A Hundred Dollar Holiday - How To Create a Homemade Christmas
In December 2008, I started my own tradition of creating a hundred dollar holiday. At the same time, I joined the ranks of Squidoo...it is a fun place to voice your opinion...click the above link to get tons of information on creating a beautiful holiday celebration for less than $100. The tradition continues.
You want to make a memorable Christmas holiday for your family but you have no idea how to do it! We will explore ways to make a beautiful Christmas memory without spending a lot of money.
I have always been a make it, take it kind of person. There will be how-to's, ideas, recipies, videos, and much more. New stuff will be added daily...so chack back often!
Please share a favorite homemade idea, your family holiday traditions, or special things you do on Christmas Eve or Christmas day in the guestbook at the bottom of the page!
"So the reason to change Christmas is not because it damages the earth around us, though surely it does. (Visit a landfill the week after Christmas.) The reason to change Christmas is not because it represents shameful excess in a world of poverty, though perhaps it does. The reason to change Christmas - the reason it might be useful to change Christmas - is because it might help us to get at some of the underlying discontent in our lives. Because it might help us see how to change every other day of the year, in ways that really would make our whole lives, and maybe our entire 365-days-a-year culture, healthier in the long run." Bill McKibbon - see his book below...read the rest of the article here...
Monday, November 29, 2010
A Hundred Dollar Holiday - How To Create a Homemade Christmas
Monday, November 22, 2010
It's Official...at long last...you can purchase Rebecca's art on clothing, paper goods, etcetera...
Posted by Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva at 3:01 PM
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
All Soul's Day (sometimes called the "Day of the Dead") is always November 2 (November 3rd if the 2nd falls on a Sunday). In Western Christianity, All Souls' Day commemorates the faithful departed. This day is observed in the Roman Catholic Church, churches of the Anglican Communion, Old Catholic Churches, and to some extent among Protestants. The Eastern Orthodox Church observes several All Souls' Days during the year.
My beloved grandmother Annie Casey Niland died on All Soul's Day in 1981. Tradition has it that if you die on this day you go directly to heaven. I still miss her terribly.
(she was in a play called The Girl of the Golden West)
All Souls' Day is also known as the Feast of All Souls, Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed. The day purposely follows All Saint's Day in order to shift the focus from those in heaven to those in purgatory. It is celebrated with masses and festivities in honor of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven.
Traditions and Customs
Visiting a Graveyard for a Picnic
Decorating Relatives' Graves
Remembering and Praying for Departed Souls
Giving Orphans Food, Clothing, and Toys
Leaving Doors & Windows Open on All Souls Night
Any Symbol of Death
Any Symbol of Fire
Old Testament Typology Foreshadowing All Souls Day
All Old Testament Examples of Fire
All Old Testament Examples of Purification
Monday, November 1, 2010
All Saints' Day
[The vigil of this feast is popularly called "Hallowe'en" or "Halloween".]
This is a post about my spiritual beliefs which are as much a part of me as my art...I will be posting again later today about my gallery showing and about my newest favorite possession..."The Journey" by Miss Norah/Sharon...
All Saints' Day is a Christian holy day observed by many Western churches on November 1 and by Eastern churches on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. I thought I would share some history of the day and clear some misconceptions as to why Catholics pray to saints.
Christians have been honoring their saints and martyrs since at least the second century AD. The Martyrdom of Polycarp, probably written near the middle of the second century, attests to this reality. Initially the calendars of saints and martyrs varied from location to location, and many times local churches honored local saints. However, gradually feast days became more universal.
The first reference to a general feast celebrating all saints occurs in St Ephrem the Syrian (d. AD 373). St. John Chrysostom (d. AD 407) assigned a day to the feast, the first Sunday after Pentecost, where in the Eastern Churches the feast is celebrated to this day. In the West, this date was probably originally used, and then the feast was moved to May 13th. The current observance (November 1) probably originates from the time of Pope Gregory III (d. AD 741), and was likely first observed on November 1st in Germany. This fact makes the connection of the All Saints Feast with the pagan festival Samhain less likely, since Samhain was an Irish pagan feast, rather than German.
The vigil of the Feast (the eve) has grown up in the English speaking countries as a festival in itself, All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. While many consider Halloween pagan (and in many instances the celebrations are for many), as far as the Church is concerned the date is simply the eve of the feast of All Saints. Many customs of Halloween reflect the Christian belief that on the feast's vigils we mock evil, because as Christians, it has no real power over us. However, for some Halloween is used for evil purposes, in which many Christians dabble unknowingly.
David Morrison explains the proper relationship between Christians and Halloween. Various customs have developed related to Halloween. In the Middle Ages, poor people in the community begged for "soul cakes," and upon receiving these doughnuts, they would agree to pray for departed souls. This is the root of our modern day "trick-or-treat." The custom of masks and costumes developed to mock evil and perhaps confuse the evil spirits by dressing as one of their own. Some Christians visit cemeteries on Halloween, not to practice evil, but to commemorate departed relatives and friends, with picnics and the last flowers of the year. The day after All Saints day is called All Soul's Day, a day to remember and offer prayers up on behalf of all of the faithful departed. In many cultures it seems the two days share many customs. See the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church for more information.
Traditions and Customs
Visiting Cemeteries (All Hallows Eve)
Giving "Soul Cakes" to the poor (All Hallows Eve)
Sheaf of Wheat
Rayed Manus Dei (Hand of God)
Symbols of Individual Saints
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Isn't Celebrating All Saints Day Idolatry?
Most non-Catholics assume that celebrating the saints means somehow worshipping them. The Church has always held, East and West, that worship (latria) is to be given to God alone, and that we give veneration (dulia) to the saints, the highest veneration (hyperdulia) being due to the Blessed Virgin Mary. If someone is treating a Saint as one should treat God, then yes, that is idolatry.
That being said, the Saints of God do have a role in our lives, as intercessors before God. The saints are continually praying for us and interceding on our behalf. God is the God of the living, not of the dead. As such, asking a saint for his or her intercession is perfectly legitimate and not idolatrous, no more than asking a friend or pastor to pray for you is idolatrous.
Remembering and honoring the saints are also beneficial, because to remember the heroes of the faith and follow their examples is a good thing! Many seem to have a great hatred of remembering and celebrating the lives of great Christian men and women, yet have no problem fervently celebrating the lives of secular heroes like George Washington. All Saints Day is simply a day to celebrate the lives of all the great heroes of the Christian faith, and to celebrate the deep communion we have with them as they intercede for us.
for more information visit here...information from www.churchyear.net
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Close up of headgear...one for outside...one for inside...
Happy Halloween to all my ghoulish friends...I will be dancing the night away...but I forgot my shoes (and pants)...am dancing barefoot...don't step on my toes... thank you ghouls....
|What Your Halloween Habits Say About You|
The scariest thing on Halloween is you! You definitely don't want any kids in costumes crossing your path - and you're willing to scare away any who do.
You definitely think of yourself as someone who has a dark side. And part of having that dark side means not showing it.
Your inner child is full of wonder and very sweet.
You fear people taking advantage for you. You are always worried about protecting your own interests.
You're prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind... even if you don't admit it.
You are a total overachiever and workaholic. You're the type of person who plans their elaborate Halloween costume weeks in advance.
Posted by Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva at 8:16 AM
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Today's Intention...be fanciful...
In honor of Miss Fanciful herself...who seems to be as deep in the throes of creativity as I am this month...I find myself somewhere between the revenge seeking/broom riding/whacked out wicked witch and the uber nervous/clock watching White Rabbit..."Oh Dear, Oh Dear...what shall I do...so much to do...not enough time...Oh Dear, Oh Dear"...having violent mood swings...necessitating much chocolate...
If one wishes to be fanciful...imaginative it is....and inventive...and courageous...and, at times, laughing raucously at yourself...even if you, by choice, fall down the rabbit hole...2 or 7 times...
Not altogether fanciful am I...and though the physical appearance and attributes of such imaginary beings may have been, well um, overemphasized or just plain silly...the witch is in...for the time being...as the sign indicates...
