Love From The Mistress of Merriment

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I have definitely felt the LOVE lately!

From you, my clients and friends at The Cottage,

from my family and community,

and from my Beloved Albert who is a constant source of joy!

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I’ve been in a real tizzy of creativity

my art journal is spilling over with inspirations…

I’m starting to get really excited about

exciting new spring classes I have planned for The Creative Cottage…

and I love my Tuesday night clay class

where my inner mud woman can stretch out & play.

Art making is my salvation and my healing…

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AND, guess what, we’re going camping this week!

I’m soooo jazzed!

I love camp fires and hiking about and lazing around and reading

and just breathing deep in the beautiful outdoors.

(I’m taking my art journal too and that will keep me busily happy making art!)

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So thank you sooo much for the LOVE!

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(painting by Jim Dine)

I hope you are in a magnificent creative surge too!

I hope you are dancing in the kitchen,

watching the butterflies dash about your garden,

singing while you play,

and remembering to feed your soul

the great and abiding gift of making ART!

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Spreading the LOVE around is my sacred task–

come on over to The Creative Cottage

if you need a little

or if have a little to share.


LOVE (oodles & oodles of it!)

From Kaitlin,

Mistress of Merriment

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Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Love the Gush!

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WOW! You came through with such a wonderful gush of pure love!

Such kindness and encouragement!

You volunteered to help–you brought supplies–you called and wrote and enveloped me in love!

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(picture by the wonderful Mary Engelbreit)

I feel as if a great weight is slipping off my shoulders…

a major happy shift is underfoot…

and I have a renewed zest & eagerness for adventures still to come!

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(This beautiful piece of art was created by Kerry Darlington)

It all started when my dear friend PIMM suggested I might be ready for a new spirit totem.

At first I was, like, “Golly gee, no.”

I’ve been a member of the Badger Clan for two decades–

“solitary, low to the ground, not easily aroused but fierce when agitated.”

PIMM suggested I check out the Zuni Bear totem.


I resisted–“I’m no big, bad bear!” I growled.

But here’s what it says…

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(“Bear Dance” by Susan Seddon Boulet)

Direction of the Home of Waters (I crave the western sea, the wide blue Pacific, with my every fiber!)

Introspection: Healing (My career as a nurse, counselor, care-giver)

Solitude (I love living way out in the country!)

Change (I’ve had a lifetime of interesting transitions!)

Strength in the face of adversity (Yep–got this one!)

Introversion  (Poet, artist, hermit)

Management of transitions (Life counsel-giver, end-of-life wisdom keeper)

Communications between humans and spirit (My life work!)

Color: Blue (Have you SEEN my cobalt glass collection!)

Yikes! It’s ME!

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(Art by Dark Natasha:

The bear spirit animal is strength and confidence standing against adversity; taking action and leadership.

The spirit of the the bear indicates it’s time for healing or using healing abilities to help self or others.

Bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, rest.

The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces.

When I visualized how BEAR might look for me; a gray-haired, nearly 70-year-old, hippie gypsy crone,

I saw: a scruffy, seasoned, lamed, fur-thinning grandmother she-bear,

a comfortable old, “lived in” she-bear,

a story-holder, peace-maker, spirit-nurturer she-bear.

And, easy as that, she stepped right into my life to guide me through these last chapters.

It feels so right!

And the old she-bear needs her solitude, her lolling in the sun, her meditations that turn into great voluptuous naps.

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She needs paints and paper and fabric and clay.

She needs her jolly band of friends, her dear tribe of renegade mermaids.

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(These bathing beauties by Cory McCrory)

And she needs the on-going courage to ask for help when she needs it!

Thanks for the big, fat, juicy, warm, delightful gush of love!

And reminding me to…

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(by Afsaeh Tajvidi, a Canadian artist who has the JooJoo Art Blog)

I am warmed by your love, overwhelmed by your generosity,

and sooooooo touched my your love.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

The Creative Cottage is alive and well

and the Mistress of Merriment is full of joy & gratitude!

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 (Wise Woman’s Stone by Linda Apple at

P. S.

Thanks for sold out classes all month long!

Please note the addition of a second class in art journaling.

If you’ve wanted to start art journaling, sign-up quick, quick, quick at

It will be a great crash course and lots of “getting art-fully started” inspirations!

Arty Tarts: Get Started: Friday, February 19, 10 am to 1 pm: Come get started on the wonderful adventure of art journaling! I’ll help you dive into art journaling with inspirations & techniques. I’ll get you started on a new journal or light a fire under your old journal. You bring your journal and I’ll supply paint and collage materials. $20—some supplies included.

See ya soon at The Cottage!

Love From The She-Bear

© copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2016. All Rights Reserved.


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I’m going to level with you. I’ve been in a quandary. A real quandary.

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The Creative Cottage is five years old this month! WoooooHooooooo!

Five years ago I dared dream I could create a magical place for women to come play, make art and share stories.

I had no business plan–no capital–no investors–no experience–

but I had a big juicy vision and a huge beautiful dream

and I went for it!

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And you helped make it fly.

You came to my classes and celebrated at my potlucks and we became such good friends!

Playing At The Cottage!

I have felt so completely blessed by The Creative Cottage and the tribe of magical women who have made it their second home!

You have enriched my life with your friendship, enthusiasm, and loving support of the Creative Cottage and the Girlz With HeART.

It has been an amazing rollercoaster of mostly pure joy…

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but, frankly,  I’m wearing out…falling apart…losing momentum.

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(Spider Woman By Susan Seddon Boulet)

I’ll be 70 this year.

My chronic, acute Lyme Disease is taking a toll.

Rent & art supplies are going up.

My Sweetheart is officially retired now and wants a side kick for day trips and adventures.

I have a million other dreams urgent to fly.

The needs of the Girlz I mentor are endless and heart challenging.

There are two dozen art projects–including a new collection of poetry–languishing

because I just can’t seem to make enough time in my life for them.


I need your help.

Please give me a little grace period.

I need a one week monthly sabbatical.

One week off from The Cottage every month

(starting in March)

to do my own thing, refill my own tanks, and make my own art.

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Here’s my plan.

You’ll step up and offer to teach something you know or are passionate about at The Cottage.

(Remember: Part of my mission has been to empower YOU to share your creativity!)

You’ll design a class, a workshop, a gathering suitable for sharing at The Cottage

to help me out…you’ll make sure you show up & pay for classes you signed up for…

AND you’ll continue to share your overflow of art supplies, paper towels, and JOY

with me.

My old, beat-up, prickly heart is so full of love for you…

please help me keep going!

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Much Love From Kaitlin

Mistress of Muddle, Magic, and MERRIMENT!

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2016. All Rights Reserved.