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I’ve found more items that I created, then sat off to the side until I either:

  • finished them up
  • reworked them
  • or just finished scanning/seaming together

First, a bunch of heart collections…

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These I grabbed from words in a book that I brought together to form unique sayings…writing is a little on the small side, but still quirky I think…

These are vintage-inspired hearts I created to break out of my colorful heart mold.  I stuck to warm tones, beiges, tans, etc.

This is the “reworked” Pregnant Girl I did a little while ago…I just never liked the original and learned quickly that I need to work on my side profiles!!

These girls got finished up…

And this collage is an old one I did over a year ago, but felt like it was never quite ready to go so I reworked it a bit…

And finally a newer girl, Starlight Angel.  All these originals are available (soon to be listed in my shop) and of course I can create a card, journal, magnet, bookmark, mounted print out of any of these images using my pick any options.

I just scanned 20 more pieces today of mostly newer stuff (and I have 20 canvases prepped and ready for some seasonal/harvest-type stuff) so I’ll be sharing lots over the next couple weeks.  Please check back or see my shop for more :)

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It’s been a while since I shared some girls, so here are two I worked on during the fall:

Big Dreamer Girl

Lesson Girl

I’m taking a little break from creating this week so I can catch up on orders, inventory wrap-up and shop maintenance but hope to get back to the “softer” girls I was once creating.  I still think we can take a couple cues from these girls.

Hope your first week of the New Year is going swell!

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simple prosperity

Simple Prosperity: Finding real wealth in a sustainable lifestyle by David Wann

Okay, so this really isn’t a true book review.  This book reads like a story, a personal biography of the author’s choices to live more simply and to cherish life.  Because of the ease of reading, I didn’t jot down bullet points or notes specific to the layout of the book but instead took down quotes he listed that I was particularly fond of.  So, in lieu of a book review, I’m giving you little sound-bites of what this book professes:

Life…is not for sale… – David Wann

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need – Cicero

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more and good things will be yours – Swedish proverb

There is nothing nobel about being superior to some other man.  The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self – Hindu proverb

In order to reduce consumption, we’ll need to be less obsessed with controlling life – David Wann

Time isn’t money – it’s life – David Wann

The point of life is not to slave away for years until the age of 65 and then say ‘Phew, glad that’s over!’  Rather it is to make sure that we do not die withan our music still in us – Lance Secret

Speed  is irrelevant if you’re traveling in the wrong direction – Gandhi

This author lives in Golden, CO in a co-housing community he helped to create.  He is also the co-author of the more serious and widely acclaimed “Affluenza” book and DVD.  Simple Prosperity is a nice, easy read and motivational guide for those looking to increase their social capital rather than their economic capital.

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bslessSo I read…a lot.  And I often take notes on the books that speak to me, so I have a lot of notes.  Sometimes it just some quotes, sometimes I’ll outline the entire book, sometimes I just jot down random notes.  I don’t own most of these books as I get most of my books from the library; I stopped buying so many books about a year ago when I learned I could just save my money and fall back on the wonderful resource known as inter-library loan.   By the way, I often have books from my book list linked to amazon so you can read the reviews, take a sneak peak at the contents, etc., but I still highly encourage you to find it in your library, local and independent bookseller or through the author’s website (which I always linked to if I could find it).

This book I loaned from the library and don’t have in my posession anymore, so I don’t have an outline, but these are the notes I jotted down.  If they intrigue you, check the book out of your local library!

Simplicity Lessons: A 12-step guide to living simply by Linda Breen Pierce

As excerpted by the Simple Living Network:

“Simplicity Lessons is a practical guide for those who long for a slower pace of life with more time for relationships, fulfilling work, and living one’s dreams. Working on your own or as part of a simplicity study group, you will explore the major areas of your life: material possessions, money, time, work, housing, transportation, relationships, inner simplicity, health, community, and environmental sustainability. You will consider not only what simplicity looks like for you as an individual, but also what we can do to create a more simplicity-friendly society.

Simplicity Lessons is an ideal resource for college students and young adults, for people who are contemplating major changes in life, or for anyone who yearns to live more consciously and deliberately.”

Some thoughts espoused by the author:

  • excessive work hours = runaway spending and we then feel trapped on an endless work/spend treadmill (or vicious cycle)
  • “We are living the American dream gone amuck”
  • personal freedom, enhanced relationships, a deeper spirituality and meaningful work need to replace the quest for ever-increasing wealth and status
  • since when did ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness turn into exhaustion and spending excessively
  • when societies experience prolonged bouts of excess, there comes a time when people yearn to return to a simpler life (like now!)
  • simplicity is not about deprivation…it is about living with enough

This is one of those books that I kept shaking my head “yes!” as I read through and had difficulty putting down at the end of the night.  To see more, check out:  http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Lessons-12-Step-Living-Simply/dp/0967206790/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246850300&sr=1-2

She also co-authored a similar but equally impressive book titled: Choosing Simplicity: Real People finding peace and fufillment in a complex world.  This book recounts people’s stories of how they slowed down their life and chose to live more simply.  It was very inspirational and helped to springboard my interest in Simple Living.  Because it gave personal stories, I didn’t take notes, but I would also recommend it highly.  You can see more at: http://www.amazon.com/Choosing-Simplicity-Finding-Fulfillment-Complex/dp/0967206715/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246850300&sr=1-1

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