What a curious and wonderful week this has been. I started the week with very heavy energy and a heavy heart and things shifted into delightful exuberance. Hard to beat that!
Cynthia of Spirit Uncaged is on a bit of a blogging sabbatical, but that’s not stopping me from using her template of The Scattered Life Collective to summarize my week.
currrent time: 4:30 pm
out the window: I’ve mentioned before that I keep jars of beads on the sash ledges of the windows in my studio space. I often use recycled “treasures” as bottle stoppers, like porcelain doorknobs or beaded globes. For one of my bottles I use another tiny round bottle that is filled with bits of gold leaf floating in some kind of clear liquid. I love swirling it around – it’s like a miniature snow globe filled with golden flakes. A lot of the trees on our block are honey locust, and there kajillion tiny leaves turn yellow in autumn. It’s a tiresome task to rake them but they put on such a lovely show as they fall. The slightest breeze that catches the tree, or the scamperings of boisterous squirrels, and suddenly there is a gentle brief shower of gold falling. A world-sized leaf globe. That’s what I’ve been enjoying today.
watching: The “science club” is busy working on projects out in our garage-turned-into-experiment zone, so it seems appropriate that I dialed into this science-shows-itself-as-art TedTalk by Fabian Oefner. Color fans be sure to watch this.
listening to: One day – Matisyahu.
reading: Night Fishing – A Woman’s Dream Journal by Katherine Metcalf Nelson. It literally fell off my bookshelf and I take those cosmic hints seriously. I had just been wondering if I should keep a dedicated journal where I illustrate my dreams. I always jot down sketches and things directly in my dream journal, and sometimes I additionally explore the dream through art doing that in whatever current journal I’m using. But it occurred to me that keeping dream artwork together in one journal might be a useful direction to head. And boom out falls this book which is just such an example. It’s been so long since I read it originally I’m delighting anew in peeking into her dreamworld.
Fun arrivals in the mailbox this week:
- My 2014 issue of We’Moon datebook. A reminder the year is marching on…
- A pretty new carry-all bag. Red! Whimsical flowers! A stripped strap!
- A new month. I love opening the month with some guiding structure, so I welcome in my monthly goddess, do a card reading, ask for some signposts from my Angels and Guides. This month I’m incorporating the right brain planner into my routine and I’ve decided to see how working with one journal, a grid-lined Kraft covered Moleskine will work. I’ll be testing that theory this month, but I’m already laughing because of the guidance for the new separate dream/art journal.
- Tea. I’m an equal opportunity coffee and tea lover, but it seems every autumn there comes a time when tea becomes the predominant beverage of choice. So this week I’ve been brewing up and enjoying some blends from Tea Forte.
- Divine downloads. Wow is all I’m going to say about that for the moment. That and thank you to my beloved guidance team.
- Circus tomorrow. Another neighborhood arts production – circus in the park!
- #33. A new magical number has made its appearance onto my radar. I can’t wait to see how it starts showing up. (And thank you to my beautiful friend for opening the research door for me – a big shout out of love!) And ziggurats. A swoon-worthy word in itself I think.
Around and about:
- I’m always entertained with those down-the-rabbit hole searches that turn up something unexpected. I was actually trying to identify a leaf and I ended up stumbling upon this leaf print tutorial. Hammers ready?
- I keep returning to mandala exploration. I was delighted to find these astrology-related works by Mark Golding.
- Love this little project by Edie Brickell who decided to write and record a little song into her iPhone and post it on her site every day.
- Makes me smile. Ruth Mikos has created “thinking cap” earrings using text from the old Dick and Jane reading primers. While I’m not really in the market for the earrings, it really does make me crave a thinking cap. Yes it does!
Wrapping my week up, here’s my playing card summary of the week with my favorite selfie on the back.
Now that you’ve had a peek into my week, what about you? What are you counting as a treasure? What tune have you been spinning or book have you been perusing? What’s made your week memorable? Put on your thinking cap and let me know. You know I want to hear.