Art as Life: Tear a Page. Turn a Corner.

Inspiritus at Lourdes Mixed Media Art by Bernadette Rose Smith Ever find yourself heading in a particular direction only to hit so many speed bumps, detours, or cul-de-sacs along the way that you start to question whether you should proceed? Maybe you can recall more than one “where is that road again” trip. Perhaps you are in the middle of one right now. Or, maybe there is one right around the corner waiting for you. (You do know you are not reading this by chance, right?) Well, get comfy. While you ponder that, I will tell you a short story about Inspiritus. Why? Because, whatever your journey, it is a story that points to a moment we share – that moment when we hear the whispers and feel the breath of the Divine moving through us. Inspiritus Mixed Media Art by Bernadette Rose Smith Inspiritus Breath Mixed Media Art by Bernadette Rose Smith I was not in the neighborhood for inspiritus. I was aiming for a project that I hoped would address a livelihood concern. Inspiritus – the altered book pictured throughout this post – was a spirited calling on the carpet. It started with a phrase that kept popping up in my journal and my thoughts. Like a song verse you can’t shake. “The words are the leaves. The deeds are the fruits.” A polite way for the Divine to say, “Talk is cheap. Show me.” Inspiritus Altered Book Cover by Bernadette Rose Smith It was generously reinforced with one dead end after another in my livelihood venture. I have acquired enough wisdom to know when to stop and listen. (You know, that point where you start seeing stars from hitting that brick wall one too many times?) That’s when this poetic collaboration hopped onto a page in my journal one morning, starting with the verse:
So much happens before a leaf is born and from your pages a word is torn...
Inspiritus Altered Book Love by Bernadette Rose Smith “What a delightful thump on the head,” I thought. And with that invitation came the rest.
root upon root. ring upon ring. matters hidden until, in spring, from root to trunk to limb to branch a leaf is born, adorned to dance in sun and breeze and cloud and storm until its partner bud is born. coaxed to blossom. blossom to fruit. how will you harvest what came to root?
Inspiritus Altered Book by Bernadette Rose Smith My life flashed before my eyes. Okay, maybe not that dramatic but pretty dang close. Lets just say, in the following weeks, the writer-me burned through a lot of pages on the topic of compromises, adaptations, justifications, rescues, distractions, and all manner of negotiation devices used to make peace with myself when confronted with the needs and concerns of others always coming first. Whether for lack of courage or just plain fatigue, my frail manipulative attempts to wrestle a corner of time to follow my passions and use the divine seeds given me met with delay upon delay, year after year. From brunette to my now “platinum blond.” Inspiritus Altered Book Contemplation by Bernadette Rose Smith Somewhere in all that writing reverie, the artist-me stepped up. She’d had it. “Enough already! I got this. Let me show you without all the words. The big annual art show is coming up in 7 weeks. You love altered books so make one. Give this poem a home and then send it on its journey. All of your adult life you have set me aside for more concerns than I can count. I am tired of living in the shadows cast by others and your livelihood-concerned, placating-all-others self. There is no one looking over your shoulder but you now. So what’s your excuse? When will there ever be the perfect time? How will I ever trust you? Talk is cheap. Show me you love me. Lets plant some seeds.” Inspiritus Altered Book Seeds by Bernadette Rose Smith Inspiritus Altered Book Mixed Media Seed Spread by Bernadette Rose Smith Well just ouch me! Enough of my story. Now I am going to ask you to think about yours and invite you to answer some questions. Inspiritus Altered Book Mixed Media Matchbook Drawers by Bernadette Rose Smith Leaves eventually give way to harvest a new experience. What seeds are you planting in their compost? Are they ones you came in with? Or ones others have handed to you along the way? The thing about the seeds accepted from others is that, at first, they seem easy because they come with instructions. But look carefully. Those seeds are often attached to strings and expectations that lead to resentments and guilt if not planted to the satisfaction of the original seed bearer. They can land you in tending a field that will not sustain you or the seed bearer. (Funny about that, eh?) Inspiritus Altered Book Mixed Media Ladder Spread by Bernadette Rose Smith The thing about the seeds we come in with is that they don’t often come with instructions. We have to do a little investigating to find the proper climate, soil, nutrients, as well as healthy partner crops with which to plant them. We have to be aware. Watch the weather patterns. Be attentive to pests and weeds. But the seeds we came in with will sustain us and place us in fields that will also sustain others. Inspiritus Altered Book Mixed Media Harvest Spread by Bernadette Rose Smith What’s in your seed pouch? Do you know? Have you checked lately? Now is the time to dig deep. When your seed-planting time on this earth is done and you are standing in front of the Master Farmer, will your pouch be empty? Or still full? Inspiritus Mixed Media Altered Book Hidden Matters by Bernadette Rose Smith The blogger-me says, “Thanks for the visit and share any seed thoughts you wish to cast for others to harvest! And don't miss the rest of the Inspiritus "seed" photo- thoughts I will be planting, I mean posting, later. (As well as the re-purposed book pedestal I made for displaying it at the show.) Right now, I have some very hungry kitty cats to feed." The writer-me says, “Let my words be the leaves that your deeds may bear fruit.” The artist-me says, “Look at the pictures. They will nourish your soul.” Musings from the Messy Room Subscribe Photo If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we PLANT a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more musings and inspirations to come!  

Moondancing with Past Life Regression Facilitator and Author, Sara Halcyon

Moondancing with Sara Halcyon as Muse Melpomene Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with the high spirited, multi-dimensional time traveling guide – typically referred to as a Past Life Regression Facilitator – Sara Halcyon.  Actually, I may have to lasso this gal because she could take us beyond the moon as she is also a Reiki Master, Intuitive, and author of the paranormal-fantasy fiction entitled Dream Bound. Sara is September's hosting muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as the long-time contributing muse, Melpomene, for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. Without further ado or drum roll, lets jump in and find out what keeps her multi-dimensional clocks ticking!  
Okay, Sara, lets get started with a quick warm-up … What's your best Halloween costume to date? I was a well-dressed Charmed one (a Witch)… As I saw it, I was just dressing up as MySelf! What are you wearing right now? Jeans, t-shirt, Supernatural (always keep fighting) hoody, and Halloween socks– because Halloween socks can and should be worn year-round. What is your favorite highway or Karaoke song? Anything by The Violent Femmes, mostly because I know all of the lyrics and can belt it out without any real musical talent. Their songs always remind me of good times with friends. What is the title of your autobiography? “StarSeed”… If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be ... and what would you wear? OH, that’s a good question. And a tough one to answer because there are so many magickal places that I would love to experience by moonlight. But to narrow it down to one, I think I would pick (generally speaking) anywhere in the Irish countryside. If it’s warmish AND private… nothing. If it’s a tit-nippy, then a long, gauzy shift dress with a cloak.
Moondancing with Sara Halcyon Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
Checks! When I first heard the question I immediately pictured check marks rather than a pattern. I’m a list maker. Even in my creative endeavors I’m constantly making lists and checking things off. As a writer and author, my creative outlet and chosen form of expression creates an endless stream of consciousness that requires organization. Whether check marks or a checks pattern, I appreciate the order and THAT is why it would best describe my creative work style.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Same; all day, every day. It’s definitely a personality thing. I’m not down with chaos. I NEED order to maintain my sanity and to be productive whether I’m writing or managing my family responsibilities.
How about a favorite quote?
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” – Joss Whedon
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
To complete and publish my book, StarSeed. I’ve been working on it for the last couple of years and I couldn’t be more excited about putting it out for all to read.
I know StarSeed is your second book. Can you give us an "elevator pitch" synopsis of your first book, Dream Bound?
Sure! Here goes! Ava Hunt and Evangeline Stevens were reborn to a legacy that will bring about the apocalypse, a thinning of the veil, and an end to the separation between realms. Their shared birthright transcends time and space and catapults them forward toward an unknowable future. After haunting visitations and a warning of impending darkness, the girls soon discover they are Dream Walkers destined to wake those who bear the mark of the Originals [the first peoples of earth endowed with supernatural abilities]. With help from others of their kind they are introduced to a forgotten and ancient history very different from the one known to the rest of man. As Dream Walkers, Ava and Evangeline are compelled to accept their charge in order to restore cosmic order. Along the way the girls must also uncover the secrets of their Original past, an enduring love, and tragic betrayal before history repeats itself and the world is forever lost in the illusion of darkness. “Where dreamers dwell, I wish to know, the secrets held within my soul…”
How do you approach a new project or idea?
The creative process as it relates to my writing involves LOTS of brainstorming, outlining, and note taking. My husband acts as a sounding board while I ramble and bounce ideas off of him. He’ll give me some feedback and opinion, but he’s always supportive and patient. Then I sit in meditation followed by asking for dreams to clarify storyline and characters. Once I’ve established a story cord (a golden strand that extends into infinity, into the sea of potential and possibilities), I channel the story with the help of my guides/expanded consciousness/Beings of LIGHT. And VUALA, a story is remembered!
Moondancing with Sara Halcyon Rune Play Where or how do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from my experience of the world around me. When I sit down to write, I open a channel to spirit and my expanded consciousness. Sometimes the information is received as visual ques and plays like a movie in my mind’s eye or sometimes they appear as still pictures. At the same time I experience a telepathic KNOWING, like a stream of consciousness downloaded and translated in such a way that I understand the intent.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I used to wait for a spiritual “Gibbs smack” upside the head. (For those who don’t watch NCIS, it would be the equivalent of spirit wielding a 2x4 of inspiration.) But during my training as a certified past life regression facilitator, I realized that I’m plugged into an endless stream of inspiration, ideas, and possibilities. Having the ability to explore my own past lives has provided a deep well of potential stories to remember and bring to life.
Have you always been creative or are you a late bloomer?
As a child I danced and dreamt of being a ballerina. Then as a teen I still danced but not as much because I moved onto drama/acting. After high school, I focused on my higher education (science and the realm of logic and reason which, for me, wasn’t super conducive to creating art and experiencing magick). Then came marriage and child rearing (a more literal form of creating, I suppose) and a rather long hiatus from what had been my creative outlets. From about ages 18–29, my only creative outlet was spellwork and ceremony. But at 29 I jumped head first into writing. I can honestly say that writing has become a passionate obsession. Once I started, I was hooked and I haven’t looked back!
What informs your subject matter?
What informs my subject matter is, Magick, Beings from other realms, history (known and the lesser), other lifetimes, other dimensions, a broader unseen reality, the unexplained and unknowable – I seek to explore and KNOW them all.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative work space.
My creative space is inside of me, in my dreams and meditations, in my heart space. “Where dreamers dwell, I wish to know, the secrets held within in my soul…” –SH
Sara Halcyon Creative Space   

