Sunday, February 28, 2010

SAY CHEESE - FEBRUARY!

THE RESCUER - 146/365



the strength to fly
comes from
the struggle to get off of the ground

to impede the struggle
is to clip the wings
and disable the bird


Question:
Whose wings are you clipping?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (peeled paint)


Saturday, February 27, 2010

THE SAD-SACK 145/365

to feel powerless
is to have the need
to change another


Question:
What does "acceptance" mean to you?


Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (peeled paint)


Friday, February 26, 2010

THE KNOW-IT-ALL - 144/365

to assume to know the answer
is to follow a path that leads to nowhere

Question:
What are your assumptions?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (peeled paint)
Herbs: Dill

Thursday, February 25, 2010

THE CANTANKEROUS FOOL - 143/365

stored disappointment
is fuel for
unhappiness

Question:
What can you let go of?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (aged mahogany)


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

THE BARGAINER - 142/365


to gain at the expense of someone else
is to loose far more than something is worth


Question:
At what price are you willing to "win?"

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (peeled paint)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

THE ONLOOKER - 141/365

it takes confidence to step in
as others look on


Question:
What prompts you to get involved?


Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (aged mahogany)

Monday, February 22, 2010

THE PINER - 140/365


regrets are created by
missing the experience of
"what is"
by longing for
"what was"


Question:
What are you longing for?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (aged mahogany)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

THE SAGE - 139/365




wisdom
comes from
the honest reflection
of a failed experience


Question:
How do you respond to mistakes?


Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (aged mahogany)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

THE HOME-RANGER - 138/365



the most important thing to protect
is my own integrity


Question:
What is the state of yours?


Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (weathered wood)
Dried herbs (chervil leaves)

Friday, February 19, 2010

THE REPEATER -137/365


repeated thoughts create new truths


Question:
What new truths are you manifesting?


Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (aged mahogany)


Thursday, February 18, 2010

THE REFUSAL TO "BLEND-N" GUY - 136/365

it takes courage to celebrate
what some believe should remain hidden


Question:
When do you feel compelled to "blend-n?"


Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (aged mahogany)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

THE CHANGE-ARTIST - 135/365

it takes
courage
to break what is not broken
heart
to pick up the pieces
&
love
to create something new

Question:
What do you wish to change?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (weathered wood)


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

THE OPINION COLLECTOR - 134/365


opinions matter most
to those to whom they belong


Question:
How do you value other opinions?


Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (black soot)

Monday, February 15, 2010

THE WISE-looking-ONE - 133/365

wisdom has not a face
but a voice
that comes from within


How do you describe wisdom?

Clay Ingredients
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (black soot)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

THE (not so) LONELY HEART - 132/365

TO BE ALONE
IS TO WAIT FOR LOVE TO COME

don't wait another minute

GIVE

AND GIVE GENEROUSLY

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

THE CHANCE-TAKER - 131/365

"I'm going right up to that ledge - maybe even inch my toes over it. If I don't take a chance, how will I know I'm alive?"

My Reflection:


To feel the uncertainty, to experience the disappointment, to suffer the loss and to try again is the only way to expand possibilities and diminish the illusion of fear.

Question:
When are you willing to take a chance?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (old paper)

Friday, February 12, 2010

THE WISHFUL-THINKER - 130/365

"That flower is NOT dead. Yes, it's wilted, it's brown, the stem is soft and the petals are falling off but it's NOT dead."

My Reflection:

Belief depends not on the evidence I see but the evidence I choose to accept.

Question:
What do you want to believe?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (weathered wood)
Herb - Chervil leaves

Thursday, February 11, 2010

THE ACCOMPLISHER - 129/365

"I'll be able to breath when all of this gets done. What do you mean I'm turning blue?"

My Reflection:

I suppose that when I'm done doing things I'll be dead or when I'm dead there will be nothing left to do.

At the same time, I'm learning that joy doesn't come from completion but rather from finding something worthwhile to accomplish and then enjoying the creative process of accomplishing it.

Question:
What does "accomplishment" mean to you?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (old paper)
Herb - Sage

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

THE CONTEMPLATOR - 128/365
















"There are always sides to ponder, evidence to see, opinions to consider before I make up my mind. Of course once my mind is made up, then I must begin again because by that time things have changed."

My Reflection:

If I spend too much time sifting through old evidence, I may miss the opportunity to be present for the truth.

Question:
What do you tend to over-think?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (black soot)
Herbs - Chervil leaves

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

THE FIXER - 127/365

"I like putting things back together especially people. People are my specialty. If you're falling apart come to me - I'll put you back together again seamlessly. Of course I don't repair internal damage...that's up to you."

My Reflection:

I'm learning that sometimes what appears to be broken isn't and what needs to be fixed shouldn't.

Question:
What or who do you find yourself "fixing?"

Clay Ingredients:
Scupley Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (black soot)
Herbs - Dill

Monday, February 8, 2010

THE CHERRY PICKER - 126/365

"It's easy when you think about it...life is filled with a bunch of cherries just waiting to be picked - all I have to do is reach up and take one.

Of course they don't always taste so good which requires spitting that one out and taking another. If this happens too often I guess that's when life can become "the pits" instead of the bowl full of cherries."

My Reflection:

It's a curious thing when sometimes I feel like life is happening to me and other times I'm making life happen. I suppose that's the difference between feeling like I've got bowl full of cherries versus tripping over a bunch of pits.

Perhaps the pits are just part of eating the cherries and the sooner I accept that the more I'll enjoy one and not worry so much about the other.

Question:
How does your cherry tree grow?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (black soot)
Dried Herbs (chervil leaves)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

THE SCOREKEEPER - 125/365

"It's your turn...I called last time so I'm just going to wait to see how long it takes before you call me. I bet you don't call...I bet I'd never hear from you if I didn't call you. We'll just see."

My Reflection:

I'll admit there are times when I am more comfortable making an assumption than I am with direct communication. "Oh I don't need to ask that question..I already know the answer," I'll say to myself.

Perhaps what I'm failing to realize is that it isn't the "answer" that is most important - but rather the willingness to ask the question that becomes the mortar between the bricks of a strong relationship.

Question:
When do you assume you know the answer?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (black soot)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

THE DREAMER - 124/365

"I don't care how important it is - right now I want to concentrate on this wonderful image in my head. It's about the two of us...we're on a mountain top having a picnic. It's a beautiful day, we're happy, we're in love and we're discussing our fantastic life together.

What do you mean I'm living in a dream? Wait...what do you mean? Hey....come back"!

My Reflection:

I believe in the power of positive thinking, visualization and having a dream but I'm also aware that having a meaningful relationship requires much more than just some words or images I might have in my head. It requires my willingness to give whatever time and energy it will take to make that happen.

Question:
What does having a "meaningful" relationship mean to you?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (vintage-photo)

Friday, February 5, 2010

THE GOODY-2-SHOES - 123/365

"Are YOU okay? I want to make sure YOU'RE okay...don't worry about me ...my happiness depends on YOU. If YOU'RE happy I'm happy.

If you are sad I hope it's my fault because if it's my fault then I can do something about it....please tell me it's MY fault?"

My Reflection:

I've tried often enough to know that taking responsibility for another person's happiness is a sure way to end up with two unhappy people. While I don't want to cause another person to be sad, happiness is never found at another's expense whether it be theirs OR mine.

I'm beginning to learn that "happiness" is fleeting when it depends on the actions of others. Perhaps true "happiness" is simply a sense of "well-being" that comes from knowing I have the ability to choose how I'll respond to whatever life's circumstances may be.

Question:
How do you find "happiness?"

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (vintage-photo)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

THE BALL BUSTER - 122/365

"I'll take you on anytime...but I hope you know that you're no match for me. Even if your words ring true, I'm much more shallow than you are which allows your rhetoric to pass right through me without even a scratch."

My Reflection:

Like most people, when my honor feels threatened I enter the boxing ring ready to fight for my beliefs. I throw out a word or two failing to realize at the time that even if they land appropriately I can't possibly win the fight.

I've learned that it doesn't matter who's right, who's more sensitive, or who has the thickest skin...the only person who ends up reduced in size, is the one who thinks they've won.

Question:
What gets you into the ring?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress powder (vintage-photo)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

THE WISE OLD FART - 121/365

"Listening to you gives me gas...I try to hold it back and not pass along my thoughts on the matter but all that ever does is give me a stomachache.

So, I've decided to let you have it...just let it go...get it out of my system. If you don't like it...well...you can always plug your nose, hold her breath or leave the room...take your pick."

My Reflection:

Sometimes I think my life experience entitles me to not only have an opinion but to share it as well. The problem is, an opinion that has not been asked for usually isn't valued - which leads me to think that in spite of all that experience - I too have much to learn.

So perhaps when I feel the urge to express my opinion, I'll remember that practicing my ability to "listen" may be more valuable than the "experience" I'm inclined to share.

Question:
How do you share your wisdom?

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent
Holtz Distress Powder (vintage-photo)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

THE BORROWER - 120/365

"Can I borrow your values? I don't have any of my own right now....I used to but I gave them to someone else and they passed them on to who knows who and now I don't have any idea where they are."

My Reflection:

Like a thumb print or a set of teeth...no two people have the exact same values. Yet, there are times when I might think less of someone because theirs doesn't match up with mine.

Perhaps richer, more meaningful relationships can be experienced if I simply spend less time trying to impose my own values onto others and more time trying to understand theirs.

Question:
How do you value another person's "values?"

Clay Ingredients:
Sculpey Translucent clay
Holtz Distress powder (vintage-photo)

Monday, February 1, 2010

THE PONDER-O-SIR - 119/365

"I'm giving that some thought....I'm going to mull it over....after I toss it around in my mind...then I'll try it on for size...maybe weigh it...then possibly chew on it some more...after which I'll consider ALL of the options before I make a firm decision."

My Reflection:

My father used to have a saying while playing cards...."study long, study wrong." I guess that's okay for playing poker but probably not applicable when faced with one of life's important choices. I'm always feeling a bit conflicted - on the one hand I want to make an intelligent decision on the other hand I don't want to obsess about it either.

Perhaps the best course of action is to sleep on it...then if it doesn't prove to be a good decision, I can always blame it on my subconscious! Ha...if that would only work! Maybe I just need to remind myself that there are no "wrong" decisions in life...simply opportunities to experience being "human."


Question:
How do you decide?

Clay Ingredients
Sculpy Translucent
Holtz Distress embossing powder (vintage-photo)