DLP 2016 – The Unplanner Featured Member PAC

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I’ve been enjoying the lazy days of summer.  Slowly taking my time to enjoy my kids being home, the lack of schedule and dare I say, sleeping in a few days a week.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my email and shining like a star was an email from Sandi Keene of the Art to the 5th Academy asking me if I would be interested in being their “Featured Member” for July.  EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK.  Yes Sandi – yes please.  I tried playing it cool but Sandi, Rae and Lorraine are some of my all time favorites so I might have screamed a little and texted my bestie about this fabulousness.

The theme for the PAC this week is: Start with a Black Background

I had ordered the Unplanner Kit way back when I signed up for this project so I thought the black tags would be a great place to start.

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In my mind I was picturing a starry night with a little mixed media home set on a rolling hill of different variations of green.  My first step was to get my gelli plate out and load it up with every green I own.  I’m a HUGE fan of the gelli plate and use it in almost all of my projects and my art journal.

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Using a brayer I blended the greens on the gelli plate.  I cut a small wave out of a scrap piece of cardstock and used that as a template for my grassy knoll.  After my hill was set I added midnight blue paint to my gelli plate and loosely stamped the “sky” portion of my PAC leaving some of the original black peeking through.  I then covered my grassy hill and used a splatter technique with white paint to make the tiny stars.

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As the background was drying I began to piece together my tiny house.  I had some scrap background pages laying around and used that as the larger part of my home.  I used a gelli plate on an old book page to make the windows and doors.  The roof was made from old manila shipping tags.

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I slanted the roof to add a little character.  Every week I create two PAC’s.  One to keep and one I send to my bestie who is also a member of DLP 2016.

Once the little house was dry, I glued it onto the background with a UHU glue stick.

I pictured bigger stars in the sky hanging from tiny strings.  I create a lot of projects with hearts.  Especially hearts made from under paper.  I really wanted my personal style to come through in the PAC so I cut tiny under paper hearts and glued them in the sky.

Finally I pulled out Rosie my antique Singer Sewing machine and began adding the final touches. The grassy hill received some zig zag texture.  I added a torn piece of a book page at the bottom.  The heart stars received their life line strings and I stitched all around the edges of my tag.  I hand drew scallops on all my hearts and added a few marks made from tiny bubble wrap.  The home also received some TLC by way of lines, edges, scallops and scribbles.

And last but certainly not least – I hand stamped the word “home” on a tiny piece of muslin and gave it a quick stitch to adhere it to the PAC.  Torn fabric as the tie and this little home is complete.

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Thank you so much for reading.  I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” and I look forward to seeing what you create!  You can find me and lots of my projects on Instagram: soul_positive

xoxo

Exciting News: A Rebirth

 

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Although I have not been writing about things in a timely manner, there are wonderful happenings over here at Soul-Positive.

A bit of background: With the growth of the #taggedbykindness project – I found myself at a crossroads.  I had received numerous requests to purchase my tags and to have the project shared.  This excited me as well as frightened me do death.  I didn’t have a crystal clear vision of where I wanted Soul-Positive or the #taggedbykindess project to go.  I saw bits and pieces and dreamed big for the future but how the heck was I going to tie it all together without freaking out?   How could I marry the two of these entities together without having overlap and probably mass confusion .  I needed baby steps and it seemed like things were moving incredibly fast. < Insert deep breath here.>

The most important aspect of all this was how to continue sharing #taggedbykindess while still maintaining the integrity of the project and not having it stolen right out from under me.  Sadly these things do happen and the more the word spread of #taggedbykindess, the greater the risk of losing control of the project growth or losing the project altogether.  From the very beginning I wanted the #taggedbykindness project to be a random act of kindness initiative where the only profit was that of positive vibes exchanged between the giver and the receiver.  I do realize that not everyone is “artistic” or “crafty” and many of my close friends were asking how they could purchase these tags to giveaway.  This left me scratching my head.  Is it wrong to make tags and sell them?  Would this be “selling out”?  Several friends suggested that I at the very least be compensated for the materials.  Is the integrity of the project going to be compromised by this?  Yes – as you can see I am an over thinker.  This is not always a bad thing.

So after much thought and a consultation with a patent attorney, I have decided to move forward with a few changes.  The biggest change is the name of the kindness project.  I will no longer be using #taggedbykindness as the project name.  Please allow me to introduce to you “The #Soulpositivefinds Kindness Art Project”.  This new name fits nicely under the big umbrella of Soul-Positive.  I thought long and hard over the new name and came to the conclusion that when I started this journey my focus was exploring different ways to keep my soul positive. My little random act of kindness project has grown (and I have grown in the process).  I felt that this project needed to be linked to the overall mission of Soul-Positive. The new hashtag is #soulpositivefinds.

