Work in progress Wednesday

Sometimes an idea hits you at the oddest times.  This little sea serpent grew out of an attempt to create a little troll.  The troll kept elongating.  He needs more work and finishing but I am quite pleased with the transformation.  I am finding that creating these tiny creatures to bring some magic into the everyday is quite fun.  

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Getting Back on Track

Monday, a new start to a new week, and a good time to review goals and look at what you want to accomplish this week.  It is November and I am off to a slow start for the month, but it is better to start late and slow than to not start at all.  So two challenges this month, Nanowrimo and the Art Everyday Day Month.

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My thought for the day was that it is Easier to get where you are going if you focus on what is in front of you, not what is behind you. I am making a plan and getting started. What are you doing today to get you where you wish to be?

 

Orochi’s Knot

Knot for Orochi from Fire Emblem; Fates.
Knot for Orochi from Fire Emblem; Fates.

Figuring out the decorative elements on a cosplay can be a challenge, there are often buttons, or fastens or just pretty bits that are stuck on in odd locations.

Orochi’s knot that appears on the front of her top was one such detail. It is
possible to just cut the loops and glue or tack them to look mostly correct.  However, I approached this one from the idea that the artist likely drew it from a real knot, so I did a google search for a three loop frog knot, as it appears in the approximate location of a fasten.

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Celebrate!

So many times we get caught in the litany of bad things in our mind. That we are somehow (enter negative thought here.)  Many sources tell you to make them into affirmations in your mind, to replace the negative thoughts. A simple google search will give you a long list of lists of positive thoughts.  But sometimes words are not enough, so plan ahead with activities to do. Making the list ahead of time helps.

For me, using the special dishes, the delicate footed bowl (well actually a martini glass, but it watermelon seemed a better choice than gin) is something that takes my mind off the negative thing and focuses  the now. For you never really have to get through what ever period of time seems overwhelming, be it the week, the day, the hour, the minute, all you have to do is hold on for a second, then another and then repeat.  The problem is getting out of the thoughts in your head and into action. Doing something about it. So when the thoughts start to creep in, Do something to celebrate yourself. It re-enforces those affirmations I mentioned above.

 
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Believing

This quote from one of my favorite fairy tales, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis sums up my thoughts on believing and faith.  We are at a time when choice of who and what to believe in abound and I see a lot of believe what I believe or I will unfriend you.

The character who made the above statement was being presented with all kinds of arguments as to why he should not believe and that it would be desirable to just agree with what was being said.  He believed in what was right and held fast to those beliefs.  It is a simple message, about faith. There are a lot of area in our lives that need faith. A belief that is unshakeable and resists change, a path to follow.  This can go for your religious views, or just simply a goal you wish to achieve.

Me, I want to be an artist. I want to bring magic and beauty into everyday life. I want to celebrate that which is good about living.  I am on the side of beauty and everyday magic, even if they do not exist. I am going to live a life of beauty and magic, knowing that Narnia exists and not listen to those who tell me otherwise.

I am on Aslan's side, and will live like a Narnian.

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Limiting beliefs and Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

 What is a limiting belief?

A limiting belief is something that holds you back only because you believe it. It sounds silly but when I googled limiting beliefs examples I got  “About 392,000 results (0.65 seconds) “, which tells me a lot of people have a lot of limiting beliefs.

I have been stuck in a ” Must diet” frame of mine for so long that I never realized that I could ever be not dieting and making healthy choices. SONY DSC

The idea ofeating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite” was something I did not think I could do. It was either diet or eating as usual. 

After it finally clicked and I realized that I was putting stumbling blocks in my way, I took a look at what that sentence does and does not mean.

It does not mean nom all the comfort foods you can find. It does not mean gallons of ice cream and plates of cookies are okay. It does not mean limited, restrictive, any of the many hijacked meaning of the word “healthy” Low fat, low carb, high fiber, sugar free, and so on.

What it does mean is flexible, pleasurable, satisfying, appetizing and filling.

So in other words, instead of dieting I am going to eat in a way that is tasty and positive?  That sounds great to me, but I am looking for the catch because there has to be a catch.  The catch is that I need to eat foods that are pleasurable, satisfying, appetizing and filling.   When I am being honest with myself, a heavy meal of comfort foods is only pleasurable at the beginning, and can be downright unpleasant if I pass full and overeat.

Full of the possibilities of tasty pleasurable eating, I head off the the first farmers market of the season with my daughter. I was excited to try something new and fresh and tasty.  As we are just barely into spring here in New England, there was a natural limit to the choices, but the first booth was a mushroom vendor. I almost passed it by because my daughter does not like mushrooms, but decided to look anyway.  She surprised me by being interested in the very unusual looking Lion’s Mane mushroom. She was not letting her dislike of white mushrooms get in her way of trying something new. By being open to change she avoided the problem of limiting beliefs. It was a reminder to me that when that little voice in your head says can’t, it is important to question why and see if it is a real limit or a limiting belief.

What limiting belief can you let you of today? I would love to hear about it.