special Bonus Question of the Day...

ME: What is the one thing that just lights up your inspiration and creativity to help you move forward toward your dream?

BRENDA: There are many wonderful retreats out there that I have attended and memories from them all help drive me onward. Many artists are out there just waiting to be given the chance to teach and I want to be able to offer them that opportunity. I also have started the Bliss Bucket--a place where people can donate money-and the Bliss Bootcamp will match those dollars and offer scholarships to artists who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend a retreat.

Thanks for sharing yourself Brenda....I hope that it gives others the inspiration to follow their dreams...to step out on that branch and leap...to fly! I am wishing you much success on this new adventure....and want to let everyone who wants to have an experience that will change their life to sign up for the bliss bootcamp experience....your southern warmth and love...not to mention the tiara makes ME extremely happy and I am SO looking forward to this retreat!
Can we go and play in the studio now???!!!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

PS: Click ANY of the words: bliss bootcamp and they will take you directly to the camps home page...where you will learn MORE about this exciting weekend!

FOLLOW YOUR BLISS!!!

I want to take this moment to let you know that I will be interviewing the fabulous, Brenda Bliss,
on Sunday, April the 19th!! I met Brenda in 2005 when I attended a retreat that she also attended! Brenda began having a dream after that retreat for herself.....for others...about connecting....about art.....And she is taking a BIG STEP to manifest that dream into reality....
Check it out!!!! BLISS BOOT CAMP!! I can't think of anyone I would rather have a PJ party with!
Can't wait to interview her!!!!! Make sure you come back on Sunday....and GRAB one of the seats at the retreat before they are all gone!!! I certainly am!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie
PS: I had the honor of designing this logo for Miss Brenda Bliss....to add to the dream...

April 13, 2009

I toast the day to my Anniversary of 24 years!!! And I eat a piece of cake (white cake and white frosting!) to remind me that life is much sweeter if you have a piece of cake every day!! LOL...
I used the prompt from Eudora Welty..."never think you've seen the last of anything"....
And I just know that I wore the crown today...because I laughed from the moment I woke up and I am still smiling....
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

The Nature of Glass....

I was recently in Tempe, Arizona...and had the great
pleasure of spending the day outside at the
Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens...
and much to my delight and surprise there
was an exhibit amongst the cactus of the
glass art by Dale Chihuly...It was stunning!
If you ever have the pleasure to see his work,
take it....
It is truly breath taking...
ENJOY!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

You can learn a little bit MORE about it
by pressing this link!



April 11, 2009


Today, I toast all the shapes that it took on...a baby shower...watching the little love...(which was a total surprise) the laughter...the stories being told...the connections....And during the day I took a sip of kindness for myself...and I did pass it along to others with good cheer and hugs....and of course the word pool prompt that I love so much.....Amazing the messages that come thru while doing one of them....Have you tried one yet? You just might like it....
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 10, 2009


It has been a FABULOUS Good Friday....I stayed out of hot water!! I grinned a lot...laughed a lot...smiled a lot....Followed the prompts today and did the Awe-awakened moments....and the juju....A GOOD DAY!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 9, 2009

I have done my journal page for the past 2 days...but I have not had time to paint them....So this is what today's looks like BEFORE I put the paint on it!! I have been DEEP in the creative mode...working on a toy box for a baby shower gift ....And tonight I can say....TOMORROW is the last day...It will be waxed and completed just in time for the shower on Saturday!! ....I have been listening to my creativity in the garden of my soul....
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 7, 2009

So today, although the housework was calling me...I am deep into the paint...working on a toy box for a baby that is yet to be welcomed into the world....And as I let go of some of the "mundane" that needs to be done, I am also aware that some of my OWN cobwebs need to be cleaned out...Sometimes you have to clean the mental mind in order to get on with things...So as I paint....that is the type of cleaning that is being done...
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 6, 2009

Toasting the day....Filling the day with good news....The parents (my daughter) of our 4 year old love gave us PERMISSION to take the little one to Disney World....SO EXCITING! So we will start to make all the travel plans to go in the beginning of May.....This balances some of the other things that are going on in my life....so I take a Soul Vitamin to maintain a HAPPY MEDIUM! Not to high...not to low!! LOL....I did the prompt of the Title wave again today....I like to use all the titles in one little burst of thought....And I have been taking running leaps to jump over the rope a lot lately....So I honor that and I am happy to be playing!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 5, 2009

Up and creating early today! Sometimes you just have to weigh it out....and this morning was one of them....putting the most important things at the top of the list and eliminating some of the things that just don't belong there today....Today, is one of those days where I thought I had time for a deadline....and now realize the deadline is almost here and I haven't even started the project!! Got to love the clutter of a creative mind.....But NO WORRIES!! This is when I actually do some of my best work....not putting so much thought into "perfect" but rather going straight to the task! No inner critic....no time to be bothered with it!! One of the prompts was to make a spice rack....So I spice up my life today with a dash of this and a pinch of that!...I kiss the day with creativity and I pucker up to show myself the passion of it....Sun is out....and I am having fun...fun...fun!! So the day that was suppose to be filled with a little mundane....JUST GOT WAY BETTER ....well...as least as far as I am concerned!!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 4, 2009

Today I toast the day by layering color on this cold and rainy/snowy day! Painting with vibrant colors always makes the outside feel better!! So that is my Soul Vitamin also....Just add an additional drop or two of color to brighten even the grayest of days!....From the prompt by Maya Anelou (one of my favs!) I made a short list of things I believe....And then I just couldn't resist writing about the revolving door...causing me to remember when you get stuck in a continuous circle sometimes you just have to turn and go the other way.....
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 3, 2009

So I seem to be a day late!! LOL...Not that I did not have my journal page done yesterday...because I did! But I was enjoying my day so much with my littlest love ...my grandson! We actually drove the 20 miles to go to his FAVORITE toy store...the world's greatest as he says!! He has been going there since he was 2 with us...they have a whole train yard set up and it is amazing!! So I toasted the day...with homemade waffles and drank in the joy of it! My heart imagines so many possibilities...that it over flows...and I am feeling COOL...CALM...and COLLECTIVE!....And ever so CREATIVE!! All is good in upstate!!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

April 2, 2009

After being off line for a little R and R...it is taking me a bit to get back into the swing of things!
But it was a well deserved rest....leaving behind many of the things that I normally do. Sometimes you just have to regroup...reconnect...and get some new energy. It was a beautiful day in upstate ...and I played outside for the better part of the afternoon....allowing me to be aware of how my R and R has reconnected me...allowing the sun to warm my spirit...It was a beautiful day!
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

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