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100 Days of Shalagh Project : Days 14 Through 33

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Ahas, Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Visual Me | 2 comments

100 Days of Shalagh Project : Days 14 Through 33

I’ve passed the month mark for the 100 Days Challenge. Or 100 Days of Shalagh as I’ve hashtagged it on Instagram. And as I suspected, it’s not been that hard to do. Partly because I knew going in I’d already proven I could create for 100 days straight (See my starting post on the background to this decision). And partly because the size and medium limits, much like the ICAD challenge, were contained so that it was not daunting to do a 4 × 6 drawing or sketch. And I’m of the mind that done is good enough. The...

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100 Day Project : First Two Weeks

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Visual Me | 2 comments

100 Day Project : First Two Weeks

It would seem I’m two weeks into my 100 Day Project. And it’s been a real joy to be participating. I have no regrets for joining other than that I wish I knew my medium better. But I think this project will be the teacher of that lesson undoubtedly. I began only with the idea of quick sketches in mind. But I quickly realized that the items available for quick sketches were also everyday objects. Mundanity is laying about the house all the time. And such a realization elevates the everyday object to something bigger. Our everyday...

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100 Days Project Starts Tomorrow

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Visual Me | 0 comments

100 Days Project Starts Tomorrow

I’m doing the 100 days project starting tomorrow because for so very long, I felt like I couldn’t create. At this point, I’ve spent the better part of my adult life selling myself short. I know everyone around me knew I could do way more than I was allowing myself to see I could do. Tragic but not unchangeable. I started to think, actually hear the words “I can” in my head somewhat recently. That every time I thought of possibilities of achievement, I didn’t suddenly feel like some sort of snail that wanted to retreat...

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100 Day Challenge and a Spring Soul Selfie Challenge

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Visual Me | 1 comment

100 Day Challenge and a Spring Soul Selfie Challenge

Back on March 16th, 2018, I announced that I would be participating in this year’s 100 Day Challenge. Because it seemed I’d already done that last Summer thinking the entire time that I’d never be able to commit to anything for that long. The 100 Day Project starts tomorrow on April 3rd and you are all welcome to join this global creativity project with me. When we commit to our creativity, we commit to being our authentic selves. We build self-trust and end up feeling more involved with a community of like-minded people...

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Fiona’s Moana Themed 5th Birthday Party

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Raising Fair Fiona, She's Crafty, The Good Mother, Visual Me | 4 comments

Fiona’s Moana Themed 5th Birthday Party

We celebrated Fiona’s Fifth birthday with a Moana party theme. We’re still doing the parties old school with family and cousins to play with. And the Moana theme was truly a great excuse to reuse my fabulous palm trees over again from the Viva Havana fundraiser. I took a good long time to conceive of and create some of the details and touches that made it feel fun and tropical islandy. Had the palm trees but needed the tiki god idol pieces to fill out the corner cabinets. They’re painted on hunks of cardboard. The kokomora...

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I’m Saying Yes to the 100 Day Project 2018

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Visual Me | 0 comments

I’m Saying Yes to the 100 Day Project 2018

It was several years ago that I first heard about the 100 Days Project. Instagram is the chosen media outlet to share participants’ progress of this “100 days of making” project and many of my artistic making acquaintances on Instagram were participating. But I definitely remember thinking, “Not I”. There was no way I could commit to something for that long. Until I did last summer. It all started with Our Creative May. Actually it started in April with another project that led into my sponsored May project where myself and other people...

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Viva Havana Auction and Fundraiser

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, She's Crafty, Visual Me | 0 comments

Viva Havana Auction and Fundraiser

The Viva Havana auction and fundraiser which had held my thoughts hostage for so many months prior, ended up being a success. I had planned out everything ahead and took the time I needed to follow through with all my projects. It all fell into place despite sick children and foul weather. So I thought I’d show you some pictures of the event in case you missed seeing them. Mark had done a fundraiser last year so we already had the street scene gobo, a picture we projected on to the wall. The palm trees were all my making. Some found...

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December 2017 in Pictures

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Nest Feathers - Home Design, Raising Fair Fiona, The Good Mother | 0 comments

December 2017 in Pictures

Christmas is a force to be reckoned with. It rolls up on you like some sort of stealth vehicle running on joyful intentions with wicked time constraints. Here’s my thus far pictures to prove that we’re moving right along through the season. And my story is that this Christmas, I was more proactive than ever before so that I can be more present when those wrapped presents are being torn asunder.         Enjoy your Holiday Happenings wherever and whoever you...

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My Creativity Workshop in the Fall of 2017

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Gathering My Lessons, Visual Me | 2 comments

My Creativity Workshop in the Fall of 2017

Developing and leading the Creativity workshop on November 18th of this year, 2017, renewed my understanding of my purpose. All the self-trust and self-esteem work I’ve done has naturally led to me valuing my creativity. The more I read and the more I write about both self-development and creativity, the more I understand the entwined nature of our true and creative selves. And I now understand the same fear that threatens to keep us from our truest and most authentic self is the same as that which keeps us from our most creative...

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Creativism is Valuing Creative Living

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Visual Me | 0 comments

Creativism is Valuing Creative Living

Often, as I’m engaged in one of my creative projects for my fellowship’s community like decorating the Christmas tree or the Sanctuary for a fundraiser, people exclaim,”Oh Shalagh, you are so creative.” If you were someone who said this, thank you. But  besides giving me a compliment, what I hear them saying is, “You can but I can’t”. And this infuriates me As children, we are free, and maybe even expected, to find out who we are and explore our understanding of the world and ourselves through creativity. But I’ve...

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