What is the mission of Soul-Positive?  The mission remains the same as it did a few years ago.  I want to continue to find ways to keep my soul positive when there seems to be an overwhelming amount of negativity swirling about in the universe.  I, like most of the people I know want a full, happy life.  I want to love hard.  I want to be loved.  I want to make a difference.

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“Rosie” – Singer Featherweight

In addition to the kindness project name change….I have also reopened my Etsy store which is also called Soul Positive Finds.  See what I did there? In the shop you will find find art tags that are hand made with love, light and positive intention.  These tags are not a part of the #soulpositivefinds project.  These tags are more detailed and additional work is involved in the creation process.  These mixed media altered art tags are more a spiritual talisman of positive light and intention. I believe strongly in the power of words.  The art tags are hand painted, stamped and stitched on Rosie my Singer Featherweight machine.  In the future I will be adding small tag making kits and original canvas art as well as some t-shirts and tanks.

My work with the #soulpositivefinds project will continue.  I plan on sharing with more schools and community organizations in my area. I invite you to continue to share this project with others.  Please use our new hashtag – #soulpositivefinds.  If you are interested in having me come and share the project or if you need stamped tags please let me know.  I will gladly schedule a visit or send you blank tags that are stamped with our new name.  If you would like some tags made for you or for your group – please contact me through the Etsy shop. Or drop me a line here at Soul-Positive.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined me on this journey.  I never knew what to expect when I decided to open myself up and start actively working towards making Soul-Positive a reality.  You’ve encouraged me to dream big.  I am blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive community and for that my heart is immensely grateful.

xoxo

New #taggedbykindness Happenings

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Today I am so excited to share the #taggedbykindess project with a local elementary school in my town.  Their Early Act Club (a branch of Rotary International) has invited me again this year to come and share the project and make small random acts of kindness with the children.  Check out my new custom stamp that I had made for the back of the tags.  I’m so happy with the way it turned out and think this will really help to spread our message.  I had Jeanne from Twin Soul Studio create the stamp.  You can link to Jeanne’s Etsy Shop here.  I highly recommend Jeanne’s services.  She’s amazingly talented.

I promise to take a lot of pictures and will post our masterpieces this week.  The project has been really getting a lot of exposure and I am thrilled.  Please follow our journey on Instagram.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!

xoxo

 

Hits, Misses and a New Word for 2016

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As I sit here the house is quiet except for the sound of the refrigerator motor humming.  I love mornings like this.  The quiet calm before the house awakens with immediate energy.

I am happy to finally have a chance to quietly reflect on my personal accomplishments from 2015:

  • The birth of Soul-Positive
  • Creating the  #taggedbykindness Project
  • The discovery of a new creative outlet through mixed media art
  •  Experiencing new artistic techniques
  • Welcoming vulnerability through open sharing of my creative endeavors
  • Embracing new adventures
  • Choosing positive self acceptance on a more regular basis
  • Letting go of perfection and embracing imperfection

Along with accomplishments comes the acknowledgment of tasks left undone.  In order to continue moving forward and keeping the momentum of personal growth – I looked at these tasks and reflected also on why they are still on my to do list:

  • Regular blog posts (missed this mark big time)
  • Setting up an Etsy shop
  • More physical activity
  • Completing prompts and online classes in a timely manner if at all
  • Reading more books
  • Controlling every situation (will always be a work in progress)

I know now after careful reflection that I need to work on my time management skills.  I need to refine my skills in the area of clarifying goals.  I need to confront fear head on and ask myself “what are you so afraid of?” And most importantly I need to give myself permission to fail and then dust myself off and rise again.

I’m looking forward to 2016.  The start of a new year gives me the kick in the pants I need to set new goals and put a plan of action into place.

As many of you know I have been a part of the One Little Word (OLW) Community for a few years now.  OLW is a year long monthly prompt driven workshop created by Ali Edwards.  You can learn more about this project here.

In 2015 my word was “Momentum”.  This was a wonderful choice and it really gave me a positive outlook into what I wanted to accomplish this past year.

For 2016 I have chosen the word “Step”.  I am looking forward to the many aspects of what “step” has in store for me.  My goal is to step up when faced with hard truths and tough decisions. Step up to more self acceptance and self care.  Step back from relationships that do not enhance my own personal growth.  Step back and listen instead of always needing to be heard.  Step out physically for walks, hikes, kayaking and bicycling to clear my mind, bring me inner peace and bring me back to center.

I hope you take a moment before the stroke of midnight and pat yourself on the back for showing up in 2015, fighting the hard fights and embracing all the good and even some of the ugly.  Thank you for being a part of my journey this year.  Wishing you all the very best that 2016 has to offer and more!

xoxo