My palette seems even brighter as the gray day swirls around my window views .
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The joy of getting older, is getting wiser and for me that means knowing oneself better . I know what makes me happy, what makes me stressed ( the phone for one thing - Tee hee) , what brings me peace, joy and energy . The thing is I feel I am still not mature enough to figure out how to quiet the voices in my head. The ones that say you " should" as in you "should" be doing this or that you "should" have done certain things at this point in your life , etc.... The endless lists I make for myself that never get done . Well this past week I have spent my time doing just what makes me happy. These things are - Being kind to my husband , spending time with my pups , making art , sitting in the sun , walks , hot baths , hot chocolate , warm fires and reading. I have not been able to read in years. I just have not been able to quite my mind enough to comprehend what I am trying to read . This last week I read an entire book . I am truly at peace, just for now. Just this moment, that is all one can ask for, just the precious present. Here I am content . Here in Bisbee this tiny little mountain town nestled in a deep canyon . Merry Christmas to all . Hugs Julie
A good book- Charming Billy ...
"The one that got away" made this week for Kim's Husband ....
I also created another "Heart in Home" .....
and Peanut seems at peace too!!!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Cal and I packed the truck tuesday , loaded with tons of art supplies including Scooter , Peanut , Cal's golf clubs , good reading books, the 4th season of Dexter and headed for a special winter get away for 5 weeks in the old mining town turned artistic enclave of Bisbee Arizona . I had never heard of this place but Cal had and he has a special eye for finding wonderful places to visit. I am smitten!!! The climate is perfect so far , sixties during the day and perfectly cool at night for warm fires .The town is charmingly nestled in a deep canyon high in the mountains ( 6000 feet) .It resembles a European village, the homes are built just about anywhere they can safely perch one .Long Staircases and winding roads connect owners to their homes. The style is Victorian/ bungalow/ cottage early last century in style . So much charm and not much change except for a bright coat of paint here and there. In it's hey day the town was a bustling copper mine town of 20 thousand . Now it boast about 6000. Which is much better then most mining towns can say these days . I hope to post many pictures in the next weeks to give each of you a feel and hopefully the bug to visit this enduring little bit of history.
Oh the color!!!
Give me a hammer and some paint.....
....then just add a little lace in the windows
and I am in love,
Scooty and Peanut are a perfect fit .
Getting exercise is not a problem here.....
and treasure hunting is at a premium !!
This fence rail was just leaning on an
old abandoned building of which there seems to be many .
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Terri and I have moved our Jan 21 22 23 teaching venue to the Urban Barn in Escondido CA. It will be a bigger space so more room to make a creative mess !! It will be so fun, just look at this space all in beautiful southern CA. I cannot wait as I hope to see many of you I have not seen in a while!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Boy do I hate pitching myself. Don't we all, but on the other hand I try to tell people to go out with confidence and tell others about themselves .Try your best to push yourself to succeed no matter how hard it may be to do so . Practice self confidence as it is very becoming. We women must do this and try especially hard if we are artist who tend to be a bit shy by nature . It is also nice to support each other by spreading the word about others we know and what they do . It helps us all as women to network and succeed . So here I go practicing what I preach .Here is an image of my newsletter for the coming year which I just sent out this A.M . I made it on my soft ware I -Works in" Pages" . I also just signed up with Terri Brush to do a duo 3 day retreat at the Urban Barn In Escondido Ca Jan 21, 22 23 we will each teach 3 classes in 3 days with meals included . I am doing" memories of the Heart " , "Just Bee" and "Hanging Around" I fun mix of many of my techniques. Here is the link to see more detail.http://www.juliehaymaker.com/site/Classes.html
Memories of the Heart
The is " Just Bee" I just made for Jill and also decided to teach it as a class!
My news letter.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Well I leave in the A.M. for Home!!! It has been a very intense 7 weeks . Mom has been home from treatment for 2 weeks and in her new home .She is doing amazing. She is a changed woman and making her continued recovery from hoarding and other problems her priority. I am filled with so much joy and peace for her and my family. I am also filled with much hope for her continued recovery and that will depend on if she stays with her healing program .It is now in her hands .She has the tools and support . One day at a time. All this just goes to show us that we are never to old to change. Just Bee --- the person we want to be . Just Bee is a commission I squeezed in for Jill this last week while in the midst of the whirl wind of helping Mom make the change . It was great to be creative . Art is my saving grace as I am sure it is for many of you too.