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.
Moondancing April Hughes Studio

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!    

Messy Love: Are You a Definer or a Refiner?

Messy Love Definer or Refiner Here’s an idea to play around with. The next time someone or something upsets you, ask yourself, “Does this define me or refine me?” Why? Because your answer determines how you move through the experience and the baggage you carry afterward. Let’s see what Webster has to say about these two words.
Define: to determine the limits or nature of; describe exactly.
Hmmm. “Determine the limits” seems pretty limiting. And “describe exactly” is a crazy-making quest. I don’t know about you but my life – and upsets – defy any exacting description. This defining business is feeling a bit tense.
Refine: to free or become free of impurities. To make or become more polished.
To “become free” and “more polished.” All right. I’m exhaling here. This feels like something I can grab hold of when grappling with an upset. How a Defining Moment Becomes a Refining Moment. Stop. Ask the question. “Does this define me or refine me?” Make a conscious decision. Then proceed in the direction of your answer. When my ex husband left to explore a relationship with another woman – back in the days of Bernadette’s Pages – you could say his act defined our marriage (failed), himself as a man (untrustworthy), and me as a wife (not good enough). Failed. Untrustworthy. Not Good Enough. Now there’s a tidy package that determined “the limits or nature of” what happened between us. Had I accepted this view as my definer I would have gotten stuck, acting out patterns of betrayal, anger, resentment, bitterness, guilt, shame, remorse, confusion, mistrust, defensiveness … and I guarantee you that Bernadette would not be sharing in this blog. But this Bernadette? She asked the question. Again and again and again. As many times as it took for her to drop the definers, pick up the refiners and proceed in the direction of her happily-ever-after. Death-Sentence Definers. Hiding in the past, present and future are relationships and circumstances that beg to define you. If you’re having trouble getting beyond an upsetting someone or something you might be trapped in a definer zone. That’s where the person or situation defines you in a way that you are not comfortable with – many times under radar. A definer like this, with no follow-up refiner, can feel like a death sentence.
I saw Ted at Starbucks with Susan. (My ex must be right; I’m boring.) Samantha got the promotion. (My father was right; I’ll never amount to anything.) They didn't call me back for that second interview. (I am too old.)
Are You Really Upset For The Reason You Think? This world offers lots of legitimate reasons for upset, though illegitimate definers are more common culprits than you think. (Maybe Ted and Susan were planning a surprise party for our voyeur – but skewed definers are a topic for another day.) Whether caused by the real world or the one in your head, it’s key to note there is a difference between the upset of pain and the upset of suffering. Suffering is a choice. A mental attitude based on fear and often supported by a definer.   Messy Love: Are You a Definer or a Refiner?It hurt when my ex left. Real bad. I was in pain. But it was my definers that made me suffer. Not his leaving. Once I got them to surface, I saw the classroom and an opportunity to cut through the crap – all the excuses that kept recycling the past into the present relationship. Surprisingly, defusing my definers opened the door to a refining process that allowed us to reconcile and make it another eighteen years. Defusing my definers also allowed me to recognize that divorce, for reasons that extended beyond our control or recovery, was ultimately in our best interest if we were to continue to grow. (Now there's a heavy duty definer-refiner playground.) If You Get Nothing Else From This Blog Post, Get This! A reason to pause the next time something or someone gets under your skin and ask yourself,
  • Does this define me or refine me?
  • Does this define me in a way that I don’t like?
  • Do I have to accept this definer?
  • Can I use this to refine me? (Make me a better person, artist, dog lover … free me from negative relationships, jobs, speeding tickets … Get the idea?)
Trapped in a Definer Zone? Ask. Decide. Proceed.
  • Does losing this marriage/relationship define or refine you?
  • Does losing this job define or refine you?
  • Does your childhood define or refine you?
  • Does your health condition define or refine you?
  • Does an addiction define or refine you?
  • Do your children define or refine you?
Here’s to replacing those definers with refiners that lead you to living your best life yet! As always, I welcome your comments. (They won’t define me but I might use them to refine me.) And, if you like this post then LIKE it and SHARE it. It won't define you if you don't but it might refine someone if you do. XO

Moondancing with Cindy Blosser Winfrey of CL Winfrey

Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with artist, adventurer, and creative collaborator, Cindy Blosser Winfrey of CL Winfrey, artist the Facebook page where her “Joyful Soul Sparks from the Heartland” – and co-owner of Twin Sis Creations – the Etsy shop she shares with her twin sister, Cheryl. She is also April'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. Cindy enjoys using many different mediums to get her message of love out into this world and has learned that the most amazing way to produce art is to give your inner child permission to come out and play. To allow yourself to make a beautiful mess! So, before this messy room gets any messier, lets jump in and find out what makes this muse tick.
Okay, Cindy, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? Yes! What is your favorite highway or karaoke song? Footloose by Kenny Loggins. What are you wearing right now? Blue jeans and white t-shirt, my usual at home wear. Cookie, cake, pie or donut? Apple pie. I make some of the best apple pie. Secret is using three apple varieties for one pie, such as Gala, Fuji, and Jonathan. If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? Paris, France.  Something colorful and comfortable with a touch of class.
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Adventure Photo Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
Polka Dot. I like to have fun.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Yes. Smile and enjoy life!
How about a favorite quote?
Neil Gaiman’s, “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
To be a 2016 Adobe Creative Resident so that I may reach farther in my quest to inspire creativity through my project of empowering women and children. I also wish to learn from my mentors, new ones from Adobe and beyond, so that I may learn to be a mentor myself. I applied 2/29/16 and I am to hear back by March 31st!
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I usually let the idea or project roll around in my head so that it can take shape inside of me. I let this idea settle. Then I am usually nudged to begin by this idea or my intuition because the idea wants to see and be seen, to be, and to become. When I begin, I might start with sketches, but many times I just start by working on the actual project.
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser WInfrey Cats Where or how do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes to me by always being observant, through looking for the magic. I might be walking in nature, driving the car, reading a book, looking at other artist’s work, or in the shower. There are times when the idea just pops in, usually when I am quiet with an open mind, or it might be right before sleep or come in one of my dreams. Inspiration is all around, you just have to be open to it.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I go back to drawing everyday, sketching, and playing with paint. I am always looking through art books to see if some technique or process might grab my attention. I play. I enjoy life. I breathe. I soak in the sunshine or stand outside to gaze at the moon. I might ask my spirit guides that are at the highest level of unconditional love to inspire me through my dreams. Often times, I just need to kick off my shoes and dance.
Have you always painted or are you a late bloomer?
I was born an artist. I have drawn what was around me or interested me all of my life. My mother told me that, at the age of  five, I explained to her that I was going to be a famous artist and marry a rich farmer. I am still progressing towards the rich and famous.
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Dragonfly What informs your subject matter?
When I create my digital posts for my Facebook pages, I ask for guidance to know what needs to be heard or seen for that post. I look for a quote or try to come up with my own. Then I search my artwork and my photographs to create the post around the quote. I use the Adobe Photoshop program to pull it all together. (I am still learning from online classes.) When I am creating a painting, sculpture or drawing, I like to pull together photographs, either from books or online to use for references. Creating is my zen moment. I breathe, I listen to classical music, and then I open up to draw my strength and inspiration from the divine.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space.
My creative space can be anywhere I have an interesting subject, sketchbook and pen, pencil and/or watercolors. However, learning to sketch wherever I am is an ongoing process that can still feel daunting. My comfortable spot to create is my art studio. Sixteen years ago, we enclosed the garage and made it my artist studio. Of course, this space also includes storage for camping equipment and games, plus it serves as the laundry room and a guest room. But mainly, it is my space for creativity! I enjoyed having team practices for my Improv teams over many years in this space. I have also taught art classes in my studio. My intention for this space was to make it easily changeable for whatever creativity came my way. I have storage space and work space combined with cabinets and a counter. Tables can be put up or taken down. My drawing table is at the center of the west wall with my altar to the left. In addition, I grounded my room with my log cabin wall hanging where I pulled in the earth colors yellow and green.
Moondancing with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Art Studio

Now, for the Grand Moondancing Finale, Cindy!

