SO BLESSED!

 

blessedThis Kelly Rae Roberts collage says it soooo well!

I feel so blessed. Everything’s not perfect (is it ever?)…I have the requisite number of setbacks and heartbreaks, like you do!

For instance, my beloved old Subaru died this week and I have to let her go…BaRoo 2She’s been my devoted sidekick for 13 years and it’s been like the loss of a dear, dear family member…I loved her so much!!! Thank You Sweet Baru for all the years of shared adventures!

I’m not sure if  I can find a another car with as much soul…I’m a little scared about trying to find a good car I can afford on my tiny budget…but I just have to trust it will all work out!

Because, I believe,

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 and I want to stand in the radiant light of my life, count my blessings, and celebrate SPRING!!! in our glorious desert green heartand the beautiful wildflowers that are blooming everywhere 100_2790

and all the wild joy creativity brings me…CreatiVity Has No LimitsBut, mostly, I am grateful for you, my wonderful Cottage dames…my creative inspirations, my fabulous friends!

“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.”  ~Virginia Woolf

Thank you for being in my life, supporting my classes, sharing your love, and being my friends! I am so blessed!

The classes for March are posted (click on the Creative Cottage Classes tab at the top of the blog)—sign up quick–classes have been filling fast!

And please remember to come to our Fourth Year Anniversary Party on Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

Much Love and Gratitude To You…And many blessings of this fabulous season!

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BUSY BEE!

 

 

bee love                         “Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure, are by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.” Arthur Schopenhauer
OMG, has it been BEAUTIFUL or what! The garden has come alive with bee and blossom and there are wildflowers popping out along Gates Pass and all over the mountains to my home in beautiful Picture Rocks…the bees are abuzz soaking up all the sweetness of life and so am I! It’s been an amazing week of creative projects, little unexpected adventures, and just plain random acts of FUN!

Did I tell you that I’ve been inspired to make some cool displays of all the “treasures” I find on my walks, in the street, in my yard–pretty much EVERYWHERE! I love finding little tidbits of life and nature’s touches to add to the collection. Here are a few of the displays I’m putting together–it’s crazy fun and I love being able to pop a little treasure onto my collages and into handmade books. stuff

Next on my creative “to do” list is reinventing old bird cages with plants, silk birds, and little nests…birdcage

Which I basically learned from my wonderfully creative friend Sandi (she and her fabulous Honey Ski contribute such nice comments to these blog posts!)Ski Sandi & Kait

Between all that creative buzzing, I’m even finding some time to make art for my Life Book 2015 workshop assignments and I’m loving that soooo much!!!!!!  valentines

Which reminds me…guess what??? I have three pieces in the new Raices Gallery show

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop

218 E. 6th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705

(520) 881-5335

(my favorite Tucson gallery!) and I sold two of them within the first hour of the Opening Night Reception! One of them to my dear friend Nancy (THANK YOU NANCY!!!)Raices Feb 15

YIKES!!!! That’s inspired me to make art for several shows around town and for my PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective of Book and Paper Artists group (the coolest paper and bookmaking group in the WORLD!)…

Which is all by the way of saying–I’m having FUN and PLAYING and ENJOYING life immeasurably and hope you are too!!!

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day.  To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

P. S. Don’t forget our wonderful Creativity Chix Artist Date this next Friday to Ben’s Bells–see details by clicking Creativity Chix tab in the top banner of the blog! Call me to reserve a seat in the workshop to make bells!

Ben's Bells

 

And I’ll have March classes posted this weekend so check back!

I leave you (to go back out and play in the sunshine!) with this from one of my favorite poets–it guides my life!

It doesn’t have to be

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just 

pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t 

a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which 

another voice may speak.  

Mary Oliver

 

 

LEARNING TO RECEIVE

 

 

 

stopBlog posts are hard…who the heck do I think I am sharing random bits of my small little life? Who wants to read these oddball musings anyhow? Am I just ranting in the wilderness? I was concerned  about my last blog post—sharing with you that I was a little overwhelmed. I almost didn’t post it! Was I whining? Was it selfish and self-centered of me? How silly my small problems seemed on the grand scale of global issues facing our planet! I was worried that me, Susie Sunshine, was having a rough patch and was bothering you about it.

But you surprised me! I got so many calls and beautiful cards and dozens of emails. Every one of you said you could relate. Apparently we all get in over our heads, commit to too many things that devour our time, and fight our own energy vampires. Apparently everyone is struggling to learn to say “no” firmly, graciously and without guilt or shame.  Apparently we all want to whittle more time from the fray for our own lives, friends, and passions. Who knew?????

buddha

 

 

I thought I was just a grumpy, self-centered old poop complaining about having too many obligations and not enough time…waawaawaa!

But from the moment the post showed up, you began calling and emailing me,thanking me for speaking up about what seems a universal problem. And so many of you, kindly, offered your help. You poured out hugs and solace, you offered to take some things off my shoulders, you enveloped me in LOVE!

Teresa and Nancy graciously took on primary responsibility for a troublesome committee, Lyla became my right-arm with the Girlz with HeART Project, Anne brought me a beloved Flavia DeLuce mystery to devour in a rocking chair in the sunshine on the front porch, Cissie & her dear husband Michael brought a printer for the Cottage (on my wish list for three years!), and I got an amazing note from my dear neighborhood friend Karen:  with the best reasons in the world to say “No!” to things that didn’t fill my heart or feed my spirit…little monkey

It was such a rush of love and caring…I was sooo touched by the outpouring! I clung to it while I got my bearings.

But guess what? I’m terrible at asking for help and even less good at accepting it. I ain’t no star spangled Wonder Woman with super human magic but I’ve been acting like one for years! “No, that’s alright, I’ll carry that 400 pound weight up that slippery hill in the pouring rain with a broken arm, cuz I’m a sassy, independent woman, not some whimpy shrinking violet.” But why? Why, when there are happy, eager hands willing to help? Why, when someone has ropes and pulleys and a pick-up truck? Why take it all on yourself?

Why not lean on your friends when you need to, take a little nap when you’re tired, take turns being the “responsible” one?I got this!

I actually thought self-sacrifice was virtuous! I didn’t want to”bother” people or “presume” on them or be “needy,” so I tried to do it all myself. But what I was being was just plain silly!

Thanks for reminding me in such a gentle way (and loving me anyway!) You are such a blessing in my life and I promise to get better at this “receiving” stuff–I promise to practice saying, “Could you lend me a hand?” and “No, I can’t take on that task of yours–I’ve promised my friends I’m going to take more time for them and my garden and my art-making!”

Meanwhile, know I am just one, raggedy human, floundering through life, figuring things out one tiny moment at a time…with a little help from my friends! Thank You!

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