Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wanna free gift?

Survey Time!!

Would you like to help me out and get a free gift? If you fill out a simple 10 question survey, I'll send you a free Yoga Silhouettes Notecard pack. Just fill it out and follow the instruction at the end. Simple as that!

click here- TAKE THE SURVEY

Note- This offer is no longer available.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Scrub a dub dub

I love handmade soaps. Yes, they're a little more expensive, but I like knowing who made my soap and what's in it. As a vegetarian, I like knowing there are no animal products used, and that my soap is completely cruelty-free. And as a person who is very sensitive to scent, I love the various concoctions that soapmakers come up with. Orange Creamsickle Soap? Yes, please!

I love this yoga soap gift set from Sacred Suds- What a great idea for your favorite yogi! I just got "Laughing Buddha"? Mmmm- grapefruit and ginger. That will wake you up in the morning!

Check out CityBird's soaps- get your favorite city map in a bar of soap!

Wishing you all happy spring cleaning!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Labyrinth - not just a great David Bowie movie.

I was recently asked to create some original Labyrinth paintings for a client. And I thought I knew what a Labyrinth was. I was wrong.
"chartres labyrinth dancer"

Like many people, I thought Labyrinths were the same thing as Mazes. I immediate thought of the 1986 Jim Henson/George Lucas film with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. That Labryinth was a magical maze with hedges that shifted and changed shape, dead-ends that trapped you, and full of creatures you should probably stay away from. What I learned was that true Labyrinths are nothing like that. There are no traps, no dead-ends, no tricks. Labyrinths are designed to lead you in and back out safely as you follow the path. Used for meditation, ritual or just entertainment, Labyrinths are so much more than just a maze. They are a round-trip ticket to insight and wisdom. And here's a fun fact- you can create a Labyrinth with birdseed, chalk, stones, really anything that can form a line.

I haven't yet walked a Labyrinth, but I did do a "finger walk," where you trace a small Labyrinth with your finger. Even that was a calming, introspective experience. Give it a try- Finger Labyrinth Now that winter is finally ending here in Michigan, I will walk a full-sized Labyrinth. And the baby will be walking any day now... I'll take him with me!

There are Labyrinths all around... If you live in the Detroit area, you can walk a Labyrinth next Saturday, March 27th, at the Women's Day of Renewal in Warren, MI.

Or find a Labyrinth near you, with the World Wide Labyrinth Locator!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Handmade Spark

What a nice surprise this morning- a message in my inbox letting me know that my cards were featured on a lovely blog! Thanks, Emily!

Check it out- Handmade Spark

It's a collection of yoga-inspired handmade items. I've got my eye on this gorgeous shirt:

buy it here!

Tomorrow starts the first day of Spring. Enjoy!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hey look! I made a video!

I just love my Mac and all its fun tools. I was playing around in iMovie and made this little step-by-step video of how I create my silhouette yoga paintings. Enjoy! (And then go make your own silhouette painting, and send me a pic!!)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Beautiful Women

Thank you to Sacredsuds for creating this great treasury and including my work! A wonderful celebration of women in art! Now go check out her delicious soaps!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A simpler, happier life.

Living a simpler, happier, more productive life. Doesn't that sound great? Finding inspiration, getting rid of clutter, reducing stress... Zen Habits is a great blog about just that.

Created by Leo Babuta, who wrote The Power of Less, it's jam-packed with info and ideas on living in the moment, creativity, achieving your goals and a whole lot more. Every morning I open my Google Reader and look forward to reading the daily post!

Plus, it's full of great quotes...
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle