Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Congratulations to Graduates

Dear Readers,


One word can mean so many things to so many people. Achievement or the First Step. A deep breath and no words. Tears and pride. Dreams and goals.

Some think "Finally," while others think "Where did the time go?"

As I watch all these young people, I am one of those who thinks, "Where did the time go?" I am also excited to see where these young people go with their futures. What will they achieve?

I know I will be trilling for all the graduates that I know and even for the ones that I do not, because it is a great achievement. For those who don't know trilling is a practice in some tribes that woman do. It is a vocal expression of strong feelings.

I know I will also be excited to see all the plumes and feathers that grace the heads of our youths. They should wear them with pride because they earned them through hard work and determination to finish.

So congratulations to all the graduates known and unknown. May your future be bright and footsteps light.

Have a great creative day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

cradleboards - reasoning

Dear Readers,

I wanted to share some things about cradleboards today.

I thought this was a good post as it is just past Mother's Day. This is Rachel an expected mother. She wanted me to teach her how to make a cradleboard for her baby. I almost think we bit off more than we could chew. We were rushing to get these done and she still had work to do when she went home to finish then up.

After helping lots of mothers create cradleboards for their babies and raising my own in cradleboards I have learned a few things.

1. It takes strength of mind to keep using a cradleboard, to some it just seems harder to use. I have had some use them only for a few months, however I have to commend them for trying and wanting to use them. Personally, I loved using mine and know that it helped me keep my sanity as a young mother.

2. It takes strength of heart to keep using a cradleboard. I have had mean things said to me, but I had to hold on to the belief that I was doing a good thing for my children. I saw my calm, smiling babies and kept going.

3. It takes strength of a physical nature. Cradleboards are not heavy but they are not light either. I use to rock my young ones to sleep and my arms would get tired, but when they finally fell asleep feed and comfortable, I could do other things: dishes, schoolwork, etc.

4. Cradleboards help a baby to see the family around them and be a part of it. I salute all the mothers out there who are trying to raise their children with culture, traditional values and love.

Have a great creative day.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 4

Dear Readers,

I found the last installment in the Mike and Molly relatable episodes (at least for now).

I found this episode so funny because I am the same way. It is my writing. I would definitely have the same reaction as her - maybe funnier as I make up bad words such as bedpan and such.

However, as writers our writing is never good enough, there can always be changes made. I don't know if I would have published if I did not have the best supporter ever in my husband. He said just publish it and I did. I have a great support team- my husband, my kids and all the women who I call sister (blood and not).

So if you feel the need to scream, go for it but remember maybe it is for the best that we have ourselves and others to push us.

Have a great creative day.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 3

Dear Readers,

Here is another mike and molly that I can relate to.

I thought it was funny that she was trying to write and the sound kept bothering her. I don't know about other writers but there are certain things that I can't handle to hear or it takes my out of my story.

I listen to music while I write - only instrumental, or soundtracks with no words. Anything else is a problem. My phone makes sounds for every app - telling me something is going on in the world around me. It use to bother me but now I can ignore it.

Every writer needs to find there bubble of quiet or inspiration and stay focused. Try to get as much writing done in that window of time as possible before the world comes and claims you once again.

Have a great creative day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 2

Dear Readers,

I found another episode that I like from Mike and Molly.

I do not have writer's block, it is more life. I have kids and home to run. I am also a photographer and artist. Sometimes I put my writing on the back burner. I thought this was funny though. I look at my computer and then I look at the laundry or dishes and I do what needs to be done to take care of my family.

Sometimes I have to sit down at my computer and write. I have to ignore the dishes, laundry, and other small things that need to get done. I did find that if I use lists I can still get things done. I write what I want to happen in the book so I can sit down and write anytime and anywhere. I also make  a list of things that need to be done for the day. It helps and laughing at her antics helps too. Have a great creative day.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 1

Dear Readers,

I do not know how many of you are writers. I do not know how many of you watch the show Mike and Molly. However, I have to say that I find that show funny and it makes it easier to laugh at the things that have happened to me as a writer.

So I had an experience similar to this. As a writer just starting out and trying to get my name out there, I did a few local book signings. I called friends "Don't let me sit here by myself" and they came. I did have the support of local tribal college and some of the professors so I did sell some books. Getting up and talking about my book was a little intimidating and then sitting behind a table to sign books and hoping someone finds your book interesting. Whew!

I found deep breaths help and to have a passion for what you write. Remember there are going to be readers who find what you create is interesting, you just have to find them.

To all my fellow writers: keep writing and good luck. More to come of Mike and Molly episodes that I could relate to as a writer. Have a great creative day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Organized Artist

I have been asked how I can be so organized. I have had the statement that an artist needs creative chaos.
I feel that both are important  to be organized  but have some creative chaos.  I have this book to keep me on track but my art table is clutter with my current project.
I think having a book like this can help artist stay on track and accomplish  goals for their art careers.
So the first group is:
Etsy Listings -I have an etsy store and I like to know what I  have in it.
Galleries- this is a list of galleries I have exhibited at and ones I have submitted  to with contact info and date of submission.
Book stores - list of book stores that carry my books and places I have submitted to for distribution and contact info.
Contacts -personal and professional.
Wish list - says it all.
The next group deals with inventory of my products.
Books - I have inventory #, name, description, unit price , and quantity  in stock.
Photography - I have inventory #, name, photo size, framed? ( y or n), frame size, unit price  framed, unit price unframed, etsy (y or n), unit number  ( all my pieces are numbered, location
Also for photography  -I have another sheet that has inventory number, name, date taken, camera used, mm, f/stop, sec, ISO .
Paintings -I have inventory #, name, canvas size, framed? ( y or n), frame size, unit price framed, unit price unframed (if available), etsy ( y or n), print size, cards, location
Blog - I have blog topic ideas or notes I write for myself.
Last tab is for notes that are random thoughts. I also have a calendar  in the front of this book to help with scheduling.
Hope this inspires you.