Bird babies, solid perfume and friends.

Hello you cosmic unicycle riders!  How are things up there?  All is groovy I see.

I worked at the flower shop today for half a day.  It was one of those days that I had an opportunity to do a lot of thinking because it wasn’t very busy.  My mind was very active today and I had several new ideas for my art.  I also had some new ideas for some of my birds.  I put them away for a while because I was getting sort of obsessed with them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love them.  I think they are cute and funny and they make people smile.  It’s just that I was spending so much time concentrating on new patterns and new outfits for them that I kind of put other things on the back burner. 

Today I pulled them back out and smiled when I realized how many of them are so close to being finished.  I also giggled a bit when I opened the second box to see how many of them are waiting for their wings, tails and beaks.  Here are a couple of pics so you can see what I am talking about.

Semi complete birds

Almost there!

Still waiting

Waiting on completion.

 I’m going to make some of these into cake toppers.  I’m also going to be revealing a new line of birds in about a month or so.  I’m still working out the details for selling them. 

I also wanted to show y’all the solid perfume I told you about yesterday.  I’m also working on a different container for these.  You know me, I can’t do anything without changing it up a bit.  LOL!  A wonderful friend told me this week that I do things with a “flair”.  That made me smile because honestly, I don’t do that on purpose.  This little tin has a plastic insert that holds the solid perfume.  It’s the perfect size for the purse or pocket.  I also like these because if you are traveling, you can take it with you on the plane.  I’m thinking of making some sets of these.  I think it would be cool to be able to have several scents and not have to worry about space or any travel restrictions.

Solid Perfume

Solid Perfume TinSolid Perfume Tin Opened

Solid Perfume Tin Open

Open Tin of Solid Perfume

This scent is a very light and clean with just a touch of spice.  It’s really a lovely scent. 

I had lunch today with a friend.  We talked about changes and how life is too short to live it in fear and worry.  I’m so glad that I am surrounded by so many loving and wonderful friends.  I’m also grateful for the opportunities to be a good friend.  It’s all about balance and the give and take in life.  I am working very hard at becoming better in all areas of my life.  It feels good to have people who love me , and it’s good to have those friends who cheer me on as I reach my goals and dreams. 

I hope that I am a cheerleader and encourager to you as well.  You are divine and delicious and you deserve all good things in life!  Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to give away some love this week!  It always comes back bigger and better to you than it was when you sent it out.  How cool is that?!  🙂  Pay it forward baby!

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Jigglin to the J’s

Hello my lovely light beams!  I was so tired when I got home from work tonight.  I had to give myself a pep talk in order to stay awake and complete my J.  After I got the wonderdog walked and fed I was dancing around and playing with her.  I was singing, “Maddison Maddison my babylove!  I need some inspiration for my J from above!”  The wonderdog barked along with me until I was laughing.  I sat down to draw and all that kept running through my mind were J words.  Jingle, Joke, Justice, and Joy.  Nahhhh didn’t want to use any of those words.  For some reason the word “jiggle” just popped into my head. 

I drew the word on a small piece of Strathmore Acrylic Linen Canvas.  I LOVE this paper.  It’s thick and it takes paint beautifully.  It’s also quite durable for ACEO’s and such.  This word measures 3 inches by 6 inches.  I used my black waterproof ink pen.  This one I know for sure is waterproof.  LOL!  I was going to paint it but then I decided to use colored pencils instead.  Mostly because I’m exhausted and I didn’t feel like moving off of the sofa into the studio. 

J47 Jiggle J

I may revisit this piece and paint over the colored pencil.  If I do I’ll post it here for you to see.  If I do paint over it I’m definitely going to use a lighter shade of green for the e as well.  I am still in awe that I’m 47 days into this art challenge.  I can’t wait until I hit day and J 65.  I think I will celebrate with a giveaway.  What do y’all think?  A canvas?  A bird?  Some soap?  What should the giveaway be?  I’d love to hear your opinions. 

Okay it’s off to bed for me.  Sweet dreams to you all.  I am going to try to dream about flying and sunshine tonight.  I’ll let you know if I succeed in that!  Feel the love!  Give the love!  Thank you for being your most fabulous self!

Changing a mindset.

