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Ahh! The start of summer, painting projects, fresh berries, travel adventures and growth on every level. Hope you enjoy this month’s Carousel of fun!

The Gypsy Network: Some of my favorite gypsy blogs

http://foxandgypsy.blogspot.com/

http://www.nestinggypsy.com/

http://www.drifterandthegypsy.com/

http://sevengypsies.blogspot.com/

http://lipstick-gypsy.blogspot.com/

After using chalkboard paint to transform my fridge, I have really gotten into seeing all of the fun stuff that can be created via chalk medium:

Beautiful Art:
http://www.viralnova.com/weekly-chalkboard-art/

http://www.boredpanda.com/5-most-talented-3d-sidewalk-chalk-artists/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/brain-melting-works-of-3-d-sidewalk-chalk-art

Chalk Art Tips:
http://inmyownstyle.com/2012/07/how-to-draw-like-an-artist-on-a-chalkboard.html

http://indiecraftparade.com/blog/archives/2370

http://gwenmossblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/10-things-you-should-know-about.html

On Making Fairy Wings:

Inspiration:

How-to:

http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/11/how-to-make-your-own-fairy-wings.html

http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/11/how-to-make-your-own-fairy-wings.html – This blog is wonderful for all things fairy!!

And some fun in science news:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140609153508.htm

 

Sorry about the irregular programming lately folks, we are deep in the intrenchment of government offices and real estate issues, punctuated with regular trips to far reaching wilderness, so the wi-fi access has been nearly impossible. But it should all be coming to a head soon and I’ll be back with a pile of new work!!

xoxo

-V

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Paint Fumes become Gypsy Vardo Part 2- Tada! PICTURES!!!

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Outside- a standard RV, all set up pretty in it’s newly cleared out camp space 😀

 

Julia Cameron Excerpt from: Walking in this World
“We are miserable not because we are neurotic but because we are creative and not functioning in our creativity. Therapy may help us to “understand” our blocks. We do better to just get over them. Art is therapeutic. It is NOT therapy. Therapy aims at transformation through understanding. Art aims at transformation directly. When we make a piece of art about something we don’t understand, we come to understand it, or, at least, our relationship to it through our own experience- which is more full-bodied than merely cerebral….healing is a somewhat automatic by-product of self-expression, not a goal per se…therapists urge us to “accept how we feel”. Art teaches us to EXPRESS how we feel and so alchemize it. …therapy adjusts us to the world. Art adjusts the world itself….At bottom, art is rebellious: You cannot name me. I am more than the sum of my parts.”

 

 

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It started off ENTIRELY grey- grey grey grey, with a bit of dirty blue grey on the ceiling and dirty yellow grey on the curtains. It was a depressing sight. A whole winter of grey, filled with outside grey, and did I mention it was just generally grey? So, with the onset of summer, and a super deep clean need growing in my bones, when Zoe said “Hey we could paint the RV” as I was walking past the box full of acrylics, I kind of exploded out a rainbow. We did the walls purple, green, and yellow, and filled in all the space with a rainbow texture covered in a marble texture of silver glitter and a super high gloss clear coat- the goal was to make it look like the walls were made of polished opal- and I think I succeeded as much as paint possibly can.

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Promise petting Harold in the finished RV

Since I was already doing mad colors, the idea of a chalkboard on the fridge was only fitting. We also found magnetic paint, but it was SO expensive, instead we put metal on the freezer front. It has been a big hit already.

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The wood stove, fully finished and installed, with our collection of garage sale cast iron

Learning to cook on this has been quite an adventure- and now I have strategically painted to hide all the ashy marks from maintaining it all winter, yay!

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The most interesting part of this was the transformative effect it had on me. For so long I’ve tried so hard to keep control of everything, to be productive, capable, focused, planned. But as I was fingerpainting rainbows on my wall I simply had to let loose, to let go, to just have fun on a level that I had not touched since I was a child. All of a sudden I was caught up in the flow of creation, of expression, of simply being and impressing the greatness of my being into the world I inhabit. For the first time in a long time I felt a radiant and expanded soul.

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I rebelled against the grey, the standard, the mundane. I rebelled against the fact that I was sharing a small space with another large personality. I rebelled against the feeling that I had to stay within the lines or the world would collapse. I found out what it meant to stop trying to understand and simply to DO, and the power of heavens that resides there. Things that should not have worked out did. Things that were impossible were done. I worked harder than I ever have on anything and I was joyful every moment of the day. And I did it for myself, no other, and everyone in the community has appreciated it and enjoyed it. I took paint and made it a home.

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It doesn’t matter what else is going on, just create.

 

Paint Fumes become a Gypsy Vardo

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Aaron is home! He got in late last night to an overwhelming change in the environment- the entire RV redecorated. (Pics to come- even I was recovering from this one). I have spent the last four days, from 7 am to 8 pm cleaning, organizing, repainting, dyeing and redecorating the entire place. And the rest of the community helped as well- Zoe helped me inside, Brian and Sakka made shelves and cleaned up the campground by clearing out more space for a workshop area, and Momma Pam was support staff with dinner and cookies every night for fuel. we’ve had Lemon Bars, No-Bake Cookies, Coconut cranberry chocolate macaroons and Poo-kies, chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips(they look like poo, get it? I know, way to many boys in this household!)

It has been gorgeous weather for Oregon, sunny and warm, perfect for the job I was doing, as we needed to have the windows open because of all the fumes. The kittens have started to come out of the greenhouse on their own, though there is a lot of hissing and arched backs about silly things like foot steps and chickens. Right now the chickens are bigger and picking on the kittens, but soon, that battle will go a different direction. There may be a recipe for shredded chicken sandwiches if they don’t start behaving. I’ve readjusted my schedule to rise with the sun and it’s been a beautiful transformation. I love the quiet feeling of the morning to drink tea and write my story. I sit in my robe to meditate and journal for a while, then move to writing. I’ve found the robe to be particularly inspiring. One reads fantasy in a robe, writing it in the same mode just feels condusive to the creative process. By the time I’m done the sun is fully up, as is everyone else, and the day is ready to start.

There is a 9 year old granddaughter visiting Pam and Brian, and it’s been fun to have a kid around, she has such a quirky perspective on everything, still in the stage of just saying what she thinks, though I’ve been forced to bite my tongue more times than I can count when she’s made a comment that any response too is just entirely inappropriate. But she’s been forcing us to slow down and realize what’s going on around us. We’ve made daisy chains and fern leaf fairy wings, and collaborated to get revenge on Uncle Sakka’s teasing (there was a lot of water and glitter involved :D)

In doing so much work in such a short amount of time, the last few days have been almost damaging in the amount of stress I’ve put on my body. So, when I reached the point of muscles starting to give out from overwork and shaking from anxiety, I reach for passionflower herb. About two teaspoons dried to a cup of hot water (I use less, but I’m sensitive to, well, everything), works as a anti-anxiety, sedative and even has properties to promote muscle repair. It’s often used by bodybuilders to build up damaged tissues. If you are trying to get into shape, it’s excellent to help handle the pain of getting back to the gym.

Now that the RV is redecorated I finally have a proper place to put all of my medical supplies and herbs and so on. I was very happy for Aaron’s comment “Now it looks like a proper gypsy vardo in here!” With green, yellow and purple walls, silver trim, glitter accents, and blue and wine dyed couch, I should hope it looks gorgeous! And now that it’s all “finished” (it’s my pet project, it will never really be finished, of course), I can get back to, well, sanity. Zoe’s first comment to Aaron was “Yeah, she went a little psycho while you were gone”- yup, I exploded my sanity and rainbows and glitter came out, but everyone expected that anyway! We did learn lots of fun things such as: always get the paint with primer, the few extra dollars will save you half the work, double check what supplies you have and always get a little more that you think you’ll need, Rit liquid dye is the only dye worth buying, chalkboard paint is epic, roller curtains are evil, chicken feathers make fun texture when dipped in glitter paint and most importantly, if you’re going to get high off of that many paint fumes, do it with a friend, it’s way more fun 😀