Tuesday, December 30, 2014
It is that time of the year again, the holidays are coming to a close and we come to the time everyone starts with the resolutions. Will you do them this year?
I have done them in the past - the most common ones too. You know lose weight, exercise more, be organized. Then there are the ones that I had as an artist - write and published a book, create more art, get my name out there more, etc.
I decided this year I will not have any resolutions - most of the time they do not work out anyway. I decided that instead I am going to use this quote in my studio and try to stay positive no matter what comes into my path.
Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Since it is near the holiday of Thanksgiving, I am going to support my Native People. I am going to share singers who are amazing. Okay I could have keep going and going, but I am going to stop now. This is amazing talent. Enjoy.
I sing mommy's little guy to my kids at bed time - sometimes.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I have been organizing and cleaning my studio over the last few months. I am building or repurposing items to make my studio function better for me. Here are some projects I did.
So far I am happy with one wall of my studio but I am slowly working my way around the room and soon I will have the studio of my dreams (hopefully - fingers crossed).
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I did a book reading at Black Hills State University last night so I wanted to touch on how to do a great book reading.
I think that I did okay but anyone who says that they cannot improve makes me wonder. I can honestly say I was nervous.
Go here for some great advice.
One piece of advice they cover is talk more, read less. Yeah, I did this one but I think my rhythm was a little off and I am going to blame that on nerves. It was the first time that I did a reading on a stage, usually I am in a room and it is more personal with the audience. My advice to add to this is sit down and make it more personal with the audience and I wished I had did this. Next time definitely.
Another thing is picking your excerpt carefully. I did this but I have watched many authors readings and I have a piece of advice to. You need to give a little background up to the point of where you are starting to read. A little about the story (back of the book) or small details that lead up to this scene. I did this, but this is another area I can improve on.
Say Thank You. It is hard to remember sometimes especially when you are nervous, but it is good to do. In that regard, I want to say thank you to the Reading Club at Black Hills State University for having me. It was a great experience.
It is hard to get in front of people sometimes, I know that most writers are more comfortable in front of a computer than in front of a crowd. However, doing readings and signings are part of the job and a bonus is you get to meet a lot of great people.
Does anyone have any great advice to add to this?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I have been busy cleaning and making my studio more effective for my business. I created this quite easily with supplies I had on had except for the peg board ( which was $5).
1) I found a dyi similar to this on Pinterest.
2) I measured and cut the pegboard.
3) then I used small eye hooks and picture hanging wire to hang the brown paper. (I use this when I am shipping off an order from my Etsy store. )
4) I used the same eye hooks and picture wire on the back to hang it on the wall.
5) I added the baskets to hold the stamps I use.
Note: I want to paint the pegboard white and other things that I use to ship items on the board. I am happy with it for now. Now on to more organizing. Have a great day.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
DYI Organizing boxes
I used these three ideas and altered them to meet my needs. A great source is Youtube but also Pinterest. Happy Organizing.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
- First - you need a label maker (so you can see where everything is at a glance)
- Second- you need boxes of multiple sizes (shoe boxes work great and they are readily available)
- Third - you have to have a trash can available and (don't be afraid to use it)
- Fourth - Use big boxes to organize different sections (One box for art supplies, one box for fabric, one for beads)
- Fifth and Final - you should try to have a sense of humor and patience - (it will all work out in the end)
Cleaning / Organizing Grid
Ok now that we did a quick list of the things you need you need to decide how to attack the problem.
Some people like list and I am one of them but when I am organizing I use a grid system along with list and I keep a handy dandy notebook (can you tell I have kids) at hand. That way I can write down what I need to get to help me and make list for each quadrant.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I think Organizing your home, time and life is really about a frame of mind. It takes determination to make chaos have order. With three kids -believe me I know. These are a few of my favorite quotes of the day.
Organization isn't about perfection it's about efficiency, reducing stress, & clutter, saving time & money & improving your overall quality of life. -- Christina Scalise
Organizing is really just one big game of Tetris. -- Alejandra
For ever minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. -- Benjamin Franklin
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This may seem funny and of course it is common sense to have one. But you will need one while organizing and it is always good to have close.
In this step you want to have your trash can, and a line of boxes. Each with a name on them. Give away, fabric, paints, books, etc.
So my suggestion is to go through everything, and find it a permanent home. It will make your projects go faster if you know where things are. Good luck
Here are some pictures of this concept. :D
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Key Items : Boxes of Multiple Sizes
I use 12 quart plastic boxes for storage in my art studio.
I label each one and it keeps me organized.
You should also gather other types of boxes:
food boxes (cereal, cracker, etc)
These will be the beginning of your organization system. My suggestion is to also get shipping tape, decorative duck tape, and get ready to use your label maker.
Here are some pictures of my boxes in my studio. :D
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This is the label maker that I have and I will say that I love it.
It makes me happy to see the labels in my studio and home.
It makes life easier, especially with kids.
So my suggestion is to get a label maker and this is a great one to start with. I have had mine for years.
Here are some pictures of my labeled studio. :D
Thursday, June 12, 2014
My new book release!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
This is my first blog post for the librarians and of course it has to be a thank you. I have always had a passion for books and I think I can thank the librarians of my past, present and future for supplying my habit.
I think the librarians are what make the libraries what they are. I have met some great, warm and helpful librarians and I could sit the whole day curled in the corner of the library with a book. They fill the spaces between the books with happiness.
So my question to the librarians is what types of things would you love to read about? What kind of posts interest you? Comment and let me know, I would love to hear from you.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
picture from classic-thunderbird-club.com
I think that there are a lot of places on Earth that still have magic and this place seems to be one of them. The colors and the flow of the Earth are a beautiful thing. If you search for fairies I wonder if they hide in the shadows of this magical realm. A place to spend time at added to the list.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Art from deviantart by dariofish
Elf tip #7 - Honesty
Honesty is sometimes an overlooked value. You can tell a white lie if it doesn't hurt anyone, right? The elves value honesty above other values and they can tell when someone is lying. Do not lie to an elf unless you want them to point it out in front of everyone around you. They will then put the rest f what you have to say in question. So take a lesson from the elves and try to be honest.
If you do not want to know the answer then do not ask me the question. This is what I tell others because I try to be very honest in my answer. Happy days to you.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I have to feature this artist because she is great. She is what I write to and what me and my kids jam to when we are creating art. Just listen and you will understand :D
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The word of the week is more of a phrase or actually two phrases, because I am always telling my kids to turn off the light. A I was researching this I realized there are actually no words for turning off and on the light so I did the best I could. :D
Ojibwe - (turn on light) - waazakonebidoon - waa-zay-coal-knee-bee-doon
(make dark room ) - ozhitoon dibikate - o- zee-toon dee-bee-kah-tay
Lakota - (to light) - iyo'yanpa - e - yo -yawn - pa
(to make darkness) - ka'ga oi'okpaza - kahn - gaa o-e oak-paa-zaa
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Elf tip #6 - wisdom . This pertains to thinking before you say or do anything. It is easy to say something in anger, but it is hard to take it back. The person may forgive you, but they remember what you said. So take advice from the elves and think before you act. It is better than regret.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I wanted to feature this book because it is a book that takes a person, young or old on a magical journey. It was a great read and my daughter loved it. The creatures that are in this book create an unforgettable experience.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Help is the word of the week, because everyone needs a little help sometimes and should not be afraid to ask. It is near the beginning of spring and I ask that you help the earth.
Ojibwe - (help) - wiidookaazo - we-duke-kaa-zo
Lakota - (help) - o'kiya - o- key- yeah
What does helping mean to you?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I wanted to featured Native American beadwork because I know how hard it is to do beadwork. I beaded my sons regalia and it took me weeks to get it all done. I wanted to give a shout out to all the Native Beaders and say that you create amazing pieces so keep on beading!
Support our artists :D
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Art from deviantART by EternalLordsTeam
Elf tip #5 - Bravery is thought to be something that you have to have to go to war and fight. And it is. But there is another form of bravery that is just as important. Being brave enough to stand against the storm for something that you believe in. Going against the crowd for your beliefs is sometimes a hard task to do. It takes a brave soul to be different and let others know it.
So, take a lesson from the elves and find something that you feel strongly about and stand up for it. It doesn't matter if you have hundreds behind you or it is just you. Be brave and proud. May you find your path!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Featured item that help me believe in the values of our people and achieving the impossible. I don't think I could live in a home this size with a family of five and a dog. However, I grew up in a one room house so I know that it is possible to survive. :D
I would love to build a compact strawbale home.
They are coming up with new designs every day and it is amazing to see. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HnTQNkoRw4
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Green is the word of the week, because I am hoping to see the color soon. It is the beginning of March and getting close to spring. Soon our lives will be surrounded by green. The beauty of the earth all around us.
Ojibwe - (green) - ozhaawaashko - o-zaa-wash-coal (put this in front of something to describe it)
Lakota - (green) - tozi - toe-zee
How does green make you feel?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I think that this place looks magical and I can understand why it is called the tunnel of love. It just feels romantic even through the picture. Beautiful and helps me believe in the wonders of the world.
What helps you to believe in the wonders of the world?
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Elf tip #4 - Generosity is a way of life for the elves. It is not giving away all your possessions. However, in some cases they are known to be generous in that way too.
The main place you see their generous nature is when you enter their home and come to visit. They give you the best place to sit, they offer food and drink, they offer a great place to sleep. They best thing that they are generous with is listening and offering advice, being there and giving of their time. Never expecting anything in return.
So, take a lesson from the elves - listen to your friends without waiting to talk about yourself. Offer people a drink, food or a kind word. These are the things that are forgotten. Happy day!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
picture from pottermore.wikia.com
The featured movie is Harry Potter and you can take your own pick of the which of the series. I love them all.
I asked my kids what made them believe and they said this movie made them believe in magic. I have to agree it is pretty awesome to see all the wizards, magic and magical creatures. The movies are amazing but if you have not read the books, I suggest you do. I love to read a book and watch the movie and see the differences between the two.
