The time has come…

Hello my beautiful love buggins!  Yes, that’s right.  The time has come for me to announce this months giveaway.  I have been working diligently on a recipe for a solid perfume that won’t melt in the summer heat. Well I finally perfected it!  I tested this by leaving it in my car during a 98 degree day here in Ga.  And while it did get a bit softer than it was, it wasn’t even close to melting.  YAY!  Can we all say SUCCESS??!! 

In case you didn’t notice, I’m a bit stoked about this.  My first few attempts were good but definitely too soft to survive shipping during the summer months.  I am in love with solid perfumes for several reasons.  The main reason being I can put them in my purse and take them anywhere.  They are small and don’t take up much room and they won’t ever leak out of a bottle all over my purse and the contents therein. 

I was going to post a picture of it, but my camera has dead batteries.  I guess it’s all the pictures I took yesterday.  So I’ll have to give you a visual tomorrow.  So on to the giveaway info.  This months giveaway is a bar of my summer citrus soap and a solid perfume. 

The rules to play the game are the same as always.  Leave a comment on the blog within the next week.  On July 22nd I’ll pick a winner.  If you don’t have a link in your signature for me to get in touch with you, please feel free to email me and let me know you entered.  If you win I’ll email you.  If you have a link in your siggy I’ll post there to let you know.  I’ll also post the winner here. 

Good Luck to everyone and let the game begin!  🙂 

P.S.  In case nobody told you today, you are a strikingly beautiful and magnificently made creature.  I’m also digging the orange/hot pink aura thing you have goin on tonight.  Groovy!

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Summer Citrus on a beautiful day.

Hello my most fabulous friends!  I hope things are wonderful in your part of the world today.  Things here have returned to normal and that’s fantastic.  My mother is recovering slowly but surely.  She’s minding her doctors and has a new neurosurgeon who she adores. 

My hours at the shop have calmed down and I’ve had more time to create again.  It feels so very good to be back in the studio and getting lost in art.   I also discovered several projects I had begun before all of this happened that I had forgotten about.  I’m anxious to finish them and post pics.  I’m also working on getting caught up on the J’s so those pics will be posted soon as well.

Last night I decided I wanted to make a new batch of soap.  I’ve had some scents that I’ve wanted to work with for a while now and last night I did.  The result was this summer citrus soap.  I made this with the hot process method in the crock pot.  I absolutely love the way the colors turned out.  It’s a lovely yellow soap with pink embeds.  It has a bright sparkly citrus fruity scent that is heavenly! 

Summer Citrus Soap

Summer Citrus Soap

It was so much fun making this soap.  I had to laugh this morning when I woke up and couldn’t wait to cut it.  I can’t really explain why I was so happy and excited about this batch, but honestly I felt like I was a kid on Christmas morning.  After I trimmed the bars and made the soap balls I washed my hands.  The lather was amazing.  This was a new recipe and I’m really really happy with it. 

And just a heads up, it’s almost time for another giveaway.  WOO HOO!  I love giveaways.  They are so much fun and I always make new friends in the process. 

The rest of today is going to be spent creating.  I love you all and I mean that sincerely.  🙂  Now hug your most beautiful self and go out and have a jazzy kinda day!  I’ll see you tomorrow. 

 

 

The rumours of my demise are false.

Hello my little sweet peaches!  I know you all must think that I had fallen off the face of the earth!  A solid week without a single post!  I suppose I should explain.  I could make all sorts of excuses, but the fact is, this past week simply overwhelmed me. 

They sent my mom home from the rehab center.  I’m getting ready to leave here in a few minutes to drive down to Fla. to visit with her and fill her freezer with food so she doesn’t have to worry about that.  I also worked every day at the flower shop for a co-worker who has been on a well deserved vacation.  Several of these days were ten hours which left me no time after taking care of the wonder dog, laundry, lunches, are and soap making. 

I know that I’ve grown though because I didn’t give up on the blog or the J a day.  In fact, I’ve still been making my J’s but I haven’t had time to write or post about them.  So, be expecting at least one and probably a couple of very pic heavy posts when I return home!  The old me would have just walked away from this project because “I failed”.  The new me realizes that life throws us curveballs sometimes that we simply have no control over.  The best I can do is give it my best and not quit.  So the J a day project is still in full swing.  I have to forgive myself and move on.  Still want to come with me?  I hope so!

Thank you for all of the comments, facebook messages and emails you sent this week.  Honestly, you have no idea how much I needed them.  I am sending out mega universal hugs to you all for that!  (((((((((((HUGS))))))))))  Thank you so very very much!  Have a great weekend.  Remember that you are the picture of magnificence and beauty in this world and get out there and shake your cosmic groove thing!

Pink Monkey’s and Green Gecko’s

Hello my fellow people lovers!  I hope you’ve had a most delicious and fabulous weekend.  Mine was quite interesting.  I’ve been working on a series of dancing pigs for my website.  None of them are finished yet but they are all in the works.  While I was researching dancing and dancers I ran across so many different images.  I decided to paint a couple of these idea’s as J’s for the St. Jude’s project.  This first picture is the pink monkey J from yesterday.  She doesn’t seem too upset with me that she had to wait for the camera batteries to charge.  I painted her pink just because I love pink and I think it would be cool if we had pink monkeys in the world.  Since we don’t, I just added one to mine.  hehe

J113 Pink Monkey J

 I need a name for this little girl.  If you leave a comment with a name and I pick that name I will send you a free solid perfume of your choice.  🙂  Who wants to play? 

This second pic is of the green gecko I painted today.  I love him.  I used to include little blue gecko’s in most of my paintings.  I’m not really sure when or why I stopped doing that.  It was fun and often they were very difficult to spot in my larger works.  Perhaps I should begin to include them again.  I named this lil guy Grayson.  I think he’s pretty groovy.

J114 Grayson Gecko J

 I can’t believe that we’re coming up on the 125 J’s mark already!  It seems like just yesterday I began this project.  I’ve decided that I’m going to do another giveaway to celebrate.  I will be posting the giveaway with J125 so stay tuned!  I’m going to do they same thing I did last time to pick the winner.  All those who leave comments the week after the giveaway announcement will have their name put into a hat.  The winner will be drawn and posted here.  I hope y’all will all participate again.  I had so much fun with the last one and it makes me smile to know that my work goes to live with people who read my blog and follow my art.  Y’all ROCK by the way.  Just sayin. 

Tomorrow I will be posting some pics of some of the solid cologne I’ve been working on.  I’m having so much fun making them and the two new mens scents are seriously drool worthy!  NOM!  Have a wonderful night and don’t forget to hug your most magnificent self before sleep.  Thank you for blessing me with your visits and your emails.  I don’t know how I got to lucky to have all of you in my life but I’ll take it!

Pink snails and passion.

Hello you gorgeous luminous beings!  Tonight I got a phone call from a friend who also helps with the accounting for Peachbutter Studio Arts.  He was calling because he is out of his favorite soap and I don’t have any restock made right now.  This led to a discussion about how many hours I’ve been working lately and how tired I have been when I’m not working.  During the course of this conversation he reminded me that while I need to pay the bills, I also need to follow my passions.  In my case that is art and soap making.  I related to him how I feel like I’ve been moving at a snail’s pace lately with my art and how frustrating that can be at times.  As we talked, I was doodling.  I do this a lot when I’m on the phone.  I was doodling swirls and there it was right in front of me.  A snail-shell. 

I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with life and underwhelmed with my artwork lately.  I’m pretty sure this is due to the fact that it feels like I’ve only had time to do whimsical sketches and drawings recently.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the playfulness of my art, even in my doodles and such.  But there is a deeper side of me that paints canvas works that take days and sometimes weeks to complete.  These are the pieces I’ve been missing lately.  I know that part of this is because I’ve committed to creating a J a day no matter what.  The fact of the matter is that it takes time to do this.  Even on the days when the J’s are very simple, it still takes time to create them. 

