Monday, August 29, 2016

Art Inspiration..... Just Imagine...... Of Toads, Horned Toads and Other Friends!

It was a perfect summer morning with my grand daughters.
We beaded jewelry for them,
built Duplo houses, (complete with vases of flowers :) 
for their horned toads that have been having sleepovers and
snuggled on the couch and read stories.

We made a huge pillow pile in my bedroom and they rolled
on the big, blue exercise ball and crashed into a heap on the
softness! It was a memorable, magical time.

Do you have memories of those simple times as a child?
I can remember opening up very large card board boxes
and sliding across them in my stocking feet like I was skating.
And one of my favorite outdoor memories is of raking leaves and then
making rooms for a house using the leaves as walls.
All the rooms were connected and there were openings
 in the leaves for doorways.

I used to imagine a lot but somewhere in my life's journey,
I began to be too practical.
I became the girl who wanted to do things right..
To always color in the lines using the colors of reality..
A horse couldn't be pink!
I had never SEEN a real pink one.

But in my search to find what I love to create and growing in this world of wonder
and unexplored realm of art and and beauty, my life has changed.
I have changed..morphed...and it all continues
to make me more curious about what is to come.
I'm so excited to see what's around the next corner.
It's like opening a door and walking into a world where
anything is possible!
And it is.

A Small Tale

 upon a time there was a toad princess.
Her name was Wilhelmina. 
She had a gypsy spirit and in her wanderings, she had heard of the sweet, light- hearted
 fairy girls who would sometimes fly in for a visit to the great castle.
Their laughter could be heard ringing through the land
and their squeals of delight echoed from the far corners of the kingdom!
Their kindness and joy touched the hearts of the people.
 And so many would come from
faraway places to catch a glimpse of them.

 How Miss Wilhelmina   
 longed to meet them and join in their adventures!
So, she found some lovely flowers to wear to celebrate the occasion
 and began her journey of three days to the castle.
She hadn't gone very far when she saw her
 friend Miss Maisy, the snail.
How she loved her forest friend and decided to
 invite her to come along!
Miss Maisy was delighted at the invitation and
 loved an adventure.
 And of course, she asked if her friend, Starfire,
 who was hitching a ride could tag along as well!
"Yes...Indeed!," exclaimed Wilhelmina. 
So she said, "Thank you." and quickly accepted.
Wilhelmina was over-joyed that Miss Maisy and Starfire were coming along!
It would be a gloriously, grande time traveling with friends.
She placed a pretty pink flower on Maisy's head and their adventure began as
they were off to see the fairy princesses.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

I hope you enjoyed the little story.
Thank you for indulging me! 
This has been an interesting journey...and one of learning to be bold and be myself.

It helps to have friends along the way. 
I want to mention some of my sweet blogging friends who have 
been encouraging.

Kelli and
and my family of course!

Discovering what's within ourselves and beyond
reality is a fun adventure.
SO much HAS to be lived in reality..
and that's wonderful, too!
I love my life.

There's a movie that was so inspiring to me.
Have you heard of

It portrays the story of Peter Pan and how it came to be..
It's what can happen when a person follows their heart and dares to
believe in their dreams. 

Do you have dreams that you've tucked away and you'd like to 
dust off and see them realized?

Some of the little friends on our wild piece of earth.
A tiny sunbather....
Meet Daisy...

Have a wonderful week and thank you for coming by!



Roosterhead Designs said...

Such a wonderful story Tamara!
I hope you will add more to it and
take us farther on their journey ; ) hint hint.
I like that they are wearing flower 'hats' on their heads~
Thanks for sharing - and the pics are great!
It's always nice to see what is 'out there'
in other peoples "back yards!"
Have a blessed week~ Karen O

Junkchiccottage said...

Love the story so sweet and creative. In the world we live in sometimes it is so good to escape and read something of whimsy and fun. This was that kind of post today. Thank you sweet friend for sharing.
Love your sweet little critters living by you. Too adorable. So much wonderful nature around you.
Enjoy this brand new week.

cindy shipley said...

Great story and boy dont we love spending time with the grand kids

Stephanie said...

Oh, I agree with Karen, I hope you add more to the story and take further along on their journey {{smiles}} You are full of whimsy and enchantment, my friend....truly, your words bring such joy to my heart.

I thoroughly enjoyed your photos and is that YOUR hand holding the snake? You are so brave, dear one. My son LOVED seeing that picture :)

May your September be sweetly blessed. Love and hugs to you!

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

What an amazing story Tamara! Imagination is a wonderful thing! I have always had quite an imagination but as you get older, it fades. I have so many great memories of childhood when the imagination was so strong. I'm still able to dream which I love. It lifts your spirits and gives you encouragement to go and create something but it's the adult version (decorating, etc.). LOL!! Enjoy your week.