What movie makes you believe in magic?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ojibwe - (believe) - debwetam - deb - way - tom
Lakota - (believe) - wica'la - we -chon-lah
What does believing mean to you?
Friday, February 28, 2014
Artwork found at Deviant Art by Beaver-Skin
Elf tip #3 - Offering Tobacco. When you see an elf making an offering, please be respectful and do not disturb them or ask questions until they are finished. Offering tobacco is a prayer. There are many reasons that they do the offerings - one of the main one is to be thankful for each gift that they have. Whether it be a new day, food in their stomachs, warmth on a cold day, or friendship. Sometimes, people forget to be thankful for the good things that they have in life - it is a good reminder.
Learn from the elves and be thankful. Take a minute to give thanks for the good and great things you have when you wake up in the morning. It is these moments that bring joy to the rest of our days.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
They said listening to the elders speak and watching the ceremonies take place. Most of the cultures would not be the same if they did not have the expression of their languages. It is the magic that connects everything together.
I love to listen to other people speak their languages. I do not understand but they are still beautiful. I have two stories to tell about languages.
The first one:
I was talking to my friend on the phone. She is American Somona. She stopped our conversation because her cousin came in. They were speaking their language and I couldn't understand what they were saying but I just listened . There was so much excitement in their voices, it made me smile. She came back on and apologized and I laughed. I did not mind the wait, it was beautiful to witness. The love and pride they have in their language and culture. So in her language - Talofa (Hello)
The second one:
I was with my friends and we were at my house. Our kids were playing and we were visiting. My oldest two made their little sister cry as siblings are bound to do from time to time. I went over to them and talked to them in our language - telling them to play nice and say sorry. They did and went on their merry way. I went back to my friends and sat down. I started talking to them, but all of them had a weird look on their faces. I finally stopped talking and asked what? They told me they could not understand me. Apparently, when I went back I was speaking Ojibwe to my friends and it did not even register with my brain. I said sorry. It took me minutes of concentrating to get back to English. It hurt to have to go back to English. I love my culture and my language, and I need to find out ways to incorporate it into every aspect of my life.
What is your experience with language either your own, learned or heard?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Red is the word of the week, well because it is still February and I still the love in the air. Red is one of the scared colors of my people. It represents many things to many different people.
Ojibwe - (red - add to the front of a word to describe an object) misko - (miss-coal) OR (be red) miskozi - (miss-coal -zee)
Lakota - (red) luta - (lou - tah)
What does red mean to you?
Friday, February 21, 2014
Artwork found at deviantart by artist joinjump (William)
Elf tip #2 -
Respect while talking. Elves have a lot of pride, but also understand the earth. When there is too much talking, the earth and her creatures can not be heard. They are not shy about shushing you if they would prefer quiet. If a person shows disrespect when talking to them - they would be shunned by the entire community until they could right the wrong.
When talking to an elf, please use respect. You can address them as elder, sir, madam, tall one. You may be able to get away with pointed ear with the younger ones. If you use disrespect be prepared to duck and run, they will use their skills and talents to get you back. Be prepared to be smack on the head or even pranked. The younger ones like to make an example of someone so let the warning be known. Use respect when you talk to your elders :D
Follow the elves example, be quiet and listen to your environment, you may learn something new. Second, think before you speak, because words cannot be retrieved, no matter the regret. Respectful days to you.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
As I struggle to deal with the business aspect of my art, I question myself a lot. I need to remember these words and let them give me the belief that everything will happen as it should if I continue to do what I should.
I just need to remember to take a deep breathe and focus. Have a happy day and believe in yourself.
Are there times that you struggle with your art, work, or any other aspect in your life?
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I love this song. Change is hard, but necessary. I think people need strength. She is a great singer and this song makes me feel like I can accomplish anything and that is part of our message of "believe". Support our artists. Here is her website. http://www.janamashonee.com/
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Ojibwe - to love someone - Zaagi - (Zah - gee)
Lakota - love - Wo'wastelaka - (Whoa - wash - tay - lah - kah)
Try to say you love them in your language. What other words do you want to learn?
Friday, February 14, 2014
Artwork found at Deviant Art by Susumus
Elf tip #1 - Since it is Valentine's day the tip deals with love. Elves are loyal and devoted to the ones that they love. They will go to whatever necessary measure to protect their loved ones. They love only one person through their long lives, so they have to choose wisely. Follow the elves example and protect your heart, but when you give it - give it with all your being to the one who gains it. Happy Valentine's Day. May you find happiness, love and peace.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I was told to pick one word that would encompass all that I do in my business. Well, if you know anything about my business this was hard.
I create fine art photography
I do videos
I sketch and paint
I consult on writing and art
So I thought for a long time on this and wrote down a list of words. None of them felt right. Then I came to Believe.
Here is my list for Believe.
Believe . . .
- In magic
- In the wonders of the world
- In traditions
- In the power of language
- In the values of our people
- In imagination
- In creativity
- In the importance of remembering
- In yourself
- In achieving the impossible
All the bullets are me and my company. Can you think of one word to sum up everything you stand for and want to be known for?