Posts Tagged ‘Imbolc Art Card Exchange’

I had never participated in an Art Card Exchange before and I stumbled across this one for Imbolc.  I decided to listen to one of my favorite podcasts to get into the spirit of Imbolc.  The one I chose to listen to was the Imbolc podcast from the Celtic Myth Podshow.   Gary and Ruth tell wonderful and inspiring Celtic myths and legends.  If you have never heard them I highly recommend that you give them a listen.  At the very least I can say that I truly enjoy listening to them. I found their show at such a critical time in my life and listening to them offered me comfort and inspiration.  Thus I want to share with all of you the gift that I discovered…the gift of their show. Dear Gary & Ruth, you both have touched my life and my heart in ways you cannot possibly imagine.  I thank you both from the depths of my heart!

During the Celtic Myth Podshow (available on I-Tunes as Podcasts) from 2009 Imbolc celebrations there was a statement that just stuck with and inspired me. Ruth said “Blowing the bellows to increase the fire that would warm the cold earth”.  I immediately got a vision of  blowing bellows in my head and I jumped up to get out an assortment of decorative papers to begin the construction of my bellows.  Cutting, folding, and gluing I began to see the bellows come to life.  I constructed 20 individual flames to be incorporated into the card. The actual card itself went through several transformations and I made several card-stock foundations before I was happy.

I am excited about the experience because I not only made a bellows to warm the earth, I warmed my heart in the process. I am feeling inspired and grateful for the wonderful gift this Art Card Exchange has brought into my life.   So many thanks to Jen over at Chasing Domestic Bliss for organizing this Exchange. I am surprised that my card took so long to get to her. The post office required that I send it as a package because of the thickness of the envelope.  I didn’t want the paper bellows to get squished so I put a layer of bubble wrap into the envelope for protection. So, being a package, I had to fill out a Customs Form. I didn’t know Customs could take so long!  I am just going to trust that even though my card arrived late, it arrived when it was meant to arrive.

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I went to my mailbox today and was excited to see not one, but two envelopes from Canada! I received an Imbolc Art Card from the Imbolc Art Card Exchange and a second note too from Heidi Dawn.  The Imbolc Card was in Celebration, as well as an Invitation to a full moon gathering Celebrating Brigid’s Day with “Creativity, Poetry, Insight, Children, Healing & Fire”.  As Heidi Dawn wrote,”It is important to make time to appreciate all the wondrous aspects of womanhood”.  Her card went on to outline the events of the Celebration which sounded like a beautiful day of the celebrations of life.

The second note was wrapped in a origami kimono heart tied with a piece of soft hand-spun bamboo yarn.  It was such a beautiful little package that I wanted to share that with all of you too!

Thank you Heidi Dawn for the beautiful handmade cards and notes of such heartfelt sentiments.

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This week has just flown by as I have been creating and crafting/arting away. Lol!  I said arting! Yeah, I know I am silly and that is okay.  Spending too much time being so serious has not exactly benefited me in the past so why carry it with me into the future?  That’s not to say that I do not have a serious side, believe me it is still there, but I am finding a balance.  I am learning what I need to let go of from my life and I am finding it to be a wonderfully profound experience.

I do not hide the fact that I find great inspiration from the beach. Last Sunday I was looking at the Yarnista blog post that was called “What will become of me?” It was a picture of some beautiful yarn that immediately reminded me of the shoreline in San Clemente.  I was so inspired that I left the following comment and I wanted to share it with all of you.

“I walk along the sandy shoreline and see your beauty filling my eyes and my heart. Taking off my shoes and socks my feet are covered in the embrace of your sparkly caresses. As I soak in your beauty not only through my eyes but with each step I take I am so hesitant to leave your companionship. I hear the roar of the waves as they momentarily alter out union, rushing in but unable to break our connection. I wander along feeling alternating kisses of warmth and cool upon my feet. What will become of you? I sit down with you and pull forth your loving colors, the colors of the shoreline, the colors of nature, the colors of the beach. You are not the colors of the sea, you are the colors of the earth as it meets the sea. My heart is open and embraces the beauty that resides within you. I work these colors into a beautiful shawl to wrap around my body as I envision the sandy shoreline hugging me in a lover’s embrace. A tear rolls down my cheek as we depart but I find my heart warms as I know I am embraced by your love.”

To see the photograph of the yarn that inspired this comment in me then click on the Yarnista link above.

Sometimes I forget that the beautiful beaches in San Clemente require maintenance.  Some of the walk ways to the beach fill up with beach sand and need to be shoveled out periodically.  Other areas need more heavy equipment to rearrange the sand.  Here is a prime example.

Time for my Craft or Bust update:

I am continuing to work on my 12×12 inch square.  Should be done within the next week and mailed by next Friday.

I am slowly making some progress on my Traveling Woman shawl for the TwitterKAL.

I took about 500 photographs that I need to sort through to upload to my Fine Art America Gallery.  Depending on time constraints it will take me a week or two to sort through them all and pick out the ones I like the best.

I finished my Art Card Exchange for Imbolc.  I have some pictures to share from that but not until it is received.  So later in this week I will post some pics and share more details about the process.

Well that is my update for now.  I am off to spend a little time with my family.  Have a great night.

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Before I officially call it a night tonight I thought I would post a quick update about today.

I mailed my Imbolc Art Card Exchange earlier this afternoon.  I will post more about this in the next few days.  I also began the TwitKAL.  It took me a few tries to get the start of it to come out to my liking.  I got about halfway done with the first section.  As you can see in this photograph, I had a helper beside me the entire time.

So many exciting things happening and I look forward to sharing them here, in due time.  Ah, patience is such a virtue.

Sweet dreams….

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