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opening up

my mother's day orchids in bloom i am feeling my voice bubbling up today. it is a deep vibration coming from the center of my being. it is wanting to simply speak, to be set free. there is nothing earthshattering to share. no big exciting news or groundbreaking crisis, there is just my voice wanting to speak. i feel...good. ok. and that is good enough for right now. i feel the changes that are upon me like a light misty rain with the sun still peeking through. the deluge is soon to come, and i am getting ready. i've been trying very hard to take care of myself and nurture all the different aspects of my life that i am embracing today and carrying into tomorrow. i can clearly see the path and the scenery beyond...the joy, the sleeplessness, the challanges, the love blossoming, and even the big unknown. it is all there, a definite part of my immediate future. at 32 weeks pregnant i am getting more disorganized and forgetful. my head is a little weary and full, and my bod

opening up

my mother's day orchids in bloom i am feeling my voice bubbling up today. it is a deep vibration coming from the center of my being. it is wanting to simply speak, to be set free. there is nothing earthshattering to share. no big exciting news or groundbreaking crisis, there is just my voice wanting to speak. i feel...good. ok. and that is good enough for right now. i feel the changes that are upon me like a light misty rain with the sun still peeking through. the deluge is soon to come, and i am getting ready. i've been trying very hard to take care of myself and nurture all the different aspects of my life that i am embracing today and carrying into tomorrow. i can clearly see the path and the scenery beyond...the joy, the sleeplessness, the challanges, the love blossoming, and even the big unknown. it is all there, a definite part of my immediate future. at 32 weeks pregnant i am getting more disorganized and forgetful. my head is a little weary and full, and my

inspiration in your bag

here’s a quick little creative challenge for you to do anytime, anywhere…all you need is a glue stick, scissors and your bag or purse! by creating a collage from things found only in your bag, you will rediscover all the little bits you’ve been collecting and saving, while at the same time cleaning out all the junk you’ve accumulated. i had lots of both. you will be surprised with what you can create and will find that there is inspiration to be discovered even in the darkest recesses of your wallet. i used a good sized paint swatch (the white i just painted my new studio space) as my collage background. then by digging through the scraps, coupons, papers, and recipts i grabbed colors and bits that i thought were fun…a vintage ticket, a farmstand recipt, a stamp sticker, another paint chip in the color of pink sky (and the name of my personal blog), some fun words, etc. at first, it didn’t seem like i had much to work with and i was tempted to grab some other things to fill in

comfort in little rituals

with all the changes and chaos in life, our family finds comfort in these little rituals we have established over the years... * sundays, early in the morning while dad sleeps in, we feed this little goose family and then head off to todd farm , the nearby antique market affectionately know to my son as the "treasure farm". we always find a treasure to bring home. *during the week, there is always snuggle time in the morning, even if i am awake first and have already started my day, my son will climb into my empty bed and call me back for a little cozy moment together. there is always butterfly kisses, lots of laughter, some sneak attack tickling, a kiss (without a raspberry if i'm lucky), and maybe even a thumb war or two. * we never miss 10am and 3pm snacktimes. ever. we are all about good snackin'! * evenings consist of family time - a half an hour of something we do all together, usually a game, then a little wind-down t.v. time, and plenty of stories to read befo

a word about the wishmama's project

recently launched in the wishstudio was our special monthly series, wishmamas : a collection of stories of the extraordinary journey of art and motherhood. i have learned through my own journey that these two elements are often inextricably intertwined. for those of us on this path, the need to live and grow creatively and the everlasting and everchanging role of being a mom are both deeply rooted in our souls and in our daily lives. in both capacities there have often been times i have felt uninspired, overwhelmed and even alone. finding my way creatively and embracing my motherhood has always been a winding road. countless times i have been encouraged and lifted up by what you have to share; so many beautiful little bits of life and wisdom that i have found out there in this big blogging universe. i really wanted to bring a piece of this collective inspiration here to the wishstudio, like a trail of shiny white pebbles to follow as we all try to find our own way. it is a reminder

may your journey be beautiful

“to unpathed waters and undreamed shores.” ~william shakespeare

interview with Squam creator, Elizabeth McCrellish

i had the lovely opportunity to connect with the wonderful and creative soul elizabeth maccrellish. many of you might know her from her beloved blog,  blue poppy , and others might recognize her from attending one of the great  squam art workshops . amidst this spring’s pre-squam craziness, she graciously took the time to answer my questions and give us all an inside peek at her inspiration behind SAW ~  a million thanks ! i am always so inspired by the story, the evolution, and the process of artful and creative endeavors. it never ceases to amaze me how when you have a vision and the passion, anything is possible! elizabeth reminds us of this beautifully…here is what she shared: have you always been creative, and do you remember where your creative journey began? It’s my unwavering belief that people are, at their core, creative beings. We just manifest (or choose not to manifest) our creativity in different ways. As a kid, all my play was make-believe with a heavy emphas

one of my favorite things

one week in may every year my house smells like heaven and i feel wrapped in love by mother earth

