Tender paw prints..

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Phia and I before it was time for her to go

Tenderness
   warranted and understood
Wagging tails and ragged purrs
    A fondness to form
Changing all.

Staying for moments
   ending far too soon
Lives forever changed
     And sent ahead with love
Memories of joy undimmed.

Every moment
Every lick
  Every game
   Every purr
    Every thing
Each a blessing beyond measure.

…tears….
Fallen and yet to fall
   Sinking into fur warm and soft
A big tongue to wipe them away.
    Peace found in peace given.

The most loving act
   most painful still
the giving back a freedom
    to play without reserve
love forever carried.

Peace is found
  in giving peace
There is no more pain
   No more uncertainty
More than worthy of this kindness

Forever
  Changed
   Blessed
   And Loved.

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Pudders - just before she became an angel....

Rest in peace, my beloved Phia.
Rest in peace, my precious Pudders.

Come snuggle with me tonight and every night to come. I will miss your physical presence and grateful that your spirits will be with me always, all ways.

I love you both. You will always be mine.

*yesterday, May 5, 2013, Pudders passed from this world and is waiting for us on the rainbow bridge until it is our time. Dan (my husband dear) rescued her 19 years ago from a farmer who was ready to end her life. The life she gave us was beyond expectations…

Today, May 6, 2013 we released our 13 year old dog Ophelia Jane from her well worn body. We thought that we were losing her a full year ago. She rallied and healed. I know now- She stayed with us until she knew we were safe. The cancer had come back and stopped her digestive system from working properly. She was in far too much pain and discomfort. Although it was painful for us, her physical pain was more so we did the most loving thing we could. I held her head in my lap as she slipped away.  I am sad but grateful for every moment together.

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

A Blessed Moment in Time…

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Summer of 2002, a year of daily witness and then 5 blessed days of re-membering...

From the beginning, Spirit/God/dress/Gaia/Energy/Vibration/metaphysics/communicating our Truths/ Deeper Understanding/Living Consciously was huge part of our discussions and was the foundation of our choices….

We had been chatting daily for a little over a year.  I was a web programmer and had IM windows open all the time with coworkers and friends. We spoke daily. First about MS (I was diagnosed in 1998, Dan in 2000) and then we starting sharing our understanding of the Universe. I had more of a Neo-Pagan understanding while Dan has a strong understanding of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. We became each other’s mirror, helping to reflect and and a chance to refine our expression of Self. The conversations continued as we recovered from relationships and as we practiced honoring ourselves, claiming our time to be single. We shared all our stories, with absolutely no concept of expectation of a romantic relationship.  NYC and Chicago are too far apart.

Then I watched two towers fall. I was laid off. My cobra hiccupped and I was without avonex. Dan was working. He provided me a month supply. Worth almost one thousand… I said “I can’t pay you back but if you come to NYC, you have a place to stay.

And this was then…

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   That was an amazing 5 days where we finally found each other, after our own lessons, after learning to love and honor our Divine Selves, finding our highest Truths reflected in each other’s eyes… I am blessed have all my journals from this time and I am able to reconnect with the woman I was at that time.  Things fell into place so naturally – we celebrated the moments that showed that the Universe was acting on our behalf…  there were a lot of joyous tears…

Yes, we have circumstances that others may call challenges. But Love is far stronger. We choose to live a reflective life. And I am grateful.
May we all be blessed with enough.

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

How to paint black fur…

Disclaimer: I am, by no means, an expert. Other than growing up with a self taught artist mom, my art instruction has been limited. A few classes here and there from ages 6 through 18 and then one art class in college (3D fundamentals). As an adult, I painted with a group for about a year, learning how to paint in oils. That’s it.

The rest I learned as I go.

So- that being said, I am learning how to paint black fur.

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Still working on this... it's getting closer...

Here’s the original photograph that I’m using for reference…

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Picture taken by Teresa Hannaman from the Galena Gazette (used with permission)

I used that picture and my opaque projector to sketch out the basic form. Then next step is to start laying down paint…

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First layer of many

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After a few more hours...

At this point I realized why he looked so flat. Black, as a color of paint, is dead and flat. The key to making black live is adding other colors. I added a bit of red (more foreground) and/or blue (distance) and all of a sudden, the nose started to come forward and the ears curl…

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Still working on this... it's getting closer...

A bit more and he will be Harley. 

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

Pencil progression complete

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The finished sketches

Since this is pencil, a wonderful impermanent medium, they must exist under glass.  So I used what I had….

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Frames didn't match, so I bent them to my will and made them conform... (not really but i did strip them of their unique nature...)

I am trying to collect frames. Clearance racks, garage sales, goodwill have been treasure troves. I have discarded prints and other art to just use the frames. In this case, these two frames came from a clearance bin. One black, one a burnished gold color. In another clearance bin I found a blanket edging with Pixar’s Cars licensed characters. So I cut strips to fit each frame and used Modge Podge to affix the satin to the edges. It took a bit of patience (and sticky fingers) but with the help of some masking tape (and a bit of bias tape from the same bin), I now have a set of matching frames. 

Now to pack them up and send them to their Mama…

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

Birthday Bead Shopping Spree

My apologies, my dear Reader – for I have yet to break down each of yesterday’s pieces and share the metaphysical properties…

Today we went to downtown Galena, walked around and I went to the local bead store and spent the birthday money Gram sent… Gram is an amazing woman- still living alone at home at 94 and doing quite well (and receiving support services several times a week). It wasn’t much but perfect to get a few lovely beads to play with. (Note: I added the findings, the beads came naked)

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Mother Of Pearl Pendants - 3 look like eyes but the bottom one has a small face

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Agate Marbles that could become anything...

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Titanium Quartz Pendants

As for not posting meanings as promised… we got home from a lovely day out (getting coffee together for the first time in years… literally), walked the dog and as we stood in the back yard, Dan turned and slipped on the snow/ice. 
He has MS (with challenges with his balance) and has survived 4 major clots- 3 “massive” pulmonary embolisms since we got married 8 years ago (9 years in July) and will spend the rest of his life on blood thinners.  Not a good combo.

And he fell on a 1/4 split chunk of wood too. We’re thinking sprained/cracked rib. So that’s taken all my attention. At this point, he’s in quite a bit of pain but alright. I will catch up in a day or two, promise.
Night all. Rest well…

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

Recent creations….

I’ll add more details in my next post… for now, here’s a few pretties I’ve made recently….

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Fluorite with a Red Jasper bead, with Amythest and Blue Jade chips -Silver Wrapped

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Purple Fluorite Jasper with Amythest and Blue Jade chips-Silver Wrapped

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Malachite pendant

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Kyanite wrapped in silver

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Chrysocolla pendant

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Another Kyanite pendant, this time in copper...

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Chrysocolla pendant (silver wrapped)

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Quartz pendant

I’ll add information as to each’s purpose tomorrow.  Peace be with all of us tonight.
Love to all.

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté