Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Art Inspiration: My Quest ~ Dreams: Focus and Purpose


With a day full of possibilities, what will you do?

We can soar on the wings of our dreams!

Do you have dreams?

I think at one time in our lives,  we all had a dream..

Hopefully, you still do.
 I have dreams.

There have been times when I haven't been true..

to myself or to my dreams.

It's easy to get caught up in expectations of others.

What we SHOULD do can dictate our

decisions and the whispers of our heart's dreams

can be drowned out by so many things.
 Where do your dreams stand?

You know you are the only one that can protect them

I'm building walls around my dreams and learning to guard them

with a fierceness because if I don't...

they can so easliy vanish in the midst of daily living.
 I think we're meant to dream. 

Without them, how would we set goals?

There's a longing in my heart that is leading me to practice being artistic 

and creative. Living life to the fullest in my home and through my 

drawing, painting, playing music and writing songs.

God has given us all talents and gifts along with a desire

to express ourselves through these gifts and talents.
 There have been times when I have prayed and asked for God to make a way,

and to show me what HE wanted me to do.

A lovely revelation came to me.  

{Sometimes God is just waiting on us to make up 

our minds about what it is we want to do.

And then He can bless it.}
 He has given us gifts and talents and 


The desire is natural and beautiful

and one of the strongest motivators to get us where we want to go~
 I am having to retrain myself and it's kind of like steering

a very large vessel through the water.

It's a very slow but deliberate process.

It takes a seriousness of purpose and focus that

has to shut out the everyday.

This focus also comes from knowing what it is I REALLY want.

I cannot tell you how many hours I have wasted

by just letting my mind wander.
 I can't allow myself to putter away at lots of little things that

I think are interesting. I don't have time to chase

bunnies that run across my path and distract.

I have to be orderly in my thinking, keeping the dream ever

before me. Picturing the destination and how to get there helps.
We can achieve anything we want when we have a desire and a plan.

Just recently, I was reminded that one of my purposes was to inspire.

Beauty and truth. 

Here are disciplines that I am learning to apply to be able to 

see that happen.
*Work my mind really hard. I can be and have been

 very lazy in my thought life.

*Be realistic. I have had to come to the truth that I

cannot accomplish every idea that I have had.

This has led me to *purge my ideas

and my home of materials that I will never be able to put to use.

And I am always...always, in some way,

working on some kind of project.

Such as ...learning a new song, researching how to write a song,

playing my guitar or mandolin.

Working on a painting, learning a new technique.

Etc.. this helps me keep the momentum.
This has required letting go of things and ideas that I have attached myself to.

But I can't allow emotions to get in the way.

Sometimes we have to be strong and firm.

These disciplines have made me stronger and enabled me to


Which brings more inspiration and peace 

which my heart was desperate for. 
 It may sound like I am never spontaneous and don't follow my heart.

Actually and ironically, it's the opposite.

The more we are able to pinpoint our weaknesses and work to put forth a plan 

that can clear our hearts and minds of distraction and unwanted clutter,

the less we worry and fret about that stuff and get bogged down

trying to figure out what to do.

We can make mistakes and will.

We will get sidetracked and distracted.

Because that's real. 

But do you have a plan in how to get back on track 

and find your groove again?
 Best wishes for your journey to be magical,
filled with wonder, excitement and purpose!
We will make messes of all sorts but won't it be fun and 

inspiring and encouraging to learn?

And how wonderful to be in a place just to know that we're 

listening and responding to  those quiet nudgings. 

How beautiful and exciting!

I wish you all the best in following your heart and being 

able to achieve your dreams in the truest 

sense of what they mean to you!

Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for coming by!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Peanut Butter ... Just Add Sprinkles! Nurturing the Wonder of Nature

I hope you're having a lovely day and week so far.

I realize more and more how blessed I am. 

Health...  Food... Shelter...
 and just so many wonderful people in my life.

My life is so rich and full of interesting challenges, enrichment and beauty!

I'm so grateful. 

We live in such a time that there is so much inspiration and 

opportunity to learn more about the things we love.

I must admit, I have to limit myself in this and and keep my feet firmly 

planted as I dream and work toward growing in my music and artistry.

But it's so exciting!

I am still working on the deep cleaning and purging of personal and

household items.  It's also been a soul-searching time as well, which has brought 

about some revelations and changes that I'll share in my next post.

 It is very freeing and I'm finding myself more focused

on the things that really matter to me.

Today, I want to share some pictures of a 

recent project that I did with my grand daughters. 

It's super easy, fun and serves a purpose. 

Not porpoise ;) Silly me....

The project is

Peanut Butter and Birdseed Pinecones

There's not much to explain.

The only thing that I did differently this time was to

 add a screw to hang it by. It was easier than trying to wrap

the ribbon around the pinecone itself.
 I added some sprinkles to the seed just to make it more 
colorful and festive. 
We all know that's what little girls love!
And honestly, I like it, too.
 And the birds like a sweet treat now and then.
This is potentially very messy but the cake pans helped a lot. 
 The girls did a wonderful job!
Peanut butter was thoroughly smushed into every crack!

They love watching the birds and helping me feed them.
I allow them to take the little, yellow bucket outside. 
Using a small measuring cup,  they each count out four scoops 
as they pour the seed onto the patio.

I don't use bird feeders. They eat so much! 
I sometimes feed them three times a day. 
 We took them outside to hang them in a tree.
 Sweet birdwatchers!
 It didn't take long for the birds to find them
and now they are picked clean.
I loved sharing this project with girls. They had so much fun making them!
 Their mom helped, too.
 I wish I had gotten a picture of the three of them 
with their pinecones.

It's wonderful way to teach them how magical nature is and how to 
be a part of helping the lovely creatures of the wild. 
It also helps nurture that love and wonder for nature that kids already have.

What kind of magic and wonder is happening in your world? 
I'd love to hear about it.
Thank you so much for coming by. 
Happy March 1st!

Tamara XOXO

Monday, February 20, 2017

Vintage Suitcases, Books and the Mysteries of the Past ~

It was a cloudy morning that has turned into a sunny 
Monday here at our mountain home. 

And there are little surprises popping up in my flower gardens.
Hyacinths... Poppies and Lilies 
are peeking out to see if it's safe to 
come out and say a proper hello! 

It's all very exciting.
And there is talk about
additions to the gypsy camp.

It's one of my places to dream. 
It's there that I play
so much music and even make believe. 

Even though.....
 I love the winter months and
 the magic and beauty of snow is one 
of my favorite things!
 The handsome and lively elk and deer visitors 
come to call, too and it's so fun
 to watch the young ones 
run down the pond hill and 
play chase around the field!
And then to watch that herd of fifty 
run all together as one is a beautiful sight, indeed!

Even though ... 
all of that will have to wait until
another time,
I do hear the gypsy camp beckoning...
Such excitement in the air!

Today, I have a couple of photos of a decor change that 
I made with some thrifted, vintage suitcases and some of my favorite books. It was a much needed change as I hadn't changed it
for several years. 
(I won't tell you how long.. I'm too embarrassed!)

They sort of embody that adventurous, wanderlust spirit that
stirs up the gypsy in me. 
Do you ever look at them and wonder?

Who packed them?
Where they travelled and why?

Was it their honeymoon...
a business trip?
Were they traveling with the circus?

Oh my.. Don't you just love the mystery?
My husband and I really like the change. 
I like using what I already have and I'm learning to
just switch things around. 

I like the neutrals here with just a splash of color.
I'm starting to hang some of my art around the house.
I also really like plants blended in with neutral colors.
Wooden boxes and crates are another favorite to use in
my home. I love the history that they represent.

I am not very good at decorating but 
I'm learning. I use to think that I had to be loyal to one
color palette but my gypsy soul loves 
it all! So I'm learning to create
small places with groupings of colors that I love.
It usually has some sort of quirky twist.
That's just me. 

Books are not just for reading.
They can be such lovely things to decorate with. 
I have stacks of them all around my house. 

Do you like books?
What are some of your favorites?

I hope the beginning of your week is off to a 
good start. Thank you for coming by.

I hope your week is lovely with an 
element of enchantment and beauty.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Winter Days at Our Mountain Home

Winter greetings from the AZ mountains 
which is like a high desert.

We've been having many gray days here
with rain and snow. 
It's been wonderful.

Cloudy days are rare here in the southwest and being 
an Ohio girl, I relish them.

I haven't been working on many projects lately because
I have been doing a lot of deep cleaning
and ordering of our home. And I've been obsessing
over music and playing guitar for hours.

Do you follow any of the music awards?
I don't always but some of my favorite singers and
songwriters are among the nominees so it's been exciting!

Lori McKenna is one. 
She wrote Tim McGraw's hit,
Humble and Kind.

You can watch her singing at the Opry here.
Beautiful words with a timeless message.
She has already won a Grammy and was nominated
 again today by CMA. 

Here are some winter moments of our life in the mountains.
 A little snow fairy..
 I had to laugh at this snowman. He looks look 
one that Pigpen might have made. When you don't have a lot of 
grass, this is what your snowman looks like. Haha!
But the giggles had so much fun making it.
 I'm not the only one who likes to huddle 
up close to the wood stove.
Just some cheering up in my craft room. 
That lovely pillow was made by my sweet friend, 
Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose
You can find many beautiful shabby, 
handmade items in her Etsy shop 
 One of my favorite singers. 
I spend a lot of time listening to and playing her music. 
What a great inspiration she's been to me~
beginning in my early teens. 

Early morning visitors. When it snows, they are forced to come down from the high country to feed. Such beautiful animals. 
The other night, there was a herd of fifty in our field! 
It was quite a sight. 
They were running and frisking around.

I hope your world is bright and full of hope as this new
 year is speeding ahead.

Please pray for my friend, Kris as
she heals from a knee injury. 

Do you have goals and dreams that you 
have resurrected in this new year? I hope so.
Never let your dreams die..

Fan the flames of your dreams with 
the hopes for your future and feel yourself soar~

Heres a quote that I'd like to to leave you with. 

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. 

Because if you are making mistakes, 

then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, 

living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, 

changing your world. 

You're doing things you've never done before,

 and more importantly.... 

you're doing something. 

--Neil Gaiman. 

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for coming by~
Tamara XO

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Art Inspiration: My Quest ....A Winter Canvas Collage and Keeping Inspired

 I hope that your week has been happy and inspiring. 
Inspiration is one of the staples that I live on.

It's so easy to get in a rut with everyday things. Not that we aren't thankful but it's good to have new experiences. 
I like to work at conjuring up happy thoughts 
and fresh things to do.

How do you keep inspired?

I am trying to work hard at learning new things
and today I wanted to share my winter canvas
with you. It started as a Christmas project but quickly was
set aside for seasonal activities.
So, I turned it into a winter project.
Isn't that one of things that is so lovely about art?
There are really no rules.

Allow yourself a lot of grace, flow with the 
circumstances and  follow your heart.

It's one of things that keeps the inspiration coming.
And how amazing to not have any boundaries or rules but full
freedom through creativity!
This is just one of the wonders of it all.

This project was inspired by 
Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist.

She is an artist of many talents! Lovely, creative and
whimsical. A person who celebrates life at every turn
and shares her inspiration with such generosity of spirit
through her beautiful photos. 
Thank you, Vanessa!

I saw one of her canvas' in a magazine and decided to 
try my own with a little different approach.
 How magical it was to enter this little world of make believe
with pretty papers, glitter and colorful paints to create 
a fairytale story through my imagination and art!
To get lost in it all was simply blissful.

Here are a few new things that I learned..
*large collage piece
*planning a story to tell in the picture
*drawing with detail
*painting animals with acrylics

I learned so much and it gave me confidence to keep moving forward.
By some miracle, I inspired myself.

Isn't it a good feeling to have dreams in front of you and 
to accomplish something that brings you one step closer?
Even if it's just a tiny step?
Most big things are accomplished through small steps.

Have you ever experienced that?
I would really love to hear about yours!
Thank you..
Below are just a few photos of my life..

A bear sighting! :)
I was picking this up for my daughter at Christmas.
One of the ways to get inspired is to do something out of the
ordinary fun or even
a little crazy; like push a bear around the grocery store 
while getting your groceries. 
That is a very large grocery cart with a very 
large bear inside!
Reading this Renoir book has been very inspirational.
I learned that many of the artists 
of his time carried their knapsacks 
to the fields and forests to 
paint because having a studio was a luxury.
One of the most fulfilling, inspirational ways to stir up creativity is to be someone else's inspiration and then help THEM accomplish
what you inspired them to do. 
I made a pillow.
My grand daughters saw it and wanted to make one, too.

So the other day, they spent about four hours learning how to hand sew these little pillows.
They did a beautiful job and were so pleased with their work.
It made me so happy to be a part of this 
fun and enriching time! 

Thank you for coming by.  
I hope you find some very lovely inspiration
and then have a wonderful time inspiring someone else.

I find so much creativity on many friend's blogs.
So thank you for sharing your talents and lovely ideas
so that others can be inspired and learn new 
ways to enrich our lives.

Wishing you a happy weekend!
Tamara XO