Fabulous Fun & Creative Delights!

purple 7Hi There Funsters

Where the heck did February go??? I promised myself I’d blog more, plant the snow peas, finish a sewing project that has grown cobwebs sitting on my sewing table, and generally MAKE MORE ART! And all I succeeded in doing was having a wonderful month at The Creative Cottage with incredibly talented artists, camping with my Beloved, starting tai chi classes, and, YES!-MAKING MORE ART! I’m sooo thrilled to be working on my artists journalsiomh workthey are like a siren call every day…”come on over and play and paint and collage and absorb yourself for a few hours–never mind the laundry and the dishes–eat peanut butter and jelly on English muffins for dinner–just let your Muses run wild!” And I do! Art heals and nourishes and makes the world such a fun place to live!

It all started early this month with my “In Over My Head” groupIOMH Thanks 13–we call ourselves the Altered Art Divas and we meet once a month to make art, share a scrumptious potluck, and catch up on each other’s lives. We met at Dolores’s cozy home this month to make Valentines–check them out! IOMH HeartsDolores is an amazingly prolific artist–aren’t her hand made books beautiful! Dolores Handmade Books  I LOVE these women and all the fun we’ve shared over the years. I LOVE that we keep meeting and sharing our work and encouraging each other, through thick and thin!

All month my classes at The Cottage have been full of happy arty types who’ve been making my life a real joy with their enthusiasm and creativity. My third year anniversary of being the Mistress of Merriment at The Creative Cottage was such fun–two dozen women popped by to eat and drink and be merry! What a marvel it has been to me to be able to rent this little studio in a historic old Tucson courtyard and conjure up classes that have touched so many lives! Thank you all for being such vibrant, sassy, inspired dames and supporting the Creative Cottage!

Last week we shared a fabulous class called Creative Spiralcreative spiral 2creative spiral 13creative spiral 14creative spiral 9creative spiral 1creative spiral 6aren’t the results were amazing? Teresa is off to Australia and made her book particularly to capture all the delights of her journey!

And I have a whole new batch of fun classes scheduled for March & April (check them out and sign up quick–classes have been selling out like crazy!)

Finally, I really needed some new patio furniture and I was really fretting about the cost but my friend Ellie and I went thrift store shopping and guess what? A scruffy set appeared on cue–I painted it (you’ll note my favorite color!) and I think it looks smashing! new patio furnitureI LOVE thrift store shopping and have been so blessed that my friend Allison Allisonhas discovered some lovely finds that she’s donated to my Girlz With HeART Project–THANKS Allison and to all the magical angels who have donated art supplies and wonderful clothes for these “at risk” seven to twelve year olds who are creating  a better place in the world by improving their grades, stretching their hearts, becoming young leaders, and inspiring us all!

And, guess what, The Cottage had a lovely write up in the February 23, 2014 The Arizona Daily Star–thanks to Gabrielle Fimbres!

you can check out the story by clicking on this link–please note the photos! :  http://azstarnet.com/lifestyles/leisure/to-pinterest-or-not-to-pinterest/article_62b97f09-b033-591a-9c1b-951deca40c54.html

I’m incredibly blessed and you are a part of my blessings…Come on over to The Creative Cottage and get paint in your hair, make art, giggle with friends, and get a big hug from me–Kaitie, Mistress of Eternal Merriment! Kait With Freda

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It’s All About LOVE!

Love, DaltonThis is Dalton. He’s my love-worn little teddy bear and he’s been with me through thick & thin, through ups & downs, through all of life’s amazing adventures. He’s all about LOVE. He just quietly, persistently, full-heartedly LOVES me and snuggles beside me while I dream. He’s been with me all around the world, he’s survived kids & grandkids & affectionate dogs, & he’s still here–and that gives me HOPE. Hope that love lasts and grows and can heal a million little life bumps while  filling up our hearts with joy! teresa's book coverThis is the cover of a beautiful handmade book Teresa made in one of my recent classes and it makes me smile too. I have the best students in the world–lively, creative, thoughtful women who are stretching and growing in their own lives.  They inspire me every day to keep The Creative Cottage doors open and to conjure fun, new classes every month. Beka's artist book 3Beka creates beautiful artist journals, Judi's Tin 1Judi fills a decorated tin with inspiring messages, Karen chronicles a trip to the seaside 100_3223And it’s all about the journey…the struggle and the triumph, the setbacks and the successes!Beka's Artist Book 1Oh, I know, you’re saying, Suzie Sunshine Kaitie is always so positive and forever  looking on the bright side…but here’s a note I sent to my dear sister Kim recently about finally learning to curb my fierce, old inner critic and embrace the small moments with LOVE!

Dear Sister Kim~

I want it to be Spring but then I remember how much to do there is in Spring and I look around and see all the big projects I still have to do before Spring comes and how far I am behind on all my Winter projects and then I get crazy and sad and mad at myself for not getting more done…and then I just go get a cup of chai tea (and two spicy cinnamon cookies!) and sit outside for a second under Mother Mesquite just in time to see a gorgeous cardinal, like a tiny red flag, fly through the trees and hear the bees humming away in the pollen sprinkled bushes and I sigh and say, “Kaitie just do the best you can every day, one foot in front of the other (with red ladybug rubber boots on!) and keep a smile on your face and don’t sweat the small stuff and what’s the point if you don’t even take a moment for cuppa tea” and then I’m okay again and the laundry pile has a kitten playing in it and the apples that I thought I’d make a delicious crisp with have gone too far and get to be a treat for the bunnies and my art journal is such a tempting place to make art for an hour or two and there is that new color of purple that I’d like to try on the shed door and…O Kim…I LOVE you and I am so happy to know that you, in your own little winter cabin with goats to feed and gardens to plow and projects hanging fire, are sipping a cup of tea too, and finally  we “get it” about life–we each live on our own ragged little shoestrings and our hair is gray and we each have nice little cushions around our waists for grandkids to snuggle to and we don’t give a dang about anything in this world but just love. LOVE. That’s all. Love.  (And maybe cookies…and a beautiful cardinal…and our wonderful spouses and families…and Dalton!)

Every single day is another opportunity to be an ambassador of LOVE! Keep your hearts open and full My Friends, give your love away generously and without fear! LOVE is what it’s all about!

All my love to you,

Kaitlin  Mistress of Merriment

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