November 3, 2008

"Lovee" - Intention Doll

Once my friend Brenda heard about, and saw my Intention Doll... she ordered one of her own...custom with her specific intent. Words cannot express how rewarding it is to create these dolls - each one (2 so far...and working on the third ordered by another friend) - not only a unique doll...but a unique experience...it's like giving birth....I'm sort of ...the Stork... delivering the dolls to their new family ..after Spirit creates. By the way... Brenda loved her doll!

I just love this process, and I'm so glad that I found out about Lisa Sorce Schmitz, and the healing art she facilitates at her Studio, Whispers from the Moon...which you can read about here. She offers a banquet of goodies for the soul; one of which will be my SoulCollage workshop on January 24, 2009 - which you can read about here.

Intention Doll


What an amazing experience...creating this "Intention Doll" - at a workshop faciliated by Lisa, owner of Whispers From the Moon. The photos can't capture the charm and presence of this doll, but believe me...she is something special. The workshop was truly an experience of creative bliss. It's like 3D Soul Collage!
Speaking of SoulCollage....I'll be facilitating a SoulCollage Workshop at Whispers from the Moon on January 24, 2009! If you're in the Chicago area want to attend the workshop, - OR be added to my mailing list...send me an e-mail: cherylsworld at hotmail.com - I'll be happy to add your name.

August 2, 2008

Dialing it down...


Teri has inspired me to try more Haikiu, so...here goes:

Coming in for a landing
It's the purple path
Sacred balance is the way

In an effort to dial down the pace of my life...and create more time for simply being, as well as to further nurture and develop my creative dreams...I will not be posting here for a while. I will however, post from time to time on my Mandala Oasis and SoulCollage blogs; so please...come visit me there! And in case you don't know yet... I am overjoyed that we've created a creative & kindred community at the Mandala Oasis Yahoo! Group, which you are welcome to join us if you'd like to explore your creativity and inner-landscape in a spontaneous way.

Please know, it has been most rewarding getting to know you all over the last year; and your presence has enriched my life more than you might know. Take care...be well...be creative..and keep shining your light! I'll hope to see you at my Mandala Oasis blog.

Love,
Cheryl
P.S. The orange text is a live link

June 21, 2008

Star Mandala


This star mandala is on it's way to Jillian Curtis and her sons in Minnesota for a memorial project they have created; details of the project are *here. I colored it specifically for Jillian's project using PrismaColor markers. The beautiful mandala design is by *Clare Goodwin . If you would like to contribute a star, or stars of any kind, Jillian can be contacted through her blog*. She would be delighted to hear from you. ~ Namaste.
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You can see my hand-drawn mandalas on this blog, as well as on on my new mandala blog, here* -- Thanks for coming by!
*(live link)

June 13, 2008

Mother Nature's Mandalas


Don't ya just love the way Mother Nature creates her own mandalas? And...I just love her flower mandalas, especially these - a series of clusters is quite unique.
A few days after my birthday...I opened my office door and this batch of potted mums...(did you know mums could be so beautiful?!)... greeted me like a choir! They were so perky & colorful ..and gorgeous...I swear they were swaying when I walked in! They were a gift from a thoughtful, sweet guy who waters my plants for me, long after I've forgotten about them.


There are so many things and reasons to be thankful, and natural beauty and color raises that "gratitude vibration"...family and friends raise it a thousand fold!

"Beauty is truth, and truth... beauty." ~J. Keats.

June 9, 2008

Oasis Mandala


Deep in the center, benevolent energy radiates from deep within the layers. Ripples shimmy-out and touch the whole...sending gentle shock waves from bud, to petal, to bloom...then stem...and...the entire bloomin' galaxy......calling back to itself all that is familiar......sounding to the kindred invitation:
"Come....let us gather and quench our creative souls together..at the Oasis."
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Hello everyone and mandala enthusiasts especially... My love of the mandala process, and a good friend, has inspired me to start an online community. You are invited to join us at the new and exciting Mandala Oasis - a kindred Yahoo! Community that focuses on the intuitve art of making your own mandalas...their inspirations and insights. In honor of this and the one year I've been on this mandala journey...I have created a new blog just for mandalas! I look forward to still seeing you here though, where I will continue to post other creative musings, insights and gratitude.
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"The only way to truly understand mandalas is to draw them." ~Michael Brown Ed. S. ~from Meeting the Mandala, by Clare Goodwin

May 27, 2008

Whispering Petals Mandala & the Creativity Club Sandwich (CED 2008)


