Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Birthday Follow Up n' Stuff

I thought you might like to know about my birthday itself...

This was the morning sky on my pink birthday...

some of you asked if I got what I asked for...

I usually do...
thanks to Meredith (my baby sister) and Mary Beth (her daughter)

I did...how great is that???
is it too much?!?!?!



This was the evening sky on my birthday





Manuela of The Feathered Nest gave me a Rockin Girl Blogger award yesterday...thank you my friend...it made me feel all giggly and girly and happy...Thank you for caring.....



I am going to be doing Michelle's Crusade No.14 tomorrow...tune in...


I took the pledge to buy handmade or make all my Christmas presents this year...


I am also paying it forward...ala Michelle at The Inspired Room and Nunie and many others...more about this later this week...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Down the Rabbit Hole...

image from here

Sorry I have been MIA/absent/out to lunch most of the time since my birthday...I left my birthday party and went straight to a pity party...I 'usually' am a happy, positive being...but a series of unfortunate events of late have lead me astray from my 'usual' bubbly personality...why??? the following 3 paragraphs are full of excessive whining...so skip them if you want...but I feel a great need to moan and complain...

If you don't know, I am the editor of a magazine for an international non-profit art league...on my birthday morning, I found myself in tears dealing with a vexatious, troublesome board of directors over the magazine...which was put to bed?!?!, 14 days later than 'usual' because of the 'unusual' proofing by all nine board members...I 'usually' have the magazine to the printer the first of November because I 'usually' spend 10 days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for my birthday...however, that was not to be this year...

I was only able to steal a tiny 3-day vacation this year, loosing 7 pre-paid days because of the magazine...upon return, I had to deal with more major pain in the arse issues created by the board...wearing on my last nerve, leaving me feeling distressed and harassed...it is, of late, requiring great physical and mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure the creation of each issue...When, the day it was scheduled to be on the press, someone called the printer and had production halted while one of the board members was attempting to create an ad in 10 minutes to fill a hole created by frustrated advertiser who pulled their ad because, you guessed it, the board wanted an updated ad...it was the final straw...I felt like I had fallen into the rabbit hole...and wonderland it wasn't...it was so out of control...I have no idea what the final layout is...and I am still trying to climb out of this depressing pit...

down the rabbit hole 2007 - acrylic on board


I have been editor of this magazine for 10 years...and I have never had anyone stop production before...I am still in disbelief and shell shocked by the entire series of unfortunate events...as I write this I find that I am still searching for some way to make sense of it...but far worse, I am resigned to the fact that when my contract is up in July I must step aside as the editor....and it is very painful...

Excuses...Excuses...
So I must apologise for my absence due to the pity party and the lateness of delivering the birthday prints to their deserving owners...they will be mailed this week...I promise...

Ending on a positive note...take this little quiz to find out how creative you are...

...I Am 95% Cre8tive...


You are an incredibly creative person. For you, there are no bounds or limits to your creativity. Your next creation could be something very great...Or at least very cool!




I promise to present my bubbly, positive self in the near future...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thou Art My Sister...and Brother...

This is how I feel about those sisters and brothers that I have been blessed to connect with through my blog...I am more than thankful...for you...

"trio" - 2007 - acrylic, watercolor and marmarino plaster on heavy paper

Thou art my sister and brother, because we were born of the same great spirit; conceived from the same mound of earth; slept quietly together in the cradle of unknowing until He in his gentleness set us in the midst of humanity...you are my sister, I love you.

You and I are destined to be companions on the highway of life; together or apart, you are my sister I love you....if the color of my skin is different from yours it mattereth not, only let the beauty of our souls be kindred.

I will honor your wisdom and understanding, as you will mine, together we shall seek the seeds of truth in the distant rooms of the Great Spirit; the reflection of inner knowledge shall wear as beauty upon our faces...you are my sister I love you.

I will be human and fall down in rough places; but thy hand is near mine, I will reach for it. I shall not be alone. I will embrace you when the rains of sorrow visit you, I will visit your soul as if it were my own....you are my sister and brother, I love you.

If death takes me from the lamp of life, and the veil of sleep falls across my eyes before yours, I will wait for you. I will come to lead you across the bridge of night into the meadows of the Great Spirit....you are my sister and brother I love you. adapted from a poem by Jean Humphrey Chaille


Monday, November 19, 2007

My Little Girl's Hand...