leaving a trail behind

the wishstudio manifesto is my intention to hearby make all my wishes known to the universe… to chase my dreams fearlessly to live a life of passion and intent to always practice, learn, and aspire to be mindful of my needs, desires and actions to choose acceptance over judgement to rejoice in my own unique qualities to speak boldly with my creative voice to nourish my body with love and goodness to embrace the positive energy of those who surround me to make a difference in the live’s of others to have confidence and faith in the universe to share light, laughter, love and peace to not just simply follow a path but to leave a trail behind. our vision *wishstudio* believes…in building an inspiring community where we can gather, connect, create, and grow. by providing this space where self exploration is encouraged and judgment is left behind, we can celebrate the beauty and potential that lies within each of us. the rich tapestry of souls is the foundation that we can build our in

nesting

we are in serious nesting mode... yesterday we spent the day cleaning out the basement (o.k. my husband did), unearthing all the baby stuff stored away and shuffling around furniture from room to room to create the new nest that will soon become a home for four. i've been planning this reorganization in my head for so long (it seems) and to finally get things moving it feels exciting and good, but a little scary too. it's beginning to feel very real...this new addition, whereas just a few months ago the baby felt more like a possibility. our world is going to be shaken up, and i am anxious to see how the all pieces resettle into what will be our new normal. for now, i am enjoying the process of expanding and becoming... getting our physical world ready for the big change. i am in the process of moving my studio out of the spare bedroom that will become the baby's room, and refitting a smaller somewhat unfinished room to be my new creative haven. thinking about color and st

water meditation for creative flow

millbrook meadow, rockport ma this meditation is designed to help with the flow of creativity in your life. maybe you feel you have lost touch with your dreams or you might be at a pivitol point of creative change. maybe you’ve simply hit a creative roadblock and need to infuse some new energy into a project or idea. whatever your situation, this gentle meditation is designed to reconnect you with the flow of your inner creativity. carve out at least a half an hour for yourself, and follow these steps: * create a cozy meditation corner in a quiet area of your house. allow space for a comfortable seat, like a cushion or pillow, and a small table or altar for your meditation focus. place on the table items that connect you with water… like a sea scented candle, shells from the ocean, a photograph of a beautiful waterfall etc. also place a small bowl of water in your corner. * begin your meditation by taking a nice relaxing shower. this part of the meditation is to awaken your sen

some things to share

amidst many special treats a little vintage diary found at sunday morning's treasure farm and happy mother's day wishes scooby in the studio helping me make a baby quilt for a brand new little niece another yummy vintage quilt to add to my collection  and a sweet and very sad farewell to my longtime furry friend elliott... for 18 years he was a much loved and devoted companion who will be greatly missed

stretching my creative wings

lately i have been feeling my creativity brimming up to the surface like a clear, sparkling fountain. i wake up in the morning with fresh ideas, and greet the day looking forward to whatever creative adventure lies ahead. i've been craving experiences of the senses, artist's dates of all sorts...trips to the local farm stand and flower shop, time in my studio, nosing around the corner consignment and vintage stores, winding my way click by click into creative blog world, getting lost in the isles of bookstores and craft shops, wandering the quaint neighborhood streets coming alive with color and new life. connecting with so many of you by working in the new wishstudio has injected my days with inspiration and light and is encouraging me to really stretch my creative wings again. it feels exciting and joyful and comforting all at the same time. as i go through this new evolution, i am learning more about my own creative process and what my creativity means to me. it is be

"set up shop" to define your creative world

melissa averinos and melba mcmullin  in melissa’s cape cod shop, yummy goods i had the wonderful opportunity this weekend to visit with two local creative friends, melanie and melissa . the inspiration and creative vision of others always gets my own creative juices flowing, and both these girls had so much to share. afterwards, i found myself daydreaming about art, creative ventures, motherhood, and community. melissa’s fabulous shop and studio inspired me to imagine my own dream shop, and when i got home i doodled and jotted down what i thought mine might be like... my little slice of heaven would be full of color-pinks, greens and turquoise, playful but cozy and full of whimsey. i’d have lots of crafty stuff on hand, beautiful papers, vintage buttons and beads, ribbons, journals and maybe even some great fabric. there would be lots of handmade things, vintage quilts, even a rack of dreamy bohemian clothes (swirly skirts are a must) and jewelery and bags…gotta have lots o
the emotional climate in this family can sometimes be wildly unpredictable. we often need to stop and take a few deep breaths (or a mommy time-out). at the end of the day i sometimes find myself saying to my son, and myself, "tomorrow is a new day". i realize that i've said it often enough that he now reminds me... "tomorrow's a new day, mom." this is something i have always tried to teach him, that each day, each moment really, is new... opportunity to be happy, to make better choices, to find a new adventure, to make new wishes, to do things differently, to try something new, to reach outside of ourselves, to be grateful for all we have, to find a better way, to be one step closer, to learn from our mistakes, to move towards hope, to laugh and play, to forgive and forget, to make magic, to believe anything is possible... and thus, he is teaching me. i'm slowly learning :)