Friday, August 31, 2007

Framing Crazy! ..... Getting ready for the County Fair

I've been framing like mad! I do my own framing. Getting ready to enter these in the St. Joe County Grange Fair. The fair in our county is really unique - this is an ag community so it's very farm oriented and a very old fair too, they recently celebrated their 100 year birthday! Some of the old antique buildings remain. They even have the little old white short picket fences around the displays of giant squash, huge corn, veggies, displays made by 4-H kids, pictures made out of beans) quilting (home arts building), tatting, and other cool displays. It's like taking a step back in time just to see the buildings, let alone go into them and see the old-fashioned displays. Many people come from out-of-state for the experience and spend the entire week camping on the fair grounds! There are truly a lot of people who come and it's usually pretty packed.

I'm HOPING for a blue ribbon on a painting this year, but I'd settle for ANY ribbon! I'm an award maven, never get enough kudos, they are a balm to my soul, heh :) (Most artists I know are they way, no?)

Now's your chance.... each one of these is for sale. If you'd like a:

cute bee (original watercolor painting in shadow box frame)
cute hanging-upside-down kitty (orig watercolor painting)
pair of poodles (giclee print)
original Halloween verse watercolor painting with original calligraphy and hand-painted frame with vintagey-Halloween pumpkins and spooky eyes on top, bottom and sides of frame
a small red hat lady gardener (original watercolor)
a large red hat lady gardener (original wc painting in antique frame) (would make a good gift for your Red Hatted auntie or friend)

If you're curious or serious, just e-mail me for prices and we can work out the details.

Wish me luck at the fair :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Reiki Certificate.... and Morning Glory Flowers

Open photos - any artist feel free to copy or paint with compliments of Annie M! Annie M! c 8/2007

I am happy to have gained my Reiki II certificate. Reiki is a form of hands-on energy balancing. The short version that I give is that it's a form of balancing the Universal healing energy that is always available to us; and it's the placing and holding of the therpists hands on energy points such as shoulders, head, elbows, etc. (they call these chakras) The long version is that it's a more spiritual therapy of balancing the healing energy that we all possess. The reiki therapist assists people to channel healing energy through their bodies. I have been getting this therapy once a week from Reiki Master Becky and it works for me! I'm happy to have completed the course to gain my Reiki II certificate. There is only one more level of reiki to complete, reiki III, and I hope to gain that within the next year.

Reading books is a good way to learn about reiki (or anything). There's one called "Essential Reiki" which I haven't bought yet, but it's on my Amazon wish list. I've also read part of a book by Barbara Brennan (sp) on healing energy. It was a detailed book and I found it a little complex to read, I never made it through the whole book even though I've started it twice.

Enjoy the *now*.... and ~R~E~L~A~X~ :)


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