Letting Go!

Learning to go with the floooooow…

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Image from http://www.artprojectsforkids.org

(Well, I’m trying!)

But sometimes life just throws you for a loop

and unravels all your well-woven plans.

Case in point?

My dear, caring, thoughtful friends wanted to throw me an amazing little 70th birthday party.

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Image from the wonderful collection of Inge prints: http://www.ingelook.com

A date was picked, a place was selected, food & games were discussed.

It was going to be mermaid themed pool party at Lucy’s beautiful home.

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Image from http://www.marnieismymuse.com

Mermaid Marnie was going to be in charge of festive activities.

Anne was gonna send out e-vites and keep the fuss to a minimum for me.

Sounded like a perfect plan.

I must admit,

at first I was scared.

I’m just not a birthday party type girl.

I hate all the fuss and (believe it or not!) I’m excruciatingly shy.

But these wonderful friends persisted

and plans were rolling along…

frankly, I started to get a little tiny bit excited…

when BAM!!!

Life stepped in.

Unbeknownst to me, my beloved Albert had been hatching a plan


with a week-long reunion with family & friends.

Talk about abundance,

count your blessings,

life is good!

But whoops, what about the party???

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Oh my gosh, my friends had worked so hard…what was I to do?

When it became clear that life had other plans for me,

I was forced to cancel the party

and proceeded to make travel arrangements.

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Image: let go and enjoy the ride from Etsy.com

“Some people believe holding on and “hanging in there” are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
Ann Landers

But there were bumps and tangles–

getting a whole raggle-taggle family together 

via planes, trains, buses, yaks, and clown cars

is harder than it looks!

Like my sister Kim in North Fork,

too much of a good thing

can be just toooo much!

Kim volunteered to grow all the sunflowers

for her daughter Michelle’s September wedding.

She plotted and planned and consulted the garden fairies

and planted hundreds of sunflowers for the wedding.

But, because of screwy weather

(and, I can’t help but think, the wicked sense of humor of garden fairies),

the sunflowers are all blooming like crazy NOW

(waaaaay too early!)

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Sunflowers on Kim’s hearth

My take-away from all this?

We can make our big, luscious plans

but life sometimes has another script for us.

Our job is to make the best of it–whatever it is.

“Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”  Melody Beattie

But, in a wonderful, ironic, and oh so comical twist,

when the dust settled and all the tickets were all in hand,

it turns out I’m leaving a couple of days AFTER my birthday.

So here’s the new plan…

I’m just gonna go with the flow…

relax, have fun, and celebrate my birthday with you all–

no big party, no big hoopla, just cupcakes and laughter.

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Please come join me at The Creative Cottage on my 70th birthday, Saturday, September 17th, from 10 to 2 for a little cupcake celebration.

Pop in for  some tasty morsels, some delightful co-mingling with friends, and some hearty giggles at my expense.

Hope you can come!

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Image from: http://www.facebook.com/ShutUpImStillTalking

Here is my new mantra–thanks to Lucy:

She Let Go

She let go. Without a thought or a word… She just let go.

She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions Swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely.. Without hesitation or worry.. She just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety …that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations …about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement ..and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report ..or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree… She just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was.. and it is just that.

In the space of letting go.. she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

from: Rev. Saphire Rose Ernest Holmes

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Image from Facebook/Zen To Zany


Learning (ever so slowly!) to LET GO!

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


“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato

And that’s exactly how I met my dear friend Marnie Ehlers!