I realized tonight that I’ve been “shoulding” on myself.  I should be making more serious art for this project.  I should be able to do more than one J a day.  I should be organizing the show already.  I should I should I should….. AHHHHHHH!!!   The truth is, I am doing this because I have a passion for art.  I am doing this because I want to make a difference, even if it’s just a small difference, in someones life.  I am doing this because I believe that we all have gifts, talents and passions that are supposed to be shared with the world.  If I can make one person smile with my art then it has accomplished what I set out to do. 

So no more shoulding on me.  I am going to create the best J’s I can in the given amount of time I have each day.  This means some days they will be doodles or sketches and some days they will be completed works that I have been painting for weeks.  All art, all good in its own way.  *Deep cleansing breath*  I already feel better!  Isn’t it cool when we can get off our own backs?  Tonight’s J is titled J83 Pink Snail J.  I think she’s cute. 

J83 Pink Snail J

I might go back and add a poem to the empty blue space.  Something along the lines of…Run your own race…..follow your own pace.  What do you think?  This is done with copic markers on watercolor paper so it would be easy to go back in and write some. 

I hope you aren’t “shoulding” on yourself today.  If you are, knock it off.  Seriously, it’s just extra stress you don’t need.  Besides, when we do that we are just blocking all the joy from our lives.  Be kind to yourself today.  Don’t forget to give somebody and hug and a kiss today.  It matters and so do you!

Jabberwocky and the winner is……

Hello you delicious lil sugar snaps!  I hope everyone has had a good day today.  It’s funny but I have had you all on my mind all day today.  First off I want to thank all of you who participated in the giveaway this month!  You all made me smile.  Secondly I would like to thank those of you who have emailed me or sent me messages and prayers.  You are all such loving and giving and wonderful people.  I am truly blessed by you.  *BIG HUGE HUGS*

Let’s do the fun part first tonight want too?  Sure you do!  LOL  These are the pics of the process of picking a winner for the giveaway today.

Giveaway List

First all the names of the commenters this week were typed onto a list. 

Giveaway Names

All the names were then cut into strips. 

Giveaway Names in Hat

Then all the little strips were folded and put into a hat.  It was all very high tech, cause that’s how I roll.  hehe  I closed my eyes and swirled my fingers around and picked a name.  And without further delay…the winner is…..

Giveaway Winner

Amanda Makepeace is the lucky winner this month!  Congratulations Amanda and thank you so much for visiting my blog.  🙂

Now I have a little surprise for the rest of you who participated but didn’t win.  Any of you who would like a free bar of handmade soap, made with my very own loving hands, email me a mailing address and I’ll send you a bar free.  It’s just my way of saying thank you and I appreciate you. 

Now onto the J for today.  As I said earlier, I was thinking about all of you today.  I said some prayers for those of you who are hurting and gave thanks for all of you.  As I pondered about the J for today I kept hearing the word Jabberwocky.  Websters defines jabberwocky as an example of writing or speech consisting of or containing meaningless words. Meaningless or senseless.

As I thought more about this, I thought of all the different things that are said to us or that we say to others, or worse to ourselves, that truly make no sense when you stop and think about what they mean.  Here are a few examples;

You’re not smart enough.  You think you’re so smart.  You’re not talented.  You’re too old.  You’re too young.  You’re too skinny.  You’re too fat.  You’ll never succeed.  You’re too short.  You’re too tall.  You’re not pretty enough.  You’re too pretty.  Seeing a pattern here?

If you are loading up your mind and your spirit with a bunch of jabberwocky please realize that it has no place in your life.  If other people are speaking jabberwocky to you or over you feel free to just look at them and say “JABBERWOCKY!”  Then just smile and walk away.  They can look it up for themselves.  *grins*  One of my favorite quotes is from the book Poohs Grand Adventure.  It is something that Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh.  And I quote,

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  Let that really sink in and feel the joy that is you.   When you get a chance, speak these words into someone elses spirit.  I guarantee you it will make you both smile.  Tonights J is titled “J70 Jabberwocky J”

J70 Jabberwocky J

J a day and a lighter load

Hello all of you wonderful peeps!

I’m posting a different type of J a day drawing today.  Todays drawing has J’s in the drawing, it’s not a picture of a J.  There are two reasons for this.  First of all, I like to change things up once in awhile.  Secondly, this drawing came from deep inside me and I like it alot. 

I told you yesterday that a very good friend had asked me some questions that really made me take a look inside.  It’s kind of amazing to me that I have such varied friends in my life.  I have friends that are silly and playful and friends that are always most serious.  I enjoy my interaction with them all.  They all bring different types of gifts and in turn different types of happiness into my life.  And then I have this other friend.  He and I have been able to be totally and completely gut level honest with each other since we met over six years ago.  He has absolutely no problem asking me the hard questions and demanding I answer myself honestly.  Sometimes this is a painful process because it forces me to face the fallout from my past.  I told him yesterday that I feel like an onion sometimes.  He just keeps peeling back one layer after another and helping me look at what is underneath.  This is the inspiration for this drawing.  I hope that you are lucky enough to find a friend like this along your path.  Because what I am learning is this…..after the pain comes the most beautiful freedom and lightness of being.  Everyday I am finding more courage.  I am looking forward to the other good things I find inside.  Here is todays J a day. 

J7 Layers and self discovery.

Now I’m off to make some more soap.  Valentines will be here before you know it!  Have a wonderful day.  Be kind to someone who is being mean today.  It freaks them out and it’s good karma!  *Grins*  Love to you all.

A New Year and New Challenges

Hello all you beautiful people!  🙂  I certainly hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Chanukah, Festivus or whatever holiday you celebrate.  My Christmas was magnificent!  And I do mean simply wonderful and devine. 

It wasn’t the presents.  Although, my presents were also wonderful.  It was the other gifts that I received that made it such a wonderful Christmas.  My mother came for a visit and we had a really nice talk.  We seemed to connect on a level that we haven’t been able to in a very long time.  She touched my heart with her kindness and understanding.  That was the best gift I could have received. 

I was also simply surrounded by loving people.  I know I’ve been saying this alot lately but it’s absolutely true.  I also received several cards, emails and phone calls from my friends all over the country.  Maddison even received two cards from different animal pals.  How cool is that?! 

So I’ve been doing alot of thinking and planning for the new year.  One of my goals this year is to stretch my creative muscles and think more out of the box.  I ran across an article about creating something every day for a year.  I thought that was a great idea!  Then I logged into wordpress to blog about it and I find out they are also doing a blog a day challenge.  It’s called postaday2011.  I was blown away and just laughed.  I mean talk about the Universe trying to tell me something!  LOL

So here is my commitment.  I am going to create a “J” a day.  Yes the letter J.  Why the letter J?  Because it’s the first letter of my name and I’m embracing it.  I am going to create a J today but I won’t be posting it until tomorrow.  I’m waiting on camera batteries to charge.  I will also be blogging about the “J a day” so it’s going to be a pretty groovy combination.  If you are also doing this challenge or would like to create something everyday for a year I would LOVE to hear from you.  I think it’s going to be a major blast!  I also think it’s going to be very challenging which is a good thing.

Here is the link to join the post a day group.  http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/challenge-for-2011-want-to-blog-more-often/    There is also info on doing a post a week if that is more your speed.  Check it out.  🙂

This year I refrained from making New Years resolutions.  I refuse to set myself up for failure anymore.  So instead I have made a list of goals I want to accomplish this year.  I’m going to list them here and then next year we can review and see how I did.

1.  Create something every day.

2. Postaday2011  (I’ll be using my posts to show what I’ve created as well as new soaps and perfumes.)

3.  Be more proactive with my branding in my business.

4.  Start yoga and get more in touch with my body again.

5.  Make at least twice as much money as I made last year.  (This is also going to be an interesting challenge that I totally feel up too! )

6.  Spend more time with the wonderdog doing interactive things. 

7.  Put into action these words….”I take excellent care of my beautiful self!”

I think seven goals is enough for this year.  If I accomplish these things I am going to be one happy happy girl next year at this time.  I hope that I hear from some of you.  I hope that those of you who so desire, will also join the group and I hope that you all have the most awesome year that you have ever had!  I’m here to cheer you on if you let me know you are in.

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!