Little hands to big ones grow
Oh the things you'll need to know
To grow up wise and strong and true
May I be there to guide you through...

a prayer written for my children in 1975

my favorite photo of Casey and me, hands together, in 1982







This is the hand of my beloved daughter Elizabeth Casey...her hand was given to Christopher B. on November 13, 2007...when he asked her to become his wife...

Just back from a short vacation...magazine is put to bed finally...I will be here thanksgiving day for my list of gratitudeities...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Party's Over...Who Won....

My First Ever...Special Edition Print...signed and numbered...matted for framing...

Fly Forth O Gentle Dove

Why Fly Forth you ask...she was the first painting on canvas that I was satisfied with and the first that I placed in my home...she is my inspiration because I am flying forth...each day stronger and higher...until I can soar...

While you look at my art...a part of me and a part of the one who inspires me...somehow becomes a part of you...even if only for an instant...we connect...and the energy that surrounds the creation flows forth...

My angels represent my desire to offer gratitude...as I strive, however meekly, to give them a visual voice...for they rarely speak...for a time they are my angels...as they bring forth my message as well as their own for the person they eventually live with...

Some say my angels have an ethereal quality...a lightness of being...the colors that emanate from them and surround them speak to me...before my brush ever touches the canvas...and they all have a windswept quality...as though they were standing at the edge of my beloved sea...poised to fly...

They are very feminine...with illuminated translucent wings...and they are faceless...I want you, the viewer, to have a part in their creation...to envision their features...if you cannot, that is fine and how they should be for you...but if you can see...that is exactly what I intend...for they hold dear the spirit of the souls who understand...
The above is my artistic statement...it flowed forth from me tonight...on this my 56th year of joyous being...this is why I create...this is why I feel art is my sacred path...and my prayer...

I thank each of you for coming to my party...I am breathless at the well wishes and love which flowed throughout the 5-day event...I am forever grateful that you took some time from your busy lives to dance with me...and I wish all of you could have been winners of my little giveaway...but to me you are all winners...and you have a piece of my heart....

The winners are...in no particular order...


sherry...http://espritdart.blogspot.com/
vanessa...http://afancifultwist.typepad.com/
annieelf...http://scenesfromaslowmovingtrain.blogspot.com/
lisa s oceandremwer...http://imaginationcafe.blogspot.com/
doe...http://doegrozsart.blogspot.com/
nature girl...http://nature-trail.blogspot.com/
wyanne...http://wyartjewels.blogspot.com/
tara...http://parisparfait.typepad.com/
crafty hala...http://simplysage.blogspot.com/
marita...http://southernvalley.typepad.com/
suzi finer...http://www.suzifiner.typepad.com/
shabby...http://shabbyinthecity.blogspot.com/
Winners please e-mail me your mailing address to: studiorebecca@aol.com

Monday, November 12, 2007

The BIGarse Party Continues

The B IGarse

G I V E A W A Y


P A R T Y. . . . continues



celebrating my 240somethingth Post


& my Happy Birth Day....

come in please... the party is going strong
everyone is here...


the champagne is uncorked...take a glass...dom or cristal...

no diamonds as yet....


I promised it would be
amazing... incredible...fantastic
too extraordinary & improbable to admit of belief
unlikely...marvelous... fabulous


so the table is set for supper...


the first course is ready...
YUM!!!


it's time for the cake...sing happy birthday to me...


Thank you for coming...I am having so much fun...
So what is the BIG arse prize you ask...

nobody guessed right...
so I will have to put the entrants in a drawing

the BIG arse is...

my first

A Rebecca Special Edition


one thru one hundred prints only, signed and numbered...


it's my first special edition so it's special...

If you guessed what arse means...you get print number 1...


tomorrow I announce the winners and reveal the Special Edition Print

today we party...more champagne for dancing...




here's a little purse cake for you to take with you...

Please come again soon...


album - http://www.shoddity.com/
venue - http://www.bizbash.com/

table - http://www.pepperwoodcatering.ca/

truffles - http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/
shoes - www.dollbox.com/item3323.htm
hotel - http://www.ronsaari.com/stockImages/motels/PinkChampagneMotel.php
cork - http://www.cheflaszlo.com/images/k7trans.gif
cristal - http://www.gqmagazine.co.uk/Features/XMas_Champagnes/images/2.jpg
diamond - http://www.jewelleryvaluer.com/diamonds.html
roses - http://www.beyondblossoms.com/
cake - http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/
purse cake - http://www.aboutthecake.com/
food - http://www.canapes-gastronomiques.co.uk/
http://www.spinellisfunction.com/
http://www.portchatham.com/


BIG arse Party Day Begins

Today is the Day...I say it's my Birthday...
and My 242nd post...


The B IGarse

G I V E A W A Y




P A R T Y. . . .

celebrating my 240somethingth Post


& my Happy Birth Day....

come in please...



the champagne is uncorked...take a glass...dom or cristal...






i have on my favorite dancing shoes...so let's dance...
somebody sent me pink champagne truffles...
somebody else brought me roses...
no diamonds as yet....

first..we have hors d'oeuvres...


The BIGarse GIVE AWAY...
So what does ARSE mean...the final hint...

remember it is special
in an artsy sort of way
R stands for Rebecca
you'll know the rest today


Continue to guess...until noon...



there's more champagne for dancing...





you can stay as long as you like...


Please come back after noon..to see what ARSE means...


album - http://www.shoddity.com/
venue - http://www.bizbash.com/

table - http://www.pepperwoodcatering.ca/

truffles - http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/
shoes - www.dollbox.com/item3323.htm
hotel - http://www.ronsaari.com/stockImages/motels/PinkChampagneMotel.php
cork - http://www.cheflaszlo.com/images/k7trans.gif
cristal - http://www.gqmagazine.co.uk/Features/XMas_Champagnes/images/2.jpg
diamond - http://www.jewelleryvaluer.com/diamonds.html
roses - http://www.beyondblossoms.com/
cake - http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/
purse cake - http://www.aboutthecake.com/
food - http://www.canapes-gastronomiques.co.uk/
http://www.spinellisfunction.com/
http://www.portchatham.com/

Sunday, November 11, 2007

BIGarse* G I V E A W A Y

We're poppin the cork...

YOU are cordially invited


to the amazing...incredible...fantastic


too extraordinary & improbable to admit of belief


unlikely...marvelous...fabulous






BIGarse G I V E A W A Y

P A R T Y. . . .


tomorrow is my happy birth day and my 240something post...

so in honor of my

240somethingth Post & Birth Day...

I am having a

240somethingth Post & Birth Day

Give Away...

it is BIG... BIG...



I am putting everybody up in this motel...


very
B I G. . .




So how do I enter this BIGarse GIVE AWAY...leave a comment between now and Monday noon on any post between now and Monday...if you link to this post, you'll get 2 additional chances...if you spread the news on your blog...let me know please...

Please tell your friends...everyone is invited...there will be dancin'...pink champagne on ice...mirrors on the ceiling...

So what's the BIGarse prize you ask...the second hint is below...

one thru one hundred...
in less than a day...
it's the first and it's special...
what more can i say....

Guess what arse is...the first to guess wins biggest...

i asked for a pink tiffany diamond...




album - http://www.shoddity.com/

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Checkin' In...Checkin' Out...GIVE AWAY PARTY

Today's Intention...check in with myself...


I ask how I am within myself today? Am I particularly tired, stressed, or off-form? If any of these characteristics apply, can I try to let go of the concerns that disturb me?

Like the Hotel California...you can check out any time you like...but you can never leave...is that not true of ourselves...we can check out of our lives at any time...but we can never really leave...every time I go to Atlanta (sorry Atlantans)...I see throngs of people who are checked out...they are checked out when they drive 98 MPH everywhere...they are checked out in stores where they act like the world will end if they don't get what they want NOW...they are checked out with their children in restaurants...need I go on???

And sometimes I, too, check out...just more quietly...that is why it is important to check IN with myself regularly...today I am all three...tired, stressed, and particularly off-form...tired because I have been working non-stop for several months now, stressed because I can't seem to get the magazine finished and to the printer, and particularly off-form because of the first two...and the fact that I am getting older...



So what do I do about it......

Host a

BIGarse* G I V E A W A Y

P A R T Y....


Monday is my happy birth day and my 240something post...

so in honor of my

240somethingth Post & Birth Day...

I am having a

240somethingth Post & Birth Day

Give Away...

it is BIG... BIG...


very
B I G. . .


So how do I enter this BIGarse GIVE AWAY...leave a comment between now and Monday noon on any post between now and Monday...if you link to this post, you'll get 2 additional chances...

So what's the BIGarse prize you ask...the first hint is below...

Tell your friends...everyone is invited...there will be dancin'...pink champagne on ice...mirrors on the ceiling...* stands for something big also....


Hotel California The Eagles

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
'This could be Heaven or this could be Hell'
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
'Please bring me my wine'
He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine'
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device'
And in the master's chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
'Relax,' said the night man,
'We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Turn Your Radio On

Today's Intention...turn my radio on...find my frequency...

I have learned how to listen to my inner radio...have you?

Each of us has an inner frequency deep within our being that broadcasts messages...your frequency has something to do with being fully alive...and sharing your aliveness with others...reaching out...making connections...with your own special energy...your frequency...


Blue Angels November 3, 2007



Like the Blue Angels that I photographed Saturday...you need to pay sharp attention...stay focused...stay plugged in...in tune...with yourself and the world around you...

I have learned a lot about my energy and my response to other people's energy...I tend to soak up the energy around me...if you are happy, I am five times as happy...if you are sad, I am morose...I do not like violence of any type...I actually feel the person's pain...physically...I have learned not to watch news...or even violent television shows...if someone gets punched in the stomach...my stomach hurts...

I do not think it is selfish...I have learned how to take care of myself...and what makes her feel unbalanced...I don't like crowds of people...this is why I shun shopping during holidays...or even going to the movies...I have to be very aware...be present in the moment...to avoid being swept up in the chaotic energy of a crowd...


Like the two Blue Angels above...If I am aware of my frequency and energy, I am sure others are also...imagine what we can do when we can actually feel and hear ourselves...tune in to our frequency...pay attention to what we are broadcasting...and when...

I believe most of us spend a good amount of time unplugged...then we perceive static in the energy around us...internal and external...because we are not broadcasting from our authentic frequency...we create some of this static energy...the popping and fading and cracking noise...that is the accumulation of an energy charge...and it is affecting the world...


Like the tiny angel above, when I can maintain a present moment focus...or mindfulness...I seem to stay in tune...and in touch with myself...and it is then, and only then, that I can express a consistent and authentic self in the world...

I can use frequency modulation...the establishment of a new key...varying one or more of my unique signal's basic characteristics...so as to change the character of the sound...so we vary our energy signals all the time in response to out own energy...or that of others...

And when I amp up...to include self-actualization, like the solitary Blue Angel below...emitting my own true frequency...I begin to know my life path and purpose...and if I stay on my frequency...and work from my center...not only can I hear and communicate more clearly...my life will resonate...



U Be Creative Today!


Please stop by Nunnie's Attic today...she is having a wonderful Christmas giveaway...tell her I sent you...

Monday, November 5, 2007

What Time ?!@#????

Today's Intention...finish the magazine...

When we mess with the clocks...it really messes with my chi (the natural energy of the Universe)...i get all out of whack for a week or so...last night it was pitch black dark by 6:30PM...I was bummed...I tend to follow the sun...I am up and ready to go when it rises...and I am ready to crash when it sets...so I could barely keep my eyes open by 8:30 last night...I tried my best to stay up until 10:30...but could not make it...even the new cloth, paper scissors would not keep me awake...and the animals were zonked by 8 o'clock...the lion even lies down with the lamb...what's up with that??

"mom his ear is touching me"

I found this quiz a while ago...i took it twice and came up midnight both times...i was sure i would be morning sun...go figure...

You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.

Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.

Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.

You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.



I went to St. Augustine on Saturday...did not get to meet some pink flowers though...I went to Claire's Collectibles...a wonderfully warm and welcoming rubber stamp/altered arts store...Clair was a joy to meet, but would not allow a photo of herself...but this is her amazing store...


Claire's Collectibles began as a tiny portion of her husband's antique store into a store of her own next door... with customers from all over the world (a couple from Wales was there when I was) who make the store a fun place to be. With an inventory of 14 or 15,000 stamps (who's counting?) plus accessories, Claire can supply most of what you need.

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