Tremendous things are in store for you! Many inspirational treats await you! Inside this Scrumdiddlyuptious blog you will find mystic and marvelous surprises that will entrance, intrigue, & delight you beyond measure. So don't just sit there with your mouth open. Go on. FEED YOUR IMAGINATION!
The last few weeks as I've been working on papers and presentations I have found myself doodling during my breaks. If I'm watching TV or a movie, I'm doodling... its a nice release of nervous energy. It helps me feel like my break is more engaging and then I can sit back down and get some serious work completed.
Do you care to see these little study breaks of mine?
Most recently - a seahorse zendoodle.
I thought of the lovely Marz (and her seahorse obsession) when it was done.
The only reason I enjoy Mondays is because the mail man arrives again! I miss him so on Sundays.
I got several participant's pages for my community art project. Please go check them out, and leave your loving and support.
I also was super duper lucky in receiving some art from my nephew David.
He knows I like glitter. I also like that the letters I get from him come with warning signs from his mom that warn Tia (me) to beware and open over a trashcan or outside.
David expects response art, so stay tuned next week to see what that will be!
The lovely and ever-so-kind Micaela continues to be a good pen pal despite my lack of correspondence.
She is working on a postcard project
and she sent me one with a bunny!!!!!
She knows I adore bunnies!
In art therapy, we often practice response art and also neuromirroring. I won't go into the whole explaining what either of these things are - saving that for my thesis! - but it is fun to do it outside of therapy too. Like see the lovely Micaela's postcard? Well, this is the one I replied with.
Book pages, stamps, and some black and white girly designs.
I've also sent out lots of little green cards. They are very VERY belated due to not having any stamps on hand - some managed to get sent, some are still waiting for the post office to open this morning!
Since mail hasn't been as much as usual, I'm including some art journal pages from my internship response art book. These are all from last semester (late seems to be the theme this year)
Sometimes you just need to get the frustration out of your system and onto the page.
In the fall when the Aspens were changing colors I was seeking new rituals in self care,
adjusting to some of the hardships and frustrations that come with the job of an art therapist
Then there are those times where I'm feeling a bit spacey and dreamy
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Without further discussion...here are my interpretations this week:
1. Camera Phone
taking a picture of a self-portrait completed in undergrad
These shoes were recently featured in my class' graduation music video!
This is one of two adorable chairs that adorned the top of our wedding cake!
a cracked windshield
I know I've been doing this more and more lately, but this scavenger hunt is a double feature. Sometimes school work gets in the way of completing hunts on time. This week, my thesis rough draft is due... so I'm procrastinating and thought I'd make up for missing last week's hunt!
1. Vanishing point
My life is currently vanishing in between lots and lots of books and articles.
2. Square crop format
Hubby fixing the fuel pump on my truck. We had to pull the entire gas tank out. fun times.
4. Welcome to the Jungle
a faux meditation shot
If you didn't participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items (these can also be found at the bottom of my blog each week):
It is time for a give away, but in order to receive an item, you too must agree to give away some items.
I am participating in the Pay It Forward 2011 blog event. I joined up by leaving a comment on Letting in the Light, Kim Henkel's blog, and in turn I will be giving away a collaged postcard to the first five people who leave a comment on this post. Those five people should blog about it and give away five handmade items ... and on and on it goes! Please come back and leave a link to your give away in an additional comment!
I haven't made the postcards yet, but they may look something a little like this:
You can then mail the postcards to your own lovies, or keep them as mini art. That is up to you, but in order to receive be the one of the first five to comment and then go blog about what you will give away.
One of my favorite quotations. From Stephen Nachmanovitch, violinist and scholar. Honestly, I knew the quotation but not the author. Had to look that one up. I'm not sure where I heard it from, but it is something that has stuck with me for years.
In my current work as intern - I feel that I am a verb. I'm doing. I'm aiding other in their doing too.
If you too would like to do, I would be honored and greatly appreciative if you would check out my community art project (if you haven't already). The deadline is fast approaching (which I can extend some, if needed) and I still need more participants.
So for those of you who don't know this is why I'm doing the project and how to join :
I have been wanting to do more collaborative and community-based art for a while now. I hadn't found the time until I was told that I needed to do a final art project as a response to my position as a counseling and art therapy intern at a community youth center that provides free counseling programs and recreational programs to the underprivileged children, youth and their families.
I am really focusing on how community involvement shapes children's lives at my internship. So I am looking for individuals to speak to their own positive interactions with community. (if you want to read more about WHY I am doing this - go tothis post).
I am asking each person to art journal with two prompts and then send their pages to me to be compiled into a collaborative book. While I prefer to have the original pages, if you live far away or cannot afford to mail them to me, I am also accepting scanned pages via my email (which is in my blogger profile).
The pages will be shared on theGive Love - A Community Art Projectblog so that you can see everyone's interpretations. They will also be part of a larger presentation at my school and mirrors the themes I explore in my final thesis. A copy of the final book will be auctioned at an annual community art silent auction. All profits will be donated to my internship site, a community-based site that provides children and youth of the city free recreational activities in the safe zone, after-school programs, and mental health services. The site offers many services to keep kids off the streets and out of gangs.
If you are interested, these are the directives (you can find more details in the main project blog post):
1. Art journal about a community member(s) that has positively influenced your life. Made to fit inside of a altered composition notebook, measuring 9.5 x 7.5 inches
2. Give love, pay it forward, pass it on. Do one good deed. Art journal about that experience. The page(s) should also fit inside of the altered composition notebook measuring 9.5x7.5 inches.
Mail your pages to me! The deadline can be extended if needed, but I need the pages to arrive by a certain date. Due date and mailing address can be found on theproject blog post.
If you don't have time or you are not interested, thats fine. However, I would love for you to join.
If you know of anyone else who might be interested - please do share this with them. The more the merrier - in fact, since the whole project is about community, I would love for this to involve as many people as possible!
I had to laugh. This page is old but appropriate to show now, right after deleting a post with journal pages I realized that I showed you last week. Oops. However the post above is more about being a night owl (I always have been) but my insomnia now is the not too creative kind. Instead I'm exhausted, I just can't sleep. I have been sleep deprived for weeks. My lifestyle and my chronic illnesses don't always mesh well. I try really hard to respect my limitations - but I still manage to do too much most of the time. I'm not complaining, I'm just too tired to think about how to write what I am trying to say.
So to fall asleep tonight I am trying to calm my brain, calm my body, and create an environment of calm overall.
To calm my brain:
Soothing spa-like music
To calm my body:
Just got out of a hot lavender bath.
Given in and taken pain meds to calm the muscle tightness and nerve spasms, and hopefully reduce swelling.
Upped my nightly vitamin intake.
Sipping Sleepy Time Tea (a trick I've used since I was in preschool).
I have a heat pad on the back and shoulders to reduce their pain.
Rubbed lavender oil on my wrists and temples.
To create an environment of calm:
A calming candle flickering nearby
Now its time to turn off the computer, meditate, and lay here and refuse not to fall asleep!
59 days until Graduation.
A thesis paper to complete.
Projects to hand in.
2 presentations to give next week.... plus the impending final oral presentation to give my department in order to graduate.
A final project with my anger management art therapy adolescent girls group to start this week and work on until their graduation at the end of the month.
Still reworking course work for my multi-family group to make it more engaging and age appropriate.
All the day to day errands and chores that needs to get done.
and a truck that refuses to cooperatively get me from point A to point B...
I'm having a hard time thinking I can make it those 59 days. There is so much to be done! And this truck, well, it might just be the straw on the camel's back.
So my list for Tuesday is to remind myself what NOT to say in times like these: