Monday, April 23, 2012

Five Words Musing - April

April's Five Words Musing is up for your reading enjoyment.  We were all a little late in posting this month, but we all had a good excuse.  (Our Shannon got hitched last weekend and had a gorgeous beach wedding in Ocean Isle, and Jim and I were invited.  I think we may still be recuperating from our mini-vacations!)

The words for April were:


These words made me think of the honeymoon phase of a relationship - when you just want to spend every waking moment of every single day with the one you love.  Eventually, that feeling evolves, and love turns into something else other than infatuation.  You begin to grow together and apart - and that's a good thing.

But, oh, that honeymoon phase is a sweet time.  It's an intoxicating feeling that you wish you could just bottle up and savor forever.  With the right person, it's an opportunity for you to feel alive and truly understood and loved.

April Musing

"Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame."
- Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friends and Family Show and Third Friday in Durham

On Friday night, I trekked to Durham and headed toward the Scrap Exchange to attend the Friends and Family Show.  My friend and coworker, Monique, had some pieces entered into the show, and I wanted to show her my support.  I brought Izzy and Alfonso with me for a night of art.

The show was held in what the Scrap Exchange lovingly refers to as the Green Gallery.

The Green Gallery

Friends & Family Show at the Scrap Exchange

Like the sign says, the mission of the Scrap Exchange is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.  For artists looking for affordable materials, this place is heaven!

Here were some of the pieces I enjoyed in the show:

Mixed media pieces by @moniquealexis . Awesomeness - and I own one!

Monique's Masterpieces - Gorgeous!

Right on!

Woven beauty

Momma says...

Hungry like a wolf?

Izzy & mommy

After leaving the Scrap Exchange, I noticed a building of artist studios across the parking lot of the Scrap Exchange.  Lucky for us, it was Third Friday, a monthly event in Durham that encourages visitors to come and see all things art.  Cha-ching!  Jackpot!

Upon entering the artist studios, I met artist, Helen Griffin.  Right away, she greeted me with such kindness and told me a little about the artist studios known as Room 100.  She said that the space has been in existence for about four years.  I never knew this jewel existed, but I'm so happy that I know it about it now.  One of the things that drew me to Helen were her socially aware themed pieces.  In fact, I bought several copies of her poster to give as gifts to peeps on Monday.

Griffin Works Art - Right on, sista! #votenoNC

Room 100 had so many talented, working artists creating under its roof.  If you are local and haven't been to the Scrap Exchange or Third Friday, please consider it was your next Friday night activity.  You won't be disappointed!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Five Words Musing - March

A little late in posting this, but March's Five Words Musing is up for your reading enjoyment.

The words for March were:


When I created the accompanied picture for the post, I was inspired mostly by the word dreams.  Lately, I've been having a lot of dreams where I am falling, leaping, or diving.  In researching the possible meaning behind these dreams and consulting online dream dictionaries, it looks like my subconscious has been dealing with feelings of failure (falling), finding emotional balance (diving), and taking chances (leaping).  Aren't we all?

March Musing

"Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you."
-Marsha Norman


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