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?
My muse gives me the courage to stand my ground while moving forward on this fabulously beautiful place we call earth. I can feel her creative and loving energy flowing through me as I continue to learn new techniques while sharing my ideas. I began following Mused around the time Michelle Quesada, its founder, started offering monthly creativity challenges. The energy in this creative group was of an incredibly high vibration with lots of sharing and encouragement. As the creativity challenge events grew under the inspired guidance of Muses of Art & Soul and A Mused Community group, I was honored to be asked to join as the muse ‘Thalia,’ who matches my joy of life and adventure. I am encouraged to laugh with my inner child and traipse about in the woods listening to the whispered knowings of my intuition. The muses guide me to join in on this adventure of magic with our imaginations and creativity. I am excited to see where we will be led next!
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Profile   Hi! I’m Cindy. An artist, twin, farmwife, and mother of four sons. I have been an artist all my life. I completed classes in fine arts at the University of Missouri - Columbia. I enjoy using a wide variety of media to produce my artwork, including digital. I let the fearlessness of my inner child guide my art. Imagination and creativity are in my heart and soul. My hope is that I can inspire others to seek out their own ways to be creative through the sharing of my artwork, other artist's work, and different art techniques. With me, the MAGIC of life will always be shared with playful loving-kindness!   Twin Sis Creations Moondancing InterviewSome links for Cindy if you want to follow her dance: Click for CL Winfrey, artist on Facebook Click for Twin Sis Creations on Facebook Click for Twin Sis Creations on Etsy Click for Instagram Click for Pinterest Click for Twitter Click for Muses Of Art & Soul Facebook       Calling in the Muse PosterAbsolutely LOVE your free spirit Cindy! It is a real pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room. And, really, we didn't make a mess we couldn't handle together!   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     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 Emily Jespersen of Nourish Cove

Moondancing with Emily Jespersen of Nourish Cove Rose Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with macro photographer, artist and visionary weaver, Emily Jespersen of Nourish Cove, "a safe harbor on the journey of body, mind & spirit." Emily is a self-described spiritual explorer, science geek, and herbal tea junkie from the mossy womb of the Pacific Northwestern United States who has been investigating all things esoteric and alternative health since about 2007. She is also one of the facilitating muses in A Mused Community's 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing... woohoo-happy-tapping) as well as a contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. So, get comfy while we get to know a little about what makes this muse tick.
Okay, Emily, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? If by "make" you mean pull up the covers to protect my sheets from dog butts, then yes; I make the bed. Best Halloween costume to date? Leaf blower. It consisted of a baseball cap with a string tied to the brim and a leaf dangling in front of my face. Whenever somebody asked what I was, I'd blow the leaf and say, "I'm a leaf blower." Got laughs every time. Have you ever skinny-dipped? I've been naked in the water in the presence of other people... not sure if it counts as skinny-dipping since there wasn't really any secrecy or scandal. If a sandwich were named after you what would be in it? Gluten-free rye bread with cucumber, pesto cream cheese, and sliced turkey. If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? Finland, above the Arctic Circle. Or Iceland at the base of a volcano. An outfit made entirely of reindeer fur or leather, and yarn woven from the fiber of yaks. There would be bells, lots of bells.
Moondancing with Emily Jespersen of Nourish Cove Yellow Flowers Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
Absolutely paisley. You can't really tell what's going on unless you stand back really far and squint.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
In my mundane life I like to strive for checks. Order, familiarity, ease of expectation.
How about a favorite quote?
Easy. "Do one thing every day that scares you." – Eleanor Roosevelt.
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
Scary and exciting to put this into words. Deep breath. OK. I'd like to take my perfume business from a self-sustaining hobby to a full and legitimate part of my income. I'd also like to amass the necessary knowledge and money to build my tiny house (already well on my way here but an extra boost can always help).
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I first feel a little inkling in my awareness, which I hold delicately and look upon with tenderness. I will do my best to record the initial seed of idea so that I can come back to it later. When I make this recording, it's as if the energetic seed is captured and held in stasis along with any words or images. When I approach a section of time where I can be present with the new idea, I let myself be completely overcome by it. Whatever it wants to be is given space to come thru. When I trust this process, I'm ALWAYS amazed at what I can cocreate with my muse and my divine helpers. When I don't trust this process what I create is usually a mere husk.
Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I think if I knew the answer to that question, I might be rich. Anything or anyone can spark an idea.
Moondiancing with Emily Jespersen of Nourish Cove Tulip Bulb Sprouts What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I usually try not to fester on it. Do other things rather than try to force something to come. Creativity requires open spaces and relaxed comfortable ease.
Have you always painted or are you a late bloomer?
I've always had some form of creativity in my orbit. Allowing my art to transform over time into something that suits me now (when something ELSE may have suited me just yesterday); that's something I've had to grow into.
What informs your subject matter?
Nature, especially macro shots of intimate details of plants, nurture my creative soil. I draw inspiration from flowers and trees and lichen and ferns. I love love learning about the biology of plants because I can usually interpret some of their functions as parables.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space.
My creative space is really my heart and mind. When I make a perfume I always do so on my altar because they are sacred seeds, first and foremost. Crocheting can happen anywhere but I usually try to only weave in uplifting energy from spaces I enjoy or want to hold onto. Any sewing happens exclusively at my grandma's antique Singer. It has a knee lever instead of a foot pedal and it's a real workhorse.

Moondancing with Emily Jespersen of Nourish Cove Oils

Now, for the Grand Moondancing Finale, Emily!

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 love hearing the voice of my muse in the unique requests of my clients. When somebody says, "can you make me an essence for XYZ" my wheels start turning and I feel totally lit up. I love the collaboration process. At the same time, there is something intensely intimate about an idea that springs forth from me and my muse alone, to be received by the world. When I zoom out to take a bird's eye view of where this all might go, I can see several things. Keeping my heart open to my existing process is one piece. Dancing the muse in each of us together with the plants, in group space, would also be awesome. I used to have grandiose visions and shoot for the stars but I'd find myself getting lost up there. Down here on Earth, the most inspiring thing about this work is seeing other people respond to my art. Connecting with them as they connect to the plants. Talking to other weavers or yarn sisters. I love that grounded human aspect of creating.
Moondancing with Emily Jespersen of Nourish Cove Bio PhotoEmily is the owner and founder of Nourish Cove, "a safe harbor on the journey of body, mind & spirit." You can find her library of resources, projects, and products on her website; flights of fancy or her Facebook page; and intimate macro shots of plants all over her instagram. You might also find her in person along the Washougal, Columbia, or Tualatin rivers talking to nature spirits and dancing with the wind.   Open Eyes, Open Heart Mandala by Emily Jespersen of Nourish CoveSome links for Emily if you want to follow her dance: Click for Website and Blog Click for Nourish Cove on Facebook Click for Nourish Cove on Instagram Click for Muses Of Art & Soul Facebook       Calling in the Muse PosterLOVE LOVE LOVE this Emily! You had me at making your bed. It is a real pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room ... river mud and all!   Download your FREE 2016 Mused Community Creativity Challenge Guide. You will get to know 8 of the 9 muses as well as the moondancing muse! Click here to download your free guide.     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!