Marnie & Berta @ CottageTen years ago, we both found ourselves at a weekend creativity workshop where we didn’t know each other or any one else. Our instructor asked us to pick a partner for a collaborative project and all the other women quickly paired up. I was new to Tucson and trying so hard to fit in and make new friends but suddenly I felt shy and awkward. Beautiful Marnie looked over at me, smiled,  and said, “Let’s do it!” We had so much fun in that workshop together! It was uncanny. We shared the same kind of oddball humor and neither one of us followed directions very well. The project involved writing down our individual dreams and having the other person be our “accountability partner” to encourage and help motivate us. It was such a wonderful surprise that we both had very similar quirky dreams and shared the same playful style of interacting. It was such a lucky moment in my life meeting Marnie and she continues to inspire and amuse me every day! When I dared dream up The Creative Cottage three and a half years ago she became my biggest ally and most enthusiastic supporter. We’ve spent hours and hours (and hours!) sharing stories and dreaming our big dreams together. Last summer we shared our famous summer girlz road trip to Ocean Beach in California and had such a blast (see last summer’s blog post and pictures)!Marnie beach Marnie is amazing and such fun! I feel so lucky to have her as my friend and “accountability partner.”

 “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”

Marnie has her own business too (Good Muse Designs) and it’s great to be able to share ideas, issues, and inspiration about our businesses together. Marnie is such a talented jewelry artist Marnie_Ehlers.risingsun.compressedand a really wonderful teacher–patient, encouraging and inspiring! I think my wonderful clients at The Cottage would LOVE taking a class with Marnie…here is a list of her summer classes! Marnie will show you a super fun and unbelievably easy way to make your own custom metal jewelry using metal clay*! No experience is needed and her classes are suitable for all levels.

Single session Introduction to Metal Clay Classes $55 includes: fine silver metal clay(6.3g), tool use and firing!marnie_ehlers.intro class sampleM.Ehlers_silverearrings

Saturday, June 28; 11:00 AM- 1:45 PM at Tucson Stained Glass, 4444 East Grant Rd, Tucson

Tuesday, July 1; 10:00 AM- 12:45 PM at Blue Raven Art School, 3054 N. First Ave, Tucson

Tuesday, July 8; 10:00 AM- 12:45 PM at Blue Raven Art School, 3054 N. First Ave, Tucson

Tuesday, July 15; 10:00 AM- 12:45 PM at Blue Raven Art School, 3054 N. First Ave, Tucson

Pre-registration is required, class size limited. Call Marnie 520-390-6627.

*What is metal clay? Think of it as “moldable metal!” Metal clay is a clay-like medium used to make jewelry, beads, and small sculpture. It consists of microscopic particles of metals (such as silver, gold, bronze, copper or steel) mixed with an organic binder and water. Metal clay can be shaped like soft clay. After drying, it can be fired in a variety of ways including in a kiln, with a hand held, high temperature gas torch. The binder burns away, leaving the pure, sintered metal. If you have wanted to try metal clay or want to create more advanced work in metal clay this is the class for you.

And, if you’re going to be in San Diego in September, join Marnie at the prestigious Metal Clay By The Bay conference where she will be teaching and sharing her work…check out her latest fantastic creation!

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Marnie Ehlers

Web site:www.goodmusedesigns.com


Please “Like” Marnie on facebookwww.facebook.com/goodmusedesigns

Marnie is my muse and my BFF! Call her to sign up for her classes or see her fantastic jewelry! You deserve some new bling!

Marnie & Kaitie

“The more you create, the more you become the truly unique human being you are called to be.” Christina Acosta

 Love to you dear friends and happy summer!

© Copyright Kaitlin Meadows, 2014. All rights reserved.

Creator’s Rock –VS- Creator’s Block

One of my “highs” is this Rock my World Ring!

Being an artist has its highs and lows…. One of the lows comes in the form of creator’s block (like writers block for artists).  I have written a post on my blog www.marnieismymuse.com addressing this and ways to overcome it.  Please check it out and tell me what you think.  ~Marnie

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Fun things happen at The Creative Cottage!

Today I taught a copper metal clay class to a great group of women at Kaitlin’s Creative Cottage!  Not only did they make some really cool jewelry but we chatted, laughed and ate cookies!  Life is good 🙂      ~Marnie


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Kaitlin~ Mistress of Merriment!

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