Thursday, February 24, 2011

Creative Cycles and the Winter Solstice.........

This winter more than ever I have been paying attention to cycles in my life, a new awareness so to speak.  I have noticed that like the plants and animals I have less energy in the winter.  Less energy to cope with stress, to be physically active, even to create.   At times I find myself fighting this nature.  Even though deep down I know that if the kettle is always boiling, sooner or later the water evaporates.
I do notice that I seem to be a in cycle of reflecting, on what I want, where I was, what happened, how I felt, I am practicing or putting ideas into practice.  I am hibernating, slowing down some.  This is ok.  I need to recharge my creative center, my soul.

I know that I go through times where I don't create anything new.  I make items that I have already mastered, just enjoying the repetition and zen like quality I get from something so familiar and simple, easy.  These are the times that I cherish as much as I do when I am exploring new ideas and experimenting. 
I cannot create and explore new ideas and inspirations all the time.  I cannot force them to come to fruition either.  The more I force them, the more stuck I feel.  These are times I need to retreat and find quiet, to rest with my ideas and nurture them.

How am I going to do this:  Eating warm and spicy food, walking, warm baths, meditating, just enjoying the slowness of winter.  Reminding myself daily that there is a time for planting, for growth, for pruning, for harvesting and for rest.
When I am creating I am making items that are not overly taxing on me.  Just sitting and cuddling with my children, reading books.  Cooking simpler meals even that I am not slaving over, but that are nourishing.

Being gentle with myself, understanding that I too need to have my cup filled once again.
That the things that really matter are the people I love in my life.  Not how much money I have, not how fancy of a car I drive, not the uber trendy clothes I pay too much for, not what I give people except, of myself.  My love, my attention, my acceptance, my understanding, my compassion, my laughter, my ability to listen, my hugs and kisses, my smiles, my tears, my silence, my dreams, my nightmares, my hopes, my fears, my strength, my grace, my kindness, my virtues.

My cup is really always full, I just lack the perception to conceive of it.

Shima and Shanti,


Monday, February 14, 2011

The Winner of Our February Giveaway is..............

Allison Lore.  Congratulations! 

Allison has won A set of her choice of Either Hemp or Organic Cotton Produce Sacs.

Thank you to all who entered and please look out for March's Giveaway!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February Giveaway!!!!

Its time to show all my wonderful followers some love!!

How about a giveaway?  Yay, a giveaway?  A giveaway.  But what to give?

Seeing as I am giving love, I want to give something that will love the Planet too.

I wanted to give something pretty because I think we all need to feel inspired by beauty this time of year.  But something practical too, something someone could use a lot!!

Produce Bags!!!  This time its your choice though.  You can choose from the Hemp ones or

the Organic Cottons ones.  Any colors I have available.

This time around you will receive 1 Small 17cm wide x 22cm long, (6 1/2" wide x 8 1/2") long and 1 Large bag that will measure 26cm wide x 33.5 cm long, (10" wide x 13" long).

Now, for how to enter.  Please Follow the Directions Carefully. 

1) Become a Fan on my Blog.  :)
2) Visit my Etsy Shop: The Art of Zen.......Crochet  have a look around and find your favorite item.
3) Email me at theartofzencrochet(at) with the February Giveaway in the Subject, telling me your favorite item and why!

Please do not leave your email on my blog, this will be deleted and you will not be entered. 
Entried will be accepted until February 13 2011 and the Winner will be announced on February 14 2011
Thank you for entering and have the Best day Ever!!