The flower petals in this mandala twirl and reveal their whisperings of harmony and nurturance: grace, joy, trust, shadow, light, giving, gratitude and more. I find it a bit mesmorizing. It actually feels like the petals are twirling a litte, like a windmill catching a breeze. I'm transported to a place of slowing down, and being present to the moment.
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Being an "everyday creative", as Eric Maisel mentions in his, The Creativity Book - soothes my soul like nothing else. Creative expression creates a silent conversational dance between the greater part of me that stands ajar noticing what I'm doing, thinking and being - and the rest of me.
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My Muse, the guardian angel of my creative spirit, informs me of ways new ways to "sandwich" creativity it into my every day. The good news is it's a Creativity Club Sandwich! Isn't that great?! That means it's double...no, triple-decker creativity of many appetizing pieces! Sometimes the creativity is the main sandwich ingredient, and sometimes it's the condiments, or the garnish...depending on the nuggets of time and place that are available.
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A Creativity Club Sandwich...is a small yet, potent way we can be everyday creatives. This mandala was made that way, on dayplanner paper one bite at a time over a few days. So now, any impatience lessens while waiting in line, or at the drive thru, or at an appointment. Now...a seeming-delay becomes a Creative Oasis calling for you to dive in and take a bite (or a nibble) of the Creativity Club Sandwich that has materialized before you. ~ Yes...creativity one bite at a time and sandwiched into our everday life. Delicious!
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Like many of us, my artist-cyberfriend Leah is an "everyday creative" too. She's created her wildly successful and fun Creative Every Day 2008 project, which I am giddily thrilled to be a part of! - Leah's project has grown from being held once a year, to an ongoing project throughout 2008. Thank you, Leah! You can click on over to her site...and check it out!
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One more thing, can someone please help me...? Do you know why there's a bluish tint in the background of my photos? And, can you tell me how I can fix it? I appreciate any help you can give. Thanks!

May 26, 2008

Mountainous Whimsy! (CED 2008)


Oh what fun
"creating on the fly" is! Giving myself a limited time in the spirit of play...and who knows what will show up. This is another creation on blank dayplanner paper. So, now I'm caling these "Dayplanner Doodles".
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Thank goodness for portable creativity! Some people carry books on their daily commute (which I alternate those :) but often I carry markers or colored pens, and blank paper in my dayplanner; and..I have an extra stash of markers at work for when I'm on the phone and on "hold". My friend Pattie calls those "Phone Doodles". It's a beautiful thing... to take a minute here and there to draw without mental investment in the outcome....to do it for creativity's sake...and to delight our creative spirit.
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Sometimes I look at this dayplanner doodle, and it feels a little creepy...like it could walk in all directions simultaneously...now that IS creepy!..yikes! And...at other times it feels like fun that has broken out all over....one big party! (What does it look like to you?) - And that eye at the bottom...it's watching over us to remind us...to have fun, be creative, take time to smell the flowers...and give ourselves permission for all of this ...and more. Give it a try...see what you come up with doodling a little bit here, a little bit there...and if you'd like to share it...I'd love to see it!
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This is entry #2 for Inspire Me Thursday, click here to see #1. This also doubles as an entry for Leah's inspiring project: Creative Every Day 2008 (click to see it).

May 23, 2008

The Color Purple

Now this is the Art in Every Day I'm talking about! This beauty welcomes our

appreciation of it. It was a wondrously, glorious and beautiful day to celebrate Nature's beauty at the Lilac Festival
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Who would have thought there are so many different varieties and shades of lilacs!
The wind was blowing when I took that first photo...but even though it's a little blurry...it makes it easier for you to smell the lilac's windblown fragrance...right?















Appreciating and sharing Mother Nature's jewels is another way to honor being Creative Every Day*. The Lilac Fest donned bountiful, fragrant and numerous varieties of lilacs.
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We heard lots of "ooos" and "ahhhs"...and we were giddy as we stopped to "smell the flowers". The clear blue sky and Spring breeze werethe perfect backdrop to show off these lilacious gems!


Isn't this one gorgeous! Its color is a pinkish purple, and the flowers grow elongated on the branch vs. in clusters like the others.

Nature's beauty knows no boundaries... it overflows...and grows. What a gift to have such beauty around us.

Thank you God, thank you Universe, thank you Spirit, thank you Mother Nature, thank you Father Sun...thank you... thank you... thank you...for this captivating slideshow of your creativity.
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*Click that link above,or the badge on my sidebar to see Leah's "Creative Every Day 2008" project -

A Smile of Whimsy

Isn't it interesting that oftentimes the most quirky, fun and fun creative activity comes on a "whim"? You know...
when you decide in the blink of an eye to pick up a marker and squiggle something? ..or you let your hands do what they will and it delights your senses? ...without a left-brained thought? Now THAT..is fun!
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That's what happened with this "A Smile of Whimsy" mandala. I created it while doodling on a sheet from my Franklin-Covey dayplanner. It might've been while I was on "hold" during a phone call. I created a section in my planner with blank paper just for just the purpose of capturing my creative whims....and I'm so glad I did! And...it's a perfect fit for this week's theme of "Whimsy" at Inspire Me Thursday click here to see whimsical entry #2 - wow, this was fun!
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I find it delightful that certain shapes, colors and a feel of movement in a piece just makes me smile from deep inside. That's why this is "A Smile of Whimsy"...and I'm happy to share it with you! Here's to a day filled with whimsical smiles...from the inside, out!

May 15, 2008

Dancing Heart


Wow! Does it feel good to be back in the Land of Blog. I feel refreshed, and feel myself renewing more each day. You know how it is when you need a break from something...and the time away can sometimes allow you to appreciate that thing even more? That's what this time has been for me. Visiting your blogs during this time kept me plugged-in creatively; so thank you for blogging your creative pursuits and your lives...it's a beautiful golden thread that keeps us woven together in spriit.
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...And...what better way to re-enter the blogosphere than with the creative promptings of Muse Melanie of Inspire Me Thursday... with the theme of "Doors"....and what better doorway than the heart. Feeling it, listening to it, and heeding it. When I do that life's doors open to me...Life itself opens it's arms wider; when I push too hard...the door's opening isn't as wide. When I let the door of my heart bekon me to it's promptings, (i.e. nurturing myself) everything falls into place. The heart in this mandala is happy...it's an emerging, dancing heart! It's a celebratory, radiating heart...and its door is open...and for that I am thankful.
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Thank you to Krissie, Beverly , and Karin - your loving comments on my post yesterday opened my heart's door even more! You all are awesome!

May 13, 2008

Thank you - I'll be back!

Hi everyone,
I know it's been a while since I've posted...and my posting patterns have changed a bit...but I will be back! Thank you everyone who's posted a comment, or e-mailed me asking if I'm coming back :) I assure you that I am. Balance, harmony, wholeness, and being present to the moment, inner-listening...all of these I've been working with more intently in my off-line life; I'll be sharing that with you as I begin to post again, more regularly. Thank you all for staying tuned-in to me...and I'll continue to staying in touch with what you're up to via your blogs too. I thank you for your creative inspiration and kindred spirits that continue to share with me.

With love...
Cheryl

March 4, 2008

Ladders to the Sun


Hi everyone! I miss you all! I'm ridin' the waves of my many creative passions. Once again my mandala medicine is my North Star. I made this one in November, and several days later I noticed the ladder-looking image...leading to the sun...to greater illumination, health, joy, order and beauty...whatever I am needing.

Whew! I'm determined to balance my creative passions as well as other facets of my life...so many things I like to do! Barbara Sher says those of us who like to do a million different things that we are "renaisssance souls" and talks about this in her book, "
Refuse to Choose", which is on it's way to me now! Anyway, I am in SoulCollage® mode now (you can see one of my latest cards here) and loving it. It's what my soul is thirsty for right now. I am making it more a part of my daily/weekly life: making cards, doing readings, discovering more about myself and working through parts that are challenging or try to dominate my life. For instance my "creative/artist part" has been dominating for a long time, and it's time let the part of me that is supposed to handle the business/home-caring of living take center stage. SoulCollage® is unique and helping me balance that out, so I'll be making a card to honor that part of me...and allowing those two parts of myself have a conversation; it's so interesting to work it out this way! I've become my own art therapist!

Creating mandalas is still a part of my menu of practices. Their illuminating power is invaluable...plus, as you know they're relaxing and fun to just let go and "color and play inside the circle". Please keep me posted on the mandalas you make! Just in case you need a refill, here's my prescription for mandala medicine. Happy creating!

February 14, 2008

Marvelous Moon

For me, the words
"marvel-
ous" and
"moon" go hand in hand. My daughter's first name means
"like the moon" and her middle name means "marvelous", in Swahili. So, this week's creative prompt - "Faces" - at Inspire Me Thursday was the perfect opportunity to share the face of my Marvelous Moon mandala. Her face is pretty cool to me, and...she has a mystical feel...like she's rolling along in space, sight-seeing the universe and in awe of it all. I suspect I'll glance at her one day and I'll hear volumes of insight. Her journey is indeed a marvelous one...just "like the moon".

January 9, 2008

Believe! ~ Defying Gravity!


Whispers from my heart gently, yet strongly sing out...
"Believe". Yes,
"believe" is the guiding intention that's trumpet-
ing me into this new year; and in its wake I hear the words..."dream bigger"..."believe in the possibility...infinite possibilities. Just believe, Cheryl!?
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What a gift! I know that living in and from that consciousness..allowing it to further blossom within my Being...yields an abundant harvest of love, health, well-being, joy and creativity. Years ago Emily Dickinson wrote, "I dwell in possibility". That's wise counsel even today. To dare to dwell in the possibility of what can be. Ahh...the anchoring contentment of living from that space of infinite possibilities, and "allowing" life to unfold. My heart speaks to, and teaches me from its sacred spaces of non-resistence and possibilities. Yes...we're beginning a new chapter in our Book of Life...365 new pages...each day a blank page of possibilities to fill.
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This mandala invites me into its mystical center, beckoning me to cross its threshold and enter its exhilarating, transformative Realm of Pure Potentiality...where Infinite Possibilities await our acceptance. So...here's to living in and from our personal Land of Oz...Defying Gravity along the way. I invite you to join me; and..
to get us off to a soaring and roaring start, here's inspiration for Defying Gravity...direct from the spell-binding cast of Wicked! click here.
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So, I ask..."How will you defy gravity this year?" As for me, I'm allowing myself to really believe! ~ Believe I can: restore health & balance, get to bed earlier, balance my checkbook, dance in the rhythm of life...and create my home as a portrait of my heart...and my art; and to remember to "dwell in possibility" of what can be, believe in myself and the goodness of others...in each moment. Here's to us - defying gravity - and traveling as light as a feather.