Abstractions – More New Paintings

Lots of balls in the air but progress being made!!

Original Artwork at Affordable Prices

Still busy painting (and not writing much), still refining my photography technique for listing photos, still planning to pull everything together on my art website but I’ve managed to list a number of new paintings recently in my Etsy Shop:  TheCSweetShoppe

 

If You Love the Design But Not For Your Wall

One of the next thing I’ll be doing is making some of the paintings available as framed art prints , throw pillows, greeting cards, cell phone cases, and more on The C-Sweet on Society6

For example:

love-always-wins-z9s-pillowspop-rose-framed-printslady-contemplating-cases

I feel as though I’m walking down the road while spinning plates on a stick and it’s really slow going but progress is being made!

****Featured image from Plate Spinning Dog

 

 

New Paintings Listed in My Etsy Shop

Finally put down the brush and uploaded the images!

FINALLY!

One of the things I find challenging is managing the full-spectrum of the work that I do.  By that I mean working on my paintings or painted furniture, taking high quality photos of each item to post for sale, writing up the descriptions and activating the listings on Etsy, Facebook, Craigslist, my art website, etc.

Well lately I’ve been painting up a storm and have just listed most but not all of my recent works in my Etsy Shop.  Fortunately, through the ability to link social media I got to crosspost on Pinterest with notices to Facebook and Twitter at the same time.

I really need to get my art website up to snuff and running but I’ve been having too much fun throwing paint around!!!  With this good start posting 9 new paintings on Etsy just now I’m inspired to get the rest listed once and for all – so watch for 4 additional new paintings plus listings from my pod series of paintings done earlier this year.

 

I’ve Been Busy…

Check out cottage chic handpainted furniture …

Just not with blogging….what’s had most of my attention these past weeks (besides travel soccer – thank you FC Virginia!) is PAINTING, PAINTING, PAINTING!

Painting what, you say?  Painting furniture.  I sold my first piece, an adorable little side table that I would have loved to keep for myself – but alas, I’m in use it or lose it mode and don’t have an immediate spot for it.  Here it is if you’re into “Cottage Chic”:clematis table 1

And if you’re into a big more daring, bold pops of color I give you my Doodle Pattern Chair currently listed on Craigslist (northern Virginia) and my Etsy Shop CJ’s Funky Painted Chair and here she is:

Doodle chair 1

An ADDiva Off Meds: The Glass Cocoon

Who are we really fooling when we live in denial?

Most folks who are struggling with situations or with life in general know where to look for inspiring stories of folks who made it through a rough patch and conquered the problem, the demon, the setback, the misfortune.  The focus being on the ultimate achievement of some success.

How about when the achievement is getting something accomplished in a single day…maybe just a single thing in a single day?  A little while ago I realized that despite my busting loose with my blog posting and focus on finding a full-time job and progress on getting the house de-cluttered I’d slipped back into my cocoon and if you’d asked me before I had the revelation, I’d have absolutely denied it.  That’s how I came up with the descriptor:  Glass Cocoon.  In the glass cocoon you feel that you’re on track and moving things along but the fact is that you’ve slipped back into some of the perfection/procrastination behaviors and are letting days go by without hitting any of your marks or checking anything off your “list”.

All I know is that I realized I was in there, I’ve emerged once again, and in forward motion yet again.  I closed the door behind me when I left in the hope of hindering a return to there anytime soon but it’s probably inevitable and the best I can do is recognize it sooner and hope out earlier next time and do better the time after that….the thing is that I’ve gotten even better than I had been about keeping up the facade that things are running smoothly and getting done and all is well. This is not a good thing because the one I’m fooling with all that smoke and mirrors nonsense is ME.

What’s in the (Oracle) Cards Today?

Crazy how difficult it can be to ask for help, isn’t it?

Disclaimer

Yes, I pulled these cards for a reading yesterday, on Tarot Tuesday but I’m not pretending I wrote this up yesterday and never hit publish.  I’m coming clean with my procrastination/perfection issue (yet again) and moving forward…..

The Cards

Before drawing these cards from the Archangel Deck (Doreen Virtue), I asked my angels and guides for a specific message for that day and here’s what they sent me for a 3 card spread (the history, the current, the ongoing) in which I added cards from the “Whispers of Love” deck–

The Reading

I)  Indigo and Crystal Children – Archangel Metatron:  “You have a bond with children.  In particular, you can help children who are sensitive.”   For me personally, this message is reaffirmation that my most important role in life right now is Mother, and my children and their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being remains my top priority.

The Whispers deck gave up the “Ask for Help”, #14 card: “What is it you really need help with?  Be willing to allow yourself the support you need.”  This question may not be all that easy to answer, right?  If you knew exactly what it was you should be asking for it’d be a lot easier to ask for the right help at the right time.

II) Spread your Wings! – Archangel Ariel: “Do not hold back right now.  The timing is perfect, and you are ready to soar!” The thing I’ve been drawn to working on the most these days is my art – I’ve been painting every chance I get, nearly every day if not every day – and I find that if I make time for creative endeavors it energizes me to take care of the rest of the things that need my attention. I’ve been quite prolific over the past couple of days with what I’m calling my Easter 2016 Series, consisting of angel paintings, one of Jesus on the cross (very abstract) and the latest I finished last night with a Sacred Heart of Jesus theme.

From the Whispers deck:  “Choose Love”, #21 card: “You always have a choice as to what you should do.”  I couldn’t agree more!  Many times we feel backed into a corner but we always have options, particularly options about how to react to situations which often dictates our overall frame of mind and the things we do about whatever it is we’re facing.

III) Hello from Heaven – Archangel Azrael: “Your loved ones in Heaven are doing fine.  Let go of worries, and feel their loving blessings.” This one made me cry – I really felt it – have been thinking about my recently passed away godfather/uncle (it’s been 6 months!!!) and the fact that I’m still in a state of somewhat disbelief that he’s gone. Actually, just the “Hello from Heaven” was a really welcome message on this day.

Whispers then told me: “Love Who You Are”, #8 card: “You are a Divine and wonderful person deserving all of the wonderful things that life has to offer.” Bottom line (for me):  KEEP THE FAITH!

Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

 

 

ADD Ramble About Last Thursday

It was the day after I did my webinar….that’s usually a sigh of relief day and this one was no different.  I woke up about the usual time and interacted with the kids as they got themselves ready for school….bless their little hearts, they do that all by themselves since back in the day when Mom had already left for work by the time they got out of bed….

Before going downstairs to drink my hot water, lemon slice, apple cider vinegar elixir I shuffled around with my Archangel Oracle Card deck and pulled a card….got called downstairs for something ….got involved in something else – dust busting around my Boston Fern Project, replied to an email, thought about calling two of my mentors to update them on the career front, my latest art work-in-progress caught my eye and I decided to work on that for a little while then commence recruiting activities….went back upstairs for my phone and headset and remembered I’d drawn the Archangel card….I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried…this is an actual ADD morning in my life….Yes I drank my elixir, yes I chased it with a black coffee, yes I painted for a while, no, I didn’t get much recruiting done and I can’t recall what exactly got me off that track but here I am to tell you about that card….

I started out very focused and asked the archangels to let me know the most important thing I should focus on for the day and Archangel Sandalphon exclaims “Victory!  Your prayers have been heard and answered.  Have faith.”

“You deserve this time of victory.  Your unwavering focus and dedicating have resulted in blissful manifestation.  Peace and pleasant feelings are your right now.  (Hello!)  Let your focus be on this present moment, and savor each feeling and experience fully.  Know that the future is taken care of in a positive way as you allow yourself to enjoy the present moment.  Feel good about who you are and know that your success benefits others…..

Um, excuse me Archangel Sandalphon…Citibank has been calling and they’d like to know exactly how my success is going to benefit them in the form of a payment….

Background on working with Archangel Sandalphon – helps you speak your truth openly in a way that benefits everyone.  He assists you in living in integrity with your spiritual gifts of prophecy, healing and manifestation fully awakened.

I went a step further and consulting my Angel Numbers Guide about a number from my past that I’ve begun using lately. Without going into detail about my specific number I wanted to tell you that the meaning is that I am being assisted in staying positive in my endeavors and supported by God and the ascended masters in confidently following my dreams.  The particular number combo reduces to the number 7 which tells me that I’m on the right path and the outcome will exceed my expectations.  As well, the #7 is a sign that Divine magic is supporting me and opening doors of opportunity….well as my previous post indicated, I’m getting inquiries related to work opportunities that I never even solicited….people are finding me based on the information and the energy I’ve put out there about myself and what I do….These things are coming full circle.  I don’t know about you but I’m very excited about what the future holds….Thank you Archangel Sandalphon!

Where Does The Time Go?

It’s been 11 days since my last post….11 days….nearly two weeks the way I look at it.  What on earth has been going on that knocked me for a non-blogging loop?

Let’s see?  I had a webinar go live last week and while my slide presentation was prepared and submitted WELL in advance, I had to take the time to deliver the goods, so to speak.  I was also the fortunate recipient of two other pieces of relevant business to dive into…some recruiting and some training delivery.  Definite on the recruiting, proposed on the training.  And there was a soccer tournament over the weekend.

So any progress I’d made getting my voice back was set back some over the weekend because while I refrained from cheering the girls on (or the dreaded coaching from the sidelines) I did spend a fair amount of time talking to the parents of my daughter’s teammates who are a lovely group of people and such fun to hang out with….also pushed forward on a commission for a large cityscape of the capital city of someone’s home country…..working the crowd, always working the crowd…..

We won’t get into the results of the soccer tourney – suffice it to say our girls are just getting their feet wet in the 11 v 11 arena and made some good progress from the first game to the third.  I was proud of them and the coaches were pleased as well.  ‘Nuff said there.

There was a 3rd possible work opportunity that I didn’t give my thought to –relegating it to the “I’ll believe it when I see it” file; that today burst forth with an invitation to interview tomorrow that I’ve accepted. When it rains it pours…just like that little Morton Salt girl has always told us…remember her?

.Morton Salt Girl

 All this going on after much sowing of seeds, mindful meditation, networking, sending out resumes, just being out there as a voice in my chosen profession (career coaching, recruiting, training in case you’re confused about which profession it is to which I refer.)

Ok, enough of that…I have an oracle card reading that I want to write about before I go and also want to acknowledge that I’m far in arrears as far as reading and commenting on the things my fellow bloggers have been up to and writing about….it’s on my radar, trust me.

P.S.  On an ADD note where I have to throw in something random yet tangentially related…..when I was in 1st grade…back in the day when different brands offered branded merchandise to be had by mailing in a few labels, maybe with a few dollars plus the nominal cost of shipping…my mother obtained for moi a Morton Salt Girl UMBRELLA….it was mostly clear with bright yellow trim and the best part was that the handle was a yellow Morton Salt Girl!!!!  Too many years ago to mention but I still remember that umbrella…..Thanks Mom!!!!

You thought I was lying, right?  I found a pic of the umbrella handle girl…..I had one of those umbrellas back in the day…ok, that’s a little overboard with the excitement about the first umbrella….I’m done – thank you!