HANDS on …

wedding vow artI shared one of these pieces (left) on social media some time ago, but hadn’t shared it here on my blog. I have also since created another piece (right). Both of these were commissioned by an old co-worker from my Architecture firm days. I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t sure how to do this. However, I knew I COULD do it. So, I said yes. Eek. And then I thought about it a whole lot, like a lot a lot; and fear made me ignore it at times; and then motivation set back in, and I played around with different lettering and techniques. It took me 3 or 4 tries to fit all the words I needed inside one heart. That’s a lot of calligraphy practice! See, there’s good in everything. I truly enjoyed the process from start to finish, even in those WTF moments ;)

I thought I had it down pat so the 2nd piece should go so much faster … and then my creative brain stepped in and decided that it needed to be in a completely different font. Which basically changed everything that I learned from doing the first piece. I went with it though … call it intuition (this just feels right) or boredom (not wanting to make the same thing again) or challenge (keep it easy for myself. now, that’s just silly). A bit of all of them, I presume. Whatever it was, it led to a very lovely piece of art for another lovely couple.

And I got to create. With my hands. Those handy hands that continue to make cool shit. Team work – heart, soul, hands, brain, energy – connection between me and those that I create for.

We are all connected in one way or another.

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extension of SELF …

The more creative things I do, the more I am realizing how these things I create are truly an extension of me. I mean, I get this, like from a logical mind standpoint. Now, I’m FEELING it. My art is my truth. I’m getting more and more comfortable with sharing my truth and LIVING my truth, and in turn, I am getting more comfortable with sharing my art and not needing anyone else’s praise to validate my creations/talent (although, I’m totally cool with this FYI). This is because I love meeeee so much more than ever and I trust in me and in my abilities. And I create because I love it, like really love it.

Sometimes, I get these cravings in my body to do something creative. It’s kind of like feeling horny, but I feel crafty. Anyone else get that? Anyone? …

So anywho, this self-acceptance did not come easily to me for most of my life. Therefore, I hid my talent from everyone and most importantly, myself. Interestingly, the shift in my own mindset came about from other people trusting in me more than I consciously trusted in me. When I lived at the Omega Institute, a woman looked at something I was making and told me that not just anyone can do that. Really? Cause, I honestly didn’t think there was anything special about me and my abilities. She definitely struck something in me …

Then, I started working at lululemon 2 months after Omega and I wrote out some of our chalk nameplates because, simply, “I liked handwriting.” Everyone I worked with saw my nice handwriting as so much more than that though. They asked me to hand-write all the nameplates whenever product was moved around or new product came in. I was happy to oblige. And then … THEN, they asked me to do more and bigger things with chalk. “Huh? Me? I can’t do that.” (I said that more often in my head than out loud.) So, I did them. Slowly, like reeeeeally sloooooowly, at first. They liked it. I did more. I got faster. Because I got more confident. And started to recognize my talent, rather than just accepting that other people liked what I did. Wow, I didn’t realize I had this inside me. Pretty fucking awesome.

Creativity and finding my truth have gone hand and hand for me these past couple of years. I create to find my truth and finding my truth helps me create – to create organically, with no agenda or need. Well, sometimes, I have an art job that needs to get done. However, it still feels more like something I want to do and am happy to do. That’s HUGE!

OK, so why the pics of my furniture, other than the fact that they are my creations? I was thinking one day about the process of furniture designing. I doodle. Those doodles turn into potential furniture pieces. I then expand on the ones that speak to me. And I break them down to figure out how to build them – the hardware, the materials, the joinery, the dimensions, etc. I change the design as needed to make it buildable and structural and usable. This is my life. I doodle. Exploring new things. New adventures. I then expand on those that speak to me. And I break them down to figure out if they are truly an extension of me – am I passionate about this? Does it serve me? What support do I need? Can I build on myself and grow as a person? What do I need to do this? I try things. I change them as needed. I trust in the person I’ve created. As I trust in the furniture I’ve created. Both strong. Both beautiful. Both built of energy and love. Hell yeah!

All of these strong, beautiful, energetic and loving creations are for sale by the way. The furniture, that is. Not me ;)

www.etsy.com/shop/firstlightcreative

 

 

such brilliant PLYdeas …

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So, it took me almost 2 years to get these guys on Etsy. I don’t want to keep hogging these furniture pieces all to myself anymore! Actually, they’ve been wrapped in blankets and  hiding in a room with many boxes of other things not being used. It’s time they go to new owners who can enjoy and appreciate them EVERY DAY for their beauty and hard work.

Please take a moment to check out my Etsy shop and share it with anyone who might also appreciate these unique, completely one-of-a-kind, handmade furniture pieces. All were designed by me and 2 were built by me as well (Curves and Elements). The other pieces were built by a woodworking friend who was quite accepting and patient with my rather particular designer tendencies ;)

If you’re interested in the stories of how these pieces came to be, click on their names below …

Elements
Cubey
Curves
Intersect
10 Blocks
23 Degrees
Triple D

And then there’s my first born which is not for sale. This is where it all started, so you may want to read this story first ;)

THANK YOU for taking the time to check out my creations for the 1st or 10th time!!!

XO Dawn

what a DAY …


I truly love my name as it signifies the start of a new day. Every day. Yeah, I’m a pretty big deal.

Every morning (lately anyway), I arise at 7am. Even though the sunshine streaming through my windows and my early-riser of a cat (Luna, my ass … that’s her name: Luna) tell me I should wake up even earlier. Then, as most of us do, I go pee. Then I return to my room and my piled-up-yoga-blanket meditation seat for a 10-15 minute meditation. RPM as they call it: Rise, Pee, Meditate. And at the end of every meditation, I give thanks for my beautiful body and the beautiful earth for supporting me in my practice. How beautiful (come on, it’s just such a great word!) to start every day giving gratitude, and especially to the new day (i.e. Dawn).

Giving thanks to me and acknowledging my body and what it does for me is also a pretty big deal. I spent many years – ok, basically my entire life – working on my body (through exercise and then many years eating healthy), yet rarely acknowledged what I was actually doing for myself. I didn’t admire my body. Or congratulate myself. Or embrace the positive feelings and energy associated with exercise and eating well. Often, I wanted more and so nothing was ever quite good enough. I would do it though, and I would do it a lot. And then, I would go on with the rest of my days. Like working out for hours didn’t mean anything. Though, deep deep down, at a subconscious level, I knew it did and I knew I needed it to feel confident in my skin. Mostly, working out and eating well was all I had to feel confident. Well shit, I should be grateful for that too then! Thanks again body for doing what you needed even though I didn’t yet understand – YOU ROCK!

Today, following RPM, I went for a hike. My body and the earth connecting at the deepest level (for me, anyway). Connected physically and spiritually and everything in between. Such gratitude for my overall health to be able to hike steep mountains (I made that possible! – remember, I’m a big deal) and to the exquisite nature that surrounds me where I live right now. Such a BEAUTIFUL combination.

ace of HEARTS …

I almost forgot to share these cards today! However, they would still apply to tomorrow and the next day and every day, forever. This is one of the many creative things I get to do at my awesome job. For those of you who don’t know, I work at lululemon and made these cards for our guests to attach to their Valentine’s gifts of fabulous workout gear. Now a couple of the sayings make waaaaaay more sense, right? ;)

Happy Day of Love, every day, forever.

the TRUTH is in the stillness …

The truth is in the stillness. When you can be quietly with yourself, all sorts of things will raise their tiny heads (I’m changing the expression to make it nicer). Good and not-so-good things. However, the “not-so-good” is necessary to lead you to the good, so embrace it all. I had a massage yesterday, which was one of my moments of quiet. An hour long moment with my body and mind (well, and a massage therapist). For example, I relearned that I like having my face touched, in a gentle way of course ;) and I realized that my body is so far along in its healing process that it almost feels “finished” and I realized that there are places of tension I didn’t know were there and I realized that I can relax and be still for an hour now! And other things that didn’t stick around for long but served their purpose in the moment. It’s not always easy to be silent, even for a few seconds for some people. Yet, that silence could open up so many pathways to healing. So try for just a few seconds. And then a few minutes. And then get an hour massage ;) And just notice. And listen.

SWEET kittea …

Curb that sweet craving with this tasty tea recipe (Disclaimer: adorable kitty will not appear if you make this). It’s sweet. It’s spicy. It’s creamy. It’s warming. It’s grounding. It’s delicious. 

  • 1/2 tsp licorice root (I bought mine here. You may be able to find in health food stores as well, in bulk herb/tea sections.)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (The company I linked to above also sells sweet cinnamon chips which could be substituted for ground.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Depending on the size of your mug, you may have to fill the rest of the mug with water so the herbs can steep in the liquid.)

Warm up almond milk/water on stovetop or in microwave. Place licorice root and cinnamon into a single cup tea strainer and pour the almond milk over the herbs. Cover and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Most of the cinnamon will sink to the bottom which makes for a very tasty ending, oooorrrr you could stir as you sip. Enjoy!

Additions if you want to mix it up: sprinkle of nutmeg; 1/4 tsp ginger; 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract.

relief. breath. BEER. 

So this is what relief looks like to me. A tasty brew after completing my last test. I’m officially graduating on Wednesday as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Heads up, there will be another post when it’s official ;)

Lots of FABULOUS stuff happening in my life these days. Yesterday, I taught my first essential oils class which was very fun and exciting and only slightly scary. Had an amazing support group of amazing women there with me. Did I mention they were amazing? Look forward to many more classes to share the healing benefits of essential oils (I don’t have any planned yet though, so stay tuned!). Today, I took my last test for school. I did, well, not so great. However, I PASSED!!! And that’s all I needed. Wednesday, graduation commences. It’s an online program, so the only walking will be around my house in a gown of leggings and a hoodie. And then most likely followed by another beer, or 3. Yay! Pretty bad ass week if I say so myself. So much more fabulousness to come. I can feel it. And it feels pretty fucking good.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been very focused, and a bit stressed, about the oils class and my last test. They are both done, and it’s time to celebrate! Hence the beer in the middle of the afternoon on a Monday. Party animal here.

Feel free to drink one for me too … I’ll feel your celebratory vibes. And I’ll send you mine. Spiritual partying! Yay!

what is your VISION ?

I supported my beautiful coworker Courtney today in a Vision & Goals workshop for the new hires at work. It was such a great and rewarding experience for all involved! I so enjoyed hearing everyone’s amazing 10-year visions for their lives and the personal values that guide their visions. Each so different and magical and full of adventure. And scary. What’s that song lyric … “if your dreams don’t scare you, they ain’t big enough” … not quite the form of “English” I would have chosen, but you get what I’m sayin’. We should be nervous about the bad ass possibilities we can create in our lives. We can choose to be safe and comfortable and “normal,” but where’s the fun and excitement in that?

Create a wild and crazy spectacular vision for yourself in 10 years where money, time and experience don’t exist. Zero constraints. Trust me, you can do this. Close your eyes and visualize, then write it all down, every fabulous morsel. It’s a very exciting exercise that will change your mindset around what you truly truly want in your life!!!

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