There have been alot of changes going on in my life lately.  I’ve been out of work for quite some time now and so I’ve been concentrating on my business even moreso.  I’m getting a divorce.  I never thought I’d be saying that, but there it is.  I’ve also been trying to figure out and work out my feelings about a relationship with one of my family members. 

Yesterday I was reading an article on abundance and changing ones mindset.   This particular article posed this very simple question……Who said that you have to go through a period of being broke just because you are out of a job?  This statement hit me like a ton of bricks.  EVERYBODY said it!  LOL! 

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be the truth.  It doesn’t have to be my story.   Today I made a concious decision to rewrite my story.  My story isn’t going to be one of struggle and lack.  My story is one of abundance, joy and gratitude.   I went to the store today because I was out of trash bags.  Just walking around and smiling at people and hugging people, I sold six bars of soap.  🙂   I wasn’t even trying! 

So here is the thing….if I can do that today I can do that again tomorrow… and the next day…and so on.   I’ve been in a bit of a slump artistically lately as well.  I’ve been having a hard time with ideas to paint.  Well, I’ve come up with a solution to that as well.  I’ll write more about that later. 

In the meantime, if any of you are interested, I HIGHLY recommend going over to www.TUT.com and signing up for Notes from the Universe.  It’s free, and they will change your life for the better.  If nothing else, they will make you smile every day. 

My positive quote for today is from Tony Robbins….

That thing you can’t do you must.

Soap Giveaway Winners

Hello Beautiful People!  🙂

Just a quick note today to announce the giveaway winners.  Congratulations to Dee and Kim!  I just want to thank everyone who participated.  I’ll be having another giveaway soon!  Dee and Kim, your soaps will be on their way to you friday.  Have a wonderful day and thank you again. 

I’m heading out to run some errands.  I hope to spread a little sunshine today and maybe do a random act of art!  Everyone go out and smile at three people today.  Then pick three more to compliment.  You won’t believe how it will make them and you smile!

Soap Giveaway and New Birds in the Bevy

Hello all of you happy groovy beautiful people!

I hope everyone is feeling good today and looking forward to more days of sunshine ahead.  Spring is just around the corner and she is beginning to send little gifts our way.   It has been such a long and cold winter for so many people.  Many of my friends up north and in Canada have really had tons and tons of snow to deal with.  Even here in the south it was exceptionally cold and snowy this year.  But alas the sun!  Ahh the sun is coming back! 

This week I’m having another soap giveaway.  I’ve made several new scents the past couple of weeks so I’m going to let you guys pick which scent you would like to try this time.  🙂   I’ve also made some new bird babies and they are looking forward to moving to their forever homes.   They are waiting for you at www.Peachbutter.com

To enter the giveaway contest, just leave a comment here, email me or send me a message on twitter.  My twitter id is JDewylde. 

Peachbutter Party Birds

Here are some of the new soaps available too.  The tangarine dreams and spring spa are seriously drool worthy! 

Handmade Goatsmilk Luxury Soap

Handmade Goatsmilk Soap

 This is the Tangerine Dreams soap.  It is a wonderfully creamy bar.  It is scented with a mix of tangerine and soft green herbals.  It is DEELISH!!  Goatsmilk soaps have been used by people for centuries.  The milk adds a smoothness to the soap that is incredible.  Many people swear that it also helps to clear dry skin.  Try it, you’ll love it!  🙂

Spring Spa Luxury Handmade Soap

Spring Spa Luxury Handmade Soap

This is the spring spa soap.  This soap is scented with ginger and frankinsense.  You won’t believe what a fresh and clean scent this is!  It’s so refreshing and simply yummy!  These bars are also topped with a touch of cosmetic gold mica.  Just for a little touch of glamour and fun!  Everyone that has tried this soap loves it!  You will too. 

I’m looking forward to hearing from y’all.  Have a groovy, happy and love filled day!  Enjoy the pics, enter the giveaway then go out and show people some love today.  It all comes back to you baby!  It all comes back to you.  🙂

Rainy Saturday and Altered Art

Hi Y’all,

It’s been a rainy saturday here in Ga. today.  Kind of a nice day for reflection and thought.  Today I’ve been cleaning and getting some supplies in order.  Sometimes I look around at all of my art supplies and fabric and I wonder how one person can collect so much.  Then I look at some of my friends collections and I feel better!  LOL

Yesterday I finished a canvas for an art challenge.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  I call it “Fly”.  I wanted to do something that was monotone in whites, but as I worked this came out instead.  It’s still really muted tones and I think it’s peaceful looking.  I had such a good time making it.  I love it when I’m working on a piece and I get into that peaceful zone.  It’s so therapeutic.  Anyway, here it is.  Love to hear any and all comments.  Have a great weekend!

Your wings exist.  All you have to do is fly!

Fly

 The following are just close ups obviously.  🙂  I hope you enjoy them. 

Fly Canvas Close Up

Close up 1

Close up of Fly

Close up 2

Close up of Fly

Close up 3

My computer is acting up so I’m amazed I was able to get these pics uploaded.  I’m taking it to the shop monday so I may be offline for a bit.  I’m not sure what is wrong so I won’t know until they take a look.  In the meantime I’m making more soap and art.  As soon as I get back online I’ll be posting some new soaps as well as art and birds for sale on Peachbutter.  I’m also going to be having another soap giveaway so keep checking back!  Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my work.  You keep me humble, honest and sane.  Have a great weekend!

Winter birds and sleepy dog

Hi Guys,

Well it’s been another busy week for me.  I’ve been working on some more birds, restocking the soap shelves and trying to catch the wonder dog sleeping.  She is such a light sleeper that I have yet to catch her just totally out cold.  LOL  Still working on it though! 

Here are some of the birds that I just finished.  I will be listing them on my site tomrrow.  I’ve got several others almost finished.  It seems like these days that the more I make them, the more I love them.  They make me smile and giggle.  I think that’s a good thing. 

Just friends ready for tea.

 Meet Edith and Charlotte.  Just two pretty girls ready for tea.  I named these girls after my mom and my Aunt Charlotte.  The love to get together when they can too!  🙂 

Two fabric birds fancy friends.

Fancy Friends

 And this is Nina and Cricket.  They are best friends.  They are all dressed up and ready to go out on the town.  I have a suspicion that Nina is on the prowl for a cowboy.  Cricket agrees.  heh

And just because she’s so stinkin cute to me, a couple of pics of the wonder dog.  She gets so put out when I wake her with my camera.  LOL

Oops.  I woke up the sleeping princess.

The wonder dog is put out.

She just doesn’t understand how cute I think she is when she’s sleeping!  I just wish I could get ONE pic of her while she was out cold.  But NOPE, she is a light sleeper and she always hears me. 

Maddison ignoring her momma.

She is a sleepy puppy.

After giving me the stink eye she moved over and put her head on the pillow.  As if to say, “I am ignoring you, now go away so I can sleep”   LOL  I love her so much! 

I think 2010 is going to be an amazing year.  My mind seems to be moving constantly in creative directions.  I’m trying to find the balance with my time between soapmaking and my dolls/birds/art.  I feel like I’ve got a pretty good system working right now.  I should have new soaps ready soon as well.  Have a great day and thank you again for all of your kind words and emails.  Y’all keep me going!  Peace and Love and Peachbutter!!

New Bird Finds Home and Random Information

Hello All of You Beautiful People!

Just a quick post tonight to bring everyone up to speed.  I’m making birds like crazy.  I have several of them that are almost ready for new homes.  They just need hats, ties and other birdy accessories.  🙂

This is a pic of the latest bird.  Her name is Tiffany.  She was listed on Peachbutter last wednesday, and thursday morning I had an email that she had sold.  WOOT!!  I love it when my birds find new homes with loving owners.  Here she is……

Tiffany Handmade Fabric Bird

Miss Tiffany in all her glory

Tiffany Handmade Fabric Bird Back View

Miss Tiffany's Pink Rose and Pearls Hat

Tiffany Handmade Bird View 2

Side view of Miss Tiffany

I’m also going to be placing a doll I made on Peachbutter tomorrow.  Her name is Hannah.  Hannah is machine sewn, hand stuffed and completed by hand.  Her hair is needle felted to her head.  Her facial features are hand painted on with acrylic paint.  Hannah wears a primitive dress with a little pink holiday glitz.  I mean what girl doesn’t like a little glitz right?  She also comes with her own little rabbit.  Her rabbit is button jointed and can sit or hang.  Hannah is scented with vanilla and cinnamon.  Her rabbit has also been heavily distressed and wears her own little outfit with sparkly pink ear ribbons.  These girls are looking for a forever home for the holidays.  Do you know anyone who would like to adopt them?  If so, please direct them to www.Peachbutter.com.   The wonder dog and myself would most certainly appreciate it!  Here are pics of Hannah and her bunny for you…..

Handmade Primitive Doll Hannah with rabbit

Handmade Hannah Doll Close View

She has such a sweet face. This is a special doll.

Handmade Bunny for Hannah Doll Close Up

We couldn't have a close up of Hannah without a close up of her bunny.

Now I’m off to make some more bird legs.  It’s so amazing to me, the more I make them the more I love them.  I want to find a nice tree branch to perch them all on for a photograph.  I’ll post pics when I get it done. 

That’s all the pics for today.   Be well, be happy and be free.  Remember love is always always the answer.  Thank you for taking the time to visit!  I love you guys so much.

Sleep Study Results and Yummy New Soaps.

Well the sleep study results are in.  I don’t have sleep apnea!  YAY that part!  I do however, have something called Alpha Intrusion Disorder.  I have chronic pain and this condition is caused when someone has chronic pain and it changes their brain waves.  This causes them not to go into a deep REM sleep, which is what I have been experiencing for a few years now.  It’s not fun.  Some nights I wake up 12- 14 times.  I’m always hurting and I always need to move or turn to sleep better.  In my case, I finally get so exhuasted that I will need a night or a weekend day to just sleep for like 12 hours.  I’m beginning to explore some homeopathic paths to pain relief.  I’ve also stopped drinking caffeine after 3:00 in the afternoon.  This seems to be helping a bit.  I’m in love with blueberry herbal tea so that’s what I’ve been drinking at night.   If any of you want to leave comments about your sleeping disorders, please feel free to do so.  Just find all the tiny writing at the bottom of the posts and click on leave a comment.  We are all in this together.  🙂

Okay!  On to more fun topics.  I cut two logs of soap yesterday.  The first one is a cucumber scent and it is so clean smelling.  I also played around a bit with the coloring.  It was fun!   So here are the cut bars. 

Handmade Cucumber Luxury Soap

Handmade Cucumber Luxury Soap. Yummmm!

The second log I cut was the grapefruit/orange soap.  OMG y’all I am in LOVE with this soap.  I used a grapefruit/orange essential oil blend on this one.  It smells just like juicy ripe grapefruits and oranges.  It’s also a vegan bar.  I was kind of surprised at how long the recipe took to trace, but it was worth the effort.  I colored half the batch a light pink grapefruit color and added just a touch of yellow to the other half then mixed them.  I love the soft understated way the colors came out!  I hope y’all like these too. 

Grapefruit/Orange Handmade Vegan Luxury Soap

Grapefruit/Orange Handmade Vegan Luxury Soap w/ essential oils.

Tonight I’m going to work on completing a couple of birds.  I’ve got some cute ideas for bird hats and such so I’m going to try and get that done.   I’m working on getting myself organized.  Sometimes I feel like I’m running as fast as I can on the wheel and getting nowhere.  LOL   I hope you all have a day filled with peace, happiness, tons of smiles and more love than you can hold!

New Bird Babies In Progress and more Soap

I think I told y’all that I’ve been working on alot of new birds in the evenings lately.  I am finding it extremely calming and I am having so much fun watching them all come to life.   I decided to snap a pic of a few of the birds as they are in progress. 

So far I am totally diggin the colors and the way they all look together.  I simply can’t wait until everyone has a beak and a face.  I’m also looking for new things to dress them with.  I am falling in love with things to make hats etc. for them.  They will be ready for new homes very soon.  In the meantime you can find some of their relatives who are already looking for homes at my website Peachbutter

Bird Babies in Progress

Bird Babies in Progress

I’m also going to be listing some more soaps soon.  The last batch is a mango scented soap with olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter.  It leaves your skin feeling so clean and so soft.  I LOVE it!   I’m calling it Christmas Mango Twist because I colored it for the holidays.   I’ll be giving away one bar of this soap this weekend.  If you would like a chance to win a bar, simply leave me a comment here with your email addy.  If you win I’ll email you and get your details and you’ll have a new and groovy bar of soap!  🙂 

Christmas Mango Twist Handmade Luxury Soap

Christmas Mango Twist Handmade Luxury Soap