Now, for the Grand MoonDancing Finale, Sara...

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
Melpomene speaks to me as a truth-teller. She encourages me to express myself without hesitation or fear of judgement. Intense and courageous, she inspires me to strip away illusion and ego revealing the true essence of SELF. This has been a tremendous inspiration to me as a writer AND influences the characters I bring to life. The integrity of a character allows those who engage with them to SEE them for whom and what they truly are and makes them relatable. As I continue to write and create, it’s that type of integrity and courage that I aspire to embody in my work.  
Moondancing with Sara Halcyon Profile Hi! I am Sara, a certified Past Life Regression Facilitator, Reiki Master, Intuitive, and author. I live in SW Washington State in the Vancouver/Portland area and offer Past Life Regression sessions in person or over the phone, as well as Reiki sessions. I love to write! I love feeling inspired and watching characters and scenes come to life. Storylines and words flow from beyond my comprehension and play out like a movie in my head. With each book I write, I learn more about myself and the world around me. I appreciate the infinite number of stories, truths, and experiences that we each hold close to our hearts and I relish the ability to BE another, even if only briefly, as I see the world through their eyes. I write to KNOW the unknowable, the unfathomable, and the seemingly impossible. The act of writing allows me to tap into an expanded consciousness where all things are possible. It challenges my perception of limitation and reality. For truly, all things are knowable. And even that which we consider unfathomable is in truth, possible. Moondancing Sara Halcyon Dreambound on Amazon Some links for Sara if you want to follow her dance: Click for Sara Halcyon on Facebook Click for Sara Halcyon's Website Click for Sara Halcyon, Dream Bound on Amazon Click for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook   Sara it has been a pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room and, if you don't mind, could you leave that portal open for a few days? There are a few places I'd like to visit!    Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!            

Moondancing with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen

Moondancing Interview withThe Art of Awen, Jamie Raley Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with the refreshingly divine and spirited artist,  Jamie Raley, of The Art of Awen. (Who is also the goddess of hand poured, magically crafted artisan soy candles available in her Etsy Shop under the same name.)  She is August's co-host muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as the long-time contributing muse, Urania, for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. So, I know what you're wondering. What's an "Awen"? Awen is a Welsh and Cornish word for (poetic) inspiration. But to Jamie it is so much more than that. The minute she lay her eyes on that word, something deep within her soul lit up and that fire has been burning ever since. Without further ado or drum roll, lets jump in and find out what else keeps her embers warm.
Okay, Jamie, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? I make my bed when it’s bedding/laundry day, but I do straighten it out a bit before I climb in every night. Cookie, cake, pie or doughnut? All of the above… with a brownie on the side. What are you wearing right now? I just finished up some painting in the studio so I am in my grubbies. A pair of yoga pants & a paint covered t-shirt. I am always wearing some sort of Crystal or rock as well and today it is lemon serpentine, lava stones, and black coral. If a sandwich were named after you what would be in it? I'm a pretty simple gal when it comes to a sandwich. No frills for me. Wheat bread, turkey breast, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, pickles and banana peppers. It would be called "Hold the Sauce," because I am not a fan of the traditional sandwich sauces/condiments. My family likes to make fun of me for it! If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? It is ever changing but today it would be around a bonfire, atop a craggy cliff on the Isle of Skye. I would be dressed in a long white flowy gown, with a deep purple cloak for warmth. I’d be barefoot, with flowers in my hair.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
I'll have to go with paisley. My creative work style is very fluid with no real rhyme or reason. I tend to float from one thing to another and then circle back around until they are all finished. It's pretty typical to find a bunch of half finished projects when you walk into my work space.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
I'd have to say yes, with a splash of stripes. I have 4 young kids, all involved in school and sports, and a husband who travels often for work. So having some sort of linear plan in my day-to-day is an absolute necessity. However it is so against my nature to plan and schedule that I struggle with it sometimes. I tend to move through my house chores and errands a lot like I do my creative work. Bouncing around from one task to the next until they are all finished.
How about a favorite quote?
This is like asking me which of my children is my favorite. So I will go with what calls me right now in this moment. “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” – Alan Alda
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
My Moondance dream this year is to step outside of my comfort zone, push the bar on what I feel comfortable and capable of creating and share more of this part of myself with others.
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I believe that when inspiration strikes you have to act, and quickly! Often I will get an idea at the most inopportune time. But I always entertain it. If I can't go up and actually create, I will pull out paper or my phone and start to plan. I do find that 9 out of 10 times that plan will change once I am able to put my hands to work but that's what I love about being creative. There are no rules.
Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I 150% believe that my inspiration and ideas come from spirit. Whether that be my muse, an animal spirit, or the great mystery itself.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I'll take it back to something simple, and every day. Like cooking or baking. I'll whip up something different or new, and dance while doing it. That is one of my favorite ways to loosen up! Dancing in the kitchen.
Have you always been creative or are you a late bloomer?
I have never been a stranger to creativity. I have always had my feet in that pool since a child. Over the years though, it has morphed into a lot of different things. I am not afraid to try on different hats! As for Painting and Candle making, which is where I am now, I would say I bloomed exactly when I was supposed to.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen What informs your subject matter?
The way I paint is completely intuitive. I do not often know what the finished product will be when I start but my favorite way to get rolling is with sacred symbols, words, and throwing paint around with my hands. When it comes to candles, I create what I need or am looking for. Whether it’s healing work I am doing or a special sabbat or ritual.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative work space.
Considering I have a family of 6, I count myself really lucky to have an entire space above my garage that is all mine. The hard floors make it extra ideal for a creative gal like myself. (Easy cleanup!) While I know that it is only a temporary hang out for me, I am taking full advantage of it while I can. The short walls are adorned with artwork by my favorite artists, my children! They are great reminders for me to keep going when the going is tough, and to let go of perfection. The messier their art the more I love it. The East side of the space is dedicated to painting, the South holds most of my packing and supplies, the West is where I melt and pour candles, and the North holds an ever changing altar. A very special gift from a friend, a sun catching fairy, hangs right in the center of the space. This is where all the magic happens.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen - Studio

Now, for the Grand MoonDancing Finale, Jamie...

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
Art in any way, shape, or form is a deeply spiritual and healing process for me. The color and images on my canvas are an outward reflection of my own inward journey. The words and intention in the wax, a gift from spirit. They are what dwells in my soul. With the help of my Muse, Urania, I find it easy not to limit or label my creativity. I work with whatever medium is calling me at that specific moment. It may be paint, words, wax, nature, or something else entirely. I feel this allows for more growth, inspiration and excitement! Urania guides my hand and brings forward what is most needing to be birthed in the moment. Through a process of TRUST in something bigger than myself, SURRENDER to the divine, and ALLOWING the flow and unfolding of what images, energy or symbols are wanting to emerge, I am able to create from the heart without fear. As the years continue to fly by, my hope is that you will continue to find me creating away alongside Urania. Bringing awareness to her magic and keeping her mystery alive through stories on the canvas and words in the wax.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen Hi! I am Jamie, a self taught, Intuitive Creatress, residing in the Pacific NW, along with my husband, 4 children, and our old mama dog. When I am not soul deep in creation, you can find me with my nose in a book, or my eyes focused on the heavens. I am inspired by the raw beauty in nature, the deep wisdom in animals, the mystery of the moon, the sacredness in symbols, and the capacity of love that the human heart can hold. My number one goal is to create in a way that is authentically me. Infusing my creations with beauty, inspiration, spirit and deep meaning. This is my "Awen."             Moondancing with The Art of Awen on Etsy Some links for Jamie if you want to follow her dance: Click for The Art of Awen on Facebook Click for The Art of Awen on Etsy Click for The Art of Awen Website Click for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook       Jamie, your exquisite candles have graced my home during many a morning pages quiet time ... and now it has been a special pleasure to have your "inspiritus" energy grace my messy room.    Calling in the Muse Poster Download your FREE 2016 Mused Community Creativity Challenge Guide. You will get to know 8 of the 9 muses as well as this moondancing muse! Click here to download your free guide.           Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty   If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!          

Moondancing with Ethereal Gypsy, Candi Walker-Snyder

Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography River Scene Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with photographer, adventurer, striped socks wearer, and foster mom to homeless but much loved books, Candi Walker-Snyder, of Ethereal Gypsy Photography and Literary Leftovers Used Bookstore. She is also June's  facilitating muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as a contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. Candi's eyes get quite a workout between her love of books and her passion for photography. Whether wandering a nature trail or between a row of bookcases, Candi is right at home. Without further ado or drum roll, lets jump in and find out what else makes this muse tick.
Okay, Candi, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? Yes and No. I would love it if I did make my bed every morning, but I'm usually frantically trying to get myself and kids out the door for school and work!  What is your favorite comfort food? Spaghetti!! Yum Yum and Yum! I could eat it morning, noon and night! What are you wearing right now? Black Capri's, T-shirt, cardigan and a leopard scarf. Plain Jane I am. Best Halloween costume to date? Six years ago I dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow for work. I was one ugly Capt. Jack. But it was fun! You could probably say that was my best and worst costume to date. LOL! If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? Haney Ridge in Gays Mills, WI. Beautiful open farm lands, clear skies and hardly no one for miles. It's the most comfortable, calming spot I've ever been. Not really sure, but clothes for sure. Something probably comfortable and easy to move in!! And bug spray. The mosquitoes are wicked there!!
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Forest Gypsies Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
I'm just going to be honest and say Polka Dots just because well... I love polka dots! 
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
No, my pattern you could say is more like a tornado! My ideas hit spontaneously quick and I move quick to make them happen. It's usually a song I hear or a book I am reading that ignites that spark of an idea. Then I have to make it a reality.
How about a favorite quote?
"I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too." – Wicked Witch of the West ( I'm a HUGE Wizard of OZ fan!)
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
My dream for the year is simple. Step out of the shadows! Stop being afraid and be my true authentic self. If I can do it so can others. Stop hiding my art. I'm always helping others to grow and better their career and lives. I'm stepping up and finally bettering myself! Spending more time making myself healthy, happy and a little more adventurous!! 
How do you approach a new project or idea?
When I get a new idea, I usually let it consume me. It's all I think about. I make my list. ( I Love check-off lists.) Write up different layouts, plans, people I can convince to be my guinea pigs, costume ideas, do I shoot in black & white or color... Ect! What lens to use yada yada yada! I listen to LOTS of music, meditate and kind of go off into my own weird mind and work up creative ideas.
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Sand Dunes Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I get 90% of my inspiration from music or a quote I read somewhere. The other 10% is luck. Right time and right place and thankfully I have my camera!
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
Lots of nature walks, read, listen to music and meditate. I ask my guides for help also. Hoping they can help and give me a sign of some sorts!! 
Have you always taken pictures or are you a late bloomer?
I actually started taking photos in high school. When I was 16-17. So basically 20 years ago! I took a photography class in school and just fell in love. Ever since then I always have a camera on me. I love capturing the moments!
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Fungi What informs your subject matter?
I love nature photo shoots. Nature speaks when you are still and just wait. I love when the sun peaks through the trees and the tree sways and dances ... It's as if nature is putting on a show for you to capture.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative work space.
My creative space is really outside! Out in the woods. I love life in rural Washington. There are lots of trails and lovely places to curl up and wait for nature to do its thing! I carry an ipod with me so I can crank out reality and listen to music and work.  When I edit, I have a little corner in my bookstore I own. I make a makeshift desk/work area and, after I close, I edit for a while. It's quiet and no kids bugging me! 
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Workspace

Now, for the Grand MoonDancing Finale, Candi...

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know my muse. Erato is the Muse of Love and Poetry. She inspires and encourages us to take discarded items and find their beauty. I do this daily in my everyday work and also in my photography. There is always something special in something aged and discarded that I can fall in  love with.  As time goes on, I'll take my steps out of the shadows. I'm not so scared to show my work. I am hoping to grow my portfolio and maybe even show a piece or two in an art show!  I think what inspires me most about my vision is I think a little outside the box. I do not mind trying something new. I prefer my work to be a little odd and different!!   
Moondancing with Candi Walker-Snyder Hi! My name is Candi and I live in Battle Ground, WA. The beautiful Pacific Northwest. I own a small local used bookstore. I love books! Especially old books! Oh, if books could talk and tell us their journeys and tales. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and have two daughters and two cats. Yes, I am that crazy cat lady whom treats her cats as her kids. My kids are very into their activities. Soccer, basketball and softball. So, I am always spending time in my car driving them to practices or games. I love photography, tea and laughing with friends! I always have my camera handy ready to capture special moments and adventures!     Ethereal Gypsy Photography Logo   Some links for Candi if you want to follow her dance: Click for Ethereal Gypsy Photography on Facebook Click for Literary Leftovers Used Bookstore on Facebook Click for Muses Of Art & Soul Facebook       Calling in the Muse PosterAbsolutely LOVE your quirky spirit that no box will ever contain, Candi! It has been a real pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room. Oh, and I will be doing a book count after you leave ... just so you know. Download your FREE 2016 Mused Community Creativity Challenge Guide. You will get to know 8 of the 9 muses as well as this moondancing muse! Click here to download your free guide.       Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!  

Who is the REAL Rescue? Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Kitty Mom's Day tO aLL the offiCiaL and UNofficiaL mOmmies out there who make room in their lives and homes to rescue, care for and LOVE our UNofficaiL four-paw babies! Where would this world be without their unconditional acceptance and love. Happy Mother's Day! Love, Bernadette and aLL her meSSy mEOws! MiKeY, THeo, ReeSie, WeeBie ... and the ones that now have FoReVeR HoMeS elsewhere. XOXO

Moondancing with April Hughes of Prilli’s Pastimes

Moondancing April Hughes Banner Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with Renaissance-minded adventurer of all things creative, April Hughes of Prilli's Pastimes the Facebook page and Etsy shop where she currently dabbles in dangling and jingly wire-wrapped delights that are adorably adorn-able. She is also May's facilitating muse, Clio, in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide – woohoo) as well as a weekly contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. April enjoys wire work, beading, cross stitch, knitting, and making hanging sculpture type thingies. So, before we get too "wrapped up" here, lets jump in and find out what makes this muse tick.
Okay, April, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? I’ve always contended that I was only going to mess it up again in a few hours, so why spend the energy? It seems like an act in futility. So no, I don’t make my bed. What is the title of your autobiography.? She Lived. Or maybe, She Experienced. If a sandwich were named after you what would be in it? It would be a flavor of the day sandwich, whatever struck the fancy of the one making it. And maybe even, sometimes, things you wouldn’t think would go together but actually do and do well. Cookie, cake, pie or donut? Yes. Yes, please. If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? I’d have to say my own yard. It would mean I have the privacy to do so and access to it at any time I felt like dancing. As for wear, either nothing at all (hence the privacy) or something flow-y and white, so it would glow in the moonlight.
Moondancing April Hughes Fireworks Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
I’d have to say paisley. The others seem far too orderly to describe what I do.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Day-to-day, I tend to be a lot more methodical, so I’d say stripes. Straight and pointed toward an end.
How about a favorite quote?
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent van Gogh
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
I just recently read a book by Barbara Sher called “Refuse to Choose!” and discovered that I am what she calls a Scanner (another author calls it a Renaissance mind). My Moondance Dream for this year is to figure out what my Reward and Duration attributes are and be able to embrace the reality of the way my mind works. And above all other things, find a way to do that and make money at the same time. A life constructed around my amateur mind would really be a life! And did you know that one of the definitions of amateur is “devotee, admirer”? I like that.
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I tend to just do it. I try to come up with how it might be done with the stuff I have on hand. If it’s a proof of concept and I don’t like how it comes out, I don’t want to have spent a lot of money to find out. And I find that if I just do it, I learn a lot about how my process needs to change in order to get close to the idea I have in mind. And sometimes I learn I need to wait for the tools and materials I need to come to my awareness.
Moondancing April Hughes Prillis Pastimes Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I’ve come to understand that I spend my days with my artist looking out through my eyes (sometimes making it hard to drive), so things are beautiful that others overlook or have a judgment about. But usually, I pick up a material and wonder “what could I do with this” and it won’t be long before an idea comes to me.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I create anyway. Even if it’s something that won’t go anywhere. The point for me is the creative habit. So most of the time it’s not even in the medium I usually use. Those times open new doors for me to grow as an artist.
Have you always created or are you a late bloomer?
I consider myself a late bloomer. I’ve wanted to be an artist and dabbled in all sorts of stuff my whole life, but it’s been only recently I’ve made a concerted effort to make this art thing my reality. Accepted what I’ve denied myself for so long and allowed that part of me to have a real voice.
What informs your subject matter?
Right now, I’m using metal and resin to create pendants. The images I’ve created are simple because of my medium, but powerful because they usually have totemic meaning that speaks to people. Many of those images are nature based. I can’t really say I have favorites from the image but when a patina, something I have no control over, turns out interesting, I really like those. But I say “right now” because I am always exploring new avenues for expression and you never know what I might be trying my hand at. (Be watching for wooden geared clocks.)
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space.
Oh my… Umm. It’s messy. I’m usually trying three or four things at a time, so instead of putting anything away, I tend to push stuff around until I have enough room to do my latest idea. It’s when stuff starts falling over that I tidy things. Of course, it’s never long before stuff is back out again… And I’m always looking for ways to use my scraps and stuff, so it seems like I never throw anything away. So. Yeah. Messy.
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Now, for the Grand Moondancing Finale, April!

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
Clio is all about history. She comes to me at a time when I’m looking at my history as the hero’s ballad, the sh-tuff that I’ve gone through to get to who I am right now. She encourages me to look at my history, not as a list of excuses, but as everything I needed at that time. Yeah. I know. Needed seems like a terrible choice of words, especially when thinking about the really, really (REALLY) hard stuff. But that is the tale of a hero, right? Someone who walked through fire because the only way out was through. I am the hero of my story, and I’d rather it was triumph not tragedy. And she reminds me that history isn’t good or bad, it is, like anything, what we make of it and painted by our perspective. She encourages me not to turn away from it, but to understand it, to celebrate it. I don’t know where my creative expression will take me, but my hope is that it will be the truest expression of which I’m capable and that it will include where I came from in some form or fashion.
Moondancing April Hughes Bio     I’m April. I’m a Scanner or Renaissance Mind. I aspire to using my mind in the ways of Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Maya Angelou. I started my professional life writing computer programs for businesses, went back to school majoring in chemistry and math, then tried massage therapy, and now am creating art. I love language and started and finished a book for NaNoWriMo. I have many loves and fascinations, so you never know what I may be engrossed in at any time. One thing you CAN be sure of; I will be having a good time!   Moondancing April Hughes Shop Prillis Pastimes     Some links for following April's dance: Click for Prilli's Pastimes on Facebook Click for Prilli's Pastimes on Scott's Marketplace Click for Prilli's Pastimes on Etsy Click for Muses Of Art & Soul Facebook     Calling in the Muse Poster   Absolutely identify with your scanner spirit April and I think others will too! Your energy feels right at home in my messy room. And I didn't even have to clean up. Download your FREE 2016 Mused Community Creativity Challenge Guide. You will get to know 8 of the 9 muses as well as this moondancing muse! Click here to download your free guide.     Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!