You can see from the first photo that I have gone all out with Halloween decor this year...an upgrade from my usual bowl o' candy corn pumpkins...the shenanigans of miss fancy pants has rubbed off on me and caused me to go over the top...spending nearly 12 bucks...the teeny, tiny witch was $7...
above is the teeny, tiny paper witch I found in an antique store in Chicago...carried home in my carry on so as not to squish her skirt...but squished her nose instead...below is my usual h-ween decor...
I have reinvented myself for h-ween...the witch is in...tee hee...but she is determined to be a happy/positive being...
BTW...if you google fanciful...a fanciful twist comes in 3rd after fanciful.org and before roux fanciful hair rinse...not bad placement my dear...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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We are Havin' a party...spooky party...
Cre8Tiva takes a
Downloads during the month of October to celebrate the 1 year anniversary (tomorrow) of my radio show - Artistically Speaking...so check back often!!! and visit my other blog about learning to make a living doing what I love...
Cre8Tive Compass Blog
where you will find projects & ideas like this...
Step 2: Attach similar long strips of tape at random intervals between the first two.
Step 3: Connect long strips with shorter strips, working your way out. Avoid lining up the shorter strips.
For this project and more creative decorating ideas visit Lowe's Creative Home.
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
my little dancer from Two Buttons (the shop of Liz Gilbert and Jose (Filipe) from Eat Pray Love
My Sacred Life day 820...
I am truly blessed...I thank everyone who continually encourages me here...as a gift to you I have a new series Monday Marketing Minute to help burgeoning/hopeful/struggling artists...anyone who wants to sell their art...ALL are invited to follow along as I continue on my path to selling my art...I will let you see all my progress and all my stumbles...I will give you the naked truth of my experience...get a cup of tea and join me each morning...together we will grow as artists and as community...spread the word...
I am blessed with wonderful friends...I am reminded of the time my dear friends John and Mary, who live in Ewing, NJ, came to visit me in Philadelphia...they took me to their beautiful home...it is decorated superbly...I was inspired to start decorating...perhaps with some of this....
anyway...they took me on a tour of New Jersey and Bucks County, PA along the Delaware River...but my ultimate goal was to get to the little shop called Two Buttons in Frenchtown... hidden behind warning signs to stay out...no trespassing is this little gem...
Two Buttons is a wonderful import gallery owned by Filipe of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love fame... Okay...he is not really Filipe, but Jose, Liz's Brazilian boyfriend turned husband...Karen Cole, of Artsortments had a post about this shop the week before I left for Philadelphia...Jose was there manning the shop, so charming and full of details about the works of art and their travels to find them...no wonder she fell in love with him...
Book Review: Eat Pray Love,#1 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction list, is romantic fiction about a woman who, after a bad divorce, went in search of herself and her spirituality. She does this by eating her way through Italy, praying and meditating through India, and loving through Bali.
Below is what I came home with...I was limited by what would fit in my suitcase or a life size gator would have followed me home...see products on the Two Buttons website for a view of him...
We went from Frenchtown to lunch in charming Lambertville, NJ, then across the river to artsy New Hope, PA...I will tell you more about this tomorrow...
this is the front of the shop now... they are open
Today's aMUSEment - do you have a good friend who deserves a call or letter from you? Take a few minutes today to do that...U Be Creative Today!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Special LOW Introductory Prices
Now accepting students for Summer Quarter 2010!!!h
DWYL WEBucation e-courses are conducted in a supportive, nurturing environment within a password-protected forum website. The website is easy to navigate to make your classroom experience enjoyable and conducive to learning. The study at your convenience concept allows you to work at your own pace, in your time frame and in your fuzzy bunny slippers...if you so desire. At 2 AM or 2 PM, the DWYL student can choose to work whenever they like during the quarter.
Sign Up Today - Class begins 8/9
The Art of Doodle Portraits - $58 4 classes + Q&A sessionIf you ever wanted to incorporate faces into your artwork, this workshop is for you. My method will have you drawing faces within the first half hour of class. Then we will explore the different features in depth...mouth, nose, eyes and hair. In this combo video instruction, written instruction and Q&A session, you will learn to love drawing faces as much as I do. 24/7 access to videos, discussion board,
Class DescriptionPart 3 of Rebecca's ongoing Doodle Series. Even if you have never ever drawn anything before, you will create a beautiful Doodle Portrait. Even if you think you can't draw, you will make a beautiful Doodle Portrait. In this course you will learn the formula for facial feature placement, how to quickly sketch and shade features, then colorize them with mixed media tools like watercolor pencils, acrylics, etc. You will also learn how to create one of Rebecca's beautiful textured and layered backgrounds.
- The Art of the Quick Sketch Doodle Portrait video
- Doodling exercises - the structure of the face
- The Facial Grid - Rebecca's quick placement of features formula
- Journaling/Sketchbook discussion
- How to draw and shade the eyes video
- Doodling exercises - the structure of the eyes
- Building facial skin tones with watercolor pencils and paint
- How to draw and shade the nose video
- Doodling exercises - the structure of the nose
- Textured and layered background techniques
- How to draw and shade the mouth video
- Doodling exercises - the structure of the mouth
- Embellishing and finishing the face
- Bonus session with Rebecca where you can ask anything about doodle portraiture
BonusesA forum with discussion boards, Student Gallery, plus an Web Gallery Exhibit on Cre8Tive Compass Magazine.
Click to pay for the class
Friday, July 30, 2010
I have been a teacher of creativity and painting for many years...and I recently signed up for a class at Suzi Blu's Les Petit Academy...and blown away i am!!! A little unorthodox, but Suzi Blu is so right on in her teaching methods...I am taking the Goddess & Poet class now and there is still time to join in the fun!!!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I am participating in the 4th 2011 Diary Project. You can too!!!
Any artist, crafter, photographer, musician, poet or someone who would just like to promote your art on the web...you can be part of this project. It is free and it is an opportunity for you to have a free publicity, with no obligation of purchase.
New size: 8½" x 7". Each date will be designed by a different creator and will be printed on a high quality, opaque, recycled paper. There wil be 2 dates in each page, 3 notes pages, 7 address pages, 12 months pages, 1 introduction pages, 1 year pages, a 2012 page, and 7 positive message design. Total: 208 pages, with 397 different designs. Some covers will have a design, and some will be plain, to decorate it as you like.
There will be also the CD version that will contain the complete pdf file, ready to print, with instructions.
With the CD, you go to a photocopy center and you ask for the quantity of book you want, with the paper of your choice, the cover color of your choice, the color spiral of your choice.
New for this year
The book will be printed with recycled paper and some will have a design on the cover.
The book will be bigger, but thinner. Artists will have the same space to do their design, in another proportion, and there will be 2 design (2 dates) each date page. All the other pages: months, notes, address, calendar pages will be full page.
all photos pages from previous calendars.
Posted by Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva at 5:45 PM
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
for the tea party...
and my little dragonfly friend helped me drink my tea this morning...
then i came home and put on my party hair and makeup...
invited a few friends and off we went to visit the other partiers...
and we all are carrying our
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you know i am always the dance chairwoman
the fanciful miss has invited us to a tea party...3 years in a row
i picked some pink roses...
have brewed my fave tea - Latitudes Rooibos - YUMMMMMMM
a blended african red bush superior grade blended with apricot, mango, peach, marigold flowers, and red currants.,,,excellent for iced tea as well....
my fave tea cup is filled to the brim...
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The topping, a Whipped White Chocolate & Lemon Ganache using Valrhona Ivoire 35%, is both delicious and very easy to make. It is also a real joy to handle, and the ideal texture for piping - tinted a golden yellow, it makes for a rather fetching sunflower design.
i have tossed a fanciful salad...
and gathered fruit galore...
and created a few hors d'oeuvres...
there could be pink champagne on ice...
served in flirty girl glasses
flirty girls all in a row - hand painted portrait wineglasses
later i will put on my favorite dancing shoes...so let's dance...
and nibble on pink champagne truffles...